By Lauren DiSpirito
DENVER (CBS4)– Federal authorities told the Colorado Department of Transportation and opponents of the planned Interstate 70 expansion this week that it would open an investigation into claims the project violates the Civil Rights Act.
The pending investigation comes in response to a federal complaint filed with the U.S Department of Transportation by Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, and neighborhood groups impacted by the project, including the Cross Community
- By Karen Morfitt
DENVER (CBS4)– Police are working to track down a violent assault suspect who tried to rob two people on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.
Surveillance cameras were able to catch clear photos of the suspects face; investigators say it’s likely someone will recognize him.
(credit: Auraria Police)
Both happened Nov. 22 around 7:30 p.m. The first victim was approached outside the north classroom building near Larimer Street and Speer Boulevard.
The suspect demanded
- DENVER (CBS4)– A man arrested and convicted in a crackdown on child sex trafficking was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday.
John Sears arranged for a 17-year-old girl to meet with an undercover officer for sex at a casino in Black Hawk.Sears pleaded guilty to human trafficking of a child, pimping of a child and first-degree assault.
- DENVER (CBS4)– The U.S. Senate passed a landmark bill on Wednesday to modernize America’s biomedical research system. The approval paves the way to help find new drugs and devices.
Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado, is a co-sponsor of the 21st Century Cures Act which would speed up the discovery, development and delivery of life-saving treatments.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D) Colorado (credit: CBS)
The bill includes $6 billion in new funding for the National Institutes o
- JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Authorities are searching for the person who spray painted “I Love Shane” at Windy Saddle Park in Jefferson County.
The park is located near 6th Avenue not far from Lookout Mountain. Graffiti in Jeffco Open Space (credit: Jeffco Open Space)
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the vandal that spray painting on property in Jeffco Open Space is a crime and park service resources were used to clean up the graffiti.Authorities
- The Nuggets came back to close the gap against the Nets but it wasn't enough to claim victory.
- By Michael SpencerDENVER (CBS4)– Which former 1st round draft pick has the brightest future in Denver? That was the question we posed to CBS4 viewers on Tuesday night for our Century Link poll question.
There’s no doubt that the future in Denver is bright, so there were plenty of young stars to choose from, but the CBS 4 viewers selected Rockies slugger Trevor Story as the young player with the brightest future.BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 26: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies h
- By Rick Sallinger
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Jefferson County Planning Commission is considering a controversial proposal to rezone a portion of land near C-470 and West Alameda Parkway, near Dinosaur Ridge.
A long time ago, 92 to 150 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed this land. Now fossils of their bones and evidence of their tracks have made this ridge a very unique place.
Eric Brown, one of the leaders of the group Dinosaur Ridge neighbors told CBS4 he and his w
- BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Teammates and fans took time out on Wednesday to remember University of Colorado football star Rashaan Salaam.
CU opened its Football Legacy Hall in the Champion Center on the CU Boulder campus on Wednesday and invited the public to pay their respects to Salaam.
A tribute to Rashaan Salaam at the Champion Center (credit: CBS)
He set a school record for rushing yards and won the Heisman Trophy in 1994 before he went pro with the NFL by playing for the Chicago Bears.
- DENVER (CBS4)– This is the season for children to share their holiday wishes with Santa. On Wednesday, dozens of deaf and hearing impaired children were able to share their wish lists thanks to signing Santa.
He looks and sounds just like any other mall Santa, but these kids will tell you he’s the real deal.
He not only knows if they’ve been bad or good, but how to ask them in a way they understand.
PHOTO GALLERY: Signing Santa
Santa is fluent in eve
- By Tom Mustin
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– The 75th Anniversary of Japan’s surprise assault on Pearl Harbor was marked on Wednesday. More than 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack that prompted the U.S. to enter World War II.
Donald Stratton, a Colorado survivor of the attack, traveled to Hawaii for the remembrance ceremony.
WWII Veteran and USS Arizona attack survivor Donald Stratton (credit: CBS)
He says a part of himself died in the ruins of the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941
- By Chris SpearsDENVER (CBS4)– An arctic air mass has settled into Colorado with one of the coldest nights in nearly two years on the way for some communities.
