Meeker girl earns OSU scholarship

MEEKER I Taylor Neilson of Meeker, a student now at Oklahoma State University, was honored by OSU at the recent College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarships and Awards Banquet.

Letter to the Editor: Commissioners, emergency manager involved behind the scenes

Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Rio Blanco County of some behind-the-scenes work that your commissioners and your County Emergency Manager Ty Gates have been involved in the past year and half. First, the statute for emergency management lies within the commissioner prevue. In January 2015, they […]

Range Call Celebration Special Section coming June 30


Commissioner Jon Hill attends national conference to address Western issues

RBC I Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jon Hill joined 500 county officials at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., from May 25-27.

Wrestling camp…

The defending state champion Meeker Cowboys sent five wrestlers to Paonia for a wrestling camp, and according to high school assistant coach Carl Padilla, “We had a great camp; the kids wrestled well.” Attending the camp were Casey Turner, Jacob Pelloni, Caleb Bradford, with Tannen Kennedy on his back and Hunter Garcia. Several Cowboys will attend another camp this week in Gunnison.

Work underway on Coal Creek School renovation

Work is now underway to renovate Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing in its original location. Being on the National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties requires specialized expertise in historic restoration for completing Phase I.

MEEKER I Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing on its original location, is being restored by MM-Eight Construction to its original 1882 exterior appearance. On May 19, after 124 years in darkness, the foundation was excavated by T&M Contracting, exposing the various size stones it had been firmly resting […]

VFW set to begin counseling services in Meeker

RBC I The Meeker Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and VFW Auxiliary have partnered with the Grand Junction Veterans Center to provide counseling at the Meeker Veterans Community Center, 290 4th St., every other Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p m.

Letter to the Editor: Jon Hill for county commissioner

Dear Editor: Rio Blanco County is in a precarious position. We have lost a tremendous amount of revenue mainly due to the decline of the oil/gas related industries. Not only do the employees directly employed by this industry suffer, the effects trickle down to almost every household in the county in one way or another. […]

Blunt, Shults shine at Ladies’ Deerfly

MEEKER I The annual Ladies’ Deerfly Golf Tournament did not have a large field but the competition was tough, especially in the second flight, where local golfers Hallie Blunt and Sally Lou Shults won the title.

Batter up…


The 2016 Coed Softball season, sponsored by the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District, started Monday with games played on both Paintbrush Park fields. The league consists of six teams with games being played Mondays and Wednesdays, on both fields. The first game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Fish fry…

The weather couldn’t have been much better for the annual Buford School annual fish fry, which was held Saturday at the school, located along County Road 17, about 22 miles east of Meeker. Saturday’s crowd just kept on coming for the two hours of the white fish dinner, and the incredibly vast array of side dishes and desserts showed that the women of the area do know how to throw a great feed.

Meeker School District deals with budget and mission statements

MEEKER I The Meeker Board of Education (BOE) budget is expected to be approved later this month with a variety of changes proposed. Preliminary discussions in May led to the board approving the establishment of a full-day kindergarten, an additional fifth grade class, a credit recovery paraprofessional, a step increase for teachers plus a step […]