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.

RBSCO is taking on new staff

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office has experienced several changes since the first of the year. Anthony Mazzola was sworn into the office of Rio Blanco County sheriff a month and a half ago, and he has faced several challenges from the beginning.

Obituary: Faron Victor Wilkins

Faron Wilkins

Faron Victor Wilkins passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his home in Vernal, Utah, on his 89th birthday, surrounded by family, after a valiant struggle with congestive heart failure.

Obituary: Beverly J. Shaw

Beverly J. Shaw

Beverly J. Shaw was born on April 8, 1927, on the old Brown Ranch up Rifle Creek near Rifle, Colo., to Delbert William and Annie Lee (Moore) Johnson. She was the 10th child and the fifth daughter along with five sons. At the age of four, Beverly’s family moved to the Magor Ranch on Piceance […]

CPW wants cut in bear population

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife held a meeting in Rangely on Feb. 1 to discuss the future of the thriving local bear population.

Rangely school board may consider override; dance attire reviewed

RANGELY I The Rangely School Board met Feb. 17 to discuss a possible mill levy override election, state-mandated graduation requirements, school dance dress codes and to hear several updates from Superintendent Matt Scoggins and other administrators.

Letter to the Editor: Something can be done with wild horses

Dear Editor: In response to the gathering of wild horses in the Western states. All animals, domestic or wild, have to be controlled in numbers that match the feed they consume or they will all starve to death.