In for the long haul: Williams about to drill 3,000th gas well in Piceance Basin

RBC — Williams will continue to be an active player in the Piceance Basin, but not at the same level it has been in the past few years.

State education funding could come up short

As Rangely schools consider cost-cutting moves, superintendent says state funding could be 11 percent short in 2010-2011 school year RANGELY — While rethinking its budget process and considering ways to cut costs, the Rangely School Board is also bracing for a possible deficit in state funding for education.

Fish fry, bingo will benefit ‘adopted’ family

Shannon and Lisa Jones are a long way from their home state of Arkansas and the support of family.

Rifle prison gets reprieve from governor

RBC — Northwest Colorado, with concerns about the slowdown in oil and gas activity, received some good economic news last week with the announcement the Rifle Correctional Center would remain open.

Patron suggests forming taxing district in order to keep all 3 schools open

District would lease buildings to board RANGELY — While the closing of Parkview Elementary is still a possibility, school board members are soliciting public input before making a decision about the future of the building.

County still hoping for state grant

RBC — Rio Blanco County was counting on a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant to help pay for projects such as the improvement of County Road 4.

White unsure of benefits of stimulus bill in county

RBC — President Obama was in Denver on Tuesday to sign the $787 billion federal stimulus bill.

Sen. White meets with school boards to talk about state budget cuts

RBC — When Meeker and Rangely school board members expressed concern about educational funding to Sen. Al White of Hayden, he could sympathize with their situation. “I understand it’s a very difficult year,” White said.

State of Colorado considers closing of prison in Rifle

MEEKER — With the state facing a $604 million budget shortfall and looking for ways to save money, the Rifle Correctional Facility could be shut down and the property sold.

Task force works to prioritize public services

RBC — While funding required to maintain the levels of service provided by local governments may be decreasing, the needs aren’t.

Rangely School Board considers closing of Parkview Elementary

RANGELY — Given the state of the economy, Rangely School District, like other tax-supported entities, is looking for ways to save money. One way to do that may be to consolidate its facilities.

County has $225 million wish list ready, just in case

RBC — It’s uncertain if a federal economic stimulus package will ever become reality, but Rio Blanco County and the towns of Meeker and Rangely have their wish lists prepared, just in case.