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Mind Your Own Business History Mystery
From the Farmstead
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Heather Zadra is a writer, educator and mom of three boys. She graduated from Rangely High School in 1996 before becoming a business major for one semester at the University of Wyoming. There, she quickly succumbed to an uncontrollable desire to read, write and learn to teach. She finished up a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at UW in 2000 before moving on to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she taught Rhetoric, acted in plays, lived off caffeine, and eventually earned a Master’s degree. Returning to her hometown to teach writing at Colorado Northwestern Community College wasn’t in Zadra’s master plan, and neither was becoming a “lifer” in the town of her youth. However, she continues to find unlooked-for gifts in her family’s return. “People who have known me since adolescence accept me for who I’m trying to become, not who I was as a teenager,” she says. “And I love raising our kids in a community that genuinely looks out for their interests. Also, the longer I live here, the more I appreciate this stunning, wide-open landscape surrounding us.” Zadra has enjoyed both the intimacy and challenge of writing small business profiles for Home on the Rangely. She attempts to encompass the breadth of stories that can span decades while honoring the difficulty, determination and hope that accompany business ownership in a boom-and-bust economy. The cover photo was taken from an offshoot of Dragon Road, approximately eight miles south of Rangely, as Zadra and her family returned to town from their family’s traditional Christmas Day weenie roast in the hills. Heather’s son Reid, 5 and mother Karen enjoy the crisp December air on their annual Christmas day weinie roast in the desert.
Table of Contents Mind Your Own Business.................................6 History Mystery................................................. 12 County Characters........................................... 17 From the Farmstead........................................ 19 Community Calendar...................................... 23
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mind your own Business Giovannis Italian Grill: A Passion for
by Heather Zadra
To note that people appreciate this kind of outreach is an understatement. Testimonies like Cheri Smith’s, a Rangely resident who has long understood the Paynes’ “all-in” commitment to their community, abound:
In bust stretches of a boom and bust economy, small-town businesses shore up their resources. They tighten their belts, work from a shoestring budget, and take what they can to the bank, as the clichés go.
“The Paynes are truly angels put on earth,” she says. “They have quietly provided meals for our family when we have had medical crises or deaths in the family. We have celebrated birthdays (and) jobs promotions…at Gio’s, and John and Sandy always make it special! They always take time to stop by our table and visit, and we just feel like they are family.”
How that looks for individual businesses depends. For some, it’s cutting inventory, targeting a more specific clientele, or broadening offerings. For others, it’s streamlining operations or acting on professional advice.
Over time, the Paynes’ passion for their work and the people it serves hasn’t waned. But they, like others in Rangely, face challenges ranging from a slump in oil and gas industries vital to the region to a declining local population to less expendable income for those who remain.
Giovanni’s Italian Grill owners John and Sandy Payne aren’t alone in trying to survive Rangely’s current bust cycle. Like many local businesses, the Paynes’ decisions about what’s best for them stems from a parallel desire to do what’s best for Rangely.
“It’s difficult,” John Payne says. “Everything is such an unknown. We keep thinking we’re hitting the bottom and then the bottom gets lower. We’re hitting lows we haven’t hit in almost thirteen years.”
Thirteen years ago, that impetus drove them to open the Grill and catering business in the first place. Before becoming a restauranteur, John coowned Rangely’s SonLite Glass while Sandy worked as a network specialist for Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC). Together, they took a chance to leave what they knew and invest in what they hoped to love. Though the restaurant business wasn’t new to the Paynes, owning one was. Through the 1970s and 1980s, John helped start up and manage several Italian restaurants: he worked his way up from dishwasher to manager at Lakewood’s Garramone’s Pizzeria, helped open Randi’s Pizzeria in Arvada, and helped start up and manage Michelli’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Littleton. He then worked for four years as an assistant and general manager for Marie Callendar’s. Still, in 2003, when John and Sandy contracted with Marv and Alice Boleng to buy Max’s Pizza, an established burger, sub, and pizza joint on East Main Street, Sandy kept her job with CNCC while the Paynes got their bearings.
