Scoggins honored as President Emeritus

GOLDEN, Colo., May 21, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines President M. W. “Bill” Scoggins has been recognized by the Mines Board of Trustees for his exemplary contributions as the university’s 16th president and has been awarded the title of President Emeritus, effective July 1, 2015, concurrent with his retirement…  Read more…

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Golden View Classical Academy Wins Daniels Fund Grant

Golden View Classical Academy is excited to announce the school has been awarded a $150,000 start-up grant from the Daniels Fund.

“This grant will provide invaluable assistance making the school a high caliber program, providing a great education and experience for students and families in our community,” said Derec Shuler, a founder of Golden View Classical Academy and Board President…  Read more…

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Splash Opening Day Delayed

Mother Nature has forced us to delay the opening of the Splash Aquatic Park.

The water park was scheduled to open Saturday, May 23 of Memorial Day weekend. Instead, the opening will be delayed.  Please join us and celebrate the beginning of summer on Thursday, May  28 (and hopefully the end to cold, rainy days)!  Read more…

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Public vs. private at heart of Jeffco schools battle

By Crystal Anderson

On Feb. 10, the Jefferson County School District received a CORA (Colorado Open Records Act) request from Kathy Littlefield requesting the names of all teachers who called in sick from Standley Lake, Conifer, Golden and Jefferson High Schools on Sept. 19 and 29, 2014…  Read more…


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Jeffco PTA Kyffin Award presented to Jeffco Public Schools Security Chief

By Anton Delgado

May 19, 2015, Lakewood, CO ~ John McDonald, Jeffco Public Schools Executive Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Planning was asked to present a talk on school safety at Jeffco PTA’s annual Spring Fling award ceremony. What he didn’t know was that he was going to receive Jeffco PTA’s highest honor, the Kyffin Award, which is presented to a member of the community for outstanding contributions to children, youth and the Jeffco community…  Read more…

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Suds Up at Spinster Sisters Microsoapery

By Stacey Johnson

Golden’s many breweries aren’t the only place in town where you can find suds these days.  Spinster Sisters Microsoapery officially opened its doors to the public on May 19th.  Previously the small batch soap manufacturer’s handcrafted products could be found at local farmers markets and craft fairs across the Metro area, as well as through select retailers and online…  Read more…

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Art on Golden’s Capitol Hill – the Foothills Art Center

By Fran Loft

The Foothills Art Center is located in the former First Presbyterian Church. W.A.H. Loveland and his wife Miranda donated the land to the church in 1872. It had a beautiful hilltop view of the Clear Creek valley at the corner of 15thand Washington Avenue. The foundation was made of Colorado sandstone and the red brick walls were made by the local brickyard in Golden…  Read more…

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Dinosaur Train comes to Dinosaur Ridge on June 19, 20, 21

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend by participating in the Dinosaur Train event at Dinosaur Ridge from June 19th through June 21st.  Dinosaur Train is based upon and sanctioned by the television program “Dinosaur Train” that is produced by the Jim Henson Company, best known for The Muppets TV show.  Characters, music and themes from the TV show will be highlighted at the event…  Read more…

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New exhibit at state Capitol highlights Colorado’s mineral treasures

DENVER, Colo., May 20, 2015 – From the Gold Rush and frontier mining days to the energy needs of the present day, a new exhibit at the Colorado state Capitol building curated by the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum highlights some of the state’s most important minerals…  Read more…

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City of Golden Weekly Digest

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ExxonMobil funds algal biofuels research collaboration at Colorado School of Mines

GOLDEN, Colo., May 19, 2015 – ExxonMobil and Colorado School of Mines have established a joint research collaboration focused on developing fundamental new insights into photosynthetic processes and carbon fixation in algae. These insights will provide better understandings of the scientific and technical challenges to developing biofuels from algae…  Read more…

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North Table Mountain Trail Closure

The City of Golden’s North Table Mountain Trail on the lower western slope of North Table Mountain is now closed to all use for the indefinite future…  Read more…

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Countdown to the Golden Library Grand Reopening

The Golden Library will reopen for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. In addition, the library will host a Grand Reopening Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. Mark your calendars and be sure to save the dates!

