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Mind Your Own Business County Characters First Kill Community Calendar From the Farmstead

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about the COVER

This month’s cover photo is by Rene Harden, a talented local photographer who takes most of her photos within walking distance of her home in town. Rene came to Rangely sixteen years ago as a traveling Xray Technician with a thirteen-week contract, developed an immediate affinity for Rangely, and thought it would be a good place to retire.

Harden, now retired, is a committed volunteer who serves a variety of organizations with dedication, among them, the Rangely Community Gardens where she is a board member and in charge of the Gardens’ food donations to the community. A photographer for more than 18 years, she has provided many photos of current events for the Herald Times, while her personal interests remain in nature. Harden has also taken photography classes at CNCC when available, always interested in improving her eye and technique. Her favorite aspect of photography is the experience of taking the photos themselves, more so than the final product. The practice of walking into nature and looking carefully provides an “escape, it’s for the soul for me, it’s calming, its relaxing, it takes me away from everything else.” Her photos feature landscapes, flora and fauna in the area and draw the viewer into the space she creates, providing an experience similar the one she has while shooting. “I’m a naturalist.” She says. “Some say I’m a natural at it because I do it- that deer, that sunset, the mountain scenery, the rainbow, what would be the line that would draw your eye to that picture, that’s how I try to see it.” She jokes that she used to see people on the inside as an X-Ray Technician, and now, with an entirely different type of photography, she focuses in on what’s on the outside. A unique quality of her work is that she rarely mass produces a print, she prefers each photo to be unique. While she does keep a print for herself, most of the photos that she offers, if she offers them at all, are originals. Matted and framed prints of hers are available for sale at the Pottery Shop on Main St. in Rangely.

Table of Contents Mind Your Own Business.................................7 County Characters........................................... 12 First Kill................................................................. 17 Community Calendar...................................... 21 From the Farmstead........................................ 23

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From the December 23, 1949 issue of the R angely Driller

Roamin’ Rangely

by Rhonda Town

Ah, the happy holiday scenes in Rangely … customers shoving into counters with agonized expressions, “What to get for Aunt Minnie” … harassed clerks suggesting everything from a miniature bulldozer to French lingerie … kids running about the street making tracks toward Santa Claus … girls being sweet to boys and vice versa to pick up that last minute bonus gift … snow swirling … carols coming from the loud speaker at Hubers … street decorations sagging slightly with their white burden … houses pinpointed on the hills with their tiny tree lights. Another Christmas time. Page 6

mind your own Business Hume Family Delivers: A Half Century by Heather Zadra


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When Ray “Junior” Hume and his sons, John and Bill, bought Nichols Store on the first day of 1974, they set a rhythm that worked for a time. Junior and John stocked the store’s fresh, frozen and canned goods, Junior managed most of the bookwork, and Bill, back from a stint in the Army, used his newly-acquired butchering skills to cut meat for locals and hunters. A couple of years into the business, though, John knew grocering wasn’t in his future for The original Nichols Store, before its 1940’s name change, in it’s initial location long. He moved on to work in the oil and coal across the street. 1910, Photo courtesy of the Rangely Outdoor Museum industries while Junior and Bill ran the store with family members and friends as close as family. Bill was content to let Junior handle the bookkeeping— as a loan cosigner, Junior wryly maintained he’d better count the money so it didn’t slip away—and as long as Bill stayed busy at the butcher table, he liked it well enough. Before convenience stores arrived in the early 80s Nichols store stood in for all conveniences, among them providing early morning coffee and homemade sack lunches to work crews and anyone heading off for a long, hard day of work. The problem was, he didn’t stay busy. While the store thrived in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Bill came to resent being stuck in the store’s back corner cutting meat, especially when there wasn’t always meat to cut. The dream of running a delivery business planted in a teen-aged Bill Hume as he loaded and unloaded trucks for granddad Ray Hume Sr. had germinated and was growing roots. By 1981, Bill understood that a booming economy meant people had more money to spend on luxury, convenience and socializing, which meant they stayed home less and patronized restaurants and bars more. Hume hoped to capitalize on the trend. “I thought that with everybody eating out a lot, being a wholesaler to the restaurants would help us more so than just staying in here,” Hume says, waving a hand around the store’s walls, whitewashed and plastered with articles, notes and bumper stickers chronicling half a century’s worth of stories. “Plus it was a way to get out. Junior was good with that.” Buying milk wholesale and selling it retail was the first component of the new Hume Distributing business, and its two partners were Bill and his mother, Bea Hume. Bea owned a share in name only since government powers refused to let Bill own the business exclusively, claiming he would have a monopoly because he also owned a grocery store. Nichols Store in it’s current, location. 1949, Photo courtesy of the Rangely Outdoor Museum A spat with Meadow Gold Dairy early on in the distributorship meant that Hume switched to Grand Junction’s Colorado West Dairies for his milk, and before long, he was selling milk and other food products to Colorado Northwestern Community College, the public schools and restaurants in town. “What was good about Colorado West Dairies was that it wasn’t Meadow Gold,” Hume

