From the KMTS News Room:

    • 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 ...
    • More Colorado Restaurants Opening
      DENVER (AP) – Health officials say they are disappointed with one Colorado restaurant’s decision to open for sit-down service Sunday and will follow up with the owners. A video posted by Colorado Community Media showed a crowd of people inside C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock on Mother’s Day. People were sitting at tables ...
    • Glenwood Springs Court Win in RMI Suit
      GLENWOOD SPRINGS—It’s a small victory for the city of Glenwood Springs in the overall war against the quarry expansion. Today, 9th Judicial District Court Judge Anne Norrdin granted the city’s motion to intervene in Rocky Mountain Industries’ lawsuit against Garfield County.  The Bevery Hills, California-based company claims the county has no regulatory authority over it’s ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Missy Franklin, Texas Swimmer Exchange Vows
      DENVER (AP) – Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin has married former Texas swimmer Hayes Johnson in suburban Denver. The 24-year-old Franklin announced Saturday’s wedding via Instagram. The Colorado native won five medals, including four golds, as a 17-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics. She won a gold medal as part of ...
    • As The Avalanche Open Camp, Rantanen is Absent
      DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche are set to open camp and Mikko Rantanen remains in Finland. The 22-year-old restricted free agent is trying to work out the details of a new deal after a season in which he had 87 points. His teammates are optimistic it will be sorted out soon.  
    • Connections Between The Broncos & The Bears Will be on Display Sunday
      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Chicago’s game at Denver this weekend is more than a reunion for the Bears and their ex-defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, now head coach of the Broncos. It’s also Danny Trevathan’s return to Denver, where he helped the Broncos win a Super Bowl. It’s also a chance for Todd Davis to show ...
    • Vic Fangio Opens the Regular Season at Home Versus a Familiar Team
      DENVER (AP) – New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio makes his home debut against the Bears this weekend. And this time he knows all too much about pass rusher Khalil Mack. Fangio swears he didn’t know much about the superstar when he joined the Bears last year and helped them end an eight-year playoff drought.
    • Ownership of the Denver Broncos Once Again Under Dispute
      ENGLEWOOD (AP) – Pat Bowlen’s two oldest daughters have put themselves at risk of being disinherited by challenging their father’s trust, which is in charge of selecting the next controlling owner of the Denver Broncos, a franchise valued at more than $2.5 billion.  Beth Wallace and Amie Klemmer filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the validity ...
    • 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 ...