Golden boys basketball hoping to reach new playoff heights

By Brian Miller

It’s been six years since Golden’s boys basketball team last clinched the Class 4A Jeffco League title.

That doesn’t mean that the Demons haven’t been in the thick of things in those seasons — far from it. Golden averaged 15 victories a year during that stretch and made the postseason each time. But when push came to shove, either D’Evelyn or Valor Christian ended the league campaign with the crown.

Those league contests are where the 2014-15 version of the Demons have been such a different squad…  Read more…

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Golden Update

Good morning,

I’ve been on city council for one year already! It’s been a real honor serving the people of this amazing town and, at the same time, it’s been one most challenging things I have ever done.

During the past year, I’ve found that hearing constituents’ opinions really helps me understand all sides of issues and do a better job making good decisions for Golden…  Read more…

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Valentine Dance at the Golden Gate Grange

Valentine Dance at the Golden Gate Grange…  Read more…

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Love Locks Activity at Foothills Art Center

Lock in your love this Valentine’s Day at Foothills Art Center in Golden. Come by the Gift Gallery where we will have an assortment of locks available for decorating from February 4th through Valentine’s Day.   Once decorated, celebrate your unbreakable and everlasting commitment by affixing your lock to the designated gate on our grounds…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Man arrested for pouring beer on blanket

Tip theft. Anthony’s Pizza, 600 12th St., Golden, reported that on Jan. 12, a man stole the tip jar from the counter. The owner identified a suspect who was not located…  Read more…

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Darrel Hafling “did everything to encourage his students”

By Irv Moss

A memorial gathering is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday at the Golden High School gymnasium for Darrel Hafling, who coached wrestling at the school for 30 years.

Hafling, who died Jan. 14 of Alzheimer’s disease, was a devoted advocate for the sport of wrestling, and continued his involvement in the sport well after he retired from coaching…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Playhouse is a good thing

By John Akal

Have you ever heard the expression “good things come in small packages”? Well here in Golden we have a really good thing in a small package and you might want to check it out because it contains a wealth of entertainment for all ages.

I’m talking about Miners Alley Playhouse. It’s a tiny little theater that packs a big punch by constantly presenting new programs and expanding on it’s repertoire…  Read more…

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Golden Library transfers historical collection

By Amy Woodward

A trove of Golden’s historic documents are headed downstream, but only by one building.

The Golden History Museums announced last week it soon will be the new steward of the Golden History Collection, currently located at the Golden Library.

The collection, used as resource materials, includes books, historic maps, directories, old photographs and newspaper clippings…  Read more…

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Jury Duty Phone Scam

A person claiming to be a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy is calling residents and saying they have missed jury duty. The scammer says that unless the resident pays a fine of several hundred dollars immediately, they risk being arrested on the spot and going to jail.

The scammers are manipulating caller ID to make it look as though the call is coming from the Sheriff’s office. If someone were to call the number back, an answering machine also states they have reached the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office…  Read more…

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More kids apply for Bell Middle School in Golden after iSTEM program

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — The recess area at Bell Middle School is being redesigned — by the students themselves.

“We want you to think big,”  Bell Middle School principal Bridget Jones told the students in Jesse Swift’s pre-engineering class when she announced the plan last week. 

Students in Bell’s integrative science, technology, engineering and math program, called iSTEM, will design a dream schoolyard on what adds up to more than 90,000 square feet, according to Swift…  Read more…

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Mines organization, employee receive Golden Chamber of Commerce awards

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 28, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines took home two awards at the Golden Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 15…  Read more…

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A string of pokes

By Amy Woodward

The Colorado Cowboy Gathering was held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden last weekend…  Read more…

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Two CSM basketballers earn academic honor

Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball redshirt sophomore Garrett Loew and sophomore Gokul Natesan each earned their first RMAC First Team All-Academic awards during the release of the annual conference all-academic squads last week…  Read more…

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Phase 2 of Kimball St. Roundabout underway

On Monday, January 26 the Public Works department began phase 2 of the Kimball St. Roundabout…  Read more…

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City of Golden Weekly Digest

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Community Center Leisure Pool temporarily closed

The Golden Community Center leisure pool is experiencing mechanical issues…  Read more…

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These flowers are forever

By Clarke Reader

Everyone appreciates flowers, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon they make a great gift with one exception — they fade away.

