From the KMTS News Room:

    • Colorado Moving to New COVID Phase
      DENVER—Colorado’s COVID-19 restrictions will transition from ‘Safer at Home’ to ‘Protect our Neighbors’ later this week. The less onerous phase will allow individual counties to make decisions about reopening businesses or social gatherings as long as local hospitals can respond to a resurgence in cases. Governor Jared Polis says it’s critical that local health officials ...
    • Trump Administration Cuts Oil & Gas Fees in Hundreds of Cases
      BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Government data show the Trump administration has awarded energy companies hundreds of breaks on payments for oil and gas extraction from U.S. lands and the Gulf of Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic. The breaks on payments are intended to help companies with workforce problems or other issues after the pandemic caused ...
    • Man Sentenced for Stealing Ancestral Puebloan Artifacts
      DURANGO (AP) – A man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for taking items from an Ancestral Puebloan ceremonial site at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado. Prosecutors say 57-year-old Lonnie Shadrick Winbourn, of Cortez, traveled to the monument several times in May and June 2017 ...
    • Denver Dismisses Curfew Violation Charges Against Protesters
      DENVER (AP) – The Denver City Attorney’s Office has dismissed 320 cases involving people who were arrested for violating a curfew during the height of protests over the death of George Floyd. The office says the city will contact those who were charged and offer them a chance to participate in a forum with the ...
    • Colorado House Approves Bill to Increase Low Vaccination Rates
      DENVER (AP) – After hours of contentious debate and objections by Republicans, Colorado’s Democrat-led House approved a bill designed to lift child vaccination rates that are among the lowest in the nation.  Today, the Senate will vote on an amended version that allows those who oppose vaccinations to try to put a repeal measure on ...
    • Many Cannabis Users Believe Driving Under Influence is Safe
      DENVER (AP) – A survey of Coloradans who use marijuana daily found many believe driving under the influence of the substance is safe. The Colorado Department of Transportation conducted the survey of 18,000 residents from 2017 to 2019. The department wants to build a public awareness campaign about the dangers of driving under the influence ...
    • Denver Broncos Take a Break from Football to Talk About Demonstrations
      (AP) – The Denver Broncos took a break from their usual videoconference football sessions Tuesday to talk about the nationwide demonstrations that were sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Team president Joe Ellis told players the team supports their efforts to fight racial injustice. Coach Vic Fangio and general manager John Elway also participated ...
    • Rescue Personnel Searching for Lost Tuber on Colorado River
      DENVER (AP) – Rescue crews are searching for a man who was reported missing after he was last seen on an inner tube on the Colorado River. A man in his 30s was seen near Radium in Grand County around 2 p.m. Sunday. People in the area contacted the Grand County Communication Center about a ...
    • Colorado Supreme Court Rules that Child Abuse Laws Can Not be Applied in the Womb
      DENVER, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled anyone injuring an unborn baby cannot be prosecuted for child abuse. The court’s 4-3 ruling is binding even if the infant is born and survives an in utero attack with lifelong injuries. The majority of justices found the state’s child abuse law is unclear whether ...
    • Former Gov. Hickenlooper Tries to Quash Ethics Subpoena
      DENVER (AP) – Former Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Senate campaign is asking a court to quash a subpoena requiring him to testify during tomorrow’s virtual meeting of the Ethics Commission. Hickenlooper’s campaign says the former governor is happy to testify in-person, but testifying online would violate his due process rights. The hearing involves a complaint filed ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • High School Sports Upcoming Schedules
      HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Friday, January 17th Glenwood at Rifle     6 pm (girls)  7:30 (boys)  LIVE BROADCAST ON KMTS Delta at Roaring Fork   5:30 (girls)    7 pm (boys) Grand Valley at Olathe   5:30 (girls)   7 pm (boys) Saturday, January 18th Rifle at Steamboat Springs  12:30 (girls)  2 pm (boys) Gunnison at Coal Ridge   2:30 (girls)  4 pm (boys) WRESTLING Rifle tournament…Coal Ridge, ...
    • Avalanche Shut-Out the Sharks in First Meeting Since Last Year’s Playoffs
      DENVER (AP) – Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Colorado Avalanche got goals from four different players in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. It was Grubauer’s third shutout since joining Colorado in the summer of 2018 and his first since March 9, 2019, against ...
    • CU Men Win In Tempe
      TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Tyler Bey scored 19 points, Lucas Siewert added 14 and No. 20 Colorado overcame a slow start to beat Arizona State 68-61. Colorado won its first road game in conference play and has won seven of eight overall. Siewert hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and Bey made his only attempt from ...
    • Nuggets Hand Warriors 10th Straight Loss
      SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Malik Beasley made two free throws with 8.9 seconds left in overtime, and the short-handed Denver Nuggets handed the Golden State Warriors their 10th consecutive loss with a 134-131 victory. Will Barton had a season-high 31 points in Denver’s fifth win in six games. Nikola Jokic added 23 points, 12 rebounds ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Glenwood Teams Sweep Tigers to Open 2020
      GRAND JUNCTION (1/11/20) – The rust was evident as the Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams returned to action after Christmas break, and so was the reality that both Demon squads will not only contend for Western Slope League championships, but may even be the favorites after sweeping a pair of ragged games at ...
    • Fangio Encouraged by Lock’s Performances
      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Broncos coach Vic Fangio likes what he has seen out of rookie quarterback Drew Lock through four games. Lock’s confidence permeates throughout the locker room and his talent is starting to surface. He’s 3-1 as a starter and given a glimpse of what could be in store down the road. Fangio ...
    • Avalanche Hang 7 on the Golden Knights in Vegas
      LAS VEGAS (AP) – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Nazem Kadri each scored two goals, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Matt Nieto, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Valeri Nichushkin also scored for the Avalanche. Ryan Reaves, Max Pacioretty and William Carrier scored for the Golden Knights.
    • Nuggets Continue to Win in Phoenix
      PHOENIX (AP) – Jamal Murray made two crucial baskets in the final minute to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Phoenix Suns 113-111. Murray made a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to put the Nuggets ahead 111-108 and then made another jumper with 3.2 seconds to give them their final 113-111 lead. He finished with ...
    • High School Hockey Scores
      HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY Monday, December 22nd Glenwood Demons – 3       Standley Lake Gators – 1 Glenwood goals scored by: Kelton McPherson, Dylan Webster, Sean Mooney Next game…Glenwood at Woodland Park, Saturday, January 4th, 7:30 pm
    • Rifle Softball Field Renamed in Honor of Longtime Coach and Mentor
      Rifle—The softball field in Rifle that has seen a generation of great teams and excellent players round the bases and roam the outfield is getting a new name. After some discussion, the Rifle City Council voted unanimously to change Taughenbaugh Field to Cindy Skinner Field. Skinner is credited with introducing softball to Rifle in the ...