“When we do meals for a family who is grieving or somebody who’s sick or just out of the hospital, it’s such a small thing, but it’s a part of who we are. We want to feed people, but it’s not just food. It’s a lot of things. It’s letting somebody else know that you care.”
A year or so in, it was clear the newly-christened Giovanni’s Italian Grill— named for the Italian version of John’s name—was a fit. John loved cooking and training others in the trade and a solid economy meant good customer numbers, so in 2004, Sandy joined John at the restaurant full-time. Their division of labor made sense: John managed the food and employees while Sandy oversaw the business end of Giovanni’s. Over time, their children, Jennifer and Jason, and their families would help run the place, as grandkids grew old enough to wash dishes and throw some dough to help Grandma and Grandpa.
Serving food, the Paynes soon learned, meant creating a space for face-to-face interaction where people invested in each other. It involved giving to organizations and ministries the Paynes cared about because they cared for the people running them. For more than a decade, Giovanni’s has offered meal coupons and food to families, individuals, and local groups, and since 2008, the restaurant has sponsored a Rangely Moms group fundraiser for local mothers to make and sell 100 pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday, effectively funding the organization for years at a time. Most importantly, the Paynes discovered that bringing people together over food deepened their shared sense of community, whether in grief or celebration.
“My mom is full-blooded Italian, and while we didn’t grow up Italian, there was something about gathering around my Grandma Conzone’s and Great Grandma Granato’s table with food,” says Sandy Payne. “When we do meals for a family who is grieving or somebody who’s sick or just out of the hospital, it’s such a small thing, but it’s a part of who we are. We want to feed people, but it’s not just food. It’s a lot of things. It’s letting somebody else know that you care.”
The last couple of years, the Paynes’ response to the declining economy has echoed the clichés. They’ve decreased staff not only during slower times and seasons but also when they could have used more help. They’ve consolidated menu offerings to streamline the process, cut food costs and do more with less experienced cooks. They’ve invested in an aging building, making essential repairs and updating the interior to draw in a more regular clientele. Most measures have given Giovanni’s’ bottom line a needed boost. And the Paynes will be the first to tell you the value they place on customers, from those who patronize the restaurant like clockwork to friends and family who put in days helping with Giovanni’s dining-room facelift in 2015. Yet an inexorable decline in customer numbers, other local restaurants competing for the same pie, and the economy’s failure to rebound from a long downward trend translate to an uncertain path forward. “It’s trusting Him day by day, minute by minute, knowing He loves you and doing the best you can for Him every day,” Sandy Payne says, referring to the Paynes’ deep-seated Christian faith. “But yes, we’re praying more often. We’re trying to make sense out of nonsense.” Still, Sandy Payne is quick to note that what initially seems black and white often stratifies, on closer inspection, to layers of gray. There are bright points: several December catering jobs helped sales over the holiday season. January tends to be slow, but it hasn’t always been. And the Paynes’ involvement with various local boards and county planning entities—including Sandy Payne’s five-month stint John demonstrates how to make authentic hand-tossed pizza, one of Giovanni’s specialties. Photo by Cherise Cardin Photography
earlier this year as Interim Chamber of Commerce Director—gives them some hope for the future. “I think a lot of good people are trying to work hard to come up with solutions,” Sandy Payne says. “The majority of people want to be here, and they’re not trying to make choices that are going to hurt Rangely. If we can give each other the benefit of the doubt and work together, we can make some of these ideas the right ones for Rangely. I also see a lot more collaboration trying to take place, people trying to get involved. It’s still just a handful of people, but they’re in it, and that’s encouraging.” Sandy Payne also appreciates the more intentional partnering Rangely and Meeker have done in recent years, like a recent county-wide tourism workshop. These are opportunities, she says, where folks from opposite ends of the county cease being “other” and become “people we know and care about”—and who work together toward answers for Rio Blanco County’s future. John Payne keeps more cautious optimism in check with another cliché: we face a world that feels more uncertain than ever. “Every week I talk to people who are in the oilfield business,” he says. “They’re talking about things that are going to be happening, and we know what the town and county are working on to improve economic development. But all of those are going to take time. We’re thinking if we can survive this year, things will come back and we’ll be at the same level we were at a year or two ago. But those are all speculative things. Nobody really knows what the future will bring.”
