Passing through…

Not your usual scenery in Rio Blanco County could be seen Sunday afternoon on a runover pond just north of Highway 64 at mile marker 28. Enjoying the partly sunny sky  were two pelicans and bald eagle, which seemed to be waiting out the strong winds.

Controlled burns…

As we get farther into spring, the skies from a distance may appear as though Rio Blanco County is awash with fire and smoke. The reality is a lot of the county’s farm and ranch land is being burned on purpose to eliminate wild grasses that could lead to large-scale fires. Above, this controlled burn is taking place south of Highway 64 about eight miles west of Meeker.

Rio Blanco jobless rate continues to increase

RBC I December and January saw solid drops in the Rio Blanco County jobless rate, but a sharp increase in the unemployment between January and February, which saw a .07 percent increase in the county, continued to rise another half percent in March.

Branding of the calves is ranchers’ rite of spring

Ed Heil, center, administers vaccine to the calf as helper Lynn Rissel, far right, looks on. The vaccine provides a variety of protections against problems with the calves, including pink eye.

Forum…

Blanco County candidates for county commissioner was held Monday night at the CSU Extension Office Building at the county fairgrounds in Meeker. From left to right, candidates Si Woodruff, Jeff Eskelson, Jeff Rector and John Hill made opening statements, fielded questions from the Republican organizers and then took questions from the audience, which was about 50 people strong. Questions were asked on a wide variety of subjects, and the forum story will be included in next week’s edition of the Herald Times.

Grand opening Saturday…

Bud Striegel, owner of the newly opened Rangely Automotive Museum, put employee Kelsey Peters in the passenger seat of this 1907 Indian Tri-car Sunday, one of the many motorcycles and automobiles on display at the museum. The museum will hold its grand opening May 28. The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the intersection of Stanolind and Highway 64.

PHF’s ‘Forks & Flavors’ fundraiser to benefit new mammogram machine

One of the fund-raising events Saturday night at the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation’s Forks & Flavors fundraiser was a silent auction of donated goods and expensive gift baskets. Above, attendees at the dinner/dance/casino night take a look at the silent auction items, writing down their bids as they proceed around the Fairfield Center lobby. A couple thousand dollars was raised through the auction as part of the event to raise funds for a new 3-D mammography machine.

From My Window: RHS grads receive sage advice from commencement speaker

It is always enjoyable to attend a high school or college graduation as it is easy to spot those who are really happy those 12 years in high school, 14 years in a junior college and 16 years at a four-year college or university are over and now only a memory in the past.

Rangely High School Class of 2016 graduates 19 students

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There were 19 students in the Rangely High School Class of 2016, and they were presented with their diplomas at the school’s commencement exercise on Sunday afternoon.

County jobless rate rises sharply

RBC I After a good drop in the Rio Blanco unemployment rate between December and January, February’s numbers represent a large hike in the county’s jobless numbers from 4.7 percent in January to 5.4 percent in February.

Turkey hens…

The spring weather has the wild critters of Rio Blanco County on the prowl, and these four hen turkeys are no exception. Enjoying the beautiful spring weather, these four young ladies were spotted recently just off County Road 4, east of Meeker.

Excess snow takes toll on area’s elk and deer

RBC I As a flip on the last three years, when there was good snow, good forage and great calf and fawn survival, an abundance of snow this winter has done some harm to the elk and deer herds found in and around Rio Blanco County, according to the local area wildlife manager for Colorado […]