From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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 ...
    • Sports, January 17th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ON TAP TONIGHT Glenwood will host Palisade at 6 and 7:30.  Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS and KMTS.com. Delta plays at Rifle at 6 and 7:30.    Coal Ridge plays at Cedaredge, Grand Valley travels to Gunnison and Roaring Fork welcomes Aspen to Carbondale tonight.  NBA/NUGGETS Denver—The Denver Nuggets go for their third ...
    • Sports, January 14th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Glenwood at Grand Junction Central 5:30 / 7   Both games broadcast live on KMTS. Palisade at Rifle  6 / 7:30 Grand Valley at Coal Ridge  5:30 / 7 WORLD CUP SKIING FLACHAU, Austria (AP) – American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin used an impeccable first run to lead the field by an impressive 0.90 seconds at a World Cup ...