All safe now …

This hen turkey was out for a solo walk on Sunday just off County Road 8 at about mile marker 10, but, for the most part, the underbrush kept her pretty well disguised. Spring weather seems most dominant these days, but the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that fall turkey applications are being accepted as of today.

Less than two weeks ago, the home on this Meeker town lot at 1189 Park St. had been set up for demolition as “substantially radioactive” uranium ore was found in a coffee can just inside the front door and in an isolated area of the backyard (back right in photo).

Meeker home demolished after ‘hot’ uranium ore found inside

The Folgers coffee can inside this bucket was filled with “significantly radioactive” uranium when the home at 1189 Park St. in Meeker was demolished late last week. A couple more small samples of the “hot” ore were found in the backyard. The radioactive material as well as surrounding soil and the residence have all been cleared up and shipped to a nuclear waste dump site near Steamboat Springs.

Jeremy Simmons, right, the director of the Rio Blanco County Department of Environmental Services, and Paul Peronard, left, take a final look at the exterior of the long-unused residence at 1189 Park St. in Meeker. The home was destroyed Friday and Saturday after official found “substantially radioactive” uranium ore just

U.S. uranium comeback unlikely

RBC I “Uranium Drive-In,” a new documentary by Telluride filmmaker Suzan Beraza, takes a revealing look at Nucla and Naturita, two western Colorado communities that hoped a controversial uranium mill would bring economic revival. But local hopes were dashed when the company involved, Energy Fuels Resources, recently walked away.