Annual Rangely memorial blood drive Wednesday

RANGELY I The sixth annual Makayla Jane Kottenstette Memorial Blood Drive, in conjunction with Rangely High School’s annual event, is scheduled for Wednesday at the school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Former Rangely man chosen as wildlife officer of the year by CPW

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Area Wildlife Manager (AWM) and former Rangely resident Ty Petersburg accepts the John D. Hart Wildlife Officer of the Year Award on Feb. 24 in Colorado Springs. Wife Stephanie Petersburg and sons Lucas, 4, and Boden, 7, joined him in accepting the honor. Petersbug’s parents, Donna and Steve, still live in Rangely.

RANGELY I Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Area Wildlife Manager (AWM) and former Rangely resident Ty Petersburg has been chosen as Colorado’s 2015 John D. Hart Wildlife Officer of the Year. Petersburg received the award Feb. 24 at a statewide CPW officer meeting/training session in Colorado Springs.

More locals fare well in annual Rangely racquetball tourney

Bob Sanders, left, of Payton, Colo., and Rangely resident Andrea Gianinetti, right, get a “mug shot” taken of the second-place trophies they won in the C/D doubles division of the 23rd Rangely Racquetball Tournament, held March 4-6. One-third of this year’s 29 tournament participants were local, and several of them were mothers brought into the sport by Gianinetti, who began learning from resident expert Shirley Parsons three years ago.

RANGELY I When Rangely resident Andrea Gianinetti began playing racquetball three years ago, she wasn’t doing it for herself. Her then-6-year-old son, Zeek, was interested in the game, and she had agreed to hit the ball around with him on the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan (WRBM) Recreation Center courts.

‘Open The TANK’ fundraising event succeeds in topping amount sought

RANGELY I Perhaps the only thing better than reaching a goal is exceeding it. On Sunday afternoon, the Friends of The TANK and dozens of TANK supporters knew that feeling for the second time in three years. Nearly 700 local and national backers and donors in 19 countries worldwide made the Open The TANK Kickstarter […]

23rd annual Rangely Racquetball Tournament is March 4-6

RANGELY I In the space of a 20-by-40-by-20-foot racquetball court, a single player can do drills. He or she can improve skills and anticipate hypothetical moves.

Rangely’s ‘The TANK’ getting closer to meeting funding goal

The grand opening and first public viewing that the public saw of Rangely’s “The TANK” was held in September when residents and visitors were widely impressed with the sounds resounding through the tank.

RANGELY I For 60 years, retired schoolteacher Bill Mitchem and his wife, Martha, watched trends in Rangely come and go, from mutton chops to Madonna. Other ideas, they learned, had staying power.

Friends seek funding to open the TANK

The Friends of the Tank have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise $57,000 to open Rangely’s TANK for artist residencies and community outreach. The campaign is approximately halfway funded and ends Feb. 28. To make a pledge, go to and search “Open the TANK.”

RANGELY I For the non-profit organization The Friends of the TANK, a journey of three years began with a single donation.

Rangely hospital and town fulfill dream of journey to Daytona 500

Rangely District Hospital long-term care patient Don Worrall and registered nurse Irene Kilbane, along with R.N. Wendy Campbell, will travel to NASCAR’S Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla. this February. The trip, which Kilbane planned after Worrall expressed a lifelong dream to attend the race, has been largely funded through a GoFundMe campaign. To donate, go to

RANGELY I It wasn’t a dream to be shared with just anyone. Especially now, when the hope of its happening had faded—faded, he thought, like the strength that once flowed from him, before the multiple sclerosis had sapped it over 13 long years. Luckily, Don Worrall wasn’t prone to pity. The dream itself, to attend […]

Rangely Community Gardens wraps up fruitful season

From left: Kasen Aguirre, Jackson Aguirre, Matthew Morgan and Grady Aguirre haul a cartload of pumpkins during the Rangely Community Gardens’ October pumpkin giveaway. More than 800 pumpkins were given away free during the event.

RANGELY I The Rangely Community Gardens wrapped up a diverse and fruitful season this month with its annual pumpkin giveaway to all children in Rangely and Dinosaur.

Night at Hogwarts an educational, funding success

The third annual Night at Hogwarts had the largest turnout yet Friday as Rangely’s Parkview Elementary School hosted approximately 350 children and adults, including families from Meeker, Vernal and Grand Junction. The fundraiser, brought in more than $6,000, up $1,600 from last year’s profits. The majority of funds will be distributed among teachers for school supplies, equipment and field trips.

RANGELY I Parkview Elementary School’s third annual Night at Hogwarts saw its highest turnout to date as approximately 350 children and adults, including families from Meeker, Vernal and Grand Junction, attended the fundraiser Friday night.

Halloween a’coming…


A dressed-down skeleton lounges on a bench, ready to welcome visitors to a home on South White Avenue in Rangely. The decoration is one of many around town heralding the coming of Halloween.

Travel back in time…


Park Ranger Jan uses a laser light to point out details of the Dinosaur National Monument Quarry Exhibit Hall’s wall of dinosaur bones. Third-graders from Parkview Elementary School in Rangely took a field trip to the quarry and visitor’s center on Oct. 14, when they learned about, saw and touched a variety of fossils from […]