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says, grinning. “Delivering milk made me a lot busier. It made me more satisfied because I wasn’t standing in that corner. It was what I’d hoped, and for awhile it bloomed up and got pretty big.” Before long, Hume was known as the guy to contact for “anybody that needed anything.” As business boomed, his delivery circle widened to several of the bigger lodges and stores above Meeker, among them Sleepycat Guest Ranch, Buford Store, Fritzlan’s Guest Ranch, Pollard’s Ute Lodge, Trapper’s Lake Lodge and the Rio Blanco Ranch. At the same time, he delivered to sheepherders and homebound folks who couldn’t get to the store easily on their own. Still, the convenience mentality that had launched the distributorship in the first place had a fickle side, as out-of-town business executives of stores like 7-11 and Mini Mart regularly changed suppliers, leaving Hume Distributing with a hefty order one month and nothing the next. A similar mindset thrives today, but 30 years down the line, Bill’s found ways to deal with it. A few years ago, a “All the old people Family Dollar-related corporation sent Hume dozens of pages outlining a contract to shovel snow for the local branch of the chain store. When the shopped here, but company called months later to ask why the contract had gone unsigned, when they died, I Bill reported that he “couldn’t read or write but sure knew how to work.” After dismissing him and failing to find a replacement to do the work, they didn’t have anyone to sent him a one-page contract renewing his services and requiring a simple replace them with,” signature. Hume says. “The young One temporary fix to Hume’s rise-and-fall fortunes based on the whims people didn’t like of convenience retailers came from an unlikely—and initially unwelcome— source. Hume’s longtime rival, Meadow Gold, had bought out Colorado coming in the store—it West Dairies, so Hume found himself switching back to Meadow Gold after was old-looking, the years of boycotting the company. “It was all right, but I had to eat a lot of crow because I cussed Meadow Gold for ten years and then had to say it aisles weren’t wide— was good again,” he says, tapping the brim of his MG logo cap. whatever it was, Before long, the company approached him to make a deal: if he started buying his milk in Vernal, they’d stop distributing in the Rangely area. For some time, Hume had a corner on the local market. But while Hume Distributing thrived, the grocery business faced a slow decline that would culminate in Hume quitting the grocery business altogether. A steady clientele that included old-timers and longtime residents was slowly being replaced by the next, younger generation and transplants new to the area, and neither was shopping locally. The allure of lower prices, immediate product availability and a trip out of town combined to deplete Nichols Store’s bottom line year after year. “All the old people shopped here, but when they died, I didn’t have anyone to replace them with,” Hume says. “The young people didn’t like coming in the store—it was old-looking, the aisles weren’t wide— whatever it was, nobody liked it.” If Hume was honest with himself, he wouldn’t be heartbroken when the eventual end came. By the turn of the century, the store had been limping along for the better part of a decade, though it continued to enjoy a committed, if small, clientele. If anything, closing the business would be hardest on Junior, who’d opened the store and done the business’s accounting, along with other family members and close friends who’d taken shifts and stocked shelves, for more than 25 years. As Junior’s health declined, Bill didn’t even consider taking on what town planners had been pressuring him to do for years: get out of the old building and set up shop in something newer and more modern. It was what people wanted, they told him. And it was sure to be a success.

