From the KMTS News Room:

    • Aspen Abandons Plans to Build Maroon Creek & Castle Creek Dams Aspen—The city of Aspen’s decision to abandon the plans to build dams on Maroon and Castle Creeks is being lauded by conservationists.  They’re all so happy, they plan to raise a glass of cheer during a happy hour celebration next week.  Officials with Western Resource Advocates say the dams would have flooded important wildlife and ...
    • Utah Counties Ask State for Help Building Oil Train SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Promoters of a 1.4 billion dollar railroad in Utah’s oil country want help from the state. Uinta Basin officials are pushing a project they say could quintuple oil production in Utah along with bringing higher prices and create 27,000 jobs. The plan is to build a 150-mile railroad to allow transporting oil ...
    • Roaring Fork Watershed Improving but Still Below Normal October brought much-needed rain and snow to the area and marked the beginning of a new water year. Hydrologists use the October to September time period because most of the precipitation after October first accumulates as snow. According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy, river flows throughout the watershed haven’t changed much since last week. The ...
    • Forest Service Lifts Basalt Mountain Closure Basalt Mountain, which has been closed since July 3rd because of the Lake Christine Wildfire, officially reopened at one minute past midnight. The White River National Forest lifted the closure with words of caution. Acting District Ranger Kevin Warner says hunters and others heading up the mountain need to be aware that the burned areas ...
    • 2018 Issues and Answers Forum Tonight’s forum is on KMTS online stream number two And you can watch the live YouTube stream below.
    • Colorado River District Opposes Ballot Questions Glenwood Springs—The Colorado River District is urging people to vote against two controversial ballot measures.  The river district’s board of directors took a stand against Proposition 11 and Amendment 74.  112 aims to increase the drilling setback distance for new oil and gas wells to 2,500 feet from occupied buildings.  River district spokesman Zane Kessler ...
    • 1-1-1 Vote Means No Garfield County Endorsement for State Sales Tax Hike Glenwood Springs—A ballot question that would raise Colorado’s sales tax from 2.9% to just over 3.5% to pay for transportation projects will not get an endorsement from the Garfield County Board of Commissioners.  Commissioner Mike Samson talked about the merits of Proposition 110 and what it would mean for road improvements.  He says if it ...
    • Fire Restrictions Lifted Across Region Glenwood Springs—A few days of steady rain and a little snow in the high country had a big impact on fire danger in the region.  Garfield County, Eagle County, Pitkin County, the Bureau of Land Management and the White River National Forest all lifted fire restrictions today thanks to vastly improved conditions.  Two and a ...
    • Garfield County Libraries will be Closed for a Staff Work Day All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Tuesday, October 16 for a staff training day. Normal library hours will resume on Wednesday, October 17 at 11 a.m. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website, www.gcpld.org, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
    • Water Main Break at the Basalt Roaring Fork Apartments Basalt—Almost all of the 77 residents displaced from their apartments in Basalt by the broken water main have a place to stay.  All but 10 people will be staying with friends or relatives in the community.  Officials are making arrangements for the others to make sure they’re taken care of while the extensive repair work ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Basketball: Layoff Doesn’t Deter 7th Straight League Sweep for Glenwood Teams GLENWOOD SPRINGS (2/6/18) – Compared to what’s in store for the Glenwood boys and girls basketball teams at the end of this week, they had been on vacation since their last game prior to Ground Hog Day. Rather than lose their mojo due to inactivity, both teams easily dispatched Summit County to extend the Demons’ ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Demons Dump Devils… Twice GYPSUM (2/1/18) – “One fist of iron, and the other of steel, if the right one don’t get you then the left one will,” famously sang Tennessee Ernie Ford in the fifties novelties tune, “Sixteen Tons.” Because they have multiple players who let fly from long-distance, leading the league with more than 800 3-point attempts this ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Back at Full Strength, Glenwood Sweeps Palisade at Home GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/25/18) – “It felt really good to get back,” Glenwood Springs’ Tatum Peterson said after the Lady Demons avenged an earlier loss to Palisade, 48-23, in the senior’s return after missing five games with an injury. “The ankle felt good,” Peterson said after she led all scorers with ten points and helped Glenwood(10-7, 5-2 ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE Basketball Battle Mountain at Rifle   6 and 7:30 Palisade at Glenwood Springs   6 and 7:30   (live broadcast on KMTS) Wrestling Rifle at Steamboat Springs    6pm Coal Ridge at Grand Valley   6pm College Basketball #11 Arizona at Colorado   6:30 NBA NY Knicks at Denver   7pm NHL Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis  7pm   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) has advanced to his first ...
    • KMTS Basketball: First-Place Clash Goes to Titan Boys; Ram Girls Win a Close One CARBONDALE (1/23/18) – Every once in a while, something actually lives up to expectations, as with the showdown between the Roaring Fork Rams and Coal Ridge Titans Tuesday. The two teams had lost just three games combined in twenty played this season, and the Ram boys were on a nine-game winning streak – which ended ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Demon 3-Pointers, Free Throws Key Sweep of Summit FARMER’S CORNER (1/20/18) – “We escaped with this one,” Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock said after Summit cut an eleven point Demon lead to two in the final two minutes before six straight free throws held off the Tigers, 86-81. Angel Garcia and AJ Crowley combined to make 9-of-11 three-point attempts as the ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Bulldog 3-point Barage Burries Bears; Girls Outlast Moffat for 9th Straight Win CRAIG (1/19/18) – Surely Brent Cook would cool off during halftime after making six consecutive three-pointers and scoring all but three of Moffat County’s first-half points against the visiting Rifle Bears in a non-league contest Friday. But Cook recovered from tweaking his knee just before intermission as the Bears closed to within three and finally a ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Downing Steamboat Puts Glenwood Boys Alone in First; Girls Win Third Straight GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/16/18) – Coming into Tuesday’s contest in Glenwood Springs, the Demon boys and Steamboat Sailors were both undefeated in Western Slope League action – and halfway through the third quarter the teams were deadlocked at 33. Suddenly, after a one-for-seven start behind the 3-point arc, Glenwood found the range, sinking four of five, and ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Glenwood Snuffs Devils Long-Distance Missiles; Bolitho Comes up Clutch as Lady Demons Overcome Eagle Valley GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/13/18) – Advised prior to Saturday’s first-place showdown with Eagle Valley’s three-point bombers that the Devils had put up 53 long-distance shots in a two-point win over Rifle earlier that week, Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock was succinct and confident, “We’re not gonna zone ‘em; it’ll come down to execution and good defense.” That ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Devils Drown Bears in 3-Point Deluge; Lady Bears Cruise to Sixth Straight Win GYPSUM (1/11/18) – The students were standing, the crowd inside the gym known as the Devils’ Inferno was roaring with every possession, clutch free throw, or dramatic 3-pointer. The playoff atmosphere through the final minutes of Eagle Valley’s ten-point comeback for a 76-74 victory over the visiting Rifle boys challenged the fact that the two ...