From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, July 17th GOLD MEDAL SKIER IN FAILING HEALTH The family of former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson says he is dealing with a life-threatening infection that has attacked his major organs and that he no longer wants to go through treatment. Hospitalized since June 29, Johnson’s mother said in a phone interview the one-time daredevil skier refuses a ...
    • Sports, July 16th ROCKIES’ CUDDYER JUST MISSES HR DERBY FINALS New York, NY—Colorado Rockies’ All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer managed to put 15 baseballs in the cheap seats last night during the first round of the home run derby at CitiField in New York.  Unfortunately he was edged out in the finals by 20 year old second year phenom Bryce ...
    • Sports, July 12th ROCKIES-DODGERS Streaking Dodgers beat Rockies 6-1 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Capuano pitched shutout ball for 6 1/3 innings, Mark Ellis drove in four runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 on Thursday night for their fifth win in a row. The Dodgers moved above .500 for the first time since ...
    • Sports, July 11th HOGBACK HUSTLE COMING TO NEW CASTLE New Castle—The popular “Hogback Hustle” will be held this Saturday morning in New Castle.  The annual 5k run and family fun walk begins in the City Market parking lot and finishes at Burning Mountain Park downtown.  For information contact the recreation department at newcastlerec.com. ROCKIES EDGE PADRES, BATTLE RED HOT DODGERS ...
    • Sports, July 10th ROCKIES LOSE TO PADRES SAN DIEGO (AP) – Eric Stults pitched a four-hitter, Alexi Amarista drove in two runs and the San Diego Padres snapped their 10-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Stults (7-7) struck out five and walked three in the complete game, supporting his cause with ...
    • Sports, July 9th BRONCOS EXEC BUSTED IN BRECKENRIDGE FOR DUI Breckenridge—Denver Broncos Director of Player Personnel and former All-America CU Buffaloes linebacker Matt Russell was arrested last weekend for drunk driving in Breckenridge after rear-ending a police patrol vehicle.  Russell, who won the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker in 1996, bonded out of the Summit County jail ...
    • Sports, July 8th ROCKIES SWEPT BY D-BACKS PHOENIX (AP) – Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings to finally get his 10th victory and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Colorado 6-1 Sunday for their fifth straight win and a dominant three-game sweep of the Rockies. Corbin (10-1) struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at win No. 10. ...
    • Sports, July 5th ROCKIES AVOID SWEEP AGAINST DODGERS DENVER (AP) – Michael Cuddyer hit a solo homer and drove in three runs to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Thursday night. Cuddyer, who recently had his team-record, 27-game hitting streak snapped, also added a two-run double as the Rockies avoided being swept by ...
    • Sports, July 3rd   ROCKIES SHUTOUT AT HOME BY KERSHAW, DODGERS DENVER (AP) – Clayton Kershaw tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season and rookie sensation Yasiel Puig had three more hits, including a solo homer, to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.The 22-year-old Puig also added ...
    • Sports, July 2nd LOCAL SWIMMERS HEADING TO STATE COMPETITION Glenwood Springs—Team Sopris is coming off a fourth place finish at last weekend’s Grand Junction Invitational. This weekend, 15 of the team’s best swimmers will compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the Rocky Mountain State Games. The Western Slope Championship meet will be held July 19th ...