County team part of challenge to support area coal employment

RBC I The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week announced the next phase in an effort to assist counties and regions that have experienced economic challenges related to the coal industry, and Rio Blanco County will have a team involved.

Report: Coal, electricity have strong impact on county

RBC I The economic development directors of Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties announced late last week the release of a report outlining measures of the economic activity associated with coal mining and associated electrical power generation in the three-county Yampa-White River Region.

Rio Blanco County unemployment rate continues to drop

RBC I A positive trend that started early this year is continuing as the June unemployment rates in Rio Blanco and Colorado have reported at least the fifth consecutive month where the number of jobless has decreased, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is reporting.

County food stamp use soared during recession

RBC I The use of food stamps in Rio Blanco County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

Small businesses: Majority would let high income tax cuts expire

RBC I The politically charged debate over high-income tax cuts is reaching a fever pitch, and the question being asked in Colorado and across the nation is whether small businesses’ hiring ability will suffer if these cuts expire at the end of the year. Recently released scientific opinion polling shows what real small business owners […]

Exports push states economic indicator higher

RBC I For the 28th straight month, the overall index for the mountain states region, a leading economic indicator for the three-state area of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, advanced above growth neutral 50.0.

Customer demand, not regulations, are the problem

RBC I Small business owners nationwide say their main concern is weak customer demand, not regulations, according to independent opinion polling released today.

Beef leads growth in Colo. exports

RBC I Compared to 2010, Colorado’s exports of agricultural products increased 23 percent in the first nine months of 2011 to $967 million, led by increases in beef, hides, dairy, grains and processed foods. 

Bankers comment on economy, bailout

Foreclosures remain status quo, buck national trend

RBC — County Treasurer Karen Arnold gave the quarterly trustee report at the April 28 meeting of the Rio Blanco County commissioners. In spite of national trends in the housing market, Arnold said Rio Blanco County has been, “staying about status quo.”