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.

On the march…


Not a common sight, this large herd of pronghorns was seen Sunday afternoon at mile marker 60 along Highway 64, east of Rio Blanco Lake. There were 50 to 60 does and bucks in the group, which was walking about 50 yards north of the highway.

From My Window: Commissioner race gets more interesting with Hill vs. Rector

Out my window the winds are starting to increase, the clouds are getting darker and I am getting exciting a bit about the approaching possible blizzard. Many folks were startled a couple of weeks ago when former Rio Blanco County sheriff Si Woodruff announced his plans to take on fellow Republican and incumbent Jeff Eskelson […]

Caucuses in RBC …

The Republican and Democratic caucuses, held Monday evening, saw heavier-than-normal attendance. In Rangely, there was unusually high attendance at the Rangely Republican Precinct Caucuses in precincts One and Two. Attendees re-elected precinct chairs with Fletcher and Christina Buckler representing Precinct One and Andy Key and Sam Tolley representing Precinct Two. “This is the first time […]



The center of the “I Ride With James” Snowmobile and Poker Run held Sunday was the “I Ride With James” bus, which was owned by James Sizemore. Sunday’s event was held in memory of James, who was killed Feb. 20, 2011, in an avalanche on nearby Sand Peak. “Our registration building is James’ old school […]

New RBC Justice Center About Open for Business

I Ride With James…

Conditions were nearly ideal Sunday for the “I Ride with James” Snowmobile and Poker Run, which departed from Lost Deer Trailhead, just after the pavement stops on County Road 8. Roughly 200 riders enjoyed the shining sun and plenty of snow on the trails, which got a little soft as the afternoon went on.

From My Window: Tremendous job by MHS wrestlers; snowmobile run, justice center tours go well

It was a heck of a weekend. For one solid weekend, I looked out my windows and saw the sun on Saturday and Sunday. What a joyous time! Think spring is coming? Nope! Me neither.

More Crab Crack…

As well as feeding at least 200 people at the Rangely Chamber of Commerce’s Crab Crack on Feb. 6 on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus, the chamber also handed out their business awards of the year. Above, Rangely Chamber Executive Director Kristin Steele, left, presented Jeff Rector of DUCO Inc., with the Industry of the Year Award.

Big icicles…


A mix of cold, wind, snow and warmer daytime temperatures created some giant icicles off the back roof of the Meeker Hotel until the middle of last week, when warmer temperatures befell Meeker and the sun shone brightly while the snow took a break. Finally, the icicles broke off and melted, giving way to a […]