Telling stories is something I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’d enter storytelling contests and also enjoyed experimenting with cameras (I’d collect them out of trash that was collected by Uncle Bear who drove the trash truck!).

I figured since I liked telling stories and cameras, becoming a reporter would suit me well. Ever since then, I’ve been meeting some of the most interesting people in the world and helping tell their stories.

My curiosity has taken me into wild hurricanes, the death chamber, the White House, blizzards, firestorms and some of the coolest neighborhoods across the country. Living in Denver has been a lifelong goal. The people, bike paths, mountains and weather are just awesome. Thank you for taking time to read my bio.

Please let me know if you have a story idea: vicente.arenas@kdvr.com.


Recent Articles
  • Denver man in critical condition after getting sick during Dominican Republic vacation

    DENVER — A Denver man is in critical condition after falling ill while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Khalid Adkins traveled to the Dominican Republic with his daughter last week. He suddenly became sick. On Sunday, when Adkins tried to fly back to the U.S., he was dripping with sweat and vomited in the plane’s bathroom, according to his sister-in-law, Marla Strick. Adkins was then forced to disembark. Adkins was hospitalized in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo. “They transferred him […]

  • Unsubstantiated ICE raid rumors spread fear through Denver-area immigrant communities

    FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. — Several businesses in metro Denver are reporting a drop in business after threats of ICE raids, which caused considerable fear in some communities Monday. However, the reports were unsubstantiated. Gladys Ibarra works for a group called Colorado Rapid Response Network, which provides immigrants with access to legal advice and “a structure to resist ICE civil rights abuses in Colorado,” according to its website. Ibarra said so many people were calling the network Monday, multiple people were […]

  • Arapahoe Basin Ski Area extends season again thanks to cooler weather

    ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. —Thanks to cooler weather and snow in the forecast, Arapahoe Basin will be open for yet another extension weekend in addition to this weekend. The resort will also now be open Friday, June 28  through Sunday, June 30. Lift hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. There is no beginner terrain available. Only intermediate / blue runs will be open The Treeline Terrain Park is still open with two features. Rentals are still available. Lessons are […]

  • Kiowa Fire District says it needs more volunteer firefighters

    ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. — The small Kiowa Fire District in Elbert County says it is in “severe” need of volunteer firefighters. “They are severely needed. We don’t have a big budget that we can have a lot of paid firefighters, so we really do rely heavily on getting volunteers to help us cover those calls that come in any time of day,” said Kiowa Assistant Fire Chief Don Ogborn. KFD covers nearly 350 square miles of countryside with nearly 3,000. […]

  • New Evergreen recovery center will help veterans, others with substance use disorder

    EVERGREEN, Colo. — A new recovery center in Evergreen is expected to serve a large number of veterans and others with substance use disorders. These types of centers are rare in mountain communities and that can pose problems for veterans seeking services. The center will be called the The Spero (pronounced “sparrow”), which means “hope” in Latin. It’s executive director, Butch Lewis, lost a brother and sister to addictions. “What we wanted to do was create a cost-effective program that […]

  • Columbine survivor starts foundation to help troubled kids, prevent future shootings

    DENVER — A Columbine massacre survivor has started a foundation to help troubled children and try to prevent school shootings. Craig Scott said the foundation, dubbed Value Up, focuses on issues like anxiety and suicide prevention in hopes of preventing future tragedies. One of the main goals of the organization is to make sure students know they have great value — something that can be a challenge in the age of social media. Scott survived the 1999 shooting by hiding […]

  • Historic Capitol Hill hotel hopes to allow guests to consume cannabis together

    DENVER — A historic hotel in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood says it will try to get permission to allow guests to consume cannabis in a social setting. Some have said the Patterson Inn is one of the most haunted hotels in Denver. Many guests who stay there come to experience the supernatural. And if the Patterson gets its way — travelers could soon come for cannabis too. “I think it’s definitely a cool setting because of the haunted past and […]

  • Video shows bear trying to paw open door of Palmer Lake home

    PALMER LAKE, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued what they’re saying is a “disturbing” reminder why homeowners should lock first-floor windows and doors in areas where bears tend to roam. WATCH disturbing video of a bear trying to enter a home last week in Palmer Lake. THIS is why we preach locking first-floor windows and doors in bear country. This aggressive behavior came one night after it took a bag of food from the home. Wait for the end. […]

  • How effective are ankle monitors? A Problem Solvers Investigation

    The Problem Solvers are taking a closer look at ankle monitors used to monitor people who go under house arrest. There were a lot of questions after a juvenile who was wearing one after allegedly committing another crime. Many times after being released from jail and the court system, electronic ankle bracelets are used to monitor criminal offenders. But they don’t always tell authorities where people on the run might be. It was at this home in Jefferson County that […]

  • Milliken police use ropes course to help kids overcome fears, build trust

    MILLIKEN, Colo. — Milliken police hosted a ropes course for local kids to help them build trust with law enforcement and overcome their fears. “I was scared. It terrified me that I was so high up. I started to cry because I thought I was going to like fall back. It’s one of those things that I have to get over the fear of,” 13-year-old Annie Chase said. Putting the kids through the ropes course is the brainchild of Milliken […]

  • Kendrick Castillo, other STEM heroes honored by Douglas County sheriff

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The Douglas County sheriff awarded a Medal of Valor to the parents of Kendrick Castillo, the STEM School Highlands Ranch student killed while saving the lives of classmates. That medal was given Thursday at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremony at Cherry Hills Community Church. The ceremony recognizes heroic work done by both Douglas County deputies and civilians. Castillo’s award is the highest honor given. His father, John Castillo, thanked sheriff’s deputies. “Kendrick loved law […]

  • 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 […]

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.