Benefit Barn Dance for Jeffco 4-H Set for Saturday, May 2

Treat your family to an evening of barbeque, auctions and dancing at the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Purchase your tickets by Friday, April 24 and support 4-H youth development in Jefferson County through Colorado State University (CSU) Extension.   Festivities will be held in the Event Center Indoor Arena, 15200 W. 6th Avenue, Golden, CO  80401…  Read more…

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NREL in Golden moves beyond visitors center to hands-on education

By Josie Klemaier

JEFFERSON COUNTY — At  the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, scientists use a digital Dr. Meter device to measure the amount of sunlight hitting solar panels.

And now, so do grade school students who come to NREL’s education center for hands-on learning.

That education center used to be called the visitors center, but about two years ago, NREL’s public affairs department sensed it was time for a change…  Read more…

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Mines to celebrate Earth Day with campus block party on April 26

GOLDEN, Colo., April 17, 2015 – Mines student group, EarthWorks, will be hosting an Earth Day celebration April 26 1-4 p.m. on Kafadar Commons. With help from the Mines Activities Council, the group will host a block party that will include food trucks, a beer garden, bubble soccer, donation stations, a sustainability station and other eco-friendly activities…  Read more…

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Colorado School of Mines announces finalist for president

GOLDEN, Colo., April 16, 2015 – The Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees announced today that Paul C. Johnson is the finalist for president of Colorado School of Mines.

Johnson was selected from a group of candidates recommended to the board by a 16-member search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, alumni and board members. Mines’ current president, M. W. Scoggins, announced in November 2014 plans to retire in June 2015 after having served a nine-year tenure…  Read more…

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Jeffco sports roundup: April 1

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It began with a for-sale sign: Golden’s Clear Creek History Park

In the early 1990’s Irma Whys and her husband often drove up Golden Gate Canyon. One day she spied a For Sale sign on the old Pearce Ranch. Tom Pearce, a miner from Wales homesteaded this ranch in 1878.   He and his family farmed and ranched in addition to mining…  Read more…

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Golden Crime blotter: Former resident says house is haunted

Downtown Golden statue vandalized. Sometime on March 14, vandals poured orange paint over the “Victorian Dress Up” statue of a little girl located south of the Billy Drew Bridge, Golden. An officer found a paint can and lid on the scene…  Read more…

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‘Intro to Brewing Science’ teaches students to malt barley

There’s more to Mines’ ‘Introduction to Brewing Science’ course than making beer. Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor Paul Ogg is using the class to teach students the science behind beer production.

“The process from going from barley to beer is the almost exact same process as going from cellulose to bioethanol fuel,” Ogg said. “When students interview with an employer, they can say, ‘I didn’t make bioethanol fuel in a semester, but I did make beer.’”   Read more…

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Triceratops Trail Day

Join Dinosaur Ridge on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Triceratops Trail and learn about the Cretaceous creatures that tromped through Golden. Dinosaur Ridge guides will be all along the trail explaining the geology and paleontology of this great place…  Read more…

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Purge Your Spurge!

Jefferson County Weed & Pest and City of Golden are co-hosting a Purge Your Spurge event on Saturday April 25 at which residents can bring bagged spurge to be disposed of properly…  Read more…

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Good News Breakfast celebrates 25 years

By Amy Woodward

For 25 years, Jefferson County has celebrated the humanitarian contributions of community members during the annual Good News Breakfast.

The 25th annual Good News Breakfast starts at 6:59 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. To purchase tickets, visit…  Read more…

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Mines physics students bring “STEM museum” to middle school students

GOLDEN, Colo., April 13, 2015 – Members of the Society of Physics Students at Mines are doing their part to cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers, particularly young people from historically underrepresented groups…  Read more…

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Belly and the beast entertainment

OK, let me see a show of hands here. How many of you knew that Golden was an epicenter for belly dancing? OK, neither did I, but I was sadly mistaken.

Let me back track a bit here, A few years ago, a good friend of mine decided that she needed to do something to get some exercise and get herself back into the shape she used to be in…  Read more…

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Teacher, student art enlivens galleries

By Clarke Reader

Never underestimate the effect a good teacher can have on a student.

Art teachers in Jefferson County have been inspiring their students for decades, and the annual Jeffco Schools Foundation High School Art Exhibition, teacher show and alumni show give the county’s artists a chance to highlight their work…  Read more…

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Islamic Center of Golden expanding

By Amy Woodward

International student and community member, Adel Alqahtani, talks about the relocation and current renovation of the Islamic Center of Golden (ICG) with its new location near 19th and Ford streets. Established in 1999, members at the center are looking to learn more about Golden and play an active role in the community similar to other faith-based organizations in the city…  Read more…

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Giving back garners honorable mention

By Amy Woodward

Wouldn’t it be nice if something as simple as a kind gesture between siblings could receive national recognition?

