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Teens caught on camera pranking Green Valley Ranch homes

3 hours 33 min ago

DENVER (KDVR) — Neighbors in the Green Valley Ranch area are connecting online after a series of videos caught groups of teens banging and kicking front doors.

“There were these four guys, teenagers with hoodies on and wearing a mask,” Erick Pena, who lives in the area, said.

Pena said he and his husband were sitting in the basement around 9:30 p.m. Friday when they heard a loud banging. He said it sounded like someone was breaking into their home, and they thought they were being robbed.

“We heard this banging on the door. It set off the alarm in the house,” Pena said.

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After turning off the alarm and checking the home for open windows and doors, he said they checked their doorbell camera. Video caught a group of four teenagers banging on the front door then running. He said they called and reported it to police and also posted on the Nextdoor app to warn other neighbors.

“It didn’t feel like a prank at first. We thought it was going to be an assault," Pena said.

Pena stated he understood after watching the video the kids were just joking around, but he said they worry that if the kids knocked on the wrong door something bad could happen to the teens.

“Someone could pull out a gun and shoot the kids. I don’t know,” Pena said.

Another neighbor, Jessica Zethraus, said the same thing happened to her. Early on Thursday evening, she said a group of teens banged on her door. When she opened the door, she said one of them was holding a BB gun.

“I recognized it right away and that’s when I realized someone isn't going to recognize that gun, and I called the police,” Zethraus said.

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Zethraus said the kids quickly took off. She said the oldest out of the group was a teenager and the youngest she guessed was around 9 years old.

She said she is also worried something will happen to the kids if they keep this up, so she also took to the app Nextdoor to give other neighbors a heads up.

“I want people to know these kids are in the neighborhood and to not to shoot them because that could end in tragedy, and nobody wants to shoot a little kid because they are being dumb,” Zethraus said.

FOX31 and Channel 2 reached out to Denver Police for more information on the reports. Denver Police said they are looking into the reports.

Custom-made food truck stolen from owner's Littleton home

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – A Jefferson County chef's custom-made food truck was recently stolen from his home.

You may have seen Shaun Frederick's Mile HI Island Grill parked around Littleton or even on the move around Jefferson County, and beyond.

FOX31 Problem Solver Joshua Short spoke with Frederick and also has some important information you should know when it comes to insuring vehicles like this.

Extended family members are raising money via GoFundMe for the custom-made mobile restaurant, which costs up to $30,000. Custom-made because Frederick is 6 feet, 8 inches tall.

“I’ve been here since January 2014,” Frederick said, adding nothing like this has ever happened to him.

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He said over the weekend, he returned from a night out with fellow coaches of a local high school football team to find the truck was gone.

“[I] got back home at around one o’clock and our truck was gone, our trailer was gone,” he explained.

Frederick told the Problem Solvers that he actually just purchased a Ring Doorbell camera the same day those thieves came in front of his home and took part of his livelihood away from him. He planned to install it the next day.

“Honestly, my hope is that we find our trailer because like I said, it’s a custom built trailer for a man of my size,” he said.

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Frederick is a very tall man, but not even his stature could stand up to his sizeable ambitions.

“We had a dream and that dream has slowly turned into a nightmare,” he said, while holding back tears.

Our friends at Risk Management Partners want you to know these important steps to take if you ever get your vehicle stolen:

  • First: Contact local law enforcement and file a police report.
  • Second: Contact your insurance company with that police report number.
  • And lastly: If it’s a vehicle that you use for business purposes, make sure that vehicle is on a commercial policy, not a personal policy.

Video shows Denver deputy slam handcuffed inmate to the floor

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:49

DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver deputy involved in a 2015 jail killing has now lost his job after video showed him using excessive force against a handcuffed inmate.

The March video shows Deputy Bret Garegnani, with another deputy present, slamming a handcuffed inmate to the floor.

The Department of Public Safety informed Garegnani that he was being relieved of his duties.

