From the KMTS News Room:

    • Vernal Man Sentenced for Possessing Non-Native Sheep on Private Hunting Ranch
      GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A man has been sentenced for possessing prohibited, non-native sheep at his private hunting ranch in Colorado. 34-year-old Michael Gates pleaded guilty June 19 to illegally possessing and importing exotic sheep species. Gates received a one-year deferred judgment sentence. Authorities say the Vernal, Utah, resident procured the animals for clients to hunt at ...
    • Man Killed by Lightning
      DENVER (AP) – A Denver man has died after being struck by lightning while hiking on a Colorado peak. The 36-year-old man died while his 37-year-old wife sustained non-life threatening injuries Sunday on Bear Peak. Officials did not release their names. Officials say a call was made to 911 around 1 p.m. notifying authorities the man was unconscious ...
    • One Lane of Highway 325 Open
      State Highway 325 north of Rifle is open today with one lane of alternating traffic after a portion of the road collapsed into Rifle Creek on Friday. The road was completely closed Friday afternoon when the roadway collapsed past the center line. With no additional movement overnight, the Colorado Department of Transportation decided to open ...
    • Road Alert: Bank Failure on Hwy 325 North of Rifle
      7/22/19 Update: -Repairs have begun,expect traffic delays with one lane of alternating traffic with an automated stop light controlling traffic. -Access to Rifle Falls and Rifle Fish Hatchery have delayed access do the road work. 8:40 AM 7/13/19 Update: Colorado Department of Transportation said there was no movement overnight. Highway 325 has been reopened at MM 7 with 1 ...
    • USDA Rural Development
      Glenwood Springs—With tax revenues expected to decline in the coming years, Garfield County is going to be hard-pressed to fund every program and project that comes along.  Fortunately, there’s help through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Sallie Clark is the Colorado State Director of Rural Development for the U.S.D.A.   The former El Paso County Commissioner ...
    • 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. ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS
      HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PLAYOFFS Silt—The Coal Ridge Lady Titans are seeded 6th in the State 3A Soccer Tournament and will host the first round this weekend. Coal Ridge earned a bye and will play the winner of tomorrow’s match between number 11 Lutheran and number 22 Pagosa Springs. Coal Ridge will be in action ...
    • SPORTS
      DENVER (AP) – Rubby De La Rosa took a shutout into the eighth before running out of steam, Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks won their fifth straight game by beating the Colorado Rockies 5-1 on Tuesday night. The hard-throwing De La Rosa (4-4) handcuffed the Rockies for 7 1/3 innings with a fastball ...
    • KMTS Baseball: GLENWOOD FINALE SHOWS PROMISE
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS(5/10/16) – “Finally,” Glenwood baseball coach Eric Nieslanik said after his team closed out the season with a decisive 14-2 win over Summit. “It feels really good to play a full, complete game and finish up like this.” The Demons, who broke a fifth-place tie with the Tigers (7-12, 5-9 WSL) behind a strong, complete-game ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: Demons Suffer Painful Sweep in Palisade
      PALISADE (4/23/16) – Not only did Glenwood Springs lose a pair of two-run late-inning leads in a tenth inning 11-10 walk-off loss at Palisade, but in dropping the second game, 14-4 in five, senior pitcher Colin Brown injured his arm and had to leave with two outs and the bases loaded. Coach Eric Nieslanik, choosing not ...
    • KMTS Baseball: RIFLE WALKS OFF 9-8 OVER GLENWOOD
      RIFLE (4/6/16) – How does a team put 17 opposition runners on base via walks and hit batsmen and still manage to win? In “walk-off” style, of course. After stranding 11 runners through the game’s first six innings, Glenwood’s Stephen Romero cleared the bases in the top of the seventh with a triple to ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: Fenceless Demons Bring Bats to ‘Bonedale
      Carbondale (3/31/16) – An early April Fool’s trick has forced the Glenwood Springs baseball team to postpone its Western Slope League home opener, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 2, versus Eagle Valley – the fences are in the process of being moved back, but aren’t yet in place. “It’s frustrating, but we’re trying to stay ...
    • SPORTS
      HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Girls Soccer Glenwood—5    Delta—-0 Coal Ridge—-3    Vail Christian—0 Baseball Denver North—7 Rifle—–1 3A State Boys Basketball Great 8 Lutheran—66 Grand Valley—52    (Grand Valley playing Manitou Springs in today’s consolation bracket at the Denver Coliseum)   College Basketball Tournament Results Las Vegas, NV—The Colorado Buffaloes lost to 15th ranked Arizona 82-78 in quarterfinal action. Number 8 Oregon defeated Washington 83-77.  12th ranked Utah upended USC 80-72.  ...
    • SPORTS
      OSWEILER HEADING TO HOUSTON ENGLEWOOD (AP) – John Elway is scrambling again.     The general manager of the Super Bowl champions has a huge hole to fill with Brock Osweiler bolting to the Houston Texans 48 hours after Peyton Manning’s retirement.   That leaves Trevor Siemian as the only quarterback on the Denver Broncos roster. The second-year pro ...
    • AP Source: Texans agree to multi-year deal with QB Osweiler
      HOUSTON (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says the Houston Texans have agreed to a multiyear contract with free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because free-agent deals can’t be finalized until later Wednesday. The Texans were looking for an upgrade at the position after Brian ...
    • KMTS State Basketball Playoffs: TITANS BATTLE BACK BEFORE BOWING OUT IN SWEET 16 AT MANITOU
      MANITOU SPRINGS – “Life lessons,” Coal Ridge boys basketball coach Paul Harvey observed, watching his red-eyed players being consoled by parents and friends after falling one game short of reaching the Great Eight in the 3A state playoffs, with a 57-46 loss to host Manitou Springs. “Thirty-one teams (in the state tournament) end up the ...