Guest Editorial: MACC endorses college credit for arts curriculum

MEEKER I The Meeker Arts and Cultural Council has endorsed and encouraged the new National Core Arts Standards as provided by the Educational Theatre Association (EDTA), which sponsors the International Thespian Society, recognizing outstanding high school and middle school students in the performing arts), and has provided information on the National Core Arts Theatre Standards.

What’s Up With the County? Staffing examined; justice center work begins

RBC I As we roll into the final quarter of 2014, the Rio Blanco County commissioners are busy establishing the 2015 budget. One area of importance in the 2015 budget concerns the number of employees we have serving the public. The commissioners have asked all departments to analyze staffing levels.

Heritage and agri-tourism keys to Rio Blanco’s future

RBC I Have you noticed? One formerly viable and essential Meeker downtown business has failed and closed. Rumors of others struggling are rampant. Main Street is often sparsely populated with vehicles, and businesses are often nearly devoid of customers.

Grateful for opportunity to return to Rio Blanco County

Jeff Burkhead, former editor of the Rio Blanco Herald Times.

It was hard enough to leave the last time. It won’t be any easier the second time around.

Guest Editorial: Tipton: EPA, USFS impact farmer, rancher rights

WASHINGTON I Recently U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO3) questioned U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Robert Bonnie during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing to review the Interpretive Rule Regarding the Applicability of Clean Water Act Agricultural Exemptions.

Guest Editorial: Ethanol can slow gas hikes

RBC I As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.

Sen. Udall on 50 years of Wilderness Act

EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who chairs the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee and serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote an op-ed column for the Chaffee County Times, marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and reflecting on wilderness’s importance to Colorado’s special way of life.

Guest Editorial: Reality time: Climate alarmists getting ugly

RBC I The climate change debate rages, beginning with the physical science and continuing with economic analysis and government policy. The good news is that the balance of evidence continues to point toward modest warming scenarios, not catastrophic ones, from the human influence on global climate. This would seem to be good news.

Guest Editorial: Paonia could become marijuana capital

RBC I In the garden of my cousin, Sepp, in Germany’s Black Forest, there is a big tree that produces lots of yellow plums every year.

Tipton: USFS still after water grab

RBC I On Monday, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO3) called the latest U.S. Forest Service permit condition for ski area water rights insufficient to protect water users from agency abuses.

Guest Editorial: Facts on fracking are ignored; fear is only tool for environmentalists

RBC I Researchers in Colorado just came forward with a shocking claim: hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the decades-old method of using a high-velocity mixture of water, sand and chemicals to blast through rock to release oil and gas deposits, causes birth defects. There’s just one hitch: it isn’t true.

Guest Editorial: Ruling on wild horse fence to affect future

RBC I On April 21, The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) and noted equine photographer Carol Walker, director of field documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), filed an appeal in District of Columbia Circuit Court to U.S. District Court’s November 2013 dismissal of a lawsuit against the Custer National Forest (FS) […]