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Posted on: October 14, 2020

October 13 Meeting and Work Session Summary

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Workshop and BOCC Meeting Summary- 10/13/2020

Note: Starting October 13, work sessions will be scheduled on a rolling starting basis in order to be most efficient with time. 

  • The BOCC met with Road & Bridge Director Dave Morlan to discuss the C...

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County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Daily Summaries- Budget Workshops Oct 19-Nov 5

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Note: The Board of County Commissioners will hold Department Budget Workshops on October 19 through November 5, 2020 at the Historic Courthouse, 555 Main Street, 3rd floor BOCC Hearing Room in Meeker, CO. On Tuesday, October 20, 2020 the Workshop will be ...

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County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

2021 Budget Workshop Schedules

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The 2021 budget workshop schedule has been published. Workshops start October 19 and will continue through November 5. You will find all public work sessions published at the following link. You can subscribe to receive email alerts when new work sessions...

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County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Updated Info for Building Inspections

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Starting Monday October 12, building inspections will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.  Please call 970-878-9450 with any questions.

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County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Special Districts and Property Tax Distributions

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Updated on 9/26 to clarify that this article is meant to explain property tax distributions only.  There are many other sources of funding that come from the county to various special districts (for example, conservation districts, schools, towns...

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County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

More Budget Talk: Employee Benefits, Dispatch and Consolidation of Staff

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More Budget Talk: Employee Benefits, Dispatch and Consolidation of Staff

The Commissioners had a busy Tuesday morning discussing more budget details during their scheduled work sessions and board meeting.

During the first work session, Budget and Finance Di...

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County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Budget Timeline

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The yearly budget process is always a lot of work, but it’s even more difficult when the county is facing a $2.3M deficit compared to 2020.  The regularly scheduled BOCC meeting on September 15 included a work session led by Budget and Finance Di...
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County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Unemployment Update August 2020

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Rio Blanco County's unemployment rate for August 2020 shows a dip from July's and is currently at 5.1%.  With a labor force of 2,735 and employment of 2,595, that puts the unemployment number at 140 people countywide.  This is well below...
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County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Election 2020 Voter Information

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Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters on October 9th.  In-person paper ballot and electronic voting will be available from Monday, October 19th through 7PM November 3rd in Rangely and Meeker.

Colorado voters can now sign up for Ba...

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County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Rio Blanco One of Three Counties to Move into Next Phase (Protect Our Neighbor) Phase of Reopening

From Public Health Director Alice Harvey: 

"Community Partners,

We are pleased to inform the citizens of Rio Blanco County that we have achieved 'Protect Our Neighbor" certification, and were one of the first three counties in the state o...
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County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

The County Budget and The Importance of Reserves

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BUDGET OUTLOOK

After a tough week, the Commissioners are ready to continue to move forward in the planning of the 2021 budget. Budgets were due to the Budget Department from each county department today, September 4.  Over the next several weeks, ...

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County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

2021 Budget Outlook

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Over the next several weeks you will see information regarding the 2021 Budget.  The following image is a simple infographic of some of the projected changes in revenue that are expected for the county for 2021.

Watch your mailbox over the next fe...

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County News
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Budget Update 9/1/2020

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The special meeting today resulted in the following:

Commissioners gave direction to the county attorney to draft a ballot question regarding a sales tax increase that is passed, would be allocated to dispatch services.  The deadline for ballot qu...

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County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

2021 Budget Discussion Presentation

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To view the presentation from the 8/31 meeting, please click here: 2021 Budget Discussion

Please view the Agendas and Minutes page for updates about upcoming budget meetings and to sign up for alerts when new meetings are posted.

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County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Commissioners Approve Ballot Measure for Term Limits

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At the BOCC meeting on Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners voted to authorize the addition of ballot questions that, if approved by a majority of Rio Blanco County registered voters, would establish term limitations on each individual office includ...

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County News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Did You Receive An Unsolicited Seed Product in the Mail?

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IF YOU RECEIVE OR HAVE RECEIVED ANY UNSOLICITED SEED PRODUCT FROM CHINA:

Please bring the packages to your local Extension Office!

  DO NOT PLANT  DO NOT OPEN THE PACKETS  DO NOT EAT THE SEED  DO NOT THROW THE SEEDS AWAY  RETAIN THE PACKAGES A...

