Editor’s Column… So much potential for good things

Last weekend my husband and I and moved into an antique house in Meeker. I’ve always wanted to live in an old house, and this one qualifies. It was built in 1912, and I’m itching to dig into public and historical records and find out about its history. That said, it comes with quirks. Like […]

Editor’s Column: East Egg vs. West Egg thinking is detrimental to all of us

In the 16 years I’ve been at the paper there is one particular complaint from readers that never seems to be satisfactorily resolved: Meeker coverage vs. Rangely coverage. I heard a lot of that at Septemberfest this weekend.

Editorial: What’s the purpose of a local newspaper?

RBC I First of all, hello! My husband Pat and I are excited about our return to Rio Blanco County. We’re looking forward to meeting new people and getting reacquainted with old friends. We’ve been away for four years and we’re glad to be moving back to where we raised our family from 1998 to […]

From My Window… Window goes dark: Herald Times has new editor, publisher

The window has gone dark. As you read this today, be assured that it is not just a dream that I am no longer editor at the Rio Blanco Herald Times. No. I didn’t quit, and no, I didn’t get fired. Publisher Mitch Bettis and his wife, Meg, have sold the Herald Times to former […]

From My Window: Rio Blanco mountains, U.S. Olympic teams in great shape

Took a drive up to and past Trappers Lake on Sunday and chose a gorgeous day to do so. The skies were clear and blue, the forests were dark green and the higher one got, the more colorful the native wildflowers became.

From My Window: Students head to class, but summer events not over yet

We are now moving toward the end of summer. School is starting, the nights are a bit cooler, signs are already up welcoming the hunters, who will be dropping into Rio Blanco County before August is over for the archery/muzzleloader seasons, the water in the White River is now low enough to fish in most […]

County Fair is a lot of fun but a lot of work for all involved

The 2016 edition of the Rio Blanco County Fair is over. That is a mixed blessing because the event is fun to cover, but not a lot of fun to follow up on.

From My Window: Democrat convention raises questions about Hillary as well

On the surface, it was easy to emerge from the Republican National Convention full of excitement and hope for the future until one addressed the concerns of how one man thinks he can cure all the world’s ills and not say a word about how he is going to do it or pay for it.

From My Window: Republicans, Trump have some good ideas, but concerns exist

Three days ago, I finished watching the last of four days of the Republican National Convention. I have made a habit out of watching the Democratic and Republican conventions as the two groups have gathered every four years since about 1964—including the messy 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

From My Window: OHV rendezvous good for county; lessons may be learned from event

Since Thursday, everywhere in Rio Blanco County and particularly on the east side near the Flat Tops and the mountains south and north of Meeker one saw a lot of four-wheelers and off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

From My Window: Police shootings out of hand; welcome to our valuable OHV riders

All this gun violence is getting way out of hand, and my windows are getting foggier and foggier. What must run through a person’s mind to enable the men and women doing this to kill another human being—black or white, male or female or police officer or fireman. I don’t understand it. Doesn’t it register […]

From My Window: Despite deluges and mud, Range Call enjoyed by thousands

It was a wild Fourth of July weekend all around Rio Blanco County with the four-day celebration of the holiday beginning Friday night at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds with “the Pageant,” a 100-person-plus re-enactment of issues leading up to and including the Meeker Massacre, as well as Rangely kicking off its celebration Friday, Saturday […]