Community Calendar: Oct. 8-14

• Meeker Shooting Range. The range will be closed starting Oct. 8 and will be closed through Nov. 15. Sight-in days will be Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 29 and 30 as well as Nov. 10. The range will be open for sight in only from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. • Meet the candidates […]

Prescribed burn slated for Aldrich Lakes area

MEEKER I The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Aldrich Lakes area, a 1,200-acre area roughly 19 miles northeast of Meeker and 19 miles south of Craig on National Forest system lands and adjoining private lands in Rio Blanco County.

USFWS: No ESA listing for sage grouse

RBC I The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Tuesday that the range-wide population of greater sage grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

From My Window: Looking toward Septemberfest and Broncos, not cold; fire dancers great

Summer may be winding down, but it will be a while yet until the event calendar in Rio Blanco County quiets down. Starting Friday of this week in Rangely is the four-day Septemberfest fall celebration, which takes place over the Labor Day weekend, wrapping up with a busy Monday of fun.

Colorado River states start water-saving program

RBC I Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have embarked on a unique test program to shore up declining reservoir levels if the 15-year drought that has plagued the Colorado River continues.

Class on hunting upland game birds Aug. 20 in Grand Junction

RBC I Novice bird hunters are invited to attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Upland Game Bird Hunting 101” seminar on Aug. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave. in Grand Junction.

County team part of challenge to support area coal employment

RBC I The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week announced the next phase in an effort to assist counties and regions that have experienced economic challenges related to the coal industry, and Rio Blanco County will have a team involved.

From My Window: OHV gathering benefits county; fair starts slowly; towns hear truth

My windows were pretty clear over the weekend, and off-highway vehicles (OHVs) could be seen visiting all parts of Rio Blanco County from the mountains to the east of Meeker to the areas north and south of Rangely—toward Grand Junction and Piceance Creek to the south and up toward Dinosaur to the north.

Obituary: Eric Michael Stevens

Eric Stevens

Eric Michael Stevens came into this world on April 24, 1974, weighing in at a scrapping 3 pounds, 13 ounces. He joined his parents, Louis Lee Stevens and Patricia Kay Willis Stevens, and older sister Andrea Nicole in their home in Westminster, Colo.

One Person’s Opinion: Hillary Clinton likely to charge new fees when it comes to fossil fuels extraction

RBC I During her official launch speech, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tossed out a big clue about the direction she would take the country’s climate change policy. If elected, she vowed, she would seek to make the United States a “clean energy superpower” and pay for the transition in part with “additional fees and […]

Rio Blanco on Patrol: June 8-22

RBC I The following information is a weekly review of the calls for service that were reported to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any questions or would like an explanation of the call types listed please make a comment on this posting. We will not release any information as to the […]

Tularemia cases on the rise

RBC I The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports there have been 11 human cases of tularemia in Colorado since May of this year. Sixteen human cases were reported in all of 2014, the second highest number of cases in Colorado since 1983, when there were 20 cases. The previous average was fewer […]