From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 
    • 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 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PLAYOFFS–4A Pueblo Centennial—3             Glenwood Springs—2   3A SOCCER  #17 Coal Ridge vs. # 16Resurrection Christian at Jefferson Academy, Friday, May 12th 5pm #19 Basalt vs. # 14 Salida at Manitou Springs High School, Friday, May 12th  6pm #21 Aspen vs. # 13 Middle Park at Liberty Common, Friday, May 12th HIGH SCHOOL ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: DEMONS, HUSKIES PLAY FREEZE-TAG IN SPLIT EDWARDS (4/29/17) – Baseball in December? Two days from May, and it felt like winter ball as Glenwood Springs and Battle Mountain split an error-plagued doubleheader where it was 32 degrees at first pitch of game one, and snowing by the time Chano Gonzalez struck out the final hitter in an 18-4, five-inning Demon victory ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Roaring Fork travels to Coal Ridge for a 3 o’clock game this afternoon.  The game will be broadcast live on the internet at KMTS.com and rebroadcast on the radio at 7 pm. GIRLS GOLF Rifle—The Rifle Invitational tees off at 10 am at Rifle Creek. TENNIS Aspen takes on Glenwood at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at ...
    • KMTS Baseball: SUMMIT SWEEPS GLENWOOD OUT OF FIRST GLENWOOD SPRINGS(4/8/17) – Gathered inside the announcer’s booth to eat their lunch and get out of the wind between games of a doubleheader they would eventually drop to Summit County, several Glenwood Springs’ baseball players shook their heads in agreement on Tiger pitcher Andrew Shaw, who had just fired a 3-hit, 15-strikeout shutout: he was ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: Romero Hurls Demons into First Place Tie GLENWOOD SPRINGS (4/5) – Steven Romero unveiled a new pitch in a 6-0 win over Eagle Valley, using a swift-breaking curveball to record six of his nine strikeouts, handing the Devils their first league loss and vaulting Glenwood Springs on top of the Western Slope League with a 3-0 record. Tristen Howe’s 2-run double capped a ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Lacrosse Glenwood at Vail Mountain      4 pm Soccer Glenwood at Fruita Monument  5 pm Coal Ridge at Roaring Fork         4 pm Basalt at Vail Christian                 3 pm Baseball Hotchkiss at Coal Ridge         4pm Rangely at Grand Valley        4pm Meeker at Roaring ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE Baseball Roaring Fork at Hotchkiss 4 pm Lacrosse Steamboat at Glenwood Springs 4 pm Soccer Glenwood at Palisade 4 pm Roaring Fork at Rifle  4 pm Montrose at Coal Ridge 4 pm MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE ROCKIES SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy will miss four to six weeks with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. Manager ...
    • SPORTS LONGHORNS LOSE HEARTBREAKING GREAT 8 GAME STATE 3A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Boys Denver—The magical 2016-17 season for the Basalt Longhorns came to end last night at the University of Denver’s Hamilton Gymnasium.  The 9th seeded Longhorns, led by Western Slope League Player of the Year Michael Glen’s 31 points, had the Kent Denver Sun Devils on their heels most ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Rifle Run Ends One Game Shy of Final Four WINDSOR (3/3/17) – There were tears all around as the Rifle Lady Bears’ run from the thirteen seed to the Final Four, and their 17-game winning streak, came to an end, 56-43 on the home court of number-five seed Windsor Friday night. The Wizards (20-6), who finished second in the Tri-Valley League, came out blazing, making ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Rifle Girls Ride Overtime Win to Great Eight COLORADO SPRINGS (2/28/17) — “All year we believed we could do this — a 13-seed upsetting a 4-seed,” Rifle’s Elly Walters said after the Lady Bears did just that in a 42-35 overtime win at Air Academy Tuesday. Distributing praise to her teammates in a post-game interview as well as assists on the court, Walters ...