Letter to the Editor: Both candidates for sheriff were tops; Joos will be missed

Dear Editor: In most elections, the choice between candidates is easy.

Register cell phones for reverse 911

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Meeker and Rangely police departments, will mail a flier this week that encourages all residents to sign up for the cell phone registration and CodeRED (the 911 reverse calling system).

Woodruff joins majority in rejecting ICE’s retainees

RBC I More than half of Colorado’s 64 sheriffs, including Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff, have confirmed to the ACLU of Colorado that they no longer detain people past their release at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mazzola to be next sheriff; Tipton wins nod for House

RBC I All the action Tuesday night was on the Republican Party’s primary ballot in Rio Blanco County as Anthony Mazzola easily outdrew Michael Joos as the people’s choice to follow retiring Sheriff Si Woodruff as the county’s top law enforcement officer.

Communications Center at RBCSO now on Facebook

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center has launched its new Facebook page. Dispatchers will be posting in real time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week about current events, restrictions, community warnings, road closures and a general synopsis of major incidents occurring in Rio Blanco County.

Early morning fire does damage to Rangely home

RANGELY I A house fire broke out early Monday morning south of Rangely, severely damaging the home and resulting in a female living at the residence being taken to Rangely District Hospital with minor injuries, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Meeker services appreciated…

phmkelk creek donation

Elk Creek Ranch recently invited members of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department, Meeker Volunteer Fire Department (MVFR), RBC Search and Rescue (RBCSR), the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CDPW) and their spouses to dinner at the main lodge.

County sheriff’s office sets new policy on accidents

RBC I Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff has set a new vehicle accident policy for the county as a proactive stance to protect motor vehicle accident victims and first responders from risk of death or injury during the cold winter season.

Search and rescue sent out twice

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that the county’s search and rescue team has been deployed twice on back-county missions in the past week. Both calls were to the area of the Buford-New Castle Road and the intersection of county roads 10 and 17.

Accidental shooting claims life of Meeker man

RBC I Rio Blanco County Coroner Dr. Albert Krueger said “a gunshot wound to the abdomen” caused the accidental death of James “Jeb” Berthelson, 32, of Meeker. 

Boy Scout finds help at lodge

MEEKER I At approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, two Boy Scout leaders came to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office to report a missing scout last seen mid-afternoon on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Bailey Lake area near South Fork off RBC Road 10, 21 miles east of Meeker.



Sgt. Roy Kinney, investigator for the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, found this skull in the evidence room in January. “As near as we could tell, previous evidence custodians had tried to backtrack and find out how it got there. We believe it may have been plowed up in a field and a rancher brought […]