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It wasn’t that the idea was unattractive to Hume. It was that, no matter which angle he looked at it from, the prospect didn’t seem economically feasible. So when the Steiners opened the new White River Market building in the early 2000s, Bill wasn’t shocked when the business didn’t survive its first year. The new market building sat vacant for some time before the town drew another grocery store owner, Darren Hill of Ridgway, Colorado, to Rangely to do business. It was 2006; Junior’s health no longer allowed him to work at Nichols Store, though he still visited with customers when he could. The Hume family patriarch passed away two years later. Before Hill opened his White River Market, he bought Bestway Stores owner Mark Hayden’s inventory and agreed not to move forward unless Hayden sold his Main Street building (which he did, to NAPA Auto Parts owner Brad Casto). Hill then made Hume a cash offer to get out of the retail grocery business for five years. Hume readily agreed. “That was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Hume recalls. “I quit being really busy. I didn’t need much here and I loved it. I could sell feed, dog and cat supplies, beer, A photo of young Bill in clothing, and that was it. It was good getting out of the grocery business. I hated to look the local newspaper, date at figures, and that wasn’t good because Mr. Hume (Junior) wasn’t here. He loved to do unknown. Courtesy of Nichols Store figuring.” While the pace of Nichols Store slowed, three circumstances affected Hume Distributing’s rhythm. Convenience stores continued to be inconsistent “As with the Humes customers, driving business down; many of the Meeker lodges sold to private individuals or went out of business, driving it down further; and who preceded him, hard to get to man camps at Piceance Creek exploded, giving the worked alongside him, the business a needed boost. and offered small-town In some ways, the Piceance work was everything Hume dreamed of in services to a small-town a delivery business. Like Ray Hume Trucking and Ringsby Truck Lines, Hume didn’t place orders or make purchases. He simply brought what community, Bill holds pipeline and construction companies ordered, most of it ice and water. to values that seem At the height of the boom, in the early 2000’s, he hauled 600 blocks and 300 bags of ice to five or six man camps every other day. asynchronous with today’s rush-and-bustle, “It just fell in, and that made me busier than I ever was,” Hume says. more money than I ever did in the grocery or other businesses consumerist culture. Do “Ijustmade with water and ice. Everything worked like I’d never stopped good work well, even if working for my dad. I knew how to stock the truck, keep the products or cool, keep them dry. Sometimes I needed three trucks, takes a little more time. warm sometimes I needed one.” Support, financially and Sometimes the trick was finding extra drivers for large orders. Hume emotionally, the people remembers longtime Rangely local Gordon Byers’ response when Hume who support you, even asked him to drive on what happened to be Byers’ birthday. “He said, ‘I can count on one hand the people I’d work for on this if it costs a little more. day,’” Hume recalls. “I said, ‘Well, I’m screwed then.’ Byers said right Do right by people, back, ‘Nope, you’re one of them.’” even if it’s not always Now, ten years later, Hume continues to bring goods to Piceance

convenient or popular.”

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Creek, but the industry’s slowdown only brings him there once a week. These days, he stays busy stocking milk and ice cream around town, delivering to his friends the sheepherders and homebound residents, and providing items people special-order. Though he’s not reentered the grocery business, he’ll still “get anybody anything if they want it.”

