RDH funding issues aren’t uncommon

RANGELY I Rangely District Hospital’s recent financial woes mirror those of hundreds of rural hospitals struggling to absorb hits from mandatory federal regulations, health provider shortages and decreased patient volumes, hospital administrators said last week.

Rangely Racquetball Tourney draws largest local crowd in event history

Pat Franz, left, and Tywayne DeCuir, both of Rangely, compete for first place in the Men’s A Division during last weekend’s Rangely Racquetball Tournament.

RANGELY I The highest local participation the Rangely Racquetball Tournament has ever seen highlighted last weekend’s event at the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan (WRBM) Recreation Center.

Winning weight lifter…

Rangely resident Brittanie Meinzer took first place in her weight class and age division at the American Powerlifting Federation’s Utah State Championships and National Qualifier at West Jordan’s Elite Performance Gym on Feb. 28. In addition to earning top honors for the highest combined total in squat (198 pounds), bench press (131 pounds) and dead lift (298 pounds), Meinzer, a mother of three, set new personal bests in all three categories.

Chautauqua show revives past, brings Black History Month to life

Scholar-actor Charles Everett Pace speaks as abolitionist Frederick Douglass as part of the Black History Live Tour at Colorado Northwestern Community College on Feb. 24.

RANGELY I As he spoke, there were moments I forgot he wasn’t Civil War-era abolitionist Frederick Douglass. It shouldn’t have been hard to remember. The modern-day camera resting comfortably in my hands, the iPhone app recording his words should have been reminder enough. There were anachronisms, too, like the wireless microphone he held and the […]

Rangely racquetball…

Last year’s Rangely Racquetball Tournament had family members, from left,  Aiaga Roffey (first in Women’s A division), daughter Adena Duncan (first in Women’s D division) and husband Ed Roffey (second in Men’s Open division) taking home handmade, one-of-a-kind tournament souvenirs made by Rangely potter Elizabeth Robinson Wiley. While sign-up closed on Monday, the tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at the Rangely Recreation Center.

Parkview fundraiser…

Parkview Elementary School kindergartener Brielle Lucero, fourth-grader Kenzie Varner and kindergartener Zane Wiley hold up a graph showing each grade’s contributions to the “Pennies for Parkview” fundraiser, which will raise money for local breakfast and after-school programs until Spring Break. The schools raised more than $230 in the first week.

Parkview joins Read Across America

RANGELY I Parkview Elementary School (PVE) students, parents and community members will join millions of other readers across the nation to celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day on March 2.

Economic development projects advancing throughout county

RBC I Economic development projects in Rio Blanco County (RBC) are moving forward, among them the launch of two Small Business Development Center (SBDC) satellite offices and assessing the economic impacts of coal in the region. RBC Economic Development Coordinator Katelin Cook said the SBDC satellites, located in the Meeker and Rangely Area Chamber of […]

Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce to roll out season of new programs

RANGELY I The Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce will launch three new programs in February to acknowledge residents’ community contributions and encourage local spending.

Rangely VFW seeks to increase involvement

Veterans of Foreign Wars Colorado District Commander Mark Wick and State Surgeon Ed Aitken recently presented Rangely VFW Post No. 5261 Commander John “Hoot” Gibson and former commander Corky Powell Sr. with a certificate commemorating the post’s 50th year in existence.

RANGELY I At the turn of the 20th century, veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection formed local groups to garner resources and support for soldiers newly returned from combat.

Rangely seeks new location for bio-waste disposal site

RANGELY I Following discussions about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Resource Management Plan, a meeting Jan. 6 between the BLM, town and county officials turned to alternatives for Rangely’s former tree dump site.

Rangely, county, BLM examine changes in plans for OHV trails

RBC I Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Rio Blanco County and Town of Rangely officials met Jan. 6 to discuss the BLM’s White River Resource Management Plan (RMP) in the context of county plans to implement an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Master Trails Plan, which was adopted last year.