List of Gold Helmet Award Winners for Colorado prep football from The Denver Post

By Neil H. Devlin

Gold Helmet winners

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2014 All-Colorado field hockey team


Kendra Lanuza, Sr., Golden

Honorable mention:

Emily Hipp, Golden, Jr.

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Getting ready to ring in the New Year

By John Akal

Well, it’s getting to be time to ring out the old and ring in the new again. Yes, New Years Eve is upon us next week and it looks like this year it’s going to be a gateway to a whole weekend of celebrations. New Years Eve falls on a Wednesday night, with New Years Day being on Thursday, so everyone will have that day off, and lots of people will also have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off as well which means “Let the party begin!”  Read more…

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Rocky Mountain water

By Clarke Reader

One of the key ingredients in MillerCoors beers is the famous clear mountain water.

On Dec. 16 the company joined with PepsiCo and the Wells Fargo Foundation to ensure that water will be protected for millions of Colorado residents.

The three organizations announced they will donate $1 million to The Nature Conservancy to protect the Front Range forests, which in turn protect a clean water source for the state…  Read more…

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Golden resident Deb Dickinson receives 7Everyday Hero Award

At a time of year when we look for ways to share the spirit and help make a difference in our world, we can take a cue from area resident Deb Dickinson. Deb is the organizer of a couple of philanthropy programs sponsored by her employer TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon in Evergreen. And, one of those programs – the Soldier Box Project – has earned her KMGH TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award…  Read more…

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Golden hosts free quit-tobacco class first month of smoking ban

By Josie Klemaier

Citing steps that cities including Golden have taken to ban the use of tobacco and nicotine products in public, Jefferson County Public Health is hosting a free “Getting Ready to Quit” class in Golden.

“As of Jan. 1, 2015, more public spaces in Golden are smoke free!” Jefferson County Public Health said in a release…  Read more…

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Friends of missing Golden man say he may have been headed to Boulder

By Joe Rubino

Family and friends of a Golden man are seeking help locating the 50-year-old who they say has been missing since Thursday and may be in the Boulder area. 

Tom Danitschek, who previously lived in Boulder but had recently moved back to his hometown of Golden, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds…  Read more…

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Tis the season to celebrate in the streets

Olde Golden Christmas parades filled Washington Avenue in Golden on three consecutive Saturdays Dec. 6, 13, and 20…  Read more…

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Finding forgiveness

By Amy Woodward

Louis Zamperini’s tale of surviving a vicious Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II was unknown to many.

Even when Donna Miller, a Golden native and history enthusiast, was asked nearly eight years ago if she had ever heard of Louis Zamperini — she was unaware of his story.

But her lack of familiarity would not last long. Miller, an American Airlines pilot and history lover, met Zamperini through a mutual friend during a layover in Los Angeles…  Read more…

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Missing Man Dies after Crashing into Creek

The vehicle belonging to a man who was reported missing Friday was found partially submerged in a creek.

Colorado State Patrol says the driver, Danny Eugene Sheya, 65 of Aurora, was pronounced dead at the hospital…  Read more…

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One dead after car plunges into icy Clear Creek outside Golden

By John Frank

The driver who lost control of an SUV on U.S. 6 and plunged into an icy Clear Creek near Golden has died, authorities said.

Authorities pulled the driver from the submerged car and transported him to St. Anthony’s Hospital in critical condition…  Read more…

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Curling in Colorado gets a boost from Denver Curling Club in Golden

By John Meyer

When Kevin Cash landed a job at the Colorado School of Mines, he had more than one reason to be excited about moving here from Boston. Not only would he get to teach chemical engineering at a really good school, but a remarkable feat of engineering was taking shape a few miles east of campus.

The Denver Curling Club was building a $3.6 million, state-of-the-art facility — the only permanent, club-owned curling sheet between North Dakota and the West Coast. And Cash loves curling…  Read more…

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Five Aggies Earn NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Distinction

Kunz was named to the Scholar All-South Region Second Team last season. The Golden, Colorado native owns a 3.49 grade-point average in agricultural communications and journalism.

The Golden, Colorado native appeared in 97 games during her career, including 48 starts. She end her career ranked seventh in Aggie history with 39 goals and 10th with 96 points…  Read more…

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Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Board of Directors

Katherine Young, Maria Richards, and Masami Nakagawa join the new GRC Board of Directors

Davis, California, USA – The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the general membership to 2-year terms. To provide continuity, half of the Board is elected every year. All GRC members are eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

The global GRC membership took part in the ballot in November, and the result was that three new members of the Board were elected…  Read more…

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Buffalo Rose in Golden to begin major renovations in February

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — The Buffalo Rose in downtown Golden is getting a major facelift.

“Truly, the Buffalo Rose needs renovated more than any other building on main street,” owner Kenny Lee said to  Golden’s Downtown Development Authority at its Dec. 15 meeting.

