Tree damage…

High winds and snow buildup in the past week have taken their toll on trees in Meeker and the surrounding area. This tree in Powell Park was damaged the evening of April 14. The top third of the tall spruce tree snapped off due to high winds and got hung up in an adjacent tree. If the tree had fallen the other direction, it would have fallen onto a house.

Hungry…

One way to find food that is buried under the deep snow is to look up into the trees as these two mule deer does are doing at the intersection of Fourth and Park streets in Rangely. Deep snow throughout both ends of Rio Blanco County have the deer looking to trees and shrubs they can reach as anything sprouting from the ground remains hidden under feet of snow.

Still a bit frosty…

It may be that the days are warming up, but the nights are still frigid enough to keep this drain at Rangely District Hospital from thawing out. There’s no free water here for the animals unless they happen to be looking for a Popsicle.

Brief blizzard…

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It took about 30 minutes for heavy snow to blanket Meeker on Monday morning before it warmed up and started to melt. The snow fell until about 1 p.m., but the warm temperatures were melting the snow faster that it was falling. Monday’s snow was the first major snow storm in roughly three weeks.

Big icicles…

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A mix of cold, wind, snow and warmer daytime temperatures created some giant icicles off the back roof of the Meeker Hotel until the middle of last week, when warmer temperatures befell Meeker and the sun shone brightly while the snow took a break. Finally, the icicles broke off and melted, giving way to a […]

Roof collapse…

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Meeker Police Chief Bob Hervey said that heavy snow was the cause of a roof collapse on a mobile home in a small trailer court at 1260 Park St. in Meeker on Monday afternoon. Fortunately, no one was home at the time. Snow and a large portion of the roof fell into the living room. […]

Fast food…

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With snow covering some of the deer forage in the wild, this small group of deer thoroughly enjoys the low-hanging access to bird food at this bird feeder, just outside a door on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely.

Snowfall…

The “one way” sign is at least eight feet tall, the pine tree next to it is about 13 feet high and the trees behind the snow bank are at least 20 feet tall, yet they are buried in a snow bank in the alley that runs between Fifth and Sixth streets and Main and Market streets as the snow fell quite heavily on Tuesday morning. Between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, more than a foot had fallen, and there is a shortage of places to move and dump the excess snow.

Snowy streets…

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Lots of snow fell in Meeker each day last week, culminating with about 10 inches more on Christmas Day. That made for some interesting driving around town, dodging piles of snow up to seven feet high between the lanes on some of the main streets, like this shot of the intersection at 6th and Main […]

Pull out the snow shovels…

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The streets are slushy and the Market Street sidewalks are unshoveled as seen during the snowstorm last week in Meeker. Meeker Town Hall is reminding all Meeker residents it is their duty to keep residential and business sidewalks clear of snow or to possibly face a fine up to $1,000—even the businesses along Market Street […]

Help is now available for home weatherization

RBC I Fall is definitely in the air and thoughts are turning to getting ready for winter. Now is the perfect time to make your home as energy efficient as it can be—to keep your family warm and to save money on your heating bills. Eligibility for the program is based on income levels. Counties […]

Before winter arrives, it is best to prepare for the worst

RBC I Winter Weather Preparedness Week runs through Saturday as proclaimed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Before winter weather arrives in earnest, it is highly recommended that drivers prepare vehicles for winter travel.