Autumn storm downs trees, power lines

Rangely residents are facing a long-term clean up from the early autumn storm.

RANGELY I An early fall storm dropped between five and eight inches of snow on Meeker and Rangely Thursday night and early Friday, knocking out many county residents’ power for the better part of two days and severely damaging hundreds of trees.

East Rio Blanco Ave …


East Rio Blanco Avenue has been under construction for several months in Rangely, and completion is rolling near.

Four couples in one family married total of 234 years

Bill Mitchem, his three siblings, and their spouses spent last weekend touring the area and reminiscing together, with plenty of good-natured camaraderie in the mix. The four couples have each been married for more than 50 years, with Bill and Martha celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary on Monday. From left, the Mitchem siblings on the couch with their spouses standing behind them: Bill and Martha Mitchem (62 years); Ken and Donna Mitchem (61 years); Peggy and Verl McElwain (59 years); and Jack and Charlotte Mitchem (52 years).

RANGELY I It’s not every man who can say he’s been married to his wife for more than 60 years. Even fewer people can lay claim to three siblings who have been wed to their respective spouses for 50 years or longer, logging a collective 234 years of marriage as a clan.

Rangely teen wins accolades for ‘net coverage of county

Tessa Slagle

RANGELY I A marketing and branding campaign launched by Rangely High School senior Tessa Slagle has won accolades for drawing the most followers compared with other counties in the state.

Harvest Bowls Fest popular, raises $7K for organizations

Volunteers served up fresh-baked bread along with three homemade soups made from locally harvested vegetables and meat at Thursday’s Harvest Bowls Festival in Rangely. The event raised more than $7,500 for four local organizations and global relief organization Help One Now.

RANGELY I Rangely’s first Harvest Bowls Festival drew approximately 200 people to Rangely Community Gardens on Thursday, netting more than $7,000 for four local non-profit groups and one global relief organization.

Rangely board addresses many issues

RANGELY I In addition to the first reading of an ordinance to impose a town-wide moratorium on marijuana sales, the Sept. 10 Rangely Town Council meeting addressed Phase II water treatment plant renovations for 2014, natural gas use and pricing and potential building plans.

Giovanni’s turns 10 with family effort

RANGELY I Just because John Payne worked at a restaurant for almost 15 years before owning one himself doesn’t mean he knew what he was in for in Rangely.

Rangely band director: Popularity creates shortage of instruments

Elvina Burke

RANGELY I It wasn’t the fifth-grade students who surprised new Rangely School District RE-4 music director Christian Saunders on the first day of school. It was that there were 34 of them in his beginning band class.

Harvest bowls…

Freshly thrown bowls await firing.

Over the last four months, potter Elizabeth Robinson Wiley and studio mate Julia Davis have crafted more than 200 bowls for this month’s Harvest Bowls Festival.

Rangely Christian Academy opens doors

Instructor Gaius Wilkinson works with students enrolled in Rangely Christian Academy, which opened last week. The private school currently has 11 students, but there are hopes to add more in future semesters.

RANGELY I Starting this fall, Rangely parents have another option for schooling kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Rangely starts action to say no to pot sales

RANGELY I The Rangely Town Council held a first reading and public hearing Tuesday night for Ordinance 682, which would effectively stymie the potential for recreational marijuana to be grown, manufactured, tested or sold within town limits.

Septemberfest blends the old, new and revamped

The big fun this weekend will be Rangely’s annual Septemberfest, running Friday through Monday with a wide variety of fun, food and activities, celebrating Labor Day.

RANGELY I Whether you’re new to Labor Day weekend Septemberfest activities or returning for a second or third decade, expect a blend of traditional favorites, revamped versions of repeat events and fresh activities in the mix this year.