The Buffalo Rose is a bar and music venue with a western vibe that hosts rock, country and blues acts. Lee is now sole owner of the business after buying out his former partner earlier this year, he said at the meeting…  Read more…

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Wu receives NSF CAREER award

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 18, 2014 – Ning Wu, Colorado School of Mines Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering assistant professor, has received a 2015 NSF CAREER Award for his research “In- and Out-of-Equilibrium Behavior of Colloidal Clusters with Broken Symmetries.”  Read more…

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Happy Transcript birthday!

By Richard Gardner

The state’s second oldest newspaper and Denver metro area’s oldest media establishment began on Dec. 19, 1866, founded by George West in Golden. With a bit of talk recently on possibly reviving the Rocky Mountain News I thought you folks might be interested in the Transcript’s unique historic connection to Colorado’s first newspaper…  Read more…

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A festive avenue this weekend

It’s about time for that weekend before Christmas and your last chance to get trampled and frustrated trying to get in your last minute shopping. Here’s a word of warning, if you really, really want it or need it, it’s probably already sold out…  Read more…


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Nominate a local charity

Oswego Creative, a Golden based video production business, is accepting nominations for charities with winners given a free video production of their cause…  Read more…

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Grateful bread rises above the rest

By Amy Woodward

Bread is one of the oldest foods developed by humankind and Jeff Cleary, founder of Grateful Bread, has taken its basic ingredients and turned them into a sought after commodity by top notch chefs in the Denver area.

Grateful Bread is one of Golden’s hidden gems, thanks to Cleary’s talent for mixing and perfecting recipes as well as handcrafting the bread’s shape and size…  Read more…

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Polar Express ends in success

By Amy Woodward

The Polar Express Train Ride has turned out to be an epic success for the Colorado Railroad Museum’s newest Christmas event.

Tickets sold out for the entire run before the second weekend’s performance, said Donald Tallman, executive director for the Colorado Railroad Museum…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Blurry details at bar

Blurry details at bar. Golden Police went to Blue Canyon Grill, 1224 Washington Ave., on Nov. 28 on a report that a man hit a woman. Police were unable to confirm enough details to arrest the man…  Read more…

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Bouldering bus helps Colorado Mountain Club teach climbing science

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —Shelton Elementary’s after-school mountain club members thought they were going to the American Mountaineering Center to learn about avalanches.

But in addition, they got some surprise climbing lessons inside  Colorado Mountain Club‘s brand new bouldering bus…  Read more…

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Dance Classes Golden

The Golden Community Center, 1470 10th Street, offers creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, jazz-hip hop, vocal music theater, musical theater, drama and clogging classes. The winter/spring classes start the second week in January…  Read more…

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Mines bids farewell to football coach Bob Stitt

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 17, 2014 – After 15 seasons and more than 100 victories, Colorado School of Mines Head Football Coach Bob Stitt is moving on to coach a Division I team at the University of Montana.

Stitt became the Mines program’s all-time wins leader with his 85th in the 2012 season opener against William Jewell to pass Mines legend Marv Kay ’63. He eclipsed the 100-win plateau in this seasons’ 46-0 shutout of William Jewell and now owns a career 108-62 (.635) all-time record, including an 83-44 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games….  Read more…

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Golden Police to handle intrusion alarm calls more efficiently

On January 1, 2015 the Golden Police Department will begin handling intrusion (burglary) alarms in a more efficient manner. The police and/or fire personnel will continue to immediately respond to robbery, panic, medical, and fire alarms; however, the department has decided to adopt a form of “Verified Alarm Response” as our method for handling intrusion alarms…  Read more…

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Jefferson County homeowner who shot, killed intruder will not be charged

GOLDEN, Colorado — A homeowner who shot and killed an intruder in Jefferson County will not be charged.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the man was sleeping in his home in a wooded area near the foothills community of Genesee on Friday morning when he heard a dog barking in his yard…  Read more…

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The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL’s Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program which enables decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits and government are eligible to participate in the program.

There are two Energy Execs learning opportunities – the Leadership Program and the Leadership Institute. Both are designed to provide executive decision-makers with information and tools to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related planning…  Read more…

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Crystal Solar, NREL Team Win R&D 100 Award

Santa Clara, Calif. — T.S. Ravi’s faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations. The team of Crystal Solar and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, were the joint winners of the R&D 100 Award that was held at the Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 7…  Read more…

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Orediggers Turn Back Eagles

By Dennis and Kathi Brown

GOLDEN, Colo. – Courtney Martin scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Sam Rusk hit four 3-pointers and added 16 points to lead Colorado School of Mines to a 66-55 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over Chadron State College Friday.

With the win, Colorado School of Mines improves to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in the RMAC…  Read more…

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Golden-based video producer searching for a few good charities

By Tamara Chuang

Oswego Creative is in search of a worthy non-profit that would benefit from a 3-minute video about their cause. Know one? Then nominate it already.

