Beef leads growth in Colo. exports

RBC I Compared to 2010, Colorado’s exports of agricultural products increased 23 percent in the first nine months of 2011 to $967 million, led by increases in beef, hides, dairy, grains and processed foods. 

Learn about ExxonMobil’s Piceance Project

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MEEKER — Join ExxonMobil for a community open house 4-6 p.m. June 24. Fairfield Center 200 Main St. Meeker, CO www.exxonmobil.com

Western Colo. rig count down 71 percent

RBC (AP) — New figures show the natural gas rig count in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin has taken a bigger percentage drop than in Utah’s Uinta Basin and the entire state of Wyoming. Carter Mathies of Arista Midstream Services, a Golden-based energy services company, told The Daily Sentinel in Grand

Mountain of debt threatens future of Colorado West

RBC — Colorado West Regional Mental Health is in the business of helping people deal with their problems. But the organization has problems of its own.

Trying Times: Down economy means increased demand for services at Colorado West Mental Health

Given the times, it may come as no surprise that demand is up at Colorado West Regional Mental Health. Colorado West, which has its corporate headquarters in Glenwood Springs, serves a 10-county area, including Rio Blanco County, and has offices in Meeker and Rangely.

Moon Lake manager expresses concern about proposed cap-and-trade system

RANGELY — Expensive. That’s the one word Grant Earl uses to describe a proposal by President Barack Obama to impose a cap-and-trade system on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Williams also challenging county tax

RBC — ExxonMobil isn’t alone in challenging Rio Blanco County’s application of the use tax. At a meeting last month, County Attorney Kent Borchard told commissioners the Williams Companies had also appealed its use tax. “Everyone that is objecting is objecting for the same reasons as ExxonMobil,” Borchard said last

Waller: No shortcuts to fix economy

RANGELY — When Peter Waller spoke at a Community Networking meeting Feb. 24, it was obvious what was on everyone’s mind. The economy.

Principal says closing building is better than cutting the curriculum

RANGELY — Parkview Elementary Principal Mary Lansing said the district is considering closing the building, not the school.

Board, patrons debate closing

RANGELY — What a difference a year makes. Or six months. “We look back at September and we had over 40 new students, we were looking at a bond issue, oil was over $100 a barrel and things looked good,” said Matt Scoggins, Rangely School Board president. “Wow, how things have changed.”

Bank president responds to Post allegations

RBC — Peter Waller, president of First National Bank of the Rockies, knew there was going to be a story last week in The Denver Post, which would mention the bank. But, when he saw the published story, he didn’t like what was reported.

Foreclosure rate up slightly across county

RBC — As the housing market took a nosedive nationally, the number of foreclosures has increased dramatically in parts of the country. But not in Rio Blanco County.