From the KMTS News Room:

    • Garfield RE-2 Students Report Monday
      RIFLE—Students in the Garfield RE-2 School District report back to school on Monday, April 6th. Every student will join their teachers through Google Classroom. Teachers have been preparing lesson plans for the remainder of the school year and students have been issued their Chromebooks to gain access. Students have been instructed to check their e-mail ...
    • Tipton Supports Resolution Condemning Chinese Government
      WASHINGTON, D.C.—Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton believes the Communist Chinese government deliberately lied about the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak. He’s co-sponsoring a resolution holding China accountable for the pandemic. Tipton says the White House confirmed a report that China provided faulty Coronavirus data to the World Health Organization. Tipton says the loss of life ...
    • Rifle Council Approves Reduced Amount for Traveler Service
      RIFLE—Take it or leave it.  The Rifle City Council is telling the Traveler to accept less money this year, come up with a better plan or scrap the service altogether. The proposed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for the senior transportation service called for a $133,000.00 contribution. That’s a $15,000.00 increase over last year and $33,000.00 over ...
    • Rescued Animals from Tiger King now Live in Keenesburg
      KEENESBURG, Colo. (AP) – The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, has for several years been home to dozens of animals rescued from the roadside zoo in rural Oklahoma featured in the newly released Netflix documentary, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Thirty-nine tigers and three black bears from Joe Exotic’s G.W. Zoo were brought ...
    • Local Hospitals Release COVID-19 Data
      Local hospitals released some numbers related to COVID-19. Valley View Hospital reports 175 tests conducted so far, 22 have come back positive, 2 are still pending. Eleven individuals have been admitted to the hospital. The numbers aren’t too alarming coming out of Grand River Health in Rifle. So far 137 COVID-19 tests have been done with ...
    • Volunteers Needed in Carbondale
      The Town of Carbondale is looking for volunteers to help senior citizens at this time of crisis. The recently formed Carbondale emergency task force is on a mission to recruit volunteers for a wide range of important functions. They need runners who can perform errands and deliver things like groceries and medicine. “Care callers” are ...
    • State Patrol Offers Advice on How to Spot a Police Impersonator
      DENVER (AP) – Some Colorado law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in police impersonators pulling over drivers since the governor ordered residents to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Police in Aurora, Greeley and Erie have been in contact about similar police impersonator cases. Democratic Governor Jared Polis issued the ...
    • First Garfield County COVID-19 Death
      Garfield County officials are reporting the first death from COVID-19. A press release indicates the woman, in her 70’s, had significant other health issues. No other information about the woman’s death was released.
    • Second COVID-19 Victim Found in Aspen
      Pitkin County Authorities have confirmed a second death from the COVID-19 virus. According to a press release from the Pitkin County Incident Management Team, 55-year-old Pauli Laukkanen actually died Sunday, but was not found until Tuesday when Aspen Police were called to conduct a welfare check. Pitkin County Coroner, Dr. Steven Ayers says Laukkanen had complained ...
    • Construction, with Restrictions, is Still Allowed in Garfield County
      To clear up confusion about some of the shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak and the stay at home order issued by Governor Polis, Garfield County issued a press release clarifying that are critical and are exempt from the states stay at home order under specific guidelines; Social distancing requirements must be met. Crews are ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Mixed Results for CU Women’s & Men’s Basketball
      BOULDER (AP) – Tyler Bey scored a career-high tying 27 points, Shane Gatling had 26 and Colorado led throughout to beat UCLA 93-68. Both Bey and Gatling were dominating in the paint, scoring on an array of dunks, layups and short jumpers in the lane. LAS VEGAS (AP) – Courtney Ekmark scored 18 points and No. ...
    • Broncos to Trade Keenum
      WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins are acquiring quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos for a swap of 2020 draft picks. The parameters of the pending deal include a reworking of Keenum’s contract, with the Broncos paying him a $500,000 restructuring bonus and picking up half of the $7 million he was guaranteed in ...
    • High School Playoff Basketball
      4A Girls Broomfield—The Glenwood Lady Demons, the 34th seeded team in the 48-team bracket take on the 2nd ranked Holy Family Tigers tonight in a second round playoff game.  Tip off is set for 6 o’clock and will be broadcast live on KMTS. 3A Girls Grand Junction—Central High School will be the venue for the Western Slope 3A ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: STRONG FINAL QUARTER MOVES GLENWOOD GIRLS TO ROUND TWO IN STATE PLAYOFFS
      LITTLETON (2/19/19) — Ximena Gutierrez paused at the top of the key, dribbling the basketball with one hand and gesturing to her teammates with a palm-down, “Stay cool, we’ve got this,” motion. After an eleven-turnover third quarter and a 3-pointer that drew host Littleton within two points, that show of poise and leadership ...
    • KMTS Basketball: GLENWOOD BOYS EARN LEAGUE TITLE IN OT; GIRLS FALL AGAIN
      PALISADE (2/15/19) — With three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Palisade in-bounded the ball to Watts Erb at the top of the free throw circle and the 6-3 junior’s three-pointer swished through the net just before the buzzer, producing a sustained roar from the home fans and sending Glenwood Springs into an overtime attempt ...
    • KMTS Basketball: LADY DEMONS STUMBLE; GLENWOOD BOYS CRUISE PAST HUSKIES
      EDWARDS (2/12/19) — Coming into last weekend, both Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams were on extended winning streaks and in control of their 4A playoff destiny. As Valentine’s Day approaches, both Demon squads had their hearts and hopes — if not broken, certainly disappointed, having been tied for first place in Western Slope ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demons Stay in Title Race with Devils Sweep
      GYPSUM (2/7/19) — Free throws should be easier than shots behind the three-point line, but both Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams struggled early in the season at the charity stripe, while rising to the top of the Western Slope League standings largely on their long-distance shooting. Facing a pair of “trap” games at ...
    • Local High School Basketball Scores
      HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES from 1/29/2019 GIRLS GLENWOOD – 67 over SUMMIT – 34 BASALT – 53 over RIFLE – 32 GRAND VALLEY – 41 over PAONIA  – 31 BOYS GLENWOOD – 79 over SUMMIT – 55 RIFLE – 58 over BASALT – 24 GRAND VALLEY – 52 over PAONIA – 44
    • The Week Before the Super Bowl brings Possible Rule Changes and Lawsuit Rulings for the NFL
      NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Key rulings are expected soon in a lawsuit against the NFL filed by two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders upset with the outcome of the NFC championship game. The suit calls for the NFL to invoke a rule that could result in a do-over of the game, which ended with ...
    • Vonn & Shiffrin Named to U.S. Ski Team
      (AP) – Lindsey Vonn has been named to the U.S. ski team roster for the world championships, paving the way for a possible return to the starting gate despite her aching knees. Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin highlight the 13-athlete American squad for the event that begins next week in Sweden. Vonn skipped the World Cup ...