The Golden-based video-production company kicked off its quest to donate its time and facilities this week. Oswego said it plans to create a video each quarter as part of its Oswego Creative Community Care Video Project…  Read more…

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West Side Live! Presents: New Year’s Eve Concert with Westbrook

Ring in the New Year with West Side Live! Presents. Experience the unique jazz/funk/blues ensemble, Westbrook (featuring singer Julia Wilson) and enjoy dancing, drinks and appetizers…  Read more…

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Butterfly Pavilion chooses AlphaGraphics Arvada, downtown Denver and Golden as sole printing partner

By Michelle Francis

Full-service printing and marketing company AlphaGraphics of Arvada, Downtown Denver and Golden was recently selected by the Butterfly Pavilion as its sole printing partner…  Read more…

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Jefferson County Sheriff: Intruder fatally shot by homeowner

By Chuck Hickey

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A homeowner shot and killed an intruder during an attempted invasion Friday morning, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened in the 26300 block of Clear View Drive about 8:30 a.m. near Rockland Community Church and Ralston Elementary School, north of Genesee…  Read more…

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Gearin, Kerridge earn men’s soccer NSCAA All-Region

By Kirk Downs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s soccer team continues to raise the bar and set the new standard for the program after having two players earn individual awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Wednesday.

Senior defender Luke Gearin earned the school’s first-ever nod on the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I All-Southeast Region first team while redshirt junior midfielder Matt Kerridge was named to the second team….  Read more…

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Breaking: Mt. Vernon Resident shoots intruder

By Amy Woodward

The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left one person dead at the 2300 block on Clear View Dr. in Genesee Park on Friday, Dec. 12.

A homeowner located on Clear View Dr., shot and killed an an adult male, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported…  Read more…

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NREL leads in newly funded Lab-Corps

By Amy Woodward

The National Renewal Energy Lab will play a major role in the federal Department of Energy’s efforts to move clean energy technologies from national laboratories to the marketplace.

The lab, better known as NREL, is implimenting a new program that fosters entrepreneurship and industry partnerships…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: The terrible 20s

Rebuffed at the Buff. On Nov. 22, Golden police went to theBuffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., where a man and two female friends were accusing the bartenders of stealing his missing credit card and driver’s license…  Read more…

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Sheriff: Suspect in Golden high-speed chase may be tied to killings

By Anthony Cotton

An arrest has been made following a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon that started in Golden, went through Morrison and ended just off of C-470.

According to a tweet from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle involved in the chase may be connected to an incident earlier Wednesday in which three people were shot and killed at a home in Adams County…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Golden Goods, Golden

Interview with Deanne Aichholz, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: My husband and I have always wanted to open an old-fashioned general store. We noticed that there were no stores devoted to kids in Golden anymore, so we decided to start our own toy, candy and souvenir store in downtown Golden…  Read more…

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Dance studio performs version of holiday classic

By Ashley Reimers

Forgoing the traditional performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet, Amanda Hill, owner of Virtuosity Dance Centre in Golden, decided to create her own holiday story for her dancers.

With help from theater teacher Veronika Nelson, she wrote and choreographed her version of A Christmas Carol.” Nelson’s “$crooge’s $tory: a Rock Opera, tells of Ebenezer Scrooge’s encounter with three ghosts who show him the error of his ways…  Read more…

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Storm drainage utility fee moves forward

Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will 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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Rotary revs up toy drive

By Amy Woodward

The simple donation of one toy can make the holiday season brighter for a child, and this year, the Rotary Club of Golden hopes to receive 1,300 toys.

This year marks the club’s 8th annual Golden Toys for Kids drive, in partnership with area schools, merchants and the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office…  Read more…

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Mill Levies Set for Downtown Development Authority

Council established and approved the mill levy for Golden residences for the inclusion in the annual property tax assessments…  Read more…

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Golden police standards and for alarm systems changes

Council amended a portion of the city’s municipal code and authorized a resolution in regards to standards and controls for alarm systems which allows Golden police department to implement policies and procedures for responding to alarm calls. Since 2011, 99 percent of all alarm responses have been false, costing the city about $12,000 or more per year for responses to false alarms…  Read more…

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Holiday fun, both traditional and exotic

When the holiday season is upon is we start hearing phrases that don’t usually come up at other times of the year. Things like Jingle Bells, Fa-la-la-la-la and Ho-ho-ho. For some reason you don’t seem to hear those on the Fourth of July.

One of my favorite seasonal expressions is Winter Wonderland. Sure, it comes from a song, but those two words conjure up a fantastic image all by themselves and we certainly live in a place that truly becomes a Winter Wonderland every time it snows…  Read more…

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Attacks on juvenile detention staff skyrocket after policy change

By Arthur Kane

Attacks on juvenile detention staff in Colorado skyrocketed starting in July, including an inmate knocking detention staff unconscious, a female inmate head-butting a worker causing a concussion and one inmate beating a 65-year-old employee nearly to death with a pillow case full of rocks.

Between July and October, a investigation found, 91 juvenile detention staffers were injured in incidents with youths – nearly twice the average of any other four-month period since November 2012, according to state figures obtained under open records laws…  Read more…

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