From the KMTS News Room:

    • Online Participation Up & Running for Oil & Gas Rule-making Denver—If you have something to say about the new ruled being put together for Colorado’s oil and gas industry, you don’t have to travel across the state to be part of the conversation.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is encouraging citizens to get involved through an online portal. Simply go to the COGCC ...
    • Glenwood Springs City Council Votes to Open 7th Street Glenwood Springs—Restaurant row will be opened to traffic. After a lengthy discussion and debate and several citizens weighing in, the Glenwood Springs city council decided to open the new and aesthetically pleasing 7th Street.  The 4 to 3 council  vote went against the recommendation of city engineer Teri Partch to keep the street closed to ...
    • Rifle Election Ballots Trickling In Rifle—The city of Rifle has a big election coming up next Tuesday but you wouldn’t know it judging by the number of ballots that have been returned. City Clerk Kristy Christensen says her office sent out over 4,700 ballots but so far only 10 percent have been mailed back.  Christensen is concerned because people may ...
    • Judge Pleads Guilty to DWAI Charge GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A Colorado state judge who was charged with driving under the influence could avoid jail time after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. Mesa County District Judge Lance Timbreza pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving while ability impaired. A visiting judge, Jonathan Pototsky of Rifle who was appointed by the state Supreme ...
    • The 150th State Fair Ends with Record Attendance PUEBLO (AP) – Despite record high temperatures, attendance increased at the Colorado State Fair this year. Fair General Manager Scott Stoller says the fair held in Pueblo recorded 466,380 visitors, which is up by 21,904 people from a year ago. The 150th fair came to an end Monday when the thermometer hit a record 102 ...
    • Adams County Enacts Oil & Gas Rules DENVER (AP) – Adams County has enacted its own rules for oil and gas drilling, taking advantage of a new law that lets local governments impose tougher regulations than the state.   Adams County commissioners approved the rules Tuesday, including a requirement that new wells be at least 1,000 feet from homes. That’s double the state ...
    • One Democratic Senate Candidate Drops Out DENVER (AP) – A leading candidate in the crowded Colorado Senate Democratic primary is ending his campaign. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston becomes the first casualty of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s late entry into the race. Hickenlooper last month dropped his presidential bid and instead announced he wanted to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. ...
    • Middle Mamm Fire Growing, Public Meeting Planned RIFLE—The wildfire that’s been burning 10 miles south of Rifle for over a month continues to grow steadily.  On windy days, the smell of smoke can be strong coming from the Middle Mamm Fire and will often lead to a lot of calls from concerned citizens.  That’s one reason officials with the Upper Colorado River ...
    • Sunrise Court Fire Fully Contained Glenwood Springs—The Sunrise Court Fire south of Glenwood Springs is fully contained.  That official declaration was made at 7 o’clock this morning. The fire that broke out around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon on the hillside near the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport burned almost 20 acres…19.7 to be exact.  Several residents in the area had to be ...
    • Court of Appeals Denies Sentence Reduction for Convicted Sex Offender GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – The Colorado Court of Appeals has declined to reduce the 204-year prison sentence for a man convicted of sexually assaulting children. The court last week rejected David Relaford’s arguments that the jury was unfairly biased at his trial.The 46-year-old Grand Junction man was convicted in 2014 of kidnapping and 26 counts ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Giants Sweep Rockies DENVER (AP) – Brandon Crawford homered three times and drove in nine runs over the course of two games Monday, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the nightcap to complete a sweep of a split doubleheader. Crawford followed Stephen Vogt’s homer off Chi Chi Gonzalez ...
    • Giants Clobber the Rockies, 19-2 DENVER (AP) – Brandon Crawford went 5 for 6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs, and the Giants scored a season-high in runs in a 19-2 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday in the first game of a split doubleheader. Mike Yastrzemski ...
    • Family Confirms Death of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died. He was 75. In a statement on the team’s website, Bowlen’s family says he died late Thursday night at home surrounded by loved ones. The statement ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: 4A All-Stars Use Late Hitting & Pitching in Comeback Win RIFLE (5/29/19) – Delayed by a day due to the threat of rain, the 4A Western Slope All-Stars fell behind 4-0 and committed eight errors in the first five innings before the bats woke up and the pitchers got tough in an 8-6 win over the 3A WSL All-league team at Rifle’s Cooper Field Wednesday ...
    • 4A Western Slope All Conference Baseball Team Announced (local players only) First Team All Conference / Honorable Mention Glenwood Demons Tyler Dollahan, Sr.—Catcher Sebastian “Chano” Gonzalez, Sr.—Shortstop/Pitcher Dylan Lee, Sr.—-1st base/Pitcher Honorable Mention Garrett Dollahan, Soph.—Right field Wheatley Nieslanik, Soph.—Pitcher/Third Base Cole Houston, Jr. —Center field/Pitcher Ash Stolley, Jr.—Left field Rifle Bears Derek Wagler, Jr.—Shortstop/Pitcher Randy Starks, Sr.—Pitcher/Catcher Eddie Medina, Sr.—Pitcher/Catcher/Third base Honorable Mention Levi Warfel, Jr.—Center field Wyatt Warfel, Sr.—First base Coach of the Year—Nate Porter, Palisade Player of the Year—Stevenson ...
    • KMTS PLAYOFF BASEBALL: GLENWOOD & RIFLE FALL IN LENGTHY FIRST ROUND GAMES THORNTON (5/17/19) – First, there were no umpires, then there were lightning delays, so Rifle’s first-round 4A state playoff game, which was to begin at 10 a.m. at Skyview High School, finally ended three-and-a-half hours later with the 8th-seeded Bears falling to the top-seeded Wolverines, 7-3. Arriving for their scheduled 12:30 game, the 5th-seeded Glenwood Springs ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: GLENWOOD SWEEPS SAILORS, TO SET UP DEVIL-DEMON SHOWDOWN WEST GLENWOOD (5/11/19) – With a doubleheader sweep over Steamboat Springs, the Glenwood Demons are in position to clinch second place in the Western Slope League by defeating Eagle Valley in the regular season finale on Monday. Wheatley Nieslanik dominated the Sailors in the opening game, limiting them to three hits, two unearned runs, and striking ...
    • Rapids Loose Midfielder to Kansas City KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Sporting Kansas City has acquired veteran midfielder Benny Feilhaber from the Colorado Rapids. In exchange, Colorado gets 22-year-old defender Abdul Rwatubyaye and an undisclosed draft pick. The 34-year-old Feilhaber joined Sporting KC in 2013 and helped lead the club to the MLS Cup title. He wound up scoring 32 goals ...
    • Florida vs. Colorado in 2028 GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) –  The Gators and the Buffalos will meet for the first time ever in 2028, unless they meet in a playoff or bowl game.  Florida and Colorado have scheduled a home-and-home series beginning in 2028. The first game will take place Sept. 9, 2028 in Gainesville, with the Gators traveling to Boulder, ...
    • Rockies Starter has to Wait to Regain Form After Game gets Postponed DENVER (AP) – On the eve of his next start, Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland was looking to regain his past form. Freeland was slated to start for Colorado on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants after coming off a tough outing last Saturday in which he went six innings against Arizona. Rain forced the postponement ...