.They’ve proven themselves one of the top 8 basketball teams in all of Colorado’s Class 3A this season, and you’ve heard all the regular season games after the pre-season tournaments, exclusively here on The Mammoth! Basalt’s Longhorn boys are 21 & 3 on the season, seeded 9th in the tournament, and they beat Greeley’s University High and the Denver School For Science & Technology Green Valley Ranch campus over the weekend to advance. Now they’ll play the final game of the Great 8’s first day Thursday night, against the top-seeded Sun Devils of private school Kent Denver. 


And that raw hustle we see from Raul on the court in each game? He says his dad’s always encouraging him to be the best he can be, and Torres says he gets a thrill from competing so hard every time. Of course last year, the Longhorns made the 32-team field, but got knocked out in overtime in the first game. This club’s focused now. Just ask senior Miles Levy…

Also in the tournament, 28-seed Delta upset #5 Bayfield Friday night, 78-75. Delta then lost to Alamosa Saturday. 18th-seed Roaring Fork shocked #15 Denver manual Friday 73-64, then narrowly lost Saturday to Number 2 Manitou Springs, 56-54. And 7th seed Coal Ridge beat Frontier Academy by 20 Friday, only to have their season ended Saturday by Sterling, 61-59.
We’ll hear from more of the purple & gold Basalt players throughout the week, and the only place to be on game night Thursday is right here, on the Home Of The Longhorns. We’ll launch your evening with an extended Great 8 edition of the Romero Group pregame show ay 8:00, then bring you the action as only someone who knows your team can, starting right from the tipoff at 8:30. We’re the ones who’ll keep you up with all things Basalt, throughout the week– these 3 days leading up to it, and the 3 tournament days as well.. Looking forward to bringing it all to you, yes WE are the HOME of the Longhorns, KSNO The Mammoth!


Other news this morning includes an early Sunday house fire in Rifle that left 3 people homeless. They all survived without major injury, and are now getting help from the Red Cross. Firefighters were called out just before 9 Sunday morning. The 3 residents say they realized they needed to get out of the house on Cedar Court that had no smoke detectors, when they heard a crackling noise. The small fire was contained and put out fairly quickly, but the house was ruled uninhabitable for the time being. The fire’s origin is being checked out, but isn’t believed to be suspicious.


One way to help handle all the traffic troubles that are expected this summer and fall as the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood is getting replaced, could be the running of extra neighborhood shuttle buses. RFTA and some local officials are floating that idea as a possibility along Donegan Road, north of the existing bridge. Such buses could also be enlisted to help move folks between West Glenwood and downtown. Any help cutting traffic along the detour route of Midland Avenue is expected to be useful. RFTA’s still putting together its final plans, and many seem to be telling the authority that if there are more “Ride Glenwood” buses for example, they’ll need to run a lot more often than the proposed every half hour in order to help. Citizens including the Mayor would like to see that time cut to about every 15 minutes.  


State Representative and former educator Millie Hamner was in Aspen for a town hall Saturday. She chairs the state House’s Education Committee. Among other things, she said her opinion is that a lot of state infrastructure gets choked off by the TABOR tax amendment of the early 90’s. She added it’s too soon to know just how the Trump administration’s policies on things like the environment, oil & gas, and legal marijuana are going to affect the Centennial State.