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Test Center Fire in Pueblo, El Paso counties burns 5,600 acres

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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — A fire that began in Pueblo County Sunday quickly crossed the line into El Paso County by the early evening.

The Test Center Fire had scorched 5,600 acres as of 6:00 p.m. Sunday night, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire is only 10 percent contained and air resources have been deployed in an attempt to stop the blaze.

We will continue to track this story as it develops.

Strong to severe storms return for Memorial Day in Denver and on the Front Range

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It has been a very active day on the eastern plains of Colorado. There were strong to severe storms all afternoon that will slowly make their way northeast before exiting the state. There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in place until 8pm tonight for the areas in pink:

Overnight tonight, a few lingering showers and storms are possible on the northern Front Range near the Colorado / Wyoming border. Cloudy skies will linger on the Front Range and eastern plains. A few early morning showers and storms can't be ruled out on the NE plains on Monday.

Denver will start Memorial Day off with mostly cloudy skies. A little sunshine might peak out midday before storms move in during the afternoon. Denver, the Front Range, foothills, and eastern plains have a chance to see severe storms Monday afternoon. Temperatures will be cooler tomorrow reaching the mid 70s in Denver.

Storms tomorrow afternoon could reach severe limits for the areas in green and yellow. Large hail, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes are all possible. If you have plans to be outside for your Memorial Day afternoon, have a backup plan and stay weather aware.

Here's the severe weather outlook for tomorrow in Colorado. Denver and the Front Range are in a marginal risk with a slight risk on the eastern plains. Large hail, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes are all possible #cowx pic.twitter.com/DFLXSwJ4ZM

— Jessica Lebel (@JessicaLebelWX) May 27, 2018

Tuesday will stay in the 70s with more chances for afternoon storms. High temperatures will warm to the 80s on Wednesday with a 20% chance of afternoon storms.

Drier weather moves in Thursday through Saturday with temperatures reaching the upper 80s and low 90s.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Incredible video: tornado north of Cheyenne as severe storms sweep plains

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The above video was shot just west of Cheyenne when The National Weather Service had  issued a Tornado Warning effective until 5:00 p.m. for Morgan County. In case of severe weather, residents should to remember to seek shelter in a basement, closet or bathroom on the lowest floor.

According to Meteorologist Jessica Lebel, severe storms will sweep through the eastern plains Sunday night. There will be a good chance for storms along the Front Range on Monday

There is a severe thunderstorm watch effective until 8:00 p.m. for the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma in Colorado.

Stay with PINPOINT WEATHER for the latest information.

Grand Junction firefighters perform delightful duck rescue

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Grand Junction Fire Department posted an adorable video on their Facebook page of a crew member performing a “duck rescue.”

The post said that firefighters never know what the next call will be and didn’t elaborate how the ducks found themselves in the sticky situation.

And while these brave men and women put their lives on the line everyday, sometimes the duty just ends up being downright cute.

Judge: Man charged in fatal stabbing competent for trial

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A judge has ruled a Colorado man accused of fatally stabbing another man is mentally competent to stand trial.

Eighth Judicial District Judge Carroll Michelle Brinegar decided Friday that David Strunk’s trial can go forward. According to the Coloradoan, Strunk was arrested in November 2016 in the death of 50-year-old Duane Gardner.

Brinegar said Strunk had never been deemed incompetent in past criminal cases. She said doctors noted Strunk’s alcohol and drug addictions but felt those will not prevent him from understanding court proceedings.

Strunk is due back in court on June 14.

Authorities have said Strunk stabbed Gardner during an argument. His defense attorneys have argued for lesser charges, saying he did not intend to cause Gardner’s death.

Motorcycle crash leaves one dead in Aurora

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AURORA, Colo. — Aurora officers responded to South Havana Street and East Virginia Avenue on the report of an accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle Saturday afternoon.

The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene. According to police, the driver involved in the crash is cooperating with the investigation.

The identity of the motorcyclist has not been released.

Speed and alcohol are being investigated, but their involvement at this time is unknown.

Logo disqualifies Colorado swim team from state championship

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A rule-breaking swimsuit cost a Colorado swimming team a state championship in boys swimming and diving this month, high school athletic officials said.

