Editor’s Column: Squirrel!

We’ve got a squirrel (or two) living in the willow tree in our yard. Our upstairs window gives me a bird’s-eye view of squirrel world. Last week I watched Mr. or Mrs. Squirrel stuffing mouthfuls of willow leaves into his or her tree dwelling, insulating the nest, I assume. Like most squirrels, this one was […]

Editor’s Column: Collaboration

The word for the week is collaboration, which has come up in multiple (otherwise unrelated) conversations and meetings. What is collaboration? It’s what the county’s IT department accomplished in 2014 when they successfully negotiated the broadband project that will bring Rio Blanco County into the lead in regard to internet access. It’s what the Rio […]

Editor’s Column: Perspective

This week is National Newspaper Week, highlighting the value and importance of local newspapers as repositories and dispensaries of information. It’s been a month since I’ve stepped into this role as editor and publisher and I’ve had several people ask me if I feel that social media has devalued the local paper. My response is […]

Editor’s Column: Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a reminder of who we are and who we want to be

I’m writing this while watching the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Social media today was full of suggested drinking games for adult viewers to help them endure the ongoing insanity of this race for the White House, including imbibing every time someone says “believe me” or every time one of the […]

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. […]