Jeffco Open Space: Seasonal nesting closures March 1 to July 31

Seasonal closures will be implemented at Jeffco Open Space Parks on March 1 through July 31.  Parks where closures will take place are Crown Hill Park in the Wildlife Sanctuary, North Table Mountain Park along Rim Rock Trail, and Cathedral Spires Park climbing area. These annual seasonal closures allow wildlife to successfully nest, rear young, or survive a critical time in their lifecycles with minimal human disturbance…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Ransomed dog returned

Man kicked out of Table Mountain Inn. Police were dispatched to Table Mountain Inn, 1301 Washington Ave., Golden, on Feb. 9, where a man caused a disturbance and then left with his pug…  Read more…

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Golden library remodel coming soon; library will close for construction March 20-June 11

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden announced today that construction on the Golden Library remodel will begin Mar. 20. The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction; however, library staff members are working to schedule alternative service arrangements for Golden residents… Read more…

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4A boys wrapup: Holy Family, Denver South knocked out

By Neil Devlin

Jefferson County’s Golden bolted to 22-3 after winning a close one, 69-65 over the city’s Thomas Jefferson. The Demons enjoyed terrific balance — Ryan Thistlewood led the way with 18 points. Ryan Blodget added 16, Jason Johsnon 13 and Kayden Sund 12. Josh McNair (18) and Jalen Rose (17) led TJ…  Read more…

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Local grapplers win runner up honors

By Scott Stocker

It definitely turned out to be a tough weekend for the Class 4A and 3A Metro wrestlers in the state tournament competition at the Pepsi Center in Denver. No teams were able to come away with an individual champion in any weight class…  Read more…

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Calls for preservation at Heritage Square

By Amy Woodward

Many locals reacted with nostalgia when news broke that portions of Golden’s Heritage Square will be closing at the end of the year.

The alpine slide and the square’s shops and businesses will be closing at year’s end but the amusement park and Victorian Event Center will remain open.

Historians are stepping up to speak out about the importance of preserving the iconic, albeit struggling, amusement site that was spearheaded by a once-prominent businessman in Wheat Ridge, Walter Francis Cobb…  Read more…

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Colorado memory master competing on Chinese game show

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. —  A Wheat Ridge college student is taking his amazing memory skills to China next week to compete on the country’s most popular game show. “Pretty crazy, never expected this to happen,” said Johnny Briones, who attends the Colorado School of Mines in Golden…  Read more…

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Jefferson County Children’s Museum Needs Assessment

We need your participation!

Jefferson County residents are invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind exploratory assessment. The children’s museum Needs Assessment is sponsored by four founders who are everyday moms with young children who believe all Jefferson County kids should have access to a community children’s museum. Before moving forward, the founders want a clear understanding from the community regarding the need for a children’s museum in Jefferson County…  Read more…

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Golden Library to close for construction March 20 to June 11

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden announced today that construction on the Golden Library remodel will begin Mar. 20. The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction; however, library staff members are working to schedule alternative service arrangements for Golden residents… Read more…

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Business Q&A: Ace-Hi Tavern, Golden

Interview with Mike Stillman, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: My grandfather, Leo Stillman, purchased the Ace back in 1961. It was a rough and rowdy bar back in those days, and Golden was more like an Old West town. In the early ’70s, my dad, Sid Stillman, took over and really solidified the Ace-Hi as a Golden favorite hangout for so many of our local residents as well as students from School of Mines just a few blocks away…  Read more…

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Kong Establishes North American Partnership With Rogz

Kong, the Golden, Colo.-based pet toy maker known for its red rubber dog toys, announced that it is partnering with Rogz to bring the Cape Town, South Africa-based manufacturer’s line of dog toys to the North American pet market…  Read more…

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Mountain States People News, March 2015

Wells Squier has been promoted to partner at Anderson Hallas Architects in Golden, Colo. Squier has more than 16 years of experience and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida College of Design. Early in his career, Squier relocated to Chicago to work for Skidmore Owings & Merrill…  Read more…

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7 Unique Colorado Museums

By Kimberly Gunning

Many family-friendly museum attractions often sit just off the main roads throughout Colorado, and others occasionally require a destination drive to seek out unique finds. These seven Colorado museums are filled with eras of history, unmatched collections and intriguing stories…  Read more…

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Golden area students awarded for academic excellence at Lipscomb University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2015) Several Golden area students have been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the fall semester 2014, said Dr. Craig W. Bledsoe, Provost.

