Letter to the Editor: Why Jon Hill is running for re-election

Dear Editor: Since the Republican County Assembly, I have been thinking of topics for a column. Then, a few days ago, I ran into a man who grew up in Rangely and left in 1993. He was a senior when I was a freshman. He had recently been in Rangely and we discussed how it […]

All commission candidates make ballot

RBC I On Saturday, Republican residents from all points in Rio Blanco County gathered in the Colorado Room on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely for the 2016 Rio Blanco Republican County Assembly. The 55 delegates voted on which county commissioner candidates would appear on the June Republican primary ballot, and they elected […]

Eskelson running again in effort to continue work done in first term

Jeff Eskelson

RBC I Incumbent Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson will seek re-election to his position with the county this fall. Eskelson, whose only opponent so far is fellow Republican and former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff, is hopeful that voters will give him the opportunity to finish the work he started when he was […]

Former sheriff Si Woodruff to challenge Eskelson for commissioner

Si Woodruff

RBC I Former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff formally announced his intention to seek election to the position of Rio Blanco county commissioner from District 3. Incumbent Jeff Eskelson is seeking re-election. Both men are Republicans. Woodruff believes his knowledge of the local people and their needs qualify him for the job.



The Rio Blanco County commissioners honored Ken Coffin, the U.S. Forest Service District Ranger for the White River National Forest—Blanco Ranger District, on Oct. 26 with an Award of Special Recognition for his years of service locally to build community relationships and encourage multi-use of public lands. Coffin has accepted another USFS position in Red […]

County ponders plans for Columbine Park redevelopment

RBC I On Oct. 14, interested parties gathered at the Columbine Park Jockey Shack to view and discuss several options for updating and renovating the Columbine Park facilities.

Hill seeks re-election as commissioner

Dear Editor: This letter is to inform the voters of Rio Blanco County of my intention to seek re-election.

Commissioners suspend local impact fees

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that temporarily suspends impact fees for all development permits issued from Monday through Feb. 8, 2016.

Bolton urges residents to fight proposed OHV bill

RBC I The Colorado State House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would impact OHV operators statewide, including a change that would require an OHV operator to have a state-issued driver’s license in order to operate any Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) including ATVs and side-by-sides.

Letter to the Editor: RBC commissioners support broadband

Dear Editor: Modern communication, whether by radio, phone or the Internet, is a major part of our lives. In my lifetime. we have gone from writing letters confirming meeting dates weeks or even months down the road to instantly setting up face-to-face meetings a few minutes ahead of time.

Water rights once again a battle for county

RBC I As anyone who has lived in the West for even a short period of time knows, water is an important and ever challenging topic. Water rights have been fought and killed for, litigated and argued about for a century in Colorado and are once again coming to the forefront in Rio Blanco County.

Commissioners discuss upcoming area projects

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Commissioners met in Rangely on Sept. 15 in a short meeting where they were updated on two major upcoming projects. The first project involves the relocation of several landfill buildings.