That actually happened for 12-year-old Cambell Thompson, of Golden, who received an honorable mention for his short video submitted for the annual White House Student Film Festival…  Read more…

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Hugh Ross, Michael Behe speaking at Think Week in Golden

The Christian apologetics club, Ratio Christi, is hosting Hugh Ross and Michael Behe at Think Week, April 27-30, at the School of Mines in Golden Colorado. Hugh Ross, a scientist with Reasons to Believe and a leading Intelligent Design scientist, Michael Behe will speak on the facts of science that point to intelligent design and undermine evolutionary theory…  Read more…

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Man With Handgun Runs From School Of Mines Security

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– A man with a small handgun ran away from campus police on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden on Saturday afternoon.

Police said a white male, about 19 years old, attempted to enter the carnival event in the D lot, across from the Rec Center, just before 1 p.m. Saturday…  Read more…

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GE, Alinda seek buyer for natural-gas utility SourceGas, sources say

By Dow Jones Newswires

GE Energy Financial Services and Alinda Capital Partners LLC are seeking a buyer for natural-gas utility SourceGas LLC, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Golden-based company could fetch more than $1.5 billion in a sale, including debt, some of the people said. Potential buyers of SourceGas include large utilities and infrastructure-focused private-equity funds…  Read more…

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Olde Golden Christmas loses its mastermind

By Amy Woodward

Carol Ann Bowles, the woman behind Olde Golden Christmas, has retired after 23 years of bringing holiday joy to residents and visitors.

Bowles spent her last day as the volunteer coordinator and manager at the Golden Visitor’s Center on March 31.

“It’s my time,” said Carol Ann Bowles. “It’s just time to move over for the younger generation.”  Read more…

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Carol Ann’s Volunteers

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5 Things You Should Know About Honoring man’s best friend

By Clarke Reader

Golden’s Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., is hosting “The Professional Dog: Oil Paintings of Our Best Friends”

Here are five things you should know about the show…  Read more…

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Sprint takes over 23 RadioShack stores in Colorado

By Tamara Chuang

On Friday, 23 former RadioShack stores in Colorado will become co-branded Sprint-RadioShack shops.

New signs may not appear immediately, but there will be evidence the stores are different from regular Sprint outlets…  Read more…

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By Cafe Society

Several of our favorite dives have dried up over the past few years. Fortunately, the Denver area still has an abundance of old-time dives, which we visited while researching the Best of Denver 2013. But who are we kidding? We’d be bellying up to these bars, anyway. Here, in no particular order except for #1 (winner of the Best of Denver 2013 Best Dive Bar award) are the metro area’s dozen best dive bars…  Read more…

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Call for Artists: Golden Fine Arts Festival

The Golden Fine Arts Festival is put on by the Golden Chamber of Commerce. The shows goal is to present juried art featuring Colorado and national artists in an accessible, beautiful location along Clear Creek and adjacent to our historic shopping district…  Read more…

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Mines PhD candidate receives prestigious environmental engineering research award

GOLDEN, Colo., April 9, 2015 — Colorado School of Mines PhD candidate Bryan Coday will receive the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award, a national award in environmental engineering for graduate students.

The award is given annually by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) in cooperation with the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) to recognize an environmental engineering graduate student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of wastewater management…  Read more…

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Golden Library is Cleared Out and Under Construction

Instead of cars filling the Golden Library parking lot, there are construction crews working hard to transform the inside of the building into a modern and inviting library. In order to get underway, library employees had to remove all of the books, materials and shelves for safekeeping…  Read more…

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Finalists announced for Colorado Authors’ League competition

By William Porter

Thirty-six writers are finalists in this year’s Colorado Authors’ League competition, the 67th annual contest for this organization of Centennial State scribes.

That’s a higher number than the contest typically produces, but contest chair Peg Brantley says the judges, members of SouthWest Writers in Albuquerque, felt the overall quality justified an additional six finalist slots. (Thirty is the typical cap.)  Read more…

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Library distributing free books for four-year olds April 13-27

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with One Book 4 Colorado to distribute free books to four-year olds from April 13-27. During the distribution period, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location…  Read more…

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The Golden Gate Grange presents “Read Write Publish” on April 18

Whether you aspire to write detective stories, gardening tips, cookbooks, romance novels, or a mythological adventure, the art of writing is a powerful path to personal exploration and self-development. Donna DeNomme is a transformational teacher, engaging workshop facilitator, and Master Success Coach. She has served clients and students with their life creative development since 1987…  Read more…

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Gold Mine Cupcakes coming to city

By Amy Woodward

Gold Mine Cupcakes is moving in at 700 12th St. with an expected Grand Opening on Saturday, May 23. Offering more than a dozen, mouth-watering flavors, this family-operated cupcake bakery is another delicious addition to Golden’s unique selection of eateries. Owner Sara Rutter answers a few questions about Gold Mine Cupcakes and what makes them so dang good!  Read more…

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‘Godspell’ spreads message of love

By Clarke Reader

There are some aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry that people are never going to agree on — that’s been the case for nearly 2,000 years.

About one thing there can be little doubt — Jesus knew how to bring the people around him together.

The message of connection and community is at the heart of Miners Alley Playhouse’s production of the 2012 revival of “Godspell.”  Read more…

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New CEO of Denver’s Molson Coors Brewing ready to face headwinds

By Steve Raabe

Mark Hunter had been running Molson Coors Brewing Co. for just six weeks, but the magnitude of his task became immediately clear during the company’s Feb. 10 conference call with analysts.

