What exactly IS a charter school?

Some 7,500 students currently attend Jefferson County’s 17 charter schools. Enrollment at these schools is growing faster than in district neighborhood schools. Why are parents sending their children to these schools in unprecedented numbers? Why are they drawing so much attention nationally and more specifically in Jeffco?  Read more…

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Physics Professor Collins talks academic publishing

With plenty of humor, Physics Professor Reuben Collins shared insights into the world of academic publishing, particularly the challenges it is facing, via his Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecture on March 26.

Collins opened with the story of how he came to be editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Letters. A year-and-a-half ago, “I was interested in trying something different,” he said. He’d always enjoyed writing, so he took up an offer to update a textbook. Then a colleague called and asked him to apply for the APL post.

“I didn’t know what that was,” Collins said. “So I said ‘yes.’”  Read more…

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Heritage Road says goodbye to traffic signals

By Amy Woodward

The Heritage Road Improvements Project will commence in the following weeks, causing road closures and detours that will impact commutes.

On Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Shelton Elementary at 420 Crawford St., a public meeting will be held to discuss phasing plans for the project that starts at Eagle Ridge Road and ends at Berthoud Way…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Presents Regional Premiere of 2012 Broadway Revival of GODSPELL, Now thru 5/3

A mega hit on Broadway, off-Broadway and around the world, Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Godspell” tonight, March 27 through May 3 with performances every Friday and Saturday at 7:30.p.m. and Sunday’s at 6:00 p.m. (2 p.m. on Sun., May 3). Tickets are $26 Adult, $23 Senior and Youth, $15 Children under 12 and are available by calling 303-935-3044 or online at minersalley.com. Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue. Golden, CO 80401.

A masterful retelling of the original sensation, with crisp new arrangements and an injection of contemporary references, “Godspell” (2012) is every bit as delightful as the original and its uniqueness is strong enough to allow it to stand alone without eclipsing its predecessor…  Read more…

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Mines Band visits Jamaica for music, engineering adventure

Eleven members of the Mines Band, along with Teaching Professor & Music Program Director Bob Klimek, Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Board President Ray Priestley ’79 and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Cathy Skokan, spent Spring Break (March 9-13) in Jamaica…  Read more…

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3-D printing tech gives tortoise new life, is shaping manufacturing

By Jason Blevins

Cleopatra doesn’t seem impressed with her new coat. But the red plastic shell will likely save the teenage leopard tortoise’s life.

“This is a very good feeling,” said Colorado Technical University design student Roger Henry, who spent 600 hours tweaking software and assembling prototypes of the custom 3-D-printed shell for the malnourished Cleopatra…  Read more…

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Beautiful Junk Sale

By Bree Davies

An estate sale, garage sale and charity event rolled into one, this weekend’s Beautiful Junk Sale is certain to bring out the treasure hunters and bargain seekers, an estimated 2,000 people over two days. Put on as a fundraiser for the Action Center, a Jeffco nonprofit helping homeless and at-risk families, this three-decades-strong tradition puts its donated goods on display like a well-organized yard sale — spread across one very big yard…  Read more…

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City of Golden Weekly Digest

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Samson Energy LLC Donates $5,000 to Support Golden Library Remodel

(Lakewood, Colo. – Mar. 23, 2015) Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are pleased to announce that Samson Energy LLC is supporting a naming opportunity in conjunction with the upcoming remodel of the Golden Library. Samson Energy’s $5,000 donation will support the addition of a fireplace in the library’s new community living room…  Read more…

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2015 All-Colorado wrestling team

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Colorado close to legalizing distillery pubs

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State patrol seeking witnesses in fatal crash west of Denver

GOLDEN, COLO. — The Colorado State Patrol is looking for witnesses in a fatal crash early this morning.

Troopers said the crash happened around 4:45 a.m. on westbound Interstate 70 just east of mile marker 256, which is near the intersection with Colorado 470…  Read more…

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Colorado close to legalizing distillery pubs

By Brandon Rittiman

DENVER – In the state’s apparent quest for new and exciting ways to allow people to get buzzed, you could soon see a new type of bar opening up in Colorado: the distillery pub.

