News Briefs: Oct. 8, 2020

Reserve booths for annual craft/gift show

MEEKER | The 2020 Annual Craft and Gift Show will be Friday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the RBC Fairgrounds. Please email: or call Michelle Weston at 970-878-5563 to request a registration form. Booth space is $40.

History lovers unite!

RBC | Do you love history? Are you excited about local lore and the future of the White River Museum? The Rio Blanco County Historical Society Board of Directors is seeking interested candidates for some open board seats. If you’re interested in actively working to preserve the heritage of the White River Valley, send a letter of interest to PO Box 413, Meeker, CO 81641.

WREA promotes SmartHub

MEEKER | WREA is excited to encourage members to manage their electric account through the free and secure web and mobile app known as Smarthub. About one-half of WREA’s membership currently utilizes Smarthub and WREA is hopeful that more members will take advantage of this free and easy tool. Smarthub can be accessed through WREA’s website or on your mobile phone. It offers an easy way to compare and monitor usage as well as enroll in auto pay, electronic payments and service orders. Smarthub is free and secure. Please visit, look for the Smarthub link and sign in as a new user. Please call WREA if you need assistance with the sign up. Existing and new Smarthub members who sign up in October will be entered into a drawing for $25 Meeker Chamber Bucks. WREA will draw winners in November.

SafeCare Colorado coming to RBC

RBC | Please join us on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St., in Meeker, Colorado, as we bring SafeCare Colorado to Rio Blanco County. SafeCare Colorado is an evidence-based, in-home program for parents of children 5 years or younger who are at- risk for or have been reported for child neglect or abuse. SafeCare providers work with families in their homes to improve parent skills. Kyra Montgomery from the Office of Early Childhood and Katherine Casillas from the Kemp Center will be joining us as we learn the history of SafeCare and how it can support families, community partners and agencies in Rio Blanco County. SafeCare will be hosting this event with COVID-19 in mind. You can participate in this informative meeting in-person (following social distancing and mask wearing) or virtually via the ZOOM platform. For more information or to access the Zoom link, call Kim Maneotis at 970-824-8233.

Register now for CNCC classes

Halloween Haunted House Decorating

RANGELY | Decorate a graham cracker haunted house for Halloween. We provide the house, icing in all colors, a selection of candies, templates for transfers and hands on demos on decorating creation. Bring a box to carry your house home in. All children 16 and under must bring a parent. Class meets 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 in Rangely. The cost of the class is $15 and includes everything needed to make at least one house. Registration due by Oct. 14. Sign-up by calling 970-824-1118 or visiting

Death by Chocolate: A Little History, a lot of truffle making

RBC | Learn many fabulous facts about chocolate and truffle making during this deliciously educational evening. Watch demos, learn how to make amazing flavors and start rolling your own handmade truffles! Each student takes home 12 truffles in a choice of flavors. Rangely class meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. with registration due by Oct. 12. Meeker class meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 with registration due by Oct. 28. The cost of the class is $65 including chocolate to take home. Meeker seniors 62 years old or older receive 50 percent off. Sign-up by calling 970-824-1118 or visiting

Decorative Candies

RANGELY | Learn to create incredible royal icing candies for all your holiday dessert decorating. These little candies dry hard for easy storage. Choose from an array of designs such as unicorns, googly eyes, bees, fall leaves and more. Class meets in Rangely 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 with registration due by Nov. 2. The cost of the class includes everything needed to make several candies. Bring a box to take candies home. Sign-up by calling 970-824-1118 or visiting

Creative Curation

MEEKER | Interested in museum curation? During this family friendly camp you’ll have a chance to learn what it takes to be the director of the White River Museum. Divide into teams and then take charge of designing, and developing what goes inside as well how to market an exhibit at the museum. Teams will present their plans to a panel of judges, competing with each other for a chance to have the museum use their ideas for a new or updated exhibit. This is your chance to make an impact on history. Class meets 1-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 23-25. The cost of the class is $75. Registration due by Nov. 16. Sign-up by calling 970-824-1118 or visiting

Looking for senior workers

MEEKER | We have a few openings!! SER National is been funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to operate the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) focusing on the training and employment needs of the mature worker. The Rio Blanco County Historical Society has recently become a host agency for this program. Participants in the SER SCSEP come from all walks of life, have diverse work experiences and possess various levels of education. SER partners with host agencies (local non-profit organizations 501(c)(3) and government agencies) to provide participants with training opportunities to update their skills. SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income (not more than 125% of the established federal poverty guidelines) persons at least 55 years of age who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects. The program has been suspended since the COVID 19 Shutdowns began, but there is a possibility that we will be starting in November. Please notify the White River Museum if you would like to apply. Applications are being taken now for the openings in November. At the White River Museum, participants will serve as docents, receptionists, and perform administrative functions with a little housekeeping, labeling, researching and filing included.  Please drop by the Museum to get assistance logging in to fill in the application. Or go to