From the KMTS News Room:

    • NEWS BLM CANCELS THOMPSON DIVIDE LEASES Glenwood Springs—25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide have been canceled by the Bureau of Land Management putting an end to a long, bitter feud between the energy industry and local conservationists. The area, straddling several counties including Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison, has been the focus of lobbying ...
    • NEWS GARCO APPROVES CONSERVATION EASEMENT Glenwood Springs—With a unanimous vote, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners endorsed the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s acquisition of a conservation easement and perpetual hunting access easement on the north half of the Bershenyi Ranch. The plan to conserve game management unit 43 south of Glenwood Springs honors the longtime wishes ...
    • Carbondale Fire Department Fighting Sewell Mesa Fire ***** 7/30/2016 4:30 PM UPDATE:  Fire crews reached 100% containment this afternoon and expect to continue “mopping up” the fire through Sunday.  Highway 133 will be open in both directions overnight (from 8:00 PM Saturday until 8:00 AM Sunday).  On Sunday, one lane of Highway 133 will be closed again, with traffic alternating from 8:00 AM until ...
    • Highway 13 “Good Samaritan” Shot Himself Authorities say the man who claimed to have been shot while attempting to help another motorist on Highway 13 north of Rifle earlier this month was not such a good samaritan after all…  According to a press release from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the man told authorities he was shot while approaching a disabled vehicle ...
    • Plane Crash Report Released A report on a plane crash in southern Colorado says the pilot had been warned not to fly into Pagosa Springs because of winter weather before his aircraft went down, killing him and his girlfriend. The National Transportation Safety Board revealed its findings this week of the November 2014 crash that killed 55-year-old Howard Guthrie, of ...
    • Search Ends for Montrose Woman Mesa County authorities have called off their search for an 82-year-old woman with dementia who was last seen at a Montrose bowling alley almost two weeks ago. Mary Finnegan left the Rose Bowl on July 15th and was expected back at her Delta County home, but she never returned. The Mesa County Sheriff’s office says up to ...
    • Kidnapping Suspect In Court The Colorado Springs man accused of taking hostages near Independence Pass on Wednesday made his first court appearance in Aspen yesterday. 30-year-old Brolin McConnell is facing charges of first-degree kidnapping for holding 3 men at gunpoint on Lincoln Creek Road near the intersection with Highway 82. During his appearance before Aspen District Judge Chris Seldin, McConnell ...
    • BLM Fire Restrictions in GarCo It’s become another unmistakable and sadly inevitable sign of summer in Colorado – fire restrictions put in place each year by officials trying to do everything they can to keep huge portions of the western U.S. from going up in flames. Bureau of Land Management officials have announced that stage 1 fire restrictions begin today for ...
    • Armed Man Takes Hostage Near Independence Pass Pitkin County Deputies were able to peacefully resolve a dangerous situation that unfolded yesterday near Independence Pass when an armed man took at least one person hostage and fired shots at the officers. The Colorado Springs man, whose identity has not been released, was armed with two handguns and had used his truck to block Lincoln ...
    • Rifle I-70 Traffic Fatality *****7/28/16 4:40 PM Update:  Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmier identified the victim in Wednesday’s crash as 39 year old Daniel Jacob Kobrin of Glenwood Springs.  Glassmire says Kobrin was born and raised in Crested Butte and had recently lived in Portland, Oregon.  Toxicology tests will be conducted over the next several weeks. Authorities say that a ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 18TH High School Playoff Football Rifle–The 4th seeded Rifle Bears host the number 5 Windsor Wizards tomorrow afternoon at 1 in a quarterfinal game. The winner will move on to face the winner of the D’Evelyn/Frederick game in the semifinals next week. NFL Denver–The Denver Broncos came from behind to shock the New York Jets ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 17TH Peach Valley–Coal Ridge Titans’ senior volleyball star Christ Currier has been chosen to play in this Sunday’s Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports all state volleyball match. Currier is one of 90 class 3A players selected to play at Arvada West Highw School. Denver–The Denver Broncos host the New York Jets tonight at Sports Authority ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 16TH High School Softball The 2011 Western Slope All Conference team includes several local players. From the Rifle Lady Bears, Emma Speer, Brittany Neuroth and Norisa Navratil were named to the first team. Allie Ehlers and Cassidy Blackard from Rifle earned honorable mention. Basalt placed two players on the all conference ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 15TH High School Football Playoffs Rifle–Snow and rain is in the forecast this Saturday when the Rifle Bears battle the Windsor Wizards in a quarterfinal playoff game at Bear’s Stadium. Kick off is set for 1 o’clock. The game will be broadcast live on KMTS with pre-game coverage beginning at 12:30. Glenwood ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 14TH High School Football Playoffs 3A The 4th seed Rifle Bears will host the number five seed Windsor Wizards in a quarterfinal showdown this Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock. KMTS will be on hand for all the action starting at 12:30. In 2A playoff football, the Aspen Skiers fell to the Reds in Eaton 48 to ...
    • KMTS FOOTBALL: Rifle Defense Moves Bears into Quarterfinals RIFLE (11/12/11) — When the most significant play on offense in the second half of Rifle\’s 14-7 first-round 3A state playoff win over Roosevelt is a penalty that wipes out a lost fumble, it\’s a certainty that the defense gets a lot of credit for moving the Bears into next Saturday\’s ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 11TH Rifle–It’s playoff time in high school football. Tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock, the 10 and 0 Rifle Bears welcome the Roughriders of Roosevelt in a first round game. The game will be broadcast live on KMTS with pre-game coverage beginning at 12:30. Eaton–In 2A playoffs, the Aspen Skiers travel to Eaton to ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 10TH NFL Denver–The Kansas City Chiefs will get their first look at Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs’ coaching staff is trying to simulate some of the instinctive moves Tebow makes in the spread offense. NHL Denver–The Colorado Avalanche are back in action tonight at the Pepsi Center hosting the ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 8TH CLEVELAND (AP) – The Browns have signed fullback Eddie Williams to their practice squad and released fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou. Williams was with Chicago through training camp and spent the first week of the regular season on the Browns’ practice squad. He was signed by Seattle and appeared in three games for the Seahawks before he was released on Oct. 12. ...
    • SPORTS, NOVEMBER 7TH High School Football Rifle–The 10 and 0, Western Slope Champion Rifle Bears earned the 4th seed in the State 3A playoffs and will host the Roosevelt Roughriders this Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The game will be broadcast live on KMTS. In the 2A bracket, the 12th seeded Aspen Skiers will take on the number ...