Funeral home to be demolished; Erie football team takes the State Championship


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Funeral Home Demolished

Federal authorities have ordered that the Colorado funeral home where 190 decomposing bodies were found must be demolished.

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, says demolition of the Return to Nature Funeral Home near Colorado Springs is necessary to ensure biological and hazardous materials are completely removed.

Jon and Carie Hallford, the owners of Return to Nature, are facing over 200 preliminary counts stemming from their operation of the facility. They’re being held in the El Paso County jail on a $2 million bond each, and are due back in court tomorrow.

The funeral home came under investigation in early October after reports of an unpleasant smell coming from the property. The Fremont Sheriff’s Office discovered decaying bodies and suspected false funeral records.

Demolition of the funeral home is expected in January. The EPA will release the demolition schedule and other details to the public once they’re finalized.


Bob Yates Named Museum of Boulder Interim Executive Director

Beginning today, former mayoral candidate Bob Yates will serve as interim executive director of the Museum of Boulder.

The Daily Camera says the museum’s board of trustees offered Yates the position after the November election and he took it, saying he was looking for another way to serve the city. 

Yates told the Camera that his priority is to make sure the museum is financially secure, beyond his time as interim executive director.

This isn’t Yate’s first involvement with the museum. He served on the board of trustees for about ten years, beginning in 2005. 

Previous to Yates, Lori Preston served as the executive director for four years.


Erie Football Takes Home State Championship

Erie High School’s football team took home the Class 4A state championship Saturday. 

They beat Palmer Ridge High School with a 20-6 score. 

Blake Barnett was Erie’s standout player, according to the Daily Camera. With just one working leg from an ankle injury, Barnett passed two touchdowns in the last six minutes. 

Jeff Giger, Erie’s coach, says Barnett’s injury made the rest of the players step up and the team effort paid off, as they headed home with the title and a trophy. 


Winter Park Train Rides Come Back For The 2024 Season

Amtrak Winter Park Express is coming back for the 2024 ski season. Reservations are now available through the Amtrak website. 

The train ride begins in Denver’s Union Station and makes its way to the slopes in Winter Park. 40 round trips are scheduled for this season, beginning Jan. 12. The train will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March 31. 

Sky Foulkes, president of Winter Park Resort, told 9News that the train is a more scenic, sustainable and relaxing way to get to the slopes.

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Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon is an experienced radio reporter with more than 15 years of experience creating compelling, sound-rich radio stories for news outlets across the country. Kenyon has master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism in radio broadcast and photojournalism. She has worked in KGNU's news department since 2021 as a reporter, editor, and daily news producer. In all her work, she strives to produce thought-provoking, trustworthy journalism that makes other people's stories feel personal. In addition to audio production, Kenyon runs KGNU's news internship program and oversees the department's digital engagement.

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