National award winning journalist


Recent Articles
  • Restaurant Report Card: Trendy new food hall gets an ‘F’

    DENVER — Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. This week, we featured one failed location in Lakewood, two failed locations in Edgewater and a winner in Arvada. Holiday Lanes (F) The Lakewood bowling alley features a full-service restaurant which scored 10 serious heath code issues in December. Mistakes include: Employees not washing hands Raw pork stored over green chili Dish machine had no chlorine Mashed potatoes and hamburgers were […]

  • 20% of current General Assembly came to office thanks to an appointment

    DENVER — The FOX31 Problem Solvers have found a staggering number of current lawmakers at the 72nd Colorado General Assembly were first appointed to a legislative office as opposed to being elected by constituents. This includes 20 current lawmakers: eight state senators and 12 members of the state House. It is a side-door entrance to the General Assembly called a vacancy committee. Colorado law states when a vacancy happens, the political party of the person leaving office will select a […]

  • Concerns about animal health rise amid huge increase in number of pets imported into Colorado

    DENVER — A FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation revealed a soaring number of animals coming into Colorado could be putting pets at risk. The number of dogs being transported into the state has soared by an estimated 60 percent over the past six years, according to state officials. “We are having animals imported from everywhere,” Nick Fischer with Colorado’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program said. “Not only states around Colorado but as far away as Tennessee and Arkansas and […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: No certified food managers at failed locations

    DENVER — Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. This week, we featured one failed location in Morrison, one failed location in Lakewood and a winner in Denver. Beso De Arte (F) The Morrison restaurant south of Red Rocks Amphitheatre scored eight health code violations in mid-November. The issues include: There was no certified food protection manager Raw fish was stored over ready-to-eat sauces Rice was thrown out for being […]

  • Polis’ India trip cost taxpayers around $20,000, but he paid for portion on his own

    DENVER —  The cost of Governor Jared Polis’ first international trade trip to India and Nepal has been revealed after the FOX31 Problem Solvers  filed a public information request with the state of Colorado. Polis traveled to the region November 4-8. According to the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the trip included members of the Colorado business community, state employees, and the governor’s office. Among the businesses traveling with the governor were Dish Network, Akin Gump, Akin Gump […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Food thrown out for being held at the wrong temperature

    DENVER — Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. This week, we featured one failed location in Denver, one failed location in Wheat Ridge and a winner in Denver. The Hornet (F) Denver inspectors cited the Baker neighborhood restaurant for nine critical health code violations in late October. Health department pictures show mashed potatoes and shredded pork held at the wrong temperature. These food items were thrown out. Other mistakes […]

  • Vacancy committee sets date to replace late Colorado state Rep. Kimmi Lewis

    KIOWA, Colo. — Republicans in southeastern Colorado have set a date for a vacancy committee meeting to replace late state Rep. Kimmi Lewis. Lewis passed away earlier this month after a battle with cancer. She served district 64, which is the state’s largest district by area, covering nine counties. The vacancy committee meeting to pick Lewis’ replacement to serve in the upcoming legislative session will take place at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa starting at noon on Dec. 28. […]

  • Domestic violence deaths up in Colorado; survivor shares story

    DENVER — The amount of people dying in Colorado from domestic violence is on the rise. A new report shows more people died in 2018 compared to 2017. Read: Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board Annual Report  A survivor of domestic violence is speaking out as a state-commissioned board works at ways to prevent more people from being victimized. In early December 2016, Bridget Dyson arrived at her Brighton apartment complex as an unwanted visitor was hiding outside. Anthony Dyson, […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Food held at the wrong temperature at both ‘F’ locations

    DENVER — Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. This week, we featured one failed location in Denver, one failed location in Lakewood and a winner in Jefferson County. La Quinta Inn & Suites – Montbello location (F) The Denver location on North Peoria Street failed with nine critical health code violations in mid-October. The issues include: Kitchen employee and manager could not answer basic food safety questions Yogurt, hard-boiled […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: 2 metro Denver dessert hot spots have major health code violations

    DENVER — Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. This week, we featured one failed location in Denver, one failed location in Thornton and a winner in Denver. D Bar Denver The popular dessert spot in Uptown Denver scored nine critical health code issues on Aug. 30. Issues included: Employees handling food with bare hands Moldy strawberries Sink in the women’s restroom did not have hot water Toxic sanitizing solution […]

  • How local inspectors help ensure safe seafood in Colorado

    DENVER — If you enjoy seafood in our landlocked state, you’ve probably asked yourself: “How safe is it?” The Problem Solvers are diving deep for a look at how local, state and federal inspectors — as well as suppliers — ensure seafood is safe to eat. Inside a massive refrigerator at Denver’s Seattle Fish Company, one will find all kinds of seafood. The wholesaler supplies hundreds of restaurants and grocery stores with fresh and frozen varieties. Seattle Fish Company President […]

  • Inspectors find no certified food protection managers, a new 2019 rule, at ‘F’ locations

    DENVER — Each week, FOX31 and Channel 2 report on recent health inspections for restaurants in the Denver area. This week, we featured one failed location in Westminster, one failed location in Castle Rock and a winner in Arvada. Lodo’s Bar and Grill (Westminster location) Tri-County Health inspectors found eight serious health code violations in late September. Violations included: No certified food protection manager Several bottles of alcohol contained fruit flies Dish washing machine did not have enough chlorine Unapproved […]

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.