From the KMTS News Room:

    • NEWS BLM, GARCO IMPOSE FIRE RESTRICTIONS Silt— Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 27 in Garfield County for unincorporated private lands and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands.  Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors.  “Despite a good snowpack year, recent hot and dry weather has created high fire ...
    • NEWS WEST SLOPE ARSONIST SOUGHT Redvale—Authorities say a series of wildfires that broke out along the border of Colorado’s Montrose and San Miguel counties might have been set on purpose.The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office states the five wildfires were all contained be early Thursday afternoon. The fires didn’t cause any injuries, evacuations or property damage. San Miguel ...
    • NEWS SOPRIS HIKERS RESCUED Carbondale—Two older men from Kansas got lost hiking around Mount Sopris last night and needed a rescue team escort back to the trailhead.  Pitkin County Dispatchers got a call around 6:30 from a 65 year old man who said he and his friend were east of Thomas Lakes and were struggling to get ...
    • NEWS WESTERN SLOPE PASTOR ON TREASURE HUNT, MISSING Grand Junction—  Authorities say a pastor from Grand Junction who has been reported missing in New Mexico was searching for a famous hidden treasure. New Mexico State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo confirmed family members told authorities that Paris Wallace had come to the Espanola area to search for a chest ...
    • NEWS DEAD DOG FIRE TRIPLES IN SIZE CRAIG— (AP) – One of two large wildfires burning in northwestern Colorado has grown to more than 17,000 acres but firefighters have managed to contain 10 percent of the fire. Wind gusts of over 70 mph on Monday fueled the growth of the Dead Dog Fire north of Rangely. MUNICH SHOOTER ...
    • Nine Rafters Rescued from Roaring Fork River Seven adults and two children were rescued by emergency responders from the Roaring Fork River today. According to a press release from the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the group’s raft became stuck under logs near Aspen Glen and the occupants of the raft subsequently became stranded on a small island. Rescuers were able ...
    • NEWS GARCO BOARD ENDORSES WATER RIGHTS BILL Glenwood Springs—With a unanimous vote this morning, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners ratified a letter of support for a federal bill to protect water rights.  Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says Congressman Scott Tipton’s “Water Rights Preservation Act” is an important piece of legislation that would save millions of dollars for ...
    • NEWS FLAGS AT HALF STAFF FOR GJ NAVY SEAL Grand Junction—In honor of the Navy SEAL from Grand Junction who was killed two weeks ago in a parachuting accident, flags on state buildings have been lowered to half staff.  27 year old Remington J. Peters died during a Memorial Day parachute demonstration over the Hudson River. The ...
    • NEWS COAL SEAM FIRE ANNIVERSARY Glenwood Springs—15 years ago today the Coal Seam Fire erupted in South Canyon.  The summer of 2002 was one of the worst wildfire seasons in state history due to severe drought, searing heat and on June 8th 2002,  sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour that sent flames up Red Mountain ...
    • NEWS 2017 WILDFIRE OUTLOOK Rifle—A sneak peek into Western Colorado’s wildfire season will be held tomorrow at the Rifle-Garfield County Airport.  The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Unit will give updates and preview the 2017 wildfire season for the nearly six million acres of land covered by the unit from the Continental Divide to the ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • KMTS Football: Bears Taste First Defeat in 3A Finals Bear Seniors Finish with 24-2 Mark in Last Two Seasons   AURORA (12/1/12) — Twenty-four wins and just two losses: a superb, but bittersweet legacy of the last two years for thirteen Rifle High School seniors…. bittersweet because both of those losses, including 32-15 to Silver Creek in Saturday’s 3A championship at Legacy Stadium in Aurora, came ...
    • Rifle Bears Look to Win State Championship This Afternoon This afternoon, the Rifle Bears football team hopes to finish the 2012 season the same way they started it:  with a victory. The undefeated Bears take on the Fossil Ridge Raptors at 1:00 this afternoon.  Ron Milhorn and Jack Jabbour will be on hand to call all the action from Legacy Stadium at Cherokee Trail High ...
    • Sports, November 30th RIFLE PLAYS FOR STATE FOOTBALL TITLE Aurora–The top-ranked and undefeated Rifle Bears hope to cap off a perfect season tomorrow afternoon as they battle the 10th seeded Silver Creek Raptors in the 3A State Championship game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Kick-off is set for 1 o’clock and will be broadcast live on KMTS and ...
    • Sports, November 29th MEN’S WORLD CUP SKIING BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) – Travis Ganong of the United States turned in the fastest time in the downhill training run Wednesday on the Birds of Prey course. The first racer out of the starting gate, Ganong flew through the course in 1 minute, 41.38 seconds, a time that held up ...
    • Sports, November 28th WORLD CUP SKIING BEAVER CREEK (AP) – Most of the skiers are closely watching Aksel Lund Svindal these days, just to see what path he takes down the hill. Because his way is pretty much going to be the fastest way. That’s how much fellow competitors respect the powerful Norwegian, copying anything they can ...
    • Sports, November 27th KNOWSHON COMING OFF A GOOD GAME ENGLEWOOD (AP) – In his first start in 56 weeks, Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno kept the pile moving forward, didn’t fumble and didn’t get hurt. It was, in his coach’s eyes, such a solid performance that he’ll start again next week, too. Playing his first game since ...
    • Sports, November 26th DETROIT (AP) – The NFL has decided not to suspend Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM’-uh-kehn soo) for his actions against Houston quarterback Matt Schaub (shawb) in the Texans’ Thanksgiving Day win. Suh’s extended his left foot to hit Schaub in the groin area after he threw a pass in the first quarter. League spokesman ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: BEARS SHOOT DOWN EAGLES TO REACH STATE FINALS PUEBLO (11/24/12) — With three words before the Rifle Bears rolled past Pueblo East, 56-6 Saturday to set up a 3A state championship game next week against Silver Creek, coach Damon Wells summed up what he deemed insufficient preparation for pass defense in the 48-34 quarterfinal win over Roosevelt: “It’s been addressed,” Wells said succinctly. That ...
    • Sports, November 23rd WOMEN’S WORLD CUP/VONN BACK APSEN (AP) – Lindsey Vonn will take a practice run on the race hill in Aspen on Friday before making any decisions about competing this weekend. The four-time overall World Cup champion just recently returned to training after missing time with an intestinal issue that landed her in the hospital. The ...
    • Sports, November 20th MEMPHIS (AP) – Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets ended the Memphis Grizzlies’ win streak at eight games with a 97-92 victory Monday night. JaVale McGee provided a second-half lift for Denver and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kenneth Faried added 13 ...