News Briefs: June 28, 2012

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Meeker Pageant seeking participants
MEEKER | Meeker Pageant director Laurie Zellers is seeking participants for the July 4th Meeker Pageant production. This spectacular annual event has been presented each year for more than 70 years. Players are needed for various characters and technical production support staff. If you are interested and available, please contact Laurie Zellers at 878-0554 or email

Grand re-opening of Elks Park July 7

RANGELY | The grand re-opening of Elks Park will be celebrated July 7 and tickets for the Surf-N-Turf lunch are on sale until June 29. Call Camilla Kennedy at 675-8211 for tickets and to sign up for the Salsa contest and Rib Cook Off.

The Smokin’ BBQ Showdown July 5
MEEKER | The Smokin’ BBQ Showdown will be held Thursday, July 5 on the courthouse lawn. Categories include: Pork Ribs, baby back or spare ribs; Chicken; Backyard BBQ (everything else). Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Registrations and more information can be picked up at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, 710 Main St. 970-878-5510. To guarantee a space, register by June 28, 5pm.

CNCC watercolor art show today
MEEKER | The opening reception for the CNCC watercolor art show will be held June 28, starting at 5 p.m., at Wendll’s Wondrous Things, hosted by CNCC community education instructor John Kobald. Kobald’s students’ art projects from the spring semester will be on display for the month of July.

Contributions to Veterans Memorial

MEEKER | Contributions to the proposed County Veterans Memorial can be sent to: VFW POST 5843, Rio Blanco County Memorial Fund, Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., Meeker, Colo., 81641

VFW Fourth of July activities
MEEKER | The Meeker VFW Post 5843 will be marching in this year’s Fourth of July parade and would like to invite all veterans to march with us. Additionally the Meeker VFW Post 5843 and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 5843 will have an awning set up and will have flags and poppies. Donations will go towards the Rio Blanco County War Memorial. The Scouts will be performing a flag burning ceremony on the Fourth of July as well. We encourage everyone to come out and attend.

“Troubled Trails” book signing July 4

MEEKER | Robert Silbernagel, the editorial page editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction and the author of “Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado,” will be at Wendll’s Wondrous Things July 4. He spent four years researching and writing the book, including traveling extensive portions of the trails the Utes used following the battle at Milk Creek and the killings at the White River Indian Agency on Sept. 29, 1879.