• Next Year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Will Come From Colorado

    Next Year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Will Come From Colorado
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from western Colorado. U.S. Forest Service officials said this week a tree will be cut from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre or Gunnison national forest to adorn the Capitol building’s West Lawn in 2020.
    Spokeswoman Kim Phillips told The Daily Sentinel that a formal announcement will be made Friday, and she declined to provide further details.
    Each year, a national forest is chosen to provide a tree for the C
  • Letecia Stauch Arrest Affidavit Leaked, New Evidence In Gannon Stauch Murder

    Letecia Stauch Arrest Affidavit Leaked, New Evidence In Gannon Stauch Murder
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A sealed arrest affidavit for murder suspect Letecia Stauch was leaked on social media Thursday night. CBS4 has confirmed the document’s authenticity with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
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    Stauch was arrested on March 2 for the murder of her 11-year-old stepson, Gannon Stauch. The boy’s remains were found on March 18 in a suitcase under a Florida overpass.
    RELATED: Source: Gannon Stauch’s Body
  • Crews Cleans Up Homeless Camp In Denver

    Crews Cleans Up Homeless Camp In Denver
    DENVER (CBS4) — City crews and police officers cleaned up this camp filled with homeless people Thursday morning. They’d set up the tents near 22nd and California in Denver.
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    A trash truck was brought in to help clear the sidewalks.
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    The organization Denver Homeless Out Loud tells us cleaning crews and officers have shown up every day to check on people — but have not asked people to move out.
  • Rockies’ Daniel Murphy Donates $100,000 To Help Minor League Players And Their Families

    Rockies’ Daniel Murphy Donates $100,000 To Help Minor League Players And Their Families
    (CBS4) — Colorado Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy is feeling charitable during these tough times. Thursday, Murphy and his wife donated $100,000 dollars to a couple organizations that assist minor league baseball players and their families.
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    “In these uncertain times, it’s humbling for us to be able to help other who are struggling,” said Murphy.
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    According to More Than Baseball, one of the organizations t
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  • Investigators: Ex-Wife Turned In Head Of Chop Shop To Get Alimony

    Investigators: Ex-Wife Turned In Head Of Chop Shop To Get Alimony
    (CBS4) — Kevin Chavez was arrested on 22 felony charges on Wednesday — and investigators say it was his ex-wife who turned him in. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says Chavez, 29, is responsible for stealing and modifying hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen vehicles.
    Chavez’s ex-wife contacted the Criminal Impact Unit in January. She told investigators she and Chavez recently went to divorce court, but because Chavez had no verifiable income she wasn’t award
  • Coronavirus In Colorado: Innovation Response Team Finds Creative Solutions To Common Problems

    Coronavirus In Colorado: Innovation Response Team Finds Creative Solutions To Common Problems
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – A team of more than 200 volunteers have banded together and are hoping to help Colorado find unique solutions to common problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Jared Polis has assembled the Innovation Response Team made up of tech entrepreneurs to look at issues from outside-the-box.
    “It’s a new approach that Gov. Polis had to solve really emerging and challenging problems around coronavirus. And one of our big missions is to harness the powe
  • Colorado’s Coronavirus-Related Jobless Claims Continue Their Surge

    Colorado’s Coronavirus-Related Jobless Claims Continue Their Surge
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado unemployment claims triggered by coronavirus-related job losses continue their surge. Last week saw initial jobless claims that were eight times the highest number of claims filed in one week during the Great Recession.
     
