Pros and cons: Should Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy and the bureau itself contribute to drought. RBC I In March, Clinton-era Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard published a book calling for the abolishment of his own former agency. “Deadbeat Dams: Why we should abolish the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and tear […]

County’s Senior Livestock Judging Team ends season with top finishes

The Rio Blanco County Senior 4-H Livestock Judging Team completed its 2015 season in top form on Friday in Montrose and went on Saturday to judge the 69th annual Gunnison County Livestock Judging Contest on Saturday.

RBC I The Rio Blanco County 4-H Livestock judging team completed the 2015 season at the Tri River Area Contest in Montrose on Friday and judged in the 69th annual Gunnison County Livestock Judging Contest on Saturday—possibly the longest-running 4-H contest of its kind in the U.S.

May 5 deadline for comments on proposed gather of wild horses

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in northwest Colorado within the White River Field Office to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations.

WREA applauds passage of renewable energy bill

MEEKER I White River Electric Association applauds the Colorado House of Representatives’ passage of Senate Bill 15-046.

Sidewalk work on Meeker’s Market Street to start soon

MEEKER I Within the past week, the Town of Meeker, utilizing funding support from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), has started work on the long-planned sidewalk and crosswalk installation on the north side of Market Street in downtown Meeker.

Wolf recovery signs in Yellowstone are mixed

RBC I Some come for the geysers and grizzlies, but I’ve traveled hundreds of miles to Yellowstone National Park simply to stand in the drainage of Elk Creek, stooped over a stunted willow bush. Tan branches, tinged with red, just reach my thighs, and narrow pale-green leaves blend into the wheat-like stalks of timothy grass […]

New Pioneers Medical Center slated for opening in June

A view of the outside of the Walbridge Wing assisted living center shows off two chimneys that will help residents feel at home during their stays. The center features 30 private rooms each with a toilet and sink and air conditioning, whereas the existing Walbridge Wing has only 16 semi-private rooms.

MEEKER I Just a year ago, Pioneers Medical Center (PMC) broke ground on its new 89,000-square-foot healthcare facility east of Meeker. The new $47 million medical building will house a Level IV trauma emergency department, critical access hospital, rural health clinic, long-term skilled nursing facility and several supporting ancillary departments.

Rifle airfield gets huge aerial firefighting center

RIFLE I The Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) presented its recommendations and selection of Rifle-Garfield County Airport to Gov. John Hickenlooper as host community for the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.

Obituary: Tayler Allen Keith Slaugh

Tayler Slaugh

Tayler Allen Keith Slaugh, a beloved son, grandson, brother and friend, died as a result of an automobile accident on Saturday, March 14, 2015, near Meeker, Colo. He was 19. A celebration of Tayler’s life was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the 4-H Building in Meeker.

Rangely boys’ track team second at Hotchkiss Invitational meet

The Rangely tracksters put in a good showing at the Hotchkiss Invitational meet last weekend. Seniors on this year’s track squad are, from left to right, Christopher Vega, Dawn Stephens, Jessica Tolley, Marshal Way, Colt Allred, Ethan Allred, Mitchell Webber and James Scoggins.

RANGELY I The Rangely track team headed to Hotchkiss Saturday with 25 athletes who found the weather wonderful and conditions set for a good day of competition.

Colorado poaching proves costly to pair of hunters

DENVER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife has concluded a three-year poaching investigation involving a Kansas man who owns property in Teller County and his brother who resides in Pagosa Springs.

Barone team wins area competition

Several Barone Middle School students combined efforts to win the MathCounts competition for the Western Slope in Grand Junction over the weekend. Usually, the winners of the competition are older students, but the Barone students prevailed. Bottom row, from left to right, are: Madison Kindler, Abbi Moon and Jon Baker; middle row, from left to right are: Marryn Shults, Brynlee Williams, Pake Burke, Kale Burke, Jose Garcia, Ryan Phelan and Ridge Williams; back row, from left to right are: Jake Shelton and Colby Clatterbaugh.

MEEKER I On Feb. 28, students from Barone Middle School traveled to Grand Junction to compete in the Western Slope MathCounts competition, emerging as champions in the team competition and placing highly as individuals.