Bill in the store amidst bags of livestock feed. Photo: Cherise Cardin

As with the Humes who preceded him, worked alongside him, and offered small-town services to a small-town community, Bill holds to values that seem asynchronous with today’s rush-and-bustle, consumerist culture. Do good work well, even if takes a little more time. Support, financially and emotionally, the people who support you, even if it costs a little more. Do right by people, even if it’s not always convenient or popular. Other Humes have taken up the mantle and lived those values, whether in food or home services, automotive or other retail goods. A short list reveals a family’s impact to an area: Ray Hume Sr., Junior and Jim Hume, Ray Hume Trucking and Hume Distributing; Ray and Tracy Hume, Peon Liquor Store; Junior and Dean Cady, Headquarters Bar and Café; Junior Hume and Charlie Arnn, ANH Enterprises; John and Beckey Hume, John’s Cash Market and Heritage Building and Home Center daughter; Bill’s daughter, Sarah and son-in-law Bart Nielsen, Rangely Conoco Tire and Auto; and Bill’s niece, Laurie Baker, Alison’s Pantry. The list could go on. Reclining in a beat-up office on a rare break, Hume dreams of what he could do if he was 40 years younger. “I’d love to do a milk distributorship from here to Winter Park,” he says, eyes looking someplace far from here. “I could take it if I wanted to. Get a big semi. But it’s hard to find good help. They quit you or they don’t show up, and you’re done. I don’t think you can survive without being able to do it yourself and finding the customers to support you, that’s what I think.”

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County Characters Mary & Tim Meinen

by Jasmine DeFreitas

A glance around the Rangely Avenue home of Tim and Mary Meinen is enough to tell you that both have many passions: furniture made with up-cycled wood, oil paintings, fossils and knapped arrows proudly displayed, and bottles of homemade wine stashed beneath the kitchen table—to name just a few. Mary, originally from Texas, met Tim in Kremmling, Colorado, upon the insistence of his daughter. She fondly recalls coming for dinner in 1998 and Tim cradling one of his grandchildren, and she was smitten. The pair share not Tim and Mary, Photo by Cherise Cardin Photography only interests but a birthday: September 17. Tim, older by 4 years, tells Mary that she’s “still wet behind the ears.” “I see a lot of the same traits in Tim that I have,” Mary explains. They came to Rangely in 2001 when Mary was offered a lab tech position at Rangely District Hospital. Hiking the mesas and hills around Rangely in search of rock that Tim can use for flint-knapping is one just of the Meinens’ pastimes. When they first began to explore the Rangely area, they came across numerous fossils and remains of prehistoric creatures. They are insistent Cephalopod fossils, mounted and “painted” to about leaving anything with vertebrae alone, but tote home resemble how they may have looked when alive. Photo by Cherise Cardin fossilized shells or impressions. Some of their cephalopod fossils have been mounted onto canvas and “painted” to resemble how paleontologists believe the creatures looked when alive. Mary likes to rock-hound around Rangely. “It’s an awesome home-base because we are in the center of BLM [Bureau of Land Management] public land. If you can’t find a place where no one else is, you aren’t looking.” They credit their success in finding both flint-knapping rock and fossils to visiting areas that others typically don’t. “I love going hunting for rocks. I’m an incredible packrat and have trouble putting them [fossils and rocks] back down. But if I can’t bring it home, I take pictures,” Mary says, and laughs, admitting her original motive for taking photos when Tim took her on long hikes was the excuse to stop and rest, though their daily hikes have now made that excuse irrelevant.

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Fighting elk, entangled until death. Photo courtesy of the Herald Times

These days the Meinens are quite capable amateur paleontologists. They are members of the Utah Friends of Paleontology and the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society; they met the former head of the Archaeological Society on one of their adventures camped “out in the middle of nowhere.” If they discover a particularly notable specimen, they report it to the Field House in Vernal and have guided the Museum of Natural History in Vernal to several of their finds. After years of valuable discoveries, the Museum is now quick to respond when Tim or Mary call. “There’s a lot more out there than you think there is,” Tim says, holding up a spotted rock that they recovered while they were hiking. He explains that it was created by fossilized shrimp feces, but that it is also rock that he can knap. They have located cephalopods and mammals from the Eocene period—55 to 33.9 million years ago—parts of Brontotheriums, Artiodactyls, rhinos, and pigs. They hope to one day find a complete specimen. Their museum contributions sometimes help to fill gaps in the archaeological time-line, even if it’s just a few teeth, a jawbone, or a turtle shell. Sometimes it isn’t fossils they find on their daily hikes. The Welcome Center in Dinosaur, Colorado, is host to one of their more unusual discoveries made in 2007: a pair of antler-entangled bull elk who had fought, could not disengage, and then fell from a cliff and into Chase Draw. The couple had the shoulder mounts completed, keeping the elk intertwined. The primary purpose of the Meinens’ excursions, however, has been Tim’s passion for flint-knapping, a hobby he picked up in his 50s after his son introduced it to him. Flint-knapping is the process of shaping stone by striking it with another object, creating tools such as arrowheads used by ancient indigenous peoples. True flint is relatively rare, but knappable rock can be found all over, though some rock is more difficult to shape than others, and sometimes requires baking in an oven or other heat

