Year in Review: June~December 2014

Gov. John Hickenlooper made an hour-long stop in Meeker on Oct. 10 at Mountain Valley Bank before heading to see the new Pioneers Medical Center and continue his state tour. The bank’s meeting room had a standing-room-only crowd of Republicans and Democrats from both sides of the county as Hickenlooper answered audience questions regarding the energy industry in Northwestern Colorado, economic and business growth in Colorado—recently pegged as having the No. 1 growing economy in the nation, how the state was the first ever to have to cope with 13 major disasters from floods to fires in just one year, how Colorado is being watched for its ability to get energy, environment and government groups together to work out an energy policy that pleases all sides, and state health issues, including how the state abortion rate has been cut by 40 percent and teen pregnancy is down 35 percent.

RBC I This week we will look at news and events that took place between June and December 2014.

The year in review: Top happenings of 2014 ~ January-June

RBC I This is Part 1 of our annual review of news stories and local events from the previous year. This week covers January through June, 2014.

Year in Review, July-Dec. ~ Pt. 4

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From ‘A Night at Hogwarts’ at Parkview Elementary School, which focused on literacy, to fun times at Mountain Valley Bank’s Fall Festival in Meeker, a wide variety of events kept things a-hopping for the last six months of 2013.

Year in Review, July-Dec ~ Pt. 3

♦ Ace Trucking of Rangely entered the 2013 Coed League tournament undefeated and the No. 1 seed, but lost in the semifinals, forcing them to come back and defeat the defending champs, Rangely True Value Hardware, twice in a row to win the title. ♦ A mural that now adorns the east side of Shepherd’s […]

Year in Review, July-Dec. ~ Pt. 2

The Rangely Rock Crawlers were one of many entrees in the Septemberfest parade and car show in Rangely over the Labor Day weekend.

♦ The Milk Creek Fire, 15 miles northeast of Meeker and 3.5 miles east of Yellowjacket Pass, was reported July 4. Attack resources responded immediately.

Year in Review, July-Dec. ~ Pt. 1

A larger-than-life sculpture by Meeker sculptor John Kobald was dedicated July 4 in Meeker as the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial with the name of “Sacrifice and Resolution.” The statue is on the lawn in front of the county courthouse with a duplicate slated for Rangely in 2014.

RBC I The Rangely Board of Education named Matt Scoggins the next RE-4 district superintendent after a hiring process that lasted more than a month narrowed the field to two candidates, Scoggins and Paul Jebe of La Junta, Colo.

Year in Review – Pt. 5

Three teams from Meeker made it to the Destination Imagaination Global Finals last year.

• Three Meeker Destination Imagination teams qualified for the Global Finals in Knoxville Tenn., in May. The third-grade team is in the front row; the fifth-grade team in the middle row; and the sixth-grade team in the back row. Meeker has three of the four teams representing the Western Slope as members of Team Colorado. […]

Year in Review – Pt. 4

Heavy snow in all parts of Rio Blanco County was a newsworthy subject throughout 2013.

• Musicians are working to save “the tank,” an unused water storage tank west of Rangely near County Road 41. The space, which musician and composer Bruce Odland calls “a sonic wonder of the world,” has captured unique reverberations of sound for more than three decades. If Friends of the Tank can raise $42,000 by […]

Year in Review – Pt. 3

Sarah Ward of Rangely crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, just moments before bombs exploded.

• Commissioners also signed a proclamation in defense of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. “Whereas, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that ‘A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not […]

Year in Review – Pt. 2

A new Spartan statue was part of CNCC’s 50th anniversary.

• Development is moving forward on 16 lots in a new subdivision approximately one-half mile west of Parkview Elementary School. An annexation last spring allowed Rio Mesa Resources, owned by Mike Hayes, to develop the 95-acre site • After more than 300 people finished off 600 pounds of crab legs at the annual Crab Crack, […]

Year in Review – Pt.1

From making music in an old tank in Rangely to determining the future for the old elementary school in Meeker to the 50th anniversary of Colorado Northwestern Community College and three Meeker teams making it to the DestinationImagination (DI) nationals, the first six months of 2013 were busy in Rio Blanco County.

RBC I A Dec. 20, 2012, notice from Kent Walter, field manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s White River Field Office in Meeker, sent to all BLM grazing permittees (more than 85), drew a large crowd to the Rio Blanco County exhibition hall on New Year’s Day. According to grazing advisory board member Mike […]

Rio Blanco County: 2012 Year in Review

New siding was installed at the Radino Senior Center in Rangely.

RBC I The following review was provided by Rio Blanco County staff.