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Ultimate Colorado Fall Bucket List: leaf-peeping, festivals and the best pumpkin brews

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DENVER– Autumn leaves are popping up across the state of Colorado. Temperatures are slowly cooling down. That can mean only one thing: Fall is officially here.

Whether you want to take a trip to see the beautiful fall foliage or enjoy a cup of cider from a mountain festival, we’ve created the ultimate guide to show you some of the best options our state has to offer.

Fall Festivals September October

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Click here to see an interactive map of the country – just slide the bar at the bottom to see when fall colors peaks anywhere in America.

Fall colors will start popping up in the mountains from September 15-30.

The fall colors will make their way to Denver and the Front Range in early October.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologist Chris Tomer has some suggestions on where to go if you’re looking to experience the best fall colors in Colorado.

  • Within 1 hour of Denver:
    • Guanella Pass
    • Peak to Peak Highway
    • Rocky Mountain National Park
    • Winter Park
    • Kenosha Pass
  • Within 2 hours of Denver:
    • Vail
    • Tennessee Pass
    • Breckenridge
    • Hoosier Pass
    • Fairplay
    • Grand Lake
  • Within 3-4 hours of Denver:
    • Steamboat
    • Rabbit Ears Pass
    • Buena Vista
    • Aspen
    • Independence Pass
    • Monarch Pass
    • Grand Mesa

Enjoy the adventure of finding fall colors.  We would love to see your photos.  You can upload them here—  we may use them on TV or online.

Local Pumpkin Beers FOX31/Colorado’s Own Channel 2 Fall Events

The sign welcoming people into Colorado reads “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” and it’s for a good reason, especially during fall.

Here are some incredible pictures of fall in our state:

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Washington mom alerted authorities after finding son’s plans of Columbine-inspired school attack

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COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — Police in Washington have arrested a high school student in a plot against his school after his mother found journal entries detailing his plans and alerted authorities.

The 17-year-old’s journal contained information about an attack the student was planning at College Place High School on April 20, 2020 — the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, the College Place Police Department said.

Twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County.

The shooting still ranks as one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history as well as one of the deadliest episodes of school violence.

Officers took the student into custody without incident Tuesday after he returned home from school, police said.

He was booked into the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center for Felony Harassment and Threats to bomb or injure property, police said.

“The mother was very emotional and loves her son,” said police Chief Troy Tomaras, who praised the teen’s mom for calling police.

“This was not an easy thing to do, but it was the right thing to do. The mother wanted to prevent others from being hurt and wants her son to get the help he needs.”

The school’s resource officer was also involved in the investigation and alerted school officials of the incident immediately. School was already out for the day at the time of that report, police said.

A major stretch of I-70 will be closed in both directions starting Friday night

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DENVER– Interstate 70 will be closed in both directions starting Friday night and lasting until Monday.

The closure is a part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 Project.

The closure will start at 10 p.m. Friday night and last until 5 a.m. on Monday morning.

I-70 will be closed between Interstate 270 and Steele Street and Vasquez Boulevard in Denver. Crews will be setting girders for the replacement bridge at Colorado Boulevard over I-70 and starting demolition on the bridge at I-270.

Here are the detours, shared by CDOT:

  • Westbound: westbound I-70 traffic will enter northbound I-270, use the off-ramp to westbound I-76, take southbound I-25 and exit onto westbound I-70.
  • Eastbound:  to detour around this closure, eastbound I-70 traffic will enter onto northbound I-25, use the off-ramp to eastbound I-76, take southbound I-270 and exit onto eastbound I-70. Traffic needing to enter I-70 just before Steele/Vasquez may still do so.

You can always check here for travel times.

The Central 70 Project is expected to wrap-up in 2022.

Study: 3 billion fewer wild birds in North America than in 1970

1 hour 3 min ago

WASHINGTON — A comprehensive study shows there are nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds in North America than in 1970.

The study finds the bird population in the United States and Canada was probably about 10.1 billion nearly half a century ago and has dropped 29% to about 7.2 billion birds.

Study lead author Kenneth Rosenberg, a Cornell University conservation scientist, says the thinning of the flocks is happening before our eyes but is so slow we don’t often notice.

Rosenberg and colleagues projected population data using weather radar, which captures flocks of migrating birds, 13 different bird surveys going back to 1970 and computer modeling to come up with trends for 529 species of birds.

The study is in Thursday’s journal Science.

Ditch your razor for good!

1 hour 3 min ago

Is the pain of waxing unbearable? Are you ready to ditch the razor and never shave again? Visit the experts at Milan Laser Hair Removal Denver. They can permanently remove hair from your body for less than the cost of a monthly wax. The treatments are safe, fast and there is no recovery time. Unlike others, Milan Laser does not sell packages of 3-8 sessions. Their exclusive Unlimited Package  is included with every body area purchased. Which guarantees you are hair free for life at one affordable price, with no surprises!

