From the KMTS News Room:

    • New Oil and Gas Rules in Consideration DENVER (AP) – Colorado regulators are considering proposed new rules for oil and gas pipelines in Colorado after a fatal explosion last year blamed on leaking gas. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission opened two days of hearings Monday on regulations for installing, testing and shutting down lines that carry oil and gas from ...
    • Snowpack in Colorado DURANGO (AP) – A weekend storm brought some light snow to the dry mountains of southwestern Colorado. The snowpack in the southwestern corner of the state was listed at 25 percent of average Monday. The state overall is at 57 percent. National Weather Service meteorologist Megan Stackhouse says another storm set to move into Colorado ...
    • Aspen Cyclist Leaving For Spain ASPEN (AP) – Professional cyclist Tejay van Garderen says he is leaving Colorado to move to Spain. The Aspen Times reports van Garderen and his wife and former professional cyclist Jessica Phillips are moving from Aspen to Girona in northeast Spain. Since most of van Garderen's races are in Europe, the cyclist says the move ...
    • Atlantic City Casino Sold to Colorado Developer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Florida developer who is selling a closed Atlantic City casino says he grew frustrated at what he called an anti-business climate in New Jersey that he says imposes burdensome regulations. In a transaction announced Monday, Glenn Straub sold the former Revel casino to Colorado developer Bruce Deifik (DYE'-fick) for ...
    • Garfield County Sheriff's Office Mourns Fallen Douglas County Deputy Highlands Ranch—Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and several of his deputies attended this morning's memorial service for Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish. The 29 year old husband and father of two girls was gunned down in a New Year's Eve ambush-style attack at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch.  Hundreds of people waving American flags ...
    • Roaring Fork Watershed Snowpack Way Down Carbondale—The Roaring Fork Watershed continues to lag behind average levels for this time of year. According to the latest snowpack and river report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the SWE or Snow Water Equivalent on McClure Pass is 13 percent of normal while the basin itself is only 55 percent of normal. One year ago, ...
    • Bad News for Colorado River Supplies Las Vegas—We may be enjoying sunny, winter days but it's bad news for the Colorado River Basin. The first forecast of the year from the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City paints a bleak picture for the seven western states that rely on the Colorado River. Experts say the Colorado is only expected to ...
    • Criminal Charges for Driver in Double Fatality Near Rifle Rifle—The man behind the wheel in last week's deadly rollover crash north of Rifle that claimed the lives of two local men is facing criminal charges.  40 year old Cody Christopher made his first appearance in Garfield County court yesterday where he was formally charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, assault and DUI.  36 ...
    • Garfield County Men Killed in Crash North of Rifle   Rifle—Two local men were killed in a car crash late Thursday night on a remote road north of the Rifle Correctional facility.  According to reports from Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire, 41 year old Trent Johnson of Glenwood Springs and 36 year old Matthew Smith of Rifle died at the scene of the accident at ...
    • New Colorado Laws Undated—If you were earning minimum wage in Colorado in 2017, you just got a hefty raise as of yesterday. Thanks to a new law that went into effect with the new year, Colorado's minimum wage went from $7.18 an hour to $10.20 an hour. It's the first step in a plan approved by voters to ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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 ...
    • 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)