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    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Fire season is off to an earlier start in Colorado. On Saturday, fire crews continued to work two separate wildfires; the Platte River Fire in Jefferson County and the Straight Creek Fire in Summit County. Straight Creek Fire (credit: CBS) “It wanted to grow yesterday in the afternoon as the winds started picking up, and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued an amber alert Saturday afternoon for a 2-year-old believed to be in a black Kia which was stolen by a white man. An amber alert sent out to cellphones states the child’s name is Jayleel Jones. Investigators say the suspect is a man in his 30s with a shaved head. The vehicle...
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A bear was spotted beating the heat in Roxborough State Park. On hot days, wild animals head to the creeks and spring-fed ponds to cool off. (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife) Roxborough State Park ranger Tiffany said the bear is doing what we wish we could do after a long hike, take a dip in some...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A cold front brought a little relief to Colorado on Friday after several days with widespread 90s across the lower elevations of the western slope and eastern plains. But the cooler weather will only last about 24 hours. Starting on Saturday a massive ridge of high pressure will begin to build into the southern and central Rockies....
    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Pick any outdoor activity- skiing, biking, hiking, rafting, camping, fishing… all are seeing increases in people, along with delays in gear production as suppliers recover from COVID-19 to keep up with demand. That includes daring, more technical activities. (credit: CBS) “It seems like a lot of people now are transitioning from indoor climbing,” said Tim Dailey,...
    LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado’s latest Comeback Cash winner has a Cinderella-like story. Stephanie Ward says she and her husband Brian were working two jobs while raising two teenagers before their lives were changed forever – not by a glass slipper but the COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: CBS) “Just sitting at my desk and got a phone call,” says Ward, who was...
    DENVER (AP/CBS4) — A total of 21 people accused of illegally growing and distributing marijuana in Colorado have been indicted in an alleged money-laundering scheme, county and federal officials said Thursday. They grew and distributed marijuana throughout the Denver metro area, with facilities to grow and stash the drugs across the state, authorities said in a news release. Officials have...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal of the postseason to break a tie late in the second period, and the Golden Knights defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 in Game 6 of their second-round series to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals. Nick Holden, William Karlsson, Keegan Kolesar, William Carrier, and Max Pacioretty also scored for Vegas,...
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – No one was seriously hurt after a small plane crashed in Boulder County on Thursday night. The crash happened just after 7 p.m. near Highway 287 and Isabelle Road. Two people were onboard the plane and are expected to be okay, according to Colorado State Patrol. Troopers say the plane leaked about 46 gallons of...
    (CBS4) – Crews are responding to a wildfire in Jefferson County west of Roxborough State Park. It appears to have started from a downed power line, according to Jeffco officials. The Sheriffs Office responded to a wildfire in the area of the 17000 block of W Platte River Rd. @NorthForkFire and @ElkCreekFire are working on containing the fire. It is...
    DENVER (CBS4) – If you’re traveling in the downtown Denver area Thursday, there are some detours you’ll want to be aware of beforehand. The first of two tower cranes supporting the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project will arrive on site, requiring crews to close Champa Street from 14th Street to Speer for several days. The crane will be used...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The photogenic tornado that struck Weld County Monday evening could be seen for miles in virtually every direction. That allowed for many thousands of people to get a great view. CBS4 viewer Tanner Stolz took this photo of the tornado at County Roads 49 & 36. (credit: Tanner Stolz) The thunderstorm that spawned the EF-1 tornado with estimated...
    (CNN)A very dry week with well-above average temperatures has worsened an already severe drought in the Western US, according to the US Drought Monitor. New data shows the entirety of four states are under drought conditions -- California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada. Overall, drought is being experienced in 88% of the Western US as of this week. Scientists say persistent...
    MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire continues to burn in Mesa County amid extreme drought conditions on the Western Slope. The Beaver Tail Fire has burned more than 460 acres, according to fire officials. (credit: Colorado Bureau of Land Management) Local agencies have been battling the fire since the weekend. The Colorado Bureau of Land Management says the fire...
