Loose Ends: Namesakes

There are plenty of small towns whose namesake dates back to the town’s origin, passed down from the pioneer settlers and their descendants. A small town in Alabama sports an unusual twist to that tradition. Phil Campbell, Ala., bears both the first and last name of a local pioneer. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: Bridging the gap between cultures

F our years ago this month, the Northern Ute Tribe returned to the sacred ground of their ancestors. Since then, many individuals in both communities have come to know each other and to appreciate the efforts made by all to help them feel comfortable with each other. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: This is not what we remember

The following column appeared in the Herald Times before the Utes returned to the White River Valley and it caused many people to talk about the future of the Meeker Pageant. Some questioned my reasoning and tried to turn it into an “us vs. them” argument. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: The fleeting flower extravaganza

What is it about the flowers during this time of year that make even the most jaded among us stop and take notice? Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: The meet and greet

The phrase “meet and greet” is now one of the most overused as many social gatherings use it as the main draw for people to get together. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: Measuring change

The old saying “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is not as self-explanatory as it seems. Change in appearance of places and of people is the one visible way to assess change but often what has transformed beneath the exterior goes undetected. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: Seeking cowboy culture class

The life of the cowboy has been examined by academics, emulated by Old West enthusiasts and more recently become part of one Western Slope school district’s middle school curriculum. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: A tree grows in Meeker

Someone should declare a do-over for the tree planting part of the Arbor Day celebration. While it was officially celebrated a week or so ago across the state, there has been no word about how the high-country communities still digging out from the long winter actually commemorated it. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: Supporting the arts

Meeker has never been viewed as an especially arts-oriented community, yet there are community members who disagree with that assessment. The performing arts demonstrated by various community theater productions over the years have been part of Meeker since the community was originally founded. The visual arts have always been represented by a few local working […]

Loose Ends: Treasures hidden in view

The continued popularity of television’s “Antiques Roadshow” demonstrates how many people squirrel their family treasures away. Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: A place where everyone knows your name

During a recent phone call, the woman was surprised to hear her preschool granddaughter ask, “How is my Meeker?”     Share on Facebook

Loose Ends: Pioneer pines

Picking up errant pine cones littering the driveway, the woman suddenly saw them in a new light. The stately old trees were planted by a pioneer family in the 1880s, not long after the original settlement of the former camp on White River. Share on Facebook