From the KMTS News Room:

    • Fire Officials Say This Could The Busiest Season in 5 to 6 Years Fire officials are expecting a busy wildfire season in Colorado this year after an abnormally dry winter. Colorado’s fire management director, Mike Morgan, said Friday that this summer could be the worst wildfire season since the deadly and destructive seasons of 2012 and 2013. Based on its experience in those years, Gov. John Hickenlooper says ...
    • Republican Candidate Protests Challenger’s deadline submission Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Coffman is protesting challenger Walker Stapleton’s decision to compete at the party’s state assembly this weekend. Coffman sent a letter Thursday to state party attorney Scott Gessler insisting that Stapleton missed an April 2 deadline for declaring he would seek to qualify for the June primary at Saturday’s assembly.
    • Grand Junction Trustee Resigns A Grand Junction area trustee has announced that he is resigning less than 48 hours after winning the election. Jesse Loughman says he is giving up the Palisade office so he can keep his five marijuana licenses. Palisade trustees are the licensing authority for the town’s marijuana businesses and therefore cannot hold a marijuana license.
    • Avalanche Victim Identified Longtime Mountain Rescue Aspen Member Killed Aspen—He saved hundreds of lives during his 30 years as a member of the elite Mountain Rescue Aspen team.  57 year old John Galvin was killed in Sunday afternoon’s avalanche after being slammed into a tree outside the boundaries of Aspen Highlands.  Galvin and a friend were ascending the Maroon ...
    • Garfield County Sends Letter Caerus Over Road Closure Garfield County Sends Letter Caerus Over Road Closure Glenwood Springs—Caerus Oil and Gas will be getting a letter from the Garfield County Board of Commissioners regarding the company’s intention to close access to some prime recreational wilderness along Divide Road.  Caerus recently bought Encana’s interests in the area on the Roan Plateau and cited ‘worker safety’ as ...
    • Mountain Rescue Aspen Member Dies In Avalanche ASPEN (AP) – A member of a Colorado mountain search and rescue team died in a weekend avalanche outside the boundaries of the Aspen Highlands ski resort. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says two skiers were using climbing skins to ascend through an area called Maroon Bowl on Sunday when they were caught in an ...
    • Colorado Mining Company Considering Bankruptcy BILLLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Colorado-based coal mining company with mines in Montana and Wyoming says it is considering bankruptcy protection after seeing demand drop and dealing with more than $1 billion in debt. Westmoreland Coal Co. said in its recently filed annual report that it may seek bankruptcy protection, or that an involuntary petition ...
    • Names Of Crash Victims Released STERLING (AP) – Officials have released the names of four members of a Michigan family who died in a crash with a semitrailer in Colorado. The Colorado State Patrol identifies the adult victims as Thomas Toth and Christina Daskas-Toth while a school principal identified the other two victims as their daughters, 11-year-old Sophia and 8-year-old ...
    • Denver Post Seeking New Strategy DENVER (AP) – The Denver Post Editorial Board is asking its hedge fund owner to rethink its business strategy or sell the newspaper to owners who will support the newsroom. The newspaper ran the editorial Sunday, a day before more than two dozen staff members will be laid off. It charged the New York City ...
    • Methane Ruling CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A federal judge in Wyoming has ruled that energy companies do not have to comply with a signature environmental rule from the Obama era involving methane waste. Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled Wednesday that Bureau of Land Management regulations curbing the burning of excess gas from wells, as well as more labor-intensive ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Lady Demons Fall in Battle of Unbeatens to Mesa Ridge GLENWOOD SPRINGS(2/15/14) — The Glenwood Springs Lady Demons finally have the opportunity to learn from a loss. In their 20th and last game of the regular season, the Demons gave another undefeated team, second-ranked Mesa Ridge from Colorado Springs a four-quarter battle before falling 62-53. “There’s no negative tonight,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said after ...
    • Sports, February 14th FOUR GLENWOOD SWIMMERS COMPETE AT STATE MEET Glenwood Springs—Four swimmers from the Glenwood Springs High School Swim Team are hoping to bring home some medals this weekend.  Jessica Tuttle, LJ Fetzko, Kendall Vanderhoof and Hannah Peterson are competing today and tomorrow at the 4A State Swim Meet in Fort Collins.  Fetzko, a freshman, is the top ...
    • Sports, February 13th SOCHI, Russia (AP) – The three-medal sweep in the men’s slopestyle skiing has given the United States 12 overall medals at the Sochi Olympics. That’s tied for second with the Netherlands, one medal behind Norway’s 13.  Germany has the most gold with seven. SOCHI, Russia (AP) – Colorado’s Paul Stastny scored a pair of goals ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demons Impressive in 2nd Half Wins at Palisade PALISADE (2/11/14) — Fighting through sluggish first halves, Glenwood’s boys and girls both finished strong to overcome challenges from physical Palisade teams to earn a sweep on the road and head home for their Western Slope League finales with Rifle. GLENWOOD GIRLS 50, PALISADE 36 Only twice in their 18-0 season have the Lady Demons won by ...
    • Sports, February 11th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES TONIGHT Palisade—The Glenwood Demons take on the Bulldogs tonight at Palisade High School.  The Western Slope League Champion Lady Demons play first at 6 o’clock while the boys tip off at 7:30.  Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS.   Glenwood wraps up the regular season this Friday night at home against ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Demon Boys Get Back in Gear; Girls Go to 16-0 DELTA (2/7/14) — The Mojo returned just in time for the Glenwood boys, who won a critical road game in Delta, fighting back from injury and illness that led to offensive woes and three losses in six games. The Lady Demons survived the injury bug also, as well as an early challenge from Delta, ...
    • Sports, February 6th N-L-O-I DAY CELEBRATED IN THE VALLEY Glenwood Springs—Several local high school student-athletes put their names on the dotted line on national letter of intent day.  Four members of the Glenwood Demons’ 2013 football team are moving on to play college football and pursue degrees.  All-Conference linebacker Garrett Lowe, aka “The Hulk” accepted a full scholarship to ...
    • Sports, February 3rd BRONCOS EMBARASSED IN SUPER BOWL 48 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl title, crushing the favored Denver Broncos 43-8. Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown late in the first half yesterday, and Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the ...
    • KMTS Basketball: OLD “RIVALS” SPLIT AT RIFLE RIFLE (1-30-14) — “It’s not a rivalry until the underdog wins,” a sage once said. By that measure, the often-virulent Rifle-Glenwood Springs rivalry hasn’t quite regained its former down-and-dirty status, as the Glenwood girls remained unbeaten with a 20-point win, and Roger Walters’ defense-minded Bears had their way with a Glenwood offense, handicapped by ...
    • Sports, January 28th MEDIA CIRCUS AT THE SUPER BOWL NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Internet star Lil Terrio danced with cheerleaders, an Austrian man dressed as Mozart, another guy wore a Waldo costume and Nickelodeon’s Pick Boy was in the house.   Welcome to Media Day, the annual Super Bowl circus.  It seems fitting this event was held at a hockey ...