So what if it’s the White River; is there anyone who really cares?

RBC I Whose water flows in the White River, and who cares? The answer to the first question is complicated. The answer to the second question is everyone in the Southwest United States. The Colorado River is used by millions, within and outside its natural basin, for agriculture, household use, industry and recreation. Along its […]

High water…

Warm days increase the runoff from the plentiful snow high in the Flat Tops and cooler days seem to bring more and more rain. Either way, the water level under the bridge  that crosses the White River at Circle Park in downtown Meeker is near the grass level in the park, making for some tough fishing as the water continues to roar. There are also several small places up and downriver from Meeker where the water level is at the top of the bank or slightly above.

Update on new Rio Blanco County dam

RBC I The Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District held a public meeting Dec. 2 to discuss the feasibility study for a new water storage facility within Rio Blanco County along the White River.

Spring thaw…

Water was very high along the banks of the White River just off the edge of Circle Park in Meeker on Saturday. There are a few spots along the White River in Rio Blanco County where the river is flowing just outside its banks, but the river flooding has been minimal and has been dropping the last couple of days.

Meeting slated on White River fish

RBC I The public is invited to attend three area meetings in mid-October to discuss development of an endangered fish management plan for the White River.

It’s a keeper…


On Sunday, April 7, Gavyn Garr caught a 23-inch rainbow trout while fishing the White River in Meeker. Garr was fishing with his brother, Brayden, and his grandfather, Tony Smith.

Arlene Fritzlan cut from tough stock

Calvin and Arlene Fritzlan started the Fritzlan Ranch, where they guided hunters and fishermen. She cooked at the Fritzlan’s Cafe and sent Christmas cards to all those who signed the guest book. She ran a business that became a tradition in many people’s lives — from hunters coming every year to locals getting dinner once a week.

MEEKER I “I learned something I never forgot on that trip. If you hire on a job, finish it,” said Meeker native Arlene Fritzlan about a two-week pack trip all over the upper White River area when she was very young and working for her Uncle Joe.

On thin ice…


Thin ice and thick ice on Kenney Reservoir, east of Rangely, offer a stark color contrast with the flow nearest the dam taking on an emerald green hue while the remaining thick ice at the upper end of the lake remains solid white.

Water storage…

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In a recent meeting called by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to discuss releasing water from Lake Avery into the White River, local rancher and water expert David Smith Sr. commented on the mesa

Meeting for Avery water

CWP area manager Bill de Vergie held a public meeting to discuss releasing water from Lake Avery into the White River to protect the fisheries.

MEEKER I Because of low water flows and high water temperatures in the White River, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) held a public roundtable discussion regarding the release of water from Lake Avery into the White River.

White River fish stressed by low flows

MEEKER I Due to low flows in the White River, Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers are requesting that anglers fish only during the cooler, early morning hours, or to look for alternative fishing locations that are not as significantly affected by the current climate conditions.

High water

The Meeker Circle Park gate has been locked for several days, closing the bridge and access to the park because of high water. The annual “Fishing is Fun” day, sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and several local businesses, was canceled Saturday and the CDOW is tentatively rescheduling for June 25. The water was running at 5,920 cfs yesterday and there is still a lot of snow in the high country.

RBC I The Colorado Water Conservation Board encourages property owners, recreationalists, businesses and communities to pay close attention to local waterways in coming days as stream flows in many rivers within the northern portion of Colorado are quickly increasing as warmer weather enters the state.