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Four years ago, Garegnani was suspended for an incident involving Michael Marshall. Marshall died and the city settled with his family for $4.5 million. Garegnani’s suspension was eventually overturned.

Julia Richman is vice chair of the Denver Citizen Oversight Board.

Richman said the board has been having ongoing conversations with the Department of Public Safety about the effectiveness of the Administration Review Process.

“If individuals who work there are repeatedly let off for mistakes — and in many cases, mistakes that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars — that’s not doing anybody a service."

Mail theft continues to rise in Aurora and Englewood

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:09

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) -- Mail theft increases during the summer months, but cases are on the rise during the fall months.

Thieves are usually out to steal personal information in order to commit fraud.

Adrienne Gutierrez tells the FOX31 Problem Solvers she couldn't believe crooks could be so bold as to target her community mailbox, which sits near a busy intersection.

Identity thieves are stealing people’s mail, especially in the southeast Denver area

“You should be ashamed of yourself, you are violating people's privacy for one and taking money from them,” she said. FOX31 learned mail theft is occurring in Aurora, Englewood and other areas.  

The nation's oldest law enforcement agency, the United States Postal Inspection Service is cracking down on the federal crime.

Postal Inspector Eric Manuel told FOX31 penalties for mail theft can include a $250,000 fine and five years in prison.

“If you commit other crimes in addition to mail theft such as identity theft or financial fraud such as bank fraud, you face much stiffer penalties up to 30 years in federal prison,” he said.

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Manuel emphasizes that it is important to report missing mail to the USPIS in order to aid the investigation process.

The United States Postal Service told FOX31 you should closely monitor your mail and sign up for service notifications and tracking. Try to retrieve your mail as soon as it is delivered and if bills are missing, contact your credit card company immediately.

What is the COVID-19 death rate of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated?

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:07

DENVER (KDVR) -- The risk of death from COVID-19 remains much lower for those who are fully vaccinated, but health experts still encourage booster shots for many.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 189 unvaccinated people died from COVID-19 in August, compared to 60 vaccinated individuals. The median age among vaccinated people who died from the virus was 81 years old and 75 for the unvaccinated deaths.

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Serious breakthrough cases are no longer rare but remain uncommon, according to Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention with UCHealth.

"I'd say two-thirds of our hospitalizations of individuals who are fully vaccinated are over the age of 60 and have underlying co-morbidities; whether it's diabetes or obesity. The age is really an important distinction," said Barron.

Barron said the remainder of vaccinated, hospitalized patients are not necessarily young, and typically have underlying health conditions. She said the trends they're seeing highlight the importance of booster shots for vulnerable populations.

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"To have that extra protection -- nothing of course is 100% but certainly, looking at the numbers it suggests that we could potentially. prevent that cohort from being hospitalized," Barron said.

Colorado has administered nearly 270,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to those who are eligible.

14-year-old fatally run over in Aurora

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 21:22

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — A 14-year-old boy died Monday after he fell from the front of a minivan and was run over by the girl who was behind the wheel.

The Aurora Police Department said they responded to the 1300 block of South Chambers Circle around 7:50 p.m. and found the 14-year-old trapped underneath the minivan.

Aurora Fire Rescue extricated the teen from beneath the vehicle, but he did not survive and was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

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The girl who was driving the minivan fled from the scene on foot, but she eventually returned and spoke with investigators, police said.

The minivan, a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, was stolen, according to police.

No arrests had been made as of around 9:50 p.m., when police issued a press release on the incident. They said the investigation is ongoing.

Hate crime detectives investigate vandalism at Denver high school, Jewish school

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 20:25

DENVER (KDVR) — Police in Denver are investigating vandalism at Denver Academy of Torah and anti-Semitic, racist and anti-LGBTQ graffiti at George Washington High School.

Currently, police do not believe the two incidents are connected. The schools are less than a mile apart. Both incidents are believed to have occurred over the weekend.