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source to improve knappability. The Meinens have had their fair share of difficulties, such as when Tim “got retired” due to nerve damage after breaking his neck in two places, once when he was struck by a piece of sheet metal, and again when his neck hit a doorway just so and crushed a lower disk. “At the time I thought it was the end of the world, but it turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to me.” He chuckles. “My hand usage went down to ten percent... but I can do whatever I want so long as I don’t over-do it.” The accidents led him to learn flint-knapping and to teach himself to paint. Though Tim is self-taught in everything he does, he advocates having a teacher. What helped him learn to paint was “copying” the works of masters. “Over the years, I’ve gotten to where I just make them [the paintings] up as I go. If I don’t like the painting, I’ll paint right over it.” The most important aspect to his work is that it must please him. “I never did a bad painting in my life. I just did “unfinished” paintings. It’s not bad. It’s just not finished. A lot of my paintings are 3-deep, I call them my 3D paintings because I just paint over them. I don’t see the old stuff.” If there’s a painting Mary likes but Tim doesn’t, she will “hide it” to keep him from painting over it. He has also taught Mary how to paint since she retired. “Being with Tim, I’ve been free to do a lot more,” she says of her growing number of activities, which include photography, wine making, sewing, painting, and more. She usually sports pants she has sewn herself and carries canvas tote bags for rock hunting that last years longer than a store-bought bag. Her longest running interest, and best-known, is photography, a passion she has indulged since she was 20 years old. Her primary subjects are the plants and animals in and around Rangely, such as magnified photos of honey-bees pollinating brilliant yellow, purple, and red wildflowers. The Meinens’ home displays a gigantic print of one such shot, with a brightly illuminated bumblebee hovering over a flower, the details so vivid you might be fooled into reaching out to touch the petals or strands of grass. Mary uses two different cameras for her photography, a Canon Powershot for toting around the hills and a Nikon camera, a gift from a friend, for taking her magnified shots. “These smart Just some of Tim’s paintings. Photo by Cherise Cardin Photography cameras don’t focus well for close-ups,” she says of her Canon; but the weight of the Nikon isn’t practical for their rock hunting adventures. “It’s too heavy to lug around.” A more recent hobby of Mary’s is wine-making. Forgoing grapes, she experiments with a variety of other fruits. A quick look around reveals bottles of choke-cherry, cherry, and plum wine, or a banana- raisin wine, and other unique combinations. “She makes good wine,” Tim says. Her tinkering in wine-making started when she was just a girl at home with her mom, and her interest was rekindled a few years ago by a friend who now owns a vineyard in Grand Junction. Mary explains that part of the appeal of making wine is that it’s economical: “You get off really cheap because you spend ten dollars on sugar and two dollars on yeast, and the rest of the cost is for big five gallon glass carboys. And if you go on out picking the fruit off the trees no one is going to use anyway, you don’t have any real expense in making the wine.” For $25 she makes five gallons when the average cost of a bottle of wine at the store is $10—a savings of around $225. “It makes the house smell funky,” she chuckles. “I don’t make jelly; I make wine.” A few years ago, Mary underwent brain surgery to stop a cyst that had formed around her pituitary gland. She recalls the entrancing sensation of rubbing her hands together post-surgery, and that the recovery made it difficult for her to be herself for a while, but that she and Tim struggled through it together, and now Mary feels back to her old self. “She’s stuck with me,” Tim says. They will both tell you that if you want to return to work after retiring, then you’re not doing “retirement”

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First Kill: Harvesting Meat from the Land by Elizabeth Wiley

