Historical society offers Saturday tour of Milk Creek Battle site

MEEKER I After White River Indian Agent Nathan Meeker plowed up the Ute’s racetrack and tensions escalated, Meeker called for military assistance from the nearest fort, and Major Thomas T. Thornburgh and his 150 troops were dispatched from Fort Fred Steele in Wyoming. They rode south and crossed Milk Creek some 18 miles northeast of […]

Meeker Sportsman’s Club holds public shooting event

MEEKER I For the past three years, the Meeker Sportsman’s Club has hosted an instructional event at the Meeker shooting range during the Range Call Celebration. It is for all ages and skill levels. This year the shoot has a new name.

Range Call Concert Feature: Chris Cagle’s music changes, grows with him

Chris Cagle, a Louisiana native, will headline the concert Saturday evening at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds. He will have Damsel as his opening act, promising a top selection of good old All-American entertainment. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 5 p.m.

MEEKER I Ask Chris Cagle what’s most important to him and you can bet he’ll answer this way: “Family, ranch, music. That’s it.” This response is seemingly simple for a man whose professional credits include two gold albums, two No. 1 albums and 12 charted songs.

Royalty reigns over Range Call

Range Call Rodeo 2014 Queen Cheyenne Steele, First Princess Emily Amick, Second Princess Jazzmyn Wakefield.

RBC I The Range Call Rodeo Royalty Court for 2014 is Queen Cheyenne Steele-Mackay, 17, of Rangely. She is the daughter of Bryan and Janet Mackay.

Grand fireworks show set for dark on Fourth of July

This is one of the fireworks from July 4, 2013, shot off at dark from Highland Cemetery above Meeker’s Town Park and Circle Park. There are a number of locations in town where the cemetery hill is clearly visible.

MEEKER I People might think they have to head to the big city for a decent fireworks display, but Meeker residents and past Range Call attendees know better. Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers and community support, Meeker’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display gets better every year.

Don and Rosemary Hilkey chosen as 2014 parade grand marshals

2014 Range Call parade grand marshals Don and Rosemary Hilkey.

MEEKER I From the snow on the mountaintops to the dirt in the arena, Don and Rosemary Hilkey help make events special in Meeker. This year, the ever-active couple will be celebrated as the grand marshals for the 2014 Range Call Parade, which will be held on Friday in downtown Meeker.

Re-enactment resurrects Meeker bank robbery

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s claims to fame was the dramatic attempted robbery of the Bank of Meeker on Oct. 13, 1896.

Meeker Chamber has day full of fun slated downtown after July 4th parade

MEEKER I A full slate of activities and events, some new and some returning, will take place in downtown Meeker as part of the annual Range Call Celebration.

VFW No. 5843 has long parade history

Meeker VFW Post No. 5843 will be leading Meeker’s Fourth of July Range Call Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, and the group is inviting any veterans from all of the U.S. Armed Forces to march or ride with the group. If any veteran needs to ride in the parade, the VFW will have several decorated golf carts available.

MEEKER I The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization traces its roots back to 1899, when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they […]

Early on Fourth: Run for Your Life 5K walk/run will turn 36

MEEKER I For the past 35 years in the early morning hours of the Fourth of July, Meeker locals and visitors have gathered downtown to take part in a different kind of Independence Day parade: the Run for Your Life 5K walk/run. Last year the race featured 120 runners and more than 130 walkers.

The history of the Range Call Pageant ~ Reviving the Past


The Meeker Massacre Pageant started in 1938, when the American Legion Auxiliary asked Laroy Purdy to organize the show.

Range Call parade entries due Wednesday

MEEKER I The Meeker Range Call Parade is coming July 4, so those who would like to take part in the 10 a.m. event should contact the Meeker Chamber of Commerce as soon as possible.