Work on the reconstruction of the track and football field at Meeker High School’s Starbuck Stadium continues with the anticipation that the project will be near completion around the start of the school year. The school district asks for citizens to stay clear of the area as it is still an active construction zone. In addition, the new sod, asphalt and track surface need time to cure and/or become established before it can endure foot traffic. The Meeker School District greatly appreciates the patience of community members waiting to utilize this project until it is fully complete and ready for use.

Analysis: Oil and gas issues costly to state economy, jobs

RBC I A new economic impact analysis confirms that the proposed ballot initiative for 2,500 foot setbacks of oil and gas wells would have a dramatically negative impact on the Colorado economy. The study, commissioned by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and completed by the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado’s Leeds […]


Teigan Bradlee Witherell was born Thursday July 21, 2016, to Rozilynn and Travis Witherell of Rangely. She was born in Vernal, Utah, at 9:46 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 1/2-inches long. Grandparents are Darell and Jamie Thacker, Jerry and Sue McKee, and Deven Striegel.

4-H means pretty ribbons, life lessons, bovine bullies

adison Kindler of Meeker rounds the barrel as part of her horsemanship competition at the Rio Blanco County Fair on Friday. For her several events within the intermediate class, Kindler took the champion ribbon for performance and champion ribbon for high point.

RBC I Trophies and purple ribbons are pretty. They also collect dust. However, standing in the championship finals is an awesome feeling.

4-H, FFA produce tough projects, help develop championship people

Ed Coryell: Voice of the Fair

RBC I A county fair brings about visions of animals, pies, flowers, food and fun. But for some it signifies the end of a lot of hard work, early mornings and late nights. Many 4-H, FFA and community members of Rio Blanco County have been preparing their projects to exhibit at the fair for months, […]

All able to support livestock auction—top event at RBC fair

RBC I The 2016 Rio Blanco County Livestock Sale will be held at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Community Building at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker on Aug. 6.

Free BMS, MHS physicals set

MEEKER I Free sports physicals will be offered by Pioneers Medical Center on Tuesday Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday Aug. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pioneers Medical Center Clinic. All Barone Middle School and Meeker High School athletes must have a physical to participate in any sport. Students […]

Judging Champ…

Kolbi and Kaden Franklin traveled to Madison, Wisc., to take part in the 2016 Junior National Hereford Expo.  Kaden, left, was first in class with his steer, making it to the champion drive and third in class for showmanship. He was seventh overall in the junior division of the livestock judging. Kolbi was second in class with her heifer, and she made it to the semifinals in showmanship. She remains the Colorado Hereford Princess as well as the Colorado Junior Hereford Association treasurer and was awarded the Outstanding State Junior Member at the awards ceremony.

A Look at the Nation: Just what is it that Trump, Cinton are fighting for?

RBC I Barring any more surprises from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the race for the presidency is set. So this seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are fighting about.

State’s excess hunting licenses are now available

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that over-the-counter licenses with caps and over-the-counter unlimited licenses became available for purchase on Tuesday online, by phone 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.

BLM: Comments sought on rec applicants

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office is seeking public comments on five new commercial Special Recreation Permit applications.

A Look at the News: Be happy! Worry is such a major waste of time, energy

RBC I Worrying is often an automatic response when you are facing problems, dilemmas, or uncertainty. Constant worrying creates physical and mental problems without providing any benefits. Worrying is like being in a rocking chair. It’s a lot of activity that doesn’t get you anywhere.