From the KMTS News Room:

    • New Castle Tax Question Still Up in the Air New Castle—It’s been 10 days since election day and New Castle’s vehicle tax ballot question has yet to be decided. According to Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico, the one-time, 3.5% use tax is deadlocked at 440 votes. She says according to statute, if a recount shows it’s still tied, the question fails. A ...
    • Bureau of Land Management Director Candidate Criticized Cheyenne, Wyo.— A candidate to lead the Bureau of Land Management says environmentalists mischaracterize her as an advocate of handing public lands to private interests. Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen drew dozens of protesters at a recent land-use forum in Montana. Budd-Falen says a land-transfer advocate invited her to the forum but she has no opinion on transferring federal ...
    • 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, ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, January 24th WINTER X GAMES 17 UNDERWAY Aspen–The 17th Winter X Games are up and running at Buttermilk Mountain. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the four day competition that features over a dozen Colorado athletes including Gretchen Bleiler and Matt Walker of Aspen along with Eric Willett of Breckenridge. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ...
    • Sports, January 23rd HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Carbondale–The Roaring Fork Rams swept the visiting Coal Ridge Titans last night in a couple of key Western Slope conference games. The Lady Rams edged Coal Ridge 59-57 while the Ram’s boys team cruised to a 57-35 victory. NHL/Avalanche Denver–Thanks to two, third period goals, a minute and a half apart, the ...
    • Sports, January 22nd HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Carbondale–The Roaring Fork Rams girls and boys will host the Coal Ridge Titans tonight in Carbondale. The girls tip off at 5:30 and will be followed by the boys contest at 7. NHL/AVALANCHE Denver–The Avs take the ice tonight for their second game of the strike-shortened season. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Los ...
    • Sports, January 21st FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – No visitor has walked out of Moby Arena a winner since Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy led Southern Miss to a victory at the Rams’ ear-splitting, high-altitude auditorium back in November 2011. The Rams went on to make an NCAA tournament run, after which coach Tim Miles left ...
    • Sports, January 18th HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS BASKETBALL The Glenwood Demons boys and girls travel to Palisade tonight to take on the Bulldogs. The Lady Demons tip off at 6 and the boys follow at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS. The Rifle Bears host the first place Delta Panthers tonight at 6 and 7:30. ...
    • Sports, January 17th HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING Gypsum–Tonight, the Glenwood Demons grapple at Eagle Valley High School. The match begins at 5. NBA/NUGGETS Oklahoma City, OK–The Denver Nuggets’ six game winning streak came to an end last night in Oklahoma City. The Thunder beat clobbered the Nuggets 117-97. The Nuggets return home to host the Washington Wizards tomorrow night ...
    • Sports, January 16th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Rifle–The Rifle Lady Bears improved to 5 and 1 in the Western Slope, 7 and 3 overall with last night’s 47-30 win over the visiting Palisade Bulldogs. In the boy’s game, Rifle’s late game rally came up short in a 42-38 loss to Palisade. Rifle hosts the first place Delta ...
    • Sports, January 15th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Rifle Bears welcome the Palisade Bulldogs to the Bear’s Den tonight for two important Western Slope league games. The Lady Bears tip off at 6 while the boys play at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS. Coal Ridge travels to Parachute to take on Grand Valley at 5:30 ...
    • Sports, January 14th VONN DROPS OUT OF WORLD CUP RACE FLACHAU, Austria (AP) – Lindsey Vonn is skipping a World Cup night slalom Tuesday because she has not been able to practice enough in the event. Vonn, the defending overall champion, is missing from the list of 68 competitors published Monday by skiing’s governing body. U.S. women’s head ...
    • Sports, January 11th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Glenwood travels to Delta to take on the Panthers. The girls tip off at 6 o’clock with the boys playing at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast live on KMTS. Rifle hosts Summit. Aspen plays at Coal Ridge and Roaring Fork welcomes Gunnison. HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING Glenwood competes at Montrose tomorrow afternoon ...