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Recent Articles
  • Arapahoe Basin beats out Keystone as first ski resort open for the season

    DILLON, Colo. — Arapahoe Basin became the first ski resort in North America to open for the season Friday afternoon. The resort announced opened at 3:30 p.m. A-Basin is narrowly beating out Keystone Resort, which announced earlier in the day it plans to open Saturday. That would have made it the first resort to open in North America. It will be Keystone’s earliest opening in 20 years. Full list: When Colorado ski resorts plan to open this season Arapahoe Basin […]

  • Maroon Bells at night

    4 ‘cliffed-out’ Maroon Bells climbers rescued by helicopter

    PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — Four people had to be rescued at the Maroon Bells after they became “cliffed out” and stranded. Crews were alerted to the two men and two women on the southwest side of Maroon Peak just before midnight Wednesday, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The group was able to contact the Mount Crested Butte Police Department using an InReach satellite communication device. Police said that all four were uninjured but were tired, out of water, […]

  • Video: Deputies free trapped bear from vehicle in Telluride

    TELLURIDE, Colo. — Deputies in San Miguel County had to free a bear that became locked in a vehicle Tuesday night. County sheriff’s deputies and Telluride deputy marshals used a rope to open the door to the vehicle to free the bear. The incident was captured on video. Bear trapped in vehicle freed in Telluride late Tuesday night by Sheriff's Deputies and Telluride Deputy Marshals. Lock your cars — bears can and will break into your vehicle if they smell […]

  • Animal Protection looking for witnesses to ‘horrific killing’ of cat in Denver

    DENVER — Denver Animal Protection is looking for witnesses to what it calls “the horrific killing of a cat” overnight in the city’s Lowry neighborhood. Charlie, a one-year-old tabby cat was found dead in the street across from Verbena Park by a neighbor, DAP said. The park is located at 1151 Verbena St., between E. 11th and E. 12th avenues. No specific details regarding the cat’s death were released. But DAP says there is reason to believe rocks were involved […]

  • Trail Ridge Road

    Trail Ridge Road opens for the season in Rocky Mountain National Park

    ESTES PARK, Colo. — Rocky Mountain National Park’s “highway to the sky” has officially opened for the season. Trail Ridge Road – the highest-elevation continuously paved road in country – opened Wednesday, the park announced. However, there could still be icy conditions, with melting snow combined with some freezing temperatures. Night closures could happen as conditions change quickly, so be prepared to change your travel plans, the park warned. You can call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line […]

  • 101-year-old WWII veteran flew 1,500 miles to commission grandson at Air Force Academy

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Joseph Kloc is among the 989 members of the US Air Force Academy’s class of 2019 who graduated this week. But a unique moment with family set his week apart. His grandfather, 101-year-old World War II veteran Walter Kloc, flew from Amherst, New York to commission his grandson. “I’m so excited for him,” Joseph’s father William Kloc told WGRZ before the trip to Colorado. “He’s fulfilling his dream and he was so excited that his grandfather, […]

  • Dinosaur bones arrive at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    Museum thanks ‘heroes’ for calling after Dinosaur fossil find in Highlands Ranch

    DENVER — Dinosaur fossils unearthed at a Highlands Ranch construction site have arrived at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The museum noted that because the fossils were discovered on private land, there was no obligation for owners to share the discovery. Because they did, the prehistoric finds will be available to researchers to study. The bones were donated to the museum by Wind Crest, the retirement community where construction crews found the fossils. Museum president and CEO George […]

  • Teen arrested for false threats that caused lockdown at Brighton High School

    BRIGHTON, Colo. — Police have arrested a 17-year-old girl who is accused of making multiple false threats that caused a lockdown at Brighton High School in April. The teen, who is not being identified because she is a minor, faces a felony charge of making a false report, and misdemeanor counts of harassment and interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions. The first anonymous report came in to school resource officers just at 11:15 a.m. that day. It […]

  • Trail Ridge Road won’t open for Memorial Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

    ESTES PARK, Colo. — As winter weather continues into May, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will not be open for Memorial Day. Slow plow crews are continuing their work to clear the road. However, the park still can’t estimate when the road will be open as crews deal with snowfall, wind and below-freezing temperatures at high elevations. The earliest the road has opened was on May 7, 2002. The latest date was June 26, 1943.  In 2011, […]

  • STEM student Joshua Jones was shot twice working to disarm suspect; now he’s home with family

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — One of the injured STEM School Highlands Ranch students is back home with family after being shot while working to disarm one of the suspects, his family shared Wednesday. Full coverage of STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting Joshua Jones was shot twice, his family said in a statement. They credit emergency personnel with quickly treating him so he could be released to recover at home. “We appreciate the outpouring of support and love from our community,” […]

  • RTD fires train operator in derailment that ejected passenger

    DENVER — A train operator has been fired following a derailment last month that ejected one passenger and seriously injured others. Witnesses at the scene said the woman who was ejected had her leg severed. The Regional Transportation District determined speed approaching a curve appears to be the primary cause of the Jan. 28 accident and the operator was not following safety protocol. The R-Line train derailed in Aurora near South Sable Boulevard and Exposition Avenue during a morning snowstorm. […]

  • Trooper injured after being hit by vehicle in Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A state trooper was taken to a hospital after being hit by a vehicle Friday evening. He had moderate injuries and is expected to be released from the hospital tonight, Colorado State Patrol said. His injuries were initially reported to be serious by CSP. The trooper was outside his patrol car investigating a crash at Wadsworth Blvd. and U.S. 285. CSP says to expect delays in the area.

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