“We’re excited to bring our vision of a 21st century library to life with the Golden Library remodel,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL…  Read more…

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Slash Collection Program expands this year for Jeffco residents

It’s spring, which means time to spruce up the garden! Jefferson County is making the job a little easier this year with an expanded Slash Collection Program. The first collection for Golden will be on June 6-7 with another one July 25-26, and the final October 10-11…  Read more…

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Golden does its part to ‘stamp out hunger’

By Christy Steadman

The U.S. Postal Service’s annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive happened in Golden on May 9 this year. The food drive is a nationwide event, with the local efforts benefiting the Golden-based Christian Action Guild, which is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization…  Read more…

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Live JAZZ with “WHEN IT WAS…”

Thursday evenings at GRAPPA in Golden, come check out Denver’s hottest new jazz combo, “WHEN IT WAS…”!

All those timeless crooner standards that you know and love – songs by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hart – and performed in the styles of Sinatra, Darin, Torme, Martin, Baker, Cole, Connick, Buble, and MORE!  Read more…

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Colorado climbers describe the havoc wreaked on Everest by earthquake

By John Meyer

It was a crummy weather day with low-hanging clouds obscuring the massive contours of Mount Everest and the spectacular peaks that surround it like courtiers attending their king. Few climbers felt like climbing.

Kim Hess, who works at a ski shop in Steamboat Springs when she’s not pursuing her goal of climbing the highest peak on every continent, was in a tent at Camp 2 ( elevation 21,300 feet).

Charley Mace, a veteran high-altitude guide from Golden who was on Everest with a private client, was at Camp 1 (19,600 feet)…  Read more…


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The Golden Games celebrating 5 years on the water, hosting kayaking and paddle boarding events

By Kristen Skovira

GOLDEN, Colo. – Heavy rains have Colorado rivers running high. That’s good news if you like rapids.

7NEWS was in Golden on Friday, as kayakers braved whitewater for the 5th Annual Golden Games…  Read more…

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Golden feels singled out in RTD fare changes

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — Members of Golden’s City Council expressed concerns at Thursday night’s meeting that  Regional Transportation District’s proposed fare changes are singling out the city.

Natalie Menten, the RTD board member who represents the district, presented the proposed changes to the Golden City Council and said the light rail zones are new…  Read more…

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Golden’s landscaped bridge project hits design snag

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — The city of Golden’s design for a new interchange at West Sixth Avenue and 19th Street has hit a snag in its final design stages.

City planners go back to the community May 20 for input on a design that leaves one of the projects on-ramps to Sixth Avenue above ground, instead of tucked underneath a landscaped “lid” that was preferred by the community…  Read more…

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Public Update Meeting 6th & 19th Interchange

The City of Golden will be hosting a public update meeting for the US 6 and 19th Street Interchange at the Golden Community Center Wednesday May 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm…  Read more…

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Golden Music Festival Chooses RYDE as Official Transportation Partner

May 15, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – RYDE, a crowdsourcing rideshare transportation company, will shuttle fans to the Golden Music Festival June 12-14 as the official distance shuttle transportation partner. RYDE offers fans of the Festival, produced by Golden History Museums, an affordable, eco-friendly, and comfortable ride in upscale motorcoaches to add to the fun of the 3-day event…  Read more…

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Colorado 4A High School Track Results

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Here are Thursday’s results in the finals of the Colorado Class 4A state track and field championships at Jefferson County Stadium. (Running events in meters)…  Read more…

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Library to Hold Celebrity Read-a-thon May 29

(Lakewood, Colo. – May 11, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) invites you to attend a Celebrity Read-a-thon to be held from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Jefferson County Administration Building, 100 Jefferson Parkway, in Golden

Local celebrities, including congressmen, county commissioners, mayors, chamber of commerce directors, educators, sports figures and media personalities, will participate in the read-a-thon to share excerpts from their favorite books and invite Jeffco residents to take part in  a county-wide reading challenge. Kids, teens and adults can mingle with local celebrities, get their pictures taken with literary characters, attend Library storytimes, sign up for the 1,000,001-minute Reading Challenge and receive prizes…  Read more…

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Work Begins on Colorado School of Mines Residence Halls Renovations

Golden, CO – Work started May 11, 2015, on renovations to four residence halls on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. MW GOLDEN CONSTRUCTORS was chosen as the design build firm on the project in early 2015, with KSQ Architects as its architectural partner.

