From the KMTS News Room:

    • Man Who Caused Fire Near Keystone Paying the Price Keystone—The Denver man who accidentally sparked a wildfire over a year ago at the Summit County Shooting Range is paying a hefty fine to the forest service, but it could’ve been much worse.  The Summit County Court ordered Bryson Jones to pay almost 53 thousand dollars for causing the blaze on October 8th of last ...
    • Colorado Oil and Gas Explosions Denver—The gas line explosion that killed two men in Firestone eight months ago wasn’t the only one to occur in Colorado this year.  According to state records, two other people have died in oil and gas explosions since the deadly blast in April.  In fact the record shows about a dozen industry explosions have been ...
    • Opening Day at Sunlight Postponed Glenwood Springs—Skiers and snowboarders hoping to carve some turns at Sunlight Mountain Resort will have to wait a while.  Officials decided to postpone opening day due to an unusually warm November that melted the two feet of natural snow that fell in October.  The good news is, December has begun with temperatures cold enough to ...
    • Supreme Court Hears Masterpiece Cake Shop Case Washington, D.C.—A Colorado cake baker and the same-sex couple for whom he declined to make a wedding cake were all at the Supreme Court to witness arguments in the case. Speaking outside of court after the justices heard the case, baker Jack Phillips said the five-year court fight has “been very hard on me and my ...
    • 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, ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 2014 Western Slope League 4A Boys Basketball District Playoff Bracket Thursday, 2/20 Friday, 2/21 Saturday, 2/22 #1 Rifle (15-3) Won 42-36     CMU 7:30PM     #8 Cortez (6-13)  Rifle (16-3) Won 52-33     CMU 7:30PM   #4 Steamboat (15-5)  Palisade (13-8)   Palisade HS 4:30PM    Rifle (17-3) Lost 35-28 #5 Palisade (12-8)    CMU 11:30AM      Durango (14-6) #3 Glenwood Springs (15-5) Lost 51-56     Palisade HS 7:30 PM     #6 Montrose (8-11)  Montrose (9-11)     CMU 4:30PM   #7 Delta (10-10)  Durango (13-6)   CMU 4:30PM     #2 Durango (12-6)    
    • 2014 Western Slope League 4A Girls Basketball District Playoff Bracket Thursday, 2/20 Friday, 2/21 Saturday, 2/22 #1 Glenwood (19-1) Won 74-43     CMU 6:00PM     #8 Durango (7-11)  Glenwood (20-1)  Won 43-29     CMU 6:00PM   #4 Eagle Valley (12-8)    Rifle (10-9)   Palisade HS 3:00PM    Glenwood Springs (21-1) Won 41-37 #5 Rifle (9-9)   Won 52-33    CMU 10:00AM      Montrose (15-7) #3 Montrose (13-7) Won 42-39     Palisade HS 6:00 PM     #6 Steamboat (11-9)  Montrose (14-7) Won 30-27     CMU 3:00PM   #7 Delta (9-11)     CMU 3:00PM     #2 Palisade (13-7)    
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Lady Demons Fall in Battle of Unbeatens to Mesa Ridge GLENWOOD SPRINGS(2/15/14) — The Glenwood Springs Lady Demons finally have the opportunity to learn from a loss. In their 20th and last game of the regular season, the Demons gave another undefeated team, second-ranked Mesa Ridge from Colorado Springs a four-quarter battle before falling 62-53. “There’s no negative tonight,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said after ...
    • Sports, February 14th FOUR GLENWOOD SWIMMERS COMPETE AT STATE MEET Glenwood Springs—Four swimmers from the Glenwood Springs High School Swim Team are hoping to bring home some medals this weekend.  Jessica Tuttle, LJ Fetzko, Kendall Vanderhoof and Hannah Peterson are competing today and tomorrow at the 4A State Swim Meet in Fort Collins.  Fetzko, a freshman, is the top ...
    • Sports, February 13th SOCHI, Russia (AP) – The three-medal sweep in the men’s slopestyle skiing has given the United States 12 overall medals at the Sochi Olympics. That’s tied for second with the Netherlands, one medal behind Norway’s 13.  Germany has the most gold with seven. SOCHI, Russia (AP) – Colorado’s Paul Stastny scored a pair of goals ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demons Impressive in 2nd Half Wins at Palisade PALISADE (2/11/14) — Fighting through sluggish first halves, Glenwood’s boys and girls both finished strong to overcome challenges from physical Palisade teams to earn a sweep on the road and head home for their Western Slope League finales with Rifle. GLENWOOD GIRLS 50, PALISADE 36 Only twice in their 18-0 season have the Lady Demons won by ...
    • Sports, February 11th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES TONIGHT Palisade—The Glenwood Demons take on the Bulldogs tonight at Palisade High School.  The Western Slope League Champion Lady Demons play first at 6 o’clock while the boys tip off at 7:30.  Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.   Glenwood wraps up the regular season this Friday night at home against ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demon Boys Get Back in Gear; Girls Go to 16-0 DELTA (2/7/14) — The Mojo returned just in time for the Glenwood boys, who won a critical road game in Delta, fighting back from injury and illness that led to offensive woes and three losses in six games. The Lady Demons survived the injury bug also, as well as an early challenge from Delta, ...
    • Sports, February 6th N-L-O-I DAY CELEBRATED IN THE VALLEY Glenwood Springs—Several local high school student-athletes put their names on the dotted line on national letter of intent day.  Four members of the Glenwood Demons’ 2013 football team are moving on to play college football and pursue degrees.  All-Conference linebacker Garrett Lowe, aka “The Hulk” accepted a full scholarship to ...
    • Sports, February 3rd BRONCOS EMBARASSED IN SUPER BOWL 48 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl title, crushing the favored Denver Broncos 43-8. Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown late in the first half yesterday, and Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the ...