Hwy. 13 project should be done soon

RBC | Motorists traveling Hwy. 13 between Meeker and Rifle can look forward to the end of a six-month construction project at the end of October. The project, which began in April 2016, covered 2.1 miles of highway from milepost 20.7 to 22.8 north of Piceance Creek. The road was widened from 26 feet to 40 […]

Rangely trustees hear magazine proposal, request for ‘dark sky’ designation

RANGELY | Trustees for the Town of Rangely heard a proposal for a magazine that would help advertise the town locally and regionally from business owner Beth Wiley at the Sept. 27 meeting. Wiley has been responsible for the advertising inserts mailed with the town’s utility bills and now wants to create a full-fledged magazine. She’s […]

Editor’s Column: Perspective

This week is National Newspaper Week, highlighting the value and importance of local newspapers as repositories and dispensaries of information. It’s been a month since I’ve stepped into this role as editor and publisher and I’ve had several people ask me if I feel that social media has devalued the local paper. My response is […]

Dance to benefit cancer patients

MEEKER | Annie Ellis, owner of Flora Bellas flower shop in Meeker, has known Gary Dunham and JR Lantz since she was a teenager. Finding out both had been diagnosed with cancer came as quite a blow. To help with their medical expenses, Ellis has organized a benefit dance. Tickets for the dance are $10 per […]

MHS softball sweeps double header against Gunnison

MEEKER | In their last home game of the season, the MHS girls’ softball team played a doubleheader against Gunnison on Saturday, Oct. 1. The lady Cowboys won both games handily, the first in four and a half innings with a final score of 14-4, and the second 21-0 in three innings. Solid pitching from Tori […]

Rangely’s new chamber director settling in to her position

RANGELY I A native of the Louisiana bayou, Konnie Billgren brings a history of community involvement related to both tourism and the oil and gas industry to her new role as director of the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce. Billgren took the position in August and hit the ground running. In the last few weeks […]

Lost Solar Fire considered a natural process

MEEKER I Incident commander Jim Genung of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit and Pat York, fire information officer from southern Illinois, spoke to a small group at the Meeker Regional Library Sept. 22 regarding the current status of the Lost Solar Fire in the Flat Tops Wilderness, the Big Fish Fire on […]

Meeker Town Board begins 2017 budget discussions

MEEKER I It’s budget season again. The Meeker Board of Trustees began discussion on a draft of the 2017 proposed town budget at the Sept. 20 meeting, following a tour around town to review street maintenance and repair needs and other capital projects. According to Town Administrator Scott Meszaros, a community the size of Meeker […]

Editor’s Column: Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a reminder of who we are and who we want to be

I’m writing this while watching the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Social media today was full of suggested drinking games for adult viewers to help them endure the ongoing insanity of this race for the White House, including imbibing every time someone says “believe me” or every time one of the […]

PMC, upriver residents lose phone service Wednesday due to cut line

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office notified residents that a 200-pair phone line was severed late Tuesday at the junction of County Road 8 and Highway 13, affecting service for residences and businesses north of County Rd. 8, including Pioneers Hospital and south (upriver) on County Road 8. CenturyLink technicians were en route […]

Proposed Outdoor Adventure Center would be a one-of-a-kind ‘destination attraction’

MEEKER I For two years Meeker, Rangely and Rio Blanco County have been working with Better City, an economic development consulting firm based in Ogden, Utah, to research and establish a “holistic” plan for economic development by coming up with “action plans” that are individualized for each community’s individual needs and culture. “Better City was […]

First hearing in Meeker Housing Authority lawsuit set for Sept. 29

MEEKER I A federal judge has granted a hearing for an emergency temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of Meeker residents Lonnie and A.J. White, to prevent their eviction from Section 8 subsidized housing in Meeker. The Whites (father and son) and Megan McFadden have filed a federal civil suit against the Meeker […]