Caves closed to protect bats

RBC I National forests and grasslands in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming have renewed forest orders restricting cave access as part of the Rocky Mountain Region’s white-nose syndrome management strategy. The purpose of the orders is to reduce the likelihood of the inadvertent spread of the fungus that causes the bat disease known as the […]

Lost Solar Fire on Flat Tops expands to 2,024 acres

RBC I The Lost Solar Fire, burning on the Blanco Ranger District in the Flat Tops Wilderness, has grown in acreage over the past two days due to weather and conditions. The Lost Solar Fire is currently estimated at 2,024 acres.

Curtis Keetch appointed as new USFS ranger for Blanco District

MEEKER I Curtis Keetch grew up in a small ranching community in the southeast corner of Idaho on a family-owned cattle ranch. He learned to love and respect the outdoors at an early age.


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 […]

Area rangers launch ‘Every Kid in a Park’

RBC I The Blanco Ranger District is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.

BLM and Forest Service affirm non-listing of grouse in state

RBC I On May 28, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released final environmental reviews for land use plans in Colorado that will help to conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development.

It is avalanche season in Rockies; skiers, snowmobilers are cautioned

RBC I The avalanche season is underway across much of the U.S. with a series of sizable storms bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds to the western mountains, U.S. Forest Service officials said Monday. The snow has been falling on a weak, existing snowpack, creating dangerous conditions. High avalanche danger and avalanche warnings exist for […]

Sawing logs…

One of the events held at the Saturday celebration of 50 Years of Wilderness in downtown Meeker was log sawing. Above, the two-person teams of U.S. Forest Service workers squared off against each other, and the women’s team, in front, defeated the men.

Forests now open; be safe and be aware

RBC I With Memorial Day this coming weekend, thousands of travelers are getting ready to kick off the summer outdoor recreation season. As people are getting tents and gear ready, the U.S. Forest Service encourages the public to be safe when enjoying their national forests.

Letter to the Editor: Snowmobiler tickets called callous

Dear Editor: On. Feb. 16, I had the privilege of attending the fund-raising third annual “I Ride with James” Snowmobile and Poker Run.

After a three-year closure, Spring Cave will reopen until Aug. 15

MEEKER I As many people are aware, Spring Cave has been closed for the last three years due to the threat of White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the fungus, Geomyces destructans (Gd), that has resulted in the mortality of more than 5 million bats since 2006.

Fire season delayed by damp weather

RBC I Usually a delay means something is wrong, but good news arrived with the abundance of precipitation in May, meaning that the fire season in the White River Basin will likely be delayed from the earlier-predicted June start to at least July or August.