From the KMTS News Room:

    • Roaring Fork Watershed Snow-pack Basalt—Two weeks ago the snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed was 116% of normal.  Today it’s at 158%.  According to the latest report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the all-important snow water equivalent (SWE) saw a big jump at all Sno-Tel sites in the watershed with an average increase of 3.5%.  The snowpack at the ...
    • Man Kidnapped & Tortured in Eagle County Edwards, CO/Kansas City, MO.—Three  men who kidnapped and tortured a man at a home in Edwards over a missing duffel bag filled with drug money are going to prison.  The victim, who’s name is being withheld, was assaulted with a hammer and tip snips while his captors tried to get information out of him. Authorities ...
    • RE-2 Superintendent Retiring Rifle—One more year and he’ll call it a career. Garfield Re-2 School Superintendent Brent Curtice announced that next year will be his 38th and final year in education.  Curtice began his stint with Garfield Re-2 in exactly three years ago. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of schools in Moffat County. Colorado’s 2004 “Principal ...
    • Garfield County Sheriff Opposed to the “Red Flag” Bill Glenwood Springs—Like most of his law enforcement colleagues in Colorado, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is opposed to the so-called “Red Flag” bill that aims to keep guns out of the hands of people considered a danger to themselves or others. Some counties and sheriffs are threatening to defy the law by declaring themselves as ...
    • Federal Restrictions on Sage Grouse Habitat Lifted Billings, Montana—The federal government has finalized changes to land use plans for Colorado and 10 other western states to ease energy industry restrictions  in a way officials say will protect the Greater Sage Grouse.  Environmentalists say the changes will undermine protections for the ground-dwelling bird. Acting Bureau of Land Management Director Brian Steed says the ...
    • “Bomb Cyclone” is Similar to a Hurricane DENVER (AP) – Meteorologists say the storm raging across the West and Midwest was caused by a sudden and severe drop in air pressure called a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis.” Low air pressure is how meteorologists measure the strength of a storm, and this is the strongest in Colorado since at least 1950. Pressure readings ...
    • Members Durango City Government Accused of Violating State Laws DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A Durango resident has accused the city’s manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase. The Durango Herald reports John Simpson has filed a complaint with Durango City Clerk Amy Phillips, alleging Mayor Sweetie Marbury; city councilors Chris Bettin, Dean Brookie and Dick White; ...
    • Hospital Expenditures Must Now be Disclosed DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Senate has tentatively endorsed bipartisan legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures in an effort to help lower health care costs. The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the bill.
    • Spring 2019 Issues and Answers 
    • Hungry Beetles Continue to Ravage Colorado Forests Denver—Spruce beetles damaged over 178,000 acres of Colorado’s high country according to the state forest service. The agency’s annual report said wildfires consumed the second largest area in state history in 2018.  The report says dense, unhealthy forests, drought and warmer temperatures are to blame. Since 2000, the forest service says the beetle has destroyed ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Avalanche get Shutout in Dallas DALLAS (AP) – Alexander Radulov recorded his first career hat trick in his return after missing the previous game for disciplinary reasons as the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his second consecutive shutout, the first time in his 11 NHL seasons with back-to-back shutouts. Jamie Benn had ...
    • Mixed Results for CU Women’s & Men’s Basketball BOULDER (AP) – Tyler Bey scored a career-high tying 27 points, Shane Gatling had 26 and Colorado led throughout to beat UCLA 93-68. Both Bey and Gatling were dominating in the paint, scoring on an array of dunks, layups and short jumpers in the lane. LAS VEGAS (AP) – Courtney Ekmark scored 18 points and No. ...
    • Broncos to Trade Keenum WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins are acquiring quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos for a swap of 2020 draft picks. The parameters of the pending deal include a reworking of Keenum’s contract, with the Broncos paying him a $500,000 restructuring bonus and picking up half of the $7 million he was guaranteed in ...
    • High School Playoff Basketball 4A Girls Broomfield—The Glenwood Lady Demons, the 34th seeded team in the 48-team bracket take on the 2nd ranked Holy Family Tigers tonight in a second round playoff game.  Tip off is set for 6 o’clock and will be broadcast live on KMTS. 3A Girls Grand Junction—Central High School will be the venue for the Western Slope 3A ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: STRONG FINAL QUARTER MOVES GLENWOOD GIRLS TO ROUND TWO IN STATE PLAYOFFS LITTLETON (2/19/19) — Ximena Gutierrez paused at the top of the key, dribbling the basketball with one hand and gesturing to her teammates with a palm-down, “Stay cool, we’ve got this,” motion. After an eleven-turnover third quarter and a 3-pointer that drew host Littleton within two points, that show of poise and leadership ...
    • KMTS Basketball: GLENWOOD BOYS EARN LEAGUE TITLE IN OT; GIRLS FALL AGAIN PALISADE (2/15/19) — With three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Palisade in-bounded the ball to Watts Erb at the top of the free throw circle and the 6-3 junior’s three-pointer swished through the net just before the buzzer, producing a sustained roar from the home fans and sending Glenwood Springs into an overtime attempt ...
    • KMTS Basketball: LADY DEMONS STUMBLE; GLENWOOD BOYS CRUISE PAST HUSKIES EDWARDS (2/12/19) — Coming into last weekend, both Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams were on extended winning streaks and in control of their 4A playoff destiny. As Valentine’s Day approaches, both Demon squads had their hearts and hopes — if not broken, certainly disappointed, having been tied for first place in Western Slope ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demons Stay in Title Race with Devils Sweep GYPSUM (2/7/19) — Free throws should be easier than shots behind the three-point line, but both Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams struggled early in the season at the charity stripe, while rising to the top of the Western Slope League standings largely on their long-distance shooting. Facing a pair of “trap” games at ...
    • Local High School Basketball Scores HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES from 1/29/2019 GIRLS GLENWOOD – 67 over SUMMIT – 34 BASALT – 53 over RIFLE – 32 GRAND VALLEY – 41 over PAONIA  – 31 BOYS GLENWOOD – 79 over SUMMIT – 55 RIFLE – 58 over BASALT – 24 GRAND VALLEY – 52 over PAONIA – 44
    • The Week Before the Super Bowl brings Possible Rule Changes and Lawsuit Rulings for the NFL NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Key rulings are expected soon in a lawsuit against the NFL filed by two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders upset with the outcome of the NFC championship game. The suit calls for the NFL to invoke a rule that could result in a do-over of the game, which ended with ...