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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Supercomputing Drives Wind Power Efficiency

By Tiffany Trader

Wind power is is on track to achieve cost parity with fossil fuels thanks in part to the open-source software tool Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) being developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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Golden Beer Talks

Dr. Jim White will be the feature speaker for the TED talks inspired Golden Beer Talks on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Windy Saddle at 1110 Washington Ave. in Golden. White will discuss Climate Change and You: What Everyone Should Know…  Read more…

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Cowboy Carnival and Blanket Drive

Adio Chiropractic is holding a free cowboy carnival to help collect 1,000 blankets to donate to local relief organizations. Food, games, hayrides and pumpkin paintings will be part of the fun…  Read more…

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Partial Solar Eclipse from Lookout Mountain

The public can view the partial solar eclipse from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. The eclipse begins at 3:18 p.m. All ages are welcome and the event is free…  Read more…

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Arts and Crafts at Clear Creek History Park

Golden History Museums is offering a series of new Heritage Arts & Crafts classes starting Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. The classes are designed to teach historic skills and crafts to make meals and practice sustainable living. Participants will make festive, decorative, and useful scarecrows for their gardens out of materials found around their homes…  Read more…

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Jeffco 4-H invites youth to open house Oct. 13

Jefferson County 4-H Youth Development Program invites all Jeffco youth ages 5-18 to attend the annual 4-H Open House on 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13. The event will be in the Event Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden.

Members and leaders of 4-H will be sharing what they have worked on throughout the year at the 4-H Open House…  Read more…

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Golden nets big league victory over Wheat Ridge

By Daniel Williams

Golden kept its league championship hopes alive with a 4-0 victory over Wheat Ridge Thursday at North Area Athletic Complex.

In the process the Demons dashed any hopes that the Farmers still had about a 4A Jeffco league title.

It was sheer domination for Golden, who scored two goals on the first half and two more in the second half…  Read more…

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Golden honors its greats

By Amy Woodward

Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan’s annual Mayor’s Community Event honored some of Golden’s most generous and most involved residents on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the American Mountaineering Center.

It also featured the event’s special guest and keynote speaker, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and his nationally recognized declaration to put his city on a diet…  Read more…

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Pottery studio fosters artistry

By Amy Woodward

Imagination, mixed with a little bit of color and glaze is Christie Earixson’s specialty at the Golden Kiln pottery studio on 12th street and Washington Ave.

Operating for six months, Earixson has been helping customers tap into their artistic side through pottery painting and fun glass fusion. Her store windows and in store displays are a testament to how creative people can be…  Read more…

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Distiller will take community’s fallen fruit

By Amy Woodward

State 38 Distilling has had a productive year releasing its agave-based spirits in succession from its doubled distilled Blanco to its newly released flavorful gin.

With a sophisticated product list that offers the classics suited for any refined consumer, the decision to embark on fermenting a fruitful brandy seemed like a natural step for State 38 Distilling.

This time, owner Sean Smiley is looking to involve the community in his hunt for fruit to make a true Colorado community brandy…  Read more…

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Getting serious about solar energy

By Amy Woodward

Solar business developers and sustainability coordinators from around Jeffco’s municipalities spoke on progress and expansion for going solar during a paneled discussion at the Golden Community Center on Friday, Oct. 3.

Representatives from Golden, Lakewood, Arvada as well as NREL and community solar developers sat on the panel to discuss city and community efforts in utilizing the sun’s energy to cut costs and build a more sustainable future in Jeffco…  Read more…

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2014 Colorado high school football games of the week for Week 7

No. 5 Denver South (4-1) vs. Golden (3-3)
Thursday, 7 p.m., NAAC

The visiting Rebels have lost only to 5A foes (Eaglecrest and Regis Jesuit). … Yes, Trevonte Tasco is a tank and a productive one at that. Now a senior, he has rumbled his way to 1,154 yards rushing, a 9.3 carry average and 11 touchdowns. … Marcus Lindsay has added seven rushing TDs. … Golden is experiencing a resurgence…  Read more…

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Golden History Center highlights Coors’ signs, ads in exhibit

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — For some, a beer sign is little more than an essential item for a man cave. In Golden, it represents the city’s history.

“Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors” opens Oct. 11 at the Golden History Center and showcases more than four dozen items that advertise Coors beer — and by default, part of the Golden community…  Read more…

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New development authority board drafts plan for downtown Golden

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — The name will change, but the purpose will stay largely the same.

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will soon cede its involvement with the city’s downtown area to the Downtown Development Authority.

City Council will review the development plan at an Oct. 23 public hearing. The plan is a guiding document and the draft says it has built on previous documents, such as Golden Vision 2030 and the 2011 citywide comprehensive plan…   Read more…

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I’m the owner and chef in the kitchen. My husband Zachary and I got started almost six years ago with just an idea that evolved into Barrels & Bottles Brewery [in Golden, Colo.] We love craft beer, great wine, and food along with good company, so opening a brewpub just seemed natural…  Read more…

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Jefferson County works with tech bootcamp to get at-risk youth jobs

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — Kevin Snow was homeless when the job he thought he secured as a computer technician for Goodwill was given to someone else.

Joel Azoulay dropped out of high school as a junior, uninterested and unengaged and short of the credits he needed to graduate

Neither one of these young men — 24 and 19, respectively — has a college degree, and both admit that, less than a year ago, they were at risk of falling further into their bad situations. Today, they each make living wages as web programmers at Golden-based Web consulting and online appointment website BrieBug Scheduling…  Read more…

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Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden wins $50,000 in grant funding

Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden has received a $50,000 grant in a national animal rescue competition.

The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge asked 50 participating shelters to find more homes for animals in June, July and August of 2014 than they did over the same period in 2013, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a news release Tuesday…   Read more…

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5 Star Gluten Free opening a bakery in Golden

Have a hankering for a hot cinnamon roll or a flavorful egg and veggie sandwich or healthy smoothie? How about a fresh loaf of bread or some waffles to take home for the weekend? Did you say you’re going to a dinner party and need to take a pie?  Read more…

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Largest cobblestone building west of the Mississippi: Golden’s Armory Building

By Fran Loft

In early 1912 the U.S. Army and the Colorado National Guard – Company A – the Engineer Corps decided to build an Armory building in Golden. By spring James Gow, a Golden native, was preparing the blueprints. Initial plans were for the building to be made of brick. By fall the site at 1301 Arapahoe Street had been selected…  Read more…

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Golden nets big league victory over Wheat Ridge

By Daniel Williams

Golden kept its league championship hopes alive with a 4-0 victory over Wheat Ridge Thursday at North Area Athletic Complex.

In the process the Demons dashed any hopes that the Farmers still had about a 4A Jeffco league title.

It was sheer domination for Golden, who scored two goals on the first half and two more in the second half…  Read more…

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