Exercising sheep…

phRGSheep at WRBM

Dozens of sheep took up temporary residence on the front lawn of the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation Center in Rangely last week, according to WRBM aquatics/recreation superviser assistant Kirsten Cushman, who captured this image. No sheep herders showed up to claim the sheep, which eventually wandered back into the hills, Cushman said.

179 get CNCC degrees, certificates

RANGELY I Roughly 179 students received their degrees and certificates from Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday afternoon, culminating what for most students has been at least two years of hard work.

Homecoming queen…


Alyssa Mae Magalong of Security/Colorado Springs, a college student and vice-president of student government at CNCC in Rangely, represented Colorado at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., this past New Year’s Eve.

Rangely’s Sarah Ward prepares for Boston Marathon

Sarah Ward, who registered for the Boston Marathon last fall and will run in the famous race this April, trains at the recreation center until warmer weather improves road conditions for running.

RANGELY I When Colorado Northwestern Community College anatomy and nutrition instructor Sarah Ward ran her third marathon last May and won the women’s division, she knew her time had qualified her for the Boston Marathon.

Home of: Raymond and Lissette Torsell

RANGELY | Raymond and Lissette Torsell of Rangely are this week’s “home of” honorees. Raymond moved to Rangely 37 years ago. Lissette has been here 34 years. They celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary May 10, 2012.

Black History Month at CNCC

RANGELY | To kick off February, which is Black History Month, CNCC is hosting Michigan-Based documentary filmmaker Brian Kruger and his film “Black and Blue,” the story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech football game.

One of many who make Rangely a great place to live

Sharon Nilson Brown was a junior in high school when her family left Rangely for Minnesota. But Sharon, in love with a young Rangely High School athlete named Toby Brown, found a way to return to her hometown. The two were married in 1956 and enjoyed 51 years together.

RANGELY­ I Opinions vary as to what has changed the most in Rangely over the years, but opinions about what makes Rangely great is consistent. The people are what make the town special and the willingness of those people to support one another makes it “home” to many. Sharon Brown echoed that response, adding, “If […]

Obituary: L.W. “Red” Hunnicutt

L. W. “Red” Hunnicutt was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Manassa, Colo. He passed away peacefully after several days with his children at his bedside on Dec. 19, 2012.

For the Fairchilds, the glass is always half full

Bob and Phyllis Fairchild have lived in Rangely since 1958. Bob was concerned about his wife’s initial reaction to the small oil town, so he brought the family in under cover of darkness. Phyllis, however, fell in love with Rangely, and the couple, married 65 years, made the town their home.

RANGELY­ I In a time when the media is filled with political uproar and all that is negative in the world, it’s refreshing to talk with people who are positive and upbeat. The Fairchilds from Rangely are the kind of people for whom “the glass is always half full,” never half empty.


RANGELY | The correct volunteer and pickup times for Bountiful Baskets in Meeker is 11 a.m. and noon. The Rangely site’s volunteer/pickup times are 9:45 and 10:45 a.m.

Fire destroys Rangely oilfield supply business

The building housing The Patch Supplies, an oilfield supply company started by Rangely resident Laura Hennerman in 2011, burned to the ground New Year’s Day. Nobody was in the building at the time. “What is already is,” said Hennerman, who doesn’t know whether she’ll start over or move on to something else. “I just want to move forward and trust.”

RANGELY I A Rangely business owner lost her inventory and employment but was left with the remaining loan when a fire burned the building housing The Patch Supplies, an oilfield supply business, on New Year’s Day.

Kindermusik is a unique offering

One of many ways Kindermusik instructor Brooke Lohse spread the word about the international children’s music program coming to Rangely at a Septemberfest booth, where children created their own musical instruments to take home.

RANGELY I When Brooke Lohse left Grand Junction a year ago to move back to Rangely with her husband Charlie, one of the things she missed most were Kindermusik classes for her son Cutler. The classes gave him a love for music and rhythm and connected him with Lohse and the other children.