County gets $2M grant for justice center

RBC I The State of Colorado Energy and Mineral Impact Advisory Committee met recently to review requests for grants from state severance tax and mineral lease revenues, and has awarded Rio Blanco County $2 million.

Eskelson new vice chairman of AGNC

The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado elected new executive board officers at their monthly Board meeting held on April 24 at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction.

County commission agendas published

RBC I Meeting notices and the agenda of the Rio Blanco County Commissioners are published in the legal section of the Rio Blanco Herald Times each Thursday before their Monday meetings. Or online at

Letter to the Editor: Commissioners ignoring public

Dear Editor: Having read the Aug. 22 Herald Times article titled “County has four plans for justice center using old school,” it occurs to me that there is “a rat in the wood pile.”

Residents give input on use of old school

MEEKER I The Meeker Community Center Task Force requested a public meeting with the Rio Blanco County Commissioners on Monday afternoon, and approximately 29 people participated.

County accepts old Meeker school; future use uncertain

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept possession of the downtown Meeker property known as the old Meeker elementary school, but they made it clear that the building is not automatically going to be demolished in favor of the new county justice center.

Severance tax dollars an issue

Johnnie Barton, left, a field technician at the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center in Meeker, shows a piece of equipment at the center to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, center, while Callie Hendrickson, executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts, looks on.

RBC I Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson raised the issue of unequal distribution of state severance tax funds with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Friday, during Tipton’s visit to the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center. Tipton also visited with the commissioners regarding regional policy issues.

Eskelson, Hill win commissioner seats

RBC I Rio Blanco County elected two new county commissioners in the 2012 Republican primary election. Jeff Eskelson defeated incumbent Kai Turner and Jon D. Hill defeated Chris Brasfield to fill the seat vacated by Ken Parsons. The two new commissioners will be seated in January 2013.

Commish: The race is on

RBC I Republican caucuses were held in Meeker, Rangely and Piceance Creek Tuesday. Delegates were chosen and four candidates announced their intentions to run for two Rio Blanco County commissioner seats.

Commissioners grant school districts $200K, one year only

RBC I Both school districts in Rio Blanco County will benefit from a “one-year only” grant given by the county commissioners at their June 13 meeting. It was also the first day on the job for the new county administrator.