From the KMTS News Room:

    • Hickenlooper Announces Senate Bid
      WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says he will challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner for his Senate seat. Hickenlooper announced his run by video message on Thursday. He becomes the front-runner in a crowded Democratic primary field competing for the right to face Gardner, considered the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. Hickenlooper initially ...
    • Crews Still Monitoring Middle Mamm Fire
      Rifle—The Middle Mamm Fire south of Rifle has been kicking up quite a bit of smoke lately. The 8-acre, managed burn is in a remote area  and is not a threat to any structures. Officials with the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit say drier weather has influenced fire behavior. Rifle District Ranger Sarah Hankens ...
    • Family of Five Displaced Following House Fire
      Glenwood Springs—A Glenwood Springs family of five, including a baby, escaped injury in a house fire Tuesday afternoon. According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, the home on West 12th Street was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived just after 1 pm.  Firefighters had the fire snuffed out in about a half ...
    • Vandals Damage Garfield County Fairgrounds Kitchen
      Rifle—Rifle police are working to find the vandals who broke into the Garfield County Fairgrounds kitchen, sprayed fire extinguishers and caused at least $25,000  in damage.  In the process, the senseless, destructive late-night stunt also ruined a fundraising event being put on by local Boy Scout Troop 221.  The New Castle and Silt troop had ...
    • Colorado Unemployment Drops
      Denver—More Coloradoans were collecting paychecks last month. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment the unemployment rate one-tenth of a percentage point from June to July to 2.9 percent.  Over nine thousand people found jobs while the number of people in the unemployment line dropped by 36-hundred.  Most job gains were reported in ...
    • Western Colorado Fire Danger Increasing
      Grand Junction—The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of Western Colorado due to low humidity, dry fuels and gusty winds.  The warning is in effect from 8 o’clock tonight until tomorrow night for areas below 75-hundred feet in elevation and includes southeast Utah. Controlled burns are discouraged.
    • Glenwood Springs Urging BLM to Investigate Quarry Operator
      Glenwood Springs—Officials with the city of Glenwood Springs are expressing their disappointment with the Bureau of Land Management’s apparent laissez-faire treatment of a controversial quarry mine expansion. In a letter to the BLM, the city says the latest Plan of Operations submitted by Rocky Mountain Resources for a 5,000% expansion of the Transfer Trail Mine ...
    • West Slope Water Released at Headwaters to Help Fish
      Hot Sulphur Springs—Conditions at the headwaters of the Colorado River were starting to get low and way too warm, which spelled trouble for trout. That’s why the Colorado River District coordinated water releases with local governments and federal agencies to cool things down. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation and the ...
    • Upcoming Webinar on Sealing Criminal Records
      Glenwood Springs—Even if you’ve paid your debt to society, a criminal record can be a big obstacle to getting a job, renting an apartment of gaining admission into college.  Under a new law signed this year by Governor Jared Polis, you can have your criminal record sealed.  Later this month, the Northwest and Rural Resort ...
    • Mountain Family Health Receives Award to Fight Opiods
      Glenwood Springs—The Mountain Family Center in Glenwood Springs was awarded $167,000 to help fight the growing opioid crisis. Mountain Family was one of 19 health centers in Colorado to get a piece of the 3.1 million dollar award from the Department of Health and Human Services. The health centers will use the funds to increase ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS
      EMILY JOHNSON SOCCER TOURNAMENT Glenwood Springs—The 8th annual Emily Johnson “Play it Forward” 3 on 3 Soccer Tournament kicks off this Friday at Gates Soccer Park at CMC’s Spring Valley Campus. The increasingly popular tournament begins with an All-Star exhibition match involving local 3A and 4A All-Conference male and female players. The actual tournament competition begins ...
    • SPORTS
      DENVER (AP) – Adam Duvall had his first career two-homer game, Joey Votto hit his 200th homer and Eugenio Suarez – who came in mired in an 0-for-28 skid – also went deep in the Cincinnati Reds’ 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Zack Cozart also homered for the light-hitting Reds, ...
    • SPORTS
      BOSTON (AP) – Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and the Colorado Rockies stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game hitting streak with a 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for ...
    • SPORTS
      3A ALL CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAM ANNOUNCED Undated—The Coal Ridge Titans baseball team will field another talented squad next season. The Titans, who finished third in the Western Slope 3A and qualified for the playoffs, had four players named First Team All-Conference; Junior Catcher/Pitcher Tyler Slone, junior Caleb Maynard, junior Raymond Budd and senior outfielder/pitcher Nathan Nelson. ...
    • SPORTS
      HIGH SCHOOL STATE GOLF Pueblo—The Rifle Lady Bears captured third place in the 4A State Golf Tournament played at the Pueblo Country Club. Rifle’s two-day team total of 546 was a dozen strokes ahead of Northridge High School. Rifle’s Elly Walters shot an 81 on the final day of competition for a total of 159 and ...
    • SPORTS
      GIRLS 4A STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT Rifle in third after day one Pueblo—Rifle Sophomore Elly Walters and Senior Masi Smith have the Lady Bears golf team sitting pretty after day one of the 4A state tournament at the Pueblo Country Club. Walters’s opening round of 6 over 78 has her in fourth place in the individual standings ...
    • SPORTS
      COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Lakewood—Rifle High School’s Joe Kosht stood on the medal winner’s podium this morning after taking 9th place in the boy’s 4A shot put competition at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. The Bear’s Senior had a toss of 46 feet, 8 and a half inches, just shy of ...
    • 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 ...