From the KMTS News Room:

    • BLM Relocation a Possibility GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Officials in Western Colorado say they have the perfect place if the federal Bureau of Land Management decides to move its Washington, D.C. headquarters closer to the vast lands it administers. Western Colorado. Mesa County officials hope to lure the BLM. Some 45 percent of Mesa County is managed by the federal ...
    • Colorado “CHIP” Funding Spared Denver—Instead of a letter informing 75,000 kids and pregnant women in Colorado that their health coverage was coming to an end, state lawmakers came through with emergency funds.  The legislature’s Joint Budget Committee unanimously approved spending 9.6 million dollars of state funds to extend “CHIP”, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, possibly through the month of ...
    • Hickenlooper Pleads For “CHIP” Denver—Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is asking the state legislature to apply a nearly 10 million dollar band-aid to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  The governor is calling on the state budget committee for the emergency funding because Congress hasn’t figured out how to keep the “CHIP” program going.  The federal funding ran out October ...
    • Garfield County Commissioners Approve Red Barn Guest Ranch Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners approved a land use change permit for the Red Barn Guest Ranch.  The 2 to 1 vote, with Commission Chairman John Martin in the minority, allows the owners of the historic barn and ranch to open it up to community uses such as weddings, receptions, parties and other ...
    • Hickenlooper Leads “CHIP” Campaign Columbus, Ohio—Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is at the forefront of a multi-state, bipartisan effort to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Hickenlooper and Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich co-wrote a letter urging Congress to reauthorize funding for CHIP as soon as possible.  Many states have been using unspent funds since the 14 billion dollar program ...
    • Colorado Oil and Gas Explosions Denver—The gas line explosion that killed two men in Firestone eight months ago wasn’t the only one to occur in Colorado this year.  According to state records, two other people have died in oil and gas explosions since the deadly blast in April.  In fact the record shows about a dozen industry explosions have been ...
    • Opening Day at Sunlight Postponed Glenwood Springs—Skiers and snowboarders hoping to carve some turns at Sunlight Mountain Resort will have to wait a while.  Officials decided to postpone opening day due to an unusually warm November that melted the two feet of natural snow that fell in October.  The good news is, December has begun with temperatures cold enough to ...
    • Iowa Murder Suspect Busted in Rifle Rifle—A man wanted for murdering his wife over 17 years ago in Iowa was taken into custody in Rifle yesterday.  According to reports from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 52 year old Michael Lee Syperda was arrested at an apartment on Coal Mine Avenue in North Rifle.  Investigators with the Garfield County Threat Assessment Team, ...
    • Colorado’s “Move Over Law” Strictly Enforced Denver— More than 2,200 drivers in Colorado have been ticketed over the past year for failing to change lanes when passing emergency vehicles with lights flashing. This total comes one year after State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue was struck and killed by a truck while investigating a crash on I-25. Donahue’s death prompted passage of the “Move Over ...
    • Sage Grouse Plans Reconsidered BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada. The agency announced Tuesday that it’s working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which also is reviewing its plans ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, February 20th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Delta–The Glenwood Demons boy’s basketball team stunned the Delta Panthers on their home court in last night’s play-in game with a 65-58 overtime victory. (For more details on the big win and information on the upcoming Western Slope 4A district tournament, see the full story written by Jack Jabbour) In 3A basketball, the ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Demons Shock Delta in District Playoffs   DELTA (2/19/13) — “To be honest, when our bus broke down (on the way to Delta), I thought it was a bad omen,” Glenwood boys coach Cory Hitchcock said after the last-seeded Demons turned the tables on Delta, 65-58 in overtime, to advance to the second round of the 4A Western Slope League District Tournament. The victory ...
    • KMTS Basketball: RIFLE LADY BEARS WIN ANOTHER THRILLER OVER GLENWOOD   RIFLE (2/15/13) –  The Walters’ household was transformed from the Heartbreak Hotel to Celebration City in a matter of seconds as Rifle’s Taylor Walters’ 3-point bank shot caromed off the backboard and through the net for a 46-44 Lady Bears’ win over Glenwood Springs.   On the Bears’ two previous possessions, trailing 44-43, Walters first dropped ...
    • KMTS Basketball: Roaring Fork Edges Bulldogs for WSL Crown CRAIG (2/16/13) –  Defense and free throws: a formula that enabled Roaring Fork to outlast Moffat County, 54-51 to clinch the 3A Western Slope League title heading into the district playoffs. Leading by 11 midway through the second period, the Rams (15-3, 14-1 WSL) nearly succumbed to the Bulldogs’ sophomore sensation, Tyler Davis when he poured ...
    • Sports, February 15th HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING REGIONALS Over 40 wrestlers will be competing in regional tournaments this weekend. Wrestlers from Glenwood Springs and Rifle will grapple at Montrose High School in the 4A regional. Grand Valley High School will host the 3A regional with Basalt and Coal Ridge. Wrestlers are fighting for a chance to advance ...
    • Sports, February 14th NEW YORK (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s, and the Brooklyn Nets avoided another second-half meltdown with a 119-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds and Kris Humphries chipped in ...
    • Sports, February 12th RIFLE FOOTBALL STAR DECIDES TO WALK ON AT CU Boulder–Ryan Moeller wants to be a Buff. Rifle’s all state, record-breaking running back has decided to walk on at the University of Colorado rather than play at a smaller school on full scholarship. Moeller turned down full ride offers from Colorado Mesa University, Idaho State ...
    • News, February 11th HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING Orlando,FL–The Glenwood Springs High School Cheerleading squad took 16th place at last weekend’s national competition in Orlando, Florida. NBA/NUGGETS Boston–The Denver Nuggets lost to the Celtics yesterday in Beantown, 118-114 in triple overtime. The loss snapped a 9-game winning streak for the Nuggets. NHL/AVALANCHE Denver–The Colorado Avalanche host the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at the ...
    • KMTS Basketball: DEMONS SWEEP TWO AT BATTLE MOUNTAIN EDWARDS (2/9/13) –With under five seconds remaining and his team ahead by three points, Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock  called time out and chose a strategy few of his colleagues would have the moxie to try — intentionally sending Battle Mountain to the line, so the Huskies couldn’t attempt the three-pointer needed to tie the game.  ...
    • KMTS Basketball: WEBB’S LAST-SECOND DRIVE DEFEATS LADY DEMONS GLENWOOD SPRINGS (1/31/13) —  If there was one player Glenwood did not want to have the ball with the score tied and 7.8 seconds left in the game,  it would be Delta’s Skylyn Webb, the league’s leading scorer…  But she easily received a sideline in-bounds pass in the backcourt, circled around two Demon defenders, and drove ...