Rio Blanco County hires chamber director to head economic development

Katelin Cook

RBC I Rio Blanco County has hired a Meeker woman to be the new county economic development director, working closely with the county, Meeker and Rangely town governments and the chambers of commerce in the area to increase economic development throughout the county.

Early morning fire does damage to Rangely home

RANGELY I A house fire broke out early Monday morning south of Rangely, severely damaging the home and resulting in a female living at the residence being taken to Rangely District Hospital with minor injuries, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

2013 was good year of progress in Meeker

MEEKER I It was a busy year for the Town of Meeker and, according to Town Administrator Scott Meszaros, a number of small projects were completed and some large-scale changes for the future were initiated.

Meeker services appreciated…

phmkelk creek donation

Elk Creek Ranch recently invited members of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department, Meeker Volunteer Fire Department (MVFR), RBC Search and Rescue (RBCSR), the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CDPW) and their spouses to dinner at the main lodge.

Hoar frost…


Hoar frost formed on trees throughout the area recently due to heavy humidity and temperatures in the teens. The fog that limited visibility to only a couple of blocks at night caused ice crystals to settle on warmer structures like plants. The ice crystals keep growing, only to disappear after

Merchants in Meeker say holiday season was good to average

Angie Arnold, owner of Meeker Video, was one of the businesses in Meeker that went all-out, decorating the front window for a holiday season many business owners said was “good to average”

MEEKER I It was a good to average Christmas season for several of the retail merchants in Meeker, most of them buoyed by Small Business Saturday, when nearly all reported a great increase in the amount of local traffic.

From My Window… Time to take pressure off gas outlets; margin of profit fair

The phone rang mid-afternoon this past Friday. On the other end was the owner of one of the outlets in Meeker that sells gasoline. He was angry. He said he would go door to door in Meeker and tell everybody to stop buying the newspaper because I was lying to them.

Rangely: Completion of plans made for a good 2013

RANGELY I With the exception of two isolated incidents in the second half of the year, Rangely Town Manager Peter Brixius looks back on 2013 as a pretty good year for the town.

Deer in town …


These three big boys didn’t seem to care much if they were spotted or not — since it is long after hunting season and they were in downtown Meeker on Thursday afternoon.

Bolton elected to head up Colorado state commissioners

Thomas Davidson, left, president of Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) and a county commissioner from Summit County, hands the group presidency over to Rio Blanco County Commissioner Shawn Bolton, right, at the group’s December meeting. CCI consists of 62 of the state’s 64 counties. Bolton will serve as CCI board president during 2014.

RBC I Shawn Bolton, chairman of the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners for another week, was recently chosen by the board of Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI), to be its president as of Jan. 1 for a one-year term. CCI is a non-profit membership association with the purpose of offering assistance to other county commissioners […]

From My Window… New Year’s resolutions only as good as real intent

To go on a diet or quit eating fried food? To start going to church or praying more at home? To quit smoking, to cut down smoking or go to electronic cigarettes?

Christmas lights…


The Wilbur and Lois Richardson home on Water St. in Meeker features stars, a snowman (far left), a Christmas tree, stars, lights and wreaths to remind us of the many symbols that represent the Christmas season, taking a look at the earthly things as well as those in the heavens above us.