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County News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

RBC Commissioners Take a Position Regarding State Face Mask Mandate

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The Commissioner’s hearing room was packed today during the BOCC meeting in Rangely.  The agenda item of particular interest was the discussion regarding the Governor’s Face Mask Mandate and whether or not the Rio Blanco Count...

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County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Inside Rio Blanco County- Volume Six

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Our Department Spotlight for July is the Building Department! For more information visit https://rbc.us/299/County-Surveyor

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County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Floodplain Meetings Scheduled

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Rio Blanco County, the Town of Meeker and the Town of Rangely are hosting public meetings for the State to present updated floodplains as a result of the ongoing restudy over the last few years. These updated floodplains are displayed on prelimin...

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County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Governor Polis Makes Colorado Oil & Gas Commission Appointments

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On Monday June 22, Governor Polis announced five new appointments to the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission. Last year, the Governor signed the much debated Senate Bill 181 that included the transition of the commission from 9 members to 5. The 5 members hav...
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County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Lodging Tax Rate Changes

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Effective July 1, 2020, the new County Lodging Tax rate is 2.0%.  Please be certain to update all procedures and any software you might utilize for tax collection purposes.  You may refer to the State Taxation website for any additional ...

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County News
Posted on: June 19, 2020

A look at CCITF Funding

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The state of Colorado established the Oil Shale Trust Fund to receive federal leasing bonus payments from oil shale that began in 1975. In 1982, the County Capital

Improvement Trust Fund, or CCITF, was established in order for Rio Blanco County to receive ...

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County News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Inside Rio Blanco County- Volume Five

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Our Department Spotlight for June is the Building Department! For more information visit https://www.rbc.us/165/Building-Division

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County News
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Commissioners Receive Second Variance Request Approval

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On Wednesday June 3, Rio Blanco County received approval of the second variance request that was submitted May 21, 2020.

See the letter below, and view the details of the variance request HERE.

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County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Important Updates from RBC Building Division

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For more information regarding The New Rural Building Exemption or other for other questions visit: https://rbc.us/165/Building-Division 

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County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Commissioners Offer Direction Regarding Summer 2020 Events

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During a work session on Tuesday, the BoCC, County Attorney Todd Starr and Public Health Director Alice Harvey clarified the process that will be requested from event coordinators for summer events within Rio Blanco County.  

The commissioners mai...

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County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

A Letter from RBC Commissioners to Rio Blanco County Businesses and Citizens

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The Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners approved a letter during the Commissioner meeting this morning to the Citizens of Rio Blanco County, Colorado in regards to actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the letter HERE.

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County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Rio Blanco County Receives Response to Variance Request

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Late Friday, the Rio Blanco County Commissioners received an email response to their request for a variance in regards to Executive Order D 20 044 and Public Health Order 20-28.

The request was approved by the state with suggestions for modifications. &...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

RBC Commissioners Submit COVID Related Communication to the State of Colorado

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The Rio Blanco County Commissioners recently approved a letter to the state regarding Rio Blanco County's plans to make decisions regarding re-opening at a local level.  

The letter requests exclusion from Executive Order 2020-017, the Co...

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County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Public Health Update/Guidelines

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Please continue to use the following link for most recent recommendations/updates regarding COVID 19 and how that affects various entities throughout the county and state.

https://www.rbc.us/592/Coronavirus-Update

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County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

County Closures- Details

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Rio Blanco County Offices will be closed the the public until April 11 or until further notice.

For details regarding specific departments, please see below. 

Law Enforcement, Public Health, Human Services, Emergency Management, Public Health, Land...

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County News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Announces Temporary Pause on Rulemaking

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2020

CONTACT:

Megan Castle, COGCC Community Relations Supervisor/Communications Manager

Megan.Castle@state.co.us, (303) 513-2713

Twitter: @ColoradoOGCC

 

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Announces Temporary ...

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County News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Rio Blanco County Joins Eight Other Counties in Challenging Air Commission's December Rulemaking

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Rio Blanco County joined eight other counties in The Western and Rural Local Government Coalition (WRLG) filed suit today in Denver District Court challenging a small subset of new rules established by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (Air Comm...

