By BRITTNY CAMPOS
Special to the Herald Times
RANGELY | Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas hosted what they are referring to as the first annual Rangely Round Up on Friday, June 1. They are continually on the lookout for community cleanup projects throughout the Western Slope. This year they collaborated with Rangely Elks to clean up and restore the newly named Rangely Elks Lodge #1907 Shooting Range. Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas works hard on giving back to their local communities. Starting at 9 a.m., clean up at the shooting range provided several loads of trash to take away. Fencing was installed all around the range, the building was painted and repaired inside and out and repairs were made all over the property.
Rangely Town Council members Rich Garner, Matt Billgren and Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Rector helped out with the repairs. Town Manager Peter Brixius also worked with the group.
Don Reed said the range will be open to the public. It will be a full scale range: pistol, archery, rifle, trap and skeet. The local Elks lodge will be the ones operating the range. Reed has hopes it will draw events to Rangely.
The range will be part of the National Skeet Shooting Association. Being part of this association gives another opportunity for people to come to Rangely.
Rick Brady appreciates all of the assistance and donations to help get this up and running. Brady has been a driving force to get this range put together so the people of Rangely can do these activities as a family. Wheels have been turning for a while as a grant from the Department of Wildlife helped to get this project off the ground. The opening is set for Sept. 1.