“As a business owner, if you’re not always looking at and studying your “John and trade to know what trends could work or not work for your location, especially Sandy are such an in the restaurant industry, you’re dead,” Sandy Payne says. “There are a few and pop (businesses) who have a niche or are located by highways, but amazing part of mom as an industry, you really have to be trying new things while at the same time our community,” maintaining old things.” The second is more difficult because it involves a community-wide shift in says Liz Hagin, how we spend our money and why. The natural response to the appeal to a mom of two “shop local” is to lament high prices, and there’s some validity to that, Sandy who’s connected Payne says. Buying local doesn’t always mean paying more, though; sometimes really do match out-of-town options. Customers can also choose to with other local prices factor in local businesses having to pay more for a product and help to begin then consider the cost difference an investment in a community and its mothers through with, people. Rangely Moms. “When you’re really truly living local as much as you can, you’re spending “They are so money to provide for the streets, the police and fire protection, for the schools be here, for your neighbor to still live in the community,” she says. “I think much more than to that’s something that, until you really have to struggle through it, people may just business not think about. Sometimes then, too, things are comparable or even cheaper in town. We live on budgets, and we get that people can’t always shop here— owners. They but check prices first.” are parents and Assuming Giovanni’s weathers the storm, the Paynes have long- and shortgrandparents term hopes for their business. As in past years, they will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner for two with an upstairs seating option decorated by Kristi Boydstun’s (and also Dream Day Celebrations. Next month, they plan to unveil an official TANK surrogate Center for Sonic Arts pizza paired with a Colorado Native Amber Lager. They about an eventual small-service wedding venue in their backyard, grandparents) in dream outdoor seating, and expanded catering options. our community.” John and Sandy welcome customers at the entryway to the restaurant, where the locals’ fond nickname for the 13 year old restaurant--Gio’s--is proudly displayed. Photo courtesy of Cherise Cardin Photography
Whatever the unknowns, the Paynes’ hopes for Rangely encompass a range of “could-be’s”: a pickup in the oil and gas industries to revitalize the local economy. Local businesses, the two towns, and the county partnering to draw both tourists and new businesses to the area. Letting passersby know what’s happening, inviting them to events, and then, as the tourism workshop highlighted, offering more activities so they want to come back. In her interim Chamber position, Payne learned what people unfamiliar with the area sought in this wideopen space: opportunities for outdoor recreation, from kayaking to ATVs; access to the natural and cultural history of the place; and events that zeroed in on the uniqueness Rio Blanco County offers. There is existing and undiscovered potential in each of these, she says. In the meantime, the Paynes stay focused on two approaches they hope can make a difference now. The one they can control involves staying current on industry trends, from offering customers food ordering apps to learning from trade shows, literature, and other restaurants to growing the business’ online presence and exposure.
In short, they hope to continue investing in the community in which they’ve already staked so much. “John and Sandy are such an amazing part of our community,” says Liz Hagin, a mom of two who’s connected with other local mothers through Rangely Moms. “They are so much more than just business owners. They are parents and grandparents (and also surrogate grandparents) in our community.”
