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I started visiting Rangely in 1983 as a weekend get-away from city life; I love this little town! I knew there was something special about Rangely so I moved here in 1998 while working as a manager for 3M Health Information Systems (3MHIS) – the company reorganization took me back to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah from 2000-2003. But, that gave me 20 years for 3MHIS, a perfect time to move on. I also had 21 years’ service in the US Army Reserves as commissioned officer and could retire from the military.
Ready to escape the large crowds and heavy traffic of a big city, I move to Rangely again in 2003. I met Larry in 2004 and we quickly became best friends; we married in 2005. I continued to work in Healthcare at the Rangely District Hospital; first as the clinic manager then stepping down business office clerk and IT worker; later as director of medical records.
Currently I am self-employed assisting small business and non-profit organizations. I became a member of the Town Council in 2010 and will complete my current term in 2018. My vision for Rangely is to see a revitalization of our community, to fill the gap of the boom and bust of our oil, gas, and coal. Rangely has so much to offer; “The Tank”, Rock Crawling, OHV and Bike Trails, Kenney Reservoir and White River, Golfing, Hunting, Fishing, etc… Selective marketing Rangely as a Destination and Event Tourism makes sense to me as a way to diversify and rebuild our economy.
Matt Billgren is serving an appointed term on the Town Council
I moved to Rangely in the fall of 1990 to go to the CNCC Aviation program. I spent two years in the program and graduated in 1992 with an Associates of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. I received my CFI and CFII while at CNCC. In the fall of 1993 I was hired to be an instructor at CNCC Aviation school. I went to work for Ducey’s Electric in 1994 working as an apprentice electrician. In 1997 I worked to Brenton Service Company where I earned my Journeyman Electrical License. I went to work in the natural gas field in 1998 in hopes that it would be an opportunity to provide a better life style for Elaine and myself. Now 18 years later I think the right decision was made. Elaine and I have been happily married since 1993. We have two children, Sidney that is 16 and Braxton that is 7, and both of them are in the Rangely School District. I have been on the Rangely Fire Department for 23 years.
My first year in college I thought the time would not come fast enough for me to return to the flat lands and get out of the rolling hills and mountains. I was on the campus and did not come down town much. I decided to stay in Rangely the summer between my first and second year of college. That is when I realized what Rangely and the surrounding area was all about. It has been 26 years living in Rangely and I would not change a thing. I am glad we can raise our family here.
I think Rangely is great as a small community, that is some of the reasons many of us like living here. This is an industry based community and has had its ups and downs throughout the years. Rangely does need something else in the area that will help keep the economy going in the industrial down times. There is not an easy solution to this, given our location. We need to use our BLM surroundings to promote Rangely. The challenges that Rangely need to work on is keeping the employees that work in this area…..living in this area. We need to find ways to keep them in living Rangely.
I moved my family to Rangely in the Fall of 2014 after receiving an employment opportunity with Williams Northwestern Pipeline.
I work as an Operations Technician for Williams Northwestern Pipeline. I have held previous employment positions as a Project Manager, Public Relations Manager, and Account Manager.
I love the great outdoors; Rangely and surrounding areas provides so much to explore and enjoy. I also enjoy the unique and safe lifestyle that Rangely offers. I grew up in a small town, and can now offer my children a similar experience as they grow. There are also many opportunities for growth in Rangely, and I am excited to be a part of that.
Sustainability is my main focus for Rangely. With the economic downturn in the oil and gas field, I hope to see Rangely remain the unique and safe home town for all those that reside here. There are numerous possibilities for Rangely to be sustainable, and I have great hopes for those possibilities to become realities in the future.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Rangely. Some of the nicest, kindest, and supportive people live here. It really is a great place to live! I am lucky enough to be a life-long resident of Rangely.
Since receiving my B.B.A in 2009, I started as a gas plant operator, and now I work for a small oil and gas service company running down-hole service tools. The majority of this work takes place in the local Chevron field also known as the Rangely Weber Sand Unit. It's a very rewarding field to work in, because there is such a large variation in the age of the wells. The history of the oil and gas development in Rangely is very fascinating.
Oil and gas development has been very beneficial for Rangely, but I think in today’s world it is important to diversify. Tourism, recreation, and technology are all things we can take advantage of here. Rangely is a geological and geographical GOLD MINE!!! There is so much for people to see I want the community take advantage of this. The new fiber-optic coming into the community is just short of revolutionary.
I look forward to representing the great people of this community. It's an amazing opportunity for me to give back! I will be serving on the finance committee, community development committee, and the RDA/RDC committee. The easiest way to reach me is by email. Please feel free to contact me if needed.
Trey Robie is a Rangely local and is serving his first term on the Town Council.