DOGtoberfest: 75% Off Adoption Special

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, which means it’s time for our 5th annual DOGtoberfest! It’s a way for us to remind the community of the variety of terrific canines looking for their forever homes…   Read more…

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Temporary closure of South Ridge Park playground

South Ridge Park playground will be closed Monday, October 27 – 31. A new safety surface will be installed under the playground during this time…  Read more…

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New program to help you Purge the Spurge!

Myrtle Spurge is a noxious weed that is toxic to people and wildlife, and has become a serious infestation in the Boulder, Jefferson, and Denver county areas. It spreads rapidly and can eventually take over a whole property and spread to neighbors and open spaces…  Read more…

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Grateful Breadhosts Public Retail Day

Grateful Bread, a wholesale boulangerie in Golden that provides custom handmade artisan breads for dozens of Denver’s top restaurants and hotels will host its final Public Retail Day of the Year where consumers can stop in and buy specialty breads…  Read more…

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Juveniles charged as adults for Lookout Mountain Center escape

Two of the four juveniles who escaped from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden on Aug. 31 have been charged as adults. The District Attorney’s Office has the two juveniles with escape and the assault of a 65-year-old employee at the Center who sustained a subdural hematoma, skull fracture, a broken nose and abrasions…  Read more…

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Update on accused murderer of Golden resident

On Friday, Oct. 17, Thomas Laperch, 22, pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the death of Golden resident and musician, William Burchett, 54…  Read more…

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New exhibit at RockyMountain Quilt Museum

On Thursday, Oct. 30, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden will unveil its newest exhibit: Wishes Through Our Hands: Japanese Quilts Made in Response to the 2011 Tsunami…  Read more…

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Best (& Worst!) Breakfasts and Lunches

Would you avoid eating a bowl of cookies for breakfast? (What you’re eating may be just as bad.) Come learn why many options touted as “healthy” really aren’t and what to choose instead to get the level of energy you’ve always wished for to sail through your day…  Read more…

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park is right in Jefferson County’s backyard

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —While Interstate 70 and U.S. 285 clog with mountain traffic each weekend, there’s a gateway that leads from Golden to mountain cabins, camping, backcountry trails and panoramic views. And, without traffic, it’s just under an hour away from Denver…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Grump on the golf course

Grump on the golf course. Golden Police responded to Fossil Trace Golf Course, 3050 Illinois St., on Oct. 7 on a report of an elderly male riding a motorized scooter on the course…  Read more…

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Jeffco Open Space to Hold Follow-Up ‘Trails Talk’ Forum

Jeffco Open Space is hosting a second Trails Talk public forum this year to continue the dialog on experiences in the parks and on the trails. Come to listen, join the conversation, or sign up to put boots on the ground…  Read more…

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Herndon a ‘junkyard luthier’

By Faith Bemiss

What do soup pot lids, old car transmissions, wooden salad bowls and cigar boxes have in common? Well if Jack Herndon, formerly of Sedalia, has anything to do with it, they will come together in perfect harmony and play beautiful music.

On a trip back to Sedalia this week to visit his mother, Mary Frances Herndon, he brought along three of his handmade, folk art, acoustic guitars — all made from thrift store trinkets and re-purposed materials. Herndon, who lives in Golden, Colo., calls himself a “junkyard luthier,” and hopes to someday retire from his computer graphics job and make and sell the instruments full time…  Read more…

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New Crime Lab Could Help Investigators Solve Crimes Faster

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)- There’s a new tool that’s helping investigators in Jefferson County– a new crime lab. It could help them solve crimes faster.

The new regional crime lab is more than six times larger than the previous lab and will help police in several communities including Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Golden…  Read more…

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Now is the time for a night at the museum

As we enter into November things start to shift to indoor activities and it’s time for a little exploration of some of the places that have a roof over their heads. Golden is fortunate to have an excellent selection of various museums and during November you get a chance to explore them for free.

It’s called Free Night at the Museums and is sponsored by the SCFD as a part of Denver Arts Week…  Read more…

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Frights of fancy

By Clarke Reader

Halloween celebrates things that go bump in the night, but holiday frights aren’t for everyone.

Some enjoy the chance to let out a few shrieks of fear, and others look forward to something light on fright and heavy on fun.

