Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
– The town was furnished with a mild sensation last Saturday night when it was found that two prisoners had escaped from the county jail.
– Buy a new Easter hat at Mrs. Brown’s, if you wish the correct thing.
– A fool fly was trying to rush the season by appearing at this office Monday. We swatted him.
– Too bad that the dear old Denver Republican cannot use red ink to give vent to its feelings of alarm. Denver and the whole state are doomed to destruction and desolation unless the Republican ticket is elected next fall, according to the hysterical old lady of Sixteenth Street.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
– Those taking part in the Grand Junction Science Fair from Meeker schools were Karen Carstens, Barbara Kennedy, Sue Panter, Bill Crook, Bob Crook, Ray Devereaux, Ruth Mary Franklin, Henry Murray, Leslie Sprod, Sally Wilber, Judy Luben, Gail Fehlman, Linda Norman, Laurie Steen, Kip Irwin, Emil Gert and Gene Starbuck.
– Si Berthelson was elected president of the Rio Blanco County Cattlemen’s Association.
– Lost: A pair of heavy, dark plastic framed glasses. Reward. Wayne Joslin.
– The Tom Murray Market will have its fifth anniversary sale this Saturday.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
– Headline: “Affected Legal Bodies Cite Need for Additional Mental Health Help.”
– On paper, there’s no way the Cowboys should be in this weekend’s state AA basketball tournament, but fortunately, basketball games aren’t played on paper. Head coach Pat Gabriel, Kirk Henderson, Rex Copeland, Steve Rodriguez, Leif Joy, Mike Parr, Jeff Beason, Rodney Dunham, Mike Ottosen, Todd Shults.
– The Meeker Volunteer Fire Department held their annual banquet and dance last Saturday at the Fairfield Center with around 150 people showing up for dinner.

Rangely Times — 45 years ago
– Winning blue ribbons in the senior division at the Rangely Science Fair were Carol Pilcher, Troya Pollard, Debbie Dixon, Diane Hamilton, Jeff Courier, Eugene Goudeau, Janet Clark and Marcia Christensen.
– Northwest League Conference Champion Rangely received the 1967 trophy at Steamboat Springs. Coach Bob Plant, Jenior Matrisciano, Pete Miller, Dale Kenyon, Dale Matrisciano, Ronnie Brenton, Mark Row, Tony McPhail, Gary Chism, Larry Gierhart, Kent Oldham and Jack Dembowski.
– Miss Sharon Hutton was elected as an all-tournament cheerleader at the 1967 NW District tourney. A senior, she has been a cheerleader for three years.

Rangely Times — 35 years ago
– The first wall of the new Rangely Elementary School reached its full height March 7, 1977. There are approximately 15 men working on the building at the present time which should improve Rangely’s economy by about $1,100 a week.
– The Rangely girls’ basketball team brought home a second place trophy from the sub-district basketball tournament in Eagle Valley last weekend. Coach Blankenship, Cheryl Barnhart, Teri Striegel, LaDonna Lancaster, Lisa Hazlewood, Lori Coy, Debbie Lewis, Lynette Buckmaster and Judy Powell.
– Herman D. Hilkey retired from the Chevron Pipeline after completing 28 years and five months service.
– At the Campus Theatre: Walt Disney’s “The Shaggy D.A.,” “Freewheelin’” and “Nickelodeon.”

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
– Three Rangely businesses were recognized last week by the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce: L & L Tackle Shop, Adventure Land Video and Family Video.
– The rape case reported to police on Feb. 24 has been closed. Police Chief Tony Lane stated that the victim gave a statement to police last Thursday verifying that she had lied about the crime.
– Rangely Middle School eighth-grade wrestlers: Roger Rowley, Shad Peters, Clint Aronson, Chad Justus, Dusti Rose, Clayton Key, Doug Hurm, Milton Prater, Jerry Blankenship and Samm Cudo; seventh-grade wrestlers Ryan Rouse, Kevin Carlson, Mike Chaney, Mike Zadra and Jody McPherson.
– Rangely Middle School students of the month: Chad Filener and Laura Flores.