Broadband meeting this morning

RBC | An open public meeting will be held today at the Freeman E. Fairfield Center in Meeker to discuss broadband initiatives and progress in Rio Blanco County. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St.

Trappers Lake: Serenity that is wilderness (Part 3 of 3)

Above, the colorful backdrop shows off its true colors behind the reflective waters of Trappers Lake, located in far northeast Rio Blanco County. The lake has played a big role in the establishment of the national Wilderness Act of 1964, which turns 50 years old this summer.

MEEKER I Trappers Lake was not among the places protected by the Wilderness Act upon its passage in 1964. Rather, the creation of a Flat Tops Wilderness Area that included the lake exemplified how the Wilderness Act guided the wilderness debate during the late 20th century.

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Construction set for Hwy. 13

RBC I According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, traffic on Colorado Highway 13 between Craig and Meeker will be affected through October by construction work.

Letter to the Editor: Kudos for Collins deserved

Dear Editor: You have certainly given kudos to a very talented Macy Collins.

Rangely Hurricane swimmers finish second in Cortez meet

Members of the second-place Rangely Hurricanes swim team are, from left to right: front row: Colton Noel, Mary Scoggins, Timothy Scoggins; back row, Patrick Scoggins, James Scoggins, Caleb Noel.

RANGELY I The Rangely Hurricanes swim team finished its season by competing at the annual Colorado Seasonal Club State Championships in Cortez, a meet the team has won for the past six years.

Letter to the Editor: Help Meeker schools

Dear Editor: If you would like to see the Meeker schools strong and provide the kind of education that our children deserve, please consider joining the support group “Citizens for Meeker Schools,” which was formed in order to help pass the upcoming mill levy override in November.

Pika thriving at high elevations

RBC I The pika, one of the cutest and toughest little critters in the Rockies, appears to be thriving throughout Colorado’s high country.
While news stories have circulated recently that pikas are disappearing from the landscape, Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers have found populations well-distributed throughout Colorado’s mountains.

Game bird hunting seminar offered

RBC I Novice bird hunters are invited to attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Upland Game Bird Hunting 101” seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.

What’s the county up to?

RBC I As we approach the end of third quarter of 2014, employees and elected officials of Rio Blanco County continue to accomplish many capital improvement projects, planning processes and advocate for our county and residents.

CPW offers ‘Elk Hunting 101’

RBC I Cooler mornings and changing weather signal that the hunting seasons are approaching quickly. Eager hunters are preparing themselves and their equipment in anticipation of one of the most exciting times of the year for sportsmen and women.

Chamber executives…


The Montrose Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Western Slope Chamber Executive Meeting on July 29 at the Bridges Golf Course and Country Club. Topics discussed were ballot initiatives, oil and gas, membership, industry trends, and events and fundraisers. Top row, left to right, are chamber executives: Stephanie Kobald