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Milan Laser has a spectacular offer for Colorado’s Best viewers. Visit our Milan Laser specials page now to see how much you can save! Milan Laser is the largest company in the country to exclusively offer laser hair removal treatments with over 60 locations in 17 states. Visit the Milan Laser Hair Removal nearest you or call 1-833-NO-RAZOR to book a complimentary consultation now!


At 98, D-Day vet jumps again, with eyes on the big 100

1 hour 4 min ago

GROESBEEK, Netherlands — Jump by jump, 98-year-old D-Day veteran Tom Rice is nudging closer to his goal of leaping out of planes at age 100.

The American who caused a sensation in June by parachuting into Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings was at it again on Thursday.

This time, his landing zone was in the Netherlands.

“Woooo! That was a nice fall!” he yelped as his ‘chute opened.

Strapped to a younger parachutist who steered their canopy, Rice jumped as part of commemorations for the massive landings of airborne Allied troops in September 1944.

He described the jump as “perfect” and said: “I’m going to do it until I’m 100.”

Rice jumped with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in World War II.

Hundreds of other parachutists also soared over the Netherlands on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, a 1944 land-and-airborne thrust through the country.

Allied strategists hoped the assault would clear a path toward Nazi Germany’s industrial heartland and hasten the end of the war. But ground troops got bogged down, leaving airborne soldiers who’d jumped ahead of the thrust outnumbered and outgunned.

The military bungle was immortalized in the Hollywood film and Cornelius Ryan’s book “A Bridge Too Far.”

More Allied troops – about 11,500 – died in the nine days of Operation Market Garden than in the D-Day landings.

Become your own banker

1 hour 6 min ago

More than 70% of American workers don't feel confident about making money, saving money, and having a good retirement? The team from Become the Banker teaches people how to eliminate debt and build wealth. They're hosting free educational events that will help you achieve financial freedom.

Joseph Quijano, a Certified Financial Planner, sat down with us to show us how he can help you avoid financial threats. Joe has been helping people achieve their financial dreams for more than 40 years. Joe and his team can help you achieve a worry-free retirement and receive paychecks for life. Become the Banker's life changing events are happening Thursday, September 19th  in Centennial at 6:30pm, and Friday, September 20th in Northglenn at 6:30pm.  Call (877)299-9957 to reserve your spot, or text "reserve" to 313131 to reserve a spot. You can also register at BecomeTheBanker.org/Register. 

Cool the fat

1 hour 7 min ago

Are you tired of your double-chin?  Do you miss your waistline?  You can slim that neckline and lose inches around your waist, or anywhere you want, with the proven CoolSculpting technology.  And if you start now, you can see amazing results by summer!

MD Body and MedSpa has a great offer for Colorado's Best viewers: the first 15 people to call right now will get a free consultation, plus 25% off CoolSculpting!

MD Body and MedSpa is the #1 CoolSculpting provider in Colorado with more than 13,000 procedures performed. Call them right now at their Westminster location 303-466-0100 and at their Greenwood Village location at 303-220-1100 or find them online at MDBodyAndMedSpa.com.

You have the chance to see how CoolSculpting works at an event happening at the Greenwood Village location on October 2nd from 5pm to 7pm. RSVP to info@MDbodyandmedspa.com or call 303-220-1100.

Kids volunteer at the Dumb Friends League

1 hour 9 min ago

Did you know your kids and teens can volunteer at The Dumb Friend's League. Check out all the volunteer opportunities available and check out May an adorable cat up for adoption. DDFL.org

Colorado Springs woman picks up injured bobcat, puts it in her car next to child

1 hour 33 min ago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– A woman in Colorado Springs picked up an injured bobcat and put it in her car on Thursday morning.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say the woman placed the mortally wounded wild cat in the backseat of her car where her child was seated.

Wildlife officials removed the bobcat from the woman’s car. They say it was too injured to react to being picked up and placed in the car.

Now CPW is issuing a stern warning, saying no one should ever pick up injured animals.

We removed the bobcat, which was mortally wounded. Luckily, it was too injured to react to being picked up and placed in a car. But no one should EVER try this. This could have been tragic. pic.twitter.com/x5aqqnGWIC

— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) September 19, 2019

If you see an injured animal, contact CPW.

Komen Colorado, MORE THAN PINK Walk

1 hour 51 min ago

Fox31 and Colorado's Own Channel 2 is proud to be the media sponsor of this year's Komen Colorado, MORE THAN PINK Walk taking place on Sunday, September 29th at the Auraria Campus.

