From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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, ...
    • Caucuses Set for Tuesday Garfield County—Tomorrow begins what is expected to be a contentious, lively mid-term election year. It’s caucus day in Colorado when the two major political parties choose their delegates for next month’s party assemblies.  Given the hot, political climate and the divide between the two parties seemingly growing larger, the Democrats are expected to fight hard ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, November 29th VONN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT RETURN TO SLOPES VAIL (AP) – Lindsey Vonn is on the mend and says she might even race in Canada next week.She says her rehab is “going well” and she’s “encouraged.” She adds that her knee is “a lot better than everyone expected” and that leaves her optimistic for next week’s races in ...
    • Sports, November 26th VONN HOPING TO RETURN TO THE SLOPES NEXT WEEK VAIL(AP) – Lindsey Vonn says she is not sure yet what effect her latest knee injury will have on her Sochi Olympics hopes.Asked in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday whether she can put the kind of pressure on the knee she’ll need to train and ...
    • Sports, November 26th NUGGETS WIN IN BIG ‘D’ Dallas,TX—-The Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks last night 110-96.  Ty Lawson led the Nuggets’ scoring effort with 19 points. Nate Robison was right behind him with 17 points including 11 in the fourth quarter.  COLLEGE BASKETBALL/RAMS BLOW PAST PRAIRIE VIEW A & M Fort Collins—The CSU Rams improved to 4 and ...
    • Sports, November 22nd DEL RIO GOING FOR 3RD STRAIGHT WIN Englewood—-Denver Broncos’ interim head coach Jack Del Rio hopes to make it three wins in a row as he leads the team to Foxboro, Massachusetts for this Sunday’s showdown with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  The primetime game is expected to draw a huge audience as future ...
    • Sports, November 21st VONN OUT WITH KNEE INJURY AFTER CRASH VAIL (AP) – Lindsey Vonn’s publicist says the reigning Olympic downhill champion partially tore a ligament in her surgically repaired right knee during a training crash less than three months before the Sochi Games. Lewis Kay said in an email Wednesday that along with a mild strain in the ...
    • Sports, November 20th IF IT’S WEDNESDAY, MANNING WON’T BE PRACTICING ENGLEWOOD (AP) – It’s now been more than a month since Peyton Manning practiced on a Wednesday. The 37-year-old quarterback who hates missing any snaps has had to make some concessions in the backstretch of his stellar career and this is the latest one. His last Wednesday practice came ...
    • Sports, November 19th VONN CRASHES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN DENVER (AP) – Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery. U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly says Tuesday that Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colo., on a ...
    • Sports, November 18th BRONCOS BEAT CHIEFS, TIED FOR FIRST IN AFC WEST DENVER (AP) – Peyton Manning went virtually untouched by Kansas City’s sack-happy defense Sunday night, throwing for 323 yards and a touchdown to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-17 victory over the NFL’s last undefeated team. The Broncos tied Kansas City at 9-1 atop the AFC ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Glenwood Season Ends in Quarterfinal Rematch with Delta, 13-9 GLENWOOD SPRINGS (11/16/13) — Three yards. Just nine feet to extend a marvelous season with their red-clad, face-painted fans exhorting them to push that final distance, the Glenwood Demons came up short in their 3A Quarterfinal rematch with the Delta Panthers, 13-9, under gray and rainy skies at Stubler Field Saturday. Back when the eight game ...
    • Sports, November 15th HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF FOOTBALL Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Demons welcome the Delta Panthers to Stubler Memorial Field tomorrow for a big, quarterfinal showdown at 1 o’clock.  The game will be broadcast live on KMTS with pregame coverage beginning at 12:30.  The fun and festivities however will kick off at 10am in front of the high school with ...