From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • Glenwood Council Removes Affordable Housing Code Glenwood Springs—Builders in Glenwood Springs will no longer be forced to set aside deed-restricted residential units in future projects. Last night the Glenwood Springs City Council voted to remove the “Inclusionary Housing Requirement.” The vote didn’t come without some debate. Councilwoman Shelly Kaup realizes the affordable housing mandate isn’t perfect but she says now is ...
    • October Unemployment Up Denver—There were a few more people in the unemployment lines in Colorado last month. According to the state labor department, the jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point from September to 2.7%.  Officials say that was mainly due to fewer people working for the government and more finding jobs in the private sector.  In ...
    • Glenwood Police Suspend Search for Bank Robber Glenwood Springs—The search for a would-be bank robber in West Glenwood Springs has been suspended for now. According to Lieutenant Bill Kimminau with the Glenwood Springs Police Department, investigators are gathering more information and evidence from Alpine Bank near the Glenwood Springs Mall. Police say a man, described as having a “dark complexion” and wearing a ...
    • Marijuana Taxes Approved in two Western Slope Communities Debeque—New taxes on marijuana were approved by voters yesterday in Debeque and Eagle County.  The new sales and excise taxes on recreational weed will incrementally phased in. Each tax will start at 2 and a half percent and top out at 5 percent.  They will be added to the existing 4 percent sales tax on ...
    • New Life for Senior Care in Grand River District Rifle—Voters overwhelmingly favored ballot question 4A to pay for a new senior care center and hospital expansion project. With 67% of the vote, the 89.4 million dollar bond issue passed that will replace the half-century old, dilapidated E. Dene Moore center. Grand River Hospital CEO Jim Coombs says the old care center at the top ...
    • Battlement Mesa Woman Wins CMC Board Seat Battlement Mesa—In the only contested seat on the CMC Board of Directors, Peg Portscheller of Battlement Mesa defeated former Rifle Mayor Randy Winkler with 59 percent of the vote.  The former Lake County School Superintendent now runs an education consulting firm.

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Basketball: OLD “RIVALS” SPLIT AT RIFLE RIFLE (1-30-14) — “It’s not a rivalry until the underdog wins,” a sage once said. By that measure, the often-virulent Rifle-Glenwood Springs rivalry hasn’t quite regained its former down-and-dirty status, as the Glenwood girls remained unbeaten with a 20-point win, and Roger Walters’ defense-minded Bears had their way with a Glenwood offense, handicapped by ...
    • Sports, January 28th MEDIA CIRCUS AT THE SUPER BOWL NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Internet star Lil Terrio danced with cheerleaders, an Austrian man dressed as Mozart, another guy wore a Waldo costume and Nickelodeon’s Pick Boy was in the house.   Welcome to Media Day, the annual Super Bowl circus.  It seems fitting this event was held at a hockey ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demons Complete 6-0 District Tourney “Preview” GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/25/14) – “A District Tournament” preview — that’s what Glenwood boys coach Cory Hitchcock called the Demons 3-games-in-3-days gauntlet, and with some fourth-quarter heroics, both girls and boys teams made it through unscathed, sweeping Summit and Eagle Valley on the road and surviving a severe challenge by Steamboat Springs in Saturday afternoon’s finales ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Seniors & Young Guns Lead Glenwood Over Eagle GYPSUM (1/24/14) — Senior leadership and young guns firing down the stretch saved the Glenwood boys from near defeat at Eagle Valley, as they climbed out of a 12-point hole for a 43-41 win. A career scoring night for senior Laura McDermott helped the Lady Demons avoid a second-half collapse that saw most ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Teams Sweep at Summit FRISCO (1/23/14) — “It’s good to be back,” Glenwood boys coach Cory Hitchcock said. “Back to playing defense, relaxed and playing loose,” and back into the win column after two league losses with an impressive second-half leading to a 58-45 win at Summit. The undefeated Glenwood girls dispensed with any suspense ...
    • Sports, January 23rd HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Frisco—The Glenwood Demons are back in action tonight taking on the Summit Tigers in Summit County. The 11-0 Lady Demons play first at 5:30 with the boy’s team tipping off at 7. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS. WRESTLING Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Demons host a triangular tonight with Eagle Valley and Steamboat ...
    • Sports, January 22nd NO X GAMES FOR THE FLYING TOMATO ASPEN (AP) – Shaun White is out again for the Winter X Games. After making the trip to Aspen, even making a practice run or two, the 13-time X Games snowboarding titlist decided against competing this week.  He had originally said he was out, then changed his mind ...
    • Sports, January 20th LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas oddsmakers believe this Super Bowl is one of the most evenly matched ever. Bettors seemed to favor the Denver Broncos early, though, and sports books quickly adjusted their lines to make Denver anywhere from pick ’em to a 2-point favorite to win. Some sports books made the Seattle Seahawks ...
    • KMTS Basketball: ASPEN BOYS RALLY TO STAY UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE OLATHE (1/18/14) — Down by 8 points late in the third quarter to a winless Olathe boys team, the Aspen Skiers had to charge hard down the stretch to remain unbeaten in Western Slope League play, 49-37, Saturday. The night before, Aspen (7-2, 6-0 WSL) battled mightily at Roaring Fork to escape with a 39-36 victory. ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: GS Girls Hold Off Palisade Challenge; Boys Stumble GLENWOOD SPRINGS (2/17/14) — Resplendent as usual in the opposition’s colors, Glenwood Springs coach Jacky Gaddis, though delighted her girls held off a challenge from Palisade to remain undefeated, had a higher standard in mind after the first win by less than double-digits Friday night. Meanwhile, the Demon boys are hoping a fourth-quarter rally ...