DAYS GONE BY: August 12

 The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

• And the man who considers his name a matter of news is still painfully in evidence.

• This section was again visited by heavy rains last Saturday afternoon and Sunday. It came down steady and hard all day Sunday, since which time we have been favored with uniformly dry and cold weather. 

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

• It takes very little if any more time and trouble and expense to do a thing right than to do it half right. 

• Are you going forward or backward? This will be the question you will be called to answer, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer. By the character of your vote you will indicate whether you favor building up our Public School System or letting it retrograde. At this date boys and girls don’t get very far in Life’s struggle without an education. Think of this. Practically everybody admits the need of a high school building, but quite a number say- let us wait till times are better before burdening ourselves with additional taxes. 

The Meeker Herald 

50 years ago

• Visitors and tourists to the White River valley can look forward to using a new camping area before long. Before leaving for White River Monday morning, the Carstens stopped at The Herald office to show a load of concrete slabs, grills, and picnic tables they were talking to a new public campground east of Buford on BLM land near the late George Herrel property. The campgrounds are being developed cooperatively by the county with matching federal funds, who are endeavoring to complete the project this fall. The equipment for the new recreation area was built in the county shop this winter.

• Homemade Cookies To Servicemen in Vietnam: Think he’d like some cookies? If you have a son or relative serving in Vietnam, who would appreciate receiving homemade cookies, the Utopia club wants to send them.

The Meeker Herald 

25 years ago

• Meeker firefighters got some good training last weekend, and everyone fervently hopes that they never need to put the training into practice. The fire department set numerous small fires in a small house on Market Street, to get experience in things such as flashovers, back drafts, positive pressure ventilation, and fully charged rooms.

• DeLayne Kracht and Collin Robinson, both seniors this fall at Meeker High School, have been nominated for the fourth annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The national awards program created by Wendy’s, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City recognizes academic achievement, community service, and athletic accomplishments.

Rangely Times 

50 years ago

• Valuation of the city of Rangely for 1971 increased from $1,674,311 to 1,679,330, according to figures released this week by County Assessor Dale Frisby. Value of the 1971 Sanitation district is $1,554,295. 

• Attorney General John Mitchell has raised a seldom-mentioned point in speaking up for the U.S. courts. He noted that under the U.S system of justice the prosecutor begins with an inherent disadvantage. That is the tradition of Anglo-Saxon law of course, which holds that it is better that the guilty go free than that an innocent individual be found guilty. Thus the system is weighed in the defendant’s favor from the beginning. Few would quarrel with that feature of the U.S. court system.

• Nuclear… Higgins of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, who assessed chances of the explosions venting – blowing the lid off and releasing large amounts of radiation to the atmosphere – as “zero”. Rulison neither vented nor seeped. Higgins said the only accidental radiation release possible from Rio Blanco would be seepage up the drill hole and said the chances of that happening were “near zero.” Seismic effects and shock waves are a factor of kilotonage.

Rangely Times 

25 years ago

• Monstrous! The Deserado Mine’s new continuous miner stands ready to begin its labor at the mountain’s roots. The remote control machine can cut a 35 foot deep tunel through coal seams. Running on electrical power, the miner will pave the way for the longwall equipment which is scheduled for summer 1997.

• Recent events in Rangely have served to make us aware of problems that exist on different boards that govern various districts, organizations, and the town. However, I would also like to share a hardworking board, because there are good people working for the good of their community and are willing to set aside personal grievances towards that end. 


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