Golden Midget Football Association 6th Grade Demons, Carnation Bowl Runner-up

Golden Midget Football Association’s (GMFA) 6th Grade Division Three Team represented Golden this past weekend in the Carnation Bowl championship sponsored by the Jeffco Midget Football Association (GMFA). The GMFA 6th Grade Demon team was the only GMFA team to advance into the championship this season…  Read more…

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Apex Park now fully reopened

Apex Park fully reopened on Monday, Nov. 24 for the first time since the devastating floods of September 2013.

Jeffco Open Space staff installed several bridges and abutments last week on lower Apex Trail, which was the only remaining area closed…  Read more…

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Golden Moves Up in Rank for Bicycle Friendly Communities

The City of Golden is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as one of the more bicycle-friendly communities in the country. Golden’s Silver Award takes the city a step above the previous designation of Bronze in 2010. “The increase in designation from Bronze to Silver shows the City’s dedication to improve cycling within the community,” said Golden City Planner Nick Eagleson…  Read more…

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Golden rural carrier honored by Postmaster General

Earlier this fall, while delivering mail near Genesse, Robert Trujillo, a Golden, CO, rural carrier smelled smoke.

He discovered a fire had started near the home of a customer on his route whom he had seen driving away from the residence several minutes earlier. Because he had no cell phone service, he drove to a nearby home and asked the resident to call the fire department. The female resident called 911 and her husband went to help Trujillo fight the fire…  Read more…

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Cal State Stanislaus’ NCAA soccer run ends in dramatic fashion

By Brian Clark

The magical ride is over for the Cal State Stanislaus women’s soccer team.

Colorado School of Mines withstood a furious attack on its goal during regulation and two overtime periods to send the scoreless game into penalty kicks, where it beat the Warriors 4-3 on Sunday in an NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinal in Golden, Colo.

The Orediggers (17-1-5) advance to the national semifinals on Dec. 4 in Louisville, Ky., where it will meet Rollins College…  Read more…

 

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Coroner IDs body found by hiker in Jeffco’s Centennial Cone Park

By Elizabeth Hernandez

The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the body found in Centennial Cone Park Sunday morning, officials said.

Daniel B. Young, 54, of Golden was found about two miles off the trail by a hiker, said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office…  Read more…

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LEADERSHIP GOLDEN 2014 ORNAMENT

Local artist and Golden High School art instructor, Tim Miller, has designed this year’s beautiful ornament depicting the historic Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain.

Tim will be available to sign ornaments during Golden’s Candlelight Walk on Friday, December 5, starting at 6pm in the Visitor’s Center…  Read more…

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School of Mines head coach Bob Stitt an offensive guru to D-I teams

By Bruce Feldman

The first time I’d ever heard of Bob Stitt was about five years ago at the 1-Back Clinic, an informal annual gathering of some of the cutting-edge minds in college football. That year the clinic was held at the University of Houston. Many of the coaches there –€“ Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, Cal’s Sonny Dykes, TCU’s Doug Meacham, UCLA’s Noel Mazzone — lead or have led some of the most prolific offenses in the FBS…  Read more…

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Hawaiian Electric to Speed up Solar Interconnection Based on Study Results

Utilities have become fond of saying how much high penetration of distributed solar will strain the electric grid. While this is much talked about, it has yet to be properly researched to see at just what level distributed solar actually starts to have an impact on grid reliability.

SolarCity is looking to find answers to this by partnering with the Hawaiian Electric Company and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Together they will study issues related to interconnecting solar into electrical grids…  Read more…

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Temporary Water Outage on Pike Street

The Utilities Division is repairing a broken water main on Pike Street between West 4th Ave and West 2nd Place…  Read more…

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Jeffco cities owe $1 million after shortfall at Foothills Animal Shelter

By Austin Briggs

Five Jefferson County cities are on the hook for a total of almost $1 million to cover a loan made to a former fundraising affiliate of Foothills Animal Shelter for the 2010 construction of its 33,000 square-foot facility.

