From the KMTS News Room:

    • Apartment Fires in Rifle Rifle—At least nine Rifle residents managed to escape a fire this morning that gutted a few second story apartments of an older building across from the fairgrounds on Railroad Avenue.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Interim Chief Randy Callahan says the first call went out at 9:14 am. He says they could see the billowing smoke ...
    • Wooden Buffalos on the Auction Block Glenwood Springs—If you have room for a wooden buffalo or two or maybe a small herd in your yard, make an offer.  The city of Glenwood Springs has put the entire family of nine wooden pallet buffaloes that have been on display at the 6th Street roundabout up for auction.  The smallest is 5″ by ...
    • Off Highway Vehicle Use in Silt Silt—Silt residents may soon be able to drive their own off highway vehicles around town. The board of trustees passed the first reading of an ordinance that will open up access to federal lands and county roads without having to put their OHVs on a trailer.  The ordinance clears the way for the town of ...
    • Energy Development Means Billions of Dollars for Colorado Grand Junction—Oil, natural gas and coal production were responsible for 6 billion dollars of Colorado’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in fiscal year 2018 according to the U.S. Interior Department.  All Interior Department-managed activities contributed over 12-billion dollars statewide and over 66,000 jobs last year.  Officials say the growth from 2017 to last year was mostly ...
    • Federal Mineral Lease District Fall Grants Awarded Glenwood Springs—Garfield County municipalities and districts will share over 2.2 million dollars in grants from the Federal Mineral Lease District. The largest fall grand of $700,000.00 went to Glenwood Springs, New Castle and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority who are teaming up on the “Meet Me in the Middle” project of the Lower Valley South ...
    • Fewer Closures, but Still Smoke from Middle Mamm, Roan Plateau Fires   The Forest Service and BLM eased some of the closures around the Middle Mamm fire today as management of the fire transitioned to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team. Approximately 70 people will continue to patrol the fire and conduct mop-up operations. Smoke from the fire will continue to be visible, especially during windy ...
    • Updated Middle Mamm Fire Closures Even though the weather over the last few days has been a big help to firefighters on the Middle Mamm Fire, there are still several closures which remain in place, including some that may affect hunters with licenses for Game Management Unit 42 as a portion of Forest Service Trail (FST) 2160 (Battlement Trail) remains ...
    • Pre-Evacuation Orders, More Closures Near Middle Mamm Fire UPDATE: 10/10/19 8:13AM All pre-evacuation orders near the Middle Mamm Fire have been lifted. However, all BLM and USFS closures remain in effect. Also, local traffic only at the intersection of County Roads 319 (West Mamm Creek) and 322 (Shaeffer Cut-off). Also, the Temporary Flight RestrictionTemporary Flight Restriction remains in effect. In advance of strong wind ...
    • Private Drone Triggers Suspension of Middle Mamm Air Operations Aircraft working on the Middle Mamm Fire were grounded for a time earlier today due to a private drone flying near the Fire Operation Area. Lynn Lockwood with the White River National Forest says retardant drops are critical today as strong, gusty winds are expected this afternoon. If a private drone operator is caught flying within ...
    • Snowmass Base Village Evacuation 2:10PM Update:  The Evacuation order has been lifted.  The gas leak has been fixed.  All residents may return to the area. 10:50AM Update:  Black Hills Energy is estimating that it will be mid-afternoon before the Gas leak is repaired. 9:10AM:  Due to a gas leak, the Base Village properties need to evacuate. This evacuation includes: -Residents in the east ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Denver Broncos Trade Sanders ENGLEWOOD (AP) – The Denver Broncos have traded veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers. The Broncos sent a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft along with Sanders to the 49ers for third- and fourth-round picks in 2020. Sanders caught 30 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns this season as he made ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Glenwood Ground Game Leads to Victory in League Opener GYPSUM (10/11/19) – Before the Glenwood Demons broke their season-long five-game losing streak with a 24-12 win at Eagle Valley in the teams’ Western Slope League opener, coach Pat Engle shared in a pre-game interview that he and his staff were “not pleased with our offensive output,” the Demons being outscored 166-39 in those five ...
    • MLB Playoffs OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Oakland hosts Tampa Bay tonight in the American League wild-card game. The Athletics have lost eight straight winner-take-all games since 2000, going 1-14 with a chance to advance to the next round. Left-hander Sean Manaea starts for Oakland. The 27-year-old was sidelined last year when the A’s lost the wild-card game ...
    • The PAC-12 Disagrees with California’s New Law (AP) – The Pac-12 Conference has condemned California’s new law that would allow college athletes to be paid for the use of their names and likenesses. But football coaches across the league are uncertain about what it might mean for them, especially in terms of recruiting. Four of the league’s teams are located in California:  ...
    • Chubb Looks at the Bright Side of His Injury ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Rising Denver Broncos star Bradley Chubb isn’t down in the dumps over his season-ending knee injury. The second-year linebacker is so upbeat that he swears he actually welcomes the torn ACL because he knows it will help make him a better player and person. Chubb says he tore the same ligament in ...
    • Nolan Arenado’s Contract is not a Major Concern for the Rockies DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies say star third baseman Nolan Arenado’s ability to opt out of his mega contract after 2021 isn’t among the front office’s many concerns just yet. The owner, general manager and manger met with the media and talked about rebounding in 2020 after the Rockies’ 20-win regression in 2019. Injuries ...
    • High School Soccer Angel Bernal had a hat trick in leading the Glenwood Springs Demons to an 8-nothing rout of the visiting Steamboat Springs Sailors Tuesday night.  Glenwood heads to Summit County tomorrow night for a 6 o’clock game with the Tigers.
    • High School Volleyball The Glenwood Springs Lady Demons defeated the Summit Tigers in Frisco last night, 3 games to 1.  Glenwood improves to 5 and 0 in the Western Slope, 9 and 3 overall.   The Demons will travel to Palisade tomorrow night for a 6:30 match.
    • KMTS Football: Rifle Machine Recovers to Overcome Demon Upset Bid GLENWOOD SPRINGS (9/27/19) – For the first eight minutes of the Glenwood Springs-Rifle rivalry game, the Demons tried on Cinderella’s glass slipper and it appeared the Homecoming week theme of “Find a way,” might possibly have a happy ending. The Bears’ five unanswered touchdowns, following an early Glenwood lead put an end to the Demons’ ...
    • Area Volleyball Games Tonight Roaring Fork at Grand Valley, Varsity starts at 6:30 & Basalt at Coal Ridge, Varsity starts at 6:30