NEWS BRIEFS: Feb 4, 2021

Rio Blanco economic update

MEEKER | On behalf of Colorado Mesa University, the public is invited to a presentation on the Rio Blanco economy with Nathan Perry, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Colorado Mesa University. The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted Rio Blanco, the State, and National economies?
  • What is the growth trend for Rio Blanco?
  • Has standard of living increased in Rio Blanco?
  • Where are unemployment claims headed?
  • How will transition away from coal affect NW Colorado?
  • What are the population trends for the region?
  • What can we expect in 2021?

Join the virtual presentation on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. by emailing for the free Zoom link.

Presented by the White River Alliance, Rio Blanco Historical Society, and the Rio Blanco Herald Times.

Meeker Skijor livestream Feb. 20-21

MEEKER | We are excited to announce the Meeker Skijor race is happening, but may look a bit different than usual this year. Make plans to watch the event livestream Feb. 20 and 21 on the Meeker Skijor Facebook page @MeekerSkijor or website,

Community Master Plan meeting Feb. 8

MEEKER | A quick reminder that the Meeker Planning Commission’s second public meeting for the Community Master Plan is scheduled for next Monday, February 8, 2021. This meeting will serve as an opportunity for the Planning Commission to continue their consideration of whether to adopt the final version of the Community Master Plan, and the Plan’s Appendices, as an official document of the Town of Meeker. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM.

The Planning Commission meeting is open to the public. Those that are interested in participating are strongly encouraged to do so via Zoom (login information provided below). If you plan on attending the hearing/meeting in-person you will be required to wear a mask and comply with the town’s social distancing requirements.

Join Zoom Meeting via Internet:

Join Zoom Meeting via Phone:

Dial: (720) 928-9299
Enter Meeting ID: 7467541100
Enter Passcode: 211211

Free legal clinic Weds., Feb. 10

MEEKER | The next free legal clinic for individuals without an attorney will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 from 2-5 p.m.—contact your local library at 970-878-5911 to be added to the sign-up sheet. As a COVID work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming to your local public library (which has limited access), your local library staff will schedule all appointments. It is especially important to provide a reliable phone number, so the volunteer attorney can call the clinic patron’s telephone directly, during scheduled clinic hours.

CNCC classes in Meeker and Rangely


Earn your certification as an Emergency Medical Responder in a few short weekends. This class acts as a prerequisite to the Search and Rescue I and II. All classes will be held in person, in Rangely. Contact us for housing options. Class meets 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Feb.13 to Feb. 28 and costs $520. Meeker residents 62 or older may qualify for 50 percent off. Learn more and sign-up by calling 970-824-1109 or by visiting


Enrich your personal and private life by learning how ethics impacts you daily. Join instructor Gregory LaPoint online from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 2 through March 11. The cost is $126. Meeker residents 62 or older may qualify for 50 percent off. Learn more and sign-up by calling 970-824-1109 or by visiting