Boom coming, eventually

Former Meeker attorney and geologist Frank Cooley, accompanied by his daughter, attempted the “impossible” Tuesday night: compressing 63 years of knowledge and experience about oil shale into a 25-minute presentation before Meeker’s board of trustees (left to right) Rodney Gerloff, John Strate and Mayor Mandi Etheridge. (Not pictured: Dan Conrado, Katelin Cook and Andy Thomson.)

MEEKER I “I’ve believed we were going to see the (oil shale) boom next Wednesday for the past 55 years.” After more than a half century, Frank Cooley is just as certain the boom is coming as ever.