Meeker services appreciated…

phmkelk creek donation

Elk Creek Ranch recently invited members of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department, Meeker Volunteer Fire Department (MVFR), RBC Search and Rescue (RBCSR), the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CDPW) and their spouses to dinner at the main lodge.

Lost Meeker boy found

MEEKER I Mike and Samantha Lopez were reunited with their eight-year-old son Austin after being separated for approximately six hours east of Meeker.

“I Ride with James” benefit

More than 30 participants turned out this past weekend for a two-day avalanche course. Search and rescue coordinator, Sergeant Travis Mobley of the sheriff’s department, organized the course. The course concluded with hands-on training at Lost Creek on the White River. Well-known  avalanche course instructor Mike Duffy, along with Beaver Creek ski patroller Doug Schofield, offered their expertise and instruction for the course. The demand for winter search and rescue in Colorado has greatly increased and the White River area has also seen an increase in winter recreation and snowmobile activity. The avalanche instructors were impressed with the experience and  knowledge of the local search and rescue personnel who took the course. (Left to right) Tom Allen, Kenneth Thomas, Mike Sizemore, Josh LeBlanc, Zack Allen, Richard Schwegler, Zane Edinger, Luke Purcell, Mike Duffy, Doug Schofield, Michael Selle BLM employee and Marty Casey.

MEEKER I It was a year ago in February that 19-year-old Meeker resident James Sizemore was killed in an avalanche while snowmobiling northeast of Meeker.