Rangely Crab Crack a success…

Joyce Rankin, left, a member of the Colorado Board of Education, and Bob Rankin, center, a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, speak with former legislator Russell George, now president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, at the Rangely Chamber of Commerce's annual Crab Crack and award dinner on Saturday.

New restrictions on antler hunting

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shed-antler hunters that new restrictions on collecting sheds on public lands in portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Routt counties will be strictly enforced. The restrictions were approved by the CPW Commission to reduce the disturbance of big game animals struggling to survive after winter.

Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser…

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The 18-members-strong Meeker Elementary School Marimba Band entertained the 200 persons at the second annual Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser dinner on Sunday evening at the Fairfield Center. “It was great to have so many of the kids involved and I think the faculty is buying into the fact that the foundation can and is helping […]

From My Window: Race for RBC commisioner may be interesting this year

The county political climate is rapidly heating up as the announcement comes that former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff is going after—er—challenging Jeff Eskelson for his seat on the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners. This news brings mixed feelings to me and to several other folks I have spoken with in the past […]

Snowfall…

The “one way” sign is at least eight feet tall, the pine tree next to it is about 13 feet high and the trees behind the snow bank are at least 20 feet tall, yet they are buried in a snow bank in the alley that runs between Fifth and Sixth streets and Main and Market streets as the snow fell quite heavily on Tuesday morning. Between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, more than a foot had fallen, and there is a shortage of places to move and dump the excess snow.

Snow fun…

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While the adults were having fun and racing at the Family Fun Day on Saturday, sponsored by the White River Snowmobile Club at Meeker’s Ute Park, the kids were enjoying the areas that had been cleaned off for sledding and tubing.

Waiting to race…

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The series of Family Fun Day events at Ute Park and a chili lunch were hosted by the White River Snowmobile Club.

From My Window: Denver Broncos firing on both cylinders—to SB50

Yes! They finally did it with style, class and quality!

Family Fun Day…

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This racer tries desperately to cut his snowmobile tightly around the barrel during the barrel racing event at the Family Fun Day on Saturday at Ute Park. This rider found out that the snow was soft, powdery and not at all packed, which meant the front of the snowmobile would dig in but the rear […]

Snowy roads keep County Road and Bridge crews busy meeting challenges

The Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge Department has quite a task each winter keeping county roads open for traffic or, in the case above, opening certain roads in the spring. Above, a county snow plow has more than 10 feet on each side of it as it plows its way to an open Ripple Creek Pass, located at the top of County Road 8, east of Meeker by about 50 miles.

RBC I It keeps snowing and snowing. Some storms drop just a skiff of snow while others produce several inches of the powder. This winter, it depends on where in Rio Blanco County one is standing.

From My Window: State Park and Wildlife Commission wisely says no to wolves; Go Broncos!

Great news for Colorado’s Western Slope came out of last week’s meeting of the Colorado Park and Wildlife Commission meeting in Pueblo, where the commission not only shot down the notion of a grey wolf reintroduction to Colorado but also passed an anti-wolf reintroduction resolution.

Tabernash pilot dies in single-engine plane crash off of County Road 20

Law enforcement and search and rescue personnel were aided by the the White River Snowmobile Club in removing the remains of the plane crash from the scene so it could be examined by the National Transportation Safety Board to find the cause of the crash. Hiler was the only person on board the plane when it crashed southwest of Rio Blanco Lake.

RBC I The crash of single-engine airplane claimed the life of a 62-year-old Tabernash, Colo., man on Thursday in Rio Blanco County, approximately 15 miles west of Meeker.