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County News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Colorado Must Balance Recreation and Farming with NEPA Reform

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Colorado Must Balance Recreation and Farming with NEPA Reform

By Bob Rankin and Jeff Rector

 

There are hopeful signs for Colorado’s economic prospects in 2020. The Centennial State is not far removed from a record tourism year&am...

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County News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

2020 Spring Load Restrictions

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Rio Blanco County 2020 SPRING LOAD RESTRICTION SCHEDULE Pursuant to Resolution No. 2007-08 adopted by the Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners on February 20, 2007, the following weight restrictions will be imposed on the roads indicated: EFFEC...

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County News
Posted on: January 31, 2020

Commissioner Update

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Commissioner Moyer attended the Club 20/Action 22/Pro 15 Voices of Rural Colorado Joint Legislative Visit last week in Denver.  The agenda included many presentations from various organizations and many of the current Polis Administration&rsq...

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County News
Posted on: January 24, 2020

Basic Ag Marketing Class Offered

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Commissioner Moyer Visits DC

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The week of January 8, Commissioner Moyer flew to Washington DC after being invited by The Executive Office of the President.  He was asked to give comments and perspective on the proposed new Waters of the U.S. definition and how it will impact ...

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County News
Posted on: January 13, 2020

County Roads and Snowplowing Awareness

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It’s that time of year again when the county plows comes along and leave a ridge of snow across residents’ driveways.  Our crews do their very best to minimize the amount of snow left at driveways and intersections, but unfort...

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County News
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Notification of Sales Tax Return Changes Effective January 1, 2020

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If you have any questions please contact Deb Morlan at 970-878-9612 or email deb.morlan@rbc.us

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County News
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Commissioner Moyer Meets with State Water Engineer

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Commissioner Moyer and CCI Executive Director John Swartout met with the State Water Engineer Kevin Rein in Denver on Thursday December 12 to discuss the county’s support for the conditional water rights necessary for Wolf Creek Reservoir. &...

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County News
Posted on: December 19, 2019

New Landfill Rates Begin in January

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On November 19, 2019, the Rio Blanco County Commissioners adopted new landfill rates to go into effect January 1, 2020.

The Solid Waste Landfill fund has been using its fund balance (reserves) to cover expenses for the past few years, meaning that revenue ...

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County News
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Review

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In March 2019, Rio Blanco County began the process of updating the county-wide hazard mitigation plan. Rio Blanco County is completing this update as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remain eligible for mitigation grant progra...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget

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On Wednesday, December 11, The Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2020 budget prioritizing repair and maintenance on existing county infrastructure.

Janae Stanworth, Budget & Finance Director, spent about forty-five minutes covering t...

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County News
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates and Changes

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Please take note of the following meeting dates and changes:

  • The Special Meeting for the Adoption of the 2020 Budget is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 PM at the Historic Courthouse in Meeker.
  • The Special Meeting for the Certification of Levies...
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County News
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Commissioners Attend Winter CCI Conference

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The Commissioners spent the beginning of the week attending the CCI (Colorado Counties, Inc) Winter Conference in Colorado Springs. They attended presentations and meetings on a variety of issues including a Public Lands Committee Meeting, a presentation ...

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County News
Posted on: November 18, 2019

New Mexico Joins Rio Blanco County & the Western States and Tribal Nations in Support of Gas Exports

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SAN DIEGO--()--The State of New Mexico today became the newest member of Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) natural gas initiative, adding a strong advocate for the power of responsible, environmentally sound energy production to boost ...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Commissioners Sign Updated Wolf Management Resolution

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In April of 2018, The Rio Blanco County Commissioners signed a resolution in support of wolf management in Colorado.  The original resolution encourages wolf management to protect private property, livestock and wildlife resources and encourages ...

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County News
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Budget Update

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The Board of County Commissioners wrapped up initial rounds of budget meetings on Wednesday afternoon, hearing from each department lead regarding their 2020 budget.  Commissioners requested flat budgets from each department this year and the maj...

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County News
Posted on: November 4, 2019

Budget Meetings This Week

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    The overwhelming theme during the public budget workshops held on Monday was fiscal responsibility. The Board of County Commissioners listened and asked some tough questions as department heads took time to explain the details of the...

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