Long-time CNCC dental hygiene teachers retiring

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With 20 and 30 years respectively invested in Colorado Northwestern Community College’s dental hygiene program, newly retired faculty Barbara and Mark Patterson say that while retirement has been enjoyable so far, they’ve loved their years as educators and plan to stay involved in the profession.

RANGELY I Colorado Northwestern Community College dental hygiene faculty Barbara and Mark Patterson are used to adventures. They’ve shepherded generations of students into an ever-evolving profession. They have been a part of that evolution themselves. They wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Vicky Tate retires after 34 years with MSD

Vicky and Mike Tate on their wedding day.

MEEKER I One of the advantages to living in a small town is the number of exceptional teachers who possess such perseverance that they impact two generations of learners.


Bonnie Ruckman

Bonnie Ruckman, the director of the Rio Blanco County Department of Human Services, spent plenty of time cutting her retirement cake on Monday afternoon at Meeker Town Hall.

Ellis retires after 50 years in insurance industry

phmkelaine ellis

MEEKER I She has been the face of Meeker’s Farm Bureau insurance agency for more than 13 years and worked at the Colescott Agency for five years before that.

Miller & Lansing: Rangely educators to retire

Jeff Miller and Mary Lansing have been teachers or school administrators for a combined  61 years. Both will retire at the end of this school year.  Lansing is the current principal at Parkview Elementary and acting assistant superintendent. The two were honored by students when asked to be the 2010 Homecoming parade marshals.

When the Rangely High School Class of 2011 graduates next month, two long-time Rangely educators will commence their retirement. Jeff Miller and Mary Lansing have been teachers or administrators for a combined 61 years.