Golden High School students draw portraits of Denver’s homeless

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —When Golden High School art teacher Tim Miller wants to get his advanced 2-D art students out of their element, he doesn’t assign them a new medium or bring in a complex object or model.

He gets in the driver’s seat of the bus and takes them there…  Read more…

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BIKE TEST: Yeti SB5C

By Brice Minnigh

IT’S BEEN ONLY A TAD MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE YETI introduced its ‘Switch Technology’ suspension platform on its ‘SB’ (Super Bike) line of full-suspension rigs, drawing accolades from longtime Yeti lovers while also converting new members to the tribe…  Read more…

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Light rail ‘W’ line reopens after fire at transient camp under bridge

By Elizabeth Hernandez

The light rail “W” Line in Lakewood re-opened Wednesday afternoon after a fire apparently started by transients shut down the line for more than three hours, authorities said.

A mattress at a homeless camp in a water drainage tunnel beneath the light rail station was found smoldering, Lakewood police said in a news release. Two propane cannisters found near the mattress are believed to be the cause of the explosion…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Dagotto’s Bistro, Golden

Interveiw with Tony Ottomanelli, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: We’ve always had a passion for food and wine from working 25-plus years and acquiring all the necessary experience for this industry. So, when the time seemed right, we took action to make this dream come true and we did it as a family…  Read more…

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Centennial Bank Completes Acquisition of Mutual of Omaha Bank Branches

DENVER, Colo., Oct. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – CIC Bancshares, Inc., a Colorado-based holding company and the parent of Centennial Bank, announces the acquisition of five Colorado Front Range branches from Mutual of Omaha Bank, effective at 7 p.m. MST on October 24, 2014. This acquisition will increase the Centennial Bank footprint in Colorado to 14 full-service branch locations, and will increase the bank’s assets to over $725 million. This acquisition will also place Centennial Bank in the top ten largest locally headquartered banks in Colorado. The five acquired branches are located in Conifer, Evergreen, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Nederland…  Read more…

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings $130 million to Colorado, says study

By Megan Arellano

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge generated $130 million for the state this year, according to a study commissioned by the race’s organizers. A release from Rogers and Cowen, representing the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, claims that the study by Sponsorship Science controlled for local fan spending and people who traveled to Colorado for reasons unrelated to the race…  Read more…

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Creating a Clear Creek History Park Master Plan

Clear Creek History Park was conceived as a place to preserve and present history as well as restore and open the natural creek views. The History Park began in 1994 when the first cabins were relocated to Golden from the Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. By 1999, the park was complete with both historic and reconstructed buildings. The park was enclosed by a buckrail fence and visitors entered the reconstructed ranch through an admission gate on the east end…  Read more…

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Crime lab ready for testing

By Amy Woodward

Civic leaders and law enforcement officials toured the expanded and improved Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab on Oct. 22.

The lab more than tripled in size, from 2,500 square feet to 16,500 square feet and will bring together forensic technicians from the county’s various municipalities who are in need of better equipment, more space, faster results — all of which will eliminate the need for going to the state for help…  Read more…

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Activities at the Astor House

Golden History Museums is testing a series of inventive history activities each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Astor House Museum at 12th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden. Visitors to the museum will get to play original games, build take-home crafts, and experiment with historic clothing in a photo booth, among other activities…  Read more…

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Faith Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Faith Lutheran Church in Golden officially installed Rev. Jane L. Jebsen Sept. 28 as the missional pastor. She is the 5th lead pastor and 7th overall in the church’s history.

Jebsen is a pastor’s daughter who served 20 years as a youth minister and pastor…  Read more…

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Holiday Craft Fair scheduled

First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St., Golden, will hold its 30th annual Holiday Craft Fair at the church on Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day…  Read more…

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Volunteer opportunity atGolden History Museums

The chicken coop needs a volunteer for the Tuesday morning shift. The chicken caregiver is expected to commit every Tuesday to the coop and in return will receive fresh, organic eggs…  Read more…

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Golden Parks and Recreation Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

Golden Parks and Recreation was accredited for the second time on Oct. 13 and continues to be among the elite park and recreation agencies across the country earning this distinction through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This accomplishment was awarded during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, NC…  Read more…

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Dreams for Golden’s Brian Whitfield turned to nightmare, but he showed heart and raced anyway

By John Meyer

COLORADO SPRINGS — Golden’s Brian Whitfield hoped to finish in the top 10, if not the top five, at the state cross country championships Saturday. Instead he wound up crying in the embrace of his parents and his coach. He found out how cruel life can be, but also how comforting it is to be loved when bad things happen…  Read more…

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Get Outside: The Five Best Fall City Walks

By Natasha Gardner

We often point you to the hills for the state’s best outdoor activities, but this week is different. With the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, you ought to explore Denver’s urban stretches for long strolls filled with a spectrum of leaves in warm shades of red, orange, and gold. Here, our five favorite fall urban walks…  Read more…

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DOGtoberfest: 75% Off 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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Temporary closure of South Ridge Park playground

South Ridge Park playground will be closed Monday, October 27 – 31. A new safety surface will be installed under the playground during this time…  Read more…

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New program to help you Purge the Spurge!

