A Look at the West: Does optimism have a place in the West’s water politics?

RBC I When John Fleck began covering water (among other things) in 1995 for New Mexico’s Albuquerque Journal, he assumed he’d be writing stories about dried out wells and cracked mud. After all, as a Los Angeles native who grew up in a suburb that had replaced an irrigated citrus orchard, he’d grown up reading […]

Emergency farm loans

RBC I Garfield, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose and Rio Blanco counties have been designated as contiguous counties for the disaster designation due to losses caused by drought.

Sheriff lifts fire ban for county

RBC I Rio Blanco County sheriff Si Woodruff lifted the Stage II fire ban in the county Friday, Sept. 14 but high fire danger still exists.

Free water education webinar series starts July 27

RBC I Colorado’s unique situation as a headwaters state provides the backdrop for diverse issues and concerns related to a most precious resources: water. Rural landowners in Colorado can benefit from understanding how water resources are utilized. A four-part online series will highlight water conservation practices that won’t compromise crop production or livestock health.

Fires burn more than 1,600 acres in Rio Blanco County

Smoke from the lightning-sparked Powell fire five miles northwest of Meeker could be seen from miles around. The fire has burned approximately 900 acres, including private and BLM land, part of which is on a Wilderness Study Area. The fire was 100 percent contained as of Tuesday.

RBC I Lightning started the Powell and Little Duck fires in Rio Blanco County last week, burning more than 1,600 acres before monsoon rains helped more than 200 firefighters and a Type II fire management team contain the blazes.

BLM begins gathering of 50 horses

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to begin an emergency gather of about 50 horses on Sunday in the West Douglas Herd Area south of Rangely.