From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • More Crews Assigned to Middle Mamm Fire as Size Grows to Almost 1,000 Acres Fueled by strong winds, the Middle Mamm Fire grew nearly three times by late Friday to 941 acres. Lynn Lockwood with the White River National Forest says winds pushed the fire north onto private land Friday, igniting a spot fire in dense spruce-fir stand in Gant Gulch. Lockwood says a number of smaller fires have ...
    • Closures in Effect Near Middle Mamm Fire As the Middle Mamm Fire continues to burn, officials with the White River National Forest have issued closures for firefighter access and public safety. The closure area on the White River National Forest includes several miles of Forest Service Trail 2160 from the West Mamm drainage to the intersection of the Battlements Trail (FST 2160) ...
    • Man Convicted & Sentenced in Death of 3 year old. COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – A Colorado man has been convicted of murdering a 3-year-old girl and was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole. An El Paso County jury has convicted 30-year-old David Klein Lake in the 2017 death of Bella Rich.
    • Evacuations Ordered due to South Central Colorado Wildfire SALIDA (AP) – High winds have spread a lightning-caused wildfire in central Colorado that’s prompted evacuation orders for several neighborhoods. Chaffee County sheriff’s and fire officials are alerting residents in areas south of Salida to leave their homes as the fire burned on national forest land about 9 miles south of town.
    • Black Market Marijuana Farmer Sentenced GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Asian man who was busted three years ago for running a black market marijuana farm in Rifle is headed to prison.  Long Luong was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.  Luong pleaded guilty last May for conspiring to grow and ship over 15-hundred pounds of illegally grown weed. The pot ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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  
    • Denver Native, Now Jacksonville Jaguar Returns this Sunday Against the Broncos JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Calais Campbell believes he should have scored in Denver in 2014. But the defensive lineman ended up getting arm-tackled at the 5-yard line by Peyton Manning. It was a trip Campbell will never forget. The gaffe still bothers him to this day. It’s especially painful this week as Campbell and the ...