From the KMTS News Room:

    • Governor says Full Day Kindergarten will not be Temporary DENVER (AP) – Gov. Jared Polis says he’s confident the state can ensure full-day kindergarten funding in the years ahead. Polis told the Joint Education Committee on Wednesday that saving reserve funds for schools, higher local property taxes and dedicated work by legislators will ensure that instituting full-day funding won’t be a temporary experiment.
    • Craig’s Christmas Eve Fire Appears to have been Started by the Fire’s Victim CRAIG (AP) – Authorities believe a Colorado boy who died in a Christmas Eve fire at his house likely sparked the blaze himself.  Police Capt. Bill Leonard says materials found in the bedroom of 3-year-old Lane Ernest Cullen in Craig suggest he had been playing with fire.  He said the case is being sent to ...
    • Colorado Income Tax Reduction has been Rejected DENVER (AP) – Senate Democrats have rejected a GOP proposal to reduce Colorado’s individual and corporate income tax rate. The proposal, sponsored by Republican Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg and Rep. Rod Pelton, had won initial support in a tweet from Colorado’s new Democratic governor, Jared Polis.
    • Former Colorado Dentist Pleads Guilty FRISCO (AP) – A former Colorado dentist accused of illegally distributing prescriptions for sedatives and painkillers has pleaded guilty.  42-year-old Bonifacio Guillena pleaded guilty Monday in a Summit County court to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. A former employee at Guillena’s dental practice in Silverthorne told police in March 2018 that Guillena ...
    • Clean Up Continues Near Parachute Parachute– Two recent leaks from oil and gas facilities near Parachute has crews busy doing clean up.  A buried natural gas gathering line owned by Bargath,  ruptured last week north of Parachute.  Williams says its surface water monitoring results indicate it has stopped contaminants from continuing to reach Parachute Creek.  According to the Colorado Oil and ...
    • Fewer Students Enrolled in Colorado Public Schools DENVER (AP) – Colorado public schools recorded their smallest increase in student numbers in nearly 30 years. According to figures released by the state department of education 1,256 more preschool through 12th grade students were counted in October 2018 than the previous year for a total statewide enrollment of over 911,500 students. The increase from the ...
    • Teacher & Father of Two Killed in Monday’s Avalanche Aspen—The man killed in an avalanche on Monday morning near the Markley Hut in the Castle Creek Valley has been identified as Arin Trook.  The California native and Stanford graduate was well-known for his love of the outdoors and passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge of environmental science.  Trook was in his sixth year ...
    • Deadly Pitkin County Avalanche Aspen—An avalanche killed someone this morning outside of Aspen.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the victim,who’s name, age and hometown have not been released was caught in the slide near the Markley Hut.  At an elevation of over 10,000 feet, the Markley Hut area sees a high number of avalanches. The ...
    • December Unemployment up Slightly in Colorado Denver—Colorado’s jobless rate finished the year with a small increase. According to the state labor department, unemployment rose two-tenths of a percentage point from November to December to 3.5 percent.  Officials say the slight increase is due to a combination of factors; the number of people actively participating in the workforce increased by over 9,000 ...
    • Glenwood Springs Voters will Decide Fate of Street Tax Glenwood Springs—Will Glenwood Springs be able to fix it’s cracking, bumpy, aging streets?  It will be up to the voters to decide in April. Last night the Glenwood Springs City Council voted to place a proposed 3/4 cent sales tax increase on the ballot. Former council member Kathryn Trauger serves on the Financial Advisory Board ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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 ...
    • Varlamov to Undergo Season Ending Surgery DENVER (AP) – Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will undergo season-ending hip surgery in an effort to fix a lingering groin issue. He will have the procedure Thursday in Vail, Colorado. The 28-year-old Varlamov has been dealing with a nagging groin injury since December. He has a 6-17 record with a 3.38 goals-against average over 24 games ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: GLENWOOD BOYS HOLD OFF ‘DOGS TO SPLIT AT PALISADE PALISADE (1/26/17) – Visiting Glenwood Springs basketball fans had to be thinking, “Oh no, here we go again.” Two weeks ago, Palisade, now 3-16 after the Demon boys held on for a 51-44 road win, upset the Demons at home. Once again, the Bulldogs refused to roll over and play dead, but this time, Palisade’s ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR FOR GLENWOOD AT EAGLE VALLEY GYPSUM (1/23/17) – The look on Tatum Peterson’s face after a 36-34 loss at Eagle Valley required no words. No matter how it happens, heartbreak hurts. Glenwood’s girls basketball team had its first lead of the game over one of the Western Slope’s best teams with just over a minute to play, then lost on ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: DEMONS DISPATCH TIGERS AFTER DRUBBING IN FRUITA GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/20/17) – Whimsically dubbed, “The game that shall not be named,” a dual drubbing in Fruita the night before had no residual effect as Glenwood Springs’ boys and girls basketball teams got back on track with relatively easy wins over the visiting Summit Tigers. GLENWOOD GIRLS 46, SUMMIT 31 After an early 8-2 lead over ...
    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES Girls Glenwood—47    Steamboat Springs—42 Eagle Valley—36    Coal Ridge—19 Battle Mountain—43   Roaring Fork—40 Boys Glenwood—39    Steamboat Springs—38 Eagle Valley—72   Coal Ridge—63 Roaring Fork—57  Battle Mountain—43 NUGGETS WIN LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets withstood a furious late rally by the Los Angeles Lakers to hold on for ...