As work begins on tunnels west of Denver, I-70 project brings long-term partial closure

DENVER I Crews began closing lanes in both directions of I-70 near Idaho Springs last week as work began to shift eastbound I-70 traffic back onto the detour route around the tunnels.

RHS senior Tessa Slagle represents state in D.C.; learns Washington ways

Tessa Slagle, right, a senior at Rangely High School, meets with Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett, left, outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.  during a week spent in the nation’s capitol as one of two Colorado students chosen  for a U.S. Senate-sponsored program to acquaint students with the workings of the federal government. At center is high school senior Chinmay Pandit of Fort Collins.

RANGELY I Rangely High School senior Tessa Slagle, one of two Colorado delegates chosen for the 2014 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), returned last month from “Washington Week,” part of a national initiative aimed at helping students understand the inner workings of the U.S. government and to encourage careers in public service.

Udall and Tipton work toward making Monument into park

DENVER I U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton unveiled a bipartisan proposal last week — stemming from their years-long discussion with Mesa County residents, businesses and leaders — to re-designate Colorado National Monument as a national park. The community-driven recommendations, developed by a committee the lawmakers assembled in June 2013, reflect local […]

MCWC youth wrestlers place at Hayden Tourney

MEEKER I The Meeker Community Wrestling Club youth team entered 44 wrestlers in the Hayden Tournament and 25 placed in the top four, including eight champions.

County livestock judging team off to great start

Members of the Rio Blanco Livestock Judging team show off some of the awards they have won in the past month from their competitions. In the back row, from left, are: Justin Mosher and Ty Dunham; middle row, from left: Samantha Lapp, Marryn Shults, Jilly Baumgartner, Macy Collins and Madi Shults; front row: Hayden Shults.

RBC I Rio Blanco livestock judging teams have traveled to two contests so far this year. They are off to a great start. On March 14, 10 junior members, making up three teams, competed in Cortez at the Four Corners Ag Expo.

Resurfacing parts of Highway 64 under way

RBC I Having begun Monday and lasting through June, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has started its resurfacing project on State Highway 64, near Rangely, between mile markers 28 and 38.

Want to save sage grouse? Save the sagebrush

Two male sage grouse perform the traditional “dance” to attract mates.

THE WEST I High in the Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, Nev., and just east of Route 50, famously dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life Magazine in 1986, a curious congregation gathers in the predawn light.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Harlem Ambassadors

Dear Editor: On March 24, the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy and feel-good family entertainment.

Young Panthers still learning; good performances

RANGELY I Thirty-seven Rangely youth wrestlers competed in Hayden on Saturday and almost half placed in the top three. But coach Jeff LeBleu was disappointed with how some of them reacted after losing.

BLM still seeks input on county fuel reduction plan

MEEKER I Fire management officials with the Bureau of Land Management are now seeking public feedback on a proposed fuel reduction project in Rio Blanco and Garfield counties.

Children’s health fairs…


Brielle Lucero, 4, grins after registering for preschool and completing checkups at the Rio Blanco Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Children’s Health Fair on Friday in Rangely.

Early local teachers came to RBC for work, found love

The Lime Kiln Schoolhouse, constructed in 1917, is seen here in 1929 with Eleanor Kugler Service in the doorway. Lime Kiln Schoolhouse is one of 39 school in operation within the county in the past century and most assuredly played a role in the romance of one or a couple school teachers who came into the area to teach.

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society and its Rural School Committee teamed with the Meeker Arts and Culture Council Sunday, April 6, to portray “Rural School Days,” a fun and informative historic presentation.