Colorado High School Activities Association officials said a member of the team from Discovery Canyon High School wore the suit with a logo exceeding the size allowed in competition rules during the preliminary 400-yard freestyle relay.

Bert Borgmann, an assistant commissioner with the association, told the Colorado Springs Gazette that coaches are responsible for making sure all team members have suits that follow competition rules.

He said coaches were told to bring any swimmer who may have an illegal suit to a coaches’ meeting before the state meet. Borgmann said four swimmers from other schools attended and were told to change their suits before the meet. None of those swimmers were from Discovery Canyon.

According to the National Federation of High School Association rules, swimsuits cannot have logos larger than 2.25 inches wide and an inch tall. Association officials said that guideline helps avoid any focus on suit brands.

The Discovery Canyon swimmer’s suit included a logo that was nearly twice the permitted size, according to the Colorado association. The student’s name has not been released.

The team was told on May 18, the first day of the state championship meet, that the relay team had been disqualified because of the suit, officials said.

Discovery Canyon coach Dave Burgess called the disqualification “unfortunate” after the meet wrapped up on May 19. According to The Gazette, Burgess declined requests to talk more about the decision.

“We understand and accept the consequences,” Ron Sukle, the school’s athletic director, said in a statement on Friday.

“Regardless of this ruling and the consequences, we are very proud of our swim team and our coach,” he said.

Kanye clashes with Whitney Houston’s family

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Whitney Houston’s family is firing back at Kanye West after he used a photo of the icon’s bathroom for an album cover he produced.

George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

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BIDDEFORD, Maine — A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the 93-year-old has been hospitalized for low blood pressure and fatigue.

Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted just after 2 p.m. Sunday that Bush will likely remain in the hospital for a few days.

Bush is being treated at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. McGrath said Bush is awake, alert and not in any discomfort.

A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday all information would be released by the Bush family.

The 41st president is spending the summer at the family compound in Kennebunkport. He attended a pancake breakfast Saturday at the local American Legion.

Bush’s wife of 73 years, Barbara, died last month.

The day after his wife’s funeral, Bush was hospitalized in Houston for an infection for 13 days.

1 dead, 3 injured in overnight shooting in Aurora

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AURORA, Colo.–  Aurora Police Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the area of East 6th Ave. and North Helena Street at approximately 2:10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Four adults were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds when officers arrived on scene. Police state that a male victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

According to a press release, there is currently no one in custody. Officials have yet to release information regarding a possible suspect.

Investigators are currently focusing their attention on the parking lot in front of the Kasbah Nightclub. It appears to be the only business on this strip that would have been open around 2AM. 4 people shot, one man is dead. pic.twitter.com/pLwgBppTk2

— Evan Kruegel (@EvanKruegel) May 27, 2018

This is a developing story and we are working to get more information.

Threat for thunderstorms ramps up through rest of holiday weekend

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Temperatures on Sunday will be slightly cooler, but still above average, as highs top off in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Clouds will increase through the day, bringing in the chance for an isolated shower across the eastern plains. Expect mainly dry but breezy conditions along the I-25 corridor and Denver metro area. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for southern Colorado as wind gusts could get as high as 40 miles per hour.

Storms that form along the eastern plains this afternoon will be scattered, but could reach severe criteria. Threats include damaging wind, large hail, as well as a low tornado threat. Conditions will clear out by the evening and overnight hours.

Memorial day will start off cloudy but dry, with temperatures mild in the low 50s. Clouds will hang around through the day as temperatures warm into the middle 70s. Widespread thunderstorms are expected throughout the afternoon hours across Colorado, including the Denver metro area. Storms will be strong, producing large hail, damaging wind and a low threat for a tornado. Storms will push off onto the plains during the evening and overnight hours.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s forecast will offer an isolated afternoon storm as temperatures warm back into the upper 70s and lower 80s. Conditions will start to dry out by Thursday and Friday as highs return to the low 90s.