Komen Colorado is hosting its biggest fundraising event this year and many of you will remember it was known as Race for the Cure, but is debuting the MORE THAN PINK Walk this year to help increase the public's connection to Komen's four pillars of impact: Research, Care, Community and Action.

Antoinette Paniagua, does this mission every day for Komen Colorado and shares her story as to why she has been participating in Komen Colorado's Race/Walk for 19 years and counting now.

Register today and be apart of this event that is helping to find a cure for cancer

What: Komen Colorado’s MORE THAN PINK Walk
When (day and time): Sunday, September 29 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver CO 80204
Cost: $30 for adult registration


It’s National Butterscotch Pudding Day

2 hours 40 sec ago

Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day and to celebration this fun day, we invited Steuben's to show is how they make their fantastic Butterscotch Pudding that's been on the menu since they opened.

If you stop by Steuben's Uptown or Arvada location today you can get half off the Butterscotch Pudding all day today, how sweet is that?

What to Buy in September

2 hours 9 min ago

You might not think September is a great month for shopping, but according to Sandra Grahame of the Smart Cookies, September is one of the best months of the year to find amazing deals, if you know where to look.

From bedding to flatware, September is the time to stock up on this items.  Also, if you're looking for beauty treatments or a spa getaway, you can find deals at various locations because of their Fall Sales.



Car Deals for the Family as you Head Back to School

2 hours 17 min ago

Mike Caudill our Auto Expert shares with us some go to vehicles that will make anyone in the family happy this fall.

From sedans, to minivans, trucks and SUV he's got it all and it won't set you back too much either.

Ford Ranger: The Ranger is back. Starts at around $24,000. Lease is $226. Great entry level truck, but also can be beefed up for off-roading.

Toyota Corolla: America’s favorite entry level Toyota. Best bargain for the “back to school” student. Under $20,000. Toyota Safety Sense standard.

Hyundai Palisade: First-ever three row Hyundai. 3.8 liter v6, fits full size adults in third row, elegant and luxurious. Starting: $32,000.


Super Swap Your Breakfast on this National Breakfast Month

2 hours 22 min ago

Breakfast can be healthy and yummy according to Heather Smith with The Haute Bar.  Here are her simple go to breakfast swaps that are family friend that are protein and diet friendly.

Komen Colorado’s More Than Pink Walk

2 hours 28 min ago

Fox31 and Colorado's Own Channel 2 is a proud sponsor of this year's Komen Colorado MORE THAN PINK Walk that's taking place Sunday, September 29th at the Auraria Campus in Denver.

The race used to be known as Race for the Cure, but this year, Komen Colorado is debuting the MORE THAN PINK Walk to help increase the public's connection to Komen's four pillar of impact: Research, Care , Community and Action.

Our special guest, Tawana stopped our studio this morning to talk about her connection to the Community Pillar and to Komen Colorado.


English plumber fixed boiler of 91-year-old terminally ill woman — and billed her $0

2 hours 29 min ago

BURNLEY, England — “It’s totally free of charge.”

These are words you wouldn’t normally associate with a broken boiler.

That was until a plumber in the British town of Burnley, gained internet stardom after a receipt from one of his jobs went viral.

James Anderson, originally from Liverpool, is being lauded for his bill of $0 sent to a 91-year-old woman with leukemia.

The bill, initially shared on Facebook by the woman’s daughter, Christine Rowlands, was accompanied by the message: “No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.”

Anderson insists she will have “free plumbing for life.”

But this isn’t a first act of kindness for Anderson. Since turning his plumbing business into a community project for vulnerable people, he says he’s helped and assisted thousands of people.

That’s 2,389 people since March 2017 to be precise, he said.

He says he was inspired to set up his company, DEPHER, after he saw another elderly man being “manipulated” by another engineer in the area.

“It got me thinking about other elderly and vulnerable people — we need to do something more to help the people who need it most,” Anderson said.

“A lot of elderly and disabled people don’t like asking for assistance and if they can’t afford something like fixing the boiler, they might not do it and get into trouble. We are there to take that worry away.”

He hopes that, by lowering the cost, people can use the saved money in other important areas of their life and help “keep their independence.”

Anderson acknowledged he couldn’t always provide a free service if the funding wasn’t there and said at times it had been a “struggle.”

DEPHER relies heavily on donations and crowdfunding to support the service and has previously received £2,000 from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, the Queen’s charity.

However, Anderson has drummed up debts from running the service. He insists they are under control though and is paying it off in monthly installments to the bank.

That said, he offers a 25% discount even when the funding is running dry.

“As long as I have enough money to fill up the tank in my car, I will be there to try and help the people who need it,” he said.

