From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • Former Arts Center Director Charged Today, the Glenwood Springs Police Department issued a summons to former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Executive Director, Christina Brusig. A Press Release from Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson indicates that Brusig was charged with Class 1 Misdemeanor Theft. Wilson did not give specifics in the release, but did indicate the summons was ...
    • Glenwood Street Maintenance a Concern With New Budget Glenwood Springs—To some disgruntled Glenwood Springs citizens, the city’s allotment for street maintenance falls short of what’s needed. Prior to to the the city council’s unanimous approval of the 17 million dollar, 2018 budget, John Stevens said 875 thousand dollars for streets doesn’t cut it.  Stevens says his street and others around town are in ...
    • Resort Visits Down, Spending Up DENVER (AP) – Visits to Colorado resort towns may be slowing, but spending is not. The Denver Post reports sales-tax collections in Colorado resort towns notched another record this summer, marking five consecutive years of steadily increasing summer spending. Taxable summertime spending in destinations such as Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Telluride, Winter Park and ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • 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 ...
    • Sports, August 22nd PRO CHALLENGE CYCLE RACE BEAVER CREEK (AP) – Janier Acevedo of Colombia won the hilly and rainy fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday, and Tejay van Garderen finished second to take the overall lead.  Acevedo, riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman, completed the 102.9-mile stage from Breckenridge to Beaver Creek in heavy rain in ...
    • Sports, August 20th VON MILLER OUT SIX GAMES ENGLEWOOD (AP) – A person familiar with Von Miller’s negotiations with the NFL tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos linebacker will serve a six-game suspension under the league’s substance-abuse policy.  The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the ...
    • Sports, August 19th BRONCOS TRYING TO GET HEALTHY FOR THIRD PRE-SEASON GAME ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Derek Wolfe says he’ll be back on the football field soon. The Denver Broncos hope fellow starters Champ Bailey, Wes Welker, Louis Vasquez and Stewart Bradley will be there with him. All of them were hurt in Denver’s 40-10 preseason loss at Seattle on ...
    • Sports, August 14th HIGH SCHOOL GOLF Eagle/Vail—After Monday’s 2nd place finish in the Coal Ridge Invitational at Lakota Canyon, the Rifle Bears took 5th at Eagle-Vail in yesterday’s Battle Mountain Invitational. Ty Caron’s 82 to lead the Bears. BASEBALL Denver—The Colorado Rockies blew a lead and lost to the San Diego Padres last night at Coors Field, 7 to 5.  Jorge ...
    • Sports, August 13th BRONCOS EXEC BACK TO WORK ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – One of two suspended Denver Broncos executives can return to work this week after serving a monthlong punishment.Tom Heckert, the team’s director of pro personnel, will be allowed back at team headquarters Thursday. Director of player personnel Matt Russell is serving an indefinite suspension.  John Elway’s top ...
    • Sports, August 12th ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Britton Colquitt spent close to an hour with his wife and their 1-year-old son in one of the corporate tents at the Denver Broncos headquarters following practice Monday.  The NFL’s new highest-paid punter swears he wasn’t being a snob. He just didn’t realize he was keeping a throng of media members waiting ...
    • Sports, August 9th BRONCOS KICK OFF PRE-SEASON WITH WIN OVER ‘9ers San Francisco, CA—The Denver Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers last night 10 to 6.  The Broncos defense had four turnovers against the defending NFC champions including Shaun Phillips’ fumble recovery and 9 yard return for a touchdown.  The Broncos next pre-season tune up is next Saturday, the ...
    • Sports, August 8th ROCKIES LOSE AGAIN NEW YORK (AP) – Dillon Gee followed Matt Harvey’s first career shutout with an impressive outing of his own, helping the New York Mets beat Colorado 2-1 Thursday and sending the Rockies home after matching the worst road trip in team history.  Gee (8-8) scattered eight hits without yielding a walk in 7 ...
    • Sports, August 7th FALL SPORTS MEETING TONIGHT AT GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL Glenwood Springs—Athletes and parents are encouraged to attend tonight’s fall sports meeting at Glenwood Springs High School.  The general information session begins at 6 and individual team meetings will follow.  ROCKIES LOSE TO METS New York, NY—The Colorado Rockies’ downward spiral in the National League West continued last night ...