Rangely firefighters contain mobile home fire

RANGELY I Firefighters with the Rangely Rural Fire Protection District (RRFPD) contained a residential fire to the back third of a trailer home after a space heater reportedly being used to defrost frozen water lines ignited combustible material beneath the trailer on Sunday night.

Elks Christmas in Rangely feeds 120 children and 70 families

Mom Marisela Preciado and Elks member Cody Reed stand with Preciado’s 7-year-old son, Xavier, whose name was drawn for one of the large prizes at the Elks Children’s Christmas Party on Dec. 21. Between personal and business donations and the Elks Club’s own contributions, approximately $2,500 goes into hosting the party each year. The entire operation, including the food and gifts, costs about $8,000.

RANGELY I More than 120 children and 70 families experienced the community’s generosity this Christmas as Rangely Elks Lodge No. 1907 hosted its third annual Children’s Christmas Party and distributed food boxes to dozens of local families.

Remodeling of CNCC Rector Building is on schedule, budget

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Rector Building has reached the midpoint of a 4,500-square-foot remodel and expansion project slated for completion by mid-March. The $3.8 million project moved forward with funds originally set aside for a wellness center.

RANGELY I Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Rector Building renovation, which includes a 120-seat lecture hall expansion, is on schedule and on budget, facilities director John Bottelberghe said last week. The Rector Sciences Building, with naming rights still up for grabs for the state-of-the-art lecture hall, is slated for a March 19 finish by Grand Junction […]

Christmasfest opens Rangely holiday season

Christmasfest royalty was chosen over the weekend during holiday-related events in Rangely. Members of royalty, from left, are second attendant Norm Hall, first attendants Bettie Jo Hackford and Bill Dyer, crown bearer Brielle Lucero, Queen Phyllis Zadra, King Bill Zadra and crown bearer Wyatt Wiley.

RANGELY I The Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan (WRBM) Recreation District’s chili dinner and dance recital drew more than 100 people to Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday night, netting more than $500 to help a local family pay for their daughter’s health care expenses.

Rangely hospital chief looks for progress, strong future

Rangely Family Medicine nursing staff members answer calls and complete paperwork between patient appointments. Although factors like continued low patient volumes, electronic medical records mandates and rising insurance costs remain a cause for concern, Rangely District Hospital Chief Executive Officer Nick Goshe maintains that a $1.5 million annual Medicare payout starting next year and RDH’s status as a critical access facility has the hospital well-positioned for the future.

RANGELY I Rangely District Hospital may face its share of challenges in the future, but for now, CEO Nick Goshe is happy to check a couple of current ones off the list.

Rangely hospital presents nursing awards

Registered nurse Anne Benhart, left, prepares to pin Ruth King’s granddaughter, Jennifer Turner, with the Ruth King Excellence in Nursing Award. King, former nursing director Mary Reese and longtime Rangely District Hospital nurse Sheryl Sheley were the first recipients of the award — King and Reese posthumously. Chief nursing officer Sharma Vaughn said that King, a registered nurse who worked for Rangely Community Hospital and RDH in their fledgling years and for decades afterward, passed on a legacy of professionalism and care to generations of RDH nursing staff.

RANGELY I Rangely District Hospital honored three former and current nurses with the inaugural Ruth King Excellence in Nursing Award at a pinning ceremony Saturday night.

Christmasfest in Rangely set for this weekend

Santa and Mrs. Claus made their first stop of the season at Meeker on Friday night for Meeker’s Parade of Lights. The Jolly Old Soul and his wife just may be in Rangely this weekend, taking part in Christmasfest. See photos throughout today’s edition regarding Meeker’s event and activities coming to Rangely.

RANGELY I Rangely Christmasfest activities kicked off this week, with the main events this Friday and Saturday. This year’s “Candyland-themed Christmas,” put on by the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District (WRBM), began with a scavenger hunt Tuesday and ramps up Friday with free gingerbread man decorating from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at […]

Shop and Dine in Rangely…

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Town of Rangely utility billing clerk Brenda Ahrens hands a $30 voucher to Rangely resident John Perry. Monday marked the final day of the town’s annual Shop-N-Dine event, through which local shoppers are rewarded for spending their money in town. The vouchers were issued at $5 per every $50 spent

Metal artists bring library sign to life

Local metal artist Kyle Stewart partnered with his wife, Ashley, to bring the Rangely Library’s new sign to life on Main Street. The Stewarts used approximately 30 square feet of metal, with 55 separate pieces cut and welded together to create the 150-pound sculpture.

RANGELY I It was only a matter of time before metal artist Kyle Stewart’s creations became a family affair. The 24-year-old, who works for family business Stewart Welding and whose metal sculptures can be seen in public spaces and private residences around Rangely, has taken on a full-fledged partner in his latest endeavor: his wife, […]

New Striegel office…

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Workers hone details on the exterior of W.C. Striegel’s new office building, scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving or shortly thereafter, controller Teri Wilczek said.

JJ’s Tire and Automotive…

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A new shop for Rangely’s JJ’s Tire and Automotive will open for business sometime in December, owner James Woodall said. JJ’s, located in the former NAPA Auto Parts building on East Main Street for the last two years, will operate from a 4,300-square-foot, four-bay shop across the street from the current location.

Rangely hospital getting back to a full healthy staff

Dr. Katy Rieves, left, Rangely District Hospital’s newest physician, has begun seeing patients and getting to know hospital and clinic staff last week. Rieves is the friend and former coworker of Dr. Mercedes Cameron, center, who took a leave from RDH last December after being diagnosed with breast cancer. RDH registered nurse Shelby Lindsay, right, will begin seeing patients early next year after completing board and licensing requirements to become a nurse practitioner. Rieves and Lindsay are two of three health care providers filling slots left by Cameron and Dr. Chris Adams in the last year. A third physician, Dr. Casey Aguirre, has signed a contract to begin at RDH in March.

RANGELY I In the coming weeks and months, Rangely District Hospital hopes to offer what it’s been short on for the better part of a year: continuity. In December, Dr. Mercedes Cameron took leave to be treated for breast cancer. Then, after extended absences beginning in February, Dr. Chris Adams resigned from the hospital in […]