Deer on campus…

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A deer on the Colorado Northwestern Community College’s campus in Rangely pauses in front of the large blue-and-orange tent near the school’s ice tower. The tent serves as a staging area for climbers and houses snow-making equipment.

Hoarfrost in Rangely…

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Hoarfrost coated trees around Rangely last week as a winter storm warning predicted up to a foot of snow in the area. Several inches supplemented the thinning blankets of snow around town in what has been, so far, a relatively mild winter on the west side of the county.

Snow in Rangely…

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Although Rangely hasn’t seen a substantial snowstorm since December, small accumulations of two inches or less over the last month have made for passable sledding conditions on the hills next to Rangely High School.

Precipitation during 2013 tops annual average by 1.88 inches

Snow continues to pile up around the county as seen here Monday at the intersection of Sixth and Main streets in Meeker. Some areas received another nine inches of snow recently. Already the county is off to a quick start on the new precipitation year with more than 25 inches in some parts of the surrounding mountains.

MEEKER I Precipitation in Rio Blanco County surpassed its annual normal depth in early November and finished 2013 nearly two inches ahead of the average annual measurement for the area.

Mountain inversion…

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Park Mountain, standing 18 miles south of Rangely at the end of Dragon Road, remained shrouded in clouds for a week in early December as an inversion covering the valleys of eastern Utah and western Colorado persisted.

Hoar frost…

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Hoar frost formed on trees throughout the area recently due to heavy humidity and temperatures in the teens. The fog that limited visibility to only a couple of blocks at night caused ice crystals to settle on warmer structures like plants. The ice crystals keep growing, only to disappear after

Winter ice sports demand caution, preparation

RBC I Colorado’s early winter blast has brought freezing temperatures and ice to the state. But despite the chill, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding people that lakes, ponds and streams still may not be ready for winter activity.

Cold, hard winters didn’t stop Meeker area pioneers

This classic sleigh, used to battle the snowy elements in  Rio Blanco County in the 1900s, is on display at the White River Museum in Meeker. The sleigh was donated to the museum by the Sprod family.

MEEKER I The last few weeks have seen the temperatures plummet and the cold could invoke some complaining. After all, the cars are cold, the roads are slick, and the kids have to walk from the car to the school in sub-zero temperatures.

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.

From My Window… A big difference between cold and frigid temperatures

Whew! That was one cold week we just went through and I would admit I was ill prepared.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you angels!

Dear Editor: A great big thank you to all the angels who helped others deal with all of the broken branches.

Autumn storm downs trees, power lines

Rangely residents are facing a long-term clean up from the early autumn storm.

RANGELY I An early fall storm dropped between five and eight inches of snow on Meeker and Rangely Thursday night and early Friday, knocking out many county residents’ power for the better part of two days and severely damaging hundreds of trees.