Bodies of husband and wife discovered in Rangely home

RANGELY I Rangely police officers were called to a private residence at roughly 2:30 p.m. on June 1, and responding officers found the bodies of a husband and wife who resided at the residence on East Rio Blanco Avenue.

Ribbon cuttings…

The Meeker Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Smoking River Studio Arts business at 627 Main St. in downtown Meeker. It is a juried, member-owned and operated artisan cooperative that operates as a gallery and studio. The business was the brain child of Jill and Dale Dunbar with the help of several other residents. Present for the ribbon cutting were, from left to right: Allison Kobald, chamber executive director Stephanie Kobald, artist Tony Francis, artist Steve Gamba, artist Cindy Rholl, artist Ted Relihan, artist Stephanie Gamba, photographer Dale Hallebach, artist Kathy Mayburry, artist Jaclyn Hafkenshiel, Cindy Welle, Jill Dunbar, young Jackson Dunbar, Dale Dunbar, artist Pat Sheeran-Daggett, Jere Taylor and chamber president Diana Jones.

Barone and Meeker High Spring 2016 Music Program

Bennet bill would return severance tax to counties

RBC I Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced an amendment to force the federal government to return revenues that were promised to and are rightfully owed to Northwest Colorado.

From My Window: 1.2 million soldiers have died fighting in service to America

It has been a long, cold, snowy winter and this is the official start of the summer vacation season, although summer doesn’t officially start for three more weeks.

Rangely, Meeker honor troops who died in service to America

On Monday morning, the public joined men and women from the Rangely Veterans of Foreign Wars Post at Hefley Park in downtown Rangely for the laying of a wreath at the Rangely Veterans Memorial. Other items such as flowers and an American flag were also laid at the foot of the statue. Excellent weather brought out a solid crowd to remember those who gave their lives in service to America.

RHS top senior athletes…

Rangely High School Athletic Director Crandal Mergelman, back right, announced the top senior athletes on Saturday evening during the 2016 RHS Commencement Exercise. Winners of the awards were Courtney Bell, left, and Cristo “Kiki” Ruiz.

Deer…

It seems like all the wildlife in Rio Blanco County can be found hanging out on County Road 8 on the way east toward the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and Trappers Lake, but this large herd of deer, about 35 in all, were spotted along County Road 4, north and east of Meeker. The herd was enjoying the sunny weather and the sprouts of fresh grasses coming up in a valley field.

Commencing…

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.