Arlene Fritzlan cut from tough stock

MEEKER I “I learned something I never forgot on that trip. If you hire on a job, finish it,” said Meeker native Arlene Fritzlan about a two-week pack trip all over the upper White River area when she was very young and working for her Uncle Joe.

Sizemores persevered until modern times

MEEKER I Perhaps the greatest quality of the people who homesteaded the White River valley in the early 1900s to make a life for themselves was perseverance. The second greatest quality was their innovative methods for earning money.

Nichols family history goes back to the beginning

RBC I Meeker and Rangely history can’t go back much farther then Fred Nichols, the grandfather of Nancy Sullivan.

Tala Atoafa earns Eagle Scout award

MEEKER I Tala Jade Atoafa Jr., was presented with the Eagle Scout award, which is Scouting’s highest honor at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Meeker Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Burke family: Five generations in Piceance Basin

MEEKER I The close ties and neighborly attitudes of Lime Kiln are comparable to some of the other long-standing “communities” within our county such as the Powell Park and Piceance Creek areas. Five generations of Burkes have lived on the family’s original property in the Piceance Basin. They are well-known not only for their sheer […]

Larry Modlin “pays it forward”

MEEKER I Larry Modlin, a Meeker High School alumnus and son of Nettie Faye and the late Lon Modlin, is retiring after 47 years of running his own businesses. At 67 he looks forward to skiing with his twin grandsons who also live in Greeley.

Life lessons from the Andersons

MEEKER I Imagine if people learned at least one thing, if not more, from one conversation every day. That was the case in a conversation with Harold and Patty Anderson.

A new view: Student art published

RANGELY I Jess Tolley didn’t realize art was her passion until it helped her see the world in a new way.

Lime Kiln’s long history: Part 3

MEEKER I The tremendous history of Meeker’s Lime Kiln region has been the subject of various features, however, there is still so much to tell and so many areas to focus on, from the Sunday gatherings at different homes to the amazing co-op of the threshing machine, the entire area was like a family and […]

One of many who make Rangely a great place to live

RANGELY­ I Opinions vary as to what has changed the most in Rangely over the years, but opinions about what makes Rangely great is consistent. The people are what make the town special and the willingness of those people to support one another makes it “home” to many. Sharon Brown echoed that response, adding, “If […]

Humor, heart handed down through the generations

MEEKER I “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children, one is roots, the other is wings.” this quote is true of many of the people who came to Meeker looking to build a family and a future. Ruth Pearce is one such person, she and her late husband Hal “Tom” Pearce gave […]

For the Fairchilds, the glass is always half full

RANGELY­ I In a time when the media is filled with political uproar and all that is negative in the world, it’s refreshing to talk with people who are positive and upbeat. The Fairchilds from Rangely are the kind of people for whom “the glass is always half full,” never half empty.