The high school was free of graffiti by Monday afternoon. Officials said hateful words and swastikas could be seen across the campus.

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“All of it was widely dispersed on the sides of the building and on bleachers,” said Scott Levin, director of the Mountain States Region of Anti-Defamation League.

The high school vandalism occurred Saturday night, school leaders said.

Officials said the Denver Academy of Torah was vandalized Sunday evening. Police said a suspect or suspects threw rocks through windows of the Jewish school and damaged an electrical box. Both of the incidents are being investigated by DPD’s Bias-Motivated Crimes team, police said.

“I don’t know why people can’t accept us,” said Abigail Boyd, a Jewish graduate of George Washington High School.

Boyd also attended Denver Academy of Torah.

“I don’t really understand why people don’t understand that it’s just a culture,” she said. “It’s something that we believe in. It’s just like being a Christian or something else.”

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The ADL said a witness discovered someone breaking glass nearby the Jewish school and confronted them around the time of the vandalism.

“The person referred to Jews in a very disparaging way,” Levin said in reference to the witness account.

The ADL, citing federal statistics, said hate crimes increased 34% in Colorado from 2019 to 2020. The league said racist crimes top the list, followed by crimes targeting sexual identity and orientation and then religion.

“Across the country, over 60% of all of the religious-based hate crimes are against Jews,” Levin explained.

Police said investigators are working to determine if the crimes are related. Anyone with information should contact crime stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP).

Person seriously injured in assault after CU/Arizona game

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 20:20

BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) -- The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department said a person was seriously injured following the CU vs. Arizona football game at Folsom Field on Saturday.

Police said the assault occurred outside the stadium near Franklin Field immediately after the game.

Witnesses and anyone with photos and/or videos of the incident are asked to contact CU Boulder police at 303-492-6666 or report the crime online.

Denver voters to decide if group living ordinance should be repealed

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 19:48

DENVER (KDVR) -- Monday was the first day voting centers opened for people living in Denver to drop their ballots off in person.

Your local election headquarters is on it, explaining measures on the ballot for most people who have not turned theirs in yet. One of the measures is 2F, a referred question from Safe and Sound Denver.

Earlier this year, Denver City Council passed an ordinance, expanding the number of unrelated adults who can live together under one roof. Their goal was to help service settings like nursing homes and shelters, but opponents of the ordinance fear it has unintended consequences that could lead to a big shake up in the city's landscape. So, they decided to put forward a referendum to repeal that option on this year's ballot.

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"Our council passed an ordinance in February called the group living ordinance to expand housing options to allow unrelated adults to share the cost of housing, to make it a little easier to do care for our seniors, for those with disabilities and others who need a little special help," said Denver At-Large City and County Councilwoman Robin Kniech.

Supporters of the ordinance repeal worry people of Denver have not had enough time to look into what the ordinance does despite it passing council earlier this year. Some key changes include:

  • Allowing up to five unrelated adults to live together in one house, up from two before the ordinance passed.
  • Service buildings like homeless shelters and nursing homes are now regulated by their size rather than the services they offer.
  • It also expands the land available in the city for community corrections buildings, allowing them to access nearly 19,000 acres around the city.

Repeal supporters agree, the services are needed to help people get back on track but argue the city is going about it the wrong way.

"What the impact of that will be is an injection of instability because if you have a home in your neighborhood that is investor owned and now it's going to be a small shelter or transitional housing, the impact to the neighborhood is going to be different than if people who didn't need services were living there," said Florence Sebern of Safe and Sound Denver.

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Opponents of the repeal said the ordinance is all about expanding housing options.

"The group living ordinance in effect today does not allow community corrections for people coming from prison in any single family, duplex residential neighborhood. You are seeing the other side misrepresent what this measure is about to scare people into voting yes," said Kniech.

If 2F gets enough "yes" votes, there would be a waiting period for city council to revisit the issue. Supporters said that would give council more time to come up with a better solution while opponents argue it could kick out people who moved into multi-family households earlier this year after it passed.