The $3.7 million project will renovate the residence halls over a two summer time frame… Read more…

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Not Just Librarians Anymore: Jeffco’s DTLs are Leaders in a Digital Age

The days of the dewey decimal system, card catalogs, and “Please Be Quiet” signs have long past for Jeffco Schools librarians. Today’s Digital Teacher Librarians (DTL’s), have very complex jobs where the focus is on student information literacy and technology.

Books still form the core of their mission, but Jeffco DTL’s say the primary goal is to help students research, sift, and decipher information from a wide range of sources. They also have to ensure all the technology available to students and teachers, is in working order, and that library users are trained up on it…  Read more…

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The Fairmount Elementary Sock Hop

Fairmount Elementary students and teachers took a cue from Marty McFly in “Back To The Future” and traveled back in time for a rockin’ sock hop. The school’s gym was transformed to feel just like a 1950’s Friday night dance…  Read more…

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Mines mechanical engineering student awarded Mount Vernon Fellowship

GOLDEN, Colo., May 14, 2015 – Sean McGinley, a Colorado School of Mines mechanical engineering student, has been chosen to join the inaugural class of Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows, a fully paid, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors “who desire to learn from George Washington’s leadership lessons and make a difference in today’s world.”

The students, from diverse academic disciplines, will immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum and interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital…  Read more…

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Feds seek $306,000 from defunct Wyoming gas operator

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government is seeking a $306,000 penalty against a defunct coal-bed methane developer, alleging the company failed to report production on gas wells in Wyoming.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue claims Golden, Colorado-based Patriot Energy Resources, LLC, didn’t submit required production reports on the wells…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Rolling Dough, Golden

Interview with Tim Bennhoff and Joseph Friedman, co-owners

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: Both of us have worked in the restaurant industry for many years and crossed paths at one of those restaurants. A conversation took place very quickly about how we could start something together. The idea of a foot truck selling wood-fired pizza seemed to fit the best and, three years later, we rolled out the truck…  Read more…

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Roasted just right

By Christy Steadman

Pangea Coffee Roasters now has a daily presence and a fixed place to be.

Matt Kurgan and Amanda Krenn, co-owners of the coffee shop in downtown Golden, started the company in 2013…  Read more…

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Next Phase of Heritage Road Project Commences

Wednesday, May 13, at 2 p.m. crews begin the next phase of the Heritage Rd project. This will include the closure of Heritage Rd from Eagleridge Dr to W. 4th Ave. – there will be no thru traffic between these intersections…  Read more…

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Seven Mines students receive Student Life awards for academic excellence

GOLDEN, Colo., May 12, 2015 – Congratulations to the following Colorado School of Mines students who received awards at the Student Life Awards Luncheon May 7…  Read more…

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Golden exhibitions clearly great

By Clarke Reader

Glass has the power to enhance, distort, cloud and clarify. It can show the world writ large and make the enormous seem small.

The Foothills Arts Center has collected some of the best glass pieces from Colorado collectors and examples of creations from local artists for its new exhibits, Passion for Glass: Art Glass from Colorado Collections and Colorado Creates Glass…  Read more…

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Swinging concert to start springtime

By John Akal

When I was a little kid my Grandmother used to come here to visit from Chicago and she got a big kick out of being in Colorado. She used to love to sing and I still remember hearing her voice as she would step outside, look at the mountains and enthusiastically start singing “When it’s Springtime in the Rockies…” I guess that was quite the popular song back in her day…  Read more…

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Renewable energy laboratory celebrates 43 patents

At an annual awards ceremony, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory celebrated the issuance of 43 U.S. patents in fiscal year 2014, which is the largest number in lab history, and exceeds 2013’s total by nearly three times…  Read more..

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Golden’s Astor House Museum: 148 years old and counting

By Fran Loft

This remarkable museum in downtown Golden started as a boarding/rooming house with hot meals service for over 100 years!  Seth Lake built this hand-cut stone building with 18-inch thick walls – he was ahead of his time in energy conservation! The cooking area was originally behind the building…  Read more…

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Local Girl Scouts earn Gold Award for projects

The Gold Award is the highest honor Girl Scouts can earn.

