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NREL: Not just a research lab – also a massive economic engine for Colorado

By Cathy Proctor

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden isn’t just a place for researchers and scientists looking at how to acquire and control alternative energy resources.

The U.S. Department of Energy laboratory also is an economic engine for the state and the nation, pumping about $701 million into Colorado’s economy in fiscal 2014, according to a recent study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business…  Read more…

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PHOTOS: Golden Music Festival – Golden Colorado 6/12-14 2015

By Elliot Siff

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Mines team wins First Nations Launch Competition

GOLDEN, Colo., June 17, 2015 – Students from Colorado School of Mines’ chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) won the top prize at the recent First Nations Launch Competition hosted by NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium…  Read more…

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Two bike races this weekend, expect some traffic delays

People will see traffic notification signs around town indicating there are two biking events this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Below is more information on both events to help you plan ahead this weekend…  Read more…

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Dr. John Whitney, Itronics Founder and President, to Speak at Colorado School of Mines Conference on Recycling Metals From Industrial Waste

Itronics Inc. (OTC PINK: ITRO) is pleased to announce that its Founder and President, Dr. John Whitney, will present on “Silver, Specialty Fertilizers and Related Technologies & Products” at an upcoming conference on June 24 sponsored by the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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Meet the Golden City Manager Candidates!

Current City Manager, Mike Bestor, is retiring after 22 years of service to our community, and City Council’s search for a new City Manager is proceeding right on schedule.

This is a big role to fill and input from the community will be very important to the hiring process. We encourage you to attend a meet and greet to hear from each candidate, interact with them, and write down your impressions. Citizen feedback will be given to City Council, who will ultimately make the hiring decision…  Read more…

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Red summer

Golden’s Spirits in the Wind gallery is celebrating the color red in its June art exhibit.

“The works are the artists’ renditions of what the color red means to them,” said gallery co-owner Pam Eggemeyer. “Artists could use any medium to express themselves.”  Read more…

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Silver screens under summer skies

By Clarke Reader

When the stars in the sky serve as the house lights, it’s entirely possible the audience has found the best movie theater around. In Colorado’s summertime, communities turn parks and plazas into these kinds of theaters, offering outdoor film events for the entire family… Read more…

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Rain actually good for one outdoor sport

By Christy Steadman

It’s been raining so much over the last month that all people are talking about is how tired they are of the wet weather and jokes about building an ark have been running rampant all over social media.

But there are a few people who don’t mind getting wet, already have a boat and look forward to getting in the water…  Read more…

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City checking out bike library idea

By Christy Steadman

The city of Golden is studying the feasibility of a bike share program.

“It’s all very theoretical at this point,” said Golden Planning Manager Rick Muriby.

However, a recent study found that Golden residents expressed a high interest in implementing such a program…  Read more…

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A Friday afternoon at Parfet Park

By Christy Steadman

A number of people stopped on the Washington Avenue bridge to watch Clear Creek. The river was rushing, higher than normal, and Golden’s fish statues were swimming underwater…  Read more…

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My Name Is …

By Christy Steadman

About me

I just turned 13. I play because I enjoy it. When I get older, I’d love to be a professional guitarist…  Read more…

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A new chapter for Golden library

By Christy Steadman

The people of Golden are invested in the community library, and now they have a new space to enjoy.

The Golden library, first built in 1914, re-opened on June 13, with a re-opening celebration the next day…  Read more…

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City of Golden Weekly Digest

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High water means high alert

By Christy Steadman

A wet spring combined with seasonal runoff has pushed local water levels, along with the associated flood and emergency dangers, to very high levels.

Several creeks and rivers in the area are running well above average, and flows are expected to rise in the following days and/or weeks. Clear Creek is 200 percent higher than its average and Bear Creek is 300 percent higher, as of June 11…  Read more…

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Goldenites to help rebuild Nepalese school

By Christy Steadman

Lhakpa Sherpa’s school principal, Biruman Sir Rai, said one of the happiest moments for a teacher is when former students realize an urgent need, and comes back to help the community….  Read more…

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Brenda Billings named Denver Actors Fund President

Brenda Billings, Artistic Director at Miners Alley Playhouse and a longtime contributor to Colorado’s non-profit community, has been named President of The Denver Actors Fund, Executive Director John Moore announced today…  Read more…

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Foothills Animal Shelter begins new Working Whiskers program

Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden has created a unique program that helps farms, ranches and even businesses find suitable “working” pets. In this case the pets are “Working Whiskers,” also more commonly called Barn Cats…  Read more…

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Heritage Road project moves forward, road closures planned

With many working days lost to weather City crews are working diligently to make up time  on the Heritage Road project, and have made significant progress.

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the intersection of Heritage Rd and Berthoud Way will be closed to begin prepping for paving operations between Kimball Ave. and Berthoud Way… Read more…

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It’s not just Coors anymore. Golden, Colorado is Booming with Beer

Golden was Colorado’s first capital, founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush. These days, though, Golden’s boom is in beer, with several new brewpubs opening in the last two years, some of which make up a craft beer downtown walking tour…  Read more…

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Chaffee County coroner releases name of boy killed in rafting trip

By Kirk Mitchell

The Chaffee County coroner has released the name of an 11-year-old boy who fell out of a raft in a popular stretch of the Arkansas River and died on Wednesday.