With dozens of new distilleries opening up, the idea is to give the emerging craft liquor business a leg up in Colorado with an extra business model already available to brewers…  Read more…

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Mount Zion M going dark for Earth Hour

At 8:30 p.m. on March 28, the iconic LED-lit M on Mount Zion west of Golden will go dark for one hour as part of an Earth Hour observance at Colorado School of Mines…  Read more…

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Mines wins TMS Materials Bowl

Colorado School of Mines has once again won the Materials Bowl, held by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society at its annual meeting and exhibition March 15 to 19 in Orlando.

The Mines chapter of the Material Advantage Student Program defeated Georgia Institute of Technology in the final…  Read more…

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Entertaining while making a living

By Amy Woodward

Local entrepreneur and small business owner Kathy Hawke of Jester’s Entertainment has been providing creative face painting services and other forms of fun entertainment to kids and adults for many years. She is usually found at the First Friday Street Fair and Golden Farmers Market…  Read more…

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Golden Girl Scout enriches STEM for students

By Amy Woodward

For young women involved in Girl Scouts, earning a Gold Award places them among a select group of women who have taken on the task of creating a lasting project to improve their community.

Christina Bear, 17, of Golden, became a part of that 100-year-old history when she earned her Gold Award after successfully creating and sustaining a STEM enrichment program for minority students through Horizons, a summer student enrichment program under Colorado Academy in Denver…  Read more…

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GT 0326 state of the city

By Amy Woodward

In what was his last State of the City address, City Manager Mike Bestor, gave a summation of the city’s accomplishments in 2014, with a synopsis of some of Golden’s future projects, all delivered to the audience in Bestor’s signature repartee…  Read more…

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Fun memories and a rocking musical

By John Akal

Wow, we have a busy weekend coming up here in Golden with lots of interesting events. So, instead of my usual introductory banter, let’s get to it!  Read more…

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25 Denver-area Girl Scouts receive highest honor

By Allison Sylte

DENVER – Twenty five Girl Scouts from the metro Denver area will receive the organization’s highest award.

Gold Award recipients are tasked with identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about and developing a plan to address it…  Read more…

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Sign-up for Golden Summer Camps

Sign-up for Golden Summer Camps to explore mountains, stay active, learn to sew, create beautiful art, and have fun with history.  Learn more…

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Off-beat and delicious craft beers mark Collaboration Fest

By John Frank

Craft beer fans toasted to Collaboration Fest 2015 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday.

A beer brewed with four types of yeast and four hops. Another that tasted like liquid chocolate banana bread. And three brews made by big musical acts…  Read more…

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Mines part of national engineering education initiative announced at White House today

March 23, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines is among more than 120 U.S. engineering schools leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced at the White House today.

In a letter presented to President Barack Obama, Mines and peer institutions committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates to solve “Grand Challenges…”  Read more…

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Coming Up: Kids In Space

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Mountainside M to go dark for Earth Hour 2015 on March 28

GOLDEN, Colo., March 20, 2015 – At 8:30 p.m. on March 28, the iconic LED-lit M on Mount Zion west of Golden will go dark for one hour as part of an Earth Hour observance at Colorado School of Mines.

“Earth Hour is a movement that seeks to unite people around the world under a common human goal to protect and preserve the only planet known to mankind that is capable of supporting life,” said Arjumand Alvi, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering who is chairman of the Mines Earth Hour committee…  Read more…

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Golden Teacher Recognition Awards

Do you know a special teacher who demonstrates a contagious enthusiasm for teaching and learning? Or who regularly inspires all students to take on new challenges and to recognize and reach their full potential? A teacher who thinks outside the box and advances new approaches to teaching and learning?

Golden Schools Foundation is holding the 4th annual Golden Teacher Recognition Awards to reward and encourage excellence in teaching at our eight local neighborhood schools. These Golden schools include Mitchell, Kyffin, Pleasant View, Shelton, Ralston, and Welchester Elementary, Bell Middle, and Golden High School…  Read more…

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Springing into activity

By John Akal

It looks like Spring is finally arriving. Here in Colorado that doesn’t mean the snow is over, but it does mean that gradually we will make that transformation from complaining about those sub-zero days to complaining about how hot it is. Right now we can look forward to a few of those perfect days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s.

