From the KMTS News Room:

    • Regional Battles Over Greater Sage Grouse
      Las Vegas, NV—The federal government’s plan to drill for oil and gas in a remote section of northeast Nevada may be challenged in court by conservationists who claim it will harm the habitat of the Greater Sage Grouse.  The Center for Biological Diversity is threatening a lawsuit if the plan gets the green light from ...
    • Colorado Reinsurance Bill in Trouble
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado Senators Bob Rankin and Kerry Donovan are working frantically on a bill to cut rural health insurance premiums by having the state help private insurers. But the reinsurance bill has been drastically changed. The reinsurance bill faces tough odds with the session scheduled to end May 3. If it passes the ...
    • Former Colorado University Football Coach Going to Jail
      BOULDER (AP) – A former assistant football coach for the University of Colorado has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.  Joe Tumpkin was sentenced in Broomfield District Court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty in February to misdemeanor assault. Tumpkin and his attorneys declined to comment following the sentencing hearing ...
    • Potential Legal Battles Loom Over Oil & Gas Bill
      DENVER (AP) – Opponents of a new Colorado oil and gas law that puts public safety ahead of production are dropping an attempt to overturn it this year. They said Thursday that they may try in 2020. They had planned to ask voters this November to repeal and replace the law, but the Colorado secretary ...
    • Horrific, Fiery Crash Closes I-70 in West Denver
      LAKEWOOD (AP) – A truck driver blamed for causing a deadly pileup involving over two dozen vehicles near Denver has been arrested on vehicular homicide charges. Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said today  there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in Thursday’s crash on Interstate 70. He said investigators are looking at ...
    • Mesa County Man may get a New Trial
      GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Prosecutors in Mesa County plan to appeal a ruling overturning the conviction of a man found guilty in the bludgeoning deaths of a woman and her daughter in 1996.  Verle Mangum, was 17 at the time of the killings in Clifton. District Court Judge James Boyd ruled that Mangum should get ...
    • Magazine Capacity is in the State Supreme Court Again
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s highest court is set to decide whether a law banning gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds violates a person’s state constitutional right to bear arms. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Supreme Court announced Monday that it would hear the case, which stems from a 2016 lawsuit by ...
    • Bill for State Run Health Care Moves On
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s House has sent to the governor a bill to develop a state-run health insurance option. The bill directs state agencies to recommend a plan to compete with private insurance plans and those offered on Colorado’s health care exchange.
    • National Monument Designated as One of the Best Places to be in the Dark
      JENSEN, Utah (AP) – A national monument known for dinosaur fossils has also been named one of the world’s best places to view the stars. Officials at Dinosaur National Monument say the landmark has been designated an International Dark Sky Park for its “exceptional quality of natural darkness.” The monument straddling the Utah-Colorado border is ...
    • Rocky Mountain Resources/Garfield County Meeting Tonight
      Glenwood Springs—Company officials operating the quarry in West Glenwood Springs are preparing to get an earful of complaints from citizens at tonight’s public meeting.  Several people are expected to sign up to testify before the Garfield County Board of Commissioners regarding Rocky Mountain Resources’ alleged violations of the current Special Use Permit.  The county’s community ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Baseball: NIESLANIK POWERS DEMONS TO SPLIT WITH DELTA
      WEST GLENWOOD SPRINGS (4/4/15) – If Chase Nieslanik doesn’t have a prom date already, who could possibly refuse the senior lefthander after his walk-off grand slam and 12-strikeout, complete game led Glenwood Springs to a 12-2 win and doubleheader split with Delta Saturday. The Demons (2-6, 2-3 WSL) committed six errors and several other gaffs in ...
    • Sports
      HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL The Glenwood Demons lost to the Eagle Valley Devils 11 to 4 Tuesday afternoon in West Glenwood.  The Demons committed 6 errors and fell to 1 and 2 on the season.  Glenwood will play in a tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Manitou Springs.  SOCCER Glenwood—-3      Delta—-0 Grand Valley—5    Rifle—3 Roaring Fork—-3    Basalt—–1   SPRING BASEBALL Los Angeles ...
    • Rifle High School Sanctioned for Videographer’s Sideline Infraction
      On November 22, 2014, the Rifle High School Football Team beat Fort Morgan 35-7 to advance to the State Championship game for the second time in three years.  Also that day, someone filming the game apparently encroached into a protected area of the field–too close to Fort Morgan’s team box.  Since schools are responsible for any “media” ...
    • KMTS Baseball: DEMONS DROP LEAGUE OPENER TO HUSKIES
      WEST GLENWOOD (3/14/15) – The Battle Mountain Huskies, who dropped a doubleheader to Glenwood Springs last season by a combined score of 25-1, got the jump on the Demons 5-4 in their season and Western Slope League opener Saturday. The Huskies (2-2) had already played three games and the advantage showed as Glenwood pitchers walked seven ...
    • Sports
      HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Rifle—17   Coal Ridge—2   5 innings        Hotchkiss—-13     Roaring Fork—-3     5 innings       SOCCER Palisade—-6   Glenwood Springs—-1       CRMS—-6  Rifle—-1        Battle Mountain—-6   Coal Ridge—-0   ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS….   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville’s top free agent target is the first to make it official: Former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has signed a five-year contract worth $46 million with the ...
    • 2015 3A State Basketball Tournament Brackets
      2015 CHSAA State Boys Basketball Championships Class 3A(function(d){var mp = d.createElement('script'),h=d.getElementsByTagName('head');mp.type='text/javascript';mp.async=true;mp.src='http://www.maxpreps.com/includes/js/widget/widget.compressed.js';h.appendChild(mp);})(document); 2015 CHSAA State Girls Basketball Championships Class 3A(function(d){var mp = d.createElement('script'),h=d.getElementsByTagName('head');mp.type='text/javascript';mp.async=true;mp.src='http://www.maxpreps.com/includes/js/widget/widget.compressed.js';h.appendChild(mp);})(document);
    • KMTS Basketball Playoffs: COAL RIDGE TEAMS CLINCH 3A STATE BIDS
      PEACH VALLEY(2/24/15) – “That was a little too exciting,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey remarked after his Titans advanced to the next round in 3A Western Slope League district play with a 61-56 win over Gunnison Tuesday. The fourth-seeded Titans (10-10), who will meet No. 1 Moffat County (16-4) on Friday at Grand Junction Central High ...
    • 3A District Basketball Brackets
      2015 3A boys basketball district tournaments Western Slope(function(d){var mp = d.createElement('script'),h=d.getElementsByTagName('head');mp.type='text/javascript';mp.async=true;mp.src='http://www.maxpreps.com/includes/js/widget/widget.compressed.js';h.appendChild(mp);})(document); 2015 3A girls basketball district tournaments Western Slope(function(d){var mp = d.createElement('script'),h=d.getElementsByTagName('head');mp.type='text/javascript';mp.async=true;mp.src='http://www.maxpreps.com/includes/js/widget/widget.compressed.js';h.appendChild(mp);})(document);
    • 4A Regional Brackets
      2015 CHSAA State Boys Basketball Championships Class 4A// 2015 CHSAA State Girls Basketball Championships Class 4A//
    • GLENWOOD TAKES THIRD IN DISTRICTS, LADY BEARS LOSE
      GRAND JUNCTION (1/21/15) – As the teams came off the floor from pre-game warmups in the 4A boys Western Slope League district third-place game, Glenwood Springs’ coach Cory Hitchcock told his team, “Put a smile on your faces, it’s basketball.” The Demons, who came into the tourney as the No. 1 seed, but ...