From the KMTS News Room:

    • Forest Service Rescinds Chainsaw Use in Two Colorado Wilderness Areas DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has canceled a decision to use chain saws to clear trees killed by bark beetles in two wilderness areas in southwestern Colorado. Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Brian Ferebee announced the decision in a letter to forest supervisors Monday, citing reports of avalanches blocking trails in the Weminuche and ...
    • Study: Recreational Marijuana Leads to Fewer Medical Options PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Associated Press analysis has found existing medical marijuana programs take a hit when states legalize cannabis for all adults. In the most extreme case, the AP found the number of medical cardholders in Oregon dropped nearly two-thirds. Alaska’s registry dropped by 63%, followed by Nevada with nearly 40% and Colorado ...
    • State, Conservation Groups Asking for Delay of Federal Leases DENVER (AP) – State officials and conservationists want action delayed on new federal oil and gas leases proposed in Colorado. The BLM is taking public comments until 4 p.m. Wednesday on leases covering 123 square miles in eight counties. The 83 parcels are set to be offered in a September sale. Officials say many of ...
    • Interior Secretary Looking at Necessity of BLM Jobs, Location of Headquarters VAIL— (AP) – Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he’s looking at every job in the Bureau of Land Management to determine if the role is essential and if it should be based in Washington D.C. The Rifle native said at the Western Governors’ Association conference, once those questions are answered, he will decide whether to ...
    • Garth Brooks Concert Expected to Set Mile High Attendance Record DENVER (AP) – With over 80,000 people expected to attend Garth Brooks’ concert in Denver on Saturday, city officials are warning people to avoid driving to the show and having friends in “tow” places. Paid parking at the stadium is expected to be sold out before the performance by the country star known for hits such ...
    • Colorado Fire Commission to be Created Denver—Colorado will soon have a fire commission for the first time.  Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law creating a special commission to enhance public safety through fire management, preparedness and prevention.  The commission will be overseen by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control under the guidance of Director Mike Morgan.  Morgan ...
    • Colorado River Fire Rescue Narrows Down Chief Candidates Rifle—A new chief is about to be named at Colorado River Fire Rescue.  Following a five month search, it’s now down to three candidates; Christopher McCarthy of Castle Rock and two men from the south; Billy Cockman of Jacksonville, Florida and Dewey Coy of Jacksonville, Arkansas.  Interim Chief Randy Callahan says each candidate comes with ...
    • RE-16 Threat not Credible Parachute—The threat phoned in to the Garfield County Re-16 school district today, forcing the cancellation of all summer school classes and activities turned out to be a hoax.  After investigating and checking out school campuses in the area, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office determined the threat was not credible.  Sheriff’s office spokesman Walt Stowe says ...
    • Independence Pass Set to Open Today Independence Pass will open to travelers tonight at 5:30. The Colorado Department of Transportation says crews have been working diligently clearing about a dozen avalanche slide paths as well as clearing tons of snow, ice and other debris from the narrow road and shoulders. C-DOT says crews will likely be working up to the minute ...
    • Ross vs Glenwood Lawsuit Dismissed The Ross lawsuit against the City of Glenwood Springs has been dismissed. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Denise Lynch tossed out the lawsuit filed by the primary retailer remaining at the struggling Glenwood Springs Mall. Attorneys for “Ross Dress for Less” challenged the city’s resolution establishing an urban renewal authority at the once thriving commercial ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES Volleyball Glenwood—-3       Summit—-0 Coal Ridge—3        GJ Central—-0 Cedaredge—3        Roaring Fork—0 Eagle Valley—3     Rifle—-0 Soccer Battle Mountain—9    Rifle—0 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE   JFK at Glenwood Springs   7pm Florence at Rifle  7pm Aspen at Cedaredge   7pm Grand Valley at Basalt  7pm Battle Mountain at Roaring Fork 7pm Hotchkiss at Coal Ridge   ...
    • SPORTS LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCORES VOLLEYBALL Glenwood Springs—3                       Grand Junction Central—0 Rifle———–3                                    Summit—–1 Coal Ridge—-3                                 ...
    • SPORTS MLB  ROCKIES KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Danny Duffy and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Kansas City Royals hold off the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night. Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and retired the first two batters before walking DJ LeMahieu and allowing a homer to Nolan Arenado. BRONCOS UPDATE ENGLEWOOD, ...
    • SPORTS EMOTIONAL NIGHT AT COORS FIELD Denver—Rockies fans had to pull out the hankies last night to honor the franchise’s first manager, Don Baylor who died last week after a long battle with cancer. Then there were tears of joy as pitcher Chad Bettis returned to the mound for the first time since being diagnosed with testicular ...
    • SPORTS MLB/ROCKIES OPEN SECOND HALF OF SEASON IN NY New York, NY—Colorado Rockies’ right-handed ace Jon Gray toes the rubber tonight against the New York Mets at Citi Field.  The Mets counter with righty Jacob DeGrom. The Rockies are looking to get hot once again after their “June Swoon” that finds them in third place in the ...
    • SPORTS MIAMI (AP) — In Tuesday’s All-Star game in Miami, NL manager Joe Maddon’s batting order has Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon leading off, followed by Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton as the designated hitter. Washington right fielder Bryce Harper is third, followed by San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy, Colorado third baseman Nolan ...
    • SPORTS BRONCOS SIGN A NEW PLAYER ENGLEWOOD (AP) – The Denver Broncos have signed six-year veteran cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris and waived cornerbackTaurean Nixon 24 hours after his pick-6 of Paxton Lynch at the team’s mandatory minicamp. Lewis-Harris spent four full seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before splitting last season between the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. Broncos coach Vance Joseph ...
    • NEWS LOCAL BASEBALL PLAYERS EARN POST SEASON HONORS 4A Western Slope 1st team All Conference Glenwood Springs Demons Sebastian “Chano” Gonzalez, SS /Pitcher     Tyler Boyd, 2B Rifle Bears Takoda Cheney, Pitcher/INF    Bryer Rew, INF    Gabe Marbas, Catcher Honorable Mention Glenwood Springs Brandon Benzel, 1B Rifle Bears Derek Wagler, SS    Drake Montgomery, OF MLB / ROCKIES PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tommy Joseph hit a tying ...
    • SPORTS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PLAYOFFS–4A Pueblo Centennial—3             Glenwood Springs—2   3A SOCCER  #17 Coal Ridge vs. # 16Resurrection Christian at Jefferson Academy, Friday, May 12th 5pm #19 Basalt vs. # 14 Salida at Manitou Springs High School, Friday, May 12th  6pm #21 Aspen vs. # 13 Middle Park at Liberty Common, Friday, May 12th HIGH SCHOOL ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: DEMONS, HUSKIES PLAY FREEZE-TAG IN SPLIT EDWARDS (4/29/17) – Baseball in December? Two days from May, and it felt like winter ball as Glenwood Springs and Battle Mountain split an error-plagued doubleheader where it was 32 degrees at first pitch of game one, and snowing by the time Chano Gonzalez struck out the final hitter in an 18-4, five-inning Demon victory ...