Letter to the Editor: Jon Hill for county commissioner

Dear Editor: Rio Blanco County is in a precarious position. We have lost a tremendous amount of revenue mainly due to the decline of the oil/gas related industries. Not only do the employees directly employed by this industry suffer, the effects trickle down to almost every household in the county in one way or another. […]

Letter to the Editor: MSD works to rebuild lost programs

Dear Editor: This is to inform constituents of the Meeker School District about recent decisions made by their school board.

Tipton on huge gas find

RBC I Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued the following statement in response to Thursday’s announcement by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that the Mancos Shale deposit in the Piceance Basin has the potential to be the second largest natural gas deposit in the United States.

Plein air artists out and about within county

MEEKER I The Plein Air Meeker 2016 art competition has returned this year, and paint out is now underway through June 30. During paint out, which began Wednesday, fans can keep an eye open for artists painting outside, almost anywhere throughout Rio Blanco County.

Big changes in store for many NW Colorado insurance carriers

RBC I ­The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), on Monday released the preliminary information for proposed health plans and premiums for 2017, including several agencies dropping plans for next year.

Craig runner wins 10K race

Thirteen-year-old Wyatt Mortenson from Craig was the overall fastest of 20 runners in the inaugural Park to Art 10K hosted by the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District with a time of 45.54.

MEEKER I The first annual Park to Art 10K race was held on Saturday and included 20 participants. Coming away with the overall win was 13 year-old Wyatt Mortenson of Craig, who posted a time of 45.54.

Business expert to speak in Meeker and Rangely

RBC I Business and community leaders looking to revitalize their community and strengthen their businesses won’t want to miss an upcoming seminar titled “Once Optional, Now Required: The New Rules of Small Business Success” by Jon Schallert in Meeker and Rangely.

Sign up now for Fourth of July Parade

MEEKER I The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is signing up entries for the annual 2016 Meeker Fourth of July Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. on the Fourth.

WREA holds annual photo contest

MEEKER I Attention photographers, the White River Electric Association is beginning its annual photo contest. This is a chance to showcase your photography on the cover of the 71st annual meeting report and poster. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place and the photos must be taken within the White River Electric Association’s […]

From the Superintendent: Learning how MSD evaluates its teachers and principals

MEEKER I Some in our community may remember Senate Bill 191, passed in 2010, that fundamentally changed the way teachers and principals in Colorado are evaluated. Since that time, school districts across the state, including Meeker, have allocated a great deal of time to ensure that the implementation of the law provided a fair evaluation […]

Rangely Hurricanes swimmers fare well competing at home

RANGELY I The Rangely Hurricanes hosted the Hurricanes’ Icebreaker Meet on Saturday 4 at the Western Rio Blanco Recreation pool. There were three teams that came and competed. It was a great meet to get back into the swing of competing without feeling overwhelmed, and it is a great first meet for the younger swimmers.

Obituary: Ernie Melvin Coats

Ernie Coats

Ernie Melvin Coats, 81, died May 29, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Ernie was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Meeker, Colo., the son of Milo Melvin Coats and Edna Lucille (Hart) Coats. Ernie was graduated from Meeker High School and the Army Corps of Engineers School with highest honors.