Denver’s official low is expected to drop below zero for the first time in nearly two years.(credit: CBS)
Along with the cold will come dangerous wind chill readings which is what the air temperature will feel like to exposed skin.
A wind chill warning is in effect for several counties on Colorado’s eastern plains where r
- <em>By Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post
For an Oscar contender, “Silence” is still remarkably mysterious. Is Martin Scorsese’s decades-in-the-making passion project any good? We don’t know, because it’s only now screening for critics, and even then only in Los Angeles and New York.
In the meantime, we’ll have to be content with stories about the making of “Silence.” The good news is those tales don’t disappoint. In fact, the drama i
- ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph will miss the showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs with a toe injury.
Joseph left last week’s win against Buffalo with the injury and was officially ruled out Wednesday for Thursday night’s game in Kansas City. Nate Allen will start in his place in a showdown for the AFC West lead.
Defensive tackle Stacy McGee will also miss the game with an ankle injury and linebacker Shilique Calhoun remains sidelined by an injured k
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan has made no secret of his desire to be considered the NFL’s best at his position, the kind of reputation built by playing well against the top pass rushers.
Not only has Jack Conklin been one of the league’s most impressive rookies, he’s already considered one of the league’s top right tackles.
Lewan and Conklin, along with the rest of the Titans, have allowed just 18 sacks, fifth fewest in the NFL, after al
- AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Buckley Air Force base in Aurora won’t be getting new F-35 fighter jets anytime soon.
The Air Force released a list Wednesday of five National Guard installations under consideration to get the costly aircraft in 2020, and Buckley wasn’t on it.
Buckley’s Air National Guard wing flies aging F-16s.
Colorado Republican congressman Mike Coffman, whose district includes the base, says he’s disappointed Buckley was passed over. He says the base could
- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos trust veteran running back Justin Forsett can play against Tennessee on Sunday after being claimed off waivers this week.
They’re not as bold when it came to quarterback Trevor Siemian’s chances.
“I’d still call him day to day,” coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday after Siemian’s first on-field work since spraining his left foot against Kansas City on Nov. 27.
Siemian split snaps at the walkthrough with rookie Paxt
- REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CBS4)– College football and Christian McCaffrey are splitting up a year early. The former Valor Christian football star will leave Stanford University a year early to enter the NFL draft.McCaffrey was the Heisman runner up last year and lead college football in all-purpose yards this year.Early predictions have McCaffrey as a mid-to-late first round pick.
He says he’s ready.“I’m ready, I just think I’m ready, my body is in a position it needs t
- Environmentalists shuddered Wednesday amid reports president-elect Donald Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a booster of the fossil fuel industry who has questioned scientists’ climate change consensus, to run and perhaps shrink the EPA.
Fossil fuel interest groups rejoiced.
“Who better to set the EPA in the right direction than someone who’s at the forefront of stopping unlawful rules?” Western Energy Alliance president Kathleen Sgamma said. &ld
- Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post
In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting against the agency he will now lead.
Pruitt, who has written that the debate on climate c
The end is near (and maybe that’s OK): Artist Jonathan Saiz isn’t about to argue with the apocalypseBy Ray Mark Rinaldi, Special to The Denver Post
There’s a scene at the end of the doomsday movie “Deep Impact” when the world is coming to an end. A collision-course comet has rocked the planet and a thousand-foot tidal wave is about to wash away the beach where actress Téa Leoni has just reunited with her estranged father, played Maximilian Schell.
But instead of fleeing inland like the scrambling masses around them, the pair simply hug tight and turn to face the ocean,
- By Andrea FloresJEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Jeffco Public Schools is working around the clock to make sure your kids get picked up as quickly as possible when temperatures are chilly at the bus stop.
Wednesday morning, bus drivers for Jeffco Public Schools checked their buses before students even got on board.Cold school buses in Jefferson County (credit: CBS)
“Once we knew the storm was coming in, we scheduled extra drivers to come in the morning, extra mechanics to come in the
- By Joanne Davidson, Special to The Denver Post
The good news is that efforts by The Adoption Exchange have enabled 243 youngsters so far this year to leave the foster care system and find their forever homes.
