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  • 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 […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Serious mistakes at Wash Park, Colorado Mills establishments

    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 Washington Park, one failed location in Lakewood and a winner in northwest Denver. Blackbird The Washington Park restaurant scored 10 critical issues in September. Inspectors took pictures of several containers of food items — including chicken, rice, cheese and beans — that were thrown out for not being held at a cold enough […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: New LoDo hotel had 9 critical 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 LoDo, one failed location in Arvada and a winner in Five Points. Hilton Garden Inn The hotel near Union Station failed with nine critical health code violations in mid-August. Issues include: Sea bass was thrown out for being packaged incorrectly Chicken salad, custard, sausage and cream cheese were thrown out due to being […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Several serious violations at Westminster establishment lead to 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 Westminster, one failed location in Littleton and a winner in Westminster. Mt. Fuji Japanese Hibachi The Westminster restaurant failed with 14 serious health code mistakes on Aug. 20, 2019. A Tri-County Health inspector says an employee washed their hands for fewer than 20 seconds and another worker handled ready-to-eat lemon with their bare […]

  • National Mill Dog Rescue on probation; one violation from losing license

    PEYTON, Colo. — National Mill Dog Rescue, one of the largest animal rescues in Colorado, is on probation after an investigation by the state found it making critical violations that could bring infectious diseases across state lines. The rescue, located on the Plains east of Colorado Springs, said it has saved 14,400 animals since its inception in 2007. But whistleblower Jene Nelson questions how many animals have come into Colorado illegally. “There is no better way of saying it, this […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Cockroaches crawling on prep line at ‘F’ establishment in Arvada

    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 Thornton, one failed location in Arvada and a winner in Denver. Taco Star (Thornton location) The Thornton restaurant scored 10 serious health code mistakes in August, including: Pink and black mold inside the ice machine Bag of carrots on the floor No throw-away date on some cooked food No food safety manager No […]

  • Food temperature violations that can make people sick found at Lakewood restaurant

    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, one failed location in Arvada and a winner in Denver. La Peep La Peep, a popular breakfast spot in Lakewood, failed with 11 serious mistakes in August. A Jefferson County health inspector found the following violations: No certified food protection manager Not enough chlorine in the dish machine Sausage not hot Eggs […]

  • CSI Wyoming: How a Laramie lab is solving Colorado poaching cases

    LARAMIE, Wyo. — Deep inside a freezer at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, boxes labeled ‘evidence’ are piled to the ceiling. Inside the boxes are animal remains, many sent from Colorado. The state-of-the-art lab has been used by Colorado wildlife officials for more than a decade, to help link animals involved in attacks on humans. But the lab is also playing a major role in cutting down on poaching in Colorado. “This lab is where we do all of […]

  • CSI Wyoming: Inside the lab testing Colorado wildlife

    LARAMIE, Wyo. — In the hours after an 8-year-old Colorado boy was attacked by a mountain lion, a massive search spanned the forests of Park County. Wildlife officers used dogs and traps to try to track down the mountain lion responsible. The following morning, they received reports of two lions nearby, both matching the description. Both were put down. To determine which animal was responsible, officials went more than 150 miles away to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “We […]

  • Construction workers taking up sought-after Denver parking spaces despite new rules

    DENVER — Despite off-site parking plans required by the city to reduce parking congestion near construction sites, the FOX31 Problem Solvers have learned Denver construction workers continue to use street parking while they work on major projects near the Capitol Hill neighborhood. “I understand the residents and their frustration because we take up a lot of their spots, but at the same time, we have a job to do and it’s kind of hard to park five blocks (away) and […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Fire hazard, rodent droppings found at failed Denver restaurant

    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, also in Lakewood. Now Pho The Denver location failed with 10 critical issues in July. Health department pictures include: Serious fire hazard Large amounts of grease build up No ventilation hood Rodent droppings Construction project in bathrooms The health inspector also recommended the restaurant […]

  • Denver’s new parking rules aren’t working yet, according to a Problem Solvers investigation

    DENVER — A new city rule aimed at alleviating parking congestion near construction zones in Denver doesn’t seem to be fixing the problem, according to an investigation by the FOX31 Problem Solvers. In March, Denver Public Works announced new procedures requiring construction companies to submit off-site parking plans to the city if they are working on large projects that will last longer than one week and cost more than $100,000. However, the FOX31 Problem Solvers found construction workers still filling […]

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