From the KMTS News Room:

    • Hungry Beetles Continue to Ravage Colorado Forests Denver—Spruce beetles damaged over 178,000 acres of Colorado’s high country according to the state forest service. The agency’s annual report said wildfires consumed the second largest area in state history in 2018.  The report says dense, unhealthy forests, drought and warmer temperatures are to blame. Since 2000, the forest service says the beetle has destroyed ...
    • Local Rivers & Snowpack much Improved Basalt—Last week the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed sat at 116 percent of normal. Today, it’s 139 percent.  According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy, most SnoTel sites around the watershed saw an increase in the snow water equivalent (SWE) of around three inches. Meanwhile, steady rain boosted local river and stream flows to above ...
    • Aspen Airport Curfew Aspen—American Airlines may have to pay a fine for breaking curfew rules at Sardy Field this winter.  Pitkin County Attorney John Ely says an independent hearing officer will oversee a public hearing to decide if fines are warranted.  According to the rules, planes cannot take off from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport after 10:30 pm and ...
    • Another Banner Year for Rocky Mountain National Park FORT COLLINS (AP) – Rocky Mountain National Park recorded nearly 4.6 million visitors last year, making it the third most-visited national park in the U.S. The park ranked below Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 11.4 million visitors and Grand Canyon National Park with 6.4 million. According to the National Park Service, the number of visitors ...
    • Reinsurance Bill Passed by Colorado Committee Denver—Western Slope communities might get a little financial relief from exorbitantly high health costs under a bill that was passed this week by the Health and Insurance Committee.  The so-called “reinsurance” measure introduced by Carbondale Republican Senator Bob Rankin when he was in the house, was defeated last year.  This year’s version however has gained ...
    • Changes in Store for Colorado Oil and Gas Industry DENVER— The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will soon have less authority when it comes to drilling operations near residential areas.  Democrat leaders are promising sweeping changes in the way the state regulates oil and gas. Gov. Jared Polis and top lawmakers are introducing a bill making health and safety the top priorities of ...
    • New Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Named for the Silt Office Silt—After a long search, the Bureau of Land Management has a new field manager for the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt.  Colorado native and former Assistant Rifle District Ranger Larry Sandoval will be taking over.  Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta says “Larry brings a wealth of experience as both a resource specialist and ...
    • Craig Man Dies in Colorado Back Country STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) A man from Craig died after his snowmobile apparently broke down. Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers found the body of 64 year old Frank Yoast Friday afternoon near Dunckley Pass, west of Yampa. Search and Rescue President Jay Bowman says Yoast’s body was found farther up a trail from where his ...
    • Arrests Made in Multi-state Crime Spree ROSEBURG, Ore (AP) – Two men suspected in a crime spree across three states, including a deadly Colorado carjacking, have been arrested in Oregon. Oregon State Police said Sunday that 31-year-old Jose Lopez-Jovel and 30-year-old Matthew Anthony Fanelli are being held on multiple charges in separate county jails. Authorities say Lopez-Jovel and Fanelli are suspected ...
    • Colorado Court Rules to Allow Lawsuits in 2015 Planned Parenthood Shooting COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – A Colorado appeals court has ruled that victims of the 2015 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs can sue the nonprofit organization over what they argue was lax security. The ruling reverses a lower court decision that said only the accused shooter, Robert Dear, was liable for the ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Wounded Demons Fall to Winless Pueblo Central PUEBLO (9/30/17) – The Glenwood Demons’ football team was off to the best start since the championship year of 2008, winning its first three games before stumbling against Colorado Springs Harrison. In that game, junior running back Luke Gair left the game after being undercut and landing hard on the artificial turf. Before losing 27-17 at ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Aspen Air Show Upsets Coal Ridge Homecoming in League Opener PEACH VALLEY (9/29/17) – In a spectacular first quarter that resembled video-game football, five of the first six possessions in the Aspen-Coal Ridge Western Slope League opener ended in touchdowns. But it was defense that decided the outcome in a scoreless fourth period when Aspen twice stopped Coal Ridge’s punishing ground game inside the five ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: DEMONS LOSE BATTLE OF UNBEATENS AT HARRISON COLORADO SPRINGS (9/22/17) – Harrison High School junior running back Aumiere Shedrick, at 215 pounds, outweighed all but three Glenwood Springs defenders who tried to tackle him as the Panthers handed the Demons their first loss in four games, 36-22. Shedrick didn’t have break-away speed and reached the end zone only on a two-point ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES Volleyball Glenwood Springs—3  (10-0/4-0 WS)     Battle Mountain—1 Moffat County—3                     Roaring Fork—0 Soccer Glenwood Springs—9         Rifle—–4 Roaring Fork—4          CRMS—0 Coal Ridge—5               GJ Central—-0 MLB/ROCKIES SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Charlie Blackmon had a two-run double ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Glenwood Outlasts Storm, Drowns Sailors to Go 3-0 GLENWOOD SPRINGS (9/15/17) – Steamboat Springs’ football fortunes have drifted far from the glory days of the swift, one-armed Tom Southall and the statuesque, strong arm of Austin Hinder. Southall, a member of the Colorado High School Hall of Fame, and Hinder, who led the Sailors to the state championship game in 2009 before ...
    • NEWS COLORADO AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN Undated—More people were earning paychecks last month in Colorado.  According to the state labor department, over four thousand nonfarm payroll jobs were added from July to August and 17-hundred workers found jobs in the private sector. Statewide, the unemployment rate held steady at 2.4 percent while the national jobless rate went up ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Demons Outlast JFK for 2-0 Season Start GLENWOOD SPRINGS (9/8/17) – By winning its first two football games of the 2017 season, Glenwood Springs has raised the bar substantially, considering the last time a Demon team began 2-0 was the undefeated 3A State Championship year of 2008. Before expectations get too high, take note that, despite getting out to a 28-0 lead, and ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES Volleyball Glenwood—-3       Summit—-0 Coal Ridge—3        GJ Central—-0 Cedaredge—3        Roaring Fork—0 Eagle Valley—3     Rifle—-0 Soccer Battle Mountain—9    Rifle—0 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE   JFK at Glenwood Springs   7pm Florence at Rifle  7pm Aspen at Cedaredge   7pm Grand Valley at Basalt  7pm Battle Mountain at Roaring Fork 7pm Hotchkiss at Coal Ridge   ...
    • SPORTS LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES VOLLEYBALL Glenwood Springs—3                       Grand Junction Central—0 Rifle———–3                                    Summit—–1 Coal Ridge—-3                                 ...
    • SPORTS MLB  ROCKIES KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Danny Duffy and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Kansas City Royals hold off the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night. Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and retired the first two batters before walking DJ LeMahieu and allowing a homer to Nolan Arenado. BRONCOS UPDATE ENGLEWOOD, ...