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Expanded free COVID-19 testing on horizon in Colorado

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 18:07

DENVER (KDVR) -- Part of President Biden’s new COVID-19 plan includes free at-home tests and options at community health centers for those who are not insured. The expanded testing measures won’t kick in until next month.

Until then, the Problem Solvers found that the current testing landscape in Denver is a complicated one.

COVID-19 omicron variant found in Colorado

“In the beginning, when COVID-19 first started kicking in, they had a lot of these stations [where] you could just go up to and automatically get a test done … apparently now you have to get an appointment,” said Samantha Hudson who was attempting to be tested outside Denver’s Union Station on Thursday. “It is a little stressful.”

Hudson, whose husband had a possible exposure, spent Thursday on the move searching for her best option.

“We’re going to go to Walmart and pay 20-something dollars for a COVID test,” she said referring to an at-home testing kit

A simple Google search often leads to confusion over testing locations that were open but have now closed. Others have found big brand names like Walgreens and CVS suffering from limited scheduling times, depending on location.

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“It’s kind of all over the place,” said Garrett Bishop who was tested Thursday outside Union Station. “I even googled, ‘Union Station COVID check,’ knowing that this was here, and it was just kind of all over the place.”

Bishop told the Problem Solvers he was able to get a free test Thursday at the Union Station location. The same went for Robin and Savannah Wood who flew into the Mile High City Thursday morning.

“[We] had to scan something, type in my info, and wait under a tent,” Savannah said. “Less than five minutes.”

President Biden said he wants to make it even easier on those in search of testing options.

To fight Omicron, Biden to add travel rules, make at-home COVID tests free

“This winter, we’re going to make free at-home tests more available to Americans than ever before,” Biden said during a Thursday announcement before federal health officials.

His plan requires insurance providers to pick up the tab for those at-home tests and paves the way for those same services at community health centers for those who are not insured.

Colorado is already ahead of the game when it comes to free at-home testing. The state allows Coloradans to request a kit by filling out a form on the state health department website.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells CDPHE over-the-counter tests will be sent to Denver Health and Sunrise Community Health. The state said there are more than 145 free community testing centers across Colorado.

Colorado confirmed omicron variant: A local doctor weighs in

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:43

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado became the third U.S. state to detect a case of the omicron variant in a woman who had recently traveled to Africa, state health officials announced Thursday.

The Colorado case comes after two other confirmed omicron variant cases were found in California and Minnesota.

COVID-19 omicron variant found in Colorado

Officials in Colorado detected the new case in a woman who is a resident of Arapahoe County, an area just east of Denver. She recently traveled to Africa as a tourist, the state health department said in a statement.

“The first thing that’s required for a virus to mutate is that it has to be out in a community. The longer a covid is out in a community… it will continue to mutate,” said Dr. Reggie Washington, chief medical officer at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

The woman who is infected with the new variant is fully vaccinated, but had not received her booster shot yet, health officials said.

“The World Health Organization notified us last week that there was a new variant that was behaving a little more vigorously than the previous variants that they were observing. So what that means is that this particular variant appears to be easily passed on from person to person, and that’s the frightening thing,” Washington said.

She is experiencing mild symptoms, health officials said. The woman’s close contacts in Colorado have tested negative, they said.

Union Station grew to a high-concentration drug crime zone in just a year

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:27

DENVER (KDVR) -- It took very little time for Union Station to emerge in late 2021 as one of the city's most concentrated pockets of drugs and violent crime.

The union representing 2,000 workers for RTD and First Transit, RTD’s largest fixed-route contractor, alerted the community of the conditions in a Wednesday press release, calling Union Station a “lawless hellhole.”

RTD union calls Denver Union Station a ‘lawless hellhole’

Denver Police Department crime data does show that Union Station has one of the city's highest concentrations of drug and alcohol crimes. Only the 16th Street Mall intersection of 16th Street and Champa St. and Civic Center Park have more drug and alcohol offenses in the same space.

Since June 1, DPD has recorded 53 drug and alcohol offenses in the Union Station main building and the areas around its terminals, the majority of which are drug offenses.