The bad news is that 500 more are waiting.
But thanks to events like the Fantasy Ball, word is spread, funds are raised, and the success stories increase.
Since its founding in 1983 by Dixie van de Flier Davis, The Adoption Exchange, which is based in Aurora, has facilitated the placement o
- The Broncos’ newest player was easy to miss walking through the doors at Dove Valley on Wednesday — if not for his cheek-busting grin and the pep in his step. Justin Forsett returned home to a place he has never been. And he’s thrilled.
“When you see me coming off the bus, I don’t wow you with appearance,” Forsett said. “I’m 5-foot-8, 197 pounds. Coach Kube, though, he doesn’t care. He trusts me. This was the right place at the right time.&r
- Photo provided by Meier SkisThe typically budget friendly Ski Sunlight is marking its 50th anniversary with a $700 lift ticket — which comes with a pair of limited edition skis handmade by Meier SkisVail Resorts made a splash last week when a Forbes Magazine feature on company chief Rob Katz let slip that the resort operator’s flagship ski area, the 5,300-acre Vail, will likely be asking more than $175 for a walk-up lift ticket this season. That’s up from $160 last season and,
- Coloradans with terminal illness soon can begin making written requests for life-ending prescriptions under the state’s new aid-in-dying law, and authors of the law say multiple people already have inquired.
“I fully expect people to begin requesting prescriptions on the first day that the law is effective,” said Kat West, national director of policy and programs for Compassion & Choices, which ran the end-of-life options campaign in Colorado.
The law, approved by about two
- By Jura Koncius, The Washington Post
Our family’s move over to the faux side this holiday didn’t play well on Instagram.
Last week I posted a photo of our recent stop at Home Depot to shop for fake trees. The comments ranged from “What?!?!?!” “No” and “I am so sorry” to “This AND the election? Way too much for one month. Sigh.”
A “face screaming in fear” emoji was posted. And there were offers of fir-scented candles.
- JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A proposed Catholic retreat and conference center in Jefferson County has been approved despite scrutiny over neighbors’ concerns that the development would pose an imminent wildfire threat.
Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously approved the controversial rezoning that will allow the retreat and conference center outside Conifer.
The 241-acre facility will be built on the property the Archdiocese bought in 2015. The church is t
- DENVER (AP) — State officials say an insect that attacks grapes has been found in Colorado’s largest wine producing area.
The state agriculture department said Wednesday that federal officials had confirmed the presence of phylloxera in Mesa County’s Grand Valley wine region, home to nearly 75 percent of Colorado’s grape acreage.
The department says it and Colorado State University are investigating the source of the aphid-like bug and working with the vineyard owner to e
- AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The kidnapping suspect that prompted an Amber Alert late Wednesday morning has been arrested and the woman and a toddler taken have been found.
Police found a woman named Brenda Sanchez and a 2-year-old child named Ivan in Boulder just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers located the suspect vehicle in Boulder and then made the arrest.#AMBERAlert UPDATE: Vehicle located in Boulder. Suspect taken into custody. Mother and child are ok. Investigation on-going.
- SAGUACHE, Colo. (CBS4) – A judge has ruled that there is cause to try the 46-year-old man accused of the murder of mountain biking pioneer Mike Rust.
Mike Rust (credit: CBS)
Charles Gonzales faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, as well as tampering with evidence and posession of a weapon by a previous offender.
Charles Gonzales (credit: CBS)
Gonzales was taken into custody in June after Rust’s remains were found buried in the San Luis Valley in January.
- By Libby Smith
DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Care 4 Colorado campaign. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on a donation, you can even pick up a toy at the grocery store.
Recently, CBS4’s Karen Leigh went toy shopping at King Soopers with some members of the Boys & Girls Club. Her helpers were Nasir, 10, Alesha, 8, and Deja, 16.
“Our goal, Nasir, is to look for things that the kids at the Boys & Girls Club would lik
- By Libby Smith
DENVER (CBS4) CBS4 is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Care 4 Colorado campaign. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on a donation, you can even pick up a toy at the grocery store. Recently, CBS4’s Karen Leigh went toy shopping at King Soopers with some members of the Boys & Girls Club. Her helpers were Nasir, 10; Alesha, 8; and Deja, 16.