Ski season is underway: Here's a list of when Colorado ski areas will open this year

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 18:47

DENVER (KDVR) — Ski season has officially kicked off in Colorado with Wolf Creek opening Saturday, Oct. 16, and Arapahoe Basin opening Sunday, Oct. 17.

A few rounds of decent snowfall over the last week have helped these two ski areas open in mid-October this year. In 2020, it took until the last few days of October for the first ski area to open for the season.

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Looking ahead, Loveland and Keystone are both set to open soon, likely in the next couple of weeks. Following that, a lot of ski areas across the state will be opening mid-November.

Colorado ski area opening dates for 2021
  • Arapahoe Basin: Oct. 17
  • Beaver Creek: Nov. 24
  • Breckenridge: Nov. 12
  • Copper Mountain: Nov. 22
  • Crested Butte: Nov. 24
  • Eldora: Nov. 19
  • Keystone: October
  • Loveland: soon
  • Steamboat: Nov. 20
  • Telluride: Nov 25
  • Vail: Nov. 12
  • Winter Park: Nov. 17
  • Wolf Creek: Oct. 16
When do Colorado ski areas normally open for the season?

Taking a look back at the last few years, Wolf Creek has won the "Race to Open" three out of the last five years. Arapahoe Basin won the other two. Typically, the first ski resort of the year opens in mid-October, although some years if the weather does not cooperate it can be late October.

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Looking ahead, the next chance for snowfall in the mountains will come on Tuesday this week, with totals of 1 to 5 inches expected.

Drier weather moves in after Tuesday and stays through the weekend with more chances for mountain snow coming next week.

Denver plans to audit homeless sweeps, shelter system

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 18:26

DENVER (KDVR) — Denver's auditor plans to look into how the city addresses homeless encampments, including cleanup costs and processes and how the community is impacted.

On Monday, Auditor Timothy M. O'Brien released his office's 2022 audit plan. It also includes a plan to review the city's shelter system, as well as mental health services in the jail system and how those supports carry on for unhoused people upon release.

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"My team has been responsive to community input by adding an audit to examine concerns related
to homeless encampments in the city, while maintaining our other goals regarding audits of services for people experiencing homelessness," O'Brien wrote in the plan's announcement.

The auditor's office will also look at how effective the city's Department of Housing Stability is at creating and managing affordable housing projects.

The office also plans to add an audit of residential permitting through the Department of Community Planning and Development, and it will continue construction audits citywide.

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Here's a full list of focus areas for Denver's 2022 audit plan.

  • Homeless encampments
  • Mental health services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Denver Police Department operations
  • Affordable housing
  • City shelters
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the Mayor's Office of Social Equity and Innovation
  • Campaign finance
  • City Council operations
  • Solid waste recycling
  • Residential permitting
  • Network access
  • Vendor management
  • Construction audits
  • Denver International Airport:
    • Airport construction at Peña Boulevard:
    • Airport concessions management
    • PROPworks revenue system:
    • Materna baggage system
    • Business technologies operations
  • Child welfare placement
  • Department of Finance journal entries
  • Financial audits
  • Public safety systems and applications
  • Denver Water
  • Scholarship program (voter-approved tax) through the Office of Children's Affairs
  • Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Tier 1 (Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Grant audits
  • 2022 follow-up audits

Read the Denver auditor's 2022 plan in English or in Spanish.

Colorado doctors say Colin Powell's cancer type could have impacted his fight against COVID

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 18:01

DENVER (KDVR) – Colin Powell’s family announced Monday that the four-star general and former secretary of state has died from complications of COVID-19.

The 84-year-old was vaccinated, but was fighting a blood cancer called multiple myeloma.

Dr. Tara Gregory is the president of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute and a specialist in multiple myeloma.

“Patients who have blood cancers including multiple myeloma really do have more serve COVID infections when they develop them,” Gregory said.

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Gregory said recent research shows 45% of blood cancer patients did not mount an adequate immune response to the vaccine.

