Letter to the Editor: Why were pine trees around courthouse removed?

Dear Editor: A number of Meeker residents have asked why five of the nine (more than 80-year-old) tall pine trees on the east side of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse have been cut down, leaving only four of the original remaining historic trees?

Letter to the Editor: The railroad finally made it to town

Dear Editor: After more than a century of waiting, the “railroad” finally arrived in town pulling the circus train. The smoke and whistle were notably loud and clear during the past week. In a carefully choreographed circus side show termed “public hearings” by the county on March 11 and 12 in Rangely and Meeker, respectively, […]

Variety of comments made by residents on Justice Center proposal

RBC I Nineteen residents of Meeker and the surrounding area spoke Wednesday evening to the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners after county officials spent nearly two hours explaining the history of proposed new county justice center and how it came to the point it is now — with concept drawings and plans.

County presents justice center concept plan

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MEEKER I Roughly 90 people were present the evening of March 12 as the Rio Blanco County commissioners unveiled their concept drawing for turning the old Meeker Elementary School into a new justice center, which would hold the county jail, courts, sheriff’s office, county attorney and staff and court-related offices.

Meetings on justice center set

MEEKER I In 2013, the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners launched the Justice Center Project with the their stated objective of improving current facilities that serve our citizens, county and district law enforcement and to improve efficiencies for county services based in Meeker.

Architect selected for work on county justice center, courthouse

MEEKER I On Monday, the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners authorized County Project Coordinator Eric Jaquez to begin contract negotiations with the Denver-based firm of Reilly Johnson Architecture regarding design of the county justice center and remodel of the courthouse.

VFWs combine efforts; construction begins on county veterans memorial

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Ground preparation is complete for the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial on the county courthouse lawn in Meeker, but actual stone and concrete construction of the base is expected to start this week so the statue of the solder, to be dubbed “Sacrifice and Resolution” will be dedicated after the parade July 4. Seen with the plastic-wrapped statue that will top the memorial is Joe Dungan, the veterans service officer for Rio Blanco and the Meeker VFW post.

MEEKER I The ground was broken two weeks ago on the lawn and sidewalk at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, but the stone and concrete construction of the actual Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial will begin this week in downtown Meeker.

Decisions still to be made for justice center

RBC I Only one or two things remain certain in regard to the remodel/rebuild of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse in Meeker; one is that downtown business owners, Meeker town officials and the Meeker Chamber of Commerce want the complex to remain in downtown Meeker; the other being that geothermal energy is cheaper than the […]

Display of hope…


This display, laid out on the grass at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse in Meeker, points out that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and that we all need to be watchful of the children we observe. Child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and mental. Abuse and neglect, and their effects, can be […]

County justice center plans crawling forward

A decision could be forthcoming from the Rio Blanco County commissioners as soon as April 22 on whether the county courthouse in Meeker will become a newly renovated county office building with a new justice center attached or whether the board will have to start making repairs to the building to bring the structure into compliance with federal and state safety standards. There have been problems cited with the current courthouse for roughly eight years now.

RBC I The Rio Blanco County commissioners gave architect Jim Lichty until April 22 to come up with cost comparisons on building a new justice center on county courthouse property in Meeker versus building a new justice center at an alternate location.

Geothermal test drilling begins

MEEKER I During the week of Sept. 26, Rio Blanco County will have heavy equipment operating on the courthouse lawn.  

Snider convicted of murder

RBC I A jury of nine women and three men convicted Jerry D. Snider, Jr., 31, of the hatchet murder of his father, Jerry D. Snider, Sr. on June 14, 2011. The murder took place on July 2, 2009, in the Rangely home of Snider, Sr.