From the KMTS News Room:

    • Several States Sue to Stop Legislation to Weaken the Endangered Species Act SEATTLE (AP) – Seventeen states are suing to block Trump administration rules weakening the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, including the Humane Society and the Sierra Club. The new rules begin taking effect Thursday. They for ...
    • Judge says there is Enough Evidence to Hold a Trial for Teen in School Shooting CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado judge says prosecutors have enough evidence to hold a trial for a teenager charged in a school shooting that killed one of his classmates in a Denver suburb. Judge Theresa Slade on Wednesday ruled that 19-year-old Devon Erickson should stand trial on murder, attempted murder charges in the ...
    • Federal Lawsuit Claims Wildfires Started by Railroad Company DURANGO (AP) – A federal lawsuit says nearly 50 fires in Colorado were ignited by a railroad company in the weeks leading up to a major wildfire. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad caused smaller fires along its tracks in the weeks leading up to the 416 Fire. The U.S. Forest Service has filed ...
    • Legal Marijuana Businesses & Banking (AP) – The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats. Republicans split on it. Many marijuana businesses have relied on cash, ...
    • Rifle Police Investigate Bank Robbery The Rifle Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred shortly after noon today at the Bank of Colorado. According to a Press Release, officers from the Rifle Police Department along with Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers from Silt and Parachute responded to the Rifle Bank of Colorado at 12:26 PM today. ...
    • “Make Campus Great Again” Coming to Colorado COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Republican National Committee is putting a college twist on its grassroots voter registration efforts, seeking to mobilize President Donald Trump’s supporters. The “Make Campus Great Again” initiative is offering participants training and free pizza, plus swag like campaign buttons and drink insulators to distribute. It’s aimed at building on young ...
    • Glenwood Springs City Council Upholds the P & Z Council’s Denial of ANB Bank Plans It’s back to the drawing board for ANB Bank.  Last night, the Glenwood Springs City Council voted to uphold the Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of the bank’s plans to build a new bank and office building at 9th and Grand Avenue.  The vote was 5 to 1 with Mayor Pro Tem Shelly Kaup voting ...
    • More Details Released on Pyramid Peak Rescue The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office has released more details about the Denver man that spent two night’s in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area this week. Neil Brosseau reportedly told rescuers that he separated from his hiking group because he decided to summit Pyramid Peak on his own while the rest of his party went back down ...
    • Unprocessed Naturalization Applications are Piling up in Colorado BOULDER (AP) – A report says Colorado has one of the nation’s worst backlogs of unprocessed U.S. naturalization applications, which one of the report authors says is blocking voting rights. The Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released the report saying there are 9,325 applications waiting to be processed. A ...
    • Mobile Home Residents Might Have More Protection in Colorado (AP) – Lawmakers began to change Colorado’s place among the vast majority of states where mobile home residents have few protections. With Democratic control of both chambers of the Legislature and the governor’s office, lawmakers passed a law this year that gives residents more breathing room to address eviction proceedings and provides a way to ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • Nuggets are the #2 Seed, will Face the Spurs in the Playoffs DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 99-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nikola Jokic led Denver with 29 points and 14 rebounds. The Nuggets trailed 95-84 with four minutes left before finishing with a 15-0 run.  The Nuggets host the San Antonio Spurs ...
    • Additional Local High School Sports Scores and Upcoming Scheduled Games LACROSSE Battle Mountain—12    Glenwood Springs—8 SOCCER Glenwood at Rifle—6pm Palisade at Coal Ridge—6pm
    • Local High School Baseball HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCORES Palisade—17       Rifle—–2 Hotchkiss—19     Coal Ridge—-3 Eagle Valley at Glenwood Springs, postponed ON THE DIAMONDS TODAY… Meeker at Grand Valley (DH) 2pm Delta at Roaring Fork   4pm Rifle at Basalt  3pm
    • KMTS BASEBALL: BEARS WALK OVER SUMMIT TWICE IN LEAGUE OPENER RIFLE (3/23/19) — The Rifle Bears opened Western Slope League with a doubleheader sweep over the traveling Summit Tigers that featured most of the early-spring foibles, but Derek Wagler was in mid-season form, pounding out six hits, including a triple in each game, and driving in five runs. “Pitching is something we have to get ...
    • KMTS BASEBALL: DEMONS WALK-OFF WIN OVERCOMES LATE TITAN RALLY WEST GLENWOOD SPRINGS (3/21/19) — Walks were the undoing of starting pitchers Chano Gonzalez and Cole Houston in the first two games of the Glenwood Springs 2019 baseball season, but Gonzalez turned a four-pitch free pass in the bottom of the seventh into a walk-off 12-11 win over Coal Ridge Thursday on a base ...
    • Avalanche get Shutout in Dallas DALLAS (AP) – Alexander Radulov recorded his first career hat trick in his return after missing the previous game for disciplinary reasons as the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his second consecutive shutout, the first time in his 11 NHL seasons with back-to-back shutouts. Jamie Benn had ...
    • Mixed Results for CU Women’s & Men’s Basketball BOULDER (AP) – Tyler Bey scored a career-high tying 27 points, Shane Gatling had 26 and Colorado led throughout to beat UCLA 93-68. Both Bey and Gatling were dominating in the paint, scoring on an array of dunks, layups and short jumpers in the lane. LAS VEGAS (AP) – Courtney Ekmark scored 18 points and No. ...
    • Broncos to Trade Keenum WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins are acquiring quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos for a swap of 2020 draft picks. The parameters of the pending deal include a reworking of Keenum’s contract, with the Broncos paying him a $500,000 restructuring bonus and picking up half of the $7 million he was guaranteed in ...
    • High School Playoff Basketball 4A Girls Broomfield—The Glenwood Lady Demons, the 34th seeded team in the 48-team bracket take on the 2nd ranked Holy Family Tigers tonight in a second round playoff game.  Tip off is set for 6 o’clock and will be broadcast live on KMTS. 3A Girls Grand Junction—Central High School will be the venue for the Western Slope 3A ...
    • KMTS BASKETBALL: STRONG FINAL QUARTER MOVES GLENWOOD GIRLS TO ROUND TWO IN STATE PLAYOFFS LITTLETON (2/19/19) — Ximena Gutierrez paused at the top of the key, dribbling the basketball with one hand and gesturing to her teammates with a palm-down, “Stay cool, we’ve got this,” motion. After an eleven-turnover third quarter and a 3-pointer that drew host Littleton within two points, that show of poise and leadership ...