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Telling stories is something I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’d enter storytelling contests and also enjoyed experimenting with cameras (I’d collect them out of trash that was collected by Uncle Bear who drove the trash truck!).

I figured since I liked telling stories and cameras, becoming a reporter would suit me well. Ever since then, I’ve been meeting some of the most interesting people in the world and helping tell their stories.

My curiosity has taken me into wild hurricanes, the death chamber, the White House, blizzards, firestorms and some of the coolest neighborhoods across the country. Living in Denver has been a lifelong goal. The people, bike paths, mountains and weather are just awesome. Thank you for taking time to read my bio.

Please let me know if you have a story idea: vicente.arenas@kdvr.com.

Recent Articles
  • Nederland High School to eliminate football, offer soccer instead

    NEDERLAND, Colo. — Nederland High School is ending its football program starting this year. It is completely eliminating the sport from its curriculum. Concussions were a concern,  but the school said that’s not the reason football is being sidelined. The sport has been part of the Nederland Middle-Senior High School since most people can remember. The news the program was ending was tough for Damon Vigil. He was hoping to start his senior year as the Panthers’ quarterback. “It’s always […]

  • Group searching for missing man finds body in South Platte River

    DENVER — For hours Saturday, 130 volunteers searched meticulously for Adam Gilbertson, who was last seen about 1 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Syntax Physic Opera on South Broadway. On Saturday, family spokesman Tess Pfohl confirmed a body found in South Platte River on Friday night is that of Gilbertson. The Facebook page dedicated to finding Gilbertson has also confirmed this. The Denver Police Department and the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner have not confirmed the body is that […]

  • Denver summit addresses gentrification after controversial coffee shop sign

    DENVER — People packed a church Saturday to talk about the effects of gentrification on Denver neighborhoods. The event was sponsored by Denver CAN (Community Action Network).  The Gentrification Summit was held at the Shorter Community AME Church on Richard Allen Court. Organizers say their goal included helping people learn how to take back their neighborhoods and to connect people to affordable housing. Gentrification takes place when middle class or affluent people move into deteriorating areas and poorer residents are […]

  • DNA samples taken from family, associates of teen found dead in home

    PARK COUNTY, Colo. — New Developments in the case of a teenage girl from Bailey was found dead in her burned out home. We now know investigators have been asking males in the community for DNA swabs as part of their investigation. The people FOX31 spoke to in Park County tell us investigators just showed up unannounced and asked them take saliva swabs from young men, some of them teenagers. The Park County Undersheriff told FOX31, “Investigators have taken DNA […]

  • Denver mayor holds gentrification discussion on Facebook Live

    DENVER — Mayor Michael Hancock is taking the gentrification discussion to Facebook. Among his goals: Answer people’s questions about how quickly changing neighborhoods are affecting their lives. Gentrification occurs when rundown urban areas are restored and low-income residents are forced to move. Hancock and a panel took the questions at a library in the Five Points neighborhood on Thursday night where the gentrification issue has been a hot topic. The mayor wanted to discuss the impact of gentrification on neighborhoods. […]

  • UPS cargo container that angered neighbors removed from Denver street

    DENVER — A temporary UPS hub operation set up on a residential street has been removed after the FOX31 Problem Solvers contacted the city of Denver about the situation Thursday. Inspectors from the city of Denver checked out a UPS cargo container Friday that people who live in the neighborhood said was a nuisance. Officials said the big cargo box parked on the street did not have the tag that indicated it had the proper permit to be there. So, […]

  • Neighbor upset about temporary UPS hub operation set up on his street

    DENVER — A temporary UPS hub operation set up on a residential street was removed Friday after the FOX31 Problem Solvers contacted the city of Denver about the situation Thursday. We have an update on the story here. The original story appears below Inspectors from the city of Denver are expected to check out a UPS cargo box that people who live in the neighborhood say is a nuisance. The mini hub operation popped up at the corner of East 30th […]

  • Dispensaries shut down for ‘looping’

    DENVER — Sweet Leaf Marijuana Dispensaries in Denver still shut down for allegedly selling illegal amounts of weed to undercover officers – 11 ounces in less than two hours at one shop – it’s called ‘looping.’ 13 people were arrested. 26 licenses suspended. A video campaign aimed to stop looping has been produced. The Marijuana Industrial Group has been discussing the problem about for a year. It`s a hot topic not going away anytime soon.

  • Friends, family continue search for missing elderly man in Golden

    GOLDEN, Colo. — The search for a missing elderly man stretched into Friday afternoon, with friends and family of the 87-year-old lending a hand. James Mitchell, 87, disappeared on Thursday night after crashing his son’s pickup truck into some rail cars just after 8 p.m. Thursday. Mitchell apparently walked away from the scene before police arrived. Search and rescue teams began working along 10th and Vasquez streets, then went north along Table Mountain. Mitchell is described as 5-foot-10 and about […]

  • Body camera footage released in fatal shooting of former Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Body camera footage has been released in the fatal shooting that took the life of a former Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy outside of the headquarters in October. Mark Bidon, 50, was shot by an Arapahoe County deputy at 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 29. Bidon was a deputy from 2000 to 2010, when he resigned. According to the sheriff’s office and the video, an on-duty deputy exiting the parking lot observed a vehicle backed into the exit […]

  • Police raid multiple licensed marijuana dispensaries in Denver area

    DENVER — Multiple licensed marijuana dispensaries in the Denver metro area were raided Thursday and now face legal consequences. The Denver Police Department said the violations are criminal in nature, but would not go into specifics. Officers executed search and arrest warrants. While police would not confirm which businesses are part of the raid, multiple Sweet Leaf locations reportedly were closed with notices saying licences have been suspended. “Medical and/or retail marijuana licenses for these premises have been suspended by […]

  • More stores accepting packages to cut down on ‘porch pirates’

    DENVER — Delivery services such as FedEx and UPS have come up with new ways to outsmart “porch pirates.” As the holiday season approaches, “porch pirates” are on the rise across the metro area. In Denver, the number of package thefts are up 40 percent. That’s why more businesses are adding drop-off points so people can have their packages delivered safely. Businesses such as the Perez Meat Market near Athmar Park in west Denver have had more UPS packages delivered to the sore. […]