That’s not the case with the flowers available in featured in Golden’s Spirits in the Wind Gallery…  Read more…

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Golden police gets new police captain

By Amy Woodward

When Joe Harvey was a young boy lying in his bed in a boy’s home for poor and homeless kids, he resolved to one day become a police officer. It was a resolution made in reaction to his difficult childhood in which he would become familiar with social services, having been placed in and out of child foster care, and finding himself periodically homeless, seeking shelter under a bridge or in a tent…  Read more…

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Jeffco open space recruitment fairs

Learn about volunteer opportunities at two recruitment fairs on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both fairs are drop-in events held at the JCOS Administration Building, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401…  Read more…

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Critically acclaimed violinist Gregory Walker to perform with Jefferson Symphony Orchestra

Critically acclaimed violinist Gregory Walker will be the featured guest artist at the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s February 15, 2015 concert. Walker will perform the dramatic Brahms Concerto for Violin, Op. 77, in D Major. The program also includes Shostakovich’s grand Symphony No. 5 and the more light-hearted Overture to The School for Scandal by Samuel Barber…  Read more…

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ME student breaks barriers as pro female kart racer

Sabré Cook, a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, is the only female with a professional kart racer license and is one of four finalists (out of 15,000) who have been named to the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy and MAXSpeed Group Driver Advancement Program.

“As a driver, my engineering studies give me an advantage because I can relate things better to my team about how my car is functioning,” she said…  Read more…

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Mines professor partners in $14.4M Australian Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 22, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor D. Vaughan Griffiths serves as the sole non-Australian partner-investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering based at the University of Newcastle, Australia…  Read more…

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Music in the snow

By Clarke Reader

In the summertime, it’s easy to find music festivals in Colorado. The weather makes everyone want to be outside, and live music makes it that much better.

It’s a little trickier in the winter.

The organizers of the first annual UllrGrass Festival — named for the Norse god of winter — are bringing some of the top names in the local bluegrass scene and brewers from Golden together to defy the elements and launch a winter music festival…  Read more…

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UllrGrass brings bluegrass festival, winter activities to downtown Golden

By Josie Klemaier

Cold, rain and snow do not keep Red Rocks Amphitheatre from selling out its annual January concert, and Golden resident Chris Thompson thinks the same will be true for his upcoming winter music festival.

“That doesn’t happen,” he said regarding the possibility that winter weather could deter UllrGrass, a new weekend festival featuring bluegrass musicians and workshops, a beer festival and a day of family-friendly events throughout downtown Golden Jan. 29-Feb. 1…  Read more…

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Building connectivity through Golden.com

By Amy Woodward

In the list of community contributors to Golden who have worked to make it bigger than what it has been, better than it was yesterday and the best it can be in serving its residents, Barb Warden is certainly a pillar in helping to create community value.

Founder of Golden.com, Warden has been engaging Golden’s residents and business owners through her website for nearly a decade…  Read more…

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum New Exhibit

Starting Friday, Jan. 30, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum presents a new exhibit titled “Without a Net: Stories and Investigations by Bobbi Baugh” and also “Past Presence: Antique Quilts” The exhibit run through April 28. The RMQM described Baugh’s style to be based on her interest in patterns and relationships…  Read more…

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Golden Young Readers’ Club

The Young Readers Club allows readers to give feedback on books they check out at the library. Every last Wednesday of the month, young readers can hang out, enjoy activities, games and fun…  Read more…

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Golden Police Officer assists homeless woman

On Dec. 13, Officer Derek Hall with the Golden Police Department responded to trespassing incident at the RTD garage. A 56-year-old woman was found sleeping in the garage by RTD security. Officer Hall issued the woman a trespassing notice but upon hearing the woman was homeless and in need of shelter, Officer Hall provided a courtesy transport to St. Joseph’s church and received a voucher for food and shelter…  Read more…

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Recycle center could use a recharge

By Amy Woodward

Although it successfully disposes of millions of pounds of hazardous waste, the Rooney Road Recycling Center is struggling financially because of shrinking revenues and too little money to manage the facility.

For more than 20 years ago, the recycling enter has accepted hazardous household items from residents throughout Jeffco’s nine jurisdictions which hold an intergovernmental agreement with the center…  Read more…

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Quilts: An art form and no longer just for bedding

By Fran Loft

Golden is very privileged to have The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. This museum is the only unique quilt museum in Colorado and one of 30 such museums in the U.S.   (This does not count quilts that are in art museums). In April 2014 USA Today rated the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum as one of the ten best places to view quilts in the U.S. The American Quilters Society and the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky celebrate Quilt Week every April to showcase quilts now as art and not just coverings for beds…  Read more…

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Valentine’s Dance at the Golden Gate Grange

Join us for our Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, February 14th from 8 to 10 p.m at the Golden Gate Grange. Enjoy dancing, refreshments and live music. Back by popular acclaim Magic Moments will entertain with hits from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s for your listening and dancing pleasure…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Man gives chase in produce aisles

Moving truck disappears. A woman reported to Golden police Jan. 6 that a moving company she hired never showed up with her stuff to her new home in the 700 block of G Street, Golden…  Read more…

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Golden Library to Donate Golden History Collection to Golden History Museums

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 15, 2014) Golden History Museums, a division of the City of Golden, and Jefferson County Public Library announced today an agreement to consolidate the Golden History Collection at the Golden History Center. Under terms of the agreement, the library will donate its local history holdings to the City, including dozens of reference books, historic maps, directories, copies of photographs and topical research files filled with newspaper clippings…  Read more…

