From the KMTS News Room:

    • BLM Relocation a Possibility GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Officials in Western Colorado say they have the perfect place if the federal Bureau of Land Management decides to move its Washington, D.C. headquarters closer to the vast lands it administers. Western Colorado. Mesa County officials hope to lure the BLM. Some 45 percent of Mesa County is managed by the federal ...
    • Colorado “CHIP” Funding Spared Denver—Instead of a letter informing 75,000 kids and pregnant women in Colorado that their health coverage was coming to an end, state lawmakers came through with emergency funds.  The legislature’s Joint Budget Committee unanimously approved spending 9.6 million dollars of state funds to extend “CHIP”, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, possibly through the month of ...
    • Hanging Lake Management Plan Moves Forward Glenwood Springs—615 hikers per day. That’s the maximum number the White River National Forest is sticking with for the Hanging Lake Trail. The forest service released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Hanging Lake Management Plan. District Ranger Aaron Mayville says this year, 184,000 people traversed the steep, rocky trail leading to the pristine waters ...
    • Hickenlooper Pleads For “CHIP” Denver—Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is asking the state legislature to apply a nearly 10 million dollar band-aid to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  The governor is calling on the state budget committee for the emergency funding because Congress hasn’t figured out how to keep the “CHIP” program going.  The federal funding ran out October ...
    • 11 Governers Try to Save DACA Program Columbus, Ohio—While DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program remains up in the air, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Ohio Governor John Kasich say dozens of young people are losing protective status every day in their states. Hickenlooper, Kasich and nine other governors from both parties are urging Congress to save the imperiled ...
    • Garfield County Commissioners Approve Red Barn Guest Ranch Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners approved a land use change permit for the Red Barn Guest Ranch.  The 2 to 1 vote, with Commission Chairman John Martin in the minority, allows the owners of the historic barn and ranch to open it up to community uses such as weddings, receptions, parties and other ...
    • Western Slope Coal Lease Expansions Approved Grand Junction—Western Colorado’s struggling coal industry just received a vote of support from the federal government. The U.S. Forest Service approved expansions of two coal leases that would allow a mine to access land beneath the Sunset Roadless Area. The final decision on modifying the leases now lies with the Bureau of Land Management. If ...
    • Hickenlooper Leads “CHIP” Campaign Columbus, Ohio—Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is at the forefront of a multi-state, bipartisan effort to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Hickenlooper and Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich co-wrote a letter urging Congress to reauthorize funding for CHIP as soon as possible.  Many states have been using unspent funds since the 14 billion dollar program ...
    • Colorado Fire Deployed to Southern California Lakewood—Weary firefighters in Southern California are getting some help from Colorado.  Yesterday 17 fire engines were sent to CalFire’s staging area in Chino along with several firefighters to battle the numerous, blazes that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to flee neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.  The Colorado fire ...
    • SkiCo Employees Waiting to Work, Still Being Fed Aspen—There’s not enough snow but there’s plenty of food for resort workers in Aspen.  The Aspen Skiing Company is once again serving dinner to seasonal employees who are waiting anxiously for the snow to fall and the season to begin.  SkiCo spokesman Jeff Hanle says three nights a week, dinner is served to about 150 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • LADY DEMONS UPENDED IN REGIONAL FINAL GLENWOOD SPRINGS (3/1/14) — The stellar season of the Glenwood Springs Lady Demons came to an end in the 4A state playoff regional finals with a 50-32 loss to Palmer Ridge, Saturday morning at home. The Lady Bears (22-3), runner-ups to Sand Creek in the Pikes Peak League and seeded third in the ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Girls Edge Golden, Play Palmer Ridge for Sweet 16 GLENWOOD SPRINGS (2/28/14) — “Don’t shoot it… Don’t shoot it…. Great shot!” Not your typical mother-daughter conversation, but one every coach has experienced. With Glenwood Springs holding a one-point lead in the fourth-quarter of their 48-44 second round state playoff win with Golden, Delaney Gaddis knew Mom, Lady Demon coach Jacky Gaddis, wanted ...
    • Sports, February 28th 4A STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS GIRLS Glenwood Springs—The 22 and 1 and 2nd seed Glenwood Lady Demons host the Lady Demons of Golden High School tonight at 7 in the round of 32.  Golden is the 7th seed and advanced by beating Kennedy Tuesday night 52-39.  If Glenwood wins, they’ll face the winner of the Palmer Ridge / ...
    • Glenwood Boys Shot Out of State Tourney by Green Mountain LAKEWOOD (2/27/14) — The “Redemption Tour” closed on the road as the Glenwood Springs boys, given a second chance through an at-large bid to the 4A state tournament, ran into a sizzling Green Mountain team and lost 80-54. After losing two straight and failing to secure one of the six spots from the Western ...
    • Sports, February 26th GIRLS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT SCORES Rifle beat Sierra 47-38 to advance to the round of 32.   The Lady Bears will take on the top-seeded Eagles of Broomfield this Friday night.   Elsewhere in 4A girl’s action, Palisade beat Niwot 63-36 and will take on Pueblo West Friday night.   The second-seeded Glenwood Lady Demons will play the Lady ...
    • DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Craig Denney Presents District Championship to Lady Demons GRAND JUNCTION (2/22/14) — As if winning a district championship wasn’t enough for the Glenwood Lady Demons, their courageous and much-loved athletic director, Craig Denney, was on hand to present the trophy after a hard-fought 41-37 win over Montrose at Colorado Mesa University Saturday. The Rifle boys came up short in their bid for the ...
    • DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Glenwood Girls, Rifle Boys Move Into District Finals GRAND JUNCTION (2/21/14) — A tale of two halves, to borrow a phrase from Dickens, provided much drama in the semi-final round of the Western Slope League district tournament Friday at Colorado Mesa University before the Glenwood girls and Rifle boys won closely contested games to advance to their respective championships on Saturday. GLENWOOD ...
    • DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Glenwood Girls, Both Rifle Teams Advance PALISADE/GRAND JUNCTION (2/20/14) — Three local teams won a place in the 4A state tournament by winning their first-round games in the Western Slope League District Tournament, held at Colorado Mesa University and Palisade High School. The number-one seed Glenwood Lady Demons scored a season-high 74 points in dismantling 8th-seeded Durango. The Rifle ...
    • Sports, February 19th SOCHI, Russia (AP) – It will be Team USA and Canada in the men’s hockey semifinals. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.  Canada advanced ...
    • Sports, February 18th SOCHI, Russia (AP) – The U.S. now has 20 medals at the Winter Olympics. The most recent came in men’s ski halfpipe as David Wise of Northstar, Calif., won the gold. The winner of three straight Winter X Games titles, the 23-year old scored a 92 on his first run through heavy snow to secure ...