From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Sports, December 6th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Demons boy’s basketball team will play their second game of the season tonight at home against the Aspen Skiers. Tip off is set for 7 o’clock and marks the official beginning of the Demon Round Robin Tournament. The Rifle Bears boys and girls teams will be playing ...
    • Sports, December 5th HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Coal Ridge Titans split a pair of non-league games last night with the Battle Mountain Huskies. The Lady Titans defeated Battle Mountain 63-25 while the Coal Ridge boys lost to the Huskies 59-47. ROCKIES MAKE A TRADE NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Houston Astros have traded reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to ...
    • 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 ...