“That’s just by virtue of their disease, and the way that it influences their ability to make anitbodies, and then the treatments we give them,” Gregory said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with weakened immune systems, cancer, HIV, or organ transplants make up about 3% of the population, but they represent a large portion of the breakthrough cases resulting in hospitalization.

Dr. Connie Savor Price is the chief medical officer at Denver Health. She said this should not dissuade people from getting vaccinated.

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“I think that it shouldn’t be a lesson that vaccine doesn’t help in these populations, it absolutely does. But, we have to remember that the response isn’t quite as robust, and that’s why this group was the first group  to be recommended for third dose booster shots for the mRNA vaccine,” Price said.

Price said it’s important for people in that group to get their booster shots, and it’s important for the people around them to get vaccinated and take precautions.

Colorado politicians remember Colin Powell and his legacy

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 17:35

DENVER (KDVR) – Local politicians are sharing their thoughts about Colin Powell’s legacy. General Powell’s family said in a statement that the 84-year-old passed from COVID-19 complications.

Powell was a retired four-star general, and the first Black secretary of state serving from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush.

Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell considered Powell a friend.

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“He is a great loss to me and many of his friends personally, but he is a great loss to this nation, and I’d like to  think that the example he set is, and will be, followed by thousands, if not millions of youngsters of color now who see a person like Colin Powell have achieved everything through his own demeaner, his own actions, and his own perseverance. If he can do it, they can do it too,” Nighthorse Campbell said.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he never met Colin Powell, but always wishes that he had.

“Colin Powell allowed for all of us to see ourselves through his successes, his journey as first African American secretary of state and the way in which he carried himself with such dignity, and also of course with his decades of military service to our country,” Hancock said.

Man shot dead at Aurora townhome complex

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 17:25

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — An 18-year-old man was shot and killed Monday afternoon in an Aurora townhome complex parking lot, according to police.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. at the Sable Cove complex at 14581 E. Ford Pl., according to the Aurora Police Department.

The police department tweeted about the shooting at 4:12 p.m., noting a "large police presence in the area."

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Police said the shooting victim and another man were in a fight in the parking lot before the shooting. A person of interest later contacted police "and is speaking with investigators," but no arrests have been made, police said.

Police initially said the wounded man was transported to a hospital. They tweeted by 5:10 p.m. that the man had succumbed to his injuries.

Suspect information was not immediately released.

Cold front Tuesday brings cool temps, mountain snow

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 17:02

DENVER (KDVR) -- A cold front will push through Colorado late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Winds will be gusty statewide as it moves through with cooler temperatures and mountain snow showers.

Snowfall will pick up in the mountains early Tuesday morning and will continue on and off throughout the day. One to 5 inches of accumulation are possible with the highest totals in the central and northern mountains. Roads could turn icy on Tuesday so be prepared if you have travel planned.

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Denver will cool to the low 60s on Tuesday with breezy winds and a 10% chance for an isolated shower. Most of the lower elevations will stay dry and breezy on Tuesday, increasing fire danger.

The rest of the week will be dry on the Front Range with sunshine and mild temperatures. High temperatures will heat back up to the 70s again on Friday and will stay warm through the weekend.

Judge charged with felony menacing loses leadership job

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 14:33

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state judge has been removed from his leadership position after being charged with felony menacing.

Limited online court records show that Judge Mark Thompson is accused of using a real or simulated weapon in the alleged July 25 menacing incident. The case was listed as suppressed from public view and documents detailing the allegations against Thompson were not immediately available.

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Thompson has served as chief judge for the 5th Judicial District, which includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. Judge Paul Dunkelman will serve as chief judge while the case against Thompson proceeds.

City of Aurora prepared to sign settlement agreement with Elijah McClain family

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 13:49

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – The City of Aurora has reached a settlement agreement in the federal lawsuit filed by the family of Elijah McClain, who died in 2019 after Aurora police officers physically confronted him and after paramedics sedated him with ketamine while he was walking home.

