From the KMTS News Room:

    • Bureau of Land Management Director Candidate Criticized Cheyenne, Wyo.— A candidate to lead the Bureau of Land Management says environmentalists mischaracterize her as an advocate of handing public lands to private interests. Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen drew dozens of protesters at a recent land-use forum in Montana. Budd-Falen says a land-transfer advocate invited her to the forum but she has no opinion on transferring federal ...
    • Glenwood Council Removes Affordable Housing Code Glenwood Springs—Builders in Glenwood Springs will no longer be forced to set aside deed-restricted residential units in future projects. Last night the Glenwood Springs City Council voted to remove the “Inclusionary Housing Requirement.” The vote didn’t come without some debate. Councilwoman Shelly Kaup realizes the affordable housing mandate isn’t perfect but she says now is ...
    • October Unemployment Up Denver—There were a few more people in the unemployment lines in Colorado last month. According to the state labor department, the jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point from September to 2.7%.  Officials say that was mainly due to fewer people working for the government and more finding jobs in the private sector.  In ...
    • Glenwood Police Suspend Search for Bank Robber Glenwood Springs—The search for a would-be bank robber in West Glenwood Springs has been suspended for now. According to Lieutenant Bill Kimminau with the Glenwood Springs Police Department, investigators are gathering more information and evidence from Alpine Bank near the Glenwood Springs Mall. Police say a man, described as having a “dark complexion” and wearing a ...
    • Marijuana Taxes Approved in two Western Slope Communities Debeque—New taxes on marijuana were approved by voters yesterday in Debeque and Eagle County.  The new sales and excise taxes on recreational weed will incrementally phased in. Each tax will start at 2 and a half percent and top out at 5 percent.  They will be added to the existing 4 percent sales tax on ...
    • New Life for Senior Care in Grand River District Rifle—Voters overwhelmingly favored ballot question 4A to pay for a new senior care center and hospital expansion project. With 67% of the vote, the 89.4 million dollar bond issue passed that will replace the half-century old, dilapidated E. Dene Moore center. Grand River Hospital CEO Jim Coombs says the old care center at the top ...
    • Battlement Mesa Woman Wins CMC Board Seat Battlement Mesa—In the only contested seat on the CMC Board of Directors, Peg Portscheller of Battlement Mesa defeated former Rifle Mayor Randy Winkler with 59 percent of the vote.  The former Lake County School Superintendent now runs an education consulting firm.
    • 2017 Election Results Glenwood Springs—When it came to tax or bond questions voters were very selective on election day.  Ballot Question 1A which sought to raise one million dollars per year over 10 years to enhance museums and support historic preservation in Garfield County communities was rejected 5,755 to 4,721.  Ballot Issue 4B, dubbed by supporters, “Keep Colorado ...
    • Tipton Votes to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program Washington, D.C.—With bipartisan support today, Congress voted to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers.  Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton says passing the ‘Championing Healthy Kids Act’ was critical as funds for the CHIP program were expected to run out in Colorado by the end of January. With today’s vote, ...
    • Firefighter Recruiting Underway Glenwood Springs—The Bureau of Land Management and the forest service is looking for a few good men AND  women to help fight wildfires.  Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit are hosting recruiting sessions this fall and winter.  David Boyd with the BLM says the hope is to spur the interest in wildland ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, September 4th CHAMP BAILEY WON’T PLAY AGAINST BALTIMORE ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Champ Bailey won’t play in the Denver Broncos’ opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night because of a sprained left foot.The 15th-year pro was ruled out Wednesday. He hasn’t practiced since getting hurt in a preseason game at Seattle on Aug. 17. Denver will start Dominique ...
    • Sports, September 3rd BRONCOS’ ALL PRO TACKLE PREPARES FOR SEASON OPENER ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady has spent years blocking defensive end Elvis Dumervil in practice.  Now, the stakes are higher as Clady tries to keep Peyton Manning safe from Dumervil, who returns to Mile High on Thursday night as a hybrid linebacker for the ...
    • KMTS Football: Bears Romp over Titans, 54-6 RIFLE (8/30/13) – Rifle’s season of perfection fell one game short when the Bears lost for the first time in the 3A state championship game to Silver Creek last year.  For nine months, whether in spring drills, summer workouts, the weight room, and August two-a-days, that final, bitter pill remained with the returning Rifle ...
    • KMTS Football: Bears Romp Over Titans, 54-6 RIFLE (8/30/13) – Rifle’s season of perfection fell one game short when the Bears lost for the first time in the 3A state championship game to Silver Creek last year. For nine months, whether in spring drills, summer workouts, the weight room, and August two-a-days, that final, bitter pill remained with the returning Rifle ...
    • Sports, August 30th HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Coal Ridge at Rifle —7 o’clock   (Broadcast live on KMTS) Roaring Fork at Basalt—7 pm Meeker at Grand Valley—-7 Aspen at Ignacio—–7pm HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL Rifle—The Rifle Lady Bears lost yesterday’s season opener to the Delta Panthers 8 to 7 at Deerfield Park. SOCCER Leadville—Grand Valley plays at the Lake County Invitational today. NFL/BRONCOS Denver—The Denver Broncos lost the pre-season finale ...
    • Sports, August 29th SOFTBALL Rifle—The Rifle Lady Bears’ quest for a Western Slope League title begins this afternoon at 4 when the take on the Delta Panthers at Deerfield Park.  VOLLEYBALL Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Lady Demons put an experienced, veteran team on the floor tonight at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium for the annual Demon Invitational tournament.  Glenwood battles Rifle at 7 o’clock. NFL/BRONCOS Denver—The ...
    • Sports, August 28th MAROLT RESIGNING SKI POST VAIL (AP) – Bill Marolt will step down as president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association after the Sochi Olympics. He’ll be replaced by former Olympian Tiger Shaw, who will start on Oct. 1 as chief operating officer before taking over after the Olympics in February. Marolt, who has ...
    • Sports, August 27th BRONCOS EXEC APPEARS IN COURT ON DUI BRECKENRIDGE (AP) – A Broncos executive accused of crashing into two cars in the high country while driving drunk has made his first appearance in court.Director of player personnel Matt Russell is accused of DUI after a vehicle ran in to the back of a police car in Summit ...
    • Sports, August 26th HIGH SCHOOL “ZERO” WEEK FOOTBALL SCORES WESTERN SLOPE Conifer 14, Glenwood Springs 0 D’Evelyn 50, Battle Mountain 0 Eagle Valley 42, Cedaredge 28 Paonia 30,   Basalt  8 OTHER SCORES Eaton 63, The Academy 6Evergreen 31, Weld Central 0Faith Christian 21, Bennett 10Fruita 56, Adams City 7Grand Junction 61, Prairie View 42Grandview 13, Arapahoe 0Hinkley 50, Vista PEAK ...
    • Sports, August 23rd HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON KICKS OFF TONIGHT Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Demons kick off the football season tonight with a home showdown against the Conifer Lobos.  This will be Glenwood’s fourth match up with the Lobos since 2008.  Game time is set for 7 o’clock with pre-game coverage on KMTS set to begin at 6:40. Paonia—The Basalt Longhorns ...