    The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says nearly 62,000 initial claims were filed last week — and 81,000 in total for that and the previous week. By comparison, there were 102,000 initial unemployment claims for all of 201
  • Denver Appliance Factory Chained Shut For Violating Stay-At-Home Order

    Denver Appliance Factory Chained Shut For Violating Stay-At-Home Order
    DENVER (CBS4) – Officials in Denver have issued an order to vacate for the Appliance Factory located at 1045 Zuni Street. On Thursday night, the doors to the business were chained shut for not complying with the city’s stay-at-home order.
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    Officials cited the store a fourth time Thursday for violating the stay-at-home order. Only businesses that are considered essential are allowed to stay open with social distancing practices in place.
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  • ‘This Crisis Is Different’: Colorado’s Tourism Industry Takes Huge Hit From Coronavirus

    ‘This Crisis Is Different’: Colorado’s Tourism Industry Takes Huge Hit From Coronavirus
    DENVER (CBS4) – Tourism is Colorado’s second largest industry and, in the middle of a global pandemic, it has all but disappeared.
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    Abby Leeper is the communications manager for the Colorado Tourism Office.
    “The tourism industry is a really important one — it employees about 174,000 jobs across the state,” she said.
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    They are already working with industry partners to determine the financial impact and how best to respond.
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  • ‘This Crisis Is Different’: Colorado’s Tourism Industry Takes Hit From Coronavirus

    ‘This Crisis Is Different’: Colorado’s Tourism Industry Takes Hit From Coronavirus
    DENVER (CBS4) – Tourism is Colorado’s second largest industry and, in the middle of a global pandemic, it has all but disappeared.
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    Abby Leeper is the communications manager for the Colorado Tourism Office.
    “The tourism industry is a really important one — it employees about 174,000 jobs across the state,” she said.
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    They are already working with industry partners to determine the financial impact and how best to respond.
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  • ‘Keep Local Alive’: Website Highlights Businesses Offering Creative Activities To Do At Home

    ‘Keep Local Alive’: Website Highlights Businesses Offering Creative Activities To Do At Home
    DENVER (CBS4) – A mom and daughter team from Boulder is determined to keep the momentum going for small businesses, during a time when they’re in dire need. That’s why Sara and Anna Zervos launched a new initiative called “Keep Local Alive,” in an effort to help come alongside them.
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    Their vision began years ago, however.
    “(It’s) based on what we had been doing the past two years. My daughter and I started this app called Pao. (https://www.thep
  • Concern About Coronavirus Has Some JBS Meat Packing Employees Afraid To Go To Work

    Concern About Coronavirus Has Some JBS Meat Packing Employees Afraid To Go To Work
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) — Hundreds of workers are staying home each day from their jobs at the JBS meat packing plant in Greeley, after reports of positive tests for coronavirus on some employees.
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    The plant is massive — more than 3,000 people work there. But this week, hundreds of JBS employees have been staying away, some workers told CBS4, out of fear.
    CBS4 reporter Rick Sallinger spoke from a distance with Rafael Hernandez who said his father, who works there, has tested posit
  • Coronavirus In Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner Secures Millions of N95 Masks From Taiwan

    Coronavirus In Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner Secures Millions of N95 Masks From Taiwan
    DENVER (CBS4) — Taiwan is coming to the aid of the United States during the COVID-19 crisis, and especially Colorado, thanks in large part to U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.
    As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, Gardner has developed relationships with the heads of state in South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan. The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen, even visited Colorado last summer because of Gardner. It was the the first time a sitting president of Taiwan had come here.
  • Gov. Jared Polis Asks Federal Government For Ventilators, Masks And Gloves

    Gov. Jared Polis Asks Federal Government For Ventilators, Masks And Gloves
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado is facing a shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, Polis asked for 10,000 ventilators, two million N95 masks and more than four million pairs of gloves.
    “We are facing a crisis-level shortage of these essential supplies to protect our health care workers and first responders,” Gov. Polis wrote. “Colorado’s COVID-19 death rate is rising faster than any
  • Thousands Of Rural Colorado Students Lacking Internet Access Struggle With Remote Learning During COVID-19 Shutdown

    Thousands Of Rural Colorado Students Lacking Internet Access Struggle With Remote Learning During COVID-19 Shutdown
    (CBS4) – As schools across the state are being ordered to stay closed until April 30, CBS4 has learned there are thousands of students in Colorado who are having trouble learning remotely, because they don’t have internet access at home.
    “One of the disadvantages we see in rural areas is really access, and so having to switch to totally remote learning has created some unique challenges for many of our school systems with regards to both bandwidth and devices,” expla
  • Nuggets Forward Michael Porter Jr. Says He’s Ready To Play NBA 2K