With Spring in the air, that also means that Spring Break is coming up for students and if you are a working parent of elementary school kids, then this can leave you with figuring out what to do for day care during their little vacation…  Read more…

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NREL DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

Dr. Dan E. Arvizu today announced that he intends  to retire at the end of September from his role as the Director and Chief Executive of the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

Arvizu also expects to retire as President of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, at the end of September. Alliance manages NREL on behalf of the Energy Department. Arvizu has held the role of laboratory director at NREL since January 2005…  Read more…

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Golden’s plans for U.S. 6 traffic put a park on top of the highway

By Josie Klemaier

Golden’s parks department has a different kind of project this summer: “We’re putting a park on top of a highway,” explained Rod Tarullo, Golden’s director of parks, recreation and golf.

The park is part of  a project to route U.S. 6 underground, allowing for a ground-level overpass for local traffic along 19th Street that will include a park and pedestrian trails…  Read more…

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Springing into activity

It looks like Spring is finally arriving. Here in Colorado that doesn’t mean the snow is over, but it does mean that gradually we will make that transformation from complaining about those sub-zero days to complaining about how hot it is. Right now we can look forward to a few of those perfect days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s.

With Spring in the air, that also means that Spring Break is coming up for students and if you are a working parent of elementary school kids, then this can leave you with figuring out what to do for day care during their little vacation…  Read more…

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How you can help save 1 trillion gallons of wasted water

The City of Golden’s Sustainability Program and EPA are encouraging consumers to save 1 trillion gallons of wasted water that goes down the drain needlessly during Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Parent exhibits bully behavior

Parent exhibits bully behavior. The principal of Shelton Elementary, 420 Crawford St., Golden, reported March 5 that a parent came to the school to discuss her child, who was accused of bullying…  Read more…

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IX Power proposes cleaner water from fracking

By Amy Woodward

Produced water from “fracking” for gas and oil is normally treated as a waste product, but one Golden business is looking to decontaminate those waters that are dumped via injecting wells at about 70 billion barrels of water a year.

“We need to treat more water and we need to use a little bit smarter technology to do it,” said John R. Grizz Deal, CEO and co-founder of IX Power…  Read more…

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World War II Event

Welcome to the 2nd annual RRCC Experiential Learning Day to be held April 9, 2015. On this day we will bring history to life and show students and community members the importance of WWII and its lasting effects on society in the 21st century. Many faculty and staff will be in period costume for the event. We look forward to welcoming you on campus on Thursday, April 9, 2015. If you are a school group there will be a scavenger hunt to get your students involved in the action, please see below. There will also be school tours available on this day. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Linnie.pawlek@rrcc.edu…  Read more…

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Dad Builds Daughter an Awesome Tree House for Her 5th Birthday

By Jennifer O’Neill

As soon as his daughter started walking, “DIY Dad” — as he prefers to be known — says the little one began to climb the tree in front of their Golden, Colorado home. “She liked being in the tree quite a bit,” he tells Yahoo Parenting. And after reading her friend’s Magic Treehouse books, he says she started asking for one of her own. “I was just going to make a platform for her to enjoy at the top of her climb but things … escalated.”  Read more…

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Thirteen Colorado Communities Participate in Water-Saving Landscape Program

Garden In A Box offers Xeric Plant by Number Kits this Spring

Boulder, CO – The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), a Front Range community conservation nonprofit, has partnered with thirteen area communities to offer professionally designed, low water use garden kits at a discount to their residents. Garden In A Box provides an alternative to high maintenance and high water use lawns with low water use, or Xeric gardens…  Read more…

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Mountain Fest in Golden Coming Up Saturday, March 21

Mountain Fest is the perfect way to get motivated and learn skills for spring and summer mountain adventures.

Enjoy an afternoon of free mountain-centric activities and discover all the exciting benefits of Colorado Mountain Club membership from 12-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21. The event will be held at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street in Golden, Colo.

