From the KMTS News Room:

    • Pine Gulch No Longer Largest in State History
      FORT COLLINS—The Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history. It has now burned almost 170 thousand acres. Officials say dry, gusty winds up to 50 miles per hour fanned the flames that have destroyed hundreds of mountain cabins east of Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire that has been burning since ...
    • Grizzly Creek Fire Still Burning
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Grizzly Creek Fire still isn’t out and in fact, it has been flaring up lately. In the last couple of days, the fire has grown by about 35 acres in the Upper Grizzly Creek Drainage. It has the attention of nearly a dozen firefighters including a Type-1 and Type-3 helicopter.  The total acreage ...
    • Drought, Fire Danger
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—A color-coded map illustrating Colorado’s current drought conditions is almost completely red. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 76 percent of the state is experiencing both “Extreme” and “Exceptional” drought, the two highest levels of drought. Fire danger remains high because of consistently warm, dry days and gusty winds. To keep up valley streams ...
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    • New Health Insurance Options for Region
      CARBONDALE—Affordable health care is a hot topic among candidates this election year, but a solution may have been found without politics right here on the western slope. A regional group of local businesses, doctors and hospitals came together to form the Valley Health Alliance to give people from Aspen to Parachute new and more affordable ...
    • Three Candidates Vying for Glenwood Springs Ward 2 Seat
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Rick Vorhees’ Ward 2 seat on the Glenwood Springs City Council has attracted three candidates so far. Retired contractor and former planning and zoning commission member Ray Schmahl has lived in Glenwood Springs for 36 years. 43 year old Ingrid Wussow is a realtor and once owned a bakery. The third candidate owns and ...
    • Riverside Middle School Students & Staff Quarantined
      NEW CASTLE—At least 56 students and five staff members at Riverside Middle School in New Castle will have to quarantine for the next two weeks. On Tuesday, the Garfield Re-2, School District was informed about someone testing positive for COVID-19. Officials with the district say all students and staff members will begin distance learning right ...
    • According To US officials: Climate Change Not a Threat to Rare Wolverine
      BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine. The move comes after government biologists determined the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought. A prior attempt to withdraw proposed protections was blocked by a judge in Montana who pointed to evidence ...
    • Dry Weather in Colorado Causes an Increase in Total Area in Exceptional Drought
      DENVER (AP) – The summer drought that lingered throughout Colorado has become worse. The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions and nearly 17% of the land area is in exceptional drought, the most extreme category. Conditions have deteriorated over the past year due to drier conditions, warmer temperatures ...
    • Colorado Health Insurance Costs Expected To Fall On Average
      DENVER (AP) – Filings with the Colorado Division of Insurance indicate the monthly cost of health insurance bought through the state’s exchange is expected to drop an average of 1.4% next year. Officials say a lot depends on where someone lives.  For example, residents in some counties on the Eastern Plains will see 12% increases ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Rockies Beat Athletics, as Senzatela Pitches a Complete Game
      DENVER (AP) – Antonio Senzatela pitched the first complete game of his career and Elias Díaz hit a two-run homer to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Tuesday night. Senzatela allowed six hits and retired his last eight batters against the AL West leaders for Colorado’s first complete game since German ...
    • Nuggets Shock Clippers in Game 7 to Advance to Western Conference Finals
      LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Denver’s dynamic duo of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic led another stunning turnaround as the Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009. Murray scored 40 points, Nikola Jokic had a triple-double by the third quarter and Denver again overcame a double-digit deficit to ...
    • Basalt & Meeker Split Double Header
      MEEKER—The Basalt Longhorns split a doubleheader with the Meeker Cowboys Tuesday.  The Lady Horns took the first game 8 to 5 while Meeker stormed back on their home field in the second game, with an 18-3 victory.
    • Palisade Ends Rifle’s Winning Streak
      PALISADE—The Palisade Bulldogs clinched the Western Slope League title and an automatic birth in the state softball tournament by defeating the Rifle Bears 11 to 0 in a five inning, mercy-ruled game.  Palisade starting pitcher Mikayla Talbott was dominant striking out 7 while limiting Rifle to just 4 hits. The Bears didn’t give themselves much ...
    • Fangio Blames Himself for Broncos’ Loss Monday Night
      DENVER (AP) – The Denver Broncos have surrendered the lead inside of 30 seconds a half dozen times in Vic Fangio’s 17 games as their head coach. The latest one resulted in a gut-wrenching loss to the Tennessee Titans and Fangio said Tuesday he blew it by not calling a timeout in the final minute ...
    • Von Miller Undergoes Surgery, & The Broncos Take on the Titans
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller has undergone surgery to repair a dislodged ankle tendon. The Broncos are hopeful Miller could be back in three months but there’s also a possibility Miller’s season is over before it began. The Broncos dodged a second serious injury with word that wide receiver Courtland Sutton ...
    • High School Softball
      PALISADE—In a non-league match up, the 2A Basalt Longhorns fell to the 3A Palisade Bulldogs 9 to 4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Basalt 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 4 7 0 Palisade 3 0 0 1 3 2 – 9 15 0 The Rifle Bears head to Gypsum to play the Eagle Valley Devils Saturday in a Western Slope doubleheader.  Game times are set for 11 am and 1 pm and will be broadcast live on KMTS.
    • Monday Night Football Changes Theme Song Again…
      (AP) – ESPN is switching from country to rock for their “Monday Night Football” theme song. The season will feature a new version of Little Richard’s hit “Rip It Up.” Hank Williams Jr. had sung the theme song for years in a version of his hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” Little ...
    • KMTS Softball: Lady Bears Rally for Doubleheader Sweep over Basalt
      RIFLE (9/3/20) — After a mercy-rule 11-1 opening game victory and a 10-run second-inning explosion, the 4A Rifle Lady Bears softball team seemed ready to cruise to a doubleheader sweep of the 3A Basalt Longhorns in non-league action Thursday. The Bears wound up winning the second game, 14-11, but it wasn’t easy. Basalt, which ...
    • High School Softball: Fruita Monument at Rifle
      Ron and Jack call their first game since COVID-19 shut down high school sports in March. Our complete High School Softball broadcast schedule can be found here. (Being our first broadcast in a while, there are some technical glitches…) http://www.kmtsaudio.com/audio/sports/softball/08-29-2020_Fruita_Monument_at_Rifle_–Incomplete-starts_late–.mp3