Rio Blanco County On Patrol: April 6-13

RBC I This is the weekly law enforcement review of calls going through the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center. The following information is a weekly review of the calls for service that were reported to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any questions or would like an explanation of the call […]

Meeker 5th Graders…

The fifth graders at Meeker Elementary School impressed those in attendance during Aprils’s Night at the MES Museum, when the students transformed into someone famous —from the 1400s and Joan of Arc to 1968 and astronaut Neil Armstrong. The students did a great job portraying the famous people they had studied. In addition to their famous person debuts, the fifth graders also collected coins to be donated to the Meeker Relay for Life Team. The community’s museum donations added up to $265.

Obituary: Joanne Plkington Cotten

Joanne Pilkington Cotten

Joanne Pilkington Cotten was born in Colby, Kan., on Sept. 13, 1933. She was hit and killed instantly by a speeding and distracted driver on Oct. 10, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz., while crossing the street to return to her home.

Commissioners suspend local impact fees

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that temporarily suspends impact fees for all development permits issued from Monday through Feb. 8, 2016.

County residents are warned by RBC sheriff and IRS about scam

RBC I Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced Monday, and Rio Blanco County Sheriff Anthony Mazzola said county residents should also beware of the scam here.


Some spring blooms are fading, but the crabapple blossoms in Steve and Donna Petersburg’s front yard on Pinyon Circle make for a vibrant reminder of the coming growing season.

CNCC Graduation 2015…

Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George opened the 2015 CNCC commencement ceremony. Terri Wilczek also spoke to the students about the importance of scholarships and what they mean.

Cattledog trials set for Meeker

MEEKER I For 29 years, sheepdog trials have been a common sight in Meeker, but on June 7, 40 cattledogs and their handlers will meet at Ute Park for the inaugural Meeker Classic Cattledog Trial.

Milk Creek Gazebo…

Jake Smith and Dillon Frantz were honored Monday at the Meeker High School awards assembly by the Rio Blanco County Historical Society for volunteer assistance with the construction and installation of the decorative railing and filigree at the Milk Creek (Thornburgh) Battleground Memorial gazebo on County Road 15. Industrial arts instructor Zach Clatterbaugh was also honored for the work as were Caleb Bradford, Ty Gibson, Dade Heck, Tyler Ilgen, Jake Nielsen, Cody Nielsen, Connor Pfister and Levi Dinwiddie.

Meeker customer service seminar set for May 28

MEEKER I The Meeker Chamber of Commerce will offer a useful seminar for local small businesses on customer service, focusing on how to deal with an upset or agitated customer or employee. On May 28 from 1-3 p.m. at Kilowatt Corner, 233 6th St., a presentation by Tom Gangel of Mind Springs Health in Meeker […]


Phil Mass of Family Automotive in Meeker, right, presented this handmade etched duplicate of a firefighter’s badge to Vaughn Moody on Monday evening at the Meeker fire station. Moody was the first Meeker Fire and Rescue responder to a recent accident south of Meeker, and he helped save Mass’s granddaughter, Brittany, and his then-unborn great-granddaughter, Scarlett, second from left, and Brittany’s husband, Andrew Lawrence, left, who were in an accident on April 17, when the family vehicle slid off Highway 13 and the mother and daughter were trapped in the vehicle below the embankment. The plaque, handmade by grandfather Phil Mass, honors all those responsible for helping at the scene and making certain that no one was injured.

‘Free the Girls’ non-profit seeks bra donations

RANGELY I It’s more than a catchy double entendre. It’s doing something about the nearly 22 million women and children being held as slaves worldwide, many of them as pawns in prostitution rings and sex trafficking.