From the KMTS News Room:

    • Steamboat Mining Request The Bureau of Land Management has to decide if it will allow an energy company to mine over 4 million more tons of coal near Steamboat Springs. Peabody Energy has applied to lease 1 more square mile of federal coal west of Steamboat as part of an ongoing mining operation. The BLM says it will make the ...
    • Life Sentence for Cell Phone Murder A Colorado Springs man who shot a 14-year-old boy over a missing cellphone has been sentenced to life in prison. 33-year-old Riccardo Kirven was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and immediately sentenced for the July 2015 death of Desmond Smith. Prosecutors say Kirven’s 18-year-old nephew asked him for help retrieving a phone that he said had been ...
    • Mesa County Cows Shot Authorities say five cows valued at nearly $8,000 were shot in western Colorado in a case of felony criminal mischief. Two Mesa County residents say someone shot five of their cows, and the cows later died July 15 on Grand Mesa. According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, someone used a small-caliber rifle to shoot the cows, ...
    • Outdoor Show Moving to Colorado Hundreds of outdoor recreation industry representatives rallied at the Utah state capitol yesterday to show their support for preserving public lands in an event that sends one final reminder why they’re moving their lucrative trade show next year to Denver. They wore hats and held signs that read, “This  land is our land” in the Thursday ...
    • Rocky Ford Shooting Settlement The small front range town of Rocky Ford will pay $1.3 million to the family of a man whom the Colorado Bureau of Investigation says was wrongly shot to death by a police officer. The settlement includes payments to Jack Jacquez’s three minor children and his mother. Officer James Ashby was on-duty when he chased Jacquez into ...
    • ‘No Break’ Policy Scrubbed State officials say a “no-breaks” message to employees at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo has been revoked. Staff at the institute contacted a Pueblo newspaper numerous times over the weekend to complain about the administration. Employees say administrators told them no breaks would be allowed in any units that were under-staffed. The hospital’s acting superintendent, ...
    • RMNP Conviction Upheld An appellate court in Denver has upheld the conviction of a Colorado man who pushed his wife to her death from a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Harold Henthorn’s conviction Wednesday, saying the judge in the case properly allowed evidence that included the similar circumstances surrounding the ...
    • Colorado V.A. Wait Times Numbers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs show wait times for medical appointments at veterans facilities in eastern Colorado and the Denver area are among the worst in the nation. veterans have seen little improvement in the three years since a national scandal erupted over the problem. The average wait for a primary care appointment at ...
    • Prosecutor Clears Martin Garfield County Commission Chairman John Martin has been cleared by a special prosecutor appointed to look into allegations of felony embezzelement leveled at Martin during last year’s election. Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown, a Democrat, says no charges will be filed in connection with the allegations made by Garfield County Democratic party leaders and the ...
    • GWS City Council/Arts Center The Glenwood Springs City Council is holding off on making any decisions about terminating city contracts with the Glenwood Arts Council – at least for another week. The council decided at their meeting last night to wait until after the arts council and its’ general membership can hold a meeting on August 1st to discuss how ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Rams Boys & Girls Advance to Palisade in Districts   CARBONDALE (2/28/13) — After his top-seeded Roaring Fork Rams had survived a harrowing challenge from last-place Coal Ridge, 58-51, boys coach Larry Williams admitted, “It was nerve-wracking knowing our season would be over if we lost, even though we won the league. Maybe that affected us a little bit.” The second quarter was typical: Roaring Fork ...
    • Sports, February 28th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS BOYS 4A Greeley–The Glenwood Demons played well for about three quarters but got blown out in the fourth quarter in last night’s first round playoff game at Greeley Central. The Wildcats ended Glenwood’s season with a 63-44 victory. Senior Collin Porterfield led the Demons with 17 points. Rifle–The Rifle Bears’ season came to ...
    • Sports, February 27th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 4A GIRLS PLAYOFFS Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Lady Demons advanced to the round of 32 with last night’s 52-42 victory over the visiting Lady Panthers of Harrison High School. 6-1 sophomore Madi Spence led all scorers with a career high of 20 points. Glenwood travels to the front range this Friday night ...
    • KMTS Basketball: SPENCE DRIVES LADY DEMONS TO 4A SECOND ROUND   GLENWOOD SPRINGS (2/26/13) — The sophomores are growing up for Glenwood Springs as Madi Spence and Jordan DeCrow, with a big boost off the bench from Jaime Crowley, lifted the Lady Demons to a 4A first-round home win over Colorado Springs Harrison, 52-42 Tuesday. Spence had a dominant, breakout game, recording just her second double-double of ...
    • Sports, February 26th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBAL PLAYOFFS Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Lady Demons host the Lady Panthers of Harrison High School in a first round 4A state playoff game tonight. Tip off at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium is set for 7 o’clock. Rifle–The 6th seeded Rifle Lady Bears welcome the 11th seeded Lady Spartans of Thomas Jefferson High School in tonight’s first ...
    • 3A DISTRICT BRACKETS WESTERN SLOPE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT GIRLS TUESDAY – FEB 26TH – PIGTAIL GAME – HOME SITE 7:00pm: #8 Aspen vs #9 Basalt THURSDAY – FEB 28TH – QUARTERFINALS – HOME SITES 5:30pm: #1 Moffat County vs Aspen/Basalt 5:30pm: #4 Roaring Fork vs #5 Coal Ridge 7:00pm: #2 Olathe vs #7 Gunnison 7:00pm: #3 Grand Valley vs #6 Cedaredge FRIDAY – ...
    • Sports, February 25th STATE BASKETBALL BRACKETS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2013 STATE BRACKETS CLASS 4A GIRLS REGION ONE #1 Broomfield (22-1) – BYE #8 Evergreen (12-11) vs #9 Discovery Canyon (10-13) #4 Air Academy (13-10) – BYE #5 Mullen (10-13) vs #12 Coronado (8-15) #2 Montrose (18-4) – BYE #7 Pueblo East (13-10) vs #10 Durango (13-9) #3 Palmer Ridge (20-3) – BYE #6 Rifle (15-7) vs #11 Thomas Jefferson (10-11) REGION TWO #1 Pueblo ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Both Rifle Teams Advance in District Playoffs   GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (2/21/13) –  In a second homecoming for Rifle boys coach Roger Walters, his team won its ninth straight game by the slimmest margin, 29-28 over Steamboat Springs to advance to the quarterfinals of the 4A Western Slope District tournament against top-seeded Montrose, Friday at Colorado Mesa University. The Bears (12-8) were ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Girls Light Playoff Fire; Porterfield Returns to Court   GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (2/21/13) –  After her team had roared through its first 4A Western Slope District playoff game like a prairie wildfire, Glenwood Lady Demons coach Jackie Gaddis remarked, “Talk about a fire needing a light sometimes; we got lit today,” in a masterful 48-24 win over fourth-seeded Durango. Durango, also known as ...
    • Sports, February 21st HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING/STATE TOURNAMENT Denver–It’s one of the greatest sports spectacles in the Rocky Mountain region; the Colorado State High School Wrestling Tournament. Hundreds of wrestlers will begin their quest for a state title today at the Pepsi Center. The Western Slope is proudly represented by 15 wrestlers from up and down the valley ...