Cribbage champ…

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After a one year hiatus, the ERBM Recreation and Parks District sponsored the Benefit Cribbage tournament and 15 players gathered at Mountain Valley Bank to play, with proceeds benefiting HopeWest. ERBM representatives Katie Day and Maddie Arnold (right) present 2016 champion Jeri Gilchrist with a cribbage board made by MHS student Trapper Merrifield, from a […]

Fast food…


With snow covering some of the deer forage in the wild, this small group of deer thoroughly enjoys the low-hanging access to bird food at this bird feeder, just outside a door on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely.

STEM at work…


The first week of January saw Meeker 4-H Program Coordinator Carley Smith visit Kay Bivens’ library class demonstrating STEM (Science. Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to first through fifth graders. The theme for this week’s presentation was engineering, focusing on building model ski jumps.

28 youths participate in 2016 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge

Twenty-eight area youths participated in the 2016 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge on Jan. 23 in Meeker. Hosted by the ERBM Recreation & Park District, the event featured a basketball skills competition in dribbling, passing and shooting. Youth ages seven years to 14 competed for the chance to advance to the sectionals in Grand Junction on Feb. 21, and ages 5/6 competed for fun. Pictured above, from left to right in the 13/14-year-old age group: Cole Rogers, first, 495 points; Elijah Deming, third place, 275 points; and Lane Anderson, second, with 361 points.

RBC I Twenty-eight youths participated in the 2016 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge on Jan. 23 in Meeker. Hosted by the ERBM Recreation and Park District, the event featured a basketball skills competition in dribbling, passing and shooting. Youth ages 7-14 competed for the chance to advance to the sectionals in Grand Junction on Feb. 21, […]



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.

Letter to the Editor: From the governor’s office about wolves

Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Bob Amick of Meeker: Thank you for writing our office to share your thoughts on the resolution passed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission (PWC) on Jan. 13, 2016, regarding wolves in our state. Interest in wolves remains high in Colorado and the PWC resolution has […]

BLM proposes emissions rules; regulations may aid gas and oil

RBC I On Jan. 22, as “Snowzilla” was about to hit Washington D.C. and much of the East Coast, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced much-anticipated rules on emissions from oil and gas production on Bureau of Land Management-administered leases.

Reservoir a part of Better City’s plans

RBC I Last week, the Herald Times reviewed the aspects of the Better City consulting “Phase IV— Recommended Action Plan” affecting Rangely and Meeker. The plan has one additional element aimed at the county as a whole—the Wolf Creek Reservoir project.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for support, compassion

Dear Editor: We would like to thank the following persons and businesses for their compassion and support during our mom’s final days. Thanks to: Rhonda and Kim with Rangely Home Health; Drs. Abbie and Aguirre at Rangely District Hospital; Pastor Jasper Wiston; Amorrette Hawkins; Jerry Blankenship; Jake at Ashley Valley Funeral Home; and Chris and […]

Residents can report oil, gas health issues

RBC I Colorado has been something of a pioneer in terms of tracking health risks related to oil and gas production. In 2010, it was the “first in the nation to perform a detailed study” known as a “health impact assessment” on proposed natural gas development.

Panther boys’ basketball team wins two of three cage tests

RANGELY I The Rangely High School boys’ basketball team had an exciting week last week, winning two of three of their games, building momentum going into another big weekend.

Local ties to state water plan cited

RBC I Hosted by the Rio Blanco County Farm Bureau, Colorado Farm Bureau Vice President Carlyle Currier of Molina (Mesa County) discussed on Jan. 26 the development and implications of the recently finalized State Water Plan. Currier was introduced to the attendees at the Mountain Valley Bank community room by county Farm Bureau President J.D. […]

Letter to the Editor: What local superintendents want from the state

Dear Editor: This is an open letter from the Colorado state school superintendents requesting adequate school funding from the Colorado State Legislature.

Rangely Junior/Senior High honor roll for fall semester

Sixth Grade – First Quarter Straight A: Jacob Dodd, Chloe Goshe, Adelynn Halcomb, Aspen Low, Keihlin Myers, Rayna Robertson, Mary Scoggins and Ammie Vaughn. “B” Honor Roll: Nevaeh Bland, Brent Cantrell, Tanya Fraijo, Alexis Hopson, Madison Lance, Shauna Lapp, Tiana Lucas, Katelyn Miears, Norrah Patch, Dontea Pearce, Angalina Peck, Timothy Scoggins, Aliyah Suathojame, Wyatt Tull, […]