This year’s event will feature outdoor skills clinics, live music, tours of the American Mountaineering Museum, access to the CMC’s Bouldering Bus, beer from Upslope Brewing Company, food trucks, presentations and open climbing…  Read more…

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Barnes & Noble announces local winner of My Favorite Teacher Contest

Barnes & Noble, Inc., the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, has announced that June Ruppel, teacher/librarian from Fairmount Elementary School in Golden, CO, has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest…  Read more…

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Free Smoke-Free Housing Seminar for Property Owners and Managers – March 19, 2015

JEFFERSON COUNTY, CO – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will be conducting a free seminar on the benefits of and approaches to implementing no-smoking policies in multi-unit housing.  Designed for property owners and managers of affordable multi-unit housing, the goals of the seminar include reducing costs and exposure to secondhand tobacco and marijuana smoke (SHS).  This event will be held at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, Small Hearing Room 100, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on March 19, 2015…  Read more…

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Toberer awarded Cottrell Scholar Award

GOLDEN, Colo., March 17, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines Assistant Professor of Physics Eric Toberer has received an award that will further his research into improving the conversion of heat into electricity, as well as support his pioneering techniques in teaching undergraduates higher-level physics.

The Cottrell Scholar Award is granted each year by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) to a dozen or so teacher-scholars who are just a few years into their first tenure-track position. The award provides $75,000 over three years…  Read more…

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Golden postpones new special events

By Amy Woodward

The City of Golden is known for being a gracious host to special events organizers, especially during the summer months.

But city council has decided to uphold the city managers administrative moratorium on new special events until staff reviews and drafts updated policy requirements…  Read more…

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Golden gets ‘March Gladness’

By Amy Woodward

The impending seasonal transition has many retailers offering outstanding sales on winter wear.

The Christian Action Guild, a nondenominational food bank and thrift shop is also taking part in the frenzy with their own sale with sweaters, jackets and winter kids wear for $1…  Read more…

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Bachman Property

The Parks and Recreation Department Master Plan was adopted in 2008 by Golden City Council and identified three under-served park areas in Golden…  Read more…

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Experience a Colorado summer; Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

By Jessica Elliott

Take a break from the slopes and try paragliding in Golden. Colorado Paragliding reopens for its warmer seasons April 2 with trips offering unobstructed views of the Front Range. Flights cost $169 per person. paraglidingcolorado.com…  Read more…

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MIT gets transcendental: Admissions decisions on ‘perfect’ Pi Day, 3.14/15

By Susan Svrluga

Anna Tiberi recognized, with joy, the date and time of the release of MIT admissions decisions the moment she saw it written out in numerals: “That’s pi!”

For anyone in the midst of college-admissions anxiety — after all the stress that precedes the applications, and all the stress that piles on during the waiting — a happy coincidence, a moment of intentional silliness, is a truly delightful thing…  Read more…

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80-year-old Colorado bar stays true to Coors

By Jill Rothenberg

In the eighty years since Mike Hatzis, a Greek immigrant and World War I veteran, opened the Columbine Café, the area has seen some dramatic changes. Located near the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colo., what used to be horse pastures is now an outlet mall, a Super Target, and rows of car dealerships. And a bar that used to be packed from 7 a.m. to close now struggles to survive…  Read more…

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Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices

By Chris Halsne

DENVER — Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared.

FOX31 Denver investigative reporter Chris Halsne confirmed the hidden camera and recorder is owned and operated by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service…  Read more…

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Relay for Life: Colorado School of Mines fights cancer

Colorado School of Mines Circle K recently spread some Valentines Joy via candy-grams for the campus. But each candy gram will spread much more joy than just on Valentine’s Day as this is a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Relay for Life is happening on April 24th from 6pm to 3am on the IM Fields on the Colorado School of Mines campus, and is a fun and fantastic event to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s cancer research, patient services, advocacy, and education…  Read more…

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Golden crime blotter: Thief wishes victim a nice day

Thief wishes victim a nice day. An employee of Earth Treks, 700 Golden Ridge Rd. reported that her bike was stolen Feb. 19…  Read more…

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