Rio Blanco’s jobless rate up to 5.1%

RBC I After more than a year of falling unemployment rates, Rio Blanco County’s jobless rate jumped for the third straight month, rising to 5.1 percent in December.

Signs of spring…


An early spring has broke out in calves—numerous calves—all around Rio Blanco County, but notably on this ranch west of Meeker. Calves can be seen running after mom, playing with each other and still being born, hopefully safe from a winter that could still pop its head up before spring really arrives.

Nomination speech…


All 55 delegates, a couple alternates, a few outside politicians and spectators were present Saturday afternoon as Rio Blanco County Republicans gathered in the Colorado Room of the Weiss Activities Center on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely for the county GOP Assembly, where delegates determine who is on the county ballot and […]

Meeker Volunteer Fire & Rescue Banquet celebrates 83 years


At Saturday’s 83rd annual Meeker Volunteer Fire and Rescue Banquet, there was the annual ritual to slice the anniversary cake, cut by the newest member in Ronda Morgan, left, and the oldest member present in Dale Frisby, center, while Fire Chief Marshall Cook looks on.

From My Window: Good to see all commission candidates on ballot; watch fire board

Saturday was gorgeous no matter which window one looked out. It was in the 60s at both ends of Rio Blanco County and a great day to be outdoors, particularly in the afternoon. Too bad it didn’t work out that way, but it was still a great day for a drive from Meeker to Rangely […]

Open waters…


Unlike Rangely’s Kenney Reservoir, Rio Blanco Lake, which is 18 miles west of Meeker, may or may not have ice in the middle that would allow ice fishing. It would be tough to go ice fishing on Rio Blanco because the first 12 to 15 feet from the shore are wide open water with no […]

Buford School benefit fly-fish tourney this weekend

The Buford School, located just south of the town of Buford along County Road 17, which turns right off County Road 8 at Lake Avery, will be the benefactor of the 12th annual Buy-Fly Fishing Tournament, set for Saturday and Sunday. Funds raised at the June annual Buford School Fish Fry will be caught this weekend as 12 teams compete for prizes for the biggest fillets and biggest fish. One of the teams will be from Project Healing Waters of Grand Junction, a four-member team of special-needs military veterans.

MEEKER I The 12th annual Buy-Fly Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday to catch the fish that will be used in June to benefit the Buford School through the annual Buford School Fish Fry. Buford School dates back to May 5, 1889, and served the towns of Buford, Elk Creek and Marvine. Today […]

Meeker ribbon cutting, wine tasting Friday

RBC I A variety of activities are planned Friday in Meeker for the monthly TGIF celebration, featuring a ribbon cutting and wine tasting and the re-opening of a business that has changed locations.

From My Window: Monday’s snow was welcome; Thanks, Peyton! Open the ballot…

Got up at 6 a.m. on Monday morning. At 7:20, I looked out the window and it was overcast, but that was all. By 7:21, there were light flurries. By 7:23, it was a blizzard at my house. By 7:50, there was an inch and a half of snow on the back porch. “It’s back!” […]

Brief blizzard…


It took about 30 minutes for heavy snow to blanket Meeker on Monday morning before it warmed up and started to melt. The snow fell until about 1 p.m., but the warm temperatures were melting the snow faster that it was falling. Monday’s snow was the first major snow storm in roughly three weeks.

Sure sign of spring…


Along State Highway 64 west of Meeker, some young calves could be seen at play on Sunday. They are either early births or were brought into the area from somewhere that calving is already going on. There were also newborn calves along eastern Piceance Creek/County Road 5 on Sunday, including one cow in the midst […]

Slow traffic…


Traffic was a little slow along Market Street in Meeker on Saturday afternoon as a herd of roughly 60 cows was headed west to greener pastures. A common sight these days of spring, herds can be seen all over Rio Blanco County roads and highways as they head to where the grass is greener.