From the KMTS News Room:

    • Progress on the Middle Mamm Fire Rifle—More firefighters have been taken off the Middle Mamm Fire as containment increases.  The nearly three-month old, lightning-sparked wildfire south of Rifle is now 40 percent contained.  Crews have been trimmed from 70 to 23.  Those remaining on the fire will continue mop up and repair with plans to patrol and monitor the north and ...
    • Apartment Fires in Rifle Rifle—At least nine Rifle residents managed to escape a fire this morning that gutted a few second-story apartments of an older building across from the fairgrounds on Railroad Avenue.  Colorado River Fire Rescue Interim Chief Randy Callahan says the first call went out at 9:14 am. He says they could see the billowing smoke as ...
    • Wooden Buffalos on the Auction Block Glenwood Springs—If you have room for a wooden buffalo or two or maybe a small herd in your yard, make an offer.  The city of Glenwood Springs has put the entire family of nine wooden pallet buffaloes that have been on display at the 6th Street roundabout up for auction.  The smallest is 5″ by ...
    • Off Highway Vehicle Use in Silt Silt—Silt residents may soon be able to drive their own off highway vehicles around town. The board of trustees passed the first reading of an ordinance that will open up access to federal lands and county roads without having to put their OHVs on a trailer.  The ordinance clears the way for the town of ...
    • Energy Development Means Billions of Dollars for Colorado Grand Junction—Oil, natural gas and coal production were responsible for 6 billion dollars of Colorado’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in fiscal year 2018 according to the U.S. Interior Department.  All Interior Department-managed activities contributed over 12-billion dollars statewide and over 66,000 jobs last year.  Officials say the growth from 2017 to last year was mostly ...
    • Federal Mineral Lease District Fall Grants Awarded Glenwood Springs—Garfield County municipalities and districts will share over 2.2 million dollars in grants from the Federal Mineral Lease District. The largest fall grand of $700,000.00 went to Glenwood Springs, New Castle and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority who are teaming up on the “Meet Me in the Middle” project of the Lower Valley South ...
    • Fewer Closures, but Still Smoke from Middle Mamm, Roan Plateau Fires   The Forest Service and BLM eased some of the closures around the Middle Mamm fire today as management of the fire transitioned to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team. Approximately 70 people will continue to patrol the fire and conduct mop-up operations. Smoke from the fire will continue to be visible, especially during windy ...
    • Updated Middle Mamm Fire Closures Even though the weather over the last few days has been a big help to firefighters on the Middle Mamm Fire, there are still several closures which remain in place, including some that may affect hunters with licenses for Game Management Unit 42 as a portion of Forest Service Trail (FST) 2160 (Battlement Trail) remains ...
    • Pre-Evacuation Orders, More Closures Near Middle Mamm Fire UPDATE: 10/10/19 8:13AM All pre-evacuation orders near the Middle Mamm Fire have been lifted. However, all BLM and USFS closures remain in effect. Also, local traffic only at the intersection of County Roads 319 (West Mamm Creek) and 322 (Shaeffer Cut-off). Also, the Temporary Flight RestrictionTemporary Flight Restriction remains in effect. In advance of strong wind ...
    • Private Drone Triggers Suspension of Middle Mamm Air Operations Aircraft working on the Middle Mamm Fire were grounded for a time earlier today due to a private drone flying near the Fire Operation Area. Lynn Lockwood with the White River National Forest says retardant drops are critical today as strong, gusty winds are expected this afternoon. If a private drone operator is caught flying within ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Giants Clobber the Rockies, 19-2 DENVER (AP) – Brandon Crawford went 5 for 6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs, and the Giants scored a season-high in runs in a 19-2 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday in the first game of a split doubleheader. Mike Yastrzemski ...
    • 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 ...