Not your average buck…

Deer are a common sight on the Colorado Northwest Community College campus in Rangely, and sometimes some animals are a little more recognizable than others. This atypical mule deer buck has been hanging around the CNCC campus for at least four years, and recently he made his annual spring appearance.

New rangers…

CNCC’s National Park Ranger Academy held its spring 2015 graduation on the college’s Rangely campus on April 3. The Academy at CNCC is one of only seven in the United States—all are law enforcement programs. The spring 2015 graduates are: (front row) David Elliott, Destiny Gardea, Richard Gonzales, Alexander Knaak, Daniel Dodd; (middle row) Jeff Castillo, Jeff Cummings, Robert Stetler, Katelyn Mahoney, Chais Saunders, Joe Kissner; (back row) David Grissom, Scott Simmerman, Tim Zimmerman, Gregory Agar, Nick Johnson-Moyneur and Richard Reagan.

Gardening classes set for CNCC-Meeker

MEEKER I If you can’t wait to dig in the dirt, Rocky Mountain Gardening is the class for you. Dianne Wall will be teaching a series of three classes beginning April 13-27 at the CNCC Meeker Center, located at 345 Sixth St. There are two possible times for the classes, either 9 to 11 a.m. […]

CNCC rodeo team fares well in Utah, hosts Spartan Showdown

RANGELY I The CNCC Rodeo Team has been busy. On both ends of spring break, members of the team competed in regional rodeos at Heber City, Utah, and Ogden, Utah. Those events were in preparation for the two-day Spartan Showdown this weekend at home.


Former Colorado Northwestern Community College basketball player Kendra Martin is a national champion. Martin played for the Lady Spartans in the 2012-13 season then transferred to Marianna, Fla., to play for the Lady Indians at Chipola College. Chipola took only one loss into the NJCAA championship finals against undefeated Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Chipola defeated Hutchinson, 54-46.

CNCC horse rider Tasha Gibson qualifies to ride at IHSA Nationals

RANGELY I Colorado Northwestern Community College equine instructor and IHSA Coach Stacey Bailey accompanied Tasha Gibson to El Reno, Okla., to compete in the third and final IHSA semi finals, where she qualified for the IHSA Nationals in open reining.

All-Colorado Academic Team…

Present in Denver on March 11 to help Colorado Northwestern Community College sophomore Marina Mecham be inducted into the All-Colorado Academic Team for Phi Kappa Theta, the national honor society for two-year colleges, were, from left, CNCC President Russell George, PTK inductee Marina Mecham and Colorado Community College System President Dr. Nancy McCallin.

Wild Game Dinner…

A long line of hungry folks dug into nine entrées, elk dip, potatoes, salad and vegetables as part of the sixth annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday night at CNCC-Rangely.  The event included music by Rangely group Fiscus & Gravy and silent and vocal auctions. Roughly 100 people took part in the event.

Chautauqua show revives past, brings Black History Month to life

Scholar-actor Charles Everett Pace speaks as abolitionist Frederick Douglass as part of the Black History Live Tour at Colorado Northwestern Community College on Feb. 24.

RANGELY I As he spoke, there were moments I forgot he wasn’t Civil War-era abolitionist Frederick Douglass. It shouldn’t have been hard to remember. The modern-day camera resting comfortably in my hands, the iPhone app recording his words should have been reminder enough. There were anachronisms, too, like the wireless microphone he held and the […]

CNCC paleontology experiences to get off the ground with summer classes

RANGELY I Since it is situated adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument and surrounded by the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway, the fact that the area around Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) is proving rich in fossils should come as no surprise.

Mule deer at school…

While the students at Colorado Northwestern Community College were away from campus over the long winter break, several mule deer turned up on the Rangely campus for some peaceful grazing on the campus lawn and nearby brush. Above, the mother shows her two fawns where to find some good grazing, undisturbed by a few folks passing by on campus.

CNCC campus in Craig now a federal fossil repository

From left to right: BLM Colorado Paleontologist Harley Armstrong, Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George and BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch finalize a memorandum of understanding, creating a federal fossil repository at CNCC’s Craig campus.

RANGELY I On Feb. 3, Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) President Russell George and paleontologist Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson, together with Ruth Welch, the Colorado state director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), signed an agreement to officially make the CNCC Craig Campus a federal fossil repository.