From the KMTS News Room:

    • The 2020 Capitol Christmas Tree will be from Western Colorado GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from western Colorado. U.S. Forest Service officials said Monday a tree will be cut from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre or Gunnison national forest to adorn the Capitol building’s West Lawn in 2020. Spokeswoman Kim Phillips  says a formal announcement will be made Friday, and she declined ...
    • Colorado Supreme Court “OK’S” Medical Marijuana for Those on Probation DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled people may use medical marijuana while serving probation. The state’s highest court issued the ruling Monday. The justices approved an exception for prosecutors to show evidence that using the drug would run counter to achieving the probation goals in individual cases. Records say the case stemmed from a ...
    • Garfield County Approves Moratorium on Mining Permits GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners imposed a moratorium on new or amended mining and gravel projects for the next six months to allow time to create a 2030 comprehensive plan and adjust the land-use code. The moratorium means Rocky Mountain Resources cannot make changes to its special use permit for the Mid-Continent limestone ...
    • Pilot Disorientation Caused Deadly Crash of Grand Junction Man Grand Junction—The Grand Junction veterinarian and volunteer member of the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team who was killed in a small plane crash 18 months ago became disoriented by rough weather according to investigators. Authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board say 67 year old Robert Marquis probably lost control of his Cirrus SR22 ...
    • City of Rifle 2020 Budget Proposed Rifle—Like most municipalities in Garfield County, the city of Rifle’s budget for the next couple of years appears to be on solid footing. If a recession comes to pass as many analysts are predicting, Rifle will be able to weather the storm. City Manager Scott Hahn presented the 2020 budget to the city council recently.  ...
    • Tree Removal On Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs—Some dying and falling ash trees on the west side of Grand Avenue are being removed and replaced.  Arborist crews are focusing on trees in the 900 block of Grand Avenue. The project involves pulling back electrical utilities and irrigation before replacing the falling trees with Sienna Glen Maples.  City officials say there are ...
    • Veteran & Walmart Employee Controversy DENVER (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Colorado say Walmart violated legal protections for military service members by allegedly refusing to hire a Colorado Navy reservist because she needed to take two weeks off for training. In a lawsuit filed against the company Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado says an official at a Grand ...
    • Moose Killed Illegally in Lake City DENVER (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials have fined two hunters after saying they illegally killed a moose beloved around town.  67-year-old Susan Boyles was charged with hunting on private property without permission and unlawful take of wildlife after killing a moose in Lake City Oct. 4. Her 68-year-old husband Donald Boyles was charged with hunting ...
    • Aspen Jewelry Store Robbed Aspen—Police in Aspen are looking for two men who broke into a local jewelry store early Wednesday morning and stole a dozen watches worth over $60,000.00.  According to police reports and security video, both men were dressed in black from head to toe including face masks when they used a pry bar to break into ...
    • The Core Act Passed by the U.S. House Washington, D.C.—The Colorado-based bill that would limit access to over 400,000 acres of public lands was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy or “CORE” Act was sponsored by Democrat lawmakers Joe Neguse (Boulder) and Diana DeGette (Denver).  The bill passed with support on both sides of the aisle ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS FOOTBALL: GLENWOOD FINISHES SEASON WITH 44-0 WIN AT STEAMBOAT STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (11/8/19) – First three quarterbacks unavailable? No matter for the suddenly unstoppable ground game of the Glenwood Springs Demons, who finished their season with a third straight victory, 44-0 at Steamboat Springs. Two weeks ago, six different Demons ran for touchdowns against Battle Mountain. In Summit County a week ago, Garrett Dollahan scored ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: DEMONS CLINCH WSL SECOND PLACE IN FRIGID FRISCO FRISCO (11/4/19) – Old-fashioned, grind-it-out football triumphed over the forward pass as Glenwood Springs ran the ball 62 times for 422 yards in a 36-30 win at Summit County that insured a second place finish in the Western Slope League for the Demons (3-6, 3-1 WSL). Instead of the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust that was featured in mid-20th century ...
    • KMTS Football: Seniors Salute Stubler in Fitting Style GLENWOOD SPRINGS (10/25/19) – Alpha and Omega: the First and Last was celebrated by fourteen seniors on Glenwood Springs’ football team after a 45-8 win over Battle Mountain in their final home game at Nick Stubler Field. Kneeling in front of parents, students, and fans, senior co-captains Kelton McPherson, Spencer Cloud, Sam Fitzwilliams, and Elliott Walz ...
    • 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.