From the KMTS News Room:

    • NEWS AMAYA MURDER TRIAL Eagle—While hiding under a truck from his crazed, older, gun-wielding cousin, an El Jebel teen talked to the 9-1-1 dispatcher the night of July 12th, 2014 moments after his parents had been gunned down in their home.  The young man, now 15, was the first witness called to the stand yesterday in Eagle ...
    • NEWS EL JEBEL DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL UNDERWAY El Jebel—More than two years have passed since an El Jebel man shot and killed his aunt and uncle in their home.  Today, opening arguments were heard in the double-murder trial of Williams Anderson Amaya.   Amaya has pled not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 12th, 2014 ...
    • NEWS GARCO ATTORNEY UP FOR JUDGESHIP Glenwood Springs—Garfield County Attorney Tari Williams may soon be sounding a judge’s gavel.  Williams of Carbondale is one of three candidates nominated to be the next judge for the Ninth Judicial District.  The other nominees are Anne Morrdin, also of Carbondale and Scott Turner of Denver. Current District Judge Daniel Petre ...
    • Huge Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Found Near Rifle Rifle—A massive illegal marijuana grow operation near Rifle has been shut down by local and federal law enforcement agencies.  Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says 14 illegal Chinese immigrants, (12 men, 2 women) were also taken into custody and some three thousand marijuana plants were discovered.  Vallario says suspicions were raised when authorities noticed a large ...
    • NEWS VETERANS HEALTH CARE Denver—The suicide of a veteran awaiting treatment for PTSD at a Colorado VA clinic has the attention of Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.  Gardner and fellow GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are both asking for an investigation into a whistleblower’s report about the circumstances surrounding the veteran’s death.  Gardner wants to know ...
    • NEWS BLEAK BUDGET OUTLOOK FOR COLORADO Denver—Garfield County’s impending budget challenges are symptomatic of what the entire state is facing in 2017.  Colorado revenue forecasts released today by legislative and economic analysts say a combination of factors are to blame for the bleak budget outlook, namely shrinking oil and gas revenues and court-ordered tax refunds to oil ...
    • NEWS HUNTER RESCUED NEAR SUNLIGHT Aspen—A Wisconsin man hunting near Sunlight Mountain had to be escorted back to his campsite earlier this week after a cold night in the back country.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, about 20 members of Mountain Rescue Aspen were called out to assist 55 year old Charlie Johnson ...
    • NEWS GARCO DEBATES PAY RAISES Glenwood Springs—Garfield County employees will see a little more in their paychecks next year but not as much as they had hoped for.  County Human Resources Director Dianne Hayes says the average merit-based pay raise around the state is 3.3 percent. She asking the county for a little less, somewhere between 3 ...
    • NEWS LONGER LABOR DAY DUI CRACKDOWN NETS BIG NUMBERS Denver—Nearly one thousand drunk or stoned drivers were busted in Colorado during the extended Labor Day “Heat is On Campaign.”  According to the final tally from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol, 964 impaired drivers caught between August 19th and September 6th.  State Patrol ...
    • NEWS McCLURE PASS DEATH Aspen—Pitkin County authorities are investigating the death of a Longmont man who’s body was found this past weekend near the top of McClure Pass.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, 49 year old Matthew Barz was found on a rural road on Labor Day.  McClure Pass was closed most of ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS, MARCH 22ND HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Western Slope 4-A All Conference teams were released. Four of the five starters for the Glenwood Lady Demons earned first team honors; Seniors Lexie Warkentin and Cassidy Gaddis, Junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler and Sophomore Delaney Gaddis. Glenwood Senior Sarah Davis was named Honorable Mention. ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 21ST HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER All three games played yesterday were shutouts. The Rifle Lady Bears earned their first win of the season by blanking Rangely 4 to nothing. Aspen beat Grand Valley by the same score and Roaring Fork defeated Basalt 2-zip. TEBOW Tim Tebow is gone. One day after signing Peyton Manning ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 20TH HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Coal Ridge and Aspen kicked to a 1-1 tie yesterday. Today, Coal Ridge welcomes Eagle Valley, Roaring Fork travels to Basalt, Aspen heads west to Grand Valley and Rifle welcomes Rangely. NFL Denver–The Denver Broncos and future Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning have agreed to terms on a ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 19TH DENVER BRONCOS Denver–Future Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to finish his career in the Mile High City. ESPN reported this morning that Manning instructed his agent to negotiate a deal with the Broncos. The network is also reporting that Tim Tebow will be traded. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Kansas slipped ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 16TH HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER The Roaring Fork Lady Rams defeated Grand Valley 5 to 2 while Colorado Rocky Mountain School shutout Rifle 4-zip. LACROSSE Glenwood hosts Telluride today at 4. SWIMMING Glenwood heads south today for this weekend’s Montrose Invitational. BASEBALL Glenwood welcomes Steamboat to town for a game tomorrow morning at 10 and will take on Middle Park tomorrow afternoon ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 15TH HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Rifle hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Grand Valley travels to Roaring Fork for games today at 4 o’clock. TENNIS Glenwood plays at Aspen today at 4. DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is promoting March Madness in Colorado. He’s signed a proclamation declaring Thursday as “CSU and CU are Dancing Day” and has ordered that the schools’ flags ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 14TH HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Rifle defeated Coal Ridge 7 to 2. HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Glenwood Springs beat Battle Mountain 3 to 2. Aspen beat Roaring Fork in double overtime 2 to 1. Coal Ridge blanked Rifle 7-zip. NFL/PEYTON MANNING According to inside sources, Future Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning has narrowed his choices of ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 13TH HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Rifle–The Rifle Bears host the Coal Ridge Titans this afternoon at 4 o’clock at Deerfield Park. You can catch the game live on line at KMTS.com and rebroadcast tonight at 7. SOCCER Three games are scheduled this afternoon and tonight. Rifle plays at Coal Ridge at 4. Roaring Fork ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 12TH NCAA Men’s Basketball Men’s college basketball is alive and well in the state of Colorado. Both the CU Buffaloes and the CSU Rams are going to the big dance. The Buffs earned an automatic birth by winning the first ever Pac-12 tournament this past weekend. They earned an ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 9TH High School Soccer The Glenwood Lady Demons came away from Montrose yesterday with a 2-2 tie. Meanwhile, Coal Ridge lost to the Lady Bulldogs in Palisade 2 to 1. High School Baseball The Rifle Bears open up the new season at home Saturday against the Aspen Skiers. The first game ...