From the KMTS News Room:

    • “Bomb Cyclone” is Similar to a Hurricane
      DENVER (AP) – Meteorologists say the storm raging across the West and Midwest was caused by a sudden and severe drop in air pressure called a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis.” Low air pressure is how meteorologists measure the strength of a storm, and this is the strongest in Colorado since at least 1950. Pressure readings ...
    • Members Durango City Government Accused of Violating State Laws
      DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A Durango resident has accused the city’s manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase. The Durango Herald reports John Simpson has filed a complaint with Durango City Clerk Amy Phillips, alleging Mayor Sweetie Marbury; city councilors Chris Bettin, Dean Brookie and Dick White; ...
    • Hospital Expenditures Must Now be Disclosed
      DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Senate has tentatively endorsed bipartisan legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures in an effort to help lower health care costs. The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the bill.
    • Spring 2019 Issues and Answers
      
    • Hungry Beetles Continue to Ravage Colorado Forests
      Denver—Spruce beetles damaged over 178,000 acres of Colorado’s high country according to the state forest service. The agency’s annual report said wildfires consumed the second largest area in state history in 2018.  The report says dense, unhealthy forests, drought and warmer temperatures are to blame. Since 2000, the forest service says the beetle has destroyed ...
    • Local Rivers & Snowpack much Improved
      Basalt—Last week the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed sat at 116 percent of normal. Today, it’s 139 percent.  According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy, most SnoTel sites around the watershed saw an increase in the snow water equivalent (SWE) of around three inches. Meanwhile, steady rain boosted local river and stream flows to above ...
    • Aspen Airport Curfew
      Aspen—American Airlines may have to pay a fine for breaking curfew rules at Sardy Field this winter.  Pitkin County Attorney John Ely says an independent hearing officer will oversee a public hearing to decide if fines are warranted.  According to the rules, planes cannot take off from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport after 10:30 pm and ...
    • Another Banner Year for Rocky Mountain National Park
      FORT COLLINS (AP) – Rocky Mountain National Park recorded nearly 4.6 million visitors last year, making it the third most-visited national park in the U.S. The park ranked below Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 11.4 million visitors and Grand Canyon National Park with 6.4 million. According to the National Park Service, the number of visitors ...
    • Reinsurance Bill Passed by Colorado Committee
      Denver—Western Slope communities might get a little financial relief from exorbitantly high health costs under a bill that was passed this week by the Health and Insurance Committee.  The so-called “reinsurance” measure introduced by Carbondale Republican Senator Bob Rankin when he was in the house, was defeated last year.  This year’s version however has gained ...
    • Changes in Store for Colorado Oil and Gas Industry
      DENVER— The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will soon have less authority when it comes to drilling operations near residential areas.  Democrat leaders are promising sweeping changes in the way the state regulates oil and gas. Gov. Jared Polis and top lawmakers are introducing a bill making health and safety the top priorities of ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Demons Use Inside-Outside Power to Dominate Central
      GRAND JUNCTION(9/19/14) — At the end of World War II, in college football, the Army football team went undefeated for three seasons and their two running backs, known as “Mr. Inside” (“Doc” Blanchard) and “Mr. Outside” (Glenn Davis) won the Heisman Trophy in back-to-back years. Glenwood Springs (2-2) greeted 3A Western Slope League newcomer, Central ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Glenwood Hangs on to Topple Conifer, 17-16
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS(9/5/14) – “There is no more room for gray hairs on my head,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said after his team won its first game of the 2014 season, 17-16, over 11th-ranked perennial playoff power Conifer. There were a couple other noteable firsts, besides the Demons knotting their record at 1-1, in the home opener ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Mistakes Doom Demons in Dante’s Debut
      ERIE (8/29/14) — A shanked punt here, a bad snap there… add an untimely penalty and an “inadvertent” whistle, and the Glenwood Demons went down to a 23-10 defeat at Erie in sophomore Dante Sparaco’s initial game as starting quarterback. The Tigers’ junior quarterback Chantz Schenbeck deserves much of the credit for the victory in ...
    • Broncos Owner Stepping Down from Daily Operations
      DENVER (AP) – Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer’s disease. The team announced Wednesday that the 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the team’s daily operations. Team president Joe Ellis will take over after being named as the Broncos’ chief executive officer. The Broncos ...
    • RIFLE ALUMNI ‘PUT PADS ON’ ONE MORE TIME
      RIFLE (7/16/14) – Every senior high school athlete has heard “the speech.” Before the final game of the season, the coach will say something like, “This is the last time you’ll get to wear the uniform… You’ll never be with these guys again…” For several Rifle grads, preparing to play in the Alumni Football Game against ...
    • Rifle vs. Palisade: High School Football Alumni Game, July 25, 2014
      Bob Cazet of Alumni Football USA.com began organizing alumni football games because he wanted to “put the pads on” one more time – now he puts together 200-300 high school alumni games a year: the latest between Rifle and Palisade, 7 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Bears Stadium. The Rifle players, led by small college All-American ...
    • SPORTS, JULY 1ST
      WASHINGTON (AP) – Adam LaRoche homered, Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and Ian Desmond added two doubles and three RBIs as the Washington Nationals welcomed back Bryce Harper with a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Harper, who missed 57 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb, went 1 ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: 4A All Stars Roll Over 3A Squad, 21-4
      RIFLE (5/27/14) – There was no “Hoosiers” moment in the Western Slope All Star baseball game, as the 4A team jumped out to a 10-0 lead by the second inning and cruised to a 21-4 victory over the 3A players at Cooper Field in Rifle, Tuesday. It was only one game, and an All-Star format ...
    • KMTS Baseball: GLENWOOD BUILDING FOR NEXT YEAR IN FINAL GAME
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS (5/3/14) – Asked whether his baseball team may have found a pitcher for next season in the final game of this one, Glenwood Springs coach Eric Nieslanik answered in the affirmative. Freshman Steve Romero, making his mound debut in game number 19, pitched 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits and one earned ...
    • Sports, May 2nd
      HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER The Glenwood Lady Demons’ season came to an end with last night’s 1-nothing playoff loss to Palisade at the Gates Soccer Park. Glenwood finishes the season at 8 and 7. Grand Valley defeated Basalt 5 to 1 while Roaring Fork edged Aspen 3 to 2. BASEBALL Delta—The Glenwood Demons lost to the top ...