Independence Pass Closed for the Season

Just as soon as the stunning fall colors start to fall away each year, another sure sign of winter’s arrival follows closely behind – the annual closure of Independence Pass, which was announced by CDOT officials yesterday. The pass was closed at noon Friday in anticipation of the winter storm that was headed for the … Read more

Deceased Man Found at Glenwood Caverns Saturday Identified

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire says the young man found dead Saturday at Glenwood Caverns has been identified as 20-year-old Diego Barajas Medina, of Carbondale. In an afternoon press conference, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said Medina may have taken his own life rather than carry out an apparent plan to kill others. Medina was … Read more

Spring Creek Fire Active This Afternoon

The Spring Creek Fire, which started Saturday, and was reported as 212 acres and 20 percent contained this morning, saw significant growth this afternoon, fueled by dry vegetation and strong winds. A column of smoke could be seen from as far away as Aspen. The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit said as of … Read more

Fire Crews Fighting Wildfire Near Parachute

Firefighters from throughout the area are fighting a wildfire southwest of Parachute near Garfield County Road 306 (Spring Creek Road.) Walt Stowe with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says the size is estimated to be less than 200 acres. Some well pads in the area were evacuated, but no structures are currently threatened. Single Engine … Read more

KMTS Connections: Rifle Police Foundation

In this interview, former Rifle Police Chief, Daryl Meisner and current Chief, Debra Funston discuss the work of the Rifle Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the Rifle Police Department. The foundation provides resources and assistance to the department, such as equipment and training, to improve public safety in the community. Meisner and Funston … Read more