Highs and lows of Colorado town pushing heritage tourism

Three weeks ago, it was tough to spot any newborn calves in Rio Blanco County. Now, however, even though it is still March for a couple more days, calves can easily be counted in all directions from the lower valleys up toward the mountains east of Meeker.

RBC I Steve Wooten stands on a low ridge overlooking the Purgatoire River and the yellowed grass and red rock of southeastern Colorado’s canyon country. His family, which first settled here in 1929, now runs about 300 cows on 27,000 public and private acres of shortgrass prairie spiked with cholla cactus.

Americans should say ‘no’ to new oil taxes

RBC I Americans today are relieved to be paying less than $2 for a gallon of gas. President Obama, though, thinks that’s just not enough.

A Look at the News: Who killed the XL Pipeline?

RBC I On Earth Day 2014, a group of farmers, ranchers and Native Americans who live along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route marched and rode horseback through Washington, D.C., wearing cowboy hats and feather headdresses. On the National Mall, they erected tipis and held ceremonies; a couple of days later, they gave a hand-painted […]

What lies ahead for the nation, world on climate change?

RBC I Well, before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives.

Will a new comprehensive plan be the solution to the state’s water problems?

RBC I On Nov. 19, Colorado’s first state water plan arrived on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. The final document is the product of discussions that began more than a decade ago in every corner of the state about how to use—and protect— Colorado’s rivers, lakes and aquifers.

So what if it’s the White River; is there anyone who really cares?

RBC I Whose water flows in the White River, and who cares? The answer to the first question is complicated. The answer to the second question is everyone in the Southwest United States. The Colorado River is used by millions, within and outside its natural basin, for agriculture, household use, industry and recreation. Along its […]

From the Superintendent: MSD needs parents’ help

MEEKER I Meeker School District needs help from parents. The District Accountability Committee (DAC) and Building Accountability Committee (BAC) for each school are in need of parent volunteers.

Cloud Foundation blasts BLM plan to sterilize West’s wild horses

RBC I “The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement of plans for managing wild horses on public lands is not only disturbing but highlights their commitment to managing wild horses to extinction,” stated Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF).

Outfitters threatened by minimum wage order; exemption sought

RBC I For more than 40 years, Mike Cottingham has been sending teenagers into national parks, forests and wilderness areas for multi-week backcountry outings. They run rapids, ride horseback and summit some of the West’s most famous peaks. But Cottingham believes he will be forced out of business by a new Obama administration requirement to […]

One Person’s Opinion: Hillary Clinton likely to charge new fees when it comes to fossil fuels extraction

RBC I During her official launch speech, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tossed out a big clue about the direction she would take the country’s climate change policy. If elected, she vowed, she would seek to make the United States a “clean energy superpower” and pay for the transition in part with “additional fees and […]

Western counties battling feds with use of ‘coordination’

RBC I Suzy Foss became a Ravalli County, Mont., commissioner during the 2010 Tea Party wave. Sixty-five years of age with a Sarah Palin vibe—stylish glasses, brown hair and bangs—Foss raises Arabian horses and border collies on a ranch abutting the Bitterroot National Forest, which takes up three-quarters of the county.

Federal land transfers get a boost from government

RBC I Over the last few years, a movement in Western states to “take back” federal lands has been gaining funding and followers. As we reported in October, eight states have considered the idea of late, but none so seriously as Utah. In 2012, Utah passed a law demanding 20 million acres of federal land, […]