From the KMTS News Room:

    • Garfield County COVID-19 Update
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The pandemic has health officials putting in a lot of long, hard hours. Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long says her department is working diligently with local hospitals and the state to report accurate numbers in an effort to track the virus, limit the spread and flatten the curve. She says once a ...
    • Governor Announces Plans for Slowly Reopening the State
      DENVER—Coloradans will begin to feel the weight of the COVID-19 restrictions lighten a little at a time starting next Monday, April 27th.  Governor Jared Polis says his Stay at Home order will transition to a recommendation of ‘stay home if you can.’ This is Phase 2 of his effort to get everyone back to work ...
    • Peach, Pear and Cherry Crops Affected by Recent Freeze
      GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Food suppliers in western Colorado said they are concerned about peach crops after a potentially devastating freeze struck Grand Valley orchards. National Weather Service meteorologist Kris Sanders reported a record low 19 degrees Monday in Grand Junction, two degrees below the previous record set in 1933 by an Arctic cold ...
    • Local Officials Roll Out Mobile Testing Lab
      The first COVID-19 mobile testing lab in Colorado will soon be rolling out in Pitkin County. The County’s Incident Command Trailer is being modified to conduct tests purchased from Aytu Bioscience. Pitkin County Incident Management Team spokesman Bill Linn says the mobile lab will go where it’s needed, rather than forcing residents to travel to ...
    • Voters Approve Sale of MOC to RFTA
      The City of Glenwood Springs can now sell the Municipal Operations Center to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. In yesterday’s special election, Glenwood voters approved ballot question A, 1019 for to 454 against. Mayor Jonathan Godes says the price and the contract have already been worked out with RFTA. In a letter of agreement, RFTA ...
    • Valley View, Grand River Hospitals Say Patient Volumes are Manageable
      Garfield County’s two hospitals say they are managing to keep up with patient needs during the pandemic. In Glenwood Springs, Valley View Hospital has collected 275 specimens through yesterday, 29 tests came back positive with five results pending. So far 15 patients have been admitted to the hospital since the outbreak, 12 have been discharged. On ...
    • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for Garfield County
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect at the stroke of midnight in Garfield County.  Sheriff Lou Vallario made the call after consulting with department heads throughout the valley including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the seven fire districts in Garfield County from De Beque to Carbondale. Last week’s ...
    • April 26 is Still Target to Lift Colorado Stay at Home Order
      The target date to lift the stay at home order in Colorado is still April 26. Governor Jared Polis says he feels good about gradually and slowly allowing people to emerge from their dwellings as the details will be released a few days prior. Polis and doctors warn that social distancing practices and thorough hand washing ...
    • Garfield County will not Require Facemasks
      Garfield County will not join the growing ranks of local governments imposing a facemask policy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Commission Chairman John Martin says the county has received several calls and emails from concerned citizens. He says the board follows the advice of the Health Department and the State, who have recommended, but ...
    • RFTA Gets the “Go Ahead” in Glenwood Springs
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority got the green light to continue serving passengers in Glenwood Springs. Last night, city councilman Charlie Willman made the motion to allow RAFTA to operate within the city limits despite the risks involved with the COVID-19 outbreak. Willman says he was satisfied with the additional safety measures RAFTA agreed ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS BASEBALL: DEMONS SOLIDIFY SECOND WITH SHUTOUT OVER EAGLE
      GYPSUM (4/24/19) – Efficient pitching and excellent defense, along with one big blast and one big inning keyed a 6-0 whitewashing of Eagle Valley and moved Glenwood Springs to a 4-1 Western Slope League record, solidifying the Demons’ hold on second place. For much of the 2019 season, coach Eric Nieslanik has been conducting tryouts to ...
    • The Avalanche will face The Sharks after a crazy Game 7 for San Jose
      AP – Barclay Goodrow scored 18:19 into overtime to send San Jose into the second round of the playoffs with a 5-4 win Tuesday night, capping a wild Game 7 that featured the Sharks erasing a three-goal deficit by scoring four times on a disputed major penalty in the third period and Vegas tying the ...
    • Rockies bring Murphy back from Injured List
      DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have reinstated infielder Daniel Murphy from the 10-day injured list before Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Murphy is in the lineup at first base and batting third. The 34-year-old fractured his left index finger diving for a grounder in the second game of the season. He was placed on the ...
    • Broncos Keep Quiet on Draft, but address Harris Jr’s Contract
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Denver Broncos general manager John Elway isn’t tipping his hand when it comes to quarterbacks in this week’s NFL draft. But Elway had plenty to stay about star cornerback Chris Harris, who is skipping the team’s offseason program. Elway says it’s voluntary so he’s not mad about his absence but he stressed ...
    • Nuggets Win Big in Game 5
      DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic comes within two assists of another triple double and Jamal Murray leads six Denver Nuggets in double figure scoring with 23 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 in Game 5 of their playoff series. Denver led by as many as 30 points before resting their ...
    • Local High School Sports Scores
      Baseball Coal Ridge—14                        Grand Valley—-4 Rifle—-11                                  Middle Park——2 Montezuma Cortez—13         Roaring Fork—-9 Montezuma Cortez—–5        Roaring Fork—–3 Soccer Glenwood Springs—-10        Rifle——0 Aspen—-10            ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: Glenwood Comes Back in Final Inning to Split with Rifle
      RIFLE (4/20/19) – After an error-fueled 10-3 loss in the opener of a doubleheader to the rival Rifle Bears, the winds of change helped Glenwood Springs come back from a 4-0 deficit in game two and earn a 7-5 win with a seventh-inning rally. A wild first inning provided a preview of what was to come ...
    • Broncos are Set-up to Take a Top Defensive Player in the Upcoming NFL Draft
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Denver Broncos general manager John Elway’s trade for Joe Flacco in the offseason sets him up to capitalize once again on a draft deep with defensive playmakers. The Broncos own the 10th overall pick and although there’s speculation Elway will draft a quarterback, it’s unlikely the prototype he likes will be available ...
    • Avalanche Will Try to Wrap-up the Series in Calgary Tonight
      DENVER (AP) – Calgary heads back home for Game 5 in a precarious situation. The top seed in the West trails Colorado 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Top scorer Johnny Gaudreau has been held to one assist in the first-round matchup. Teammate Mark Giordano has just two assists after finishing second in scoring among defensemen ...
    • Rockies find the Long Ball in Philly
      DENVER (AP) – Ryan McMahon homered twice and had five RBIs in his return to the lineup and Kyle Freeland pitched six scoreless innings as the Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Thursday night. McMahon had the first multi-homer game of his career and helped the Rockies snap a five-game home losing streak. Colorado ...