Days Gone By: July 23, 2020

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The Meeker Herald  | 125 years ago

• Colonel Ben Price made one of his periodic visits to the city this week and reports a very annoying and unexpected happening from the Banana ranch. Early in the summer swarms of black crickets appeared in the basin and as soon as they were large enough to travel made their way down to his place, which is located on the head of Deep wash, about two miles from its source and outside the basin proper.

• Overcharged boilers burst or blow out a cylinder-head; overcharged politicians avoid danger by talking all the time.

• The smart aleck pokes fun at the victims of green goods men and bogus spiritualist mediums and then goes broke on a “sure thing” stock speculation.

The Meeker Herald  | 100 years ago

• Bids for sidewalk crossings in the town of Meeker (as advertised) were opened but no action taken on same at this meeting.

• Through the efforts of Commissioner Nichols, the Rangely road is now in fine condition.

• Fred and Mrs. Burke of Piceance, were town visitors midweek.

The Meeker Herald | 50 years ago

• Robert Leonard Ruckman, of Meeker, who is majoring in personnel, is one of the 2,388 students at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, who have won distinguished student rank. 

• The Range Call committee voted Monday night to sponsor Miss Sally Lou Johnson in the Miss Rodeo Colorado contest to be held at Rocky Ford Sept. 3-5. 

• A sure sign of summer was recalled when we overheard this tidbit down at the P.O.: “I just can’t figure out how to get the watermelon in the refrigerator without taking the beer out. 

The Meeker Herald | 25 years ago

• The annual Pro-Am golf tournament which preceded this past weekend’s Lischke Memorial was won by local pro Jim Cook’s team by a slim one-stroke margin. 

• Meeker firefighters douse a pick-em-up truck when it decided to catch fire recently in rural Meeker. To the local smoke eaters, this work is a far cry from last year’s frantic pace when the firemen plumb wore themselves out running from one wildfire to the next. This is better. Much better.

Rangely Times | 50 years ago

• Deserado Disaster: 170 employees put on ‘furlough’; no pay, no benefits. “We’ve had a declining price structure for some time, and in the last six to eight months it’s become very, very fierce in electricity markets for a lot of reasons. And it’s forcing all utilities, not just Deseret, to look at the expense side of their operations in ways that they never had before.” — Fred Palmer, CEO Western Fuels Association 

• Bestway: 50 year anniversary sale. Serving Rangely from 1945-1995.

Rangely Times  | 25 years ago

• Don Rooks of Rangely has been appointed by the Moon Lake Electric Assn. board of directors to fill the unexpired term of Director E.E. Urquhart, who resigned to move to Grand Junction.  

• Little Buckaroo champions were Pam Powell, Dena Nickson, Allen Pierce, Benny Neiberger, Clifford Sanford, Kelly Anderson, Mike Jackson, Curtis Steele, Ty Neiberger, Dennis Slaugh. 

• Rio Blanco County men becoming 19 years old this year face possible military service in 1971, as a result of the July 1 draft lottery.