And they must truly earn it, said Girl Scouts spokeswoman AnneMarie Harper.

“It asks girls to look at themselves and find out what their interests are,” Harper said. Then, “how can they use that interest to do something good for the community?”  Read more…

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Dinosaur Express Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum

Colorado railroads helped unearth many fossils as railroad tracks were laid. Construction crews often exposed these unusual and fascinating bones as they were digging and laying railroad ties. Trains were then used to transport these ‘stone bones’ to museums around Colorado and throughout the U.S.

Ride and discover the Dinosaur Express Train on Saturday, July 18 at the Colorado Railroad Museum from 10:00AM – 4:00PM…  Read more…

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Golden Gate Grange Rummage and Bake Sale

Golden Gate Grange Rummage and Bake Sale

Bargains galore at the Golden Gate Grange Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31th from 9 am to 4 pm! Just 4 miles west of Highway 93 in Golden at 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road…  Read more…

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Golden businesses, we want to hear from you!

The Golden City Council has identified continual improvement in the way the City works with businesses as one of their goals for 2015. To that end, the City is asking local businesses to take a brief survey. The survey results will be used as part of City Council’s review of operations…  Read more…

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Stormtroopers team places first in Wind Station Competition

A team of four sophomore students placed first (out of 41 Mines teams) in a Colorado School of Mines Intro to Mechanical Engineering (MEGN200) Wind Station Competition May 5. The team, Stormtroopers, had 2.5 weeks to design, build and program a weather station that was capable of measuring wind speed, temperature and two variables of their choice. Mechanical Engineering students Geordie Campbell, Aaron Fanganello, David Harper and Alicia Helmer created their system with a Star Wars theme, using Legos and an innovative homemade sensor…  Read more…


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Islamic Center of Golden expands its place and space in the community

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — The Islamic Center of Golden estimates that 80 percent of the Muslims who come to its mosque are Colorado School of Mines students, and that has led to an increase in community involvement.

“There happened to be a lot of like-minded individuals here who said ‘Let’s open our doors,’ ” said Talha Siddiqui, a Mines student and a volunteer at the Islamic center…  Read more…

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West Jeffco sports roundup: May 7

Compiled by Chase Ellis

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Crackle glass

By Clarke Reader

Spirits in the Wind Gallery is hosting the work of artist K. Brooks through May 31.

Brooks’ functional stoneware has been dubbed “crackle glass ceramics,” and can serve as purely decorative, in addition to its functional uses…  Read more…

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Mines student wins grand prize at Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium

GOLDEN, Colo., May 5, 2015 – Zachary Mimlitz, a Colorado School of Mines sophomore majoring in physics, was awarded the $1,000 Grand Prize at the recent Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium (CUSRS) for the overall highest scoring for his paper and presentation, entitled “Goal Oriented, Risk Mitigating Autonomous Behavior for Extraterrestrial Rovers.”  Read more…

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City of Golden Weekly Digest

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Suspicious Person

April 27th, 2015
Dear Parents,
As a precautionary measure, we are sharing information released by the Golden Police on a suspicious person. Please be aware that the individual identified and pictured in the attached flyer released by Golden Police has approached Jeffco students in Golden. His interactions have been inappropriate as outlined in the attached flyer and thus we are asking for students to be vigilant about his presence in the community. He appears to seek interactions with young women and is aggressive.
Please inform your student that they should not engage with him and if they are approached to call 911 and also notify their school.
If you have any questions about the attached flyer, please contact the Golden Police Department.
Regards, John McDonald, Executive Director
Security and Emergency Management
Jeffco Public Schools

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Bell Middle School student places in Jeffco Writing Challenge

Benjamin Reece Idler, a Bell Middle School seventh grader, recently took second place for his grade level for the Jeffco Writing Challenge. In its second year, the competition, sponsored by Education Nonprofit Corporation (ENC), a Golden-based nonprofit, in collaboration with Jefferson county educators, offers Jeffco students in all grade levels the opportunity to showcase their writing talents…  Read more…

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