From the KMTS News Room:

    • Park County Teacher Strike Ends Fairplay—They haven’t received a pay raise yet. Nevertheless, some 40 teachers in the Park County School District went back to work today after a 10-day walkout.  The teacher’s union in Fairplay, the South Park Education Association, asked the state labor department to appoint an independent party to look at the district’s finances.  The union says ...
    • Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Overpopulation Plans Reno, Nevada—The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will take $5 billion and 15 years to get an overpopulation of wild horses under control. William Perry Pendley told reporters Wednesday several developments have made him more optimistic about his agency’s ability to eventually shrink the size of the herds from 88,000 ...
    • Decker Fire Fully Contained Salida—Thanks to snow that firefighters called, “white gold,” the nearly 9,000 acre Decker Fire near Salida was declared 100% contained today. Fire officials say about four inches of snow fell at the command post last night. Authorities aren’t sure how much snow blanketed the higher elevations but it was enough to call the fire that’s ...
    • Progress on the Middle Mamm Fire Rifle—More firefighters have been taken off the Middle Mamm Fire as containment increases.  The nearly three-month old, lightning-sparked wildfire south of Rifle is now 40 percent contained.  Crews have been trimmed from 70 to 23.  Those remaining on the fire will continue mop up and repair with plans to patrol and monitor the north and ...
    • Apartment Fires in Rifle Rifle—At least nine Rifle residents managed to escape a fire this morning that gutted a few second-story apartments of an older building across from the fairgrounds on Railroad Avenue.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Interim Chief Randy Callahan says the first call went out at 9:14 am. He says they could see the billowing smoke as ...
    • Wooden Buffalos on the Auction Block Glenwood Springs—If you have room for a wooden buffalo or two or maybe a small herd in your yard, make an offer.  The city of Glenwood Springs has put the entire family of nine wooden pallet buffaloes that have been on display at the 6th Street roundabout up for auction.  The smallest is 5″ by ...
    • Off Highway Vehicle Use in Silt Silt—Silt residents may soon be able to drive their own off highway vehicles around town. The board of trustees passed the first reading of an ordinance that will open up access to federal lands and county roads without having to put their OHVs on a trailer.  The ordinance clears the way for the town of ...
    • Energy Development Means Billions of Dollars for Colorado Grand Junction—Oil, natural gas and coal production were responsible for 6 billion dollars of Colorado’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in fiscal year 2018 according to the U.S. Interior Department.  All Interior Department-managed activities contributed over 12-billion dollars statewide and over 66,000 jobs last year.  Officials say the growth from 2017 to last year was mostly ...
    • Federal Mineral Lease District Fall Grants Awarded Glenwood Springs—Garfield County municipalities and districts will share over 2.2 million dollars in grants from the Federal Mineral Lease District. The largest fall grand of $700,000.00 went to Glenwood Springs, New Castle and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority who are teaming up on the “Meet Me in the Middle” project of the Lower Valley South ...
    • Fewer Closures, but Still Smoke from Middle Mamm, Roan Plateau Fires   The Forest Service and BLM eased some of the closures around the Middle Mamm fire today as management of the fire transitioned to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team. Approximately 70 people will continue to patrol the fire and conduct mop-up operations. Smoke from the fire will continue to be visible, especially during windy ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • High School Volleyball The Glenwood Springs Lady Demons defeated the Summit Tigers in Frisco last night, 3 games to 1.  Glenwood improves to 5 and 0 in the Western Slope, 9 and 3 overall.   The Demons will travel to Palisade tomorrow night for a 6:30 match.
    • KMTS Football: Rifle Machine Recovers to Overcome Demon Upset Bid GLENWOOD SPRINGS (9/27/19) – For the first eight minutes of the Glenwood Springs-Rifle rivalry game, the Demons tried on Cinderella’s glass slipper and it appeared the Homecoming week theme of “Find a way,” might possibly have a happy ending. The Bears’ five unanswered touchdowns, following an early Glenwood lead put an end to the Demons’ ...
    • Area Volleyball Games Tonight Roaring Fork at Grand Valley, Varsity starts at 6:30 & Basalt at Coal Ridge, Varsity starts at 6:30  
    • Denver Native, Now Jacksonville Jaguar Returns this Sunday Against the Broncos JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Calais Campbell believes he should have scored in Denver in 2014. But the defensive lineman ended up getting arm-tackled at the 5-yard line by Peyton Manning. It was a trip Campbell will never forget. The gaffe still bothers him to this day. It’s especially painful this week as Campbell and the ...
    • Callahan may not Appear in a Bronco Uniform this Year ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Broncos coach Vic Fangio says cornerback Bryce Callahan will miss between four and six weeks after having a procedure done on his bothersome left foot. Callahan signed a three-year, $21 million deal with Denver in the offseason. He missed most of camp and the first three games after his surgically repaired left ...
    • Demons Look to Upset the Undefeated Huskies Tonight at Stubler Memorial Field The Glenwood Demons are looking for an upset of the undefeated Battle Mountain Huskies tonight at Stubler Memorial Field.  With an 8 and 0 record, the Western Slope’s 1st place team comes into Glenwood with 39 goals scored and a paltry 5 goals surrendered.  The Demons, with a 7-0-1 record, have tallied 17 goals through ...
    • High School Sports Scores & Upcoming Games Softball Rifle-19, Meeker-3 Soccer Glenwood Springs-2, Eagle Valley-1 Salida-3, Coal Ridge-0 Volleyball Palisade-3, Rifle—0 Upcoming Area School Football Games Glenwood vs. Conifer with an early 6pm Kick off at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.  Live broadcast on KMTS & KMTS.com with coverage beginning at 5:45pm. Pueblo County at Rifle – 7pm Coal Ridge at Paonia – 7pm Basalt at Pagosa Springs – 7pm Aspen at Cedaredge – 7pm Tonight’s ...
    • Missy Franklin, Texas Swimmer Exchange Vows DENVER (AP) – Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin has married former Texas swimmer Hayes Johnson in suburban Denver. The 24-year-old Franklin announced Saturday’s wedding via Instagram. The Colorado native won five medals, including four golds, as a 17-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics. She won a gold medal as part of ...
    • As The Avalanche Open Camp, Rantanen is Absent DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche are set to open camp and Mikko Rantanen remains in Finland. The 22-year-old restricted free agent is trying to work out the details of a new deal after a season in which he had 87 points. His teammates are optimistic it will be sorted out soon.  
    • Connections Between The Broncos & The Bears Will be on Display Sunday ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Chicago’s game at Denver this weekend is more than a reunion for the Bears and their ex-defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, now head coach of the Broncos. It’s also Danny Trevathan’s return to Denver, where he helped the Broncos win a Super Bowl. It’s also a chance for Todd Davis to show ...