Rowlands, the daughter of the 91-year-old woman he helped, described Anderson as an “angel dressed as a plumber.”

She said she came across him when her mother’s boiler broke and they needed it fixing at a reduced cost.

“James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing,” she said.

The plumber says he does get something back from his work for vulnerable people. Put simply, it makes him feel good inside.

“It makes me feel human, humble and a little giddy inside… I want to expand this service across the country. I will never give up the fight,” she said.

And although he doesn’t always expect payment, he says it is sometimes nice to receive a “smile and a cup of tea.”

No fetal remains found at shuttered Indiana abortion clinic

2 hours 30 min ago

JOLIET, Ill. — A northern Indiana prosecutor said Thursday that authorities have found no fetal remains at a shuttered abortion clinic once operated by a late abortion doctor whose Illinois property was found to contain more than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said police, prosecutors and members of the Indiana attorney general’s office served a search warrant Thursday morning at the former South Bend abortion clinic where Dr. Ulrich Klopfer had performed abortions.

He said that boxes of medical records were found inside, but that “based on what we have seen so far there are no fetal remains here.”

“At this point I can tell you that there are no fetal remains here. They’re still investigating, they’re still looking, but there does not appear to be any fetal remains here,” Cotter said during a news conference outside the building.

He made his announcement shortly before officials in Illinois who are investigating the discovery of the fetal remains at Klopfer’s home were set to speak at a news conference to discuss the case.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office says the sheriff, county coroner and the county’s top prosecutor would speak at 1:30 p.m. CDT Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in Joliet. They will talk about elements of the investigation including the search of the home of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3, and how the remains were stored.

The news conference marks the first time the officials will gather to discuss the case since last week when the remains were discovered inside a garage of the Will County residence.

Cotter said that authorities also searched a vacant lot in South Bend that’s possibly connected to the shuttered clinic to determine whether or not fetal remains were buried there. Cadaver dogs searched that lot and no remains were found, he said, adding that the investigation of both properties is ongoing.

Cotter said Indiana’s attorney general’s office is reviewing whether medical records at the shuttered South Bend clinic had been properly disposed of and reviewed.

“There are a number of boxes of medical records so the AG’s office will continue with that investigation,” he said.

Denver Beer Co. Gold Medal Flights

2 hours 34 min ago

On September 20th and 21st  Denver Beer Co. will be doing an event in their taprooms featuring a "Gold Medal Flight" of our craft beer. They'll have a lineup of all the beers which have won Gold Medals at GABF over the years together in one taster flight.

This will be a fun opportunity to chat about GABF and all the local breweries which vie annually for top honors, while of course tasting some of the past gold medal winners!

Here is the lineup of beers that we'll have for the Gold Medal Flight:

Graham Cracker Porter, 2018 GABF Gold, Specialty Beer

Barrel Aged Japance Off, 2018 GABF Gold, Barrel Aged Beer

Just Another Pretty Face, 2017 GABF Gold, Pro-Am

Drama Queen, 2016 GABF Gold, Barrel Aged Beer

Summit Sunrise, 2016 World Beer Cup Gold, Red IPA 

Come check out the Denver Beer Co. Gold Medal Flights this weekend.

What: Gold Medal Flights at Denver Beer Co.
When (day and time): September 21 and September 22, 11 a.m. - Closing
Where: Denver Beer Co. Platte Street and Denver Beer Co. Arvada
Cost: $15

Chile Season Hits Colorado

2 hours 38 min ago

Chile season is in full swing (as most Coloradans know from the recent Pueblo vs. Hatch rivalry). To celebrate, and ZOLO Grill (in Boulder) is doing a super fun dinner on September 19th to celebrate. Culinary Director Kyle Mendenhall is teaming up with Mark and Katie Waltermire of Thistle Whistle Farm for this special multi-course dinner. The dinner is taking place on 9/19 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased here. Menu is below for reference.

The Waltermires grow more than 150 varieties of chiles on their 15-acre farm in Hotchkiss, Colorado, from well-known varieties to obscure heirloom peppers most people have never tasted—let alone heard of.

Blistered Manganji Peppers with Sherry Vinegar

8 ounces manganji peppers (you can substitute any sweet pepper; shishitos or Jimmy Nardellos work great)
1 T sherry vinegar
2 T olive oil
Maldon salt or other flaky salt, to taste

Heat your grill or pan over high heat until very hot. Cook peppers, turning often, until lightly charred and blistered, about 2-3 minutes. Remove peppers from heat and place in a bowl with sherry vinegar, toss well. Add olive oil and mix well. Finish with a big pinch of Maldon salt, to taste, and serve immediately.