An early preview of the first weekend of June looks warm, with highs staying above average. Saturday’s forecast looks dry and sunny to start the weekend.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado’s Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We’re tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News – and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Fundraiser raises thousands of dollars for family of Arvada woman killed in motorcycle accident

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 22:54

GOLDEN, Colo. -- A fundraiser was held on Saturday to help and Arvada woman's family after she was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 14. Maxine Maes-Benkowski, 47 was killed when she was thrown from her bike after it hit a deep pot hole on Ward Road.

Hundreds of motorcyclists rode in her honor through Golden and ended at a local bar where an auction was held to raise money for the Benkowski children and grandchildren.

The local non-profit group 'Brother Down' helped facilitate the event by reaching out to local businesses and asking them to donate items to be auctioned off.

Motorcyclists road from Thornton to Golden on Saturday morning to pay tribute to their friend Maxine before the event.

"Everybody was emotional," said Jim Alpar, Maxine's fiance.

"She was passoinate about this, so this is her celebration," said Karin Powers, Maxine's sister.

The accident happened right in front of her fiance Jim, who was riding on his motorcycle behind her.

"It happened so quick, right in front of my eyes," said Alpar.

Friends say Maxine loved to ride, but her family always came first.

"My sister was the bravest person I've ever met and her spirit just touched everyone," said Powers.

As her memory lives on today, her three children, two of them teenagers and one grandbaby have lost their provider.

That's why local non-profit group Brother Down stepped in to help.

"It brings the community together and everybody needs help so, that’s what we do," said Dean Rice, Brother Down founder.

Hundreds of people showed up to the event to celebrate Maxine and bid on donated items in an auction where 100 percent of the proceeds go to the family

"She's looking down on us and is smiling, she would have never expected this. All this support from her family and friends and people she didn’t even know," said Alpar.

This event comes on the heels of motorcycle safety awareness month, that's why Maxine's sister hopes this day reminds people to stay focused on the road.

"These are peoples Mothers, Fathers, Aunts, Uncles, children just please watch out," said Powers.

The event raised a few thousand dollars for the Benkowski kids.

Students stand in solidarity with Parkland shooting survivors

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 22:53

DENVER -- Students across the country made it their mission to make the Parkland, Florida shooting the last mass shooting at a school. Never Again Colorado President, Tay Anderson says they failed, but, not for lack of trying. And their resolve to continue the fight remains evident.

Saturday evening, students and members of the community gathered on the steps of the State Capitol, to pay vigil to those killed at Santa Fe High School, in Texas. They prayed. They sang. They lit candles. They read the names of those killed at a school. And they promised to never forget.

“So it’s not just enough to gather here tonight, and then forget tomorrow,” said Reverend Dr. Timothy Tyler. “We promise that we will not rest, until they are resting in peace, knowing this will never, ever, ever, happen again.”

In silence, students in attendance released ten balloons - one for each shooting victim.

Signature Story: Sky high waffle tower reaches for a delicious record

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:57

DENVER -- On this long holiday weekend, waffles are on the minds of a group of friends in Denver.

The breakfast food is being put to a unique use, all in the name of fame.

A group of waffle enthusiasts were able to stack the delicious treat to a tower 67 centimeters high. The group of friends say they are going to try and make this an annual tradition.

Photojournalist Jeff Langan has more.


Colorado Freedom Memorial serves as solemn reminder of fallen heroes

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:39

AURORA, Colo. -- A moving tribute in Aurora to honor military members who gave their all to protect our freedoms and liberties took place Saturday.

FOX31's Michael Konopasek brings us to the Colorado Freedom Memorial where Coloradans are remembering America's fallen heroes this weekend.

Supermarket suspends political giving amid anti-NRA ‘die in’ protest

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:30

PARKLAND, Fla. — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a suspension of political contributions.

Protesters participate in a “die’-in” protest in a Publix supermarket in Coral Springs, Florida. The activists many of whom are Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students entered the Publix store to protest against the company’s support of political candidates endorsed by the National Rifle Association who oppose gun reform. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shouted “USA, not NRA!” and caused brief delays at the checkout as customers navigated carts around them on the floor. Pro-NRA counter-protesters also showed up at one store, and two men almost came to blows before police intervened.

