Rangely No. 3 safest town from burglaries in Colorado

RANGELY I ConsumerAffairs.com analyzed FBI and Census Bureau data from 2014 to create a map displaying the safest cities in the United States, and Rangely is ranked No. 3 in Colorado for the lowest odds of a burglary taking place.

Sledding season…


This young gentleman found out that going down a straight line on a bumpy hill isn’t always a smooth ride as his sled is getting ready to dump him on his way down the hill at Paintbrush Park in Meeker on Saturday during the Cardboard Derby. Sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Park District, the […]

Chowing down…


After some tough sled racing, it was time for everyone to refill their tanks with a hot dog/chili lunch served by Wendll’s. There were hot drinks, hot dogs, chili with or without onions and sour cream, chips, cornbread and chocolate chip cookies, which filled up most of the space created with the activities of the […]

Hal Pearce wears three hats with USFS; Meeker native ready to resume normal jobs

Meeker native Hal Pearce is keeping extra busy these days as he has been filling the position of interim ranger for the Meeker district of the White River National Forest since the departure of Ken Coffin, who transferred to Red Lodge, Mont., in November. In addition to his interim duties, Pearce is also doing his regular jobs with invasive species and pesticide coordinator for an area that includes Colorado, Southern Wyoming, the Black Hills and portions of Nebraska and Kansas. He is also program manager for the White River National Forest ranger staff.

RBC I Meeker-area native Hal Pearce currently wears three hats within his duties at the U.S. Forest Service and he is awaiting the day in the “hopefully” not-too-distant future when he only has to fill two hats.

From My Window: Trying to solve nation’s forest and water woes failed; Go Broncos!

Spending more than an hour with Hal Pearce at the Meeker field office of the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday brought about an interesting discussion of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Corps of Engineers and the Fish and Wildlife Service over the years.

ERBM Winter Blast: A Fun Day in the Snow


Nearly 100 take part in Cardboard Derby races MEEKER I More than 100 people attended and 93 participated in the annual Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District’s Winter Blast at Paintbrush Park on Saturday with contestants ranging from the 6-and-under class to those well into their adult years.

County jobless rate up slightly

RBC I For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate in Rio Blanco County has gone up, and the increase from 4.5 percent of the available workforce to 4.9 percent of that workforce is the largest increase in the county’s jobless rate in two years.

Buck out and about …


This big buck used the terrain and some thin fence posts to blend his antlers into the background while wandering just outside of Meeker along Highway 13 on Dec. 18. With the hunting threat over, the bucks seem to know they are safe wandering around.

Including Rio Blanco County, all state watersheds above normal

RBC I Including the Yampa and White River Basin, all Colorado river basins reported above-normal snow water equivalent as of the last day of 2015.

Bright lights…


Sometimes, even pure white lights can be displayed to add to the holiday feel of a home and one of those instances is the Jim and Debbie Cook residence at 1419 Mountain View Rd. in Meeker. The lighting surrounding the home and the huge Christmas tree in the living room give this home a can’t […]

Winter Blast, hosted by ERBM, offers fun, food and games on Saturday for all ages

MEEKER I Saturday will be a day of free fun and games as the ERBM Recreation & Parks District plays host to Winter Blast for kids and adults featuring a variety of competitions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paintbrush Park, 101 Ute Road, which is just opposite the rec center.

From My Window: Act before it’s too late; Broncos saga continues; watch for students

It is with quite a bit of irony that I chose this Christmas, New Year’s and even Thanksgiving to focus my columns on the importance of family and renewing the relationships with family members when they had become lost and the importance of forgetting the past and looking forward to the future as far as […]