Sage grouse plans run delicate balance

RBC I Northern spotted owls are white-and-brown tree dwellers with sprays of feathers between their eyes. Greater sage grouse are football-sized ground-strutters, whose males flaunt yellow chest sacs during mating season.

A passion for quilting pays off for patients

At left is one of 26 quilts made by the Rio Blanco Stitchers and presented to residents of the Walbridge Wing at Pioneers Medical Center. The Stitchers presented the quilts to the patients on July 14, and they also make quilts for those in hospice care.

MEEKER I On July 14, the Rio Blanco Stitchers met at the new Pioneers Medical Center to distribute quilts the members had made for the residents of the Walbridge Wing.

Rankin talks reality on school funding issues

MEEKER I State Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, led a public discussion and tutorial on public school finance Monday night at the Meeker Board of Education (BOE) board room. The meeting was originally generated from a discussion between Meeker Mayor Regas Halandras and Rankin at a special dedication ceremony at the Rifle Airport several weeks ago. […]

Obituary: Betsy Burnside Stewart

Betsy Burnside Stewart was born May 2, 1930, to Bob and Vi Burnside, the older of three children. Her parents were ranchers and she grew up in the rural area around Meeker.

Rangely swimmers do well at Western Slope tourney

RANGELY I Rangely swimmers did very well at the 2015 Western Slope League Championships held during the past weekend in Grand Junction. Fifteen Rangely swimmers placed at the meet, and they were led by 15-year-old Patrick Scoggins, who placed in six events and was voted the Western Slope League Athlete Representative by all the coaches […]


Participants ran from the Rio Blanco County Courthouse lawn to the 6th Street Field, where they completed an obstacle course and got colored with dye. The end of the event, which was part of the ERBM Recreation and Park District’s Meeker Appreciation Day, featured a “color explosion,” in which each participant threw a cup full of dye into the air to create the colorful display. More than 50 runners took part.

Young Timers meet at Avery

MEEKER I Fishing, swimming and hiking is the next meet up for the Meeker Young Timers. Those interested are urged to join the group at Lake Avery for the next group gathering on Sunday. If you want to carpool or need a ride, call Danyel at the Meeker Chamber, 970-878-5510, or email her at

Obituary: Kathleen Annette Covay

Kathleen Annette Covay, 71, passed from the world early Sunday morning, July 5, 2015, at her residence in Las Vegas, Nev.

Local golfers win in Rangely

RANGELY I Fourteen teams divided into two flights played in the annual DUCO two-man best ball tournament at Cedar Ridges Golf Course on Saturday in Rangely, and local golfers won both flights.

OHV Rodeo…

The roughly 150 OHV riders in Meeker for the weekend had a great time out four-wheeling, and running a barrel race in a downpour at the fairgrounds. The OHV Rodeo was held Saturday as part of the 2015 Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Workshop and the 2015 Wagon Wheel Rendezvous, sponsored by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce and Rio Blanco County.

From My Window: OHV gathering benefits county; fair starts slowly; towns hear truth

My windows were pretty clear over the weekend, and off-highway vehicles (OHVs) could be seen visiting all parts of Rio Blanco County from the mountains to the east of Meeker to the areas north and south of Rangely—toward Grand Junction and Piceance Creek to the south and up toward Dinosaur to the north.

Obituary: Gina ‘Nonni’ Spencer

Gina 'Nonni' Spencer

Gina “Nonni” Spencer, 58, of Meeker, Colo., passed away on July 17, 2015. Gina was born Dec. 17, 1956, in Denver, Colo., to Roy and Mary Ann Mazzola.