VFW “Voice of Democracy” scholarship deadline Nov. 1

MEEKER I Meeker Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall No. 5843 is one of the VFW halls nationally taking part in the organization’s annual Voice of Democracy scholarship competition for students nationally.

Rangely trail project advances while new veterans’ memorial park nears completion

Town of Rangely employees, subcontracted to the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District, cut walkways through Hefley Park in west Rangely last week. The space, which will become a veterans’ memorial park, will feature a 1 1/4-life-sized soldier statue created by Meeker artist John Kobald and funded through collaborative efforts of the Meeker and Rangely VFWs, government entities, businesses and individuals in 2012-2013. An identical statue was unveiled on Meeker’s courthouse lawn on July 4, 2013.

RANGELY I A non-motorized trails project in the works for more than two years approached completion this week while Town of Rangely subcontractors began work on a veterans’ memorial park in the existing Hefley Park last week. The first link of a 16-mile, five-loop trail system outlined in a 2011 master plan is in its […]

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Memorial honors county veterans


MEEKER I The ground was broken in early June on the lawn and sidewalk at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, but the statue and the stone/concrete construction of the actual Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial will be unveiled and dedicated in downtown Meeker on Thursday after the parade.

VFWs combine efforts; construction begins on county veterans memorial

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Ground preparation is complete for the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial on the county courthouse lawn in Meeker, but actual stone and concrete construction of the base is expected to start this week so the statue of the solder, to be dubbed “Sacrifice and Resolution” will be dedicated after the parade July 4. Seen with the plastic-wrapped statue that will top the memorial is Joe Dungan, the veterans service officer for Rio Blanco and the Meeker VFW post.

MEEKER I The ground was broken two weeks ago on the lawn and sidewalk at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, but the stone and concrete construction of the actual Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial will begin this week in downtown Meeker.

Veterans memorial donation…

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Rio Blanco County veterans service officer Hoot Gibson accepts a $3,000 check from Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan and Recreation and Park District (WRBM) executive director Tim Webber last Friday.

Eagle Scout, VFW conduct flag ceremony

MEEKER I Eagle Scout Collin Cochran will join VFW Commander Tom Kilduff and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in conducting an official and patriotic flag retirement ceremony on the courthouse lawn immediately following the conclusion of the parade.

Gone, but not forgotten

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RBC I Independence Day is celebrated because of the brave soldiers serving in the armed forces, fighting and defending the Constitution of the United States and the rights it provides all Americans. Range Call has celebrated Independence Day in Meeker since 1885 and Rio Blanco County has produced hundreds of soldiers over the years. The […]

VFW memorial …

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RBC | Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5843 in Meeker and VFW Post 5261 in Rangely are currently raising funds for the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial to be placed on the courthouse lawn in Meeker.

History many don’t know

RBC I There are 58,267 names now listed on the polished black wall of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date. Within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it […]

Veterans memorial contributions

MEEKER | Contributions to the proposed County Veterans Memorial can be sent to: VFW POST 5843, Rio Blanco County Memorial Fund, Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., Meeker, Colo., 81641.

Veterans ask for support

Local artist and veteran John Kobald has created a 14-inch clay maquette of a modern-day soldier which will be the model for a veteran memorial to honor the men and women of Rio Blanco County who have served in the five branches of the military.

RBC I Several veterans from local VFW Post 5843 presented a proposal to place a bronze statue of a modern-day soldier on the south sidewalk of the courthouse lawn and Rio Blanco County commissioners had no objections to the project.