“A lot of people don’t support who Publix is supporting,” said Haylee Shepherd, a 15-year-old sophomore at Stoneman Douglas, who joined 13 fellow protesters on the floor for about 10 minutes at one of the stores. “It’s going to reflect on them as a brand and people shopping there.”

Publix has been criticized by the students for supporting Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a Republican who has called himself a “proud NRA sellout.” The activists have called for a boycott of the supermarket.

Publix announced earlier this week that it would “reevaluate” its donations amid the outcry. In another statement Friday, company spokeswoman Maria Brous said the chain would halt its contributions for now as it continues that reevaluation.

Senior David Hogg, one of the most vocal student activists for gun reform and one of the founders of March for Our Lives, helped organize the protest. It came a week after 10 were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, and the same day that authorities said an Indiana middle school student opened fire inside his science classroom, wounding a classmate and a teacher.

At one point, a counter protester, Bill Caracofe, stuck his middle finger an inch from Hogg’s face outside the grocery store just a few miles from the school where 17 of Hogg’s classmates and teachers were gunned down.

“There are millions and millions of people who don’t worship everything that comes out of his mouth,” said Caracofe, who joined about a dozen NRA supporters who counter-protested inside the store. He said the students’ anger toward Publix should be directed at the sheriff’s office and school district for failing to protect them.

Hogg said such reactions are common, saying the media has falsely portrayed him as someone who wants to seize guns. He said he supports the Second Amendment but wants tighter regulations, universal background checks and training for people who own AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles.

Publix has been a strong Putnam supporter. Campaign finance records show that Publix, its top executives and board members, and their family members have donated more than $750,000 altogether to Putnam or his political committee. A former top Publix executive who is related to the chairman of Putnam’s committee has donated an additional $65,000.

The suspension announced Friday applies only to money from the company, which has given $413,000 to Putnam over about three years.

The supermarket chain is one of a long line of Florida corporations that has helped bankroll Putnam’s candidacy. Over the last three years Putnam has also gotten substantial financial help from Walt Disney Co., Florida Power & Light and U.S. Sugar. Disney has given more than $800,000 to Putnam’s political committee, including a $50,000 check it gave him earlier this month.

Publix said it supports candidates focused on building the economy.

“We regret that some of our political contributions have led to an unintentional customer divide instead of our desire to support a growing economy in Florida,” the company said in a statement.

The 15 best dog breeds for families

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 20:54

In the United States, almost 50% of households own dogs, making them the most popular pet in the country. The American Kennel Club recognizes hundreds of different breeds, all with their own unique characteristics and appearances. In fact, due to their range of sizes, temperaments, and furs, dogs are often specially bred or used for different purposes, such as hunting, guarding, or assisting humans as guide dogs or therapy dogs.

With so many diverse dog breeds, researchers at NomNomNow, a fresh dog food delivery company, wanted to see which were best suited as family pets. NomNomNow analyzed dog breeds based on temperament, grooming, and trainability to determine the top 15 dog breeds for families. All of the breeds on this list are known for their outgoing and friendly nature, as well as their trainability and lower maintenance. Many of the dogs on this list are highly active and thrive in a variety of environments (urban, suburban, or rural). Most importantly, all of these breeds interact well with kids. Here are 15 terrific dog breeds for families in order of popularity.

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15. Papillon
  • Size: Tiny
  • Lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Great for: Companionship, agility, playing inside

Papillons are tiny, observant, and friendly dogs that usually weigh less than ten pounds. They are particularly versatile, adapting well to different temperatures and environments. As companion dogs, Papillons want to spend a lot of time with their families and are eager to please them, which makes the training process manageable.

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14. English Cocker Spaniel
  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Great for: Hiking, long walks, hunting

Compact and upbeat, English Cocker Spaniels are equally at home indoors and outdoors, making them the perfect companions for families. These dogs are easy to train, but respond best to positive reinforcement.

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13. Collie
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 13-16 years
  • Great for: Agility, herding, rescue

Large but graceful, Collies are most famous for their luxurious coats. However, their loyal nature also makes them excellent family pets. Collies love to play with children and enjoy human company. They are best trained in an obedience school and at an early age. Collies should be brushed a few times a week to keep their coats shiny and healthy.