“The City of Aurora and the family of Elijah McClain reached a settlement agreement in principle over the summer to resolve the lawsuit filed after his tragic death in August 2019,” said Ryan Luby, the city’s deputy director of communications and marketing.

“City leaders are prepared to sign the agreement as soon as the family members complete a separate but related allocation process to which the city is not a party. Until those issues are resolved and the agreement is in its final form, the parties cannot disclose the settlement terms. No amount was discussed in the recent telephonic court hearing,” Luby said.

“Sheneen McClain confirms that a settlement in principle has been reached with the city of Aurora resolving all claims raised in her federal civil rights lawsuit,” said Qusair Mohamedbhai, an attorney representing Sheneen McClain, Elijah’s mother.

He told the Problem Solvers the court would determine how to allocate the proceeds between McClain’s biological parents.

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Mari Newman, who represents Elijah’s father, LaWayne Mosley, also confirmed the settlement.

She said Mosley is “hopeful” that the settlement and the pending criminal charges “will allow his family and the community to begin to heal.”

Each of the police officers who confronted McClain before his death in August 2019 and the medics who sedated him with ketamine are facing manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges.

The lawsuit, filed in August 2020, names the city and multiple police officers and fire personnel who were present at the scene prior to McClain’s death as defendants.

However, recent court records suggest some names may be removed from the suit.

According to the courtroom minutes, “The parties shall file a Motion as described during the hearing, which would involve payment by the city of a sum certain to the registry of the court, the dismissal of the individual defendants, and the release of the city, along with the proposed order, by October 29, 2021.”

A status conference is set for Nov. 19.

Why is there smoke near DIA?

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 13:34

DENVER (KDVR) -- UPDATE (3:29 p.m.): Rocky Mountain Arsenal said to expect smoke for a while longer as it wraps up the prescribed burn.

3:30PM - there will be a bit more smoke soon as firefighters “clean up” the edges on the western side of the burn.

— Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR (@USFWSRMA_Alert) October 18, 2021

ORIGINAL: If you see smoke near Denver International Airport on Monday, do not be alarmed. Officials with Rocky Mountain Arsenal said prescribed burning is planned in the southeast portion of the wildlife refuge on Monday.

The prescribed burn started around 10 a.m. and is scheduled to continue throughout the day.

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Credit: Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Rocky Mountain Arsenal said smoke and flames may be visible from 56th Avenue but there is no need to call 911 or report it.

Viewers reached out to FOX31 and said they could see smoke along Pena Boulevard, near DIA.

Houses left ———> Smoke to the right. Thanks to @NWSBoulder for the south winds! pic.twitter.com/gjbl2hMXHx

— Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR (@USFWSRMA_Alert) October 18, 2021

Spooky Season: Halloween displays pop up across Colorado

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 12:54

DENVER (KDVR) -- Halloween is a few weeks away and yard displays are popping up across the state.

Some have opted for a display with pumpkins, scarecrows and lights. Others have decided to go with something a little scarier by using ghosts, fake blood, and characters from scary movies.

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If you're looking for scary events to get you in the Halloween spirit, we have a full list of corn mazes from across the state.

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Flu shots remain as important as ever despite COVID's continued spread, leaders stress

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:54

DENVER (KDVR) -- Winter is coming, and that means flu season is with it - but there's an easy way to avoid influenza, get a flu shot!

This comes as more than 1,000 Coloradans are hospitalized with COVID-19, the most since the last day of 2020.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, and members of the Colorado General Assembly talked about the importance of this life-saving vaccine while also getting it themselves.

“I’m getting the flu shot again this year because I know how important it is to protect myself and my family, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to fill hospitals, and as the majority of COVID hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated. Getting the flu vaccine is free, quick and easy and is a crucial tool in protecting our hospital capacity,” Polis said.

To find a location near you to get the flu shot, click here.

You can watch the event in the FOX31 NOW player above.