Drake Durkee of Golden has been named as the victim, according to Randy Ammettis, Chaffee County coroner. Ammettis said an autopsy is planned for Saturday morning…  Read more…

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Golden announces city manager candidates

By Josie Klemaier

Golden City Council announced candidates for its city manager position at its meeting Thursday.

Golden’s city manager of 22 years, Mike Bestor, announced his retirement in February...  Read more…

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One person dead after car found in Clear Creek near U.S. 6

By Anthony Cotton

The Colorado State Patrol confirmed Friday night that one person died after a car went into Clear Creek.

U.S. 6 remained closed west of Golden following the incident…   Read more…

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Boy’s body found in Arkansas River in Chaffee County

By Jesse Paul and Matthew Nussbaum

A child’s body was recovered Friday in the Arkansas River near the Big Drops Rapids where an 11-year-old Golden boy went missing Wednesday.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office says the body recovered was a boy’s. Authorities, however, have not definitively confirmed whether the body is that of the Golden boy, who fell from a raft during a commercial rafting trip…  Read more…

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Humanitarian engineering focusing on social responsibility

The Humanitarian Engineering program at Colorado School of Mines has begun leading workshops on the issue of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the education of engineers…  Read more…

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Access Restricted on Clear Creek

Effective at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department have limited waterway activities on Clear Creek. These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park…  Read more…

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High water means high alert in Jeffco

By Christy Steadman

Due to recent heavy rains, combined with seasonal runoff, Jefferson County’s emergency services are preparing for potential flood emergencies across the county.

West Metro Fire Rescue District is also keeping an eye on a number of areas and preparing for potential flooding…  Read more…

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Golden’s community-supported agriculture GoFarm aims to feed community

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — A new nonprofit is focused on bringing the local food movement to Golden.

GoFarm launched June 3 as a CSA — community-supported agriculture — cooperative that distributes fresh produce from local farms to members who pay an annual price.

The model, which focuses on supporting smaller local farmers, is not new. But GoFarm’s mission and partnerships, tied deeply to the Golden community, make it unique…  Read more…

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Craft Beer in a Company Town

By Cody Gabbard

The monolithic presence of MillerCoors Brewing stands in striking juxtaposition to the serene backdrop of ruddy foothills and frontier buildings that define this historic foothills town of 19,000. But the handful of new craft breweries and distilleries that have sprouted seem right at home—even in Golden’s touristy downtown…  Read more…

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In ‘value-added’ college rankings, these public schools step up

By Siddharth Kulkarni and Jonathan Rothwell

In our new report, “Beyond College Rankings,” we score two- and four-year U.S. colleges by their “value-added,” meaning the degree to which students do better than expected given their personal characteristics and the kind of school it is. We define “doing better than expected” in three ways: earning more at mid-career, being more likely to pay off student loans, and landing jobs in well-paying occupations…  Read more…

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Theater review: Mining the best in “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

By Lisa Kennedy

In Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play “Brighton Beach Memoirs” — at Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse through June 28 — a family occupies a crowded Brooklyn, N.Y., home. In addition to the Jeromes — Jack, Kate, sons Eugene and Stanley — Kate’s widowed sister, Blanche, and her daughters, Laurie and Nora live there too…  Read more…

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New WRT Media Production Facility Underway

GOLDEN, Colo.June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The construction of WRT’s (www.wrtnet.com) new media production and processing facility is underway.  Located along the foothills in Golden, Colorado, the facility provides expanded media production, processing and storage capabilities for WRT’s proprietary treatment media products and OEM customers and business partners…  Read more…

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Abejas Will Open in Golden This Summer

Abejas, a community-focused restaurant dedicated to seasonality, will open its doors in Downtown Golden this summer. Set in the former Golden Skillet space at 807 13th street,Abejas is the brainchild of industry veterans Brandon Bortles and Barry Dobesh and will be led in the kitchen by executive chef Nick Ames…  Read more…

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Colorado authorities continue search for Golden boy, 11, missing in Arkansas River

By Matthew Nussbaum and Jesse Paul

Authorities in Chaffee County continued searching Thursday for an 11-year-old Golden boy tossed into the Arkansas River on Wednesday afternoon during a commercial rafting trip.

The boy was on a raft operated by the Adventure Company when it high-sided about 11 miles north of Salida at the Big Drop Rapids, a Class 3 section. Three rafters fell into the river and all were recovered except for the boy, who was rafting with family members…  Read more…

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Golden getting on track for Father’s Day

By John Akal

As Father’s Day approaches I started looking for some events celebrating Dads and found out that unlike Mother’s Day, which has plenty of brunches scheduled, the most popular activity seems to be letting Dad sleep in and handing over control of the TV remote for the day. Second on the list seems to be to let him fire up the BBQ on the back porch…  Read more…

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My Name Is: Daniel Mendoza

By Christy Steadman

I’ve been a barber my whole life. My wife, my daughter and I had our own barbershop in Denver, near Arkansas and Federal, for 20 years. And before that, we had one for 19 years…  Read more…

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Jeffco Open Space moves forward with major land acquisitions

By Sandy Barnes

Jeffco Open Space is moving forward with plans to acquire more than 1,000 acres on Douglas Mountain near Golden and another 37 acres adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park in Aspen Park…  Read more…

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Golden’s rushing river

By Christy Steadman

Clear Creek is a great asset to Golden, but people need to be careful and understand the potential dangers when using it.

“It’s a wild river,” said Golden resident Bill Smith