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Mines helps found the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 21, 2015 – The Department of Energy and a consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, and universities including Colorado School of Mines, will invest more than $250 million – $70 million in federal funds and more than $180 million in non-federal matching funds – to launch the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)…  Read more…

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Colorado to establish Wind Energy Center of Excellence

Colorado was selected to participate in the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation through the newly established Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). IACMI is a multi-state public-private partnership including 122 companies, nonprofits, and universities to research the use of composite materials, develop new manufacturing techniques, and improve clean energy job training programs to improve performance and reduce costs for clean energy technologies…  Read more…

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No place like Colorado

By John Akal

Only in a place like Colorado, where much of our economy and recreation is dependent on how much snow we get, would you find festivals scheduled for the middle of winter themed around a character like Ullr, the Norse God of Snow. They had one a couple of weeks ago in Breckenridge, but coming up is Golden’s own tribute to the original Old Man Winter…  Read more…

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Tracy honored by chamber

John Tracy was given the Chairman’s Award during the Golden Chamber annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Tracy has managed special projects for Colorado Community Media for more than 25 years and has served on the Golden Chamber Board for 14 years…  Read more…

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City of Golden Weekly Digest

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Phase 2 of Kimball St. Roundabout to begin next week

On Monday, January 26 the Public Works department will begin phase 2 of the Kimball St. Roundabout…  Read more…

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Stepping toward health, community with Walk2Connect

By Claire Martin

A few years ago,  Golden City Council member Saoirse Charis-Graves was 110 pounds overweight, had high blood pressure and diverticulitis and was so short of breath that she couldn’t walk for five minutes without pausing.

She hated exercise — the sweat, the pain, the way her artificial knees limited her range of motion. But under a doctor’s supervision, she changed her diet and started walking 10 minutes a day. Eventually, she was strong enough to walk for 90 minutes at a time, and then longer. She lost weight. Her health issues resolved themselves…  Read more…

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COLORADO COWBOY GATHERING RETURNS TO GOLDEN FOR 26TH YEAR

This four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full days of popular theme sessions and Sunday Morning Cowboy Church and matinee show. A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song and verse. This year’s Gathering also includes two unique classes where attendees can learn to weave their very own horse tack cinch or learn to play the cowboy harmonica instantly…  Read more…

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Enjoyment in the soup of the winter

By John Akal

January is upon us, and the heart of winter is approaching. When the weather outside is frightful it’s always a good time to put on a pot of hot soup and spend the day or evening in a favorite chair with a good book.

For my family it’s when we start getting involved with the stories behind the enticing covers of the books we received as gifts during the holidays…  Read more…

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BREAKING: Rep. Libby Szabo to sit as Jeffco commissioner

By Amy Woodward

Colorado Rep. Libby Szabo from District 27 was selected as Jefferson County Commissioner for District 1.

Szabo, who successfully ran for a third term in November, will be filling the vacancy left behind by former county commissioner Faye Griffin, who left her post early to work as the county’s clerk and recorder…   Read more…

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Mines student group receives award to promote physics at area K-12 schools

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 19, 2015 –The Colorado School of Mines Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter was awarded the “2014-15 Future Faces of Physics Award” – its second in two years, by the national SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma chapter.

This award helps 175 students in the group continue outreach efforts to promote physics across cultural divides and encourage recruitment and retention of people underrepresented in STEM fields…  Read more…

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VOI seeking Volunteer Victim Advocates

Do you want to become more involved in your community? Victim Outreach Incorporated (VOI) offers opportunities to work directly with crime victims, offering support and access to resources during a critical stage of trauma. Volunteer Victim Advocates carry a pager, and are called out by law enforcement on evenings and weekends to respond on scene, to ensure victims’ rights are upheld and needs are met…  Read more…

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Eye tracking system may modernize robotic surgeries

Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering professor Xiaoli Zhang and graduate student Songpo Li have developed a gaze-contingent-controlled robotic laparoscope system that can help surgeons better perform laparoscopic surgery…  Read more…

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Golden 2014: A Year in Review

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Bell i-STEM students prepare to launch “Wormanauts”

On any given day at Bell Middle School, a group of students will pull out a box full of red worms to study their ability to turn compostable waste into soil. An amazing process here on earth, but these students are preparing the worms for space…  Read more…

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Golden Software Releases MapViewer 8 with New Map Types and User-Interface Enhancements

GOLDEN, COLORADO, 14 January, 2015 – Golden Software, LLC, the leading developer of affordable scientific graphics software, announces the release of MapViewer 8, a mapping and spatial analysis software package for producing publication-quality thematic maps…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Playhouse to Present THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, 1/30-3/8

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” is a comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film his documentary Man of Aran. No one is more excited than Billy, an unloved and crippled boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him…  Read more…

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