Transcripts of the call show that the CEO and his executive team used the word “headwinds” seven times. The terms “challenges” and “challenging” were uttered on nine occasions.

Behind the iconic corporate images of bubbling mountain streams and blue skies, turbulence faces the Denver-based brewing giant…  Read more…

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Five Mines students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

GOLDEN, Colo., April 6, 2015 – Five Mines students received the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), which provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.The following students received awards based on their research proposals…  Read more…

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New coalition plans to steer Denver-area road projects back on track

By Kieran Nicholson

A newly formed transportation coalition in the Denver area plans to steer a long-envisioned western beltway on course after a decades-long bumpy ride.

The  WestConnect Corridor Coalition, a wide-ranging group of transportation stakeholders, will meet Wednesday in Superior with the goal of getting back to the table and moving forward — in unison…  Read more…

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5 Photos From Lookout Mountain That Will Take Your Breath Away

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Golden brewery creates craft beer with Peeps

By Trevor Hughes

GOLDEN – In the shadow of the gigantic Coors brewery, craft brewer Kim Collins has concocted an unholy alliance of sorts to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring.

Collins put Peeps in her beer. Yes, those brightly colored, sugary marshmallow-y treats that appear around Easter have been made into a craft brew…  Read more…

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Trail Closures at North Table Mountain Park

A small section of Mesa Top Trail, between North Table Loop and Rim Rock Trail, is closed due to flood damage. See map. This section will be restored in 2015. Rim Rock Trail will be closed March 1 through July 31 to buffer prairie falcon territories and allow for successful nesting…

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Friends of Apex Park to Steward Pick N Sledge Trail

Much of the September 2013 Flood damage to trails at Apex Park in Golden has been restored. The popular Pick N Sledge Trail had substantial damage in several areas and Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) was concerned about its long term sustainability. JCOS Trail Services  contemplated a complete reroute of the trail to make it more sustainable and had received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to do so…  Read more…

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Mines to feature panel on ISIS crisis, future of Syria April 8

GOLDEN, Colo., April 3, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines’ Hennebach Program in the Humanities is sponsoring a panel discussion on “The ISIS Crisis and the Future of Syria: Options for US Policy” April 8 at 5 p.m. in Student Center Ballroom C.

Hussein A. Amery, Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, will be introducing panel experts on Syria and the Middle East…  Read more…

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How Colorado colleges stack up on value (Slideshow)

By Caitlin Hendee

With Colorado projected to be among the top three states with jobs that require postsecondary training by 2020, many people are finding it is more important now than ever to have a college education.

But with many four-year Colorado universities bumping up tuition higher than the national average, and the national cost of fees and tuition rising by 27 percent and student loan debt mounting to nearly $1.3 billion in 2014, getting the best return on investment is also crucial…  Read more…

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FantasE-Days to magically appear on campus April 9-11

GOLDEN, Colo., April 2, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines will celebrate E-Days with the theme, FantasE-Days, April 9-11. To kickoff E-Days, on April 8, the Alpha Phis will host Alpha-Traz. Members of our community will be put under “Cardiac Arrest,” and booked in the Alpha Phi Jail from 3-7 p.m. on Kafadar Commons. The Residence Hall Association will be organizing a Poker Tournament from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Friedhoff Hall…  Read more…

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Women’s USA Pro Challenge to Finish in Golden

The USA Pro Challenge announced today the confirmation of an elite women’s race, the “Women’s USA Pro Challenge,” to take place over the course of three days, in conjunction with the men’s professional race…  Read more…

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Jeffco Sports Roundup: April 2

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Mines ranks 1st in state, 2nd in nation for best value

GOLDEN, Colo., April 1, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines ranked 1st in the state for best value colleges, according to a report by New York-based SmartAsset, a financial data and technology company. Mines, with a 99.72 affordability index and average starting salary for graduates of $66,700, was ranked 2nd in the nation behind University of Michigan…  Read more…

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Golden Police seize 12-year-old’s phone

By Ryan Haarer

GOLDEN – A recent case involving Golden police seizing a 12-year-old girl’s cell phone for video evidence is a perfect example of what a law passing through Colorado’s legislature is trying to change.

The girl’s cellphone video depicts the March 23 arrest of Dennis Lozoya at a Golden lounge which is owned by his girlfriend, Yolanda Jiron. Police have a protection order against Lozoaya. He is not supposed to be near Jiron…  Read more…

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Why Some Seniors Are Upsizing in Retirement

By Maryalene LaPonsie

When it comes to logical things to do in retirement, downsizing seems like it should top the list. Especially with the kids gone and leaving empty rooms behind, trading in a big house for a condo or more manageable home may be a smart move.

However, not all seniors are buying into the idea that they need to downsize their living arrangementsonce they stop working. In fact, a 2014 Merrill Lynch survey of 3,638 adults, including 2,192 baby boomers, found that half of pre-retirees who expect to downsize in retirement don’t do so. What’s more, 30 percent of those surveyed actually moved into larger homes after they retired…  Read more…

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