2010: The Year in Review

Rio Blanco County commissioner candidates Wendy Gutierrez, Pat Hughes and Shawn Bolton, are pictured during a candidate forum. All three ran on the Republican ticket and Bolton won the primary election in August. Bolton will be sworn in Jan. 11.

APRIL~JUNE As the year 2010 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the top stories of the second three months of the year: • The town of Rangely has competitive races for the position of mayor as well as for three trustee seats on the town council. While on the other […]

The Commish

Shawn Bolton visited with customers at Meeker Cafe the morning after the Aug. 10 primary election. Bolton will be sworn in as a county commissioner, replacing the retiring Joe Collins, in January.

Commissioner-elect Bolton ‘trying to get a handle on things’ MEEKER I Shawn Bolton won’t be sworn in as Rio Blanco County’s newest commissioner until January. But even when he officially takes office, he’ll still be a businessman at heart. “I’m not a politician,” Bolton said “I’m a businessman.”

Local election results: The votes are counted, but they aren’t “official” yet

Commissioner: Shawn Bolton-583 Pat Hughes 571 Wendy Gutierrez 542 Coroner: Albert Rudolf Krueger 807 Sherri Halandras 534 Nancy Ann Richardson 367

Letter to the Editor: Two votes for Hughes

Dear Editor, Our county is at a critical crossroads. Do we want to expand our government and regulations on business including our crucial oil and gas industry, or do we want to open our doors to business and truly encourage our economy to recover?

Candidates make final election pitch

County Commission candidates, from left, Wendy Gutierrez, Pat Hughes and Shawn Bolton answered questions at a public forum July 28.

RBC I In their second question-and-answer session in a little more than a week, the three candidates for a seat on the Rio Blanco County Commission again took turns trying to distinguish themselves from the competition. It may have been their last opportunity.

Three vie for seat on county commission

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RBC I Editor’s note: In advance of party caucuses March 16, the three candidates, all Republicans, vying for a seat on the Rio Blanco County Commission, which will be vacated by Joe Collins, who isn’t seeking reelection, were asked to respond to the same set of questions.

Impact of ExxonMobil tax decision on Rio Blanco County

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RBC | In November, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed without opinion the trial court ruling against the county’s application of its use tax on industrial construction and building materials.

2010 budget keeps Rio Blanco County on solid financial footing

RBC I Despite losing its budget and finance director in the middle of the budgeting process.

County now considering justice center sites in Rangely

Commissioner Ken Parsons answered questions at last week’s public meeting.

RBC I County commissioners are keeping their options open. When it comes to selecting a site for a proposed justice center — providing expanded space for courtrooms and a jail — commissioners are still considering different locations.

Letter: Why does lawyer need to be involved?

Dear Editor, I have received a letter back from Mr. Borchard on some of my questions. Some of you may wonder why I sent a letter directly to him.

Here’s Rio Blanco County … by the numbers

County Assessor Renae Neilson knows her numbers. Speaking at an meeting last month of Rio Blanco County Democrats, Neilson, who, by the way, is a Republican, recited figures mostly off the top of her head, with very few notes.

No way to cope with COPD; stop smoking

Tammie Freitag has two words for smokers. “Stop smoking,” she said. “Put it in bold, stop smoking, please.”