From the KMTS News Room:

    • Several States Sue to Stop Legislation to Weaken the Endangered Species Act SEATTLE (AP) – Seventeen states are suing to block Trump administration rules weakening the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, including the Humane Society and the Sierra Club. The new rules begin taking effect Thursday. They for ...
    • Judge says there is Enough Evidence to Hold a Trial for Teen in School Shooting CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado judge says prosecutors have enough evidence to hold a trial for a teenager charged in a school shooting that killed one of his classmates in a Denver suburb. Judge Theresa Slade on Wednesday ruled that 19-year-old Devon Erickson should stand trial on murder, attempted murder charges in the ...
    • Federal Lawsuit Claims Wildfires Started by Railroad Company DURANGO (AP) – A federal lawsuit says nearly 50 fires in Colorado were ignited by a railroad company in the weeks leading up to a major wildfire. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad caused smaller fires along its tracks in the weeks leading up to the 416 Fire. The U.S. Forest Service has filed ...
    • Legal Marijuana Businesses & Banking (AP) – The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats. Republicans split on it. Many marijuana businesses have relied on cash, ...
    • Rifle Police Investigate Bank Robbery The Rifle Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred shortly after noon today at the Bank of Colorado. According to a Press Release, officers from the Rifle Police Department along with Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers from Silt and Parachute responded to the Rifle Bank of Colorado at 12:26 PM today. ...
    • “Make Campus Great Again” Coming to Colorado COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Republican National Committee is putting a college twist on its grassroots voter registration efforts, seeking to mobilize President Donald Trump’s supporters. The “Make Campus Great Again” initiative is offering participants training and free pizza, plus swag like campaign buttons and drink insulators to distribute. It’s aimed at building on young ...
    • Glenwood Springs City Council Upholds the P & Z Council’s Denial of ANB Bank Plans It’s back to the drawing board for ANB Bank.  Last night, the Glenwood Springs City Council voted to uphold the Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of the bank’s plans to build a new bank and office building at 9th and Grand Avenue.  The vote was 5 to 1 with Mayor Pro Tem Shelly Kaup voting ...
    • More Details Released on Pyramid Peak Rescue The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office has released more details about the Denver man that spent two night’s in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area this week. Neil Brosseau reportedly told rescuers that he separated from his hiking group because he decided to summit Pyramid Peak on his own while the rest of his party went back down ...
    • Unprocessed Naturalization Applications are Piling up in Colorado BOULDER (AP) – A report says Colorado has one of the nation’s worst backlogs of unprocessed U.S. naturalization applications, which one of the report authors says is blocking voting rights. The Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released the report saying there are 9,325 applications waiting to be processed. A ...
    • Mobile Home Residents Might Have More Protection in Colorado (AP) – Lawmakers began to change Colorado’s place among the vast majority of states where mobile home residents have few protections. With Democratic control of both chambers of the Legislature and the governor’s office, lawmakers passed a law this year that gives residents more breathing room to address eviction proceedings and provides a way to ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Family Confirms Death of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died. He was 75. In a statement on the team’s website, Bowlen’s family says he died late Thursday night at home surrounded by loved ones. The statement ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: 4A All-Stars Use Late Hitting & Pitching in Comeback Win RIFLE (5/29/19) – Delayed by a day due to the threat of rain, the 4A Western Slope All-Stars fell behind 4-0 and committed eight errors in the first five innings before the bats woke up and the pitchers got tough in an 8-6 win over the 3A WSL All-league team at Rifle’s Cooper Field Wednesday ...
    • 4A Western Slope All Conference Baseball Team Announced (local players only) First Team All Conference / Honorable Mention Glenwood Demons Tyler Dollahan, Sr.—Catcher Sebastian “Chano” Gonzalez, Sr.—Shortstop/Pitcher Dylan Lee, Sr.—-1st base/Pitcher Honorable Mention Garrett Dollahan, Soph.—Right field Wheatley Nieslanik, Soph.—Pitcher/Third Base Cole Houston, Jr. —Center field/Pitcher Ash Stolley, Jr.—Left field Rifle Bears Derek Wagler, Jr.—Shortstop/Pitcher Randy Starks, Sr.—Pitcher/Catcher Eddie Medina, Sr.—Pitcher/Catcher/Third base Honorable Mention Levi Warfel, Jr.—Center field Wyatt Warfel, Sr.—First base Coach of the Year—Nate Porter, Palisade Player of the Year—Stevenson ...
    • KMTS PLAYOFF BASEBALL: GLENWOOD & RIFLE FALL IN LENGTHY FIRST ROUND GAMES THORNTON (5/17/19) – First, there were no umpires, then there were lightning delays, so Rifle’s first-round 4A state playoff game, which was to begin at 10 a.m. at Skyview High School, finally ended three-and-a-half hours later with the 8th-seeded Bears falling to the top-seeded Wolverines, 7-3. Arriving for their scheduled 12:30 game, the 5th-seeded Glenwood Springs ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: GLENWOOD SWEEPS SAILORS, TO SET UP DEVIL-DEMON SHOWDOWN WEST GLENWOOD (5/11/19) – With a doubleheader sweep over Steamboat Springs, the Glenwood Demons are in position to clinch second place in the Western Slope League by defeating Eagle Valley in the regular season finale on Monday. Wheatley Nieslanik dominated the Sailors in the opening game, limiting them to three hits, two unearned runs, and striking ...
    • Rapids Loose Midfielder to Kansas City KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Sporting Kansas City has acquired veteran midfielder Benny Feilhaber from the Colorado Rapids. In exchange, Colorado gets 22-year-old defender Abdul Rwatubyaye and an undisclosed draft pick. The 34-year-old Feilhaber joined Sporting KC in 2013 and helped lead the club to the MLS Cup title. He wound up scoring 32 goals ...
    • Florida vs. Colorado in 2028 GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) –  The Gators and the Buffalos will meet for the first time ever in 2028, unless they meet in a playoff or bowl game.  Florida and Colorado have scheduled a home-and-home series beginning in 2028. The first game will take place Sept. 9, 2028 in Gainesville, with the Gators traveling to Boulder, ...
    • Rockies Starter has to Wait to Regain Form After Game gets Postponed DENVER (AP) – On the eve of his next start, Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland was looking to regain his past form. Freeland was slated to start for Colorado on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants after coming off a tough outing last Saturday in which he went six innings against Arizona. Rain forced the postponement ...
    • Avalanche Fall in Game 7, after a Great Season SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Captain Joe Pavelski made a triumphant return from a gruesome head injury by posting a goal and an assist in the first period that sent the San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference final with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7. Joonas Donskoi ended a 39-game ...
    • Local High School Soccer Scores & Upcoming Games HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF SOCCER 4A #23Glenwood Springs—3     #10Palmer Ridge—-2   Double Overtime Saturday, May 11th  Round 2: #23Glenwood Springs at #7Sand Creek 3A #19Roaring Fork—-3       #14Denver School of Science and Tech Stapleton—1 Saturday, May 11th  Round 2: #19Roaring Fork at #3Jefferson Academy #8Eagle Ridge Academy—4        #25Coal Ridge—3