Winterfest candidates are chosen by the staff at Rangely Junior/Senior High School. The staff takes the first vote of the senior class, choosing three boys and three girls. Candidates must show strong leadership skills and above-average students involved in various activities and who are helpful to their peers and teachers. A second and final vote […]


The “one way” sign is at least eight feet tall, the pine tree next to it is about 13 feet high and the trees behind the snow bank are at least 20 feet tall, yet they are buried in a snow bank in the alley that runs between Fifth and Sixth streets and Main and Market streets as the snow fell quite heavily on Tuesday morning. Between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, more than a foot had fallen, and there is a shortage of places to move and dump the excess snow.

Snow fun…


While the adults were having fun and racing at the Family Fun Day on Saturday, sponsored by the White River Snowmobile Club at Meeker’s Ute Park, the kids were enjoying the areas that had been cleaned off for sledding and tubing.

Parkview sings…


The Parkview Elementary School fourth/fifth-grade choir, led by Sarah Campbell, performed for the Rangely School Board at its meeting Jan. 19.

Conservation district examines 2015 triumphs, 2016 challenges

Neil Brennan, left, president of the White River Conservation District Board of Supervisors presented the Conservationists of the Year Award to Rocky Pappas, Sparky Pappas and Travis Flaherty at Friday’s annual meeting and banquet at the Fairfield Center in downtown Meeker. District manager Chris Colflesh reported there were 104 people present at the banquet.

MEEKER I More than 100 people enjoyed the White River Conservation District’s annual meeting Friday at the Meeker Fairfield Center.

Waiting to race…


The series of Family Fun Day events at Ute Park and a chili lunch were hosted by the White River Snowmobile Club.

Cultural, Heritage task forces sets the stage for 2016 progress

The Heritage Culture Center Committee and the Heritage Tourism Task Force have reviewed 2015 and set the stage for 2016. At the annual meeting of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, chairwoman Ellene Meece shared the Strategic Planning Goals for 2016. Those in attendance heard from 13 different organizations presenting ways they can collaborate in telling the county’s heritage story.

MEEKER I The Heritage Culture Center Committee and Heritage Tourism Task Force met Jan. 19 at the Old West Heritage Culture Center to set the stage for 2016.

Panthers get preview of regional mat tourney

Rangely senior Jessy Powell scores back points during a match in the Screamin’ Eagle wrestling tournament held in Paonia. Powell recorded a pin in the 145-pound bracket, and Panther coach Travis Witherell named him the team’s “Athlete of the Week.”

RANGELY I Competing in the Screamin’ Eagle wrestling tournament in Paonia last Saturday, the Rangely High School wrestlers got a preview of the regional tournament.

Family Fun Day…


This racer tries desperately to cut his snowmobile tightly around the barrel during the barrel racing event at the Family Fun Day on Saturday at Ute Park. This rider found out that the snow was soft, powdery and not at all packed, which meant the front of the snowmobile would dig in but the rear […]

CNCC aids food bank…


René Harden of Rangely coordinated the project, then connected with Leana Cox, president of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Cox got the PTK members to run the concession stand at CNCC and to make popcorn. The deal was that if someone brought in a non-perishable food […]

Barone basketball…

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Barone Middle School eighth-grader Makenna Burke leads the pack down the court during a game between the two Rio Blanco County middle school teams. Barone Middle School’s A-team beat Rangely but Rangely Middle School’s seventh grade team came out on top of the young Cowboy team.

Rangely basketball girls drop two out of three games, to hit the road

RANGELY I The Rangely High School girls’ basketball team played three tough games last week beginning with the barn burner against Meeker on Tuesday night.

MHS wrestlers win, to play host

MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling team made a long trip to Buena Vista on Jan. 28 for a dual meet with the 2A Demons, and they returned home victorious.

Former sheriff Si Woodruff to challenge Eskelson for commissioner

Si Woodruff

RBC I Former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff formally announced his intention to seek election to the position of Rio Blanco county commissioner from District 3. Incumbent Jeff Eskelson is seeking re-election. Both men are Republicans. Woodruff believes his knowledge of the local people and their needs qualify him for the job.

Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser…


The 18-members-strong Meeker Elementary School Marimba Band entertained the 200 persons at the second annual Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser dinner on Sunday evening at the Fairfield Center. “It was great to have so many of the kids involved and I think the faculty is buying into the fact that the foundation can and is helping […]

Local input needed by Friday on new proposal at Colowyo

RBC I Rio Blanco County officials are urging residents to submit public comments on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Collom Area Development Project at Colowyo Mine in Northwestern Colorado near Craig. Representatives from Rio Blanco County, the Town of Meeker, Meeker Chamber of Commerce, White River Electric Association and Tri-State Generation and Transmission […]

From My Window: Race for RBC commisioner may be interesting this year

The county political climate is rapidly heating up as the announcement comes that former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff is going after—er—challenging Jeff Eskelson for his seat on the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners. This news brings mixed feelings to me and to several other folks I have spoken with in the past […]

Events this Friday to promote public comments on Colowyo

RBC I The White River Electric Association and Tri-State Transmission are hosting “TGIF Meeker” events on Friday to get area residents out and about to disseminate information and gain public comment on the environmental permitting process for the Collom Area Development Project at Colowyo Mine.

Classifieds: February 4, 2016

Ads for 02/04/16 ANNOUNCEMENTS ATV, Boat and Snowmobile Owners! You can now renew your Colorado OHV registrations online at: The Rio Blanco Herald Times accepts all major credit cards. You can fax your classified ad or subscription to (970)878-4016 or email to: RIO BLANCO Masonic Lodge #80 meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, 7:00 […]

Meeker girls fall to top teams

MEEKER I The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team lost last weekend to the top two teams in the league which are also two of the top 2A teams in the state.

Meeker FFA’s first semester goes well; year has been busy already

MEEKER I First semester for the Meeker FFA Chapter really went off with a bang as we upgraded, renovated and decorated. We’ve made the whole place feel more like home and have been working harder than ever before.