State ready for wolves to start moving in

RBC I Due to a recent increase in unconfirmed sightings and reports of wolves in Colorado, in addition to confirmed sightings over the past several years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say it is increasingly likely that the growing wolf populations and range in nearby states will eventually expand across state lines.

A Look at the West: There is a wide role for military veterans in conservation

RBC I Stacy Bare came home from Iraq in 2007 with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, unsure of where he fit into the world, and unmoored without the military. Liquor and cocaine seemed the best means of coping, and he often thought of suicide, until a fellow Army vet took him rock climbing […]

Meeker Range Call results

MEEKER I The winners of the Meeker Fourth of July Range Call Parade and of the Meeker Plein Art Competition have been announced by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce.

Marquez, Bullen, Sansteds win Rangely scramble golf tournament

There were 44 golfers playing in a 27-hole four-person team scramble Saturday on Cedar Ridges Golf Course in Rangely, seen above. Marty Marquez, Bubba Bullen and Luke and Mark Sanstead recorded the winning score with an 86. The Rangely course will be busy playing host to tournaments for the next three weeks, beginning with the Rangely Open this weekend, then a 27-hole two-man tournament on July 30 and the Couples Classic on Aug. 6-7.

RANGELY I Forty-four golfers played in the annual 27-hole scramble at Cedar Ridges Golf Course last Saturday. The four-person team from Grand Junction took top honors.

Treasure hunt project piques students’ interest in discovery

Parkview Elementary School students practiced using metal detectors at Spencer and Sarah Wagners’ downriver property in May as part of a class unit on micromagnetism and a hands-on approach to history and science. More than $6,500 and equipment was donated by the community when fourth-grade teacher Dana Forbes sought out funds for a learning unit that emphasized exploration and discovery. A Treasure Hunting Club has been active through the summer, and more teaching with the equipment will continue into the fall.

RANGELY I Dana Forbes always learned by doing. These days, he would have been dubbed a kinesthetic or tactile learner. But as a child in the 1970s, Forbes understood the best way to learn something was simply to explore his way through it.

Wagon Wheel OHV Rendezvous: Popular annual event growing

From My Window: OHV rendezvous good for county; lessons may be learned from event

Since Thursday, everywhere in Rio Blanco County and particularly on the east side near the Flat Tops and the mountains south and north of Meeker one saw a lot of four-wheelers and off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

CPW: Fee increases needed to maintain and improve programs, services

RBC I Representatives of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) held a briefing in Meeker on Monday night to present and discuss the division’s projected funding needs and ask for public comment Speaking for CPW were Meeker area wildlife manager Bill deVergie and Northwest Regional assistant manager Dean Riggs from Grand Junction. Meeker area outfitter and […]

Blair Fire not growing; fire crews downsizing

The Blair Fire, located about 20 miles west of Meeker and about three-quarters of a mile north of Highway 64, was reported to be at 70 percent containment, having consumed 1,140 acres with no increase Sunday or Monday. Some of the firefighters left the area on Tuesday while others remained to monitor the fire.

RBC I The firefighting efforts on the 1,140-acre Blair Fire, located 20 miles west of Meeker, are scaling down as fire activity wanes. However, a small unmanned aircraft (or drone) being flown by private individuals was spotted near the incident command post.

Classifieds: July 21, 2016

Ads for 07/21/16 ANNOUNCEMENTS ATV, Boat and Snowmobile Owners! You can now renew your Colorado OHV registrations on line at: www.parks.state.co.us RIO BLANCO Masonic Lodge #80 meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at 7th and Park, Meeker. AA & Al-Anon Meetings – Rangely Alcoholics Anonymous – Open meetings Tues & Thurs, 7 p.m., 115 […]

Host families sought for students

RBC I World Heritage Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from European, Asian, former Soviet Union, Middle Eastern and African countries. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family […]

CNCC Spartan volleyball camp July 27-28

RANGELY I Chris Vergnaud, the head volleyball coach for the Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartans, has announced that the CNCC Spartan Volleyball Camp is now scheduled for July 27 and 28.