Jim Hooley brings his skills as a veteran Denver newsman to FOX31’s Good Day Colorado and Channel 2’s Daybreak. For the past 15 years, he’s been up before dawn, delivering breaking stories from that morning and overnight hours to kick start your day.
Jim grew up on New York’s Hudson River and worked in newsrooms in Rochester and Cleveland before proudly calling the Rocky Mountains home.
During his career, Jim has reported live on the Columbine shootings, the Aurora Theater tragedy and Colorado’s floods and wildfires.
As Oscar Wilde put it, “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Jim believes that’s what makes the job of being a reporter so compelling.
WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Two people were killed in a head-on crash on Wednesday morning west of Plateville, the Colorado State Patrol said. The crash between a 2008 Jeep and 2014 Ford pickup happened on a bridge over the St. Vrain River near Highway 66 and Weld County Road 17 about 6:10 a.m. Highway 66 was closed in both directions but reopened about 10 a.m. The crash happened about 5 miles west of where a train derailed after slamming into […]
DENVER — Some Colorado school districts are cracking down on parents of students who are not vaccinated. Colorado has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Few districts enforce the law, but that’s changing. School districts want to keep a record of student vaccinations in case there is an outbreak so they can determine who is at the greatest risk. The Boulder Valley School District has the highest number of children in the state out of compliance with […]
DENVER — Three people were injured and one suspect is in custody after two shootings six blocks apart in Lower Downtown on Friday morning, the Denver Police Department said. The first shooting happened in front of the Dorchester Club near 14th and Market streets about 2:30 a.m. A man and a woman were shot and taken to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment. Police said both are in stable condition. Police arrested Mikal Newton, 18, in connection to the shooting. […]
DENVER — E-scooters have been pulled from Denver streets after this week’s snowstorms. Riders have logged about 4 million miles since the scooters hit the streets last year. There are about 3,000 scooters in Denver. Some scooter companies have said they are looking into beefing up rides for the winter, meaning bigger and tougher tires. But all of the companies — Bird, Razor, Lyft and Lime — say conditions are too dicey to let people ride until the snow melts. […]
DENVER — For the first time, vaping devices and cartridges can be dropped off during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. It comes as health officials continue to investigate what could be the first vaping-related death in Colorado. Besides vaping devices and cartridges, THC oil will be accepted at collection sites. The move to include vaping products comes after 34 people nationwide have died from the mysterious illness. Health officials in Colorado report there have been 11 cases […]
DENVER — With a shortage of about 60 rail operators and 80 bus drivers, RTD could cut service in the near future. In the past 2 1/2 years, RTD has had more than 710 bus drivers and 200 train operators leave their jobs. RTD spokesperson Pauletta Tonilas says the issue is a symptom of growth and prosperity in the metro area. “The result of a strong economy where we have a smaller pool of people looking for work and a […]
DENVER– Police arrested a man early Thursday morning after at least two businesses were vandalized at the 16th Street Mall. Police say Cook’s Fresh Market and SportsFan, located near 16th and Glenarm Place, were damaged around 1:30 a.m. When police arrived on scene, they located a suspect who refused to leave one of the vandalized stores. Police set up a perimeter and eventually arrested the man at gun point. The suspect’s information has not yet been released.
BOULDER, Colo. — High water dangers remain a major concern across Colorado on Friday. Creeks and rivers are flowing fast and furiously. And several people had to be rescued from the rushing waters during the Fourth of July holiday. One person was rescued from the South Platte River overnight Friday. A woman was pulled from the water by the Denver Fire and Police departments. Crews were called out to the Lions Open Space on the Poudre River west of Fort […]
DENVER — Record crowds are expected on the roadways and at airports across the country, especially in Colorado, for the Fourth of July holiday. Overall, travel is expected to be up by 4 percent across the country. According to AAA, more than 49 million Americans will travel for the holiday, the highest number on record. Of that, 840,000 will travel in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Transportation is expecting close to record crowds to jam the highways across the state. […]
DENVER — Some Denver businesses are fighting back after they have been targeted by a hate group. White supremacist stickers have been plastered on several shops along South Broadway and owners are taking action. At least four or five shops have been hit. They’re small businesses, like Hope Tank, that take pride in being open and inclusive to all communities. Shop owners are hoping a block party on Friday will be a show of unity against hate. “This is sending […]
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Rising water levels are causing safety concerns along the Front Range, and in Boulder County officials are urging caution for anyone near fast-moving water, including the St. Vrain River. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced a tubing ban is in effect for the north and south St. Vrain creeks and the St. Vrain River throughout Boulder County. Tubing ban in effect for North & South St. Vrain Creeks & the St. Vrain River. The ban includes […]
DENVER — Police in Denver are looking for a band of burglars who have been hitting marijuana dispensaries. Investigators believe the same thieves have been breaking into dispensaries across the city and they’ve sent shop owners a special alert to be on the lookout. The Denver Police Department releases a photo of the group pulling off a recent overnight break-in. They are well disguised and covered up, and are using a Jeep in the break-ins. Police said the burglars like […]