The Golden area students awarded were:

Maggie Veers, Biochemistry: Chemistry Emphasis, Provost’s List, Golden Senior High School
Matt Kerridge, Financial Markets, Honor Roll, Golden Senior High School… Read more…

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CSM adds vehicle-sharing program

By Amy Woodward

Students at the Colorado School of Mines are going mobile and as efficiently as possible.

In a partnership with Zipcar, an alternative car share company that has a nationwide presence, Mines students can now gain temporary access to a set of wheels through the Zipcar vehicle-sharing program on campus…  Read more…

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From straw to gold

By Clarke Reader

The Brothers Grimm have been inspiring artists since the 19th century, and each artist brings their own perspective to their version of Grimm’s classic tales.

When Rory Pierce, leader of the children’s theater at Heritage Square for nearly 25 years, decided to adapt “Rumpelstiltskin” for Miners Alley Playhouse, he wanted to stay true to the feeling of the original work, while making children an integral part of the story…  Read more…

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Colorado Community Media wins dozens of awards in annual contest

Colorado Community Media won 74 individual awards and four special honors in the Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, results of which were announced Feb. 21 during the annual convention in downtown Denver…  Read more…

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Rockslide on Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon; 1 motorist hurt

By Deb Stanley and Wayne Harrison

GOLDEN, Colo. – A rockslide on U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Canyon injured at least one driver and prompted the closure of the highway west of Golden for three hours, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The slide happened west of tunnel one just before noon Tuesday, near mile marker 268. The Colorado State Patrol said up to four vehicles were caught in the slide…  Read more…

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The Boppy Company Partners With Orla Kiely To Launch Limited Edition Boppy® Pillow

GOLDEN, Colo.Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Boppy Company, a world leader in award-winning products for mom and baby, is teaming up with fashion designer Orla Kiely to create a limited edition Boppy® Feeding and Infant Support Pillow. Exclusively available at Target and on Target.com, the slipcovered Boppy® Pillow will feature Kiely’s signature and timeless leaf pattern.

“We are very excited to be working with such a notable and important designer,” said Nancy Bartley, CEO, The Boppy Company.  “By bringing our two iconic brands together, we’ve created a classically designed, must-have product for mom and baby.”

The Boppy Pillow, known for its versatility, offers support for mom while nursing or bottle feeding and then transitions to a support pillow for baby perfect for propping, tummy time and learning to sit…  Read more…

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Rockfall closes US 6 and damages 1 car

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon – between Golden and State Highway 119 – due to rockfall around noon on February 24…  Read more…

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Highway 93 named for deputy

By Amy Woodward

State lawmakers have named a roadway to honor Sgt. David Baldwin, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was killed while on duty on Highway 93 last January.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, legislators unanimously adopted a House joint resolution sponsored by Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, to designate a stretch of Highway 93 as JCSO Sergeant David M. Baldwin Memorial Highway.

The renaming of the highway will begin at mile marker zero in Golden and end at Highway 72 near Coal Creek…  Read more…

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Colorado snow totals for the Feb. 20-23 storm

The following Colorado snow totals have been reported by the National Weather Service for the Feb. 20-23 storm…  Read more…

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5280 CrossFit Announces the Opening of a New Gym in Golden, Colorado

Golden, CO — (ReleaseWire) — 02/23/2015 — A new CrossFit Gym in Golden, Colorado opened on February 1, 2015, operating under the name 5280 CrossFit. The Golden community embraces the lifestyle Colorado has become known for, one which emphasizes health, fitness, and adventure. CrossFit workouts promote functional fitness to ensure members are prepared for all the great state has to offer, therefore, individuals looking to get into shape need to check this new option out…  Read more…

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Happy birthday to famous outlaw

By John Akal

Here’s a little history trivia question for you with some clues. Who was born on Feb. 26, 1846, in the Iowa Territory, spent his early years in Le Claire but moved to Canada for a while and then back to the U.S. where he lived in the Kansas Territory?