It’s no secret that people here love to hunt, and also that people from all over the country love to come here to hunt. Originally a city girl, for the most part, I started my life in Rangely without the ability to comprehend the appeal of hunting. I am grateful, now, after more than a decade of living in this community, to appreciate the unique environment that allows a person to harvest meat from the open range. Our local hunters love and understand the landscape, and hunt to feed their families, savoring the unique joy that comes from harvesting the food they eat. Visiting hunters do more than contribute to the local economy; when they can’t take everything, they leave behind meat that is shared and used. I have yet to hunt game myself, but for years I’ve enjoyed elk steaks and venison stew from generous neighbors and friends, and I have learned to butcher a half a deer when fortunate enough to have one gifted to me. My family does not eat a lot of meat, but I’m proud, and grateful, to know that almost all of it is local. Hunting season is coming to a close, and instead of sharing pictures of trophy hunts, I’d like to share the stories of new hunters’ first experiences this year, and the indefinable thrill that comes with the first kill. If you have a story about your first successful hunt, we’d love to you to share! Email your story and photo to

by Mary Meinen, age 61

Mary with a fine cow elk.. Photo by Tim Meinen

“It was about 10 am and we were walking around, parallel (to the elk) and we came out and this elk was right there downhill from me,” Mary Meinen says of her first elk kill. Since getting her hunting license in 2008, she has had a license for both deer and elk, but had not been able to get her first kill. She still has a deer tag in case she is unable to get her elk, “its less meat but its still meat” she says. “I was lucky I had a good shot, I only had one bullet in my gun.” Her aim true, it grazed the base of the heart and “she only hopped 10-20 yards,” before the cow elk fell, leaving herself, and husband Tim, the ability to efficiently pack up and head home to start butchering.

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by Heather Zadra, age 37 Heather grew up in Rangely, and shared these thoughts on her Facebook feed... “After 37 years of ambivalence toward hunting (except during meals, when I was thankful), my husband Mike, a lifelong avid hunter, finally talked me into getting my hunter’s safety card last year. I had a great time seeing new country last fall but didn’t fill my tag and hauled home a healthy amount of doubt about whether I could do it at all. Tonight I killed my first deer and dispelled some of that. We had only this evening to fill a tag Monty and Rebecca Elder gave us (bless ‘em once again), and this little two-point crossed our path right at dusk. It was such a strange experience, a mixture of awe and sadness and gratefulness, to take it down. I connected right away with the Native American priority to thank The Great Spirit--for the opportunity to make healthy food available to people we love, for the animal’s sacrifice that makes it possible, for an evening in this country of landwithout-end graced by a low-rising moon; for all of it among supportive, encouraging husband and friends. Tonight I tuck this away among my best memories.”

by Drake Miller, age 12

This year I took my Hunter’s Education class for the first time. I know it seems a bit late, since I’m twelve, but I never really had a reason to do this until I was old enough to hunt big game. Anyway, I passed with a good score and was invited to the annual Rio Blanco County Youth Pheasant Hunt. The hunters are from Rangely and Meeker. It’s designed to teach kids how to hunt birds, shoot a shotgun, and shotgun safety. The day of the hunt I was nervous. What if I missed every shot? What if everyone laughed at me? During the drive to Rio Blanco Reservoir I felt sick. When we got there they had already started the educational firearm safety talk. Oh great, I thought. This is gonna be embarrassing. Stop it, I told myself. Play it cool. After awhile I started to calm down. We shot at some clay pigeons and I hit all of mine. Alright, I thought. My luck has to run out soon. Terry Wygant, the DOW officer, broke us into groups and had us go to stations. At each station, there was a launcher in which a single farm raised pheasant was placed. The hunter was unaware of the exact location of each one. A dog was unleashed and patrolled the grass smelling for the pheasant. When he located the scent, he stopped and pointed. The owner then leashed him and the hunter got ready. The pheasant was released into the air. When it was my turn, I set out with Terry Wygant, Ken Myers and Terry’s dog, Mulligan. As we walked through the grass I was tense. Mulligan stopped and pointed. Terry leashed him and took him away. I lifted my gun to my shoulder, the pheasant was released, I aimed and squeezed the trigger. BANG! The gun went off and in a shower of feathers the bird fell to the ground, dead. I was Savannah Taylor, Drake Miller and Wyatt Zufelt proving they’ve got game. Photo by Ray Miller able to bag my limit that day of three pheasants on my first hunt! (This is from the Rio Blanco Youth Pheasant Hunt. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites 5 to 8 kids each from the Rangely and Meeker area every year. Those invited have just completed Hunter Ed, show an interest in hunting, and may not have had the same opportunities as other kids to get started. They focus on pheasant biology and natural history, pheasant hunting methods, gun safety, and game care. Information on the Youth Hunts program is available at Click on Learn, then Hunter Outreach and this page will give you a good idea of what the program is about and its goals.)

