From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • Bustang sees a significant Passenger Increase in it’s 3 years of Service DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s intercity bus service has expanded rapidly across the state since its debut in 2015. Ridership on the Bustang service has increased from nearly 9,000 passengers in January 2016 to more than 21,000 passengers last month. CDOT will work with its Bustang contractor to bolster driver recruitment and ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demons Fall to Defending State Champs, 100-49 PUEBLO (2/25/17) – Pueblo West is the defending 4A state champion “for a reason,” Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock said after his team witnessed the Cyclones’ furious style of play in a 100-49 second-round state tournament elimination Saturday. “They’ve got scorers, size, and a chance to win it all again,” Hitchcock observed. David Simental exceeded his ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Lady Bears Climb Over Green Mountain to Sweet Sixteen RIFLE (2/24/17) – Newton’s third law of motion was proven again and again as the Rifle Lady Bears edged Green Mountain in a topsy-turvy, Jekyll and Hyde 38-35 second-round 4A playoff game. For every action the number 13-seeded Bears (21-3) took, from Elly Walters’ opening game basket to her seeming 3-point dagger with 3:50 to go ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: DEMONS FINISH LONG ROADIE BY SWEEPING BATTLE MOUNTAIN EDWARDS (2/10/17) — There was a time when winning two basketball games at Battle Mountain wasn’t much of a challenge. Not so anymore with the dominating Devin Huffman and mighty mite Monique Stevens keeping both Husky teams in the upper half of Western Slope League play, each capable of taking over a game. So ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: GLENWOOD’S ROAD TRIP CONTINUES WITH A SPLIT AT STEAMBOAT STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (2/9/17) – The effect of two mid-week road games was evident at the start of both the Glenwood boys and girls games at Steamboat Springs Thursday night, with each team struggling to make shots. The Lady Demons, however, recovered from a horrendous 1-for-18 first quarter to defeat the Sailors, 33-23, winning their third ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Overcomes Altitude to Sweep Summit FARMER’S CORNER (2/7/17) — “My shot has been off most of the season; tonight it was there,” Glenwood’s Maddie Bolitho understated after scoring a career-high 20 points and sinking four 3-pointers as the Lady Demons defeated Summit, 55-30, in Frisco, Tuesday. The Glenwood Springs boys basketball team used a different approach as nine players scored ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: RIFLE GIRLS EDGE PALISADE FOR FIRST PLACE; BOYS UPSET BY ‘DOGS RIFLE (2/3/17) — Legend has it that Roger Walters, coach of the Rifle boys basketball team, once made one hundred straight in the early morning free throw ladders in the Bears Den during his playing days. True or not, there’s no doubting daughter Elly, a junior who makes 75 per cent from the line ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: GLENWOOD GIRLS RECOVER, OVERCOME DEVILS GLENWOOD SPRINGS (2/2/17) – On Ground Hog Day, with help from their only senior, the Glenwood Springs Lady Demons avoided repeating a two-point loss to Eagle Valley, recovering from an opening 10-0 salvo by the Devils and winning their last home game of the season, 39-37, Thursday. The Glenwood boys weren’t able to duplicate the girls’ ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING Undated—The defending 182 pound state champion from Glenwood Springs has his eyes on a second state title.  In this week’s rankings from On the Mat, senior Myles Wilson is number 1 followed by Palisade’s Terrance Williams. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Undated—The highest ranked team from the local area is the Basalt Longhorns in boys basketball.  With ...
    • Assistant CU Football Coach Resigns Amid Assault Claims BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Colorado assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin has resigned at the athletic department’s request after his former girlfriend said he repeatedly physically assaulted her. His resignation is effective Jan. 31 and coach Mike MacIntyre will conduct a quick search for a replacement with spring ball set to begin in less than a month. Tumpkin, ...
    • Nuggets Win, Jokic Leaves With Injury DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists before leaving with an injury late in the game and the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 127-120 on Thursday night. Jokic went down hard under the Phoenix basket with 1:47 left. He was on the floor for a while with the entire ...