    Nuggets Forward Michael Porter Jr. Says He’s Ready To Play NBA 2K
    (CBS4) — If the NBA were to start tomorrow, the Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. says he’d be ready. Porter Jr. joined Altitude Sports and Entertainment’s Kate Winge and Chris Dempsey on the network’s social media platforms Thursday.The Nuggets’ promising forward is back in Missouri during the coronavirus lockdown, in part because he has more access to training facilities.
    “Here my family has a little weight room down in the basement,” said MPJ. “
  • Nuggets Forward Michael Porter Jr. Says He’s Ready To Play

    Nuggets Forward Michael Porter Jr. Says He’s Ready To Play
    (CBS4) — If the NBA were to start tomorrow, the Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. says he’d be ready. Porter Jr. joined Altitude Sports and Entertainment’s Kate Winge and Chris Dempsey on the network’s social media platforms Thursday.The Nuggets’ promising forward is back in Missouri during the coronavirus lockdown, in part because he has more access to training facilities.
    “Here my family has a little weight room down in the basement,” said MPJ. “
  • Doctors Worry About Three P’s: Pandemic, PPE And Pay Cuts

    Doctors Worry About Three P’s: Pandemic, PPE And Pay Cuts
    DENVER (CBS4) — When Dr. Comilla Sasson gets home from a shift in the emergency department, she does something that hurts her heart; she tells her two young children, ages three and five, they can’t hug mommy.
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    “I don’t let my kids hug or kiss me right now because I don’t want them to get sick. It breaks my heart every night,” said Sasson.
    She works in emergency rooms at three Colorado hospitals and says she is experiencing anxiety and fear over cont
  • Coronavirus In Colorado: UCHealth Hospitals Set Up Triage Tents To Prepare For Influx Of Patients

    Coronavirus In Colorado: UCHealth Hospitals Set Up Triage Tents To Prepare For Influx Of Patients
    LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Large triage tents have been erected outside of emergency rooms throughout Northern Colorado as medical professional prepare for a significant influx of COVID-19 cases. UCHealth’s Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, is one of four UCHealth hospitals in Northern Colorado with a large white triage tent setup feet away from their ER.
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    MCR joins UCHealth’s Greeley Hospital, Yampa Valley Medical Center and Longs Peak Hospital as locations in Nor
  • Coronavirus In Colorado: First Responders Getting $14M Federal Grant

    Coronavirus In Colorado: First Responders Getting $14M Federal Grant
    DENVER (CBS4) — First responders are used to rushing towards threats, but with coronavirus they don’t always know the threat is there.
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    “As the world has changed, with the stay at home order and the coronavirus spreading into Colorado, the nature of their jobs have changed,” says U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn.
    He adds, “Those who are out in the public are putting themselves at risk and we owe them a debt of gratitude.”
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  • Denver Weather: Bitter Morning Ahead For Friday

    Denver Weather: Bitter Morning Ahead For Friday
    Our quick moving system dramatically dropped our temperatures in Colorado on Thursday. We went from 69 degrees on Wednesday to a high of 37 degrees. That “high” actually came right after midnight, a few hours later we dropped to 22 degrees right around 11:00 am. Quite the temperature drop in just 24 hours.
    Snow could linger in Colorado overnight and into the early morning hours on Friday. We won’t see much accumulation in most areas, an inch or so at the most. Parts of El Paso,
  • Poudre School District Will Not Reopen This School Year

    Poudre School District Will Not Reopen This School Year
    (CBS4) — The Poudre School District announced Thursday that it would not reopen during the 2019-20 academic year.
    “With the safety of staff, students and families top of mind, PSD Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser has made the difficult decision to continue remote learning through the remainder of the school year,” the district tweeted.The district posted the following statement online:
    Larimer County currently has data that predict the last week of April to be the peak of
  • Coronavirus In Colorado: 97 Deaths, 3,728 Cases Confirmed In The State

