City Council to hear Appeal of Special Use Permit for Mixed Income Housing Project

On September 22, 2016, the City of Golden received a request that City Council conduct a review of the decision made by Planning Commission on September 7 to approve a Special Use Permit, allowing a proposed redevelopment project at 2350 Ford Street to include 100% residential uses rather than the otherwise required maximum of 75% of the building square footage being dedicated to residential uses. This project has been a topic of discussion in the community, and Council wants all residents to understand the scope and process requirements for such a Council review, which has been scheduled for the regular City Council meeting on October 13 , 2016 at 6:30 p.m….  Read more…

Mines Geology Museum receives transformative gift

A gem of Golden tourism, the Mines Geology Museum displays will shine even brighter thanks to a most generous and mysterious donation. Through a gift from her estate, Hilja Herfurth donated $1.75 million worth of minerals, gems, and meteorites to the Geology Museum. In addition, she left cash donations of $200,000 to the Geology Museum and $200,000 to the Mines general scholarship fund…  Read more…

Jefferson Symphony opens season with ‘transforming experience’

By John Akal

Once in a while, I get a chance to bring you a real insider’s perspective on an upcoming event. Sometimes I’m participating in it and other times I may be in close contact with those who are.

It just so happens that the conductor of the Jefferson Symphony, Dr. Bill Morse, is also the pianist in my Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. So I have been talking with him a lot about the symphony’s season-opener concert — and it’s going to be something special. The orchestra will be performing one of classical music’s most notoriously complex compositions, Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5 in C# Minor.”  Read more…

FAC to host watermedia exhibit for 43rd and final year

By Clarke Reader

For the 43rd year, the Foothills Art Center will bring top watermedia talent from all over the country for the annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibit.

The exhibit runs at the center, 809 15th St. in Golden, through Oct. 23. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

The tradition began in 1974 when local artists approached Foothills to host a watercolor art show…  Read more…

Golden History Museums Nears 80th Birthday

By Fran Loft

The Golden History Museums was created in 1938 when citizens began collecting, exhibiting, and preserving Golden artifacts. The Jefferson County Commissioners, with the help of the Works Progress Administration, were instrumental in starting this collection. A team of artists, Leila Reece and Lesley Beasley created a series of portraits that honored the founders of Golden and Jefferson County. Reece painted nearly a dozen portraits of locals including William Loveland, George West, and Buffalo Bill Cody…  Read more…

Which Colorado universities offer the most bang for the buck?

By Caitlin Hendee

Average student loan debt has been steadily rising for years — especially in Colorado where students graduate with an average debt of $25,064, or 38th in the nation, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

So it stands to reason that when considering a college education, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student, return on investment should be at the forefront of students’ minds…  Read more…

Herring wins $1.5M to improve flow battery membranes

A Colorado School of Mines professor has been awarded more than $1.5 million over three years to develop a membrane that will improve the performance of industrial-scale redox flow batteries, which would allow widespread use of intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind on the U.S. grid…  Read more…

Humanitarian Engineering and society’s greatest challenges

Sharing his broad world experience as an entrepreneur and activist, Paul Polak presented, “Prescriptions for Helping Poor People Help Themselves: What Engineers Need to Know,” to a large crowd of Colorado School of Mines students and faculty on September 20…  Read more…