NEWS BRIEFS: May 6, 2021

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Oldtimers Association meeting May 8

RBC | There will be an Old Timers Association meeting on May 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Heritage Culture Center at 525 Park St.  The meeting is an open invitation to anyone with an interest in the future plans and activities of the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association. If you plan to attend, please be  ready with suggestions for maintaining traditional activities for the Old Timers and the RBCPA. Contacts for the meeting are Daryl LeFevre ( or Roberta Watt ( 

Tri-State wholesale rate reduction

MEEKER | On April 30, 2021, WREA’s wholesale power supplier, Tri-State, announced its approval of the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Council) settlement case which results in rate reductions for 2021 and 2022. Tri-State’s proposed settlement will be filed with the FERC and, if approved, will go into effect retroactively to March 1, 2021. The additional 2% wholesale rate decrease would go into effect in March 2022, and Tri-State would have a moratorium on any rate increases until May 31, 2023. As an intervening party in the FERC case, WREA advocated for the wholesale rate reduction as well as other issues that WREA believes will benefit Tri-State and its membership. Tri-State voluntarily submitted to FERC rate jurisdiction in 2019 whereby all Tri-State utility members have an opportunity to participate in the wholesale rate cases. 

“WREA is pleased with the outcome of the FERC case which began over a year ago. FERC is a new process for Tri-State and it has shown to be a productive venue to successfully address rate issues,” said WREA General Manager Alan Michalewicz.  WREA is optimistic that the settlement will be approved by FERC this summer and WREA will determine how best to apply these savings. WREA remains financially strong but its industrial loads have declined by 20% in 2021. WREA has worked diligently in the last year to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in an effort to offset declining revenue. These efforts are balanced by WREA’s commitment to maintaining safety, reliability and quality customer service.

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado 

MEEKER | Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at Sanderson Hills Park on Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m. for some fun in the great outdoors – Girl Scout style! At this free event, we will play games centered around Leave No Trace, outdoor first aid, trail markings and more. Caregivers and girls can learn more about launching into their shared Girl Scouts adventure this year. RSVP here: or email

All girls need to bring a caregiver, as this is not a drop off event. Parents are welcome to bring siblings of any gender, as this is a casual, family positive event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by registering for the event using the linked form to maintain capacity, social distancing requirements, and other safety standards. You will receive a confirmation email with more information regarding safety protocols and what you will need to do during the event. Please note that this event is subject to cancellation or change. 

Veterans resource tour, town hall

rbc | VA Western Colorado Health Care System invites veterans to the 2021 Veterans Resource Tour and Town Hall on May 19 at the VFW Post 4265 at 419 E. Victory Way in Craig, Colorado. The resource tour is from 1-5:30 p.m. and the town hall will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about VA health care enrollment, benefits administration, vet center, programs and support. You may dial into the town hall by phone at 1-872-701-0185, meeting ID is 6628040890#. For more information call 970-3140-6597.

R100 returning to Meeker this June

MEEKER | The Meeker Sportsman’s Club is proud to be hosting the R100 again in 2021. Promote your business and be seen at the event by over 500 participants. The R100 will be held June 25-27 this year. We are expecting 500-plus participants. We would like to offer you this opportunity to be a part of this event. All sponsorship forms are due by May 10. If you have any questions, please contact: Cassie McGuire at 970-665-8822.

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