Arlene Fritzlan cut from tough stock

Calvin and Arlene Fritzlan started the Fritzlan Ranch, where they guided hunters and fishermen. She cooked at the Fritzlan’s Cafe and sent Christmas cards to all those who signed the guest book. She ran a business that became a tradition in many people’s lives — from hunters coming every year to locals getting dinner once a week.

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

Roy Sizemore riding one of the horses from the Sizemore Resort. Roy would later run the resort with his father Oscar.

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

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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

Tala Atoafa is the 20th Eagle Scout in Meeker to receive his award since the first Eagle Scout award was presented to Meeker Scouts beginning in 1948. He joins his friend Collin Cochran and his brother Alema as Eagle Scouts. Less than five percent of all Scouts earn the Eagle Scout award. More than two million young men have earned the Eagle Scout award since Scouting’s founding more than 100 years ago. Among these are many famous individuals such as astronauts, corporation presidents, physicians, lawyers, professors and college presidents, congressmen and senators, and a president of the United States, as well as many more distinguished professions. Being an Eagle Scout opens many doors for college admission applications and careers, as it is well known as a credential for outstanding leadership abilities and citizenship. The Western Colorado Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Meeker community extend sincere congratulations to Tala on this outstanding achievement.

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 resident Nettie Faye Modlin thanks Frank Cooley for taking her son Larry (pictured with his wife Becky) skiing as a boy in Meeker. She’s proud her son “pays it forward.” As owner of Alpine Haus in Greeley, Larry ran a ski bus service to resorts near Greeley six times a year and was known as “one of northern Colorado’s leaders of recreation.”

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

Patty as a baby, held by her mother Annie, with her father Dallas Collins and brothers Dick and Joe.

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

A 1934 photo of students at the Lime Kiln Hill School included (back row) Milton Sykes, Armettia Toembly, Muriel Sterry, Earl Sterry, Elsie Sykes, Dorothy Sykes, Rex Sterry and teacher Eleanor Service. (Front row) Dick Moyer, Howard Sterry, George Sterry, Walter Moyer, Louise Sterry, Leonard Sykes, Marilyn Sykes, Iris Sykes and Alma Mae Sykes. The photo is from the third volume of the “This Is What I Remember” series of books available for purchase at the White River Museum.

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

Sharon Nilson Brown was a junior in high school when her family left Rangely for Minnesota. But Sharon, in love with a young Rangely High School athlete named Toby Brown, found a way to return to her hometown. The two were married in 1956 and enjoyed 51 years together.

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

Ruth Pearce came to Meeker in 1948 to teach school. She married Hal “Tom” Pearce two years later, and the couple had three children together and the family raised cattle on the Pearce Ranch beginning in 1961. They had one of the longest operating grazing permits on the White River Forest, running cattle on East Miller Creek for 58 years.

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

Bob and Phyllis Fairchild have lived in Rangely since 1958. Bob was concerned about his wife’s initial reaction to the small oil town, so he brought the family in under cover of darkness. Phyllis, however, fell in love with Rangely, and the couple, married 65 years, made the town their home.

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.