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12. Newfoundland
  • Size: Extra large
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Great for: Swimming, companionship, hiking

Devoted, patient, and furry, Newfoundlands are gentle giants that are often considered “nanny dogs” due to how well they interact with children. Newfoundlands react best to guidance rather than correction during their puppy training, and they require daily interaction with their humans. Despite their seemingly heavy coats, Newfoundlands only need to be brushed about once a week.

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11. Weimaraner
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Great for: Playing outside, running wild, hunting

Brave, friendly, and obedient, Weimaraners integrate into families with ease. Weimaraners are highly intelligent and pick up new behaviors quickly—this makes early training a necessity so that they develop good habits and obedience. These dogs should have plenty of mental and physical enrichment through exercise and play with the family. While brushing needs to be done only once a week, nail trimming should be done more often in order to keep the nails short.

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10. Vizsla
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Great for: Retrieving, swimming, guarding, hunting

Long-limbed and energetic, Vizslas are highly athletic, drawing upon their instincts as hunting dogs. Families that enjoy activities like running and hiking are a great match with this breed.

Obedience training should begin early for Vizslas so they understand the family dynamic and learn correct behaviors while they are still puppies. With their short hair, Vizsla’s require very little grooming.

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9. English Springer Spaniel
  • Size: Medium-large
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Great for: People-pleasing, long walks, fetch

English Springer Spaniels are playful and obedient, getting along well with children. These dogs become easily attached to their families, and they are eager to be trained. In fact, English Springer Spaniels are least happy when not given enough attention; they love being included in all family activities. A medium-sized dog, English Springer Spaniels have a lifespan of about 14 years.

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8. Brittany
  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 14-15 years
  • Great for: Companionship, exercise, hunting and canine sports

Friendly and eager, the Brittany relishes spending time with its humans, especially when outdoor activities are involved. These dogs are known for their trainability in canine sports, but they can also be trained for domestic family life and socialization. Their short coat needs to be groomed a few times a week.

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7. Havanese
  • Size: Small
  • Lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Great for: Socializing, relaxing indoors, giving affection

Havenese are usually less than a foot tall, making them ideal for urban families without close proximity to large outdoor spaces. These dogs tend to be loyal companions that are just as happy on the couch as they are going for long walks outside. Cheerful and intelligent, Havanese respond well to positive reinforcement when being trained. Havenese should be groomed every few days to prevent their long hair from getting matted.

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6. Boston Terrier
  • Size: Small-medium
  • Lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Great for: Agility, companionship, relaxing quietly at home

Boston Terriers are small, lively dogs that thrive in urban, suburban, or rural environments. They are friendly and amusing, and their size can make young children feel comfortable with having a pet. Boston Terriers are eager to please, which makes training them fairly easy to handle. Weekly brushing and occasional baths are sufficient for grooming. These dogs also shed very little.

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5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Size: Small
  • Lifespan: 9-14 years
  • Great for: Sitting on laps, playing with children, napping on the couch

Named for British royalty, this breed lives up to its royal heritage. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is equally gentle and athletic, and as such is versatile with families that are either active or more laidback. These dogs are affectionate and easily trained, due to their desire to please their owners. This breed requires little grooming, and only sheds occasionally.

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4. Boxer
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Great for: Guarding, playing with children, running loose

In addition to their initial purpose as loyal watch dogs, boxers are fun and affectionate. Their outgoing nature is perfectly suited for family pets, assistance dogs, as well as canine athletes. They can be trained well, though their intelligence means they can be easily bored by repetition. Boxers have short coats that need little attention.

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3. German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Great for: Hunting, running outdoors, socializing with people

This medium-sized dog is friendly, intelligent, and loves spending time with its human friends. These highly energetic animals need frequent exercise and thrive with families that enjoy outdoor activities. Although this breed might not be as well behaved in their younger years, they take well to gradual socialization and obedience training. The German shorthaired pointer’s coat should be brushed every few days, but does not require extensive grooming.

