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.

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.