History Mystery Help us figure out the business lineage of Giovanni’s historical building. Last known as Max’s Pizza, we’ve heard it has also been a bakery, a hotel, and... fill us in, tell us your stories! Visit www.homeontherangely.com
The Paynes, too, hope they can continue in these and other roles. When clichés no longer suffice, honestly will. “We’re doing everything we can to ride this out,” Sandy Payne says. “We’re making as many smart decisions as we can to last.” Giovanni’s welcomes walk in customers and is also happy to take reservations for small or large groups as well as cater, and occassionally host, events of any size. They are open Mondays- Saturdays. For more information, or to reserve your spot for their Valentine’s dinner, call (970) 675-2670, find them on Facebook or visit http://giovannisitaliangrill.letseat.at
1950s view of Main. St, current Giovanni’s building on left
The Doctors Sutton, who moved to Rangely in 2015 to practice family medicine, enjoyed Giovanni’s special dinner and ambiance for Valentine’s last year. A new baby recently arrived...will they make it back again this year? Photo by Abbie Sutton
1970’s view of current Giovanni’s building
1980’s view of current Giovanni’s building
Current view of Giovanni’s building
County Characters Tom & Dorothy Collins
by Jasmine DeFreitas
On a typical day, you might find Tommy and Dorothy Collins volunteering at the Radino Senior Center or the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur. When Tommy arrived in Rangely at the age of 12 near the end of World War II, there was certainly no Welcome Center to greet him, but he recalls the move fondly. Tommy’s mother June, father Roy, and brother Donny hailed from Olathe, Colorado, and came up to start a grocery store with two partners. During the war food was rationed, and meat, butter, and eggs were hard to come by. Nevertheless, Roy Collins, George Greenbank, and Howard Hoover opened G.H.C. Grocery in June of 1946 on Main Street, across from where Subway now stands. At that time an outdoor well was their main source of water. An addition was made to the Inside of the grocery store the Collins family moved to Rangely to start- GHC Grocery, named after all three partners: George Greenbank, Howard Hoover--who had a meat processing and ‘locker plant’ building later, which housed the Chicken Shack run by business in Olathe (cold storage for meat in the days before household refrigeration was common,) and who provided the meat, and Tommy’s father Roy. Photo courtesy of Tommy Collins Tommy’s Uncle John, and a Bakery run by Gill Albertson. The grocery closed in 1952, but the building later served as a deli, a restaurant, and other businesses--most recently a restaurant called The Cowboy Corral, until it burned down in the early 2000s. At that time, the Collins’ family lived in the Rainbow Cabins motel, while the boys, Donny and Tommy, stayed in a tent-house behind the store. The second year, the family moved into a two-room log cabin south of White Avenue. Unfortunately, Uncle John, bringing up furniture for the cabin—along with beef carcasses and a bucket of honey—rolled the truck; the few pieces of furniture that weren’t broken were sticky with honey. They managed to salvage the meat, which Tommy says “probably couldn’t pass FDA standards today.” So the Collinses survived their first winter in their new home without running water (they were still using the outdoor well) and made themselves as comfortable as possible with a mattress, two wire-wheel spools for tables, and orange crates for chairs. During his youth, before he graduated from Rangely High in 1952, Tommy recalls his Uncle John digging a well outside the store with a buddy. “They were digging the well and decided to stick a little dynamite down in there to break the dirt up. My uncle lit the fuse, and then he climbed the rope fast. When the dynamite blew up, it blew the bucket out of the hole. My dad was mad because it was the only bucket in
Dorothy and Tommy Collins, Photo by Cherise Cardin Photography
town, but John just barely got out of the hole,” laughs Tommy. The family moved again, this time to Sunset Avenue, but the new house was still too small for two teenage sons, so Tommy and Donny slept in a tar-paper shack behind the home for three more years. Later, the Collinses bought another house on Dragon Wash, right off Gasoline Alley, and the boys finally had a solid roof to sleep under. Young Tommy and Donny were enterprising and would change the marquee signs at the local theater to earn tickets for movies several times a week. They participated in the Saddle Club, played sports, and Tommy worked as a dishwasher at the Tip Top Restaurant for 50 cents an hour. Some things about Rangely don’t change, reflects Tommy, and then, as now, “you couldn’t be sneaky because someone would call home.” As Tommy turned 16, he was gifted his grandparent’s 1931 Model A Ford; it was old, but to Tommy it was wheels. Rangely’s famously unpaved roads were finally paved by the time Dorothy arrived on the scene. Photo courtesy of Tommy Collins
After receiving a high school diploma, Tommy went to college at Colorado A & M, now Colorado State University, but left after a year and went to work at the Chevrolet Garage in Rangely as a mechanic. After a year of wrenching, he worked in the oilfield for two years, then was drafted into the peacetime Army for another two. While Tommy was in the Army, Dorothy moved to Rangely as a new teacher. Rangely’s roads were known for being unpaved and full of hazards, but by 1956, when Dorothy arrived, she recalls, “My mother was scared to death for me to come here. She had heard about these streets and sidewalks and everything, but that wasn’t the way I found it. Main Street was paved.
