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.

“War zone” left behind after early snowstorm

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MEEKER I Last week’s early snowstorm swept through the Meeker area and swathed trees still laden with summer leaves under up to 6 inches of heavy, wet snow, breaking numerous limbs and branches and causing multiple power outages. Cleaning up the mess is going to take awhile.

A dusting of snow…


Despite an unseasonably warm start to spring, Mother Nature reminded Rio Blanco County residents that it may be too chilly yet for shorts and sandals. A dusting of snow across Rangely on Saturday morning was followed by several days of more typical spring weather. 

Recreation on winter ice demands safety skills

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RBC I At many higher elevations, ice has started to cover the reservoirs, rivers and ponds, attracting visitors to ice fish, ice skate, ice sail and enjoy other winter activities outdoors. The winter landscapes beckon and there is plenty of room to roam. To safely enjoy winter outdoor recreation adventures on the ice, Colorado Parks […]

Snow Day…

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Jacob Pelloni and several other Meeker kids have been enjoying Christmas break on, or in Pelloni’s case, above, the sledding hill at Paintbrush Park.

Water losses from frozen pipes

MEEKER I Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes and ice dams continue to top the types of claims State Farm® receives from mountain town customers.

Winter stresses on trees, shrubs

RBC — Winter’s heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in suburban landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.

Snow pack registers high marks for year

RBC — The first snow survey of the winter was conducted on Jan. 30 at the snow survey sites on the upper White River Basin. The White River snow pack water equivalent (snow moisture) is 141 percent of what it was in 2007 at this time of the year. Overall, the White River snow pack […]