From the KMTS News Room:

    • Senior & Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Glenwood Springs—Time is running out for Garfield County senior citizens to get a big break on their property tax bills. Thanks to Referendum A, passed by Colorado voters in 2000, 50% of the first $200,000 of actual value of a senior citizen’s primary residence is exempt from property tax while the state picks up the ...
    • Avalanche Debris could add to the Bark Beetle Problem ASPEN (AP) – Avalanche debris in Roaring Fork Valley could attract the forest-destroying bark beetle, but White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams says there’s little the agency can do to mitigate the threat. Heavy snowpack unleashed a series of avalanches over the winter that downed spruce and aspen trees in numerous areas – a ...
    • 4th of July Marks the End of Ski Season FRISCO(AP) – Officials with the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area  has ended the ski season with an Independence Day celebration. Ski area spokeswoman Katherine Fuller says the final day drew thousands of skiers and snowboarders to the resort on Thursday, officially ending at 2:30 p.m. Video shot by the resort shows several people carrying American flags ...
    • Nine People Rescued from Poudre River FORT COLLINS (AP) – Firefighters say they rescued nine people from the Poudre River in northern Colorado after getting reports of rafters in trouble. The Poudre Fire Authority said eight people were rescued off a small island in the river in LaPorte on Thursday and a ninth person was found in a tree in the ...
    • Grand Junction Fire Caused by Youth With Illegal Fireworks GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Authorities in western Colorado say an illegal firework set off by a juvenile started a brush fire that briefly led to the evacuation of seven homes. The fire burned about 9 acres in Connected Lake State Park and adjoining neighborhoods northwest of Grand Junction along the Colorado River on Thursday afternoon. ...
    • Close Call on the Colorado River Glenwood Springs—A cool inner tube float down the Colorado River almost took a tragic turn as three people were tossed into the rushing waters in Glenwood Springs Tuesday afternoon. According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, two men and a woman were aboard two inner tubes tied together when they ended up in ...
    • Flooding Danger on Local Rivers Redstone—A flood advisory is in effect for the Crystal River near Redstone. The National Weather Service issued the advisory yesterday as the river, flowing at more than twice the mean at 2,100 cfs, is currently over the four foot bank. Planned releases from Reudi Reservoir have also triggered a Flood Advisory for the Frying Pan River ...
    • Another Rafter Lost on Colorado’s Rivers FORT COLLINS (AP) – A Colorado man is missing after being thrown from his raft on the Poudre River. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old David L. Smith of Fort Collins was rafting with a 46-year-old man and his 13-year-old son on Saturday when their raft came out from under them. More than 20 ...
    • Experienced Racer Looses his Life on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – A prominent motorcycle racer has died after he crashed near the finish line of an event he had won four times. 36 years old  Carlin Dunne of Santa Barbara, California died Sunday at the 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Dunne crashed his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype. A reporter ...
    • Colorado Paddle Boarder Swept Away over the Weekend BUENA VISTA(AP) – A man who was paddle boarding on Colorado’s Arkansas River is dead after being swept away in the swift water. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Michael Robert James of Boulder fell off his paddle board in Buena Vista’s river park and was unable to get back on Saturday. Other boaters ...

    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 ...