date have now been married 58 years. Dorothy saved money before coming to Rangely to teach, which they used for a down payment on their first house on Jones Avenue, which still stands today. The house was $10,000, and the mortgage was only $70.21 a month for 20 years. They moved to Crest Street in 1977 and made monthly payments of just over $200 until it was paid off; they live there still. It was in these homes they raised two sons and a daughter, who have blessed them with seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. All the children graduated from Rangely High, as well as two granddaughters. Their oldest son David and his family live in Grand Junction; he is a store manager in Fruita. Their second son Tim and his family live in Fruita, where he serves as Minister of the Christian Church and is also employed by the school district. Their daughter Michelle lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She and her husband Shon have the only grandson of the family and a daughter. Shon is a children’s minister and Michelle teaches in the school district. In the years prior to Rangely’s first recession, Tommy worked at a variety of jobs, including as a mechanic at the Ford Garage, and then running his own mechanic’s shop. He went on to work in maintenance at the high school and taught mechanics there part-time. Interested in teaching, he went back to college and received a master’s degree in Vocational Education in 1972. Tommy went on to teach auto mechanics for 25 years at Rangely High School, where he also served as Activities Director, bus driver, and Pep Club and Cheerleading sponsor. Tommy working at the Chevrolet Dealership, now Professional Touch Automotive. Circa 1950s. Photo courtesy of Tommy Collins.
He fondly remembers the school being able to meet many needs without any hassle. “If I was going to do something, I just did it,” he explains. He would ask the board for funding for a new bus, or for uniforms for the cheerleaders, and the requests were often granted because schools were well funded in those days.
Tommy, however, has a childhood memory of a large mudhole in the dirt road that was then Main Street about halfway through town. Those needing to go to the post office when it was raining or the weather was bad would stop on one side, wade around the mud, and hop into a car of a friend on the other side. Thankfully that was not the case for Dorothy.
The Collinses retired in 1992, but on the first day of school the following year, Tommy and Dorothy showed up in shorts and toting lawn chairs, golf clubs, and tea to “rub it in,” Dorothy laughs. They later shared cups of coffee with the remaining faculty.
The Exchange had a sidewalk. It wasn’t that bad.”
