Snow in the high country…

Demonstrating the job that lay ahead, this Rio Blanco County snow plow shows what lies in front of it while trying to clear County Road 8 up over Ripple Creek Pass all the way over into Routt County on Wednesday. As of noon on May 20, the Rio Blanco County road crew had less than four miles to go to clear a narrow route the entire length of the closure. The crew was also battling a major blizzard on top of the pass, but were able to finish the initial path and open the road. The road will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a lot of caution as there is a lot of snow, melt-off and mud, making the travel treacherous for possibly a couple weeks, the county Road and Bridge Department advised on Friday.

Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen Troops

As part of the Rangely observance of Memorial Day on Monday, Pastor Mark Futch and Frank England raised the Prisoner of War flag at Rangely Cemetery as several onlookers watched.

MHS Baseball…

The Meeker High School baseball team ended its season in the 2015 District tournament after a 6-2 loss to the Ignacio Bobcats. “We played well, we just never could get the bats going,” head coach Jason Browning said. “I’m proud of the season we had (6-13). We keep taking steps in the right direction. We competed well both in our league and outside of it.” Team members in the front row are: Ty Gibson, Doak Mantle, Cooper Meszaros, Noah Eichman, Trapper Merrifield, Uri Goedert, Hunter Garcia, Sheridan Harvey, Garrett Frantz and Cody Nielsen. In the back row are: manager Paige Jones, coach Brian Merrifield, Matt Frantz, Eli Newman, Kash Atwood, Nick Burri, Logan Hughes, Jake Nielsen, Cade Rowlett, Tony Collins and coach Jason Browning.

Sunny skies greet MHS grads as they move on in their lives

Vicki Crawford, at the podium, just presented MHS Class of 2015 Valedictorian Brittany Smith with a VFW scholarship, one of many scholarships handed out at the commencement on Saturday morning. To the far right is counselor Amy Chinn, who was assisting with the handing out of scholarships.

MEEKER I After heavy rains all night, Meeker awoke on Saturday to clear and sunny skies. The break in the rain allowed the 38 members of the Meeker High School Class of 2015, their families and friends, high school faculty, administration representatives and junior class “Daisy Chain” escorts to gather at Starbuck Stadium for the […]

RHS class graduates with thoughts of hard work, many opportunities

As voted on by the Class of 2015, the Rangely High School Teacher of the Year was Pat Walsh, who was presented with a plaque by Courtney Christiansen and Simone Heinle.

RANGELY I “Commencement” is defined as “the beginning,” and there were 29 members of the Rangely High School Class of 2015 who were anxious Sunday to reach that point of graduation and commence with the rest of their lives.

From My Window: Busy week: Graduations, concert, snow, NHS, Memorial Day

Sean McMahon, Editor

What a week it has been. One thing certain about working for a newspaper— small or large—it is not often a boring proposition. And for as small a county as this is, this past week has been amazingly busy.

Chamber seminar on customer service today

MEEKER I The Meeker Chamber of Commerce will offer a useful seminar for local small businesses on customer service, focusing on how to deal with an upset or agitated customer or employee.

Classifieds: May 28, 2015

Ads for 05/28/15 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 […]

Federal land transfers get a boost from government

RBC I Over the last few years, a movement in Western states to “take back” federal lands has been gaining funding and followers. As we reported in October, eight states have considered the idea of late, but none so seriously as Utah. In 2012, Utah passed a law demanding 20 million acres of federal land, […]

Parkview Elementary field day…

The majority of Parkview Elementary School’s Field Day activities were moved indoors thanks to rainy, wet weather on Friday. But parent volunteer Tarrah Patch, other helpers, faculty and staff adjusted to the change and had fun with the children anyway. The school’s only Friday session of the year added to the regular schedule but allowed for today’s end to the school year, a week earlier than the initially projected last day of school.

Rio Blanco County has new state Medicare insurance coordinator

RBC I The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado is proud to announce that Betsy Packer has been hired as coordinator for the Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

CPW will host ‘Cast and Blast’ for women in Collbran on June 13

RBC I Women interested in learning the basics of shotgun shooting and fly fishing are invited to attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Cast and Blast” clinic in Collbran on June 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.