The intersection of 16th Street and Champa Street has recorded 53 crimes as well. Unlike Union Station, the majority of these are alcohol-related.

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The Civic Center Park intersection of Colfax Avenue and North Broadway has the city's highest concentration of drug and alcohol offenses with 58 since June 1.

Union Station didn't always have such high rates of crime. They shot up suddenly.

Union Station's violent crime and drug and alcohol offenses both quadrupled in 2020 and 2021.

Between 2017 and 2019, there were an average 10 aggravated assaults and robberies per year at Union Station. That shot up to 43 in 2020. This year, there have been 40 violent crimes so far.

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Drug and alcohol offenses spiked even harder in an even shorter amount of time.

Drug and alcohol use did not increase in 2020 at Union Station the way violent crime did. From 2017-2020, there were between 10 and 30 drug and alcohol offenses per year. So far in 2021, there have been 89.

COVID-19 omicron variant found in Colorado

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 15:17

DENVER (KDVR) -- The COVID-19 omicron variant has been discovered in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced Thursday afternoon.

During a news conference on Tuesday, CDPHE said it was a matter of when, not if, the variant would be discovered in Colorado. Colorado is the third state in the U.S. to have a confirmed omicron variant.

The variant was discovered in a woman from Arapahoe County who had recently traveled to multiple countries in southern Africa for tourism. CDPHE says the woman was fully vaccinated but had not yet received her booster.

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The woman was not symptomatic when she returned home to Colorado and arrived at Denver International Airport. She developed symptoms about a day later and tested positive that day.

"This was expected news that any variant that is so prevalent in the world as the omicron variant is, we knew it wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when it was identified in Colorado," Polis said in a press conference.

Full news conference: COVID-19 omicron variant discovered in Colorado

Health officials recommend people who travel internationally get a molecular or PCR test three to five days after their return.

The woman received a positive test result after her travel; It was then identified as the omicron variant through routine investigation by the Tri-County Health Department and CDPHE.

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The woman is experiencing minor symptoms and recovering at home. CDPHE has issued an isolation order for her and the people she has been in close contact with until they receive negative tests.

On Wednesday, a person in California who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and traveled to South Africa became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant. A person in Minnesota was discovered to have the variant on Thursday, but that person had not recently traveled outside the country.

“We knew that it was just a matter of time before the first case of omicron would be detected in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said after the discovery of the case in California.

This variant was first discovered in South Africa, and about a week ago, the Biden administration issued a travel ban for non-U.S. residents from there and several surrounding countries.

So far, Colorado state leaders have not seen a spread:

 "We do the wastewater analysis, and it has not yet shown up in our wastewater. We also screen roughly 15 percent of all the tests done in Colorado for COVID are also sequenced for Omicron and other variants so, if it was prevalent, we would know, it doesn't mean it's non-existent but this is the first confirmed case and it is a returning traveler," Polis said.

Possible serial sexual assault suspect arrested in Denver

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 14:55

DENVER (KDVR) -- Police in Denver have arrested a man in connection to one sexual assault, and they say he is believed to be involved in three other similar assaults in the past week.

Abiye Adamu, 31, is being held for investigation of sexual assault and kidnapping from an incident that happened on Nov. 28. He's also suspected of three other attacks between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29.

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Police say Adamu forced or lured the victims into a black 2016 Honda Civic in the North Capitol Hill and Downtown areas. Police didn't give dates, but say the assaults began in the following areas:

  • 17th Street and Wynkoop Street (near Union Station)
  • East 16th Avenue and North Logan Street
  • 17th Street and North Broadway
  • East Colfax Avenue and North Clarkson Street

One woman said to police that she was walking home from a bar on Broadway. She said an older purple or blue Sedan pulled up alongside her. A middle eastern man who spoke broken English got out of the car and grabbed her by the neck and arms and told her to get into his car.

The woman described the man as medium build, darker skinned, with a scruffy beard and matted short hair. He was wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and black Converse tennis shoes.

Police said they believe there may be additional victims who are asked to call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000. Victims from outside of Denver are asked to contact the department where the assault occurred.