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Community Calendar

Beginning in our next issue we will have a 1-2 month COMMUNITY CALENDAR in every issue! Please send us any or all of your REGIONAL event, meeting, or activity info! That’s right, we’re not looking just for Rangely, as our audience and interests lie beyond the town limits. If cows once grazed on the open range where you are, we want to know about it! There is limited space on the page, so we will choose highlights to feature if there is more than can fit in a single day. You can always find an up to date info, with more details, on our website. Please check the website to confirm an event, or better yet, the organization’s website- we may not be able to keep up with all schedule changes. S

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RBC Historical 29 Society at 5:45 PM Meeker Museum Quilting Group from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Kilowatt Korner in Meeker Story Time at Rangely Library at 10:00



Adult Open Gym,30 Rangely High School 1 7-9 PM at Parkview Girls Basketball Elem 16 and older, Meeker Shootout free event! Call 970675-8211 for more information. Open Raquetball Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, Rangely Rec Center

Open Raquetball 5 3rd Gr Music Program6 Adult Open Gym, 7 7-9 PM at Parkview Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, 6:30 p.m Parkview Elem 16 and older, Rangely Rec Center Heritage Culture Committee1:30 p.m. at free event! the Old West Heritage Center Quilting Group Open Raquetball Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Rangely Rec Center at Kilowatt Korner in


Open Raquetball12 Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, Rangely Rec Rangely Library board meeting 5PM at the library Parkview PTO 6:00 p.m. Parkview Elementary Rec District board meeting at 7p.m.


Open Raquetball Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, Rangely Rec Rangely

Outdoor Museum at 6 p.m. 5th Grade and Choir Program at 6:30 p.m. at Parkview



Town Council 13 Meeting 7 PM at Rangely’s Town Hall Quilting Group from 6:9 p.m. at Kilowatt Korner in Meeker Story Time at Rangely Library at 10:00 am


Lego Club 6:00-6:30 p.m. at Parkview Quilting Group 6:9:p.m. Kilowatt Korner Meeker Rangely Jr/Sr High Band & Choir Concert 7PM Story Time Rangely Library 10am RE4 Board of Education 6:15 EEC Board Room


Rangely High School 2 Girls Basketball Meeker Shootout CNCC Womens Basketball vs. Caspar College at 1:00 p.m.

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Giant Step board 8 meeting at 6:00 p.m. ESA meeting at 7 p.m. at the Radino Center, Rangely High School Boys Basketball Meeker Shootout Christmasfest, Parade of Lights

CNCC Mens 9 Basketball vs. Impact Academy at 7:00 p.m. ChristmasfestSleigh Rides 5-8 Rangely High School Boys Basketball Meeker Shootout

Christmasfest- 10 Breakfast with Santa, Elfland Carnival from 11:002:00 at Rangely Junior/Senior High Christmas Parade Rangely High School Boys Basketball Meeker Shootout

Adult Open Gym,14 7-9 PM at Parkview Elem 16 and older, free event! Open Raquetball Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, Rangely Rec Center Meeker Chamber of Commerce 7-9am at Kilowatt Korner










Meeker Story Time Rangely Library at 10:00



Adult Open Gym, 7-9 PM at Parkview Elem 16 and older, free event! Open Raquetball Club, 5:30-9:00 Pm, Rangely Rec Center


Rangely Chamber of Commerce board meeting 12:00-1:00 pm at Chamber Office, Main St.