Need more clues?  Read more…

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Air for our heirs – Jeffco earns an ‘F’

Jefferson County was ranked by the American Lung Association’s 2014 report as the worst county in Colorado for ozone pollution and was given a grade of F. Why and what is being done about it?  Read more…

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Morgan McCormick Sets School Record in 200 IM At Mountain West Championships

San Antonio, Texas —– Freshman Morgan McCormick set a school record in a preliminary heat of the 200 individual medley as San Jose State University moved into ninth place after the second day of the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

McCormick swam a 2:00.41 time in her preliminary race earning NCAA Championship “B” cut status. Her record-setting swim bettered the previous San Jose State mark of 2:01.08 set by Julia Craddock at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship. The freshman from Golden, Colo., finished seventh in the 200 IM championship final at 2:01.90…  Read more…

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Golden City Manager Announces Retirement

After more than 21 years serving as City Manager for the City of Golden, Mike Bestor is retiring. At the City Council meeting on Feb. 19, he announced his intention to retire as soon as Council selects his replacement. For anyone who has seen Golden’s transformation over the last two decades, you know that Mike leaves behind an amazing legacy…  Read more…

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Working on a dream: From Mines runner to Olympian

Mark Husted, a Ph.D. candidate in operations research, is training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team trials in track and field. Known as the “fastest person in the history of Mines,” Husted broke the track record for 800m earlier this year at 1:51.54. Husted has been racing for the Mines track and field team since 2005 and has earned honors along the way…  Read more…

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Park Pavilion rentals now available for 2015

Whether you’re hosting a family reunion, a wedding reception, or just a day in the park with friends, Golden park pavilions make a great venue for memorable events, with an unbeatable scenic backdrop.

As of February 17, park pavilion rentals for the 2015 season are now available. A couple of things to know before you rent…  Read more…

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City Manager Mike Bestor to retire

By Amy Woodward

The Transcript has confirmed that longtime City Manager Mike Bestor will be announcing his retirement this evening during city council’s weekly meeting.

“It’s been a great job,” Bestor said. “I’m really going to miss it.”  Read more…

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Golden Backpack program flourishes

By Amy Woodward

Thanks to the support of the community and the dedication of volunteers, the Golden Backpack program is continuing to be a valuable asset for the city.

Based on numbers received from the program’s February update, more than 350,000 kids in the Golden area have benefited from the program’s mission to give a healthy sack lunch to a child from a low-income home…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: 5 Star Gluten Free, Golden

Interview with DeAnn Wieber, founder/president

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: When my son, Sam, was 2 years old, we had to remove gluten from his diet as a test to relieve his eczema. We realized there was not much on the market shelves that was worth eating. We started making our own recipes and liked them so much we decided to share them with others…  Read more…

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Miners Alley stages shows for children

By Amy Woodward

Miners Alley is helping to revive the frivolity of Heritage Square’s Children’s Theatre with the addition of fun and exciting children’s shows at the Golden playhouse…  Read more…

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Brewmasters release limited edition beer

By Amy Woodward

All of Golden’s microbreweries — yes, all five of them — have come together for the first time to create a special brew that will be released to the public in March…  Read more…

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Police honored in annual ceremony

By Amy Woodward

The Golden Police Department had a lot to celebrate at its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

More than 15 awards were given to 25 of the department’s officers and supporting staff for their dedication, assistance and hard work in the community as well as outside city limits…  Read more…

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Standley twins stand tall in win over Golden

By Scott Stocker

It was somewhat of a twin dominance Feb. 12 in Standley Lake’s girls basketball game against home standing Golden.

Sophomore twin sisters, Hanna and Hayley Davis, were forceful in helping to lead Standley Lake to a 55-45 victory over Golden…  Read more…

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From being helped to being a helper

By Clarke Reader

After beating a rare disorder that temporarily left her unable to breathe or walk on her own, Julia Simpkins, 17, refused to consider doctors’ prognosis that it would take her six months to walk again.