    Coronavirus In Colorado: 97 Deaths, 3,728 Cases Confirmed In The State
    DENVER (CBS4) – The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to increase in Colorado. On Thursday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 3,728 people have tested positive for the virus and 97 people have died in the state.
    So far, more than 20,000 people have been tested for the virus in Colorado with cases confirmed in 51 counties. Since the outbreak began, 710 people have been hospitalized in the state.
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    CDPHE estimates the actual numb
  • Denver Center For Performing Arts Cancels More Shows, Cuts Staffing

    Denver Center For Performing Arts Cancels More Shows, Cuts Staffing
    DENVER (CBS4) — The Denver Center For Performing Arts is canceling a total of five shows, 523 educational classes and school programs, 19 rental events and two fundraisers due to the coronavirus pandemic. DCPA officials say the cancellations are expected to result in a deficit of millions of dollars. Because of that, DCPA is cutting its staffing costs by 50% — a move that will impact every single employee.
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  • Kaiser Permanente Asking For Help Making Masks For Staff Members Who Don’t See Patients

    Kaiser Permanente Asking For Help Making Masks For Staff Members Who Don’t See Patients
    They created a step-by-step guide on how to make masks right in your home. For more info, go to about.kaiserpermanente.org.
  • Racines Restaurant In Denver Closing Permanently In January

    Racines Restaurant In Denver Closing Permanently In January
    DENVER (CBS4) — It’s been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Racines Restaurant plans to reopen when possible — and then close for good in January.
    Racines (credit: Paul Harris)
    “Yes, it’s true. Racines will close permanently on January 15, 2021. Come celebrate with us after we’re all safe and get to reopen. Can’t wait to see all of you for a long goodbye,” officials stated on Facebook.
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  • Coronavirus Outbreak: Colorado Legislature Can Resume Session After Public Health Emergency

    Coronavirus Outbreak: Colorado Legislature Can Resume Session After Public Health Emergency
    DENVER (CBS4) — The Colorado Legislature can resume its regular session after taking a break because of COVID-19.
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    The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Wednesay the session does not have to be 120 consecutive days. Lawmakers had completed 70 days when they suspended the session back on March 14.
    The session was scheduled to end May 6, but this means they can get back to work later when the public health emergency is over.
    RELATED: Latest Updates On The Coronavirus Outbreak In Colo
  • Coronavirus Pandemic: Fort Carson Soldiers Setting Up Field Hospital In Seattle

    Coronavirus Pandemic: Fort Carson Soldiers Setting Up Field Hospital In Seattle
    SEATTLE (CBS4) – Soldiers from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs are setting up a military field hospital in CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The soldiers are from the 627th Hospital Center and said they are used to working quickly, in any conditions.
    Military personnel depart after a day’s work setting up the 627th Hospital Center field hospital at CenturyLink Event Center on Tuesday in Seattle. 250 beds, including 148 from Fort Carson and others from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will be re
  • New Law Gives More Financial Protection To Police And Firefighters

    New Law Gives More Financial Protection To Police And Firefighters
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis has given firefighters and police officers killed or injured in the line of duty more protection.
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    He signed House Bill 20-1044 which gives the Colorado Fire and Police Association Pension Board more flexibility in adjusting contributions. That in turn makes it easier to help with financial needs those first responders and their families encounter.
    It also means contributions to the fund will gradually increase for the next 10 years.
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  • ‘I Made It’: World War II Vet Celebrates Both His 104th Birthday And Recovery From Coronavirus

    ‘I Made It’: World War II Vet Celebrates Both His 104th Birthday And Recovery From Coronavirus
    LEBANON, Ore. (CBS Local) — An Oregon man is celebrating both his 104th birthday *and* his recovery from COVID-19.
    William “Bill” Lapschies was one of the first residents to test positive for the virus at Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon.
    A veteran of World War II, Lapschies was isolated in his room since first showing symptoms on March 5. As of this week, he is considered “recovered,” CBS affiliate KOIN reported.
    On Wednesday, his family and staff

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