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FROM the FARMSTEAD The Importance of Trees

by Janet Miller

Trees in the home landscape are such an important part. They are like the frosting on the cake and a yard without them somehow just doesn’t seem complete. Not only do they provide beauty, they deflect noise and wind, block out unwanted views or neighbors and create the shade that we all covet so much in the hot summer months. Fall and early spring are the ideal times to plant trees because they have time to start getting established before the heat of the summer. Having a healthy mature tree starts with choosing the right tree for the right spot and making sure that it’s cultural needs are going to be met. An unhealthy, stressed tree will be more prone to disease and insect attack and will need more maintenance in the long run. Different species of trees, of course have different requirements for sun exposure, soil, water, space, cold hardiness, heat tolerance etc. In our climate, you wouldn’t want to plant a Japanese Maple in full sun, however, in Washington they are well sited in that situation. Some species require acidic soil and will never do well in our alkaline conditions. Red maple (Acer rubrum) for example, will grow here but is unable to pull needed nutrients from high pH. soils. They will have a yellowish green leaf and will never thrive or be healthy. Always take into consideration the mature size of the tree. I have seen large trees planted right up next to a house or walkway that eventually have to be removed because they weren’t given enough space. Also, consider power lines and choose a smaller ornamental tree for planting under them. Consider the function of the tree also. Is shade a priority or do you want spring blooms? Are you trying to block out a neighbor or noise from a road? Do you want to attract birds? Do you enjoy a tree that has beautiful red fall color? Think of the function of the tree but realize that the cultural needs come first when making the final decision. After deciding on a specific tree, choosing a high quality tree from a nursery is the next step. For some people this can seem daunting, but it need not be. It is very important to start with a healthy tree in order for it to ultimately be successful. Look for a vigorous plant with healthy leaves and shoot growth. Check for the presence of insects. A young seedling should have a central leader (top) with good even branch spacing. Don’t buy a tree that has any damage to the trunk. One thing that is often overlooked is the roots. The root flare should be visible at the soil line. Trees in containers can be pulled out and the roots examined. Nursery stock left in containers too long can have roots that circle around in the container. These should be avoided as they will later become girdling roots and can cause death. Look at the overall condition of all the trees in the nursery. Have they been watered? Do they look healthy and well taken care of? If not, consider going to a reputable garden center for your purchase. Healthy vigorous plants will establish easier and more quickly in your yard. Proper planting is critical to your new trees health and longevity. The planting hole should be 2-3 times wider than the container or root ball and the same depth. Soil should never be added on top of the original soil line when planting. There should be a natural swelling right at the soil line, this is the root flare and it is critical that it not be covered. I always add 1 part compost to 2 parts of the native soil. Mix these together well and put them in the hole around the root ball making sure to firm the soil and eliminate any air pockets as you go. Always create a basin right around the outer edge of the root ball to hold in the water making it available to the root zone. Water slowly and thoroughly. Cover the root zone 2-3 feet out from the trunk with 2-3 inches of mulch. The mulch should taper to only about 1 inch right up next to the trunk so as to not suffocate the root flare. Monitoring the irrigation is critical for at least the first growing season. Trees prefer infrequent and deep watering which allows for oxygen in the soil. Allow the top couple of inches of soil to dry out before watering again. The smaller the tree is when planted, the easier and less amount of time is needed for establishment. You can expect about one year per caliper inch of the tree at time of planting. Monitor your trees regularly throughout the growing season, adjusting the water, adding mulch and looking for any signs of stress and/or insects. Be proactive and involved in the care of your trees and you will reap the benefits for many years as you watch them grow and mature.

Good tree choices for R angely

SHADE: Honeylocust, Norway Maple, Linden, Catalpa, Ginnala Maple, Ash, Sycamore, Willow, Cottonwood, Hackberry ORNAMENTAL: Crabapple, Redbud, Canada Red Chokecherry, Ornamental Flowering Pear or Plum CONIFER: Colorado Blue Spruce, Austrian Pine, Pinon Pine, Scotch Pine

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