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  • Iconic Campus Lounge shut its doors for the last time this weekend. (Photo: KDVR)

    Last call for 3 Denver bars this weekend

    DENVER — This weekend is your last to raise a glass at three local bars. The Celtic Tavern at 18th and Blake, and its sister tavern, Delaney’s, will shut their doors for the last time early Sunday morning. It’s also last call for Campus Lounge in the Bonnie Brae area. The owner of the bars says he’s ready to move on. It’s unclear what business will take over the space at the Tavern. A new bar-type restaurant will move into the old […]

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    Investigators find ‘gross mismanagement’ tripled cost of Aurora VA hospital

    AURORA, Colo. — Federal investigators say “gross mismanagement,” delays and lax oversight by the Department of Veterans Affairs added millions of dollars to the cost of the Aurora VA hospital. The report from the Office of Inspector General released Wednesday said that former senior VA official Glenn Haggstrom knew the project would go over budget, but didn’t tell lawmakers when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014. “This was a failure of government at every level within the VA,” Sen. Cory […]

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    Nederland police using beanbag rounds to move wildlife out of town

    NEDERLAND, Colo. — To curb a growing wildlife problem, police in Nederland will be using beanbag ammunition to push large animals out of the town. According to town marshal Paul Carrill, the police force only has vehicle sirens and lights, tasers, and spray to nonlethally remove wildlife from the town. However, they felt the nonlethal beanbags would help them keep animals such as moose or bears from becoming comfortable around humans. “Wild animals are not domesticated,” Carrill said. “So they’re going […]

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    Plumber continues to dupe system, consumers pay price

    DENVER — A plumber who the state has ordered to quit working in that trade could face additional regulatory action. The Department of Regulatory Agencies issued a cease-and-desist order against Daniel Murphy and two cease-and-desist orders against his business, All Phase Home Repair. The Problem Solvers reported about Murphy and his business issues in June. A woman got her money back in that case, but more victims continue to come forward. As a result, the state has opened another investigation, but in the […]

  • Westminster police shot a suspect at 121st and Huron

    Police fatally shoot robbery suspect; 4 others still on loose

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Police shot and killed an armed home burglary suspect near Huron Street and West 121st Avenue in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon. It began around 3:30 p.m. when police received a 911 call about a robbery in the 12100 block of Bannock Street. The caller said he found several people in his garage stealing items. The man told police he was punched in the face and had a gun pointed at him when he confronted a suspect. The man told a dispatcher […]

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    Bus driver who died in crash at airport remembered for her giving, compassion

    THORNTON, Colo. — The community remembered the life of the driver who died in the Legacy High School bus crash. Kari Chopper’s family and friends held a funeral for her Monday night at Crossroads Church. The 43-year-old was a wife, mother of four and friend to so many people. There were a lot of tears and her children spoke about their mother. They talked about the beautiful woman she was and how she was known by so many for her giving and […]

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    16-year-old girl killed, suspect on the run after Thornton house party shooting

    THORNTON, Colo. — Officers found a 16-year-old girl shot in the torso on the 13000 block of Monaco Way early Saturday morning. The Thornton Police Department responded to reports of shots fired at approximately 1:40 a.m. Saturday. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Witnesses said there was a disturbance at a house party in the area and the suspect fired his weapon as he was leaving the house, hitting the girl. The suspect is […]

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    Bodies of 2 Colorado men killed in Syria fighting ISIS return to state

    DENVER — The bodies of two Colorado men who were shot and killed battling the war on terror overseas this summer have returned to the state. Jordan MacTaggart of Castle Rock and Levi Shirley of Arvada were killed in action fighting ISIS in Syria alongside Kurdish forces. Their bodies were flown from Jordan to Chicago and on Friday morning they arrived at Union State on an Amtrak train. In 2015, Shirley, 24, volunteered to fight with the People’s Protection Units, Kurdish forces […]

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    CU Boulder, DU Among America’s Top Colleges

    Three Colorado schools have made the U.S. News World Report 2017 Best Colleges Ranking. Colorado School of Mines ranks #82, while University of Denver comes in at #86, and University of Colorado Boulder made #92 on the list of Best National Colleges. The annual survey assesses more than 18,000 U.S. colleges and universities, of which 1,374 are ranked. Schools receive rankings based on several measures of academic quality, including graduation rate performance, faculty resources, and financial resources. Princeton University topped the […]

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    Fort Carson soldier wears lion costume, surprises daughter at school

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man in a lion costume who read a story to a class of young elementary school students had quite an emotional surprise for one of the little girls Tuesday. When he finished his story, he asked one of the students to come up to him. “I have a special surprise for someone in here today,” Fort Carson soldier Eric Cook said. He called the girl’s name and she approached him. “Someone has missed you for […]

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    Left Hand Brewing recalls 20,000 cases of beer

    LONGMONT, Colo. — Left Hand Brewing is recalling 20,000 cases of its most popular beer. The company said while its Milk Stout Nitro is safe to drink, a foreign yeast got into the mix. When the bottle is flipped upside down into a glass as recommended, it may overflow. Left Hand said because the yeast looks similar to its own ale strain, it was not identified until the bottles arrived in the market. Affected beers have best by dates of Oct. 16 to […]

  • Police warn of scammers taking advantage of the good will of Parker residents (Photo: Douglas County Sheriff)

    Parker police warn to watch out for donation scams

    PARKER, Colo. — Scammers might be profiting from tragedy. The Parker Police Department is warning residents to be wary of fraudulent calls asking for donations for Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Dan Brite. The sheriff’s office said community members have come forward to report scammers are calling residents under the guise of collecting money for the detective, who was injured in a shootout with a suicidal man in Parker on Sept. 2. Police warned that scammers prey on the feelings of good-natured people and […]