From the KMTS News Room:

    • Vernal Man Sentenced for Possessing Non-Native Sheep on Private Hunting Ranch GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A man has been sentenced for possessing prohibited, non-native sheep at his private hunting ranch in Colorado. 34-year-old Michael Gates pleaded guilty June 19 to illegally possessing and importing exotic sheep species. Gates received a one-year deferred judgment sentence. Authorities say the Vernal, Utah, resident procured the animals for clients to hunt at ...
    • Man Killed by Lightning DENVER (AP) – A Denver man has died after being struck by lightning while hiking on a Colorado peak. The 36-year-old man died while his 37-year-old wife sustained non-life threatening injuries Sunday on Bear Peak. Officials did not release their names. Officials say a call was made to 911 around 1 p.m. notifying authorities the man was unconscious ...
    • One Lane of Highway 325 Open State Highway 325 north of Rifle is open today with one lane of alternating traffic after a portion of the road collapsed into Rifle Creek on Friday. The road was completely closed Friday afternoon when the roadway collapsed past the center line. With no additional movement overnight, the Colorado Department of Transportation decided to open ...
    • Road Alert: Bank Failure on Hwy 325 North of Rifle 7/22/19 Update: -Repairs have begun,expect traffic delays with one lane of alternating traffic with an automated stop light controlling traffic. -Access to Rifle Falls and Rifle Fish Hatchery have delayed access do the road work. 8:40 AM 7/13/19 Update: Colorado Department of Transportation said there was no movement overnight. Highway 325 has been reopened at MM 7 with 1 ...
    • USDA Rural Development Glenwood Springs—With tax revenues expected to decline in the coming years, Garfield County is going to be hard-pressed to fund every program and project that comes along.  Fortunately, there’s help through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Sallie Clark is the Colorado State Director of Rural Development for the U.S.D.A.   The former El Paso County Commissioner ...
    • Senior & Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Glenwood Springs—Time is running out for Garfield County senior citizens to get a big break on their property tax bills. Thanks to Referendum A, passed by Colorado voters in 2000, 50% of the first $200,000 of actual value of a senior citizen’s primary residence is exempt from property tax while the state picks up the ...
    • Avalanche Debris could add to the Bark Beetle Problem ASPEN (AP) – Avalanche debris in Roaring Fork Valley could attract the forest-destroying bark beetle, but White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams says there’s little the agency can do to mitigate the threat. Heavy snowpack unleashed a series of avalanches over the winter that downed spruce and aspen trees in numerous areas – a ...
    • 4th of July Marks the End of Ski Season FRISCO(AP) – Officials with the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area  has ended the ski season with an Independence Day celebration. Ski area spokeswoman Katherine Fuller says the final day drew thousands of skiers and snowboarders to the resort on Thursday, officially ending at 2:30 p.m. Video shot by the resort shows several people carrying American flags ...
    • Nine People Rescued from Poudre River FORT COLLINS (AP) – Firefighters say they rescued nine people from the Poudre River in northern Colorado after getting reports of rafters in trouble. The Poudre Fire Authority said eight people were rescued off a small island in the river in LaPorte on Thursday and a ninth person was found in a tree in the ...
    • Grand Junction Fire Caused by Youth With Illegal Fireworks GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Authorities in western Colorado say an illegal firework set off by a juvenile started a brush fire that briefly led to the evacuation of seven homes. The fire burned about 9 acres in Connected Lake State Park and adjoining neighborhoods northwest of Grand Junction along the Colorado River on Thursday afternoon. ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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 ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: DEMONS CLINCH SECOND WITH SUMMIT SWEEP, AWAIT PLAYOFFS WEST GLENWOOD SPRINGS (5/7/18) – “We had to step it up today if we wanted to continue the season,” Glenwood Springs baseball coach Eric Nieslanik said as his team held onto second place in the Western Slope League with a sweep of Summit County in Monday’s make-up doubleheader. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the total ...
    • Glenwood Springs High School Names New Football Coach Glenwood Springs—After a nearly six month search, the Glenwood Demons have a new head football coach, Pat Engle.  Engle, who was the head coach of the Demons’ freshman program as well as the head varsity coach at Battle Mountain for four years was chosen among a strong field of candidates to replace Rocky Whitworth.  Whitworth, ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: Demons Sweep Huskies, Setting Up Summit Showdown Monday WEST GLENWOOD SPRINGS (5/5/18) – Sometimes the best-laid plans of mice and men actually do work out. At least for Glenwood Springs’ baseball coach Eric Nieslanik and his staff, the Demons’ 11-1, 11-0, doubleheader sweep of Battle Mountain, saving their number one and two starting pitchers for Monday’s games with Summit County, couldn’t have gone ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: MEEKER OUTLASTS COAL RIDGE IN LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT PEACH VALLEY (4/26/18) – Both teams combined for 366 pitches, 24 walks, and the WINNING team used nine pitchers, who threw 108 balls to just 80 strikes and hit SIX batters, overcoming those gifts to the opposition by scoring in EVERY inning. Oh, and the LOSING team scored eight runs in the first two innings ...
    • Patrick Roy Coaching Again QUEBEC CITY (AP) – Patrick Roy has returned to the Quebec Remparts as coach and general manager. The Hall of Fame goalie signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team. The 52-year-old Roy previously acted as part-owner, coach and GM of the Remparts from 2005-2013, winning a Memorial Cup in 2006. “The ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: BULLDOGS WALK OVER DEMONS TWICE IN FIRST-PLACE DUEL PALISADE (4/21/18) – The showdown for first place in the 4A Western Slope League lasted five and a half innings, plus two outs – then a barrage of walks, five straight to be precise, blew apart a 1-1 pitching duel, leading to a 9-1 Palisade win over Glenwood Springs in the first game of what ...