Both groups will find something at Heritage Square this month with Bootown at the Miner’s Alley Maze Adventureland and Alice’s Horrorland at Spider Mansion haunted house…  Read more…

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Forerunner to the “Geese” being rebuilt in Woodland Park

By Rob Carrigan

Despite difficult terrain, extreme weather conditions, and a trainload of financial difficulties, the Rio Grande Southern (RGS) Railroad operated 162 miles of track between Ridgway and Durango from legendary Otto Mear’s construction efforts, beginning in 1890, until they went into receivership again and started pulling up track in 1953.

RGS built seven motors and one additional short-lived vehicle for the San Christobal Railroad on the Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) Lake City branch. The term “Motor” was officially used by the RGS, although by 1944, the term “Galloping Goose” was used locally…  Read more…

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Grand Opening Celebration! Natural Grocers

At Natural Grocers you will find an unrivaled selection of 100% organic produce, local products and the best natural and organic grocery, dairy and meat items (pasture based dairy, 100% grass fed meat and non-GMO fresh and frozen chicken) and the highest quality supplement and bodycare products in the industry…all at everyday affordable prices…  Read more…

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Legendary climber Jeff Lowe making remarkable turnaround in battle with disease

By John Meyer

GOLDEN — A presentation by noted ice climber Will Mayo was the main attraction at an American Mountaineering Center event last week that celebrated the annual Ouray Ice Festival, but legendary alpinist Jeff Lowe stole the show…  Read more…

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Erik Weihenmayer shows once again that barriers can be broken with ambition

By Jason Blevins

Harlan Taney’s kayak paddle snapped in half last month at the bottom of Lava Falls, the Colorado River’s burliest rapid in the Grand Canyon.

Under water, one-bladed and struggling to right his kayak in the roiling rapid, the veteran river guide had only one thought: His pal, Erik Weihenmayer, could be in trouble.

“My reaction was ‘Oh, man, I can’t swim and let Erik down. He’s counting on me 100 percent,’ ” said the filmmaking paddler…  Read more…

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Special Report: With Top Brands Sagging, Big Brewers Fill Pipeline With New Products

The U.S. beer market continues a paradigm shift whereby full-flavored craft beers are providing dynamic growth from a small but rapidly rising base. Despite challenging economic times, craft—or specialty—beers have been growing at steady double-digit rates for years, while imports have been posting solid low single-digit gains…  Read more…

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Jeffco Open Space celebrates its newest rock-climbing spot in Golden

By Josie Klemaier

Jefferson County Open Space is celebrating its acquisition of Golden Cliffs Preserve, a premier rock-climbing spot on North Table Mountain in Golden.

A celebration from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 24  at Peery Trailhead is open to the public with light refreshments served and attendance by representatives of the Access Fund —  the climbing organization that gave open space the land — members of the climbing community and representatives of Jeffco Open Space…  Read more…

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Coors of Longview sold after 39 years

For almost 40 years, Coors of Longview has been a part of East Texas. But, by the end of the month, they will be under new ownership. The fire last July hurt them financially and the owner decided it was best to sell the company.

The owner/president Les Kroeger grew up in the “beer” world.

“I was born and raised in the closest house to the Coors Brewing Co. in Golden, Colorado,” said Kroeger…  Read more…

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DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

By U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass.  These products not only will help reduce carbon emissions, but also advance the department’s work to enable the production of clean, renewable and cost-competitive drop-in biofuel at $3 per gallon by 2022. The research and development projects, located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Colorado and Georgia, will focus on developing integrated processes for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals…  Read more…

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Natural Grocers Opens in Golden, Colorado

GOLDEN, Colo.Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC), the natural foods chain that has changed many customers’ lives with its nutrition education, higher standards and more affordable prices, is opening its 32nd  Colorado location in Golden on October 21st at 2401 Ford Street (phone: 303-279-2500).

“Natural Grocers is honored to open a new location in the Golden community,” Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers. “As a Colorado company approaching our 60th anniversary, we view every new Colorado store as a celebration of making healthy living more accessible and affordable for everyone…”  Read more…

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Felony escapee in custody

By Amy Woodward

Travis Sandlin, a multiple felon who escaped from Jeffco county jail on Oct. 5, is now in custody at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office after 11 days on the run.