“I told them I wasn’t going home in a wheelchair,” she remembers. “This is my senior year and I’m not going to miss it.”

And she didn’t…  Read more…

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Students take time out for fitness

By Amy Woodward

Students at Kyffin Elementary took time out to participate in a worldwide fitness break on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Sponsored by the Jam School Program, a free wellness resource for schools, 49 states and 13 countries signed up to participate in the third-annual Jam Day World Record…  Read more…

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Scholarship opportunities available for Golden’s Hands-on History summer day camp

Several merit-based scholarships are now available to help kids make real-life history connections at Golden’s Hands-on History summer day camp…  Read more…

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Stebner awarded 2015 NSF CAREER award

GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 17, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Aaron Stebner has received a 2015 NSF CAREER Award.

The grant will support Stebner’s research, “In-situ Advancements for Study of Multi-axial Micromechanics of Solid Materials.”  Read more…

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Golden school goes into lock out as men fire BB gun in vicinity

By Anthony Cotton

An elementary school in Golden was put on lockout Tuesday when school officials and students saw a group of men in an adjoining backyard shooting a weapon.

As it turned out, the weapon in question was a BB gun and police cleared the scene almost as quickly as it began. However, said Golden police Captain Daryl Hollingsworth, “if I was a parent there, I would be concerned too.”  Read more…

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Heritage Square in Golden will close alpine slide, businesses at end of 2015 season

By Josie Klemaier

Heritage Square in Golden will close its Victorian-themed entertainment village at the end of 2015, including its alpine slide.

“We are announcing the closure of Heritage Square in advance of the season to afford the public the opportunity to enjoy the property, shops and attractions one final season,” property manager Peter Bovis said in a news release.

Heritage Square was opened by Woodmoor Corporation in 1971 and changed hands multiple times since.  At the end of 2013, Heritage Square Music Hall ceased its community and children’s theater productions, citing rapidly declining sales…  Read more…

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Bikes vs. Cars: The Deadly War Nobody’s Winning

By Andrew Tilin

Liability lawyer and former professional bike racer Megan Hottman spends her working hours representing cyclists who’ve been injured by reckless drivers. She spends her leisure time riding and telling people something they don’t always want to hear: in the perpetual, complicated conflict between two wheels and four, bike riders are part of the problem, and they have to be a big part of the solution…  Read more…

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NREL PV inverter reliability testing supports solar power in Hawaii; Utility poised to double solar rooftop capacity

Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, Colorado, U.S.) as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity (San Mateo, California, US) have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy…  Read more…

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Denver railroads attracted African-Americans who settled Five Points

By Monte Whaley

Harvey Pipkin remembers the hustle and bustle of old Union Station in Denver with people all dressed up for trips to Cheyenne, St. Louis and Chicago. But the 91-year-old Pipkin remembers the tips most of all. “Oh, brother, the passengers tipped well,” said Pipkin, who, like brother Joseph, worked just after World War II as a dining car waiter on a Union Pacific train based out of Denver. Pipkin was among the thousands of African-American men who left the Deep South over a roughly 100-year span to find jobs on railroads in Denver…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Presents Regional Premiere of 2012 Broadway Revival of GODSPELL, 3/27-5/03

A mega hit on Broadway, off-Broadway and around the world, Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Godspell” 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…  Read more…

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Heritage Square to close at end of 2015 season

By Matt Farley

A local institution that has nonetheless struggled in recent years, the majority of the theme park will close for good at the end of the year, property manager Peter Bovis announced Thursday.

“We are announcing the closure of Heritage Square in advance of the season to afford the public the opportunity to enjoy the property, shops and attractions for one final season,” he said…  Read more…

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Heritage Square to close at year’s end

By Raquel Villaneuva and Jonathan Gonzalez

GOLDEN – Heritage Square, the Victorian-themed entertainment village, will close at the end of 2015.

“We are announcing the closure of Heritage Square in advance of the season to afford the public the opportunity to enjoy the property, shops and attractions one final season,” Heritage Square property manager Peter Bovis said in a statement…  Read more…

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