Yampa, White drainage holds 224 percent of last year’s May 1 snow

RBC I For the first time during 2016, statewide snowpack improved over the previous month as opposed to the declines that have occurred each month since Jan. 1, including in the Yampa and White River Basin.

Obituary: Bluford Halcomb

Bluford Halcomb

Bluford Halcomb passed away in his sleep at the Eagle Crest Senior Home in Rangely, Colo., on May 2, 2016.

Rangely Middle School’s track team ends season

RANGELY I The Rangely Middle School Track season was short and sweet, with a lot of kids coming back from last year’s team. We had an outstanding group of sixth graders and we lucked out with the weather.

Ryan Wix gets state award for mechanical engineering

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MEEKER I Since 1927, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC) has bestowed the Medal of Award, also known as the Silver Medal, to one deserving student each year, and this year it was presented to a former Meeker student.

MHS baseball No. 3 at districts

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Cowboys high school baseball team finished the regular season with a 7-11 record, and they will now play in the district tournament.

Meeker Dance Recital…

The Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation & Park District (ERBM) held its 16th Annual Dance & Tumbling Recital over the weekend with the theme “The World is Moving.” Each day featured dancers and tumblers working hard since September to hone their skills for the  public. Pictured above: Caitlyn Shepherd, the only senior dance member, performs her senior solo to “International Smile” during Sunday’s performance.

A Look At the Government: Transparency and accountability needed in government

RBC I Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic; I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I got a straight answer? Almost never.

Restoration to begin…

From left to right: Martha Cole, Joede Schoeberlein, Alan Nielsen, Janet Clark, Gheda Gayou, Trevor Everett, Eric Jaquez and Ellen Reichert took part in a pre-construction meeting with all parties involved with the restoration of the Coal Creek School. What each one does: Martha Cole, Janet Clark and Ellen Reichert on the Rural School Committee; Joede Schoeberlein, architect; Gheda Gayou, Colorado State Historical Preservation Specialist; MM-Eight Construction - Trevor Everett and Alan Nielsen; and RBC Project Coordinator Eric Jaquez.

County commissioner candidate forums set

RBC I Candidate forums have been scheduled in the next two weeks for Rangely and Meeker, giving county voters a change to better decide who will be the best candidate for Rio Blanco County commissioners.

ERBM to host baseball, softball clinic

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Softball and Baseball Clinic will occur on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paintbrush Park Ball Fields for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade and are free.

Chamber braves weather for annual member dinner, awards

Two major awards were presented Friday night at the annual Meeker Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Dinner, held outside this year near the gazebo between the old courthouse and new Justice Center in downtown Meeker. From left to right, Meeker Chamber Executive Director Stephanie Kobald, Chamber Board Member Ann Marie Scritchfield and her daughter, Eva, present Diane Dunham with the Citizen of the Year Award for all of her volunteer work for several organizations in Meeker. At far right is Meeker Board President Diana Jones.

Michael Grady honored on retirement from the HPP

White River Habitat Partnership Program Committee Chairman Michael Grady is seen here receiving the Joe Gerrans Award during the Statewide HPP Conference in Denver. Grady is now retiring. From left to right are: HPP State Program Manager Pat Tucker, Linda Gerrans, widow of Joe Gerrans, the award’s namesake, and Michael Grady.

MEEKER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program will bid a fond farewell to Meeker livestock grower and agricultural icon Michael Grady. The 72-year-old rancher from Meeker will retire from the program’s White River committee at the end of May after serving a 23-year term, nearly as long as the program has existed.