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2. Golden Retriever
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Great for: Swimming, retrieving, disability assistance

Known for their obedience and gentle temperament, Golden Retrievers are particularly good companions for children. In fact, The American Kennel Club lists Golden Retrievers as the third most popular dog in the United States. Golden Retrievers love to play in water and run around outside, and their need for exercise makes them well-suited for suburban or rural homes. It’s important to note that Golden Retrievers are prone to gaining weight when not exercised or properly fed.

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1. Labrador Retriever
  • Size: Large
  • Lifespan: 10-14 years
  • Great for: Sporting/ hunting, therapy, and (of course) retrieving

Often known as “yellow labs” or “chocolate labs” depending on their color, labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the United States according to the American Kennel Club. Labrador retrievers are characterized as active and outgoing, excellent for families with children. The lab’s thick coat sheds often, but only requires washing occasionally. Labs also respond well to puppy training classes, especially at an early age, and respond well to different people and places.


In identifying the best dog breeds for families, NomNomNow used the following criteria:

  • Temperament: Only dogs considered to be extremely friendly were included.
  • Trainability: Only the easiest dog breeds to train were included. Stubborn dog breeds were removed.
  • Maintenance & grooming: Any dog breeds requiring professional grooming or daily grooming were excluded from the list since many families don’t have the time for high-maintenance pets.

The list is ordered by the overall popularity of the dog breed as reported by the American Kennel Club.

Elderly woman with dementia located after going missing from Denver home

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 19:33

DENVER — An elderly woman with dementia went missing from her Denver home Saturday but police announced shortly after that she had been found and was “safe and sound”.

Photo: Denver Police

Janet Haley, 74, was last seen in the area of 52nd Avenue and Memphis Street.

Haley is described as a black woman with gray hair and brown eyes. She is 5-feet-4 and weighs 115 pounds.

Police say she suffers from dementia and is not familiar with the area.

Man drowns while swimming in Clear Creek Saturday

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 19:19

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A 45-year-old man died while swimming in Clear Creek Saturday.

According to Golden police, at roughly 2:10 p.m., a man was swimming in Clear Creek with his family near Tunnel 1 off Highway 6 in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Witnesses said that the man had been using a rope tied around his waist. At some point, the man took the rope off and was free swimming, which he has done before. The family lost sight of the man and approximately 28 minutes later, he was recovered at the Kayak Park in Golden Colorado.

An off duty Denver Paramedic pulled the man from the creek and started CPR. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said Clear Creek has been running at just under 700 cubic feet per second and currently it is at 511 CFS. The Golden Police Department does not consider closing the Clear Creek to swimmers until it reaches 1000 CFS.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

Storm chances return on Sunday with more warm temperatures

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 18:47

Denver hit a high temperature of 94 degrees today which was only one degree shy of the record of 95 degrees. Tonight, temperatures will stay mild with dry conditions across Colorado. Winds will stay breezy in spots but will calm down overnight before returning tomorrow.

Sunday won't be as hot as today but will still be warm for this time of year. Denver's afternoon high temperature will reach 88 degrees with partly cloudy skies and gusty winds. Winds will reach up to 35 mph in the afternoon making fire danger high. The Front Range only has a 10% chance of an isolated storm on Sunday with better chances staying on the eastern plains.

The eastern plains will see scattered storms through the afternoon and evening. The areas shaded in green and yellow are under a marginal and slight risk to see severe storms. The main threats will be large hail and strong winds but an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. Storms will clear late tomorrow night.

Thunderstorms will return for Sunday afternoon and evening on the eastern plains where storms could turn strong to severe #cowx pic.twitter.com/WCibIMZlUD

— Jessica Lebel (@JessicaLebelWX) May 26, 2018

Temperatures will be closer to average for this time of year on Memorial Day with a high of 76 degrees expected in Denver. There will be a 40% chance of thunderstorms on the Front Range, eastern plains, and in the mountains Monday afternoon and evening. Storms could be strong to severe with lightning, hail and strong winds. Winds will stay gusty on Monday, especially on the eastern plains.

Temperatures will stay in the upper 70s on Tuesday with a 20% chance of afternoon storms. Wednesday will climb to the 80s with a 20% chance of afternoon storms.

Drier weather moves in on Thursday and stays through Saturday. Temperatures will be in the 80s and 90s to end the work week.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.