County jail inmate takes own life in cell

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday morning that a 55-year-old woman was found deceased in her cell on Monday from a suspected suicide.

Annual ‘I Ride With James’ memorial snowmobile ride slated for Sunday

The 2015 “I Ride With James” snowmobile event was long on snow in the air and short on snow on the ground. Most of the snow at the launching point for the ride was falling during the ride, but there was enough snow on the road just above the launch point so those riders attending could get off the mud and up to higher altitudes, where there was plenty of snow. This year’s fundraiser event is Sunday, Feb. 21.

RBC I The fifth annual “I Ride With James” Poker and Snowmobile Ride will be held Sunday to help support the James Sizemore Memorial Scholarships and Rio Blanco County Search and Rescue. Beginning at 10 a.m., snowmobilers should meet at the Lost Creek Trailhead at the end of the paved portion of County Road 8.

Open house Friday, Saturday for county’s new Justice Center

RBC I All appears to be going well and progressing on schedule for the new Rio Blanco County Justice Center on Main Street in Meeker, the site of the old Meeker Elementary School.

From My Window: Russell George to be great loss; students looking at move to college

For the betterment of society, some people just shouldn’t be allowed to retire. But at age 70 and after an incredibly productive career in service to the people of Colorado as well as its government, Russell George deserves to sit back, retire and enjoy the life he has been too busy to enjoy until now.

County ranch sells for $9 million

RBC I An 18-mile span of land on the White River between Rangely and Meeker was recently brokered by Hall and Hall and sold for $9.5 million. The Wyatt Ranches’ White River Division, a large, established year-round cow/calf operation on approximately 137 total acres, includes roughly 11,870 deeded acres and more than 125,000 acres of […]

Rangely Crab Crack a success…

Joyce Rankin, left, a member of the Colorado Board of Education, and Bob Rankin, center, a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, speak with former legislator Russell George, now president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, at the Rangely Chamber of Commerce's annual Crab Crack and award dinner on Saturday.

New restrictions on antler hunting

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shed-antler hunters that new restrictions on collecting sheds on public lands in portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Routt counties will be strictly enforced. The restrictions were approved by the CPW Commission to reduce the disturbance of big game animals struggling to survive after winter.

Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser…

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The 18-members-strong Meeker Elementary School Marimba Band entertained the 200 persons at the second annual Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser dinner on Sunday evening at the Fairfield Center. “It was great to have so many of the kids involved and I think the faculty is buying into the fact that the foundation can and is helping […]

From My Window: Race for RBC commisioner may be interesting this year

The county political climate is rapidly heating up as the announcement comes that former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff is going after—er—challenging Jeff Eskelson for his seat on the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners. This news brings mixed feelings to me and to several other folks I have spoken with in the past […]

Snowfall…

The “one way” sign is at least eight feet tall, the pine tree next to it is about 13 feet high and the trees behind the snow bank are at least 20 feet tall, yet they are buried in a snow bank in the alley that runs between Fifth and Sixth streets and Main and Market streets as the snow fell quite heavily on Tuesday morning. Between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, more than a foot had fallen, and there is a shortage of places to move and dump the excess snow.

Snow fun…

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While the adults were having fun and racing at the Family Fun Day on Saturday, sponsored by the White River Snowmobile Club at Meeker’s Ute Park, the kids were enjoying the areas that had been cleaned off for sledding and tubing.

Waiting to race…

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The series of Family Fun Day events at Ute Park and a chili lunch were hosted by the White River Snowmobile Club.