Sandlin was transported to a hospital after he crashed on Sunshine Canyon Drive on Thursday, Oct. 16.
He has been a frequent visitor of the Jefferson County Detention Facility for the last 14 years, authorities said…  Read more…

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Boulder sheriff: Escaped Jefferson County inmate arrested in Sunshine Canyon

By Mitchell Byars

Boulder and Jefferson county law enforcement agencies have captured escaped sex offender Travis Sandlin in Sunshine Canyon this morning after he eluded capture for more than a week.

Sandlin, 32, was arrested at about 8:45 a.m. after he tried to flee in a vehicle in Sunshine Canyon Drive, according to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Novera Fitness, Golden

Interview with Peter Castricone, co-owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: After the government shutdown in October 2013, I grew weary of my job as an architect with the federal government and decided that I needed a lifestyle change…  Read more…

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Church goes to Golden City Council with proposal to close Arapahoe St.

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden wants to take over a block of Arapahoe Street and widen Miners Alley to make way for changes to the church’s campus.

Golden’s planning commission recommended the request to City Council, with some amendments. The package will go before council for a first reading Oct. 23 and a public hearing Nov. 13…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Playhouse to Present CLARENCE DARROW, 10/30-11/2

Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Clarence Darrow” October 30 through November 2 for three performances only on Thursday and Saturday at 7:30.p.m.; Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $23 and are available by calling 303-935-3044 or online at Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue. Golden, CO 80401.

A one-man play in two acts based on the Clarence Darrow for the Defense by Irving Stone is a reminiscence of the unpopular cases in which the famous attorney was involved, the events of his personal life and his opinions about contemporary events…  Read more…

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School Facilities Strained By Boom In Petroleum Engineering

We’ve heard elsewhere in today’s program about the effects of America’s oil and gas boom. Let’s talk about the effect, now, on jobs. Students are flooding into schools around the country looking to cash in. The problem is high-paying jobs the students are seeking are also luring mining and energy teachers away from academia and back into the industry, meaning fewer professors and ballooning class sizes. Dan Boyce of member station KUNC reports…  Read more…

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Access Fund Transfers Golden Cliffs to Jefferson County Open Space

To many climbers on the Front Range of Colorado, Golden Cliffs is a staple. New climbers test their skills on its basalt columns; outdoor programs expose youth to the thrill of climbing and importance of environmental stewardship; and seasoned climbers find its southern slopes a sunny winter escape.

The Access Fund has owned Golden Cliffs (aka North Table Mountain) since 1994, when previous owner Mayford Peery generously donated the 29-acre property to the climbing community after some concerns about liability. The Access Fund has held and managed the property for 20 years, with support from local climbers and volunteers…  Read more… 

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Golden authorities ID teen struck, killed by RTD light rail Sunday

By Jesse Paul

Authorities in Golden identified the person killed after being hit by a light rail train early Sunday as a 17-year-old girl.

Tiffany McCumber, of Golden, was found on the train tracks just west of Ulysses Street where she was struck by an eastbound train about 1:30 a.m., police said…  Read more…

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DOGtoberfest: Large Dog Adoption Special

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, which means it’s time for our 5th annual DOGtoberfest! It’s a way for us to remind the community of the variety of terrific canines looking for their forever homes…  Read more…

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Colorado man injured in U.S. 75 accident during pursuit by deputies

By Wayne White

LYNDON – A Colorado man remained in the Osage County Jail Monday morning after being pursued by Osage County Sheriff’s Office deputies and injured in a traffic accident Saturday.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Osage County deputies were in pursuit of 1998 Volvo station wagon southbound on U.S. Highway 75, north of Lyndon, early Saturday morning. The driver was later identified as William D. Gross, 58, Golden, Colo…  Read more…

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DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

By Isabel Lane

  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory of Golden, Colorado will receive up to $2.5 million to develop a conversion process demonstrating the production of muconic acid from biogas. This acid can be converted into an array of bioproducts, including fuel, plasticizers, and lubricants…  Read more…
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Golden Community Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

Please join us in celebrating 20 years of our great facility, The Golden Community Center!

