From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • State Lawmakers Consider Misconduct Rules DENVER (AP) – Separating legislative leaders from the disciplinary process for sexual and workplace harassment is one recommendation for Colorado lawmakers. A report by a Denver-based employment law firm presented Thursday also calls for public release of both investigative results and disciplinary decisions involving lawmakers accused of misconduct. Lawmakers commissioned the report after several sexual ...
    • Fund Management Feud at CU BOULDER (AP) – The University of Colorado says it’s moving a majority of funds managed by the university’s student government over to the vice chancellor for student affairs. Chancellor Phil DiStefano says the university wants to take the burden of managing the funds off the student government. The student government says the decision violates university ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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’ ...
    • Sports, December 26th WELKER BACK IN PRACTICE, MAY NOT PLAY VS. RAIDERS ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Wes Welker returned to the Denver Broncos’ practice field on Christmas Day for the first time since suffering his second concussion on Dec. 8.He was allowed to participate on a limited basis according to the league’s concussion protocol. Also returning to practice was defensive ...
    • Sports, December 19th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Rifle Bears girl’s and boy’s teams will take on the Bulldogs tonight at Palisade High School in the Palisade Invitational.  The girls tip off at 6 and the boys follow at 7:30 The Glenwood Demons can finish out 2013 with perfect 3 and 0 league records if they can get past the Steamboat ...
    • Sports, December 18th SCHAUB TO START AGAINST BRONCOS HOUSTON (AP) – Matt Schaub will start at quarterback for an injured Case Keenum on Sunday against Denver when the Houston Texans try to end a 12-game skid.  Schaub, who was benched after six games, will start for the first time since Oct. 13. Keenum has an injury to a ligament ...
    • Sports, December 17th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Demons girls and boys defeated the visiting Summit Tigers last night at Chavez-Spencer Gynasium 64-19 and 65-39 respectively.  Both the girls and boys remain undefeated in the young season.  The Lady Demons are 2 and 0 in league play and 5 and 0 overall.  The Glenwood boys are also 2 ...
    • KMTS Basketball: GS TEAMS STAY UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE PLAY GLENWOOD SPRINGS (12/16/13) — Second-half defense keyed a pair of league wins over Summit as the Glenwood boys and girls teams remained undefeated, running their combined record to 11-0 to start the season and 2-0 in Western Slope games. GLENWOOD GIRLS 64, EAGLE VALLEY 19 The girls ran into no resistance from a Summit team that ...