Because police are still investigating details of the alleged assaults, they will have not released Adamu's photo.

FOX31 has obtained an arrest report from March 2020 in which he is charged with soliciting prostitution in Aurora. The report includes a vehicle matching the description above that had a Lyft sticker on it. In an email after his arrest in Denver the rideshare company said he had not been an employee for more than a year.

News conference: Gov. Polis announces omicron variant discovered in Colorado

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 14:41

DENVER (KDVR) -- The COVID-19 omicron variant has been discovered in Colorado, according to state health officials.

The announcement was made during a news conference with Gov. Jared Polis and state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy.

Herlihy said the case was discovered in an Arapahoe County woman who had recently traveled to several countries in southern Africa.

COVID-19 omicron variant found in Colorado

The woman was not symptomatic when she returned home, but a day later developed symptoms and went to get tested. It was discovered that she was positive and through routine monitoring tied to her recent travel the sample was tested for and determined to be the omicron variant.

You can watch the full news conference above.

Extreme drought covers Denver for first time in 9 months

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 14:09

DENVER (KDVR) -- November was the third warmest and ninth driest on record for Denver.  It has been 224 days and counting since measurable snowfall was last recorded in Denver.

For the first time in nine months, extreme drought covers Denver and parts of the Front Range and eastern plains.

Meteorologist Chris Tomer said Denver is still running in the driest period on record since June 1.

The good news? The first storm system in two weeks hits Colorado’s mountains on Monday with rain-snow possible in Denver on Tuesday.

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Whether you have plans to be outside or you just want to stay on top of the forecast, we have you covered.

We have several different radars on our website, which can be used no matter where you are.

Commerce City police looking for suspect in armed robbery

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:46

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KDVR) — Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a convenience store with a pistol.

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The armed robbery occurred early Monday morning in the 12000 block of East 104th Avenue in Commerce City.

Commerce City armed robbery suspect (Credit: Commerce City Police)

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, between 18 and 25-years-old, five feet eight inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with a medium build. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with a blue/grey sleeveless vest worn over it and dark-colored pants at the time of the robbery.

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Colorado license plate BIJL14 (Credit: Commerce City Police)

The suspect vehicle is a silver 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 quad-cab with Colorado license plate BIJL14. The vehicle was reported stolen from Denver several days before the robbery.

The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous, call 911 if you see the suspect or vehicle. Do not approach him.

Please contact the Commerce City Police Department’s Tip Line at (303) 289-3626 or leave a tip with the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers tip line at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000.

To fight Omicron, Biden to add travel rules, make at-home COVID tests free

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:34

(NewsNation Now) — President Joe Biden kicked off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots Thursday as he unveiled his winter plans for combating coronavirus and concerns about the omicron virus variant.

The plan includes a requirement for private insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests and a tightening of testing requirements for people entering the U.S. regardless of their vaccination status. But as some other nations close their borders or reimpose lockdowns, officials said Biden was not moving to impose additional restrictions beyond his recommendation that Americans wear masks indoors in public settings.

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Biden said Wednesday that the forthcoming strategy, to be unveiled during a speech at the National Institutes of Health, would fight the virus “not with shutdowns or lockdowns but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more.”

The Biden administration has come to view widespread adoption of booster shots as its most effective tool for combating COVID-19 this winter. Medical experts say boosters provide enhanced and more enduring protection against COVID-19, including new variants.

About 100 million Americans are eligible for boosters under current U.S. policy, with more becoming eligible every day. Convincing those who have already been vaccinated to get another dose, officials believe, will be far easier than vaccinating the roughly 43 million adult Americans who haven't gotten a shot despite widespread public pressure campaigns to roll up their sleeves.

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The administration will ramp up messaging to encourage adults, particularly seniors, to get booster doses at local pharmacies, including a town hall campaign through AARP.

The administration's upcoming rule to require private insurers to cover at-home testing is still being drafted, and many details remain to be worked out, including under what criteria they will be reimbursable, officials said.

Those insured by Medicare and Medicaid would not be eligible, but the White House said as many as 150 million people with private insurance would see easier and cheaper access to the at-home tests. The administration said it is making 50 million COVID-19 tests free for older people and other vulnerable groups for pickup at senior centers and community sites.


Much remains unknown about omicron, including whether it is more contagious, whether it makes people more seriously ill and whether it can thwart the vaccines.

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The campaign comes as scientists race to understand what to make of omicron, which went from newly discovered to the World Health Organization's variant of concern list in a matter of days.

A person in California became the first in the United States to have an identified case of the variant, administration officials confirmed Wednesday. The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told reporters the person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive Monday. Fauci said the person was vaccinated but had not received a booster shot and was experiencing “mild symptoms.”

It’s not clear where the new variant first appeared, but scientists in South Africa alerted the World Health Organization, and it has now been seen in travelers arriving in several countries, from Australia to Israel to the Netherlands.

“We’ve seen a sharp increase in cases for the past 10 days. So far, they have mostly been very mild cases, with patients having flu-like symptoms: dry coughs, fever, night sweats, a lot of body pains,” said Dr. Unben Pillay, a general practitioner in Gauteng province, where 81% of the new cases have been reported.

Adding to the confusion, the Netherlands announced Tuesday that the omicron variant was already in the country when South Africa alerted WHO about it last week. The Netherlands’ RIVM health institute found omicron in samples dating from Nov. 19 and 23.

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The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, which make the highly effective mRNA vaccines used in the U.S., have both said they expect their formulas will need to be tweaked to maintain their current level of protection against omicron.

Still, they expect their vaccines will offer protection from severe disease. Firmer results from laboratory tests to determine the vaccines' effectiveness is expected later this month.

Internationally, omicron is fueling a resurgence of strict pandemic mitigations. Japan is blocking any newly booked travel into the country through the end of the year.

Greece will fine residents older than 60 who don't get vaccinated. European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said EU nations should consider making vaccinations mandatory. And German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz said he will back a proposal that requires everyone to get vaccinated.

10 things to do in Colorado this weekend: Christmas lights, shopping, family events: Dec. 3-5

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:57

DENVER (KDVR) -- Holiday events are in full swing across Colorado. The weather forecast for this weekend is also a great reason to get out and about.

It will be dry Friday through Sunday, with highs in the 50s and 60s.

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Here are 10 things happening in Colorado this weekend:

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You can always find events on our Community Calendar. You can also add your event to the calendar.

Gender reveal trash left behind in Castlewood Canyon State Park

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:43

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Visitors left trash and blue confetti along the Lake Gulch Trail last weekend in Castlewood Canyon State Park.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife suspect the blue confetti was left behind after a gender reveal party. This would not be the first gender reveal to leave trash in the park.

72 degrees 2021, 28 degrees 2020: What a difference a year makes Blue confetti left behind in Castlewood Canyon State Park after a suspected gender reveal. Courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife 12/02/2021 Cole Finegan sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Colorado

The latest confetti dump took around four hours to clean up alongside the trail.

CPW is reminding visitors to "Leave No Trace," and to clean up any trash they may have brought into the park.

72 degrees 2021, 28 degrees 2020: What a difference a year makes

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:47

DENVER (KDVR) -- It has been 224 days and counting since measurable snowfall was last recorded in Denver. A near-record high is in the forecast for Thursday.

The normal high right now is 46 degrees. So, what was the weather like this time last year?

Dec. 2, 2021 Forecast

The Dec. 2 forecast for the next 7 days:

  • Dec. 2: 72 degrees
  • Dec. 3: 61 degrees
  • Dec. 4: 63 degrees
  • Dec. 5: 56 degrees
  • Dec. 6: 48 degrees
  • Dec. 7: 45 degrees (with a snow chance)
  • Dec. 7: 49 degrees
Dec. 2, 2020 Forecast

In 2020, the Dec. 2 forecast was for highs in the 20s with gusty winds and scattered snow showers for the Front Range, plains, and in the mountains.

Here's video of the snow falling as seen from the Pinpoint Weather Beast:


Here's what the 7-day forecasted temperatures were:

  • Dec. 2: 28 degrees
  • Dec. 3: 40 degrees
  • Dec. 4: 49 degrees
  • Dec. 5: 51 degrees
  • Dec. 6: 53 degrees
  • Dec. 7: 52 degrees (with a snow chance)
  • Dec. 7: 50 degrees

Cole Finegan sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Colorado

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:18

DENVER (KDVR) – The District of Colorado has a new United States Attorney. Cole Finegan took the oath of office before United States District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello on Wednesday morning.

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“I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as United States Attorney,” U.S. Attorney Finegan said. “I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated staff of this office, as well as our colleagues in law enforcement and the defense bar.”

President Biden nominated Finegan on September 28, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 19. 

The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer in Colorado, overseeing all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation on behalf of the United States Government. 

Finegan leaves private practice as the Regional Managing Partner for the Americas to return to public office. He has served as the Chief of Staff for the Denver Mayor, Chief of Staff for the Denver City Attorney and Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor for the State of Colorado. 

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Finegan's charitable work includes serving on boards, including the ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Denver Public Schools Foundation. He also contributed to the creation of a Family Justice Center which addresses domestic violence. 

Matthew Kirsch served as acting United States Attorney for the District of Colorado from March 1, 2021, to Nov. 30, 2021.

Minnesota resident with New York travel history tests positive for omicron COVID-19 variant

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:06

MINNESOTA (KDVR) -- The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that a man with travel history to New York City has tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19.

MDH said the variant was found through the variant surveillance program.

The person developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and sought COVID-19 testing on Nov. 24. MDH said the patient's symptoms have since resolved.

The patient told MDH that he traveled to New York City and attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from Nov. 19-21.

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“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and strong testing network have allowed the state to quickly track the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread. Today, those tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Walz. “This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise. We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world. Minnesotans know what to do to keep each other safe now — get the vaccine, get tested, wear a mask indoors, and get a booster. Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe.”

On Wednesday, a person in California who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant,

“We still have more to learn about Omicron, but the most important thing we can do right now is to use the tools we have available to make it as hard as possible for this virus to spread,” Minnesota Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “In addition to vaccination and boosters, we can slow the spread of this variant and all COVID-19 variants by using the tried-and-true prevention methods of wearing masks, staying home when sick, and getting tested when appropriate.”

Fauci: 1st US case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified

The Biden administration moved late last month to restrict travel from Southern Africa where the variant was first identified and had been widespread. Clusters of cases have also been identified in about two dozen other nations.

Coloradans wondering whether they should adjust holiday travel plans over omicron variant

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:09

DENVER (KDVR) — Given the spread and uncertainty of the omicron variant, many Coloradans are wondering whether they should change their holiday plans; especially for those who are traveling to see family.

Experts tell the Problem Solvers it’s really going to come down to an individual’s choice and how comfortable they feel as new information about the variant comes out in the days and weeks ahead.

Already, major airlines and travel agencies are receiving calls from customers who are once again finding themselves dealing with COVID-19 anxiety.

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In terms of any potential health risks while flying, aviation experts say it’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself.

"If it’s someone like me who has an autoimmune disease who might be a little bit more susceptible to it, then maybe they might be a little bit more hesitant because they don’t want to expose themselves to as many different people out there. Whereas people who don’t have that risk, or are in different shape or whatever, they’re probably more likely to,” said Jeff Price, an aviation expert and professor at MSU Denver.

According to Scott’s Cheap Flights, international travel searches on Kayak just before Thanksgiving were down 20% compared to pre-pandemic levels and now they’re down by about 37%.

In terms of searches for domestic flights, they’re down by about 7%, said Willis Orlando, a travel expert with Scott’s Cheap Flights.

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Those who work in the travel industry say they feel like they have a blue print now when it comes to variant impacts.

"If things play out in any way like they did with the Delta variant, we can expect a couple of things: One, we can expect demand domestically to drop briefly and then rebound quickly. Whereas demand internationally will take a bigger hit and we’ve already seen that,” Orlando added.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs dies at 76

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:42

DENVER (KDVR) — Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs Jr. passed away on Monday after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

Justice Hobbs became an lawyer in Denver in 1973 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Later he served on Colorado's Supreme Court from 1996 to 2015, when he retired.

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Justice Hobbs was known for his specialty in water law.

“Justice Hobbs was a master of water law, a mentor to many Coloradans in the water community who relied on his expertise, and the impact of his work will continue to be felt across our state for years to come. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

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Justice Hobbs is survived by his wife, Bobby, and his two children, Emily and Dan. The family asks that instead of sending flowers, mourners make a donation to Water Education Colorado.

Airline passenger complaints soar 460% since peak of COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 08:09

DENVER (KDVR) -- On the heels of the holiday travel rush, a new study shows flyer complaints have soared to new heights.

The study conducted by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group analyzed complaints to the US Department of Transportation dating back to 2016.

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Researchers found since the peak of the pandemic, February 2020 through August 2021, complaints soared 460%.

Other key findings include:

  • Of the top 16 busiest US airports, Denver International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International had some of worst on-time departure records
  • Southwest and Allegiant Airlines had the least complaints per capita since May 2020
  • Frontier, United and Hawaiian Airlines had the most complaints per capita since May 2020
Read full report hereDownload

Experts say the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee is holding a public Zoom meeting on Thursday to further discuss refunds for canceled flights.

Near-record high on Thursday of 72 degrees; Rain-snow possible Tuesday

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:36

DENVER (KDVR) -- On Wednesday we tied the record high of 73 degrees. For Thursday, we will go for another record high temperature with sunny skies and dry conditions.

We are forecasting 72 degrees, the record is 74 degrees set in 1885. The normal high right now is 46 degrees.

The mountains stay sunny and dry Thursday with abnormally warm temperatures in the 50s.

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It will be dry Friday through Sunday.

The first storm system in two weeks hits Colorado's mountains on Monday with rain-snow possible in Denver on Tuesday.

If this storm system holds together, we expect 6-12 inches of snow at the ski areas. There is another storm behind this for late-week.

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In Denver, the chance for rain-snow on Tuesday is 20%. Temperatures will drop at least 20 degrees starting Monday.

Future radar and satellite on Tuesday 12/7.

MLB owners lock out players, 1st work stoppage since 1995

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 00:50

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport’s collective bargaining agreement expired and owners immediately locked out players in a move that threatens spring training and opening day.

The strategy, management’s equivalent of a strike under federal labor law, ended the sport’s labor peace after 9,740 days over 26 1/2 years.

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Teams decided to force the long-anticipated confrontation during an offseason rather than risk players walking out during the summer, as they did in 1994.

Players and owners had successfully reached four consecutive agreements without a work stoppage.

Calls to Denver sexual assault advocates skyrocket in November

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 00:43

DENVER (KDVR) — Since October, The Blue Bench, a sexual assault survivor advocacy group, said calls for support in Denver shot up to a point never seen before.

If you or someone you know survived a sexual assault, there is help.

"Survivors and their loved ones can receive support in a variety of ways. Most people start with calling our hotline," the Blue Bench Executive Director Megan Carvajal said.

According to Carvajal, calls made to The Blue Bench hotline hit a record number last month.

"In November, we've seen an increase of 78% over our normal monthly call volume," Carvajal said. That amounts to a total number of calls exceeding 300 for the month of November.

Requests for medical care at area hospitals have gone up as well.

"We are seeing a more than 100% increase over the average number of requests," Carvajal said. The increase has led to more than 50 calls for survivor support at area hospitals.

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Experiences related to the holiday season are attributed as a possible cause.

"If it was around the holidays or if they are around people who are related to that trauma, that emotional labor is intense," she said.

Carvajal added you can be the first person to help someone in this situation: "Intervene safely, starting a conversation so that victim can move away."

Also, a reminder that if you're going to help someone, don't be afraid to get support for yourself.

"When we have a family member or friend who's experienced a sexual assault, we're experiencing trauma ourselves," she said.

The high number of calls has put the therapy services The Blue Bench can offer on a backlog.

"We're on a six- to eight-week waiting list," Carvajal said. "That is because the demand is higher than we are prepared to handle."

To donate or seek help for yourself or a loved one reach out to The Blue Bench online.