COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS: Oct. 13, 2022 | Rio Blanco Herald Times

Small business class

RBC | Small businesses looking or needing to shift out of startup phase and into “what’s next” are encouraged to attend a two-day StartUp to ScaleUp course in Hayden, Colorado on Oct. 14-15. This interactive class will give existing small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and local leaders the opportunity to evaluate their own business, learn growth and marketing strategies, understand the process of scaleup finance and funding and take their business to the next level. Early registration is available through Oct. 7 for $55 per person ($75 regular registration) and includes all course materials, kickoff reception, breakfast, lunch and ongoing cohort communication. For more information and to register, visit

Meal program needs applications, volunteers

MEEKER | The White River Roundup meal program is accepting new applications for seniors to receive a delicious and nutritious meal four days a week. The meal program is not income based; the only criteria is that you are 60 years old or older, you live with a senior, or other conditions may apply.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with our meal programs.  If you volunteer for one consecutive hour helping seniors in our cafeteria, your meal is free (any age).  We are accepting applications to fill in for the cook in Meeker as well. If you are interested, contact Jan at 907-957-4073.

Free legal clinic Oct. 14

MEEKER | The next free legal self-help clinic for parties without an attorney will be Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 2-5 p.m., hosted by the Meeker Public Library. Volunteer attorneys will assist one-on-one via computer. Contact the library at 970-878-5911 to be added to the sign up sheet.

Frisch campaign stop

MEEKER | Adam Frisch, candidate for Congressional District 3, will be in Meeker, Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Meeker Public Library meeting room, from 1-2 p.m. to meet with the community. It is an opportunity for the community to listen and ask questions of RBC’s potential representative. An informed voter will choose a candidate that best represents the needs of Rio Blanco County.

Elk bugling contest

MEEKER | The annual elk bugling and camouflage contest for first- through fifth-graders will be Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Meeker Elementary School cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration, contest starts at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes will be given. If you participated last year, please bring your bugling tube. Everyone will use the same type of tube, 1-3/4 “ diameter by 22” long. (No reeds or diaphragms will be used by participants.) Participants may register the night of the contest. 

Elk herd presentation

MEEKER | Learn about our White River Elk Herd: Past and Present at the Smoking River Brewing Co., on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeker, Colorado. Join the White River Alliance in person with a beverage, or by Zoom for a presentation by Darby Finley, Wildlife Biologist for White River Office of Colorado Parks and Wildlife about the White River elk herd migration patterns, health and habits, past and present. 

Candy donations needed

MEEKER | The Walbridge Wing is seeking candy donations for Halloween trick-or-treaters. Wing residents will be handing out candy from 5:30-7 p.m.  on Monday, Oct. 31. 

Free parenting classes

MEEKER | Positive Solutions for Families is an evidence-based workshop of seven sessions aimed for parents and guardians with children from 1- to 8-years-old. During this workshop, we discuss a wide range of positive approaches that support children’s self-regulation, independence, cooperation, and problem-solving skills. Sponsored by Connections4Kids, local preschool teacher Becky Brennan Bauer will lead sessions at Meeker Elementary School on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 1, 2022. Free childcare and dinner provided. Register online at

Wild horse adoption

RBC | There will be a Piceance East Douglas Herd Management Area wild horse adoption event on Nov. 4-5, 2022, at Rimrock Adventures in Fruita, Colorado, at 927 Hwy. 340. Public viewing begins on Friday from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10 a.m. Silent bidding from 10-10:30 a.m. Horse clinics, wild horse demonstrations, food trucks, vendor booths and “lots of horse people.” TIP trainers welcome. Minimum fee is $125. Sponsored by Piceance Mustangs and BLM. Visit for adoption information.

Library book club

MEEKER | The book club will be reading “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt. We will discuss the books on Monday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to join in the fun.