“Our goal, Nasir, is to look for things that the kids at the Boys & Girls Club would like,” Lei
- BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Home-cooked meals at her house, featuring all the lasagna the players could eat and a game of hide-and-seek with her kids. A more lighthearted atmosphere at practice, complete with friendly football contests.
In no time, first-year Colorado basketball coach JR Payne has changed the course and culture of the 18th-ranked Buffaloes. At 8-0, they’ve already surpassed their win total (seven) from a season ago.
This amount of success so early is somewhat of a surprise
- By Ed Greene
DENVER (CBS4) – The snow and cold came and left as advertised: about 2-5 inches generally around the metro area…about twice that for the ski areas. Denver’s calendar day high reached 17 degrees, but the warmest we got a in Denver during the afternoon hours was 11 degrees at the airport and just 13 downtown.Now as skies clear overnight, the little heart we have will radiate upwards and temperatures will dive.Look for a low in Denver by Thursday morning near 7 degre
- AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police say they are issuing an Amber Alert late Wednesday morning.
Police are looking for a woman named Brenda Sanchez and a 2-year-old child named Ivan.
Brenda Sanchez and Ivan (credit: Aurora Police)
Police say they were kidnapped at gunpoint Wednesday morning.#AMBERAlert UPDATE: Actual picture of the suspect vehicle, 2013 White Subaru Legacy CO LIC/ QIZ-384. If seen call 911. pic.twitter.com/OKU3DB9Lb6
— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) December 7,
- DENVER (AP) — Hoping to preserve its marijuana law under the next president, Colorado is planning a slate of legislation designed to crack down on pot that is grown legally but then sold on the black market.
The goal is to cut down on complaints that Colorado’s liberal allowances for growing pot without a license has created a thriving network of illegal growers. Colorado allows medical pot patients to grow up to 99 plants, far beyond other marijuana states, and it also allows recrea
- DENVER (AP) — A man is suing Denver Police after he was wrongly jailed for two months in a sexual assault case because of a DNA mistake.
Shawnnon Hale, 26, said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that crime lab technicians violated his rights when they improperly identified his DNA as being tied to a July 2014 rape, The Denver Post reported. Prosecutors eventually dismissed charges against Hale after a later test found his DNA was at the scene but not linked the crime. But not before Hale h
- By Randy Yagi
The holidays have arrived and what better way to celebrate this magical time of year than by spending time with your family? Nevertheless, while it’s always fun to simply stay close to home, with presents to open, goodies to eat and carols to sing, it might also be an opportune time to take a budget vacation destination to recharge and get away from it all. Not only will you be able to provide fun and exciting things to do with your children, you’ll also be able to rel
- A big heads up if you plan on heading south of the Denver metro area Wednesday morning.
- Aurora Police have issued an Amber Alert for a boy who they say was kidnapped at gunpoint along with his mother Wednesday morning.
- An Aurora woman is hoping to get her wedding ring back after accidentally leaving it at a tanning salon this weekend.
- (CBS4) – Colorado high school football star and Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey announced on Wednesday he’s foregoing his senior year at Stanford to enter the NFL Draft.
“After three incredible years at Stanford, I’ve decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft,” McCaffrey wrote on the Stanford Cardinal website.
McCaffrey, son of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, played high school football at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch.
- OXON HILL, Md. (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract.
Ian Desmond of the Texas Rangers reacts after hitting a double against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Oct. 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
- Almost 8 months after the launch of RTD's Train to the Plane, a small family business owner wants a break. He says the train forces him to put his life on hold every 15-minutes.
- A Lakewood father has been formally charged in the death of his 3-month-old daughter, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
- First, it was a secret sister gift exchange, and now a secret wine bottle exchange is hitting Facebook.
- A veteran in Colorado's philanthropic circles will join the Colorado Education Initiative as president and CEO, CEI announced Wednesday.
- Over the holidays, Denver is a more popular travel destination than Miami.
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