County has four plans for justice center using old school

Four plans were suggested for the new Rio Blanco County Justice Center on the old Meeker Elementary School site during an Aug. 13 workshop held by the county commissioners.

Letter to the Editor: Rethink uses for old elementary school

Dear Editor: I have recently returned home from what has become my annual visit to your fine town. I am a Colorado native (grew up in Denver) who now lives on the East Coast. But my family has generations-long ties to Rio Blanco and Moffat counties.

Letter to the Editor: Don’t destroy elementary school

Dear Editor: I am writing about the old Meeker elementary school in hopes that an intelligent decision will be made and political/personal reasons will not interfere with good judgment.

Letter to the Editor: School has beneficial uses

Dear Editor: I understand we need a new jail to meet current correctional and ADA standards. Women and men need separate facilities as do juvenile men and women.

County accepts old Meeker school; future use uncertain

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept possession of the downtown Meeker property known as the old Meeker elementary school, but they made it clear that the building is not automatically going to be demolished in favor of the new county justice center.

Letter to the Editor: Value of Meeker Elementary School

Dear Editor: The story is told of a collector of antique rifles who liked to haggle for the best price when purchasing such treasures.

Mayor, town manager appeal for Rangely to house justice center

RANGELY I Feeling that his town has been left out of consideration for too long, Rangely Mayor Frank Huitt believes the Early Education Center, which is now for sale by Rangely School Ditrict RE-4, would make an ideal location for the new Rio Blanco County Justice Center.

WPA made old Meeker Elementary School possible

This photograph was taken in front of the foundation of the new elementary school with Mrs. Massie’s third-grade class of 1938-39 in front.

MEEKER I “A public meeting of the taxpayers of District No. 1 will be held Monday evening in the high school auditorium for the purpose of discussing the [elementary school] building situation…” announces the local newspaper on Feb. 28, 1938.


Todd Morris and Jason Hightower

Rio Blanco Fire Protection District received a request from Stanley Crawford at Meeker Elementary School for donations to help with create emergency disaster kits in each classroom.

MES plants multi-purpose garden

Students in first- through fifth-grades at Meeker Elementary School built a garden this spring that they hope will create a welcoming environment at the school. The garden is a pizza, salsa and sensory potpourri with the garden growing fruits and vegetables for a pizza, vegetables with which to make salsa and the sensory garden filled with scented herbs like lavender, sage, etc.

MEEKER I Meeker Elementary School students and staff created an outdoor garden project to help inspire a welcoming environment for their school.

Letter to the Editor: CO-STARS volunteers appreciated

Dear Editor: I would like to extend special thanks to the following community members and teachers who volunteered their time and talents to make the first CO-STARS academic event a success:

Meeker moves to turn school over to county

MEEKER I The Meeker Town Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to proceed with an ordinance that would allow the town to turn the old Meeker Elementary School on Main Street in the downtown area over to the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners.