Meeker Locals: February 21, 2008

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By Harold Tymes
Staff Writer

MEEKER — Leadville, Colo., in Lake County, a mountain community about the same size as Meeker, serves as a reminder this week of the importance of being diligent to demand responsible and ethical methods of extracting our natural resources to protect our environment. Leadville has declared a local state of emergency. Old mining tunnels flooded with contaminated water are threatening to explode because the water table is unusually high this year. It’s like a 125-year-old hangover from the silver boom and gold rush days. Let’s hope we can avoid passing similar challenges to our progeny from the natural gas and oil shale “boom.” Get involved!
Speaking of being involved, are there any Meekerites out there willing to throw their hats in the ring for the mayoral election this spring or for a seat on the town’s board of trustees? It’s a sad day for a democratic republic when it can’t find enough citizens willing to serve as elected officials to even hold an election! If we don’t have any candidates this year, as has been the case in the past, perhaps we should just appoint a king. There would be guaranteed “takers” for that position! If you think you are up to the task of helping guide and direct our community, stop by Meeker Town Hall for more information.
Happy birthday this week to Travis Day and John Wix, Feb. 21; Taylor Merriam and Crystal Gumm, Feb. 23; Iola Hicken, Robby Jensen, Feb. 26; Becky Meyer and Clay Caldwell, Feb. 27. Hadley Franklin will be 4-years-old Monday, Feb. 25. Happy birthday, Hadley!
Oops, belated annivdersary wishes to Bobby and Deanna Lawson, Feb. 14; and to Ben and Iris Franklin, Feb. 18. And a huge congratulations to Dick and Nyla Merriam, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today, Feb. 21.
Are you or your family members missing from this list? Please send us your family’s special dates — anniversaries, birthdays, etc. — so we can celebrate with you! Send info to, or mail items to P.O. Box 720, Meeker, Colo., 81641.