From the KMTS News Room:

    • Deadly Oil Rig Fire GREELEY (AP) – One of three maintenance workers injured in an oil site fire in northern Colorado last week has died. The Weld County coroner’s office says 61-year-old George Cottingham of Greeley died Tuesday night. Cottingham and two other maintenance workers were burned at a PDC Energy site about 10 miles east of Galeton. The Greeley ...
    • State Lawmakers Mull Harassment Policies DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s legislative leaders plan to review their procedures on identifying, reporting and addressing workplace harassment after several allegations of sexual misconduct involving lawmakers. Leaders of the Democrat-led House and Republican-led Senate announced Tuesday the review will involve outside parties in their analysis of the Legislature’s workplace harassment policy. Lawmakers and legislative staff ...
    • Deadly Wildlife Disease Monitored BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Officials in Montana are drafting plans for a special hunt to find out how widely Chronic wasting disease has spread in deer populations. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials hope to get a proposal before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission on Dec. 7. Details that need to be worked out ...
    • Garfield County Literacy Outreach Helping Immigrants Become Citizens Glenwood Springs—A lot of immigrants in the Roaring Fork Valley are working hard to learn English and become United States citizens. Martha Fredendall heads up Garfield County Literacy Outreach and says there’s a growing number of folks willing to take several classes and tackle some challenging tests. She says classes are full right now there’s ...
    • More Newborns in Colorado Addicted to Opioids Colorado Springs—An alarming number of newborns in Colorado are starting life addicted to heroin, painkillers and other opioids. According to the Colorado Health Department, between 2010 and 2015, the state’s newborn opioid addiction rate jumped from two births out of 1,000 to 3.6, an 83 percent increase. The worst numbers came from Parkview Medical Center ...
    • Iowa Murder Suspect Busted in Rifle Rifle—A man wanted for murdering his wife over 17 years ago in Iowa was taken into custody in Rifle yesterday.  According to reports from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 52 year old Michael Lee Syperda was arrested at an apartment on Coal Mine Avenue in North Rifle.  Investigators with the Garfield County Threat Assessment Team, ...
    • Colorado’s “Move Over Law” Strictly Enforced Denver— More than 2,200 drivers in Colorado have been ticketed over the past year for failing to change lanes when passing emergency vehicles with lights flashing. This total comes one year after State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue was struck and killed by a truck while investigating a crash on I-25. Donahue’s death prompted passage of the “Move Over ...
    • Sage Grouse Plans Reconsidered BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada. The agency announced Tuesday that it’s working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which also is reviewing its plans ...
    • New Castle Tax Question Still Up in the Air New Castle—It’s been 10 days since election day and New Castle’s vehicle tax ballot question has yet to be decided. According to Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico, the one-time, 3.5% use tax is deadlocked at 440 votes. She says according to statute, if a recount shows it’s still tied, the question fails. A ...
    • Bureau of Land Management Director Candidate Criticized Cheyenne, Wyo.— A candidate to lead the Bureau of Land Management says environmentalists mischaracterize her as an advocate of handing public lands to private interests. Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen drew dozens of protesters at a recent land-use forum in Montana. Budd-Falen says a land-transfer advocate invited her to the forum but she has no opinion on transferring federal ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Glenwood Hangs on to Topple Conifer, 17-16 GLENWOOD SPRINGS(9/5/14) – “There is no more room for gray hairs on my head,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said after his team won its first game of the 2014 season, 17-16, over 11th-ranked perennial playoff power Conifer. There were a couple other noteable firsts, besides the Demons knotting their record at 1-1, in the home opener ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Mistakes Doom Demons in Dante’s Debut ERIE (8/29/14) — A shanked punt here, a bad snap there… add an untimely penalty and an “inadvertent” whistle, and the Glenwood Demons went down to a 23-10 defeat at Erie in sophomore Dante Sparaco’s initial game as starting quarterback. The Tigers’ junior quarterback Chantz Schenbeck deserves much of the credit for the victory in ...
    • Broncos Owner Stepping Down from Daily Operations DENVER (AP) – Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer’s disease. The team announced Wednesday that the 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the team’s daily operations. Team president Joe Ellis will take over after being named as the Broncos’ chief executive officer. The Broncos ...
    • RIFLE ALUMNI ‘PUT PADS ON’ ONE MORE TIME RIFLE (7/16/14) – Every senior high school athlete has heard “the speech.” Before the final game of the season, the coach will say something like, “This is the last time you’ll get to wear the uniform… You’ll never be with these guys again…” For several Rifle grads, preparing to play in the Alumni Football Game against ...
    • Rifle vs. Palisade: High School Football Alumni Game, July 25, 2014 Bob Cazet of Alumni Football USA.com began organizing alumni football games because he wanted to “put the pads on” one more time – now he puts together 200-300 high school alumni games a year: the latest between Rifle and Palisade, 7 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Bears Stadium. The Rifle players, led by small college All-American ...
    • SPORTS, JULY 1ST WASHINGTON (AP) – Adam LaRoche homered, Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and Ian Desmond added two doubles and three RBIs as the Washington Nationals welcomed back Bryce Harper with a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Harper, who missed 57 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb, went 1 ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: 4A All Stars Roll Over 3A Squad, 21-4 RIFLE (5/27/14) – There was no “Hoosiers” moment in the Western Slope All Star baseball game, as the 4A team jumped out to a 10-0 lead by the second inning and cruised to a 21-4 victory over the 3A players at Cooper Field in Rifle, Tuesday. It was only one game, and an All-Star format ...
    • KMTS Baseball: GLENWOOD BUILDING FOR NEXT YEAR IN FINAL GAME GLENWOOD SPRINGS (5/3/14) – Asked whether his baseball team may have found a pitcher for next season in the final game of this one, Glenwood Springs coach Eric Nieslanik answered in the affirmative. Freshman Steve Romero, making his mound debut in game number 19, pitched 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits and one earned ...
    • Sports, May 2nd HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER The Glenwood Lady Demons’ season came to an end with last night’s 1-nothing playoff loss to Palisade at the Gates Soccer Park. Glenwood finishes the season at 8 and 7. Grand Valley defeated Basalt 5 to 1 while Roaring Fork edged Aspen 3 to 2. BASEBALL Delta—The Glenwood Demons lost to the top ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: CARMER’S BIG DAY BOOSTS DEMONS OVER BEARS GLENWOOD SPRINGS (4/29/14) – Revenge was sweet for Sam Carmer and his Glenwood Springs teammates as they halted a five-year, 7-game losing streak to Rifle, 8-3, and rebounded from an extra-inning loss to the Bears that started the Demons on a stretch where they lost 5 of 7 games and tumbled from 1st to 5th ...