The Foothills Animal Foundation borrowed $1.5 million from Jefferson County for the $9.7-million dollar building at 580 McIntyre St. The group was able to raise only $400,000…  Read more…

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Striking it Rich in Golden

You know how you hear of a movie, drive past a restaurant or pass through a town and think “I should really give that movie/restaurant/town a try”? That’s the way I was about Golden, Colorado. Right here in my own state, a mere 30 minute drive away, I, a Colorado native, had never done more than pass through Golden. Shameful…  Read more…

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SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric reach agreement to study solar interconnection issues

By Duane Shimogawa

SolarCity, one of the largest solar energy companies in the United States and in Hawaii, has reached an agreement with the Hawaiian Electric Cos. and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to study issues dealing with interconnecting solar into electrical grids, the California-based firm said Thursday.

The cooperative research agreement aims to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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A new world for the season

By Clarke Reader

One of the hallmarks of the holidays is the music — the way it weaves story and lyric, melody and harmony to move and inspire the listener.

For their holiday production, Miners Alley Playhouse is eschewing the typical fare for a show that features four actors, three understudies and a group of musicians who guide audiences through a series of vignettes, each with a different musical message…  Read more…

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Host families needed for Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition

The Jefferson Symphony needs up to 12 volunteer host families to provide meals, lodging and local transportation for finalists entering the live round of its 56th International Young Artists Competition, which takes place on Saturday, January 10, 2015,10:00-5:00 at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood…  Read more…

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Higher Purpose Business Workshop, 12/9-11

The Thrive Purpose Workshop is a rare 3-day opportunity to step out of the day-to-day management of your business in order to focus on the core reason you started it in the first place, and what you are truly working to achieve.

Research shows that purpose-oriented companies see major benefits in staff engagement, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, and the owner’s sense of fulfillment.

The true value of the workshop will be delivered as attendees define purpose, success and the values that guide their work…  Read more…

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Colorado Lab Tests ‘Smart Home,’ Where Dishwashers Talk To The Grid

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Bryan Hannegan is picturing the home of the future. In his imagination, it’s not in outer space, or shaped like a giant geodesic dome. This home talks to itself, and to what’s around it.

“The dishwasher could talk to the electric vehicle in the garage, it could talk to the solar PV system on the roof,” said Hannegan, a scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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Elves are on the run

It looks like the weather from the North Pole decided to give us an early visit, but even though it’s been stupid cold and snowy outside for the last week, it does put you in the holiday spirit. I was all set to head “over the river and through the woods” to my relatives house in Florida, that’s for sure! Sheesh, -18 degrees in November was a little bit of a shock!

But, the sun is out this week and we have a great new holiday event slated for Thanksgiving weekend right here in Golden and if you are a runner, don’t put those running shoes away for the season quite yet…  Read more…

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Vacation of 13th street for Calvary tabled

Council voted to deny the current design plan for turn Arapahoe Street into a cul-de-sac between 13th and 14th streets

The discussion turned to the Calvary Episcopal Church’s plans to change the street in order to expand its campus. The council tabled Calvary’s plan, requesting the church present a more comprehensive design plan that would address concerns for parking, connectivity and walkability of the area…  Read more…

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Solid waste and recycling services amended

Council passed two ordinances amending solid waste and recycling collection services in the city that requires licensing requirements for waste haulers and implements a volume-based rate for HOAs. Both ordinances passed 6-0, with Councilor Marcia Claxton recusing herself.

The two ordinances will regulate all residential haulers in the city of Golden, and will require them to provide a volume based pricing system for all residential areas that affects multifamily homes and single family homes within an HOA of eight attached units or less…  Read more…

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Storm drainage utility fee to increase for homeowners

Council unanimously passed a consideration for the 2015-1016 budget that may apply a temporary five year 20 percent surcharge to the current $3.52 monthly utility charge for a single family home…  Read more…

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Child needed to turn on Christmas Lights

Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan will draw the name of one child who will be responsible for turning on the Christmas lights along Clear Creek following the Candlelight Walk on Friday, Dec. 5. Contestants should be five to 10 years old and live in a Golden zip code… Read more…

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Runners High Turkey Chase

The second annual three mile fun run by Runners High starts 8:30 a.m. in Parfet Park on Thursday, Nov. 27…  Read more…

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Golden Gate Grange Holiday Craft Fair

Due to inclement weather the Holiday Craft Fair at the Golden Gate Grange will now be on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Gate Grange, 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden…  Read more…

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New discovery center at Red Rocks boosts attendance for Dinosaur Ridge

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — Parents have a new cure for cabin fever now that the new Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center is open at Red Rocks Park.

