Rio Blanco County days gone by

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The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• Beetle-killed timber was found suitable for a new kind of low-density board.
• Someone has suggested that the outer garments of patriotism often cover the underwear of self-interest.
• Bethel Waddington married Verne Davis at Holy Family Catholic Church.
• Delores Calkins married Kenneth Leff in a home ceremony performed by Methodist minister Rev. Erwin Simmons.
• Rosemary Bowden married Don Hilkey Aug. 2.

The Meeker Herald — 20 years ago
• Levi Pakuer, Sarah Conrado and Justin Miller ended up winning the three greased pigs in their age divisions at the fair.
• The Junior Livestock Sale brought in $81,892.
• County Commissioner Joe Collins was hospitalized after an unusual incident at the county fair in which he wrenched his back while attempting to dodge a steer.
• The Meeker Chamber of Commerce received what could easily be called, “the ol’ cold shoulder” from the Town of Meeker following their request for increased financial funding.
• Katie Conrado won the 4-H Champion Market Hog at the fair.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• James L. Bosley was employed as the principal of Rangely High School, according to Superintendent B.F. Yaeger.
• The county’s population increased by 200 persons between 1957 and 1959, to 5,000 people.
• Rio Blanco County’s assessed valuation decreased by $5 million.
• Six cases of polio had been reported in Colorado and three of them in Craig.
• Georgia Randolph and Don Stevenson were married at Rangely Christian Church Aug. 9, 1959.
• Pepsi-Cola, six-pack carton, 30 cents at Bestway.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• The United States Hang Gliding Association Region 4 Hang Gliding Championship was scheduled to be held near Dinosaur.
• Little Travis LeBleu’s aunt Ginny caught a 6 pound catfish.