From the KMTS News Room:

    • Deadly Pitkin County Avalanche Aspen—An avalanche killed someone this morning outside of Aspen.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the victim,who’s name, age and hometown have not been released was caught in the slide near the Markley Hut.  At an elevation of over 10,000 feet, the Markley Hut area sees a high number of avalanches. The ...
    • December Unemployment up Slightly in Colorado Denver—Colorado’s jobless rate finished the year with a small increase. According to the state labor department, unemployment rose two-tenths of a percentage point from November to December to 3.5 percent.  Officials say the slight increase is due to a combination of factors; the number of people actively participating in the workforce increased by over 9,000 ...
    • Glenwood Springs Voters will Decide Fate of Street Tax Glenwood Springs—Will Glenwood Springs be able to fix it’s cracking, bumpy, aging streets?  It will be up to the voters to decide in April. Last night the Glenwood Springs City Council voted to place a proposed 3/4 cent sales tax increase on the ballot. Former council member Kathryn Trauger serves on the Financial Advisory Board ...
    • New Judicial District Proposed For Colorado DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers plan to push a proposal that would form a new judicial district, the state’s first in more than half a century. The plan calls for carving a new jurisdiction out of the growing 18th Judicial District, which encompasses Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties southeast of Denver. The district contains ...
    • CU-Boulder Fundraiser Effort Underway BOULDER (AP) – The University of Colorado has announced its most ambitious fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $4 billion. The university has already raised more than $2 billion in the quiet phase of the campaign, which has been ongoing since late 2013. University officials say they have now made the campaign public to ...
    • Colorado Supreme Court Sides with Oil & Gas Industry Denver—It’s a legal victory for Colorado’s oil and gas industry and a bitter defeat for environmentalists.  In a unanimous decision this morning, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a state court of appeals decision that said the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission should be compelled to consider public and environmental health before issuing a new ...
    • Rifle ‘Totalizer’ Treats Tons of Sewage Rifle—Three billion gallons of sewage.  It’s a disgusting image but it’s a relief not a drop found it’s way into the Colorado River from the city of Rifle since 2009.  The totalizer, at Rifle’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility just rolled past the three billion gallon mark and the city is touting the milestone with some startling ...
    • Snowpack Improves Basalt—The snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed has increased in the last week to a healthy 106 percent of normal. Officials with the Roaring Fork Conservancy say every Snotel location in the valley showed increased snow water equivalent levels. River flows also saw a boost after the warmer temperatures loosened up a lot of ice ...
    • Rifle Chamber Director Steps Down Rifle—The Rifle Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new CEO. In a letter to chamber members, Board Chairman Rick Shaffer says Kasey Nispel is, “no longer with us.”  “We would appreciate the time to celebrate her tenure with us in a positive light and wish her and her family all the best.”  The details ...
    • Man Sentenced in 2018 Standoff with Police FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado man accused of threatening to blow up his mother’s mobile home and barricading himself inside as police arrived has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.  44-year-old Joseph Norrie was sentenced Friday in connection with the March 2018 standoff with police. Officers on scene reported ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Denver Broncos Defeat the Arizona Cardinals in the Preseason Finale GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Paxton Lynch made his case for backup quarterback – or at least staying on the Denver roster – with a near-perfect second half that led the Broncos to a 21-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the teams’ preseason finale. Lynch completed 14 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two ...
    • Local High School Sports SOCCER Steamboat Springs-3 Glenwood Springs-2 Rifle-6 Eagle Valley-2 SOFTBALL Delta-9      Rifle-1 VOLLEYBALL Demon Invitational Glenwood Springs defeated Grand Valley 25-15, 25-19. FOOTBALL Kent Denver Sun Devils-49   Grand Valley Cardinals-6 GAMES ON TAP TONIGHT Glenwood kicks off the season at home against the Holy Family Tigers at 7 o’clock.  The game will be broadcast on the internet only at KMTS.com and on the KMTS app.  ...
    • Preseason High School Football and Volleyball this Weekend Glenwood Springs—The first volleyball match of the year will be played tonight at Glenwood Springs High School. The Demons, coming off a successful 2017 campaign, will host the Fruita Monument Wildcats tonight at 6:30. Aspen—The Glenwood Demons football team, under new Head Coach Pat Engle will put their skills to the test in a controlled scrimmage ...
    • Rockies over Braves 5-3 ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Braves rookie star Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the NL East leaders, one day after being plunked on the left arm by Miami’s Jose Urena. The 20-year-old slugger failed to hit a homer, snapping his streak of five straight games going deep, and the Colorado Rockies rallied ...
    • Elway Still Considering Backup QBs ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is trying to determine if he has his backup quarterback on his roster. Paxton Lynch has flopped this summer and Chad Kelly gets his chance this weekend against the Bears. If Elway doesn’t feel Kelly is ready to win games in a pinch, he’ll go ...
    • Former Denver Nugget Returns To Former Team, Again… DALLAS (AP) – Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract. The Mavericks announced the deal with the 14-year veteran. He started his career with the Mavericks in 2004, then was traded to New Jersey in February 2008. Harris returned to Dallas as ...
    • Ted Diaz Service Friday When the Rifle Bears Football team takes the field against Eagle Valley on August 31st, there will be an empty seat in Bear Stadium. Ted Diaz, who attended every home game for over 60 years passed away Monday. Born in Delta, he served in the Army during World War II and worked as a bus ...
    • Rapids Trade Forward for Midfielder COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer have acquired midfielder Kellyn Acosta from FC Dallas in exchange for forward Dominique Badji and an international roster spot. The teams will also swap first-round picks in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. The 22-year-old Acosta rose through the ranks as part of the FC ...
    • Tuesday Loss Means Wednesday Game 7 for Colorado River Valley Little League Team The Colorado River Valley Little League Team lost 8 – 2 to Academy last night, but can still bring home a State Championship trophy if they win game 7 at 6:00 Tonight.
    • Season Success for Local Little League Teams The Three Rivers Juniors Division Little League team won the state championship last night. They will take on Texas East Friday night in the first round of the Southwest Regional Tournament in Grand Junction. Meanwhile, the Colorado River Valley Little League Team could also become state champions if they beat Academy tonight at 6:00.