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.

Gardner listens to concerns of local officials

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, top left, was in Meeker on Friday to meet with the Rio Blanco County commissioners and officials of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts regarding federal issues of local concern. From left to right are: U.S. Rep. Gardner, Commissioner Shawn Bolton, Commissioner Jon Hill, Commissioner Jeff Eskelson and Callie Hendrickson, the executive director of the conservation districts.

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts joined the Rio Blanco County commissioners and several members of the public for a meeting with U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner on Friday to address shared concerns about a number of natural resource issues.

Letter to the Editor: Commissioner on environmental group

Dear Editor: June 16 was the deadline for comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule change for the operation of the Bonanza Power Plant. This infringement on Deseret’s permit was brought on by the WildEarth Guardians.

Bolton elected to head up Colorado state commissioners

Thomas Davidson, left, president of Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) and a county commissioner from Summit County, hands the group presidency over to Rio Blanco County Commissioner Shawn Bolton, right, at the group’s December meeting. CCI consists of 62 of the state’s 64 counties. Bolton will serve as CCI board president during 2014.

RBC I Shawn Bolton, chairman of the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners for another week, was recently chosen by the board of Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI), to be its president as of Jan. 1 for a one-year term. CCI is a non-profit membership association with the purpose of offering assistance to other county commissioners […]

County has sights on justice center plan; school plans on hold

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Commissioners are beginning the journey of constructing a new justice center and renovating the old courthouse.

County puts administrator hunt on hold

RBC I The plan by the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners to hire a full-time county administrator has officially be put on hold for now, board Chairman Shawn Bolton said.

County has four plans for justice center using old school

Four plans were suggested for the new Rio Blanco County Justice Center on the old Meeker Elementary School site during an Aug. 13 workshop held by the county commissioners.

Commissioner Hill to discuss wild horses

RBC | The Uintah Mountain Club of Vernal, Utah, will be hosting Callie Hendrickson and Jon Hill at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at 100 North and 200 East (the new Vernal library).

Commissioners approve cell tower, defend 2nd amendment

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners signed a resolution to approve a Special Use Permit, with eight conditions, for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot telecommunication tower on land owned by Joe and Kelly Conrado.

Commissioners approve shorter cell phone tower

Rio Blanco County Commissioners approved a Special Use Permit for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot wireless communication facility on land owned by Joe (standing) and Kelly Conrado. “When we went into this, we thought it would be good for Meeker and in the end it is going to be good for Meeker,” Conrado said.

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners unanimously approved a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot wireless telecommunication tower on private property owned by Joe and Kelly Conrado.

New commissioners attend first meeting

Former Meeker resident Jim Cagney (standing with cap), the current Northwest District manager for the BLM, which oversees 5 million surface acres and 8.7 million sub-surface federal minerals in northwest Colorado, met with RBC commissioners to discuss BLM lands in the county.

RBC I After being sworn in last week and attending Colorado Counties Inc., (CCI) training in Denver, new commissioners Jeff Eskelson and Jon Hill attended their first official county meeting Monday last, making appointments to different boards and meeting with Bureau of Land Management officials in the afternoon.