Meeker Range Call results

MEEKER I The winners of the Meeker Fourth of July Range Call Parade and of the Meeker Plein Art Competition have been announced by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce.

Results of Meeker Run for Your Life 5K

There were 20 runners in the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan-sponsored Run for Your Life 5K (3.1 miles) on July 4. The winner was Meeker High School distance runner Austin Russell, who ran away with the 2016 Range Call event. He had a time of 18.57 seconds, more than 45 seconds ahead of second place runner Marty Casey, who won the men’s 30 to 39-year-old group with a time of 19:42, and third place Terrance Casias, who turned in a 20:33 and who captured the 19 to 29-year-old group.

MEEKER I The results from the Fourth of July Run for Your Life 5K run and walk sponsored by ERBM follow:

Main Street Madness…

The Warriors were the winners of the sixth- through eighth-grade Main Street Madness three-on-three boys basketball tournament sponsored by the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Parks District on July 4 in downtown Meeker. The Warriors were made up of, from left, Tanner Etzler, Colton Terry, Wesley Counts and Thayne Kitchens from Craig. Not pictured, but winners of the ninth- through 12th-grade division were Team USA members Stephen Walsh, Connor Murphy and Brennan Jenson of Meeker.


It is a real challenge to race a horse around barrels when the horses have to turn sharply in mud that is several inches deep. Above, Meeker’s Lauren Urista takes the obstacles in stride in this ride as part of the barrel race held Sunday evening in the CPRA-sanctioned rodeo at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker as part of Range Call.

More from the 4th of July…

3-on-3 basketball winners named

The team WSH, with members, left to right, Brandon Sanders, Helaman Haynie, Parker Haynie and Gannon Walser captured first place in the Main Street Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament during Range Call.

RBC I There were 20 teams competing in the annual Main Street Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament this year. The winners are:

Blunt, Turner, Webster, Chintala win Range Call Ranch Rodeo buckles

Aaron Webster, Hallie Blunt, her brother Coley Turner, and J.C. Chintala won the prestigious Ranch Rodeo belt buckles in Colorado’s longest-running annual rodeo, the 131st celebration of Range Call. This year’s champions, who finished second the past three years, were the only team to win two events this year and secure the buckles.

MEEKER I A rodeo was the reason cowboys gathered in Meeker to celebrate Independence Day in 1885 on the town’s square. Now, 131 years later, rodeos are still a big draw, including the Meeker Ranch Rodeo, where local cowboys compete in five events for bragging rights as well as the prestigious Range Call Ranch Rodeo […]

Plein Air art show: Success from thin air; local woman wins People’s Choice award

Meeker artist Pat Sheeran-Daggett sits in Meeker Public Library’s new courtyard with her “People’s Choice” award-winning plein air art. Her piece, titled “View of the Valley,” was painted from Meeker’s Ute Park and depicts the David Smith Ranch looking across the White River and up Flag Creek. The award came with $300 sponsored by the Elk Mountain Inn. Her award was one of the six monetary awards given at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce’s Plein Air Meeker 2016 competition, which involved 15 artists, 50 works and 12 art buyers.

MEEKER I Pat Sheeran-Daggett has been a resident and professional Meeker artist for 22 years. For some time, she gently encouraged the Meeker Chamber of Commerce to sponsor one or more art events to bring more art appreciation, artists and maybe even more visitors to Meeker.

Panoramic parade…

This is a panoramic view of Meeker’s Range Call Parade, held Monday morning along Main Street in the downtown area. The parade ran from 7th Street to 4th Street, and this photo, taken using an iPhone, views the entire length of the parade route. One can see the beginning of the parade lineup at the far right nearing the end of the route, all the way to the end of the lineup at the far left. In between, the intersection of 7th and Main streets, and all of the vendors, booths, games and crowd lined up in front of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse. Crowds lined both streets to enjoy the spectacle, which featured a record number of entries this year.

Range Call: Four days of fun, games, music, celebration

Range Call CPRA rodeo…

Competing in a mud-packed arena after Friday night and Saturday night downpours, Ellie Anderson of Meeker took part in the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds on Sunday evening. The stands had a good crowd on hand for the rodeo and all other events during the four-day Range Call Celebration.


Rapidly fired rockets make for a great sight in the sky, and the rockets shot over Kenney Reservoir were even better when reflected on the lake’s vast expanse as they are fired on the far side of the reservoir. The display marked the end of the Rangely Fourth of July celebration, which had activities on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.