From the KMTS News Room:

    • Pilot Disorientation Caused Deadly Crash of Grand Junction Man Grand Junction—The Grand Junction veterinarian and volunteer member of the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team who was killed in a small plane crash 18 months ago became disoriented by rough weather according to investigators. Authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board say 67 year old Robert Marquis probably lost control of his Cirrus SR22 ...
    • City of Rifle 2020 Budget Proposed Rifle—Like most municipalities in Garfield County, the city of Rifle’s budget for the next couple of years appears to be on solid footing. If a recession comes to pass as many analysts are predicting, Rifle will be able to weather the storm. City Manager Scott Hahn presented the 2020 budget to the city council recently.  ...
    • Tree Removal On Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs—Some dying and falling ash trees on the west side of Grand Avenue are being removed and replaced.  Arborist crews are focusing on trees in the 900 block of Grand Avenue. The project involves pulling back electrical utilities and irrigation before replacing the falling trees with Sienna Glen Maples.  City officials say there are ...
    • Veteran & Walmart Employee Controversy DENVER (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Colorado say Walmart violated legal protections for military service members by allegedly refusing to hire a Colorado Navy reservist because she needed to take two weeks off for training. In a lawsuit filed against the company Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado says an official at a Grand ...
    • Moose Killed Illegally in Lake City DENVER (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials have fined two hunters after saying they illegally killed a moose beloved around town.  67-year-old Susan Boyles was charged with hunting on private property without permission and unlawful take of wildlife after killing a moose in Lake City Oct. 4. Her 68-year-old husband Donald Boyles was charged with hunting ...
    • Aspen Jewelry Store Robbed Aspen—Police in Aspen are looking for two men who broke into a local jewelry store early Wednesday morning and stole a dozen watches worth over $60,000.00.  According to police reports and security video, both men were dressed in black from head to toe including face masks when they used a pry bar to break into ...
    • The Core Act Passed by the U.S. House Washington, D.C.—The Colorado-based bill that would limit access to over 400,000 acres of public lands was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy or “CORE” Act was sponsored by Democrat lawmakers Joe Neguse (Boulder) and Diana DeGette (Denver).  The bill passed with support on both sides of the aisle ...
    • 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 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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 ...
    • Vic Fangio Opens the Regular Season at Home Versus a Familiar Team DENVER (AP) – New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio makes his home debut against the Bears this weekend. And this time he knows all too much about pass rusher Khalil Mack. Fangio swears he didn’t know much about the superstar when he joined the Bears last year and helped them end an eight-year playoff drought.
    • Ownership of the Denver Broncos Once Again Under Dispute ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Pat Bowlen’s two oldest daughters have put themselves at risk of being disinherited by challenging their father’s trust, which is in charge of selecting the next controlling owner of the Denver Broncos, a franchise valued at more than $2.5 billion.  Beth Wallace and Amie Klemmer filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the validity ...
    • Lock Might go on IR ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Coach Vic Fangio won’t rule out placing rookie quarterback Drew Lock on injured reserve to start the season. Lock sprained his right thumb against the 49ers and a timetable for his return is up in the air. Lock says he’s never had a sprain this bad and won’t venture a guess as ...
    • Rockies, Broncos Lose; Retirement Suits Lindsey Vonn SAN DIEGO (AP) – Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his second leadoff home run in as many games – and a team-record sixth this season – and the San Diego Padres scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3. Tatis broke the old record of five leadoff homers by ...
    • Denver Bronco Back-ups get to Start the Hall of Fame Game ENGLEWOOD, CO. (AP) – Joe Flacco will have to wait another week to make his Denver debut. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he’ll start last year’s backup, Kevin Hogan, against Atlanta in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday night. He’ll be followed by rookies Drew Lock and Brett Rypien. That means Flacco is slated ...
    • Rockies Find Their Pitching & Offence Against the Dodgers DENVER (AP) – Jon Gray allowed three hits over eight innings to win for the first time in a month, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 Monday night for just their third win in 11 games this season against the NL champions. Nolan Arenado had a two-run single in a five-run fifth ...
    • Former Rockies All-Star “Tulo” Retiring from MLB BOSTON (AP) – Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki says he’s retiring from Major League Baseball following injuries that limited him to 13 plate appearances since July 2017. Tulowitzki was NL Rookie of the Year runner-up and a five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies. But he appeared in only five games with the New York Yankees this season ...
    • Exhausted Rockies Beat Nationals, 8-7 WASHINGTON (AP) – Max Scherzer lasted five innings in his return from the injured list, allowing three runs for the first time in more than two months, and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Washington Nationals 8-7 in a battle of worn-out bullpens. Ian Desmond led off the ninth with a homer off Fernando Rodney, who ...
    • 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 ...