Myrtle Spurge is a noxious weed that is toxic to people and wildlife, and has become a serious infestation in the Boulder, Jefferson, and Denver county areas. It spreads rapidly and can eventually take over a whole property and spread to neighbors and open spaces…  Read more…

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Grateful Bread hosts Public Retail Day

Grateful Bread, a wholesale boulangerie in Golden that provides custom handmade artisan breads for dozens of Denver’s top restaurants and hotels will host its final Public Retail Day of the Year where consumers can stop in and buy specialty breads…  Read more…

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Juveniles charged as adults for Lookout Mountain Center escape

Two of the four juveniles who escaped from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden on Aug. 31 have been charged as adults. The District Attorney’s Office has the two juveniles with escape and the assault of a 65-year-old employee at the Center who sustained a subdural hematoma, skull fracture, a broken nose and abrasions…  Read more…

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Update on accused murderer of Golden resident

On Friday, Oct. 17, Thomas Laperch, 22, pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the death of Golden resident and musician, William Burchett, 54…  Read more…

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New exhibit at RockyMountain Quilt Museum

On Thursday, Oct. 30, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden will unveil its newest exhibit: Wishes Through Our Hands: Japanese Quilts Made in Response to the 2011 Tsunami…  Read more…

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Best (& Worst!) Breakfasts and Lunches

Would you avoid eating a bowl of cookies for breakfast? (What you’re eating may be just as bad.) Come learn why many options touted as “healthy” really aren’t and what to choose instead to get the level of energy you’ve always wished for to sail through your day…  Read more…

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park is right in Jefferson County’s backyard

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —While Interstate 70 and U.S. 285 clog with mountain traffic each weekend, there’s a gateway that leads from Golden to mountain cabins, camping, backcountry trails and panoramic views. And, without traffic, it’s just under an hour away from Denver…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Grump on the golf course

Grump on the golf course. Golden Police responded to Fossil Trace Golf Course, 3050 Illinois St., on Oct. 7 on a report of an elderly male riding a motorized scooter on the course…  Read more…

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Jeffco Open Space to Hold Follow-Up ‘Trails Talk’ Forum

Jeffco Open Space is hosting a second Trails Talk public forum this year to continue the dialog on experiences in the parks and on the trails. Come to listen, join the conversation, or sign up to put boots on the ground…  Read more…

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Herndon a ‘junkyard luthier’

By Faith Bemiss

What do soup pot lids, old car transmissions, wooden salad bowls and cigar boxes have in common? Well if Jack Herndon, formerly of Sedalia, has anything to do with it, they will come together in perfect harmony and play beautiful music.

On a trip back to Sedalia this week to visit his mother, Mary Frances Herndon, he brought along three of his handmade, folk art, acoustic guitars — all made from thrift store trinkets and re-purposed materials. Herndon, who lives in Golden, Colo., calls himself a “junkyard luthier,” and hopes to someday retire from his computer graphics job and make and sell the instruments full time…  Read more…

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New Crime Lab Could Help Investigators Solve Crimes Faster

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)- There’s a new tool that’s helping investigators in Jefferson County– a new crime lab. It could help them solve crimes faster.

The new regional crime lab is more than six times larger than the previous lab and will help police in several communities including Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Golden…  Read more…

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Now is the time for a night at the museum

As we enter into November things start to shift to indoor activities and it’s time for a little exploration of some of the places that have a roof over their heads. Golden is fortunate to have an excellent selection of various museums and during November you get a chance to explore them for free.

It’s called Free Night at the Museums and is sponsored by the SCFD as a part of Denver Arts Week…  Read more…

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Frights of fancy

By Clarke Reader

Halloween celebrates things that go bump in the night, but holiday frights aren’t for everyone.

Some enjoy the chance to let out a few shrieks of fear, and others look forward to something light on fright and heavy on fun.

Both groups will find something at Heritage Square this month with Bootown at the Miner’s Alley Maze Adventureland and Alice’s Horrorland at Spider Mansion haunted house…  Read more…

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Forerunner to the “Geese” being rebuilt in Woodland Park

By Rob Carrigan

Despite difficult terrain, extreme weather conditions, and a trainload of financial difficulties, the Rio Grande Southern (RGS) Railroad operated 162 miles of track between Ridgway and Durango from legendary Otto Mear’s construction efforts, beginning in 1890, until they went into receivership again and started pulling up track in 1953.

RGS built seven motors and one additional short-lived vehicle for the San Christobal Railroad on the Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) Lake City branch. The term “Motor” was officially used by the RGS, although by 1944, the term “Galloping Goose” was used locally…  Read more…

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Grand Opening Celebration! Natural Grocers

At Natural Grocers you will find an unrivaled selection of 100% organic produce, local products and the best natural and organic grocery, dairy and meat items (pasture based dairy, 100% grass fed meat and non-GMO fresh and frozen chicken) and the highest quality supplement and bodycare products in the industry…all at everyday affordable prices…  Read more…

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Legendary climber Jeff Lowe making remarkable turnaround in battle with disease

By John Meyer

GOLDEN — A presentation by noted ice climber Will Mayo was the main attraction at an American Mountaineering Center event last week that celebrated the annual Ouray Ice Festival, but legendary alpinist Jeff Lowe stole the show…  Read more…

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Erik Weihenmayer shows once again that barriers can be broken with ambition

By Jason Blevins

Harlan Taney’s kayak paddle snapped in half last month at the bottom of Lava Falls, the Colorado River’s burliest rapid in the Grand Canyon.

Under water, one-bladed and struggling to right his kayak in the roiling rapid, the veteran river guide had only one thought: His pal, Erik Weihenmayer, could be in trouble.

“My reaction was ‘Oh, man, I can’t swim and let Erik down. He’s counting on me 100 percent,’ ” said the filmmaking paddler…  Read more…

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Special Report: With Top Brands Sagging, Big Brewers Fill Pipeline With New Products

The U.S. beer market continues a paradigm shift whereby full-flavored craft beers are providing dynamic growth from a small but rapidly rising base. Despite challenging economic times, craft—or specialty—beers have been growing at steady double-digit rates for years, while imports have been posting solid low single-digit gains…  Read more…

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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 minersalley.com. 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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City of Golden Weekly Update

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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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