News Flash

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Rio Blanco County Takes Action on Wolf Reintroduction

eva-blue-e9hbo4NtKJ0-unsplash

*********** PRESS RELEASE ***********March 16, 2021 

On Tuesday March 16, 2021, the Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to reaffirm the county's opposition to wolf reintroduction to become a Wol...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Rio Blanco County Moves to COVID Dial Blue

IMG_2215

(March 12, 2021) – Rio Blanco County, CO --- Effective at 6 am MST on Saturday, March 13, Rio Blanco County will move into Colorado COVID Level Blue.

Rio Blanco County Public Health has received confirmation from the Colorado Department of Public...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: March 9, 2021

County Reports COVID Death

IMG_2215

Rio Blanco County regretfully reports the 3rd  death of a Rio Blanco County resident yesterday, March 8th 2021, due to complications from COVID-19. Our heartfelt condolences go out to those affected by the loss of their loved one. Due to HIPAA (H...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Rio Blanco County Offers Testimony on Wolf Introduction

Moyer_Smercina_022521

On Thursday February 25, 2021 Rio Blanco County Commissioner Gary Moyer and Emergency and Natural Resources Director Edward Smercina gave testimony to the Colorado Energy and Environment Committee on two proposed bills associated with the Wolf Introductio...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Rio Blanco & Moffat County Hire Dual DHS Director

Tia Murry Intro Article

Rio Blanco County, in a unique collaboration with Moffat County is excited to announce the new Director of Human Services, Tia Murry.  Murry will serve as the Director for both counties and the communities of Craig, Meeker, Rangely and Dinosaur. ...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

January 26, 2021 - Meeting Update

Meeting summary-01

BOCC Meeting & Work Session January 26, 2021

Work Session Information

The Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) had a productive regularly scheduled meeting and series of work sessions.  During the work sessions the BOCC gave B...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Rio Blanco County Reports Second Death from COVID-19

IMG_2215

Rio Blanco County is saddened to report another death due to complications from COVID-19.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to those affected by the loss of their loved one.

Due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, no other de...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: November 25, 2020

State Moves RBC to COVID-19 Dial Level Yellow on November 30

IMG_2215

The following letter was sent to the BOCC and Public Health Director from the CDPHE on the evening of 11/24.  A copy of the letter can be viewed here: https://rbc.us/DocumentCenter/View/2558/Rio-Blanco-Level-Change-Notice---PON-to-Level-Yellow---...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Rio Blanco County Reports First Death from COVID-19

IMG_2215

It's with heavy hearts that Rio Blanco County reports a death due to complications from COVID-19Due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, no other details will be made public at this time.

Our heartfelt condolences...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

November 17 Meeting and Work Session Summary

Meeting summary-01

Unofficial Workshop and BOCC Meeting Summary- 11/17/2020

For official meeting minutes and agendas, visit:  https://rbc.us/129/Agendas-Minutes

Note: As of October 13, work sessions will be scheduled on a rolling starting basis in order to be most ef...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

October 27 Meeting and Work Session Summary

Meeting summary-01

Workshop and BOCC Meeting Summary- 10/27/2020

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 representatives from White River Electric Association t...
Read on...

County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

October 13 Meeting and Work Session Summary

Meeting summary-01

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Daily Summaries- Budget Workshops Oct 19-Nov 5

Budget Workshop-01

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 ...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

2021 Budget Workshop Schedules

Budget Workshop-01-01

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Updated Info for Building Inspections

RBC Website_Building Division-01

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

Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Special Districts and Property Tax Distributions

Money

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

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

budget

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Budget Timeline

budget update

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...
Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Unemployment Update August 2020

unemploymentaugust

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...
Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Election 2020 Voter Information

voter info

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...

Read on...

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...
Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

The County Budget and The Importance of Reserves

118810246_1174209246305624_6867905641926976509_n

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, ...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

2021 Budget Outlook

2021BudgetOutlook-01

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Budget Update 9/1/2020

budget update

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

2021 Budget Discussion Presentation

budget discussion

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.

Read on...

County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Commissioners Approve Ballot Measure for Term Limits

117954777_332521607886301_1830337159083244321_n

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Did You Receive An Unsolicited Seed Product in the Mail?

Seeds from CHINA Warning

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

RBC Commissioners Take a Position Regarding State Face Mask Mandate

image

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Inside Rio Blanco County- Volume Six

leifjoy

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

Read on...

County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Floodplain Meetings Scheduled

RBC Website_Planning Update-01

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Governor Polis Makes Colorado Oil & Gas Commission Appointments

COGCC logo

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...
Read on...

County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Lodging Tax Rate Changes

RBC Website_Sales and Use Tax-01

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 ...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: June 19, 2020

A look at CCITF Funding

Economic Development Special District Funding-01

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 ...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Inside Rio Blanco County- Volume Five

IMG-9014

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

Read on...

County News
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Commissioners Receive Second Variance Request Approval

image

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.

Read on...

County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Important Updates from RBC Building Division

RBC Website_Building Division-01

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

Read on...

County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Commissioners Offer Direction Regarding Summer 2020 Events

RBC Website_Commissioners Update-01

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

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

lettertobusinesses

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.

Read on...

County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Rio Blanco County Receives Response to Variance Request

letter

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. &...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

RBC Commissioners Submit COVID Related Communication to the State of Colorado

letter to polis

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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Public Health Update/Guidelines

COVID Alert-01

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

Read on...

County News