Vesicular stomatitis reported in Rio Blanco County, NW Colorado

RBC I Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) is a contagious disease that afflicts horses, livestock, wildlife and even humans has found its way into northwestern Colorado and Rio Blanco County. The disease is caused by a virus which although rarely life threatening, can have significant financial impact on the horse industry.


Scott Jones, left, president of the Colorado OHV Coalition, presented Katelin Cook, right, the director of economic development for Rio Blanco County, with an “Award of Special Recognition,” honoring Rio Blanco for the high quality of its Wagon Wheel Trails Program. The award was presented at an OHV workshop this summer.

Shults earns sixth term on Colorado all state 4-H livestock judging team

Madi Shults

MEEKER I Meeker resident Madi Shults earned all state judging team honors again in 2015. She has earned a spot on the all state team since 2010. She was honored at the Colorado State Fair (CSF) All State Recognition Program that was held prior to the CSF Champion Market Hog Drive on Saturday, Aug. 29. […]

Obituary: Kenneth James Covay

Kenneth James Covay, 71, passed from this world on Thursday evening, Sept. 3, 2015, at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born in Moline, Ill., on April 30, 1944.

Joyce Rankin elected to state board of education

RBC I Anyone who attended the July 20 public school finance forum in Meeker, led by state representative Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, knows Joyce Rankin has been an able aide to her husband, on education matters especially. Now Mrs. Rankin has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the State Board of Education (State Board).

Milk Creek Battlefield Park dedication set for Sept. 26

MEEKER I After years of developing the Milk Creek Battlefield Park, which marks the graves of Army soldiers and Native American warriors who were in battle on this site 136 years ago this month, Rio Blanco County Historical Society is hosting a dedication to commemorate the site improvements and this historic event. A gazebo to […]

Obituary: Mildred Allene (Latham) Mann

Mildred Allene (Latham) Mann

On Aug. 30, 2015, Mildred Allene Mann née Latham did not die. She walked on, out of this life and welcomed by God our Creator into the next. Allene, as everyone knew her, was born in Gainesville, Texas, on Nov. 5, 1924. She was graduated from Monahans High School in 1941. Despite spending much of […]

Co-existence of energy development and mule deer in Piceance Basin presents challenges and opportunities

RBC I A recently released study by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado State University describing the effects of energy development on mule deer in the Piceance Basin has prompted public discussion and media reports about energy companies and wildlife, and whether the two can coexist. Piceance Basin is an energy-rich area located across the […]


For the second straight year a group of Vipers was in Rangely overnight on Sunday to tour Rio Blanco County and take part in the Septemberfest parade on Labor Day Monday. Eighteen owners of the Vipers were guests of Rangely Mayor Frank Huitt on Sunday evening for a barbecue. The new 2015 Viper is the purple model in front.

Boudreaux wins Ladies’ Club golf championship

RANGELY I Ten women played for the Rangely Ladies Club championship on the Cedar Ridges Golf Course and Ellen Boudreaux won the title and bragging rights for the next year.

EPA proposes methane reduction

RBC I The Environmental Protection Agency proposed last week to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry across the country, targeting new wells and equipment but also providing guidelines for existing wells and equipment in areas with poor air quality.

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to a friend

Dear Editor: I would like to congratulate my friend and former colleague, and I felt compelled to share it with the community.