From the KMTS News Room:

    • More COVID Relief Funds Available for Parachute Businesses
      PARACHUTE—The town of Parachute is once again going to bat for local businesses that are still struggling financially due to COVID-19. The town is offering a third round of grant funding through the Business Interim Relief Program.  Town Manager Stuart McArthur says businesses can apply for a grant of up to $1,000.00. He says the ...
    • Discrepancy in Garfield County COVID Deaths
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—How many people in Garfield County have died from COVID-19? The exact number isn’t known yet. Garfield County is reporting six while the state health department’s count is now up to 11.  Public Health Specialist Carrie Godes says the higher number may be correct but it has not been verified by Garfield County Coroner ...
    • Fauci Joins Polis in COVID Warning
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis joined the nation’s top infectious disease expert and urged people to wear masks and socially distance to prevent stay-at-home orders and overwhelmed hospitals as cases of the coronavirus surge during the holidays. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that Colorado isn’t alone in seeing a spike in cases. He ...
    • State Lawmakers Argue Over COVID Relief
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature is plowing ahead on special session legislation to provide limited state relief to businesses, students and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have overcome Republican objections to the scope of the aid and GOP attempts to limit the Democratic governor’s ability to decree public health orders. The Senate ...
    • Garfield County Commissioners Respond to COVID Public Concerns
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners feel they’ve been unfairly blamed for prioritizing money over public health. Commission Chairman John Martin says for the official record, the county is compiling all the e-mails and phone messages from concerned and even angry citizens. He says some of the comments are misguided and misinformed. Martin says ...
    • State Lawmakers Report for Special COVID-19 Session
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers went back to work today for a special session called by by Gov. Jared Polis to pass bills offering sales tax relief and state grants to small businesses, tenants and public school districts affected by the pandemic. Legislators have unveiled bills offering a combined $280 million to help small firms ...
    • Garfield County COVID Cases Climb
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s COVID-19 count continues to climb. Between November 15th and the 28th, 610 people tested positive for the virus. That raises the average to over 43 cases per day. The total count is now up to 2,191.  Statewide, over 230 thousand COVID-19 cases have been reported with more than 3,000 deaths.  While local ...
    • Garfield County now Orange on the COVID-19 Dial
      Despite pleas from the Board of County Commissioners, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Garfield County to the orange high-risk level due to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. The CDPHE did compromise though, allowing a number of variances to remain in place; Instead of a 25% seating capacity for restaurants and ...
    • Garfield Sheriff Cuts Animal Control From Budget
      Glenwood Springs—Animal control is being dropped by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Lou Vallario was forced to cut the half-million-dollar program from his 2021 budget.  He says when he decided to cut the popular program it was painful.  He brought the program back in 2004.  “It’s been hugely successful in the county. Everything from ...
    • Polis Calling Special Session to Deal With COVID Impacts
      DENVER— DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced a special COVID-19 legislative session to discuss a $220 million stimulus package to aid bars, restaurants, tenants, landlords and students. Polis says it includes tax relief for restaurants and bars affected by capacity limits, funds for child-care providers, rental assistance for tenants and landlords and ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Rockies Release Familiar Players
      DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have decided not to offer a 2021 contract to outfielder David Dahl. The former first-round draft pick had an injury-riddled career in Colorado. Dahl, an All-Star in 2019, is recovering from right shoulder surgery after underdoing an operation in September. The Rockies also non-tendered catcher Tony Wolters and right-hander ...
    • All of the Broncos QB’s Return to Action
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Drew Lock and Brett Rypien returned to the Denver Broncos’ practice after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Broncos also decided to isolate practice squad veteran Blake Bortles. All three quarterbacks were banned from last weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints after failing to wear their masks around quarterback Jeff Driskel ...
    • Nuggets Re-sign Veteran Forward
      DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets have re-signed forward Paul Millsap to a one-year deal. Millsap has spent the last three seasons in Denver, averaging 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a steal in 159 games. Although Millsap, 35, played fewer minutes (24.3) last season than he had in any season since 2007-08, he remained highly ...
    • The “Quarterback-less” Broncos Fall to the Saints
      DENVER (AP) – The Broncos promoted a rookie practice squad receiver to play quarterback Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Kendall Hinton completed just one of nine passes in the Broncos’ 31-3 loss. Hinton played quarterback for three years at Wake Forest before moving to wide receiver for his redshirt senior season last year. The ...
    • Lock Doubtful for Broncos
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Drew Lock’s bruised ribs prevented him from practicing Wednesday when the Denver Broncos installed their game plan for Miami with backup Brett Rypien running their patchwork offense. Joining Lock on the sideline was Denver’s leading receiver, tight end Noah Fant, who also has sore ribs. The pair’s status is uncertain for Sunday when the ...
    • Drew Lock Expected to Play Tomorrow
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Quarterback Drew Lock is expected to return to action Sunday for the Denver Broncos’ twice-delayed game at New England. Lock has been out since spraining his right shoulder on a sack at Pittsburgh in the second week of the season. Lock says he spent the last few weeks studying quarterbacks to learn ...
    • McManus Out To Prove He Can Make History
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has been on a tear ever since his coach summoned him back to the sideline last December rather than let him attempt a record 65-yard field goal against the Chargers. McManus has nailed 15 of 17 field goals since then. He’s kicked five field goals of 50 ...
    • Broncos & Patriots Game Rescheduled to Monday Night
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – For the second straight week, the Patriots are heading into a game after having their preparations disrupted by a teammate testing positive for the coronavirus. Cam Newton tested positive prior to last week’s matchup with Kansas City and missed the game. This week cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined him on the reserve/COVID-19 ...
    • CU Begins Football Practice
      BOULDER (AP) – The Colorado Buffaloes have received approval from health officials to begin football practice. New head coach Karl Dorrell and his team kick off fall camp Friday. The Pac-12 voted last month to resume the season after postponing it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are ...
    • Old “Friends” & Old “Enemies” Return When Tampa Bay Comes to Denver Sunday
      DENVER (AP) – Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos doesn’t just represent Tom Brady’s return to a city where he’s won just four of 11 starts. It’s also Shaq Barrett’s homecoming. The NFL’s leader in sacks last season spent five years in Denver before leaving in free agency for Tampa. Barrett ...