The kick off to our celebration is Tuesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Board Meeting…  Read more…

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GCC Fitness Area to close temporarily for new carpet installation

The fitness area will close Friday Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. for new carpet to be installed. The installation will take place until Sunday Nov. 2. During this time, some fitness equipment and gym space will be unavailable…  Read more…

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Fatal Light Rail / Pedestrian Accident

At about 1:30 am on October 12, 2014, officers of the Golden Police Department were dispatched to the area of 6thand Ulysses on the report of a fatal RTD light rail train / pedestrian accident.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has tentatively identified the victim as Tiffany McCumber, 17 years old, of Golden. Tiffany was inside the fenced area on the tracks just west of Ulysses Street when she was struck by an east bound train…  Read more…

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Greg Holland book signing event

Greg Holland, a resident of Golden, will be available to sign copies of his book, True Stories of the Supernatural at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at…  Read more…

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Slash collection schedule

Fee for slash drop-off is $20 per load, cash only. Load parameters are; trailer up to 8 feet by 4 feet.

Collection sites will accept the following items only; slash to include limbs, tree debris and pine needs with a maximum length of 8 feet and maximum diameter of 6 inches…  Read more…

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This Couple Ditched Their 2-Bedroom Home To Live In A Friend’s Backyard

By Jessica Cumberbatch

From dumpsters to shipping containers, we’ve seen our share of tiny homes. And while we’re intrigued by the actual structures, we’re even more interested in the homeowners behind them.

Meet Kathleen Morton and Greg Laudenslager. One month ago, the couple ditched their two-bedroom apartment in Denver and set out to reduce their environmental footprint by living in a 140-square-foot camper trailer (with a bathroom and kitchen) for the next year…  Read more…

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RTD train hits, kills woman in Golden

By Tom McGhee

Golden police found a dead woman when they responded to a report that an RTD light rail train hit a pedestrian early Sunday.

The accident happened at about 1:30 a.m. on a stretch of track that is fenced in, so “from either side of the tracks, you can’t get on them,” without getting over the fence, said Capt. Daryl Hollingsworth.

An east bound light rail train hit the woman on track that runs on the north side of U.S. 6 and Ulysses St…  Read more…

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Clearing smoke reveals the truth behind pot

By Paula C. Pheeters and Erin Hergert

Since Amendment 64 legalized marijuana in November 2012, Colorado and Pueblo County have been engaged in an experiment being watched all over the nation and the world.  Our community is at the epicenter of a great debate about legalization. Towns and communities all over Colorado have wrangled with decisions about how to move forward with legalization…  Read more…

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The Mt. Zion ‘M’ to go dark for a few days AAA

The Mines Athletic Center project is moving forward. However, in order to provide electrical service to the new stadium it will be necessary to interrupt power to the ‘M’ on Mt. Zion for a period of up to four days…  Read more…

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Coors brews up medical device manufacturer in Chandler

By Angela Gonzales

The same family enterprise that built Coors Brewing in Golden, Colorado, is now brewing up a research and development facility in Chandler.

CoorsTekMedical is putting the finishing touches on the integration of IMDS and C5 Medical Werks, an acquisition that began late last year…  Read more…

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Denver South cruises to win over Golden in 4A Mountain League

By Neil H. Devlin

ARVADA — It was one of those nights in Colorado high school football. “It was weird,” Denver South coach Tony Lindsay said. “We just wanted to win and get out of here with the win.”

His Rebels did, taking a 32-14 decision of Golden on Thursday night in the Class 4A Mountain League.

However, in front of a sparse crowd at the North Area Athletic Complex, oddities abounded…  Read more…

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Jeffco escapee still at-large, possibly connected with stolen cars

By Jesse Paul

Roughly five days after he escaped from the Jefferson County jail, Travis Sandlin remains at large and on the run.

Sandlin, 32, who on  Sunday night became the first person ever to escape from the county jail, is considered dangerous. Law enforcement said Sandlin might be connected with three vehicles stolen in the metro area this week…  Read more…

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Deputies: Escaped prisoner stealing cars, credit cards across metro area

DENVER — Travis Sandlin, the inmate who escaped from the Jefferson County Jail has been stealing cars and credit cards, sheriff’s deputies said Thursday.

The thefts have happened in cities across the metro area, said Jacki Kelley of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office…  Read more…

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