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.
DENVER — Testing has started for RTD’s N Line, the new commuter rail line that will carry passengers through the northern metro area. The N Line runs from Union Station to 124th in Thornton, but will eventually run to State Highway 7. The testing will also bring the disruptive sound of horns throughout the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday. The train horns will sound during that entire time, just like they did during testing of the G […]
ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Two men who were wanted for allegedly luring children online for sex in Arapahoe County have been apprehended. About 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said one of the men — 31-year-old Jesus Chavez — had been arrested. He is the man wearing a black shirt in the picture. The other man, 32-year-old Michael Ryan Berryhill, was arrested Wednesday morning. He is being held without bond. “The two people we were looking for met […]
DENVER — Interstate 70 will be closed in both directions between Interstate 270 and Colorado Boulevard beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday. It will remain closed until Monday morning at 5 a.m. The road is being shut down so giant beams can be put in place for a new bridge that will carry I-270 traffic over I-70. Crews have been assembling parts of that fly-over bridge on the side of the interstate. The work is all part of the the […]
DENVER — Denver International Airport is preparing to ride out a storm that is expected to bring blizzard conditions on Wednesday. Airlines were getting ahead of the storm for expected delays and cancellations. More 700 flights into and out of DIA had been canceled as of noon, led by Southwest and United. RELATED: Denver International Airport arrivals and departures Numerous airlines, including Southwest, United, American, Frontier, Delta and Spirit, were waiving change fees because of the incoming storm. During the […]
AURORA, Colo. — More than 30 residents were displaced after a fire broke out at an apartment complex on Sunday afternoon, Aurora Fire Rescue said. It took crews close to an hour to bring the fire at 1549 N. Nome St. under control just after 3 p.m. Officials said a man was cooking ribs when the propane tank on the grill exploded and set the roof on fire. The man tried to put out the fire, but things got out […]
AURORA, Colo. — The city of Aurora and its police department are facing cuts in some vital programs and services after voters pulled the plug on red light cameras in the city last fall. The cameras have not been operating since January 1 after voters overwhelming decided to put an end to the camera program. But with tickets no longer going out, revenue from the violations is not coming in. 10 intersections in Aurora were equipped with cameras and generated […]
ARVADA, Colo. — The much-anticipated, yet controversial RTD G Line between downtown Denver and Arvada/Wheat Ridge is sill not up and running, despite plans to start service 2 1/2 years ago. RTD said at the end of last year it hoped to begin service on the 11-mile route by the end of the first quarter of 2019, but that date has now come and gone. But on Monday morning, the transportation agency said service will begin on April 26. RELATED: […]
LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Police in Louisville are asking for the public’s help in trying to find a suspect who broke into one home over the weekend and attempted to get into another. Police said a man able to enter a home on Charles Lane in the early morning hours on Saturday and then attempted to enter another home on Magpie Lane. Both homes are located in the Steel Ranch neighborhood of Louisville. No word if he got away with anything […]
DENVER — Friday is the deadline to sign up for a whole new method of voting in Denver. A select group of voters will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming municipal election using their smart phones. Experts say it’s the wave of the future. The app is called “Voatz” and will replace the hard copy mail ballots and electronic ballots of the past. But here’s the catch: The app can only be used by people living overseas and […]
DENVER — New security barriers have been put up in front of Denver’s City and County building amid growing security concerns at the building. The barriers are giant concrete blocks that have been placed on the plaza on the east side of the building, blocking vehicle access to the front doors. The move comes after recent security scares at the building. On Feb. 27, Denver police swarmed the building after a caller made a “credible threat” against the mayor. The building […]
FORT COLLINS — The Fort Collins City Council is expected to give final approval to a plan to allow electric scooters on city streets and sidewalks on Tuesday night. However, the city is trying to put controls in place before the popular two-wheelers are launched to avoid the problems Denver encountered. The scooters appeared in Denver before the city had any rules to control them. Fort Collins plans to have the regulations in place before the scooters even hit the […]
DENVER — Colorado wildlife officials are warning about a new disease that’s killing ducks and geese in the Denver metro area. It’s called “new duck disease” and wildlife officials say it is a bacterial infection that can spread quickly through the large populations of ducks and geese because they tend to congregate in large flocks at this time of year near open water. So far, hundreds of dead waterfowl have been reported all over the metro area and there could […]