From the KMTS News Room:

    • Rifle Man Gets Life Sentence For Wife’s 2000 Murder Mount Pleasant, Iowa—A man from Rifle will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his estranged wife nearly two decades ago in Iowa. A district judge sentenced 58 year old Michael Syperda to the life sentence for the death of Elizabeth Syperda.  She was 22 years old at the time ...
    • Early Morning Quake Reported In Rio Blanco County White River City—An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale was reported this morning around 2 o’clock in a remote area of Rio Blanco County. According to information from the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered about 20 miles west of Meeker near the sparsely populated town of White River City.  The quake was ...
    • Carbondale Overdose Investigation Nets Second Arrest Carbondale/Grand Junction—A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the overdose death of a Carbondale man.  The Drug Enforcement Administration says 52 year old Bruce Holder has been indicted on charges of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and distribution resulting in serious bodily injury.  Agents believe Holder was dealing the drug along with ...
    • Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates Oppose Drilling Setback Initiative Denver—Walker Stapleton and Jared Polis don’t see eye-to-eye on many issues but the candidates hoping to be the next governor of Colorado do agree that Citizen’s Ballot Initiative 97 would be bad for the state.  Appearing before the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Energy Summit, Stapleton, the Republican candidate and Democrat, Polis both say ...
    • Local Wildfire Updates Rifle/Meeker—Battlement Mesa and Parachute residents worried about the Cache Creek Wildfire are encouraged to attend tonight’s public information meeting at the Grand Valley Fire Station #1.  Officials with the Type-3 Incident Management will discuss and answer questions about the fire’s behavior over the last week as well as current and future plans of attack.  The ...
    • Firefighters Challenged by Cache Creek Fire Rifle—The Cache Creek Fire southwest of Rifle is going to kick up a lot of smoke for a long time.  Fire Operations Chief Jim Genung informed a packed house at last night’s public information meeting in Battlement Mesa that due to the challenging conditions and terrain, the size of the fire grew to over 2,500 ...
    • Truck Fire Near Glenwood Vapor Caves Closes I-70 Glenwood Springs—A late morning truck fire near the vapor caves shut down westbound I-70 for over an hour Thursday.  According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, a mechanical failure in the pickup truck’s gas tank caused the vehicle to erupt in flames that also sparked a small brush fire near the bike path.  ...
    • Garfield Commissioners Meet with Parachute Trustees Parachute—Town leaders in Parachute believe the future is bright for the community.  During a workshop last night, the board of trustees talked about ways the county can continue to partner with the town to address certain needs and projects to strengthen the local economy. Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says extending transit service to Parachute with a ...
    • I-70 Closed in Both Directions 7:00Pm – Interstate 70 has reopened with one west bound lane closed in the area of the fire.  The fire grew to about 25 acres, and crews are setting back burns to prevent the fire hot spots from spreading.  At this time, officials believe the fire was human caused, but they have not provided any ...
    • Cache Creek Fire Grows Rifle—Last night, an unmistakable orange glow could be seen from New Castle to Rulison.  It was coming from the Cache Creek Fire, 8 miles southwest of Rifle.  The fire that’s been burning since July 28th, was kicked up a little last night by winds and passing storms that caused spot fires across the line on ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Boys & Girls Win League Openers at Delta; Sweep Rifle in Denver DELTA (12/18/14) – Surprises reigned supreme as the Glenwood boys and girls basketball teams rebounded from disappointing blowout losses in last weekend’s Demon Invitational to win their Western Slope League openers at Delta Thursday. The next day at the Pepsi Center where the Denver Nuggets pro basketball team plays, the Demons swept the Rifle Bears, the ...
    • Sports HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Steamboat Springs—The Rifle Bears earned a split last night against the Sailors in the Western Slope league opener at Steamboat Springs High School.  The Lady Bears improved to 5 and 0 with a 39-27 victory.  Freshman Elly Walters led Rifle’s scoring effort with 13 points.  Emily Neuroth and Jamie Pressler each scored 8 ...
    • Sports ENGLEWOOD (AP) – The Denver Broncos are bringing in veteran kicker Jay Feely for a workout tomorrow. Brandon McManus clanked a 33-yard field goal attempt off the right upright in Denver’s 39-36 squeaker over the Miami Dolphins yesterday. Feely was beaten out by Chandler Catanzaro for Arizona’s kicking job last summer, ending his four-year stint ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Bears Corral Mustangs; State Championship In Sight RIFLE (11/22/14) – For the Rifle Bears, “It’s always fun to practice on Thanksgiving,” coach Damon Wells said after his team’s 35-7 semi-final win over Ft. Morgan insured the fourth trip in eleven years to the 3A state championship game. Turkey week practices mean the Bears (12-1) are one of two teams still playing, the other ...
    • Sports POST SEASON HONORS FOR GLENWOOD FOOTBALL PLAYERS Glenwood Springs—Several members of the Glenwood Springs High School Football team have been honored by coaches around the 3A Western Slope League At Wednesday night’s banquet, four Demon players earned 1st Team All Conference recognition;  Everett Marr, Sam Carmer, Matt Osier and Christian Gonzalez.  Five others were named to ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: RIFLE OVERCOMES ROOSEVELT IN THE SNOW TO REACH SEMI-FINALS JOHNSTOWN(11-15-14) — Two large electric heaters on the homefield sideline didn’t help the number three-ranked Roosevelt Rough Riders whose offense never did warm up as the sixth-ranked Rifle Bears broke a scoreless tie in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns, advancing to the 3A state semifinals, 15-0. Snow plows were on the field ...
    • Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Johnstown—The 6th seeded Rifle Bears (10-1) are on the road to battle the number 3 seed and 10-1 Roughriders of Roosevelt High School Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The winner will advance to next week’s semifinal showdown with either Evergreen or Fort Morgan.  KMTS will be on hand with live, play-by-play coverage ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Demons Fade After Fast Start, Fall to Evergreen, 24-7 LAKEWOOD (11/8/14) – The undefeated champ took a first-quarter body blow from the challenger, but Evergreen steadied itself to score 24 unanswered points and defeat Glenwood Springs, 24-7, in the first round of the 3A football playoffs at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood Saturday. The Cougars (11-0), who averaged nearly 40 points a game in sailing through ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Demons Keep Playoff Hopes Alive at Steamboat STEAMBOAT SPRINGS(10/31/14) – “We knew we had to win by a couple of touchdowns to get into the playoffs,” Glenwood Springs senior Evrett Marr said after his 8-yard catch in the fourth quarter provided that two-score margin in a 42-28 win at Steamboat Springs. Coming into the game, the Sailors (4-6, 2-5 WSL) had been outscored ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: BEARS PASS BY DEMONS IN BATTLE FOR FIRST PLACE GLENWOOD SPRINGS(10/24/14)– Because the Rifle Bears averaged nearly 300 yards per game in earning a share of the top spot in the Western Slope League with Glenwood Springs and Palisade, the Demon defenders were understandably focused on stopping the run in their showdown at Stubler Memorial Friday night. But it was a pair ...