“I had first grade, in what they called a transient room, because a lot of pipeliners had kids and they never stayed in one spot for very long,” Dorothy recalls of her first-year teaching in Rangely. By Christmas there were only six children in the class, and those students were divided among the other three teachers. She taught art for half a year for first grade through junior high when the art teacher left on maternity leave. She became good friends with other teachers and taught first grade for a total of 29 years until she retired. Meanwhile, Tommy came back from Germany and went to work in the oilfield on cleanout rigs, and during this time he met Dorothy. “I had a girl-friend here, and Tommy had come back from the service, and she wanted to date one of the young engineers from Chevron. She got a date with Tommy, and I got a date with this young engineer. We went to dinner, and somewhere during the evening she and the engineer took off, and I was left with Tommy, which was good,” Dorothy explains of the date that matched them up and soon led to marriage. Both couples from that long ago double
In their retirement, the Collins have been active volunteers at the Radino Center, where Dorothy decorates the tables and the building. She also talked Tommy into volunteering at the Colorado Welcome Center, which he has come to enjoy. The pair have volunteered under three different managers at the Welcome Center over 23 years and have almost 6000 hours of volunteer time each. They were awarded State Volunteers of 2016 by the State of Colorado and every year spend a few days at other Welcome Centers in the state. A passionate volunteer, Dorothy also is a member of the Epsilon Chi Sorority, or ESA, a service organization helping with the Christmas bazaar and other functions. Tommy has served on the Volunteer Fire Department; served as President of the Rangely Outdoor Museum Board, where he has been a board member for many years; and he was active in the Elks Lodge, where he served as the Exalted Ruler. “We volunteer because we like people and keeping busy keeps us young. Rangely has been very good to us, and if we can give back something to the community in return, it will have been worthwhile,” Dorothy explains. Dorothy is 83 years old, and Tommy will turn 83 in January. “I like older women,” Tommy quips. Snowbirds now, they spend winters in Mesa. Both have been members of the Rangely Christian Church, where Tommy now serves as an Elder, for over 58 years. Dorothy played the piano for over 30 years, while Tommy directed
Tommy and Dorothy, dressed up and looking fine. Circa 1960. Photo courtesy of Tommy Collins
the choir. Tommy still loves to sing and has recently become one of a growing group of local “Tanksters,” those who enjoy experiencing song and sound in an old railroad water tank dubbed the Center for Sonic Arts and an “acoustical wonder.” He was first introduced to the Tank during a “song sharing” workshop and “community jam” as part DeTour, a state wide music tour sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries in the fall of 2015. The tour featured Colorado’s well known band the Flobots and a host of other musicians. His first experience singing in the Tank it was “electrifying,” he says. “They asked me to sing a song, because they’d never heard it before.” He recalls performing in the Tank last spring when one of the performers noticed him with his harmonica, and Tommy was asked to play. “It was like saying ‘sic’em’ to a dog, so I played for 15 minutes,” he laughs. He was asked to play again at the end of the performance. The Collinses acknowledge that Rangely might be tough to love at first, unless you get involved, but they know well the secret that most discover within a few days: “Rangely is about the people. You have people here from every place,” Tommy explains.
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Tommy with his second car, a ‘51 Chevy he bought used. Circa 1950s. Photo courtesy of Tommy Collins
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FROM the FARMSTEAD The Importance of Shrubs T
by Janet Miller
he hrub order The Shrub Border forms the backbone of the home landscape. They add depth to the perennial garden, offering texture and color with their diversity of foliage, flowers, and fruit. When placed in the ideal spot, they can be used as a framework for the smaller herbaceous perennials in the garden. They can also be used to create year round interest by planting evergreen with deciduous species.
hoosing hrubs The first consideration when choosing a shrub is cold hardiness. When I first located to Rangely and checked the USDA plant hardiness map, I was surprised to find Rangely listed as zone 5a. The range for this zone is -20 to -15. I’ve seen it dip down to -30 a few times since living here, which would be zone 4a. If you want to be safe when deciding on a shrub, consider Rangely to be zone 4. I’ve planted shrubs that are considered zone 6 and so far they have survived several of our winters, but a severe cold spell could essentially take them out. Other things to consider which are just as important are, of course, our high ph soils, dry hot summers, and sun exposure. One thing that I have learned is to never trust that cute little tag that is attached to the plant. Full sun in Washington State is not the same as full sun in Rangely Colorado. Those informational tags are a generic source of information, and it’s always best to do a little research yourself or ask a professional.
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reating a hrub order One of my biggest pet peeves is shrubs that are planted in the lawn. It not only creates a maintenance nightmare but it also just looks terrible. Creating a border along the outside of the yard is the ideal way to take advantage of the beauty of shrubs and perennials mixed together. Take into consideration the mature size of each plant and give it room to grow. Minimum width of 4-5 feet is ideal for most medium to small size shrubs although wider is better which allows one to plant shorter perennials towards the front along with spring blooming bulbs and/or annual color mixes. Always cover the soil with organic mulch as discussed in previous articles.
