From the KMTS News Room:

    • Durango Jury Trial Change Durango city officials will now allow jury trials for minor offenses after the ACLU said denying defendants the right to trial violates the state’s constitution. City officials agreed to rewrite its municipal codes after receiving a letter from the civil rights organization. The ACLU represented Fort Lewis College assistant professor Anthony Nocella, who was accused of obstructing ...
    • Colorado Juvenile Sentencing In light of Supreme Court decisions banning life without parole for juvenile offenders, dozens of Colorado prisoners who committed crimes as minors could be eligible for release, but only one has been freed so far. It’s been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made its’ 2012 ban on such sentences retroactive, prompting the ...
    • Vail Real Estate Tops $1 Billion Real estate sales in the Vail area of Colorado have exceeded $1 billion for the first half of this year. The last time Eagle County’s sales volume exceeded $1 billion in the first half of the year was 2008. Sales this year were boosted by the $145 million sale in April of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. In addition, ...
    • Body Found in Arkansas River Investigators are trying to determine if a body found in the Arkansas River in southern Colorado is that of a man who went missing after a rafting accident June 28. Sgt. Megan Richards with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found east of Florence on Friday, and an autopsy is scheduled. She says ...
    • Firefighting Foam Clean-up Air Force officials say they won’t reimburse three Colorado communities for millions of dollars spent responding to water contamination caused by toxic firefighting foam previously used at Peterson Air Force Base. The water districts for the towns of Security, Widefield and Fountain will likely have to pay $11 million of the $12.7 million tab expected by ...
    • Gateway Shooter Caught Mesa County authorities teamed up with local security guards yesterday in the town of Gateway to contain and eventually arrest a man in a parked pickup who was shooting at passing cars. The first reports of shots fired came in around 4:15 yesterday afternoon, and the security guards were the first to reach the site on ...
    • Bear Euthanized A bear has been euthanized after it pounced on a tent at a campground in southern Colorado. A woman inside the tent was bruised and traumatized by the bear Tuesday night when it jumped on the tent at the Aspen Acres Campground in Rye, about 40 miles southwest of Pueblo. The estimated 350-pound bear didn’t bite ...
    • CDOT Wildlife/Traffic Survey Data from a new Colorado Department of Transportation road kill survey says drivers in Colorado killed nearly 7,000 wild animals last year, resulting in two human deaths and almost 400 injuries. Those numbers represent a roughly 50 percent increase in wildlife collisions over the past four years. Data shows the recent construction of several wildlife crossings on ...
    • Fatal Morrison Crash Authorities are still looking for the reason that a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic on I-70 near Morrison and smashed into several vehicles yesterday, leaving two people dead and snarling traffic for hours. Colorado State Patrol trooper Nate Reed says the pickup truck, driven by 54-year-old Jeffery Stumpf of Evergreen was headed westbound on 70 ...
    • Carnival Ride Dismantled A ride similar to one that broke apart with deadly consequences at the Ohio State Fair this week has been removed from a county fair in suburban Denver. The director of Arapahoe County Open Spaces, Shannon Carter, says that the “Freak Out” ride was dismantled early Friday “out of an abundance of caution and out of ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, January 8th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES Girls Glenwood—57   Battle Mountain—27 Grand Junction Central—52    Rifle—-50   OT Grand Valley—36    Olathe—–30 Boys Glenwood—78    Battle Mountain—50 Rifle—48       GJ Central—-42 Grand Valley—56    Olathe—-54 COLORADO SPORTS ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Von Miller is set to have surgery to repair his torn right ACL in Florida on Thursday.  Miller’s rehab is expected to take six to nine months, meaning he could miss the start of ...
    • KMTS Basketball: NEW YEAR, NO BIG DEAL, DEMONS SWEEP HUSKIES EDWARDS (1/7/14) — The Glenwood boys and girls basketball teams brought in the New Year the same way they ended the old one, with a couple of easy league victories, this time at Battle Mountain, as both teams improved to 4-0 in Western Slope play. GLENWOOD GIRLS 57, BATTLE MOUNTAIN 27 The Lady Demons stretched their ...
    • Sports, January 6th NUGGETS THRASH LAKERS LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists, Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers 137-115 Sunday night for their second straight win after an eight-game skid. Nate Robinson scored 21 points, while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried ...
    • Sports, January 3rd MANNING VOTED ALL-PRO, UNANIMOUSLY NEW YORK (AP) – Peyton Manning is the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team. It’s his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.The Denver star set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards ...
    • Sports, January 2nd NUGGETS LOSE 8TH IN A ROW DENVER (AP) – Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young added 17, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the slumping Denver Nuggets 114-102 last night.The Sixers had seven different players score in double figures en route to their second straight win away from home. Philadelphia halted a 13-game road losing ...
    • Sports, December 31st GLENWOOD DEMONS’ STUDENT-ATHLETE AN ALL-AMERICAN Glenwood Springs—Glenwood Demons’ freshman student-athlete Dante Sparaco was recently named to the Max Preps 1st Team Freshman All America Squad for 2013.  Sparaco was a backup quarterback for Rocky Whitworth’s football team this past season but started at defensive end / outside linebacker and was one of the team leaders in ...
    • Sports, December 30th BRONCOS WRAP UP TOP SEED, HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN AFC PLAYOFFS OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Peyton Manning set the NFL single-season yards record and threw four touchdown passes to clinch the top seed in the AFC playoffs for the Denver Broncos with a 34-14 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders.  Manning needed one half to add ...
    • Sports, December 27th NBA The Denver Nuggets are in New Orleans tonight taking on the Pelicans. NHL The Colorado Avalanche take the ice in Chicago tonight to battle the Blackhawks. BRONCOS VISIT THE “BLACK HOLE” THIS SUNDAY Oakland—The Denver Broncos can wrap up the AFC’s top seeding with a win this Sunday over the Raiders in Oakland in the regular season finale.  BRONCOS’ ...
    • Sports, December 26th WELKER BACK IN PRACTICE, MAY NOT PLAY VS. RAIDERS ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Wes Welker returned to the Denver Broncos’ practice field on Christmas Day for the first time since suffering his second concussion on Dec. 8.He was allowed to participate on a limited basis according to the league’s concussion protocol. Also returning to practice was defensive ...
    • Sports, December 19th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Rifle Bears girl’s and boy’s teams will take on the Bulldogs tonight at Palisade High School in the Palisade Invitational.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys follow at 7:30 The Glenwood Demons can finish out 2013 with perfect 3 and 0 league records if they can get past the Steamboat ...