From the KMTS News Room:

    • No Second Mistrial for Blagg Grand Junction/Golden—There will not be a second mistrial for convicted Grand Junction murderer Michael Blagg. The second trial for Blagg will continue in Jefferson County. District Judge Tamara Russell rejected a motion from Blagg’s attorney for a mistrial after his former mother-in-law, Marilyn Conway intentionally referenced proceedings from the 2004 trial in Mesa County where ...
    • Shake-Up in Colorado Senate Denver—State Senator Lucia Guzman has stepped down as the minority leader.  Guzman’s decision was due in part to protest Republican leadership’s handling of recent harassment complaints at the capitol. Guzman, who is term limited, will serve the rest of her time as the assistant minority leader.  Pueblo Democrat Leroy Garcia will take the helm as ...
    • Anvil Points Money Released Garfield County—At long last, the money that has been owed to Garfield, Rio Blanco, Mesa and Moffat Counties for the Anvil Points Naval Oil Shale clean up has been released by the federal government.  The broken promises to return about 18 million dollars goes back decades but for unexplained reasons, the U.S. Interior Department has ...
    • Garfield County Applies for Tier-1 Public Land Management Grant Rifle—Garfield County hopes to avoid future conflicts and disputes over public land policies and management with a coordinated plan.  The county approved an application for a Tier-1 grant through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.  The $100,000 grant will help fund a federal lands policy review plan.  Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says the ultimate goal is ...
    • Garfield County Commissioner Says Progress Made in D.C. Rifle—Garfield County’s issues and challenges were put before some “movers and shakers” in the nation’s capitol last week during the annual National Association of Counties Conference.  It remains to be seen if any actual moving and shaking will occur. Garfield County’s ambassador was Commission Chairman John Martin.  He says he was able to bend the ...
    • No Booze on RFTA Buses Glenwood Springs—It’s last call for drinkers on RFTA buses. Starting June 9th, alcohol consumption will be prohibited on all RFTA buses. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted to ban booze. It’s an idea that has been tossed around by the board for a couple of years but things came to a head ...
    • Colorado Spring Runoff Looking Bleak Glenwood Springs—Unless the month of March brings snow to Colorado and a lot of it, spring and summer runoff is going to be a big disappointment. According to the latest snowpack and river report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, not much has changed in the last week. Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is currently ...
    • Prescription Burns Planned Glenwood Springs—From Gypsum to Meeker to Aspen, thousands of acres of BLM and forest service land will be burned this spring.  Over the next several weeks, weather permitting, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit will conduct prescribed burns in Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Eagle Counties.  Among the largest planned burns ...
    • Rifle City Manager Resigns Rifle—The City of Rifle is once again looking for a new city manager.  After three short months on the job, Jim Nichols shocked the council and staff last night during a private, closed-door meeting to announce his resignation.  As of now, no specific reasons have been given for the mutually-agreed to separation nor have the ...
    • Garfield County Forced to Refund Encana Glenwood Springs—Encana Oil and Gas made a nearly six million dollar accounting error about four years ago. Garfield County and other local taxing districts however have to pay for that mistake. According to reports from Garfield County, Encana overpaid 5.7 million dollars in property taxes in 2014. Unfortunately, by the time the error was discovered, ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Basketball: GS BOYS BOUNCE BACK; GIRLS ROLL ON CARBONDALE (1/11/14) — Glenwood boys coach Cory Hitchcock doesn’t claim to be E.F. Hutton (old TV ad joke), but when he speaks, his team listens, rebounding from its first loss of the season to Delta Friday night by setting a season scoring record Saturday in an 86-49 non-league win at Roaring Fork. The ...
    • Sports, January 10th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The undefeated Glenwood Demons girl’s and boy’s teams host the Delta Panthers tonight at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.  The Lady Demons tip off at 6 and the boys follow at 7:30.   The game between the Rifle Bears and the Summit Tigers in Breckenridge has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.  A make up ...
    • Sports, January 8th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES Girls Glenwood—57   Battle Mountain—27 Grand Junction Central—52    Rifle—-50   OT Grand Valley—36    Olathe—–30 Boys Glenwood—78    Battle Mountain—50 Rifle—48       GJ Central—-42 Grand Valley—56    Olathe—-54 COLORADO SPORTS ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Von Miller is set to have surgery to repair his torn right ACL in Florida on Thursday.  Miller’s rehab is expected to take six to nine months, meaning he could miss the start of ...
    • KMTS Basketball: NEW YEAR, NO BIG DEAL, DEMONS SWEEP HUSKIES EDWARDS (1/7/14) — The Glenwood boys and girls basketball teams brought in the New Year the same way they ended the old one, with a couple of easy league victories, this time at Battle Mountain, as both teams improved to 4-0 in Western Slope play. GLENWOOD GIRLS 57, BATTLE MOUNTAIN 27 The Lady Demons stretched their ...
    • Sports, January 6th NUGGETS THRASH LAKERS LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists, Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers 137-115 Sunday night for their second straight win after an eight-game skid. Nate Robinson scored 21 points, while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried ...
    • Sports, January 3rd MANNING VOTED ALL-PRO, UNANIMOUSLY NEW YORK (AP) – Peyton Manning is the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team. It’s his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.The Denver star set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards ...
    • Sports, January 2nd NUGGETS LOSE 8TH IN A ROW DENVER (AP) – Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young added 17, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the slumping Denver Nuggets 114-102 last night.The Sixers had seven different players score in double figures en route to their second straight win away from home. Philadelphia halted a 13-game road losing ...
    • Sports, December 31st GLENWOOD DEMONS’ STUDENT-ATHLETE AN ALL-AMERICAN Glenwood Springs—Glenwood Demons’ freshman student-athlete Dante Sparaco was recently named to the Max Preps 1st Team Freshman All America Squad for 2013.  Sparaco was a backup quarterback for Rocky Whitworth’s football team this past season but started at defensive end / outside linebacker and was one of the team leaders in ...
    • Sports, December 30th BRONCOS WRAP UP TOP SEED, HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN AFC PLAYOFFS OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Peyton Manning set the NFL single-season yards record and threw four touchdown passes to clinch the top seed in the AFC playoffs for the Denver Broncos with a 34-14 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders.  Manning needed one half to add ...
    • Sports, December 27th NBA The Denver Nuggets are in New Orleans tonight taking on the Pelicans. NHL The Colorado Avalanche take the ice in Chicago tonight to battle the Blackhawks. BRONCOS VISIT THE “BLACK HOLE” THIS SUNDAY Oakland—The Denver Broncos can wrap up the AFC’s top seeding with a win this Sunday over the Raiders in Oakland in the regular season finale.  BRONCOS’ ...