News Briefs: Nov 17, 2020

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ERBM closure due to COVID-19

MEEKER | Due to COVID-19 related staffing concerns, ERBM Recreation & Park District operations and facilities (including the Meeker Recreation Center) will be closed beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, until further notice. More information, as it becomes available, will be posted at

Meeker featured in new film

MEEKER | Meeker is officially set to hit the silver screen as locally made independent feature film Evergreen will be released on digital streaming platforms beginning Nov. 24. In December 2017, a group of budding independent filmmakers travelled from Los Angeles, California, to make a full-length feature film in Meeker, Colorado. Shot in just 10 days and set around the Christmas holiday, Evergreen shows off the beauty of the Colorado Western Slope while exploring a complicated romance between two star-crossed lovers and their emotional journey to accepting each other and themselves.

The cast and crew received generous local support from Meeker and Rifle restaurants, services, and people, some of whom even appear in the film. The film took the U.S. film festival circuit by storm, playing at 11 festivals in 10 different states while racking up more than 10 awards in the process, including Best Picture by the Houston Film Critics Association. Starring Tanner Kalina (Everybody Wants Some!!) and Amanda Maddox (Moonbase 8), Evergreen will be released exclusively on iTunes on Nov. 24 before expanding to all digital streaming platforms and DVD on Dec. 1

Little Points of Light virtual kick off

RBC | Join Horizons Specialized Services and Blanco Cellars & The little Cheese Shop for a virtual party on Thursday, December 3rd from 6-7pm. This event is free to attend. Learn about Horizons Early Intervention Services, Family Support Program, and Little Points of Light Campaign. Vanessa Trout will offer a presentation on how to make the perfect cheese board for any get-together or holiday party. Go to to register for the Zoom link. To purchase a Little Points of Light Happy Hour Party Box for $35, go to Blanco Cellars & The little Cheese Shop’s website,, then click on Shop, then Curated Collections.

WRBM pool closure Nov. 13 through 22

RANGELY | The WRBM Rec and Park District swimming pool and hot tub will be closed for maintenance and repairs Nov. 13-22. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and thank you for understanding.

Short staffed? Grow your own talent!

RBC | Good help is hard to find, yet great teams are more important now than ever. If you’re part of a healthcare profession (medical, dental, pharmaceutical, behavioral, home health, assisted living, and so much more), you’re invited to a panel discussion about new opportunities to grow your existing or new staff. Visit to complete a short survey, and receive a follow-up email with useful information. For any other questions and to schedule a visit with our team contact Sasha Nelson, Colorado Northwestern Community College Director of Workforce Training at 970-824-1118 or email

December CNCC classes

RBC | Basic Search and Rescue: Covers the basic fundamentals required for Search & Rescue in a wilderness environment. Includes practical experience in tracking; equipment knowledge; skill building for survival, support,& practical Search & Rescue in an outdoor environment. Course will conclude with practical testing & written examination to obtain certification in Fundamentals of Search & Rescue. Class meets in Rangely 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 to Dec. 11. The cost of the class is $888. Registration due by Nov. 30 Sign-up by calling 970-824-1118 or by visiting

COVID-19 testing options

RBC | Rio Blanco County Public Health and Environment offers COVID-19 testing for all citizens who are symptomatic and/or have had a known exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and would like a test. Due to community spread, drive-up testing will now be offered Monday through Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in both Meeker and Rangely.
The designated COVID-19 testing area is the South parking lot in both Meeker and Rangely. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and a Public Health nurse will assist you.

If you are in need of a COVID-19 test for clearance for travel or part of your preoperative guidelines, please reach out to Pioneers Medical Center, 970-878-9796, or the Rangely District Hospital at 970-620-3969.
For further information, please contact the Rio Blanco County Public Health & Environment Department at 870-878-9520.