Open waters…


Unlike Rangely’s Kenney Reservoir, Rio Blanco Lake, which is 18 miles west of Meeker, may or may not have ice in the middle that would allow ice fishing. It would be tough to go ice fishing on Rio Blanco because the first 12 to 15 feet from the shore are wide open water with no […]

Cold for a cause…


There were roughly 160 persons on hand on Nov. 14 to watch 38 people jump into an icy Kenney Reservoir to raise funds for Western Colorado Special Olympics. It was the first-ever Western Colorado Polar Plunge into the 39-degree water at the reservoir, according to organizer Norian James, a sports medicine caregiver for Colorado Northwestern […]

Taking the plunge…


Rangely Police Chief Vince Wilczek led the charge of 38 persons crazy enough to plunge into Kenney Reservoir on Saturday to raise funds for Western Colorado Special Olympics. There were roughly 160 people present to witness the first-ever Western Colorado Polar Plunge into the 39-degree water at the reservoir, according to organizer Norian James, a […]

Rangely to host first polar plunge Nov. 14 for Special Olympics

RANGELY I In November, supporters of Special Olympics Colorado will gather at Kenney Reservoir for the first ever Polar Plunge held on the Western Slope of Colorado. On Nov. 14 at 1 p.m., fundraisers will risk the chilly water by taking a dip in the lake, all in the name of helping Western Colorado Special […]

Fishing Derby…

The Annual Fishing Derby at Kenney Reservoir was held Saturday and sponsored by the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District, in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Even though overcast and cool, 42 people participated. A great time was had by all, and every participant received a prize for registering along with special prizes given in each age group for fish caught in various categories. The district thanks Terry Wygant of the CPW for his informative talk about protected/endangered fish species, identification and rules. A special thank you to Cabela’s for continued prize support, and the Chism family for the generous cash donation for prizes.

Siltation in Kenney Reservoir…


Kenney Reservoir, eight miles east of Rangely, was originally two miles in length. Over the years, siltation, caused by the settling of sediment on the bottom of the east end of the lake, has seen a buildup of sand-like silt, which serves as an anchor for the tall grasses in the lake.

Sandhill crane at Kenney…


Taking advantage of ideal summer daytime conditions, this lone sandhill crane seemed to be enjoying every minute playing in the water at Kenney Reservoir, eight miles east of Rangely. Other than the crane and a few ducks, not a human soul could be seen enjoying the sunny afternoon at the park.

Kenney Reservoir Fishing Derby…


Phase 1 of feasibility study looks at new reservoir along river in county

Taylor Draw Dam, located about six miles east of Rangely, controls the water in Kenney Reservoir while also producing hydroelectric power. The two-mile reservoir is heavily silted and the eastern mile of the lake has almost been lost to water storage and recreation, bringing about the need for and the likelihood of a new reservoir along the river in Rio Blanco County 10 to 12 years down the road.

RBC I Phase 1 of the White River Storage Feasibility Study, released earlier this month, points to a new water storage reservoir within the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District (RBWCD) sometime within 10 to 12 years.

WRBM ramps up Fourth of July events

RANGELY I The Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District (WRBM) ramped up its Fourth of July offerings for the second year running, coming away with definite winners and plans to change timing details in the future.

On thin ice…


Thin ice and thick ice on Kenney Reservoir, east of Rangely, offer a stark color contrast with the flow nearest the dam taking on an emerald green hue while the remaining thick ice at the upper end of the lake remains solid white.

Kenney Reservoir Fishing Derby

Xavier Preciado is pictured with twins Andrew and Anthony Dorris and the 22-inch trout caught by Andrew.

More than 30 people attended the Kenney Reservoir Fishing Derby last Saturday and the fish were biting.