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The Jason Hightower Memorial Fund will be part of the Meeker Education Foundation’s overall effort to raise monies to support grants to teachers for their needs in their classrooms. MEF President Mary Strang said, “If the Hightower Fund becomes large enough, it could be managed as its own endowment. Until then, it will be part of our overall foundation endowment.” To donate to the fund, contact Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker or send it to P.O. Box 255.

The Rio Blanco Stockgrowers Association has scholarships available to high school seniors and current college students pursuing a college degree in some type of agriculture. Interested applicants should contact Teresa Anderson, Stockgrowers recording secretary, at 970-274-2203.

It was reported in the Feb. 19 Herald Times that Rangely man, Michael Miner, was sentenced to nine years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for the July 2014 ”rape” of a 12-year-old girl. The term “rape”is not used in state law. Miner was sentended to nine years for sexual exploitation of a minor under 15 years of age and three years for attempted sexual assault with sentences to run concurrently.