    (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are asking drivers to slow down on Interstate 70’s mountain corridor in Summit County. Speeding is happening through construction zones near Silverthorne. That creates dangerous working conditions, especially at night, for those I-70 improvements that start around Frisco. Two crashes in the paving work zone have already happened and...
    DENVER (AP) — Mark Stone blocked a shot on the defensive end and by the time he spun around, a pass was waiting for him with nothing but clear sailing ahead. A burst of speed — even as tired as he was — and a wrist shot later, he was being mobbed along the boards by teammates. The captain to...
    (CBS4) – For the first time since the 1940s, wolf pups have been confirmed to be living in Colorado in the wild. Sightings of three pups were made this month by Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff members. So far there have been no photos or video taken of the pups. The wolf pups appear to be in a den in...
    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Despite strong spring precipitation, some rafting companies in the high country are adjusting routes earlier than usual due to low water levels. Trips on the upper Blue River in Summit County were cut short earlier than usual this year. (credit: CBS) In order to run commercial trips, the river needs to flow around 400 cubic...
    Mark Stone blocked a shot on the defensive end and by the time he spun around, a pass was waiting for him with nothing but clear sailing ahead. A burst of speed — even as tired as he was — and a wrist shot later, he was being mobbed along the boards by teammates. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE...
    A manhunt is underway for a suspect who police say shot at a group of off-duty firefighters in downtown Pueblo, Colo. shortly after midnight on Sunday, leaving one injured.  The firefighter, who has not been identified by police, was transported to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The local Pueblo fire union said he is "recovering and doing well."...
    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Despite strong spring precipitation, some rafting companies in the high country are adjusting routes earlier than usual due to low water levels. Trips on the upper Blue River in Summit County were cut short earlier than usual this year. (credit: CBS) In order to run commercial trips, the river needs to flow around 400 cubic...
    (CNN)The mother of a boy found dead last month on a trail near Las Vegas has been arrested in Colorado, Las Vegas police said Tuesday in a news release.The boy was identified by police on Monday as 7-year-old Liam Husted of San Jose, California.His mother, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, was taken into custody in Denver by a task force led...
    Rachael Ayers (above), the principal at Mead High School in Longmont, Colorado, has resigned, it was announced on Monday The principal of a Colorado high school has resigned three weeks after a photo went viral showing a student on campus grounds wearing blackface while two others knelt on him in a re-enactment of George Floyd’s murder. Rachael Ayers’ resignation...
    DENVER (CBS4) – On Friday the State of Colorado announced the first of five winners of $1 million in the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing. The state chose the winner from among the 2.9 million Coloradans who have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccines. On Thursday the state health department explained how eligible Coloradans can check their registration....
    DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would allow victims of sexual abuse to hold organizations accountable through civil lawsuits retroactively to 1960. The bill would allow survivors to sue organizations with youth-related programs that should have known, did not take action or covered up abuse while under their supervision. Democratic Rep. Matt Sooper...
    Wild video and images posted to social media show the moment a tornado touched down in northern Colorado on Monday afternoon. The twister was spotted spinning near Platteville until the early evening and residents captured a dark, foreboding column over Weld County fields and structures.  RAIN, FLOODING THREATEN TO DRENCH GULF COAST STATES AGAIN Photos showed debris littering the ground...
    CASTLE PINES, Colo. (AP) — A Minnesota woman is dead after she hit a elk in Colorado. KCNC-TV reported that 18-year-old Kendra Durnan of Buffalo was traveling south on Interstate 25 near Castle Pines early Monday morning when she hit an elk running across the highway. The Colorado State Patrol told the television station that Durnan’s car was damaged so...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The photogenic tornado that struck Weld County Monday evening could be seen for miles in virtually every direction. That allowed for many thousands of people to get a great view. CBS4 viewer Tanner Stolz took this photo of the tornado at County Roads 49 & 36. (credit: Tanner Stolz) The storm that spawned the tornado between Firestone and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The photogenic tornado that struck Weld County Monday evening could be seen for miles in virtually every direction. That allowed for many thousands of people to get a great view. CBS4 viewer Tanner Stolz took this photo of the tornado at County Roads 49 & 36. (credit: Tanner Stolz) The storm that spawned the tornado between Firestone and...
    WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – National Weather Service experts will be out Tuesday to look at the damage from the tornado that raked across communities in Weld County on Monday, killing animals on farms and ranches, but claiming no human lives. The Weather Service indicates it will determine the track, damage and intensity on the EF scale. (credit: CBS) Homes...
    (CNN)A series of gun measures in Colorado that were prompted by the mass shooting in Boulder in March are close to becoming law.Democratic state lawmakers have passed three gun measures that will allow localities to regulate firearms, expand background check requirements for firearm transfers, and create an "Office of Gun Violence Prevention" -- sending all three bills to the desk...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado is no stranger to tornadoes, especially along and east of Interstate 25, where the rugged Rocky Mountains meet up with the rolling Great Plains. This part of the state is home to Weld County which is just northeast of metro Denver. Weld County holds the record for the highest number of tornadoes in both Colorado and...
    WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A tornado touched down on Monday in Weld County east of Interstate 25 and covered a path of about 14 miles. There are no injuries reported, but some reports of damage were coming in just before 6:30 p.m., including: – A home that caught fire due to downed power lines – A dairy farm, the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – When someone mentions the weather in Colorado most are probably going to think about snow thanks to our beautiful Rocky Mountains. But the reality is Colorado has one of the higher frequencies for tornadoes in the United States with more twisters on average than places known for their tornadoes, such as Mississippi and Alabama. Most of...
    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– A wildfire burning in Wyoming near the Colorado border is sending up so much smoke, it can be seen from Steamboat Springs. The North Fork Fire is burning north of the Routt County border, about two miles into Wyoming. (credit: Casper Interagency Dispatch Center) The fire was sparked by lightning and had burned 15-20 acres...
    WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A tornado was spotted on Monday in Weld County. A tornado warning was issued for the area around Platteville. (credit: CBS) Copter4 flew near the funnel at 5:15 p.m. It showed the tornado touching down on the ground. READ MORE: Colorado Restaurant Association Job Board Hopes To Bring Together Employers, Potential Employees This tornado is...
    Mead High School in Longmont, Colorado. Google Maps Rachel Ayers, the principal of Mead High School in Longmont, Colorado, resigned on Monday, according to the Daily Camera. Students at Mead High School posted photos online of them imitating George Floyd's murder last month.  The photo of the reenactment circulated on social media. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    BAILEY, Colo. (CBS4) — If you’ve always hoped to catch a glimpse of a legendary creature, you will soon have the chance. A crate marked “Caution: Captured Sasquatch” is on the move from Ohio to Colorado. (credit: Shari Peterson) Inside the crate is a 7-foot-3 mechanical sasquatch — and a small juvenile — created by Unit 70 Studios in Columbus,...
    BAILEY, Colo. (CBS4) — If you’ve always hoped to catch a glimpse of a legendary creature, you will soon have the chance. A crate marked “Caution: Captured Sasquatch” is on the move from Ohio to Colorado. (credit: Shari Peterson) Inside the crate is a 7-foot-3 mechanical sasquatch — and a small juvenile — created by Unit 70 Studios in Columbus,...
    The role of drug-sniffing K-9s is rapidly evolving in police departments across the country as an increasing number of states have legalized recreational marijuana. "Running the dog around somebody's car to try and find a joint, those days are over," Brian Higgins, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and a public safety...
    DENVER (AP) — Four hikers were injured when they were caught in an avalanche on a Colorado peak, authorities said Sunday. The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report of people being swept into a rock field by an avalanche just after 9 a.m. Sunday on Torreys Peak, a popular hiking spot near Idaho Springs. The hikers...