Hunters warned of tularemia risks

RBC I October is the beginning of small game hunting season in Colorado, and as the number of human tularemia cases in our state continues to rise, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds small game hunters to “hunt healthy” this year.

Rangely rainbow…


After a good soaking much of the day on the last Sunday of the summer, the clouds parted enough late in the day to allow this rainbow to form over Rangely. It rained again that evening and on Monday to make for some good precipitation as autumn officially began.

State warns of rabies in skunks

RBC I Although 2014 numbers won’t be complete until year’s end, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data show the number of confirmed animal rabies cases has declined from an average of 187 cases in 2012 and 2013 to 107 cases thus far in 2014.

MHS distance runners find difficult competition on steep slopes in Aspen

MEEKER I Aspen High School hosted the Meeker High School cross country team at the Chris Severy Invitational on Saturday with a tough course and some tough competition.

Broadband a must for growth within RBC

RBC I Rio Blanco County voters will be asked to cast a vote on a ballot question 1A in the November election. Adoption by voters is pivotal to the success of future RBC broadband implementation and subsequent economic development.

State Habitat Partnership Program taking grant applications now

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program is now accepting applications for $500,000 in Habitat Improvement Grants to fund large-scale habitat projects across Colorado.

RJHS gridders continue winning streak

RANGELY I The Rangely Junior High School football team completed its four-game home stand by defeating North Park Middle School by an impressive 50-20 score on Friday afternoon.

Bull elk…


JML Outfitters packed out this bull elk, shot with a bow and arrow by Craig Stanke of St. Louis, Mo., within this past week. Marie Haskett of JML Outfitters in Meeker said this was the biggest bull she has ever seen coming out of the Flat Tops.

CNCC Spartan rodeo team ends session sixth in the nation

RANGELY I The Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartan rodeo team wrapped up its fall season in Logan, Utah, at the Utah State University Invitational, but some members turned in impressive performances before riding off into the sunset for the season.



Tanner Ridgeway of Meeker is seen here after a successful bear hunt with his dad, D.J. Ridgeway. Tanner killed the bear with a .243 caliber rifle in the Miller Creek area east of Meeker.

Obituary: Robert ‘Bob’ E. McKune

Bob McKune

Robert “Bob” E. McKune, 90, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away Sept. 27, 2014. He was born March 30, 1924, to Clarence and Bessie McKune in Gravity, Iowa.

Foot clinic to be held Tuesday

MEEKER I Pioneers Medical Center Home Health will be offering its monthly foot clinic at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at The Pines apartments, 875 Water St.