From the KMTS News Room:

    • Lake Christine Wildfire Recovery Effort Continues Basalt—The land that was destroyed 10 months ago by the Lake Christine Wildfire is healing itself but there’s a lot that people can do to speed up the process.  Several residents of Basalt and El Jebel  attended a public forum last night to get an update from  local and state officials regarding the ongoing recovery ...
    • Prescribed Burns to Take Place Today Glenwood Springs—Smoke will be visible in the valley today while a couple of prescribed burns take place.  Crews with the Upper Colorado River Inter-agency Fire Management Unit are treating 521 acres of mountain shrub, grass and aspen about a mile northwest of the Grizzly Creek trail-head.  A second burn northeast of the Buford-New Castle Road ...
    • New Basalt Fire Station Approved by Bureau of Land Management Basalt—Basalt firefighters will soon have a new fire station. The Bureau of Land Management just approved a two and a quarter acre right-of-way for the construction of a small fire station about four miles southwest of town on West Sopris Creek Road. The dual bay station will house a fire truck and a paramedic vehicle. ...
    • Charges Filed in Connection with Deadly Missouri Heights Roll-Over Basalt—Grief counselors will be on hand this week at Basalt High School for students and faculty trying to cope with the death of Tyler Ribich. The 16 year old junior was killed Friday  night in a rollover accident in Missouri  Heights near Fender Lane and Highway 82.  The Colorado State Patrol is still investigating the ...
    • Department of the Interior is Considering Moving BLM Headquarters to the Western United States Washington, D.C.—Grand Junction may be in the running to be the new home of the Bureau of Land Management.   The U.S. Interior Department says it plans to choose a Western city as the new headquarters for its vast public lands holdings by the end of September. Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary Scott Cameron told Congress on Tuesday ...
    • Regional Housing Needs, Assessment Study Discussed by Garfield County Commissioners Glenwood Springs—Jobs are plentiful, housing is not.  That about sums up a recent housing study and needs assessment that encompassed the region stretching from Battlement Mesa to Aspen to Western Eagle County.  David Schwartz, Executive Vice President of Denver-based Economic and Planning Systems conducted the study. He says the region is generating more demand for ...
    • Results of Regional Housing Survey to be Unveiled Glenwood Springs—There’s a major shortage of housing in the tri-county region according to the results of a recent study. The findings will be presented tomorrow morning during a special work session with the Garfield County Board of Commissioners. The study and needs assessment was comprehensive and looked at every community from Battlement Mesa to Avon ...
    • Victims of Fiery Crash Identified Lakewood—The four people killed last week when a semi slammed into stopped traffic on eastbound I-70 near the Colorado Mills Shopping Center were all men from Colorado.  The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified them as 61 year old Doyle Harrison of Hudson, 67 year old William Bailey of Arvada, Miguel Arellano of Denver and 69 ...
    • Regional Battles Over Greater Sage Grouse Las Vegas, NV—The federal government’s plan to drill for oil and gas in a remote section of northeast Nevada may be challenged in court by conservationists who claim it will harm the habitat of the Greater Sage Grouse.  The Center for Biological Diversity is threatening a lawsuit if the plan gets the green light from ...
    • Colorado Reinsurance Bill in Trouble DENVER (AP) – Colorado Senators Bob Rankin and Kerry Donovan are working frantically on a bill to cut rural health insurance premiums by having the state help private insurers. But the reinsurance bill has been drastically changed. The reinsurance bill faces tough odds with the session scheduled to end May 3. If it passes the ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Preseason High School Football and Volleyball this Weekend Glenwood Springs—The first volleyball match of the year will be played tonight at Glenwood Springs High School. The Demons, coming off a successful 2017 campaign, will host the Fruita Monument Wildcats tonight at 6:30. Aspen—The Glenwood Demons football team, under new Head Coach Pat Engle will put their skills to the test in a controlled scrimmage ...
    • Rockies over Braves 5-3 ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Braves rookie star Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the NL East leaders, one day after being plunked on the left arm by Miami’s Jose Urena. The 20-year-old slugger failed to hit a homer, snapping his streak of five straight games going deep, and the Colorado Rockies rallied ...
    • Elway Still Considering Backup QBs ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is trying to determine if he has his backup quarterback on his roster. Paxton Lynch has flopped this summer and Chad Kelly gets his chance this weekend against the Bears. If Elway doesn’t feel Kelly is ready to win games in a pinch, he’ll go ...
    • Former Denver Nugget Returns To Former Team, Again… DALLAS (AP) – Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract. The Mavericks announced the deal with the 14-year veteran. He started his career with the Mavericks in 2004, then was traded to New Jersey in February 2008. Harris returned to Dallas as ...
    • Ted Diaz Service Friday When the Rifle Bears Football team takes the field against Eagle Valley on August 31st, there will be an empty seat in Bear Stadium. Ted Diaz, who attended every home game for over 60 years passed away Monday. Born in Delta, he served in the Army during World War II and worked as a bus ...
    • Rapids Trade Forward for Midfielder COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer have acquired midfielder Kellyn Acosta from FC Dallas in exchange for forward Dominique Badji and an international roster spot. The teams will also swap first-round picks in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. The 22-year-old Acosta rose through the ranks as part of the FC ...
    • Tuesday Loss Means Wednesday Game 7 for Colorado River Valley Little League Team The Colorado River Valley Little League Team lost 8 – 2 to Academy last night, but can still bring home a State Championship trophy if they win game 7 at 6:00 Tonight.
    • Season Success for Local Little League Teams Season Success for Local Little League TeamsThe Three Rivers Juniors Division Little League team won the state championship last night. They will take on Texas East Friday night in the first round of the Southwest Regional Tournament in Grand Junction. Meanwhile, the Colorado River Valley Little League Team could also become state champions if they beat Academy tonight at 6:00.
    • Glenwood & Rifle Lady Golfers Bring Home The Hardware From The State Tournament Colorado Springs/Pueblo—The 2018 high school girls’ golf season will be one to remember fondly.  The Glenwood Demons brought home an impressive 2nd place plaque to add to the school’s trophy case.  The Demons were led by Lauren Murphy’s plus 22, two-day score and third place individual finish.  Glenwood’s four stroke lead after day one slipped ...
    • Rockies Lose To Dodgers Los Angeles, CA— Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night. The victory snapped the Dodgers’ five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14.  The Rockies close ...