Moms’ support group keeps efforts local

RANGELY I The needs haven’t changed. If anything, they have increased. That’s why the leaders of a moms’ support group decided to keep all of their efforts — and money — local.

Artistic commitment


Some actors really know how to get into a role. Caleb Dodds agreed to have his head shaved in order to play Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in Saturday’s performances of “Annie Jr.”

A sense of touch

Brian Watson has overcome his disabilities to become a professional massage therapist and master body worker.

What others might see as handicaps, Brian Watson considers advantages in his job as a massage therapist MEEKER I Brian Watson is good at working with his hands. In his line of work, that’s an important skill to have. Watson is a professional massage therapist and master body worker. He is also legally blind and […]

Rangely honors players at football awards banquet

Rangely's Cole Barlow named to all-conference first team as well as the team’s defensive most valuable player and winner of the big heart award.

RANGELY I Even though the Panthers didn’t win a game, they had some outstanding individual performances. Rangely finished the football season with an 0-9 record, but senior running back/linebacker Cole Barlow’s efforts were noticed by opposing Western Slope League coaches, who named him to the all-conference first team.


Ed Coryell wears many hats, including president of the Rio Blanco County Fair Board. He attended a groundbreaking Oct. 11 for a new 4-H building at the fairgrounds.

Profession, passions keep Meeker’s Ed Coryell on the go MEEKER I Rancher. Branding inspector. School board member. Fair board president. Youth sports referee. Yes, Ed Coryell likes to keep busy. “I don’t know how he does it,” said his son-in-law and ranching partner Shane Phelan. “I know he has a meeting almost every night. Some […]

Gutierrez returning to Herald Times helm


RBC I In a few weeks, Bobby Gutierrez will step back into his previous role at the Herald Times. Jeff Burkhead will step down as editor of the Herald Times at the end of November, while Gutierrez will return to the position he previously held for two years.

4 Days of our Lives…

Rangely Senior High students, from left, Patrick Brown and Blake Wanstedt, left school at the end of the day Oct. 7. With the change to a four-day school week, classes meet Monday through Thursday.

So far, so good for Rangely’s four-day school experiment RANGELY I The school day is longer, the week is shorter and absences are down. An early report card on the four-day school week would give the district a passing grade.

Lady Panthers looking to win in this trip to state tourney

For the second time in three years, the Lady Panthers are going to the state volleyball tournament. This year, though, is different. They won’t be happy just to have made it this far. They want to win. Rangely lost all three of its matches in pool play at the 2008 state tournament.

Pilot’s wife dies in chopper crash up Wilson Creek

Investigators completed their scene investigation Friday up Wilson Creek, but it could be months before the cause of last week’s helicopter crash is determined. Pilot Rich Westra was injured and his wife, Kelly, was killed.

MEEKER I It could be months before investigators know — or at least reveal — the cause of a fatal helicopter crash Nov. 3 up Wilson Creek, in northern Rio Blanco County, close to the Moffat County line. “I’ll have a preliminary report by the end of the week, but the factual report will take […]

Lady Panthers get No. 3 seed at state

Victoria Phelan went high to spike the ball against Telluride.

RANGELY I Win the Western Slope League championship. Check. Win the district tournament. Check. Win the regional tournament. Check. Next on the Lady Panther’s to-do list — win the state volleyball tournament. “Our first goal was to be league champs, then win district, then win regionals,” said Rangely coach Jimmie Mergelman. “Now their goal is […]

Rangely’s Harris, Hood combine to create fiction series

Rod Harris was a cop. He didn’t consider himself a writer. “Are you kidding me?” said Harris, who grew up in Rangely and returned in 2006 after his retirement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “I’m not a literary-type person, I will be very honest with you. But I found somebody who was just […]

Cowboys’ season, playoff hopes end

MEEKER I It wasn’t the finish they hoped for, but in spite of a lopsided loss to end the season, the Cowboys can still hold their heads high. “With all the injuries and young players playing at the end of the year, 5-4 (the team’s final record) was probably about as well as we could […]