From the KMTS News Room:

    • Conservation Funding Bill Signed
      WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed a bill that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act authorizes spending about $900 million a year, which is twice the current spending, on the popular Land and ...
    • COVID-19 Outbreaks Confirmed in Two Garfield County Congregations
      Two separate outbreaks of COVID-19 have been confirmed within faith-based groups in Garfield County. According to a press release from Garfield County Public Health, 14 members of a local church tested positive for COVID-19 while 6 more members are exhibiting symptoms and awaiting positive test results. Public health officials believe the spread at the church ...
    • Unsolicited Seeds Arriving in Local Mailboxes
      Garfield County authorities are warning residents about potentially harmful seed packets that have been arriving in local mailboxes. Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony says one of the packages was received in Carbondale, another in Silt. One of the seed packets arrived in a padded envelope postmarked from China and labeled “necklace.” Inside was a ...
    • Aircraft Incident at Garfield County Airport
      A plane slid off a taxiway at the Rifle/Garfield County Airport today. According to Walt Stowe with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived on the scene shortly after 1:00 this afternoon. The single-engine plane was partially over an embankment adjacent to the taxiway. There were no injuries reported. The incident is under investigation. We learned ...
    • Glenwood Face Coverings now Required in Downtown Outdoor Areas
      Beginning next Thursday, face coverings will be required, even outside buildings in downtown Glenwood. According to a Press Release from the city, the existing Public Health Order was amended to include the requirement for face coverings outside due to a 62% increase in COVID-19 cases since June 1. Starting Thursday, July 30, through at least August ...
    • Two of Three Victims in Fiery Crash Identified
      The Garfield County coroner’s office has released the identity of two of three men killed in a fiery head-on crash on Highway 6 near Davis Point just east of Silt on July 6th. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmeyer says the driver of a 1990 Ford pickup was 46-year-old Isaac Marshall of New Castle. 52-year-old Keith ...
    • Local School Districts’ Fall Plans
      The Garfield RE-2 School Board will discuss their plan for reopening schools tonight at 5:30 at Rifle High School. Based on about 1000 completed parent surveys, most parents said they would feel comfortable allowing their children to return to in-person learning, if appropriate safety measures were in place. Only 13 percent said they would not ...
    • No One Hurt in Friday Morning Plane Accident at the Glenwood Springs Airport
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Two people were able walk away a little shaken up but unhurt from a small plane that flipped upside down while trying to land this morning at the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport.  According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, the two-person aircraft ended up just off the runway and into the grassy ...
    • COVID Claims Another Life in Garfield County
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The COVID-19 death toll in Garfield County is now four. According to Garfield County Public Health, a man in his late 60’s succumbed to the virus at his home. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Garfield County now sits at 423. Over the last three weeks, the county has averaged close to 50 cases per week. ...
    • Local Hospitals See Slight Increase in Positive COVID Tests
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS/RIFLE—Garfield County’s hospitals are seeing a higher percentage of positive COVID-19 tests.  Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs has tested almost 4,300 people so far with 245 positive results. That’s just under 6 percent with 24 test results still pending. 35 patients have been admitted to Valley View with the virus while 24 have ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Nathan McKinnon in the Running for Three Awards
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado Avalanche All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon is up for a hat trick of accolades, including the Hart Trophy for MVP, Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding as voted by his peers and the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship. He’s got the support of his teammates to sweep in a landslide. He kept ...
    • Broncos Agree to Terms With Jerry Jeudy
      UNDATED (AP) – The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with their first-round draft pick Jerry Jeudy. The receiver from the University of Alabama was the 15th pick in the NFL draft in April. Jeudy is also the first Crimson Tide player ever selected by Broncos general manager John Elway, who has been in charge ...
    • Rockies’ Dahl and Wife Expecting BabyRockies' Dahl and Wife Expecting Baby
      Baby Dahl coming January 2021! 🖤 pic.twitter.com/9nmW56C0vU — Jacquelyn Dahl (@JacquelynKDahl) July 23, 2020 UNDATED (AP) – Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl has announced on social media that he and his wife are expecting a baby in January. That news, coupled with being considered high risk with his health, caused him to give serious consideration to ...
    • Hall of Fame Bronco Diagnosed With Cancer
      SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -Denver Broncos’ Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a former Syracuse Orange teammate who has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for treatment costs. Pat Killorin, a center for Syracuse in the mid-1960s, created the Friends of Floyd page last Sunday to ...
    • 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 ...
    • High School Spring Sports Season Canceled in Colorado
      DENVER—It’s a heartbreaking end to a season that never was for thousands of high school student-athletes in Colorado. Today, the Colorado High School Activities Association officially brought the curtain down on the 2020 spring sports season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green says after Governor Polis announced a transition to “Safer ...
    • Coronavirus Precautions taken by all Professional Sports Leagues
      MIAMI (AP) – All major professional sports leagues are taking corona virus outbreak precautions. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel. The changes will be temporary. Media will still have access to players.
    • Avalanche Return Home after Losing to the Kings
      LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mikey Anderson scored his first career goal, Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 for their sixth straight win. Austin Wagner and Alex Iafallo also scored for the Kings, who are on their longest winning streak of the season. Los Angeles is 7-1-1 ...
    • Air Force Moves on From Current Men’s Basketball Coach
      AIR FORCE ACADEMY (AP) – The Air Force Academy has decided to part ways with men’s basketball coach Dave Pilipovich. The Falcons went 110-151 since Pilipovich took over midway through the 2011-12 season. Air Force has gone through seven straight losing seasons. The senior-laden team went 12-20 this season. Director of athletics Nathan Pine said ...
    • Colorado Player Recognized During PAC-12 Honors for College Basketball
      (AP) – Oregon’s Payton Pritchard has been named Pac-12 men’s basketball player of the year by the conference’s coaches. UCLA coach Mick Cronin was voted coach of the year and Arizona freshman forward Zeke Nnaji was honored as freshman of the year. Colorado’s Tyler Bey was named defensive player of the year, UCLA’s Chris Smith ...