From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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, ...
    • 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 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Basketball: GS BOYS BOUNCE BACK; GIRLS ROLL ON CARBONDALE (1/11/14) — Glenwood boys coach Cory Hitchcock doesn’t claim to be E.F. Hutton (old TV ad joke), but when he speaks, his team listens, rebounding from its first loss of the season to Delta Friday night by setting a season scoring record Saturday in an 86-49 non-league win at Roaring Fork. The ...
    • Sports, January 10th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The undefeated Glenwood Demons girl’s and boy’s teams host the Delta Panthers tonight at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.  The Lady Demons tip off at 6 and the boys follow at 7:30.   The game between the Rifle Bears and the Summit Tigers in Breckenridge has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.  A make up ...
    • 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’ ...