News Briefs: March 6, 2008

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FFA chapter hosting labor auction tonight
RANGELY — The Rangely FFA chapter would like to invite the public to its second annual labor auction March 6. The event will include a Rocky Mountain oyster and chicken fry dinner, auction and entertainment. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Rangley High School commons. Contact Crandal Mergelman at 675-2253 or by e-mail at for more information.

Sportsman’s Club meets tonight
MEEKER — Meeker Sportsman’s Club’s monthly meeting is today at 7 p.m. at Kilowatt Korner, 233 Sixth St. in Meeker. New members welcome.

Chamber offers events calendar
MEEKER — Visit to view Meeker’s new community calendar. You can also submit your upcoming events to the calendar right on our Web site. For more information, call the Meeker Chamber, (970) 878-5510.

SHARE menus
available at
MEEKER — SHARE Colorado, a nonprofit organization, is a monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half the retail price to everyone.
To order from SHARE’s March menu please visit Meeker SHARE located at the Chamber of Commerce or call (970) 878-5510. March’s order pick-up date will be March 29 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Ninth and Park at the Holy Family Catholic Church.
For more information, you may also call the main SHARE office toll free at 1-800-933-7427 or go online at

CNCC hosts oil shale discussions
RBC — Please come and enjoy an evening of learning and discussion as the Colorado Environmental Coalition and Western Colorado Congress provide a look at the potential future impacts commercial oil shale development, coupled with booming natural gas development, will have on our communities and public lands. A gathering will be held in Weiss Hall on the campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely March 6 at 7 p.m. and at the same time March 7 at Kilowatt Korner in Meeker. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. For more informatio, please contact Sasha at 824-5241 or e-mail

Enroll in hunter
education class
MEEKER — Learn about gun safety, hunter responsibility, wildlife management, outdoor survival and wildlife identification by enrolling in a hunter education class. The class is offered March 8-9 from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1-5 p.m. at Kilowatt Korner at the corner of Sixth and Market streets. The class will be held at the shooting range at 1 p.m March 9.
Pre-registration is required by calling (970) 878-6090.

AARP Driver’s Safety course starts soon
MEEKER — The AARP Driver’s Safety program will be held March 17-18 from 1-5 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Fairfield Center.
The program consists of eight hours classroom instruction and discussion (no driving, no tests) for motorists 50 and over.
A small fee is charged. Those completing the course will qualify for a discount on their auto insurance.
Classroom space is limited. For more information and to sign up for the class call Charlotte White at 878-5676.

Woolgrowers meet Friday at Kilowatt
MEEKER — Rio Blanco County Woolgrowers’ annual meeting will be Friday, March 7 at Kilowatt Korner. The Trail Association meets at 9:30 a.m., and the general meeting is at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in sheep/goats, you are invited to attend. Lunch will be served along with donuts and coffee in the morning.

Airgas “Old School” Chopper built by OCC to visit Craig
CRAIG — The Airgas “Old School” Chopper, designed and built by Orange County Choppers (OCC) using Airgas gases and hardgoods, will be on display at the Holiday Inn March 13 from 3-8 p.m. The customized motorcycle is one of two touring the nation to help mark Airgas’ nearly quarter of a century of growth.
Refreshments will be provided. Pictures with the chopper and other items can be purchased and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

CNCC has spring class options
MEEKER — Colorado Northwestern Community College has spring class offerings still available. Call 878-5227 or stop by the Meeker Center at 345 Sixth St. in the Riegel Building on Tuesday or Wednesday to register for:
n Spring gardening — March 6
n Dutch oven cooking — March 13
n Basic desktop publishing — March 24
n Photography tricks and secrets — April 3
n Horsemanship — April 5
n Pastel workshop — May 10-11

“Home of” 411
RANGELY — This week’s “home of” honorees are Jerry and Danielle LeBleu of Rangely. Jerry has been a Rangely resident since 1969. Danielle moved here in 1979. They will celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary in August.
Jerry owns and operates Professional Touch. Danielle is a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office.
The couple has two sons. Dylan, 5-1/2, is a kindergartner and his brother Dalton is 2-1/2 years old.
Jerry drag races in his spare time and they enjoy their family.
When asked what she likes most about Rangely, Danielle replied, “It’s a small town, comfortable living, great place for kids and the people are nice.”