From the KMTS News Room:

    • Hickenlooper Staunch on Death Penalty (AP) – Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’d suspend the federal death penalty if elected president. Hickenlooper made his pledge in a CNN town hall.
    • Roaring Fork Watershed Snow-pack Basalt—Two weeks ago the snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed was 116% of normal.  Today it’s at 158%.  According to the latest report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the all-important snow water equivalent (SWE) saw a big jump at all Sno-Tel sites in the watershed with an average increase of 3.5%.  The snowpack at the ...
    • Man Kidnapped & Tortured in Eagle County Edwards, CO/Kansas City, MO.—Three  men who kidnapped and tortured a man at a home in Edwards over a missing duffel bag filled with drug money are going to prison.  The victim, who’s name is being withheld, was assaulted with a hammer and tip snips while his captors tried to get information out of him. Authorities ...
    • RE-2 Superintendent Retiring Rifle—One more year and he’ll call it a career. Garfield Re-2 School Superintendent Brent Curtice announced that next year will be his 38th and final year in education.  Curtice began his stint with Garfield Re-2 in exactly three years ago. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of schools in Moffat County. Colorado’s 2004 “Principal ...
    • Garfield County Sheriff Opposed to the “Red Flag” Bill Glenwood Springs—Like most of his law enforcement colleagues in Colorado, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is opposed to the so-called “Red Flag” bill that aims to keep guns out of the hands of people considered a danger to themselves or others. Some counties and sheriffs are threatening to defy the law by declaring themselves as ...
    • Federal Restrictions on Sage Grouse Habitat Lifted Billings, Montana—The federal government has finalized changes to land use plans for Colorado and 10 other western states to ease energy industry restrictions  in a way officials say will protect the Greater Sage Grouse.  Environmentalists say the changes will undermine protections for the ground-dwelling bird. Acting Bureau of Land Management Director Brian Steed says the ...
    • “Bomb Cyclone” is Similar to a Hurricane DENVER (AP) – Meteorologists say the storm raging across the West and Midwest was caused by a sudden and severe drop in air pressure called a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis.” Low air pressure is how meteorologists measure the strength of a storm, and this is the strongest in Colorado since at least 1950. Pressure readings ...
    • Members Durango City Government Accused of Violating State Laws DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A Durango resident has accused the city’s manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase. The Durango Herald reports John Simpson has filed a complaint with Durango City Clerk Amy Phillips, alleging Mayor Sweetie Marbury; city councilors Chris Bettin, Dean Brookie and Dick White; ...
    • Hospital Expenditures Must Now be Disclosed DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Senate has tentatively endorsed bipartisan legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures in an effort to help lower health care costs. The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the bill.
    • Spring 2019 Issues and Answers 

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Basketball: Glenwood Snuffs Devils Long-Distance Missiles; Bolitho Comes up Clutch as Lady Demons Overcome Eagle Valley GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/13/18) – Advised prior to Saturday’s first-place showdown with Eagle Valley’s three-point bombers that the Devils had put up 53 long-distance shots in a two-point win over Rifle earlier that week, Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock was succinct and confident, “We’re not gonna zone ‘em; it’ll come down to execution and good defense.” That ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Devils Drown Bears in 3-Point Deluge; Lady Bears Cruise to Sixth Straight Win GYPSUM (1/11/18) – The students were standing, the crowd inside the gym known as the Devils’ Inferno was roaring with every possession, clutch free throw, or dramatic 3-pointer. The playoff atmosphere through the final minutes of Eagle Valley’s ten-point comeback for a 76-74 victory over the visiting Rifle boys challenged the fact that the two ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Demons Overcome Injuries, Sweep Battle Mountain EDWARDS (1/12/18) – It was David versus Goliath, minus the slingshot. Missing their leading rebounder, the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team was facing a Battle Mountain front line that went 6-8, 6-5, 6-5. Angel Garcia, whose 26 points led all scorers in a scrambling 73-64 comeback from a ten-point first-half deficit, said the height disparity ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES Girls Rifle—-36       Palisade—–21 Boys Palisade—44     Rifle—–42   Friday games Roaring Fork at Delta  5:30 Girls, 7pm Boys NBA Utah at Denver COLLEGE BASKETBALL Men Colorado—90    #4 Arizona State—81  OT NFL / GRUDEN BACK TO THE RAIDERS ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach. A person with knowledge of the ...
    • Nuggets Over Utah Jazz 107-83 DENVER (AP) – Jamal Murray was given the job as Denver’s starting point guard before the season began. He is proving to be a worthy choice. Murray scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter and the Nuggets overcame the ejection of Nikola Jokic to beat the Utah Jazz 107-83 on Tuesday night. Murray has ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES Girls Glenwood Springs—43       Greeley West—28 Boys Glenwood Springs—59       Greeley West—58 Montrose—53                       Coal Ridge—49 WRESTLING Glenwood Springs—47       Battle Mountain—24 Green Mountain—66           Rifle—-9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / CSU RAMS Colorado State is playing in its fifth consecutive bowl game but has lost in its ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: THRILLING FINISH KEYS TOURNEY SWEEP OF EAGLES GLENWOOD SPRINGS (12/7/17) — Perennial 3A state champion contending Faith Christian was cruising to a double-digit victory over Glenwood Springs in the opener of the boys Demon Invitational Thursday when the unexpected happened – in stages, concluding with Aaron Smith’s buzzer-beating layup for a 58-56 win. The Glenwood girls had polished off the Eagles ...
    • Glenwood Demons Last Football Game Canceled (KMTS TO COVER RIFLE-PALISADE LEAGUE TITLE GAME) Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Demons varsity football season is officially over.  The Demons, hoping to play one last game this Friday night against the Eagle Valley Devils in Gypsum, learned today the game has been forfeited.  Glenwood Springs High School Athletic Director Craig Denney was informed that Eagle Valley’s once ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Demons Overcome Adversity to Win at Summit FRISCO (10/20/17) – If adversity reveals character, then the Glenwood Springs football team showed plenty in a 24-7 Western Slope League win at Summit Friday. Hours before what was going to be a playoff-tinged, third-place WSL showdown game, the Demons found that their four previous wins, including last week’s league victory over Battle Mountain, had been ...
    • KMTS Game of the Week: Demons Survive Turnover Battle With Huskies GLENWOOD SPRINGS(10/13/17) – In a freaky Friday the 13th festival of miscues, the Glenwood Demons celebrated Homecoming by halting a three-game losing streak and handing Battle Mountain its fifth straight loss, 21-14. The two teams combined for a dozen fumbles, eighteen penalties, and eight turnovers. The decisive play of the game followed, naturally, an exchange of turnovers ...