From the KMTS News Room:

    • Many Garfield County Fair Events Canceled
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Due to the risks involved with COVID-19 and large crowds, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion made by Tom Jankovsky to call off bull riding, professional rodeo, the demolition derby, the monster truck rally, the carnival, and the Friday night concert at this year’s Garfield County Fair. Some events will be ...
    • Garfield County’s “Safer at Home” Variance Mostly Approved
      Garfield County’s request for a variance of the Safer at Home Order was approved yesterday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Per the variance, restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms are allowed to re-open at 50 percent occupancy levels, while still following social distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Recreation areas ...
    • Local Pastors Unite to Gather Together Again
      RIFLE—Roughly two dozen pastors and ministers in Garfield County are politely and respectfully saying, “it’s time for church.” In a letter addressed to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners, pastors from Parachute to Glenwood Springs say virtual fellowship isn’t meeting the deep, emotional and spiritual needs of their flocks. The letter states that if restaurants ...
    • Glenwood City Council Asks for Tony Hershey’s Resignation
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—In a scathing rebuke, Glenwood Springs City Councilman Tony Hershey was asked to resign during last night’s virtual meeting. Each member of the council read portions of a letter filled with accusations and allegations of misconduct and abusive behavior. Mayor Pro Tem Shelly Kaup says Hershey repeatedly interrupted a May 14th Executive Session by calling ...
    • Grand River Health’s COVID-19 Numbers
      RIFLE—So far, about 3 percent of patients tested for COVID-19 at Grand River Health in Rifle came back positive. According to the latest number released by Grand River, out of 708 tests administered, 22 have come back positive for the virus. A dozen test results are still pending.  Since the outbreak began, only two patients ...
    • Garfield County Human Services Helping Many Needy Families
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—With record unemployment caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, the demand for public assistance has skyrocketed. In Garfield County, close to 1.4 million dollars was disbursed in local benefits during the month of April alone. That includes over one million dollars in food assistance. On average, the Garfield County Department of Human Services receives 100 ...
    • Garfield County Commissioners ask for State Variance
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the state health department will soon be getting an urgent request from Garfield County to ease up on the current COVID-19 restrictions.  This afternoon, during a special one-hour public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners all signed a 30-page variance request to allow 50 percent of normal seating capacity ...
    • JAS Labor Day Festival Postponed to 2021
      Add the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival to the growing list of events that have been canceled this summer due to COVID-19. The announcement came in email form this afternoon from JAS President Jim Horowitz. Stevie Nicks, Eric Church, Kings of Leon, and Marion Morris are now scheduled to perform in Aspen September 3-5, ...
    • Garfield County Approves 1041 Mining Regulations
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved new mining regulations using it’s authority granted by the state’s 1041 powers. After a lengthy presentation from staff members and attorney Barbara Green, the board went along with the recommendation of the county planning commission to multiple amendments for Article 14 of the Garfield County Land ...
    • Many Catholic Churches Open Doors
      DENVER (AP) – Catholics across much of Colorado are allowed to celebrate Mass in-person again as the coronavirus eases in the state. While the details vary church to church, worshipers must wear masks and practice social distancing. Schedules also have changed, and some churches are celebrating Mass more frequently and are asking people to sign ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Lock Might go on IR
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Coach Vic Fangio won’t rule out placing rookie quarterback Drew Lock on injured reserve to start the season. Lock sprained his right thumb against the 49ers and a timetable for his return is up in the air. Lock says he’s never had a sprain this bad and won’t venture a guess as ...
    • Rockies, Broncos Lose; Retirement Suits Lindsey Vonn
      SAN DIEGO (AP) – Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his second leadoff home run in as many games – and a team-record sixth this season – and the San Diego Padres scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3. Tatis broke the old record of five leadoff homers by ...
    • Denver Bronco Back-ups get to Start the Hall of Fame Game
      ENGLEWOOD, CO. (AP) – Joe Flacco will have to wait another week to make his Denver debut. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he’ll start last year’s backup, Kevin Hogan, against Atlanta in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday night. He’ll be followed by rookies Drew Lock and Brett Rypien. That means Flacco is slated ...
    • Rockies Find Their Pitching & Offence Against the Dodgers
      DENVER (AP) – Jon Gray allowed three hits over eight innings to win for the first time in a month, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 Monday night for just their third win in 11 games this season against the NL champions. Nolan Arenado had a two-run single in a five-run fifth ...
    • Former Rockies All-Star “Tulo” Retiring from MLB
      BOSTON (AP) – Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki says he’s retiring from Major League Baseball following injuries that limited him to 13 plate appearances since July 2017. Tulowitzki was NL Rookie of the Year runner-up and a five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies. But he appeared in only five games with the New York Yankees this season ...
    • Exhausted Rockies Beat Nationals, 8-7
      WASHINGTON (AP) – Max Scherzer lasted five innings in his return from the injured list, allowing three runs for the first time in more than two months, and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Washington Nationals 8-7 in a battle of worn-out bullpens. Ian Desmond led off the ninth with a homer off Fernando Rodney, who ...
    • Giants Sweep Rockies
      DENVER (AP) – Brandon Crawford homered three times and drove in nine runs over the course of two games Monday, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the nightcap to complete a sweep of a split doubleheader. Crawford followed Stephen Vogt’s homer off Chi Chi Gonzalez ...
    • Giants Clobber the Rockies, 19-2
      DENVER (AP) – Brandon Crawford went 5 for 6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs, and the Giants scored a season-high in runs in a 19-2 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday in the first game of a split doubleheader. Mike Yastrzemski ...
    • Family Confirms Death of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen
      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died. He was 75. In a statement on the team’s website, Bowlen’s family says he died late Thursday night at home surrounded by loved ones. The statement ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: 4A All-Stars Use Late Hitting & Pitching in Comeback Win
      RIFLE (5/29/19) – Delayed by a day due to the threat of rain, the 4A Western Slope All-Stars fell behind 4-0 and committed eight errors in the first five innings before the bats woke up and the pitchers got tough in an 8-6 win over the 3A WSL All-league team at Rifle’s Cooper Field Wednesday ...