“This center here is really going to serve that need to help fill in our November-to-February tours, because those months really are kind of dead for us,” said Erin LaCount, the center’s education program coordinator.

The center opened in August at 17681 W. Alameda Parkway — Entrance No. 1 to Red Rocks Park — in a building Friends of Dinosaur Ridge purchased in 2013…  Read more…

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Four Golden Guys Make Bonfire Burritos Their Own

By Mark Antonation

For most high-school students, lunch is a chance to catch up with friends. But for four Golden kids, lunchtime burritos at the nearby Bonfire Burritos trailer were more than just a way to escape the classroom. They ultimately became a way that the friends could stay together as business partners, building a burrito business in the town they’ve all called home since before they were teenagers…  Read more…

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Mines announces Presidential Search Committee and plans for engaging community input

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 18, 2014 – The Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees has announced the formation of a search committee to assist in the selection of the next university president. Earlier this month the current president, M.W. Scoggins, announced plans to retire in 2015…  Read more…

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Are pale ales due for a comeback?

By Eric Gorski

Cannonball Creek Brewing’s award-winning Featherweight Pale Ale (provided by the brewery).

In case you missed it, IPAs are pretty popular.

Hoppy, bitter, bursting-with-flavor American-style India Pale Ales rule the tap handles and liquor store shelves at better craft beer establishments. And there are no signs of that changing…  Read more…

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Meet the 2015 Central City Flower Girls

By Joanne Davidson

Taylor McIntosh Coors: The daughter of Holly Coors attends Valor Christian High School. She has been swimming and diving competitively since the age of 5 and is a two-time state champion…  Read more…

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‘Songs for a New World’ gets ovation

I was unfamiliar with “Songs for a New World” so I had no idea what to expect when I went to Miners Alley Playhouse. What I learned was that composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is brilliant.

The production is totally comprised of songs each of which tells its own compelling story… Read more…

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Coors family business has medical device operation at Alliance

Fort Worth has a new Coors business, but it has nothing to do with beer.

CoorsTek, the brewing family’s enterprise that makes engineered ceramics for products including military body armor, oil and gas drilling components and semiconductors, now has a medical device component firm based near Alliance Airport. A Coors family member is in charge…  Read more… 

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One dead after car discovered in creek in Golden near Coors brewery

By Anthony Cotton

One person was killed Monday in a single car accident near the Coors brewery in Golden.

A Colorado State Patrol spokesman said the car landed in a creek near McIntyre Street and that there was only one occupant in the vehicle…  Read more…

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From Garbage to Glass

By Blaine Brownell

The rise in material and mining costs coupled with concern about processing consumer waste have inspired the prospect of mining landfills for materials. Although landfill mining is not a new idea—particularly in developing nations where scavenging garbage dumps is not uncommon—the notion that the procedure be conducted in earnest by developed nations is surprising…  Read more…

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Colorado city becomes first in the nation to utiliize electric car share

By Ross Torgerson

Golden, Colorado is now home to the nation’s first ever operational, all-electric car share service. The eThos Electric Car Share will be serving the Golden and Denver-metro area with American-made, all-electric sedans for short-term rental, according to the company’s press release.

The company will be using an all-electric four-door sedan called Coda, which is made by California-based manufacturer Coda Automotive…  Read more…

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Colorado 3A basketball playoffs moving to Colorado School of Mines

By Joe Nguyen

In an effort to boost attendance, the final three rounds of the 2015 Colorado 3A basketball playoffs for boys and girls will be played at Lockridge Arena on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced Thursday.

The quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games will be played from March 12-14, 2015…  Read more…

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RGS 2 Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose at Golden, Colorado by BUFFIE

Here you see two of the three ‘Galloping Geese’ owned and operated by the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. Rio Grande Southern No. 2 is the oldest surviving ‘Goose’, having been built in 1931. Rio Grande Southern No. 6 was built in 1934 and sports a flatbed rear end since it was only used for work train service…  View picture…

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Interact Club members to shovel snow for those who can’t

By Wendy Roberts

The Golden High School Interact Club is offering free snow removal for Golden residents unable to shovel their sidewalks and driveways. To request shoveling, email goldeninteract@gmail.com…  Read more…

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Golden High School mountain bike team news

By Wendy Roberts

The Golden High School Mountain Bike Club wrapped up their 4th season of competing in the Colorado High School Cycling League October 19 in Eagle, Colorado. Golden competed with one of the largest teams in the state, 40 riders. Coach Scott Burcar was recognized as the Colorado High School Cycling League’s Coach of the Year, and team rider Blake Ollweiler the league’s Most Improved Rider…  Read more…

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COLORADO’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC CAR SHARE SERVICE LAUNCHES IN GOLDEN

By Jane Dvorak

The nation’s first operational, all-electric car share service launched in Golden, Colo., on Nov. 8, 2014. eThos Electric Car Share will provide the Golden and Denver-metro area with American-made, all-electric sedans for short-term rental.

“We have more electrical outlets than gas pumps in the United States. An all-electric car share service is a logical next step for those looking to save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Tim Prior, eThos Electric Car Share founder…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Missing chickens

Missing chickens. A resident of Crestvue Circle, Golden, reported damage to his chicken coop and two missing chickens Oct. 25. The resident suspected a person…  Read more…

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Golden Midget Football Association’s Sixth Grade Division Three Team to Represent Golden in This Weekend’s Carnation Bowl Final

Golden, CO, November 11, 2014 — Golden Midget Football Association’s (GMFA) 6th Grade Division Three Team announced that it will be representing Golden, CO in this weekend’s Carnation Bowl championship put on by the Jeffco Midget Football Association (GFMA). The GMFA 6th Grade Demon team is the only GMFA team to advance into the championship this season…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Golden Moon Speakeasy, Golden

Interview with Stephen Gould, proprietor/distiller

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: I worked in restaurants and bars from age 13 until I completed graduate school. In graduate school, I and a couple of friends decided to open a brewery and raised the capital to do so. We also tried to open a distillery at the same time, but the barriers were too great at that time … so here we are about 25 years later, and my wife and I have an operational distillery (Golden Moon Distillery) and what is arguably the country’s most unique distillery tasting room: Golden Moon Speakeasy, a true world-class cocktail lounge located in the heart of Golden…  Read more…

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Elks Club accepting hide donations

All hide donations from elk, deer, antelope, buffalo and cow are being accepted by the Golden Elks from now until the end of January. Hides will be turned into leather and then donated to VA hospitals across the U.S…  Read more…

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Operation Christmas Child

In partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelicial Christian organization that provides aid to people in need around the world, Golden residents are teaming up to bring gift filled shoeboxes to children in need overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 17-24…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Closure

Miners Alley from 11th to 13th streets will be under reconstruction for demolition and re-pouring of the alleyway. Miners Alley will be closed for the duration of the project which is anticipated to be complete in one week with weather permitting. Parking on a side street and walking to a business near Miners Alley is an alternative…  Read more…

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All aboard the ‘Polar Express’

By Amy Woodward

The sound of a silver sleigh bell ringing is heard by those who believe in the magic of Christmas.
Do you hear it?
For those who have grown out of the childish notion — prepare to be inspired…  Read more…

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Feminine mystique

By Amy Woodward

A returning merchant to Golden’s eclectic Washington Avenue is starting over with a new mission to reinvigorate the arts through the ancient movement of belly dance.
Elizabeth Ashner, former owner of Paprika which is now the Golden Himalaya, has opened a new dance studio at 1111 Washington Ave., called Muse…  Read more…

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Mother Cabrini Shrine outside Golden draws Catholics, tourists alike

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — Jefferson County is home to a popular attraction off Interstate 70. It’s made of rock, thousands flock to it each year, it offers beautiful views over Denver and has been booked every weekend this year. But it’s not Red Rocks Amphitheatre — it’s the stone house at Mother Cabrini Shrine.

“I think, for a long time, Mother Cabrini Shrine was a well-kept secret, and we’ve worked really hard to get the word out and let people know we’re here,” said JoAnn Seaman, development director for Mother Cabrini Shrine for 35 years…  Read more…

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