Janet Miller and her husband Ray are independant family farmers at Fossil Ridge Farmstead and Janet also runs a landscaping and personal gardening service. You can find her at (970) 433-4183, on Facebook at Fossil Ridge Farmstead at
Deciduous Shrubs for R angely CISTENA PLUM- Single pink flowers in spring after the leaves emerge; foliage is a good reddish purple all summer; mature size is 7-10’ t x 5’ w; full sun. POTENTILLA- Most common variety has a yellow flower; other colors include red, white, and pink; flowering begins in June and continues until frost; heat and drought tolerant; mature size 3-5’ T x 3-5’ W; full sun. SNOWMOUND SPIRAEA- Masses of small white, showy flowers in late spring; foliage is a nice deep green and shrub maintains a rounded dense growth pattern; mature size 5’ T x 5’W; full sun. BAILEYI RED TWIG DOGWOOD- Rich green leaves turn a reddish purple in the fall; white flowers in the spring followed by clusters of bluish fruit; the stems turn red in the winter adding winter interest to the garden; attracts birds; mature size 6-9’ T x 6-9’ W; full sun.
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Rio Blanco County Historical Society 1-3 p.m. at the Old West Heritage Culture Center
16 11AM RBC Commissioners Mtg 5:30-9 PM Open Racquetball Club Parkview MartinPTO Luther 6 PM King Rangely Jr.’s Outdoor Museum Birthday Mtg.
23 5:30-9 PM Open Racquetball Club 11 AM RBC Commissioners Meeting
10 AM Story Time 1:30 Heritage Culture Committee 6-9 Quilting 6:30 PM CNCC Womens Bball 7:30 PM CNCC Mens BBall 7PM Rangely Town Council
11 AM Commissioners Meeting 5:30-9 PM Open Racquetball
5:30-9 PM Open Racquetball Club
24 10 AM Story Time 12 PM Community Networking Mtg. 6-9 PM Quilting Group
5 PM Jr High Girls BBAll 10 AM Story Time 6-9 PM Quilting Group
10 AM Gentleman’s Club 7 PM Rangely Community Gardens Mtg.
HS Wrestling 4 P.M. HS Basketball
7 1 PM HS Wrestling HS Basketball 6 PM CNCC Mens BBall
10AM Gentleman’s 4PM HS Club Basketball 6PM Giant Step Board Mtg 6:30 CNCC Womens BBall 7PM ESA Meeting
7AM Meeker Chamber Mtg. 5:30-9PM Open Racquetball Club 7-9PM Adult Open Gym
17 10 AM Story Time 7 PM Rangely Town Council 6-9 PM Quilting Group 6:15 RE4 School District Meeting
7-9 PM Adult Open Gym
10 11AM Mtg RBC Commissioners Open Racquetball Club 5 PM Rangely Library Board Mtg. 7 PM Rec District Board Mtg
5:30-9 PM Open Racquetball Club
10 AM Gentleman’s Club
7-9 PM Adult Open Gym
6:30 PM CNCC Womens BBAll
HS Wrestling 4 PM HS Bball
Jr High Girls BBall HS Wrestling 1 PM HS Basketball CNCC Womens BBAll 6 PM CNCC Mens BBall
7:30 Jr High Girls BBall 7:30 CNCC Mens BBall
25 5:30-9 PM Open Racquetball Club 7-9 PM Adult Open Gym 7 PM Rio Blanco Water District Mtg
26 10 AM Gentleman’s Club 6 PM Rangely District Hospital Mtg. 6:30 CNCC Womens Bball CNCC Baseball TBA 7:30 CNCC Mens BBall
27 4PM HS Boys Bball
28 Jr High Girls Bball HS Wrestling 1 PM HS Bball 3 PM CNCC Womens Bball CNCC Softball TBA 6 PM CNCC Mens Bball
CNCC Softball TBA
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