Lifelong home for Jim Steele

Jim Steele

RANGELY I Few people can claim they still live in the same place they were born, particularly after 78 years. Jim Steele lives on Foundation Creek, up Douglas Creek, where his parents homesteaded 90 years ago.

Collins’: partners in host of areas

The Collins’ have been married since 1959.

MEEKER I Dual commitments to ranching and public service are a way of life for Meeker’s Joe Collins.

A picture of service

Bill and Martha Mitchem have been married for 60 years and have spent 56 of them in Rangely. Both  are retired teachers, who now enjoy volunteering, traveling and outdoor photography. The Mitchems have five children and nine grandchildren spread across the United States from Washington to Maine, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

RANGELY I Educators make such a significant impact on a community, their influence extending far beyond the classroom. Small, rural communities are fortunate when one exceptional teacher moves in and intends to remain for the duration of their career. The benefits are simply immeasurable when that person is married to another teacher, as is the […]

A heart for the mountains, inside and out

Frank Cooley

MEEKER I The recent Memorial Day wreath presentation at Highland Cemetery was beautiful. From the perfectly groomed grounds to the remarkable people involved, it is a special event every year.

A “Hart” of gold

Ruby Hart came to Meeker in 1930 at the age of 15. She had five children with Everett Proctor.

MEEKER I She came to Meeker in 1930 on horseback, accompanied by her brother, six horses and 16 head of cattle to live on Lime Kiln. “I don’t know if I have much of a story to tell,” said Ruby Hart, 96.

Byers family has long history in Rangely

Gordon and Dena Byers were married in December 1969. Today, the Rangely couple’s 15 grandchildren “keep their travel schedule in motion.”

RANGELY I “I’m thankful for two things, wrinkles don’t hurt and you don’t have to be good at golf to enjoy it,” said Gordon Byers after his retirement in Rangely.

Huber loves Rangely

Michelle Huber’s parents, Frank and Anita Usery, have been married for 62 years and have six kids, all of whom grew up in the oil field camp and all were graduated from Rangely High School.

RANGELY I From time to time, in what is often the most unpredictable moment, someone comes along and makes a significant impact on our life. Perhaps it is due to the field in which they work, the manner in which they conduct themselves, or simply a gift. In the case of Michelle Huber of Rangely, […]

Pharmacy workers recount robbery

The Rangely Pharmacy is located in the Early Education Center on the west end of town. Video cameras inside the pharmacy and one from the Blue Mountain Inn helped identify robbery suspect 19-year-old Jeremy Evans Gonzales. Rangely District Hospital CEO Nick Goshe said they are “looking at beefing up security cameras outside and in the parking lot area.”

RANGELY I When a young man entered the Rangely Pharmacy on Monday, April 16 wearing a ski mask, certified pharmacy technician Marcia Prater initially thought he was ill.

She came to town in a covered wagon

Evelyn Metzger, who will celebrate her 99th birthday on April 20, came to Meeker with her widowed, pregnant mother and three siblings in 1919 in a covered wagon. She has attended the Old Timers Celebration for more than 75 years.

MEEKER I Last week’s article about the significance of the Old Timers Celebration led to a woman who has attended the event since she was in her early twenties. She was allowed to go with her spouse, a 30-year resident. She has rarely missed the event since then and she will attend this year, at […]

Friendship leads to series of successful novels

RANGELY I It is always remarkable to see the talent within our communities. When finding time to talk, and more importantly, to listen, the stories people of Rio Blanco County can tell are intriguing to say the least.

A long history of hard-working people

Joe and Evalyn Carstens have been married 57 years.

MEEKER I Joe and Evalyn Carstens have grown up, worked, owned a business, and raised a family in this area. They come from a long history of hard-working people and carry on that tradition.

For the sake of the call

Rangely High School graduates Brian, Greg and Mark Skelton and their friend and classmate Zach Green are all members of a National Guard unit based in Vernal, Utah. The four, pictured here in Central America during annual training last summer, will be deployed to Afghanistan this summer for a nine to 13 month tour.

RANGELY I “Always there, always ready” is the motto of the National Guard. Its members, exemplary men and woman devoted to serving and protecting our country, back their words with their actions.