• Rifle Man's Cause of Death Unknown Rifle—Determining Joshua Gomez's cause of death is going to take several weeks.  Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire says Gomez's body was badly decomposed when it was found last Saturday afternoon on an island in the Colorado River near Parachute.  Glassmore has ruled out any kind of trauma or physical injury but he is asking for ...
  • San Juan National Forest Closed Durango—For the first time since the record wildfire year of 2002, a Colorado forest has closed because of fire danger.  Officials with the San Juan National Forest closed nearly 1.8 million acres of forest to all hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers to greatly reduce the risk of human-caused fires.  The 416 Fire north of ...
  • Crews Gaining Ground on Bocco Fire Wolcott—The Bocco Fire north of Wolcott is now 50 percent contained and remains at 415 acres in size.   The number of personnel working the fire since last Saturday is down to about a hundred.  Incident Commander Jeremy Spetter says there are still hot spots smoldering within the perimeter of the fire that may kick up ...
  • Woman Charged for Sparking Gore Creek Fire East Vail—A campfire above the Gore Creek Trailhead in East Vail quickly turned into a small wildfire yesterday.  The fire near the Gore Creek Campground burned close to an acre before emergency officials were able to snuff it out.  No one was evacuated from the campground and no structures were in danger.  The Eagle County ...
  • Smoky Air Expected Throughout Western Colorado Multiple public safety agencies have issued alerts and warnings regarding smoke in the air today. Residents could smell and see smoke in the air for much of the day today, and the National Weather Service says that smoke will probably continue into at least Tuesday. The fires that are actively burning closest to the KMTS listening ...
  • Local Wildfire Experts Bracing For Busy Summer Rifle—As a group of the valley's finest wildfire experts prepared for a media briefing at the Rifle-Garfield County Airport, an infrared-equipped, turboprop, multi-mission aircraft was preparing to take off to check out a couple of reported fires to the north.  The plane is one of two Pilatus PC-12's operated by the Division of Fire Prevention ...
  • Garfield County Agriculture Project Receives State Grant Glenwood Springs—Garfield County received the state's second largest grant from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  The grant for just over $75,000.00 will help pay for a new energy efficient greenhouse.  The ag department partnered with the Colorado Energy Office to find counties that combined agricultural energy efficiency using renewable sources.  All told, the state awarded ...
  • Glenwood Springs Named A Bicycle Friendly Community Glenwood Springs—Nearly two dozen communities in Colorado are considered bicycle friendly by the League of American Bicyclists.  Glenwood Springs is one of them.  The coveted designation places Glenwood Springs at the Silver Level for the next four years and among a leading group of communities in the United States that are doing more for alternate ...
  • Town of Carbondale Agrees With Garfield County Burn Restrictions Carbondale, Colo. – In conjunction with Garfield County’s Stage I Fire Restrictions that begin May 31, 2018, the Town of Carbondale and Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District are instituting State I Fire Restrictions within town limits until further notice. Stage I Fire Restrictions include: • campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds ...
  • City of Rifle Answers Your Burning Questions Due to extremely dry conditions, effective May 31st, Garfield County enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions which will remain in place until further notice. Pursuant to Rifle Municipal Code 10-10-40 (e), all fire restrictions issued by Garfield County are applicable in the City of Rifle. This leaves Rifle Citizens wondering what they can and can’t do ...