Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• The 1000th phone in the Meeker exchange was installed July 15 at the Peavy home, 28 miles upriver.
• Louis Alfred was fined $15 and given a 30-day suspended sentence for selling beer to the minors responsible for the beer party and vandalism at Highland cemetery.
• One of the hardest rains of the season hit Meeker on Wednesday afternoon of this week. It was of near cloudburst proportions. The rain, accompanied by some hail, came down in sheets for over a half hour and the streets were running rivers of water.
• Shirley J. Barone received her Master of Education degree at Adams State College.
• There was considerable community interest in a civil lawsuit between two Meeker doctors, Dr. Stuart Smith and Dr. Gerald Puls, who had a business contract disagreement.
• Vespa scooters starting at $359, for sale at Household Gas and Appliance Co.
• Football suits will be issued next Tuesday.
• A storage tank in Maybell containing 20 tons of sulphuric acid burst and dumped its contents into a dry wash.

The Meeker Herald — 20 years ago
• Gofer Foods was the first service station in town to dig up their underground storage tanks to comply with new EPA regulations.
• The downtown improvement project was moving rapidly ahead with crews pulling out old concrete sidewalks and replacing them with new. Workers were surprised this week to find an old hitching post buried underground.
• A boy was born to Earl and Tanya Stout of Vernal. Kyle Austin arrived Aug. 9 at 9:15 a.m. Paternal grandparents are Mason and Ethel Stout. Maternal grandparents are Rayburn and Jeanie Cox.
• Mike Thorsby recorded Meeker’s first hole-in-one of the season as he put his tee shot in on the par 3, seventh hole from 163 yards out.
• Gary Moyer was recuperating at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was catapulted into the air while unloading a piece of equipment and broke his back, requiring surgery.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Between 700-750 students were expected in the Rangely school system.
• Newcomers to Rangely schools included Miss Velma Nyhouse, teaching high school art and English. Robert Plant will teach junior high science and be assistant basketball coach in the Rangely schools.
• In a school essay on “parents,” one little girl wrote: “We get our parents when they are so old it is hard to change their habits.”
• Back to school dance at Elks Club. Sept. 2, 1959. Dress-up party. No jeans for girls.
• Teenagers rate newspapers as Tops for ‘what’s going on in this world.’
• As the space age becomes a reality we must, both as adults and children, develop and maintain fitness.
• Devaux Stewart, fireman apprentice, USN, returned to Long Beach, Calif., aboard the radar picket destroyer USS Henry W. Tucker after a tour of duty with the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• Charles Tarver was named the new county development director.
• Navy Seaman Recruit Robin S. Westby, daughter of Ted and Patricia Westby of Rangely, completed recruit training in Orlando, Fla. A 1983 graduate of Rangely High School, she joined the Navy in April 1989.
• Always keep cultured buttermilk chilled. If it becomes warm, it may separate. If it does — stir it.
• New educators in Rangely: Ed Anderson (physics), Cliff Reynolds (biology), Dan Barta (high school principal), Keith Koepsel (music), Gene Luthman (middle school science), Jerry Kaltenhauser (high school math), Irmajean Barta (second grade) and Elden Paszkowsi (music).
• The monthly Citizens Against Substance Abuse meeting was held Aug. 15.
• Marriage licenses: William Robert Willis and Brenda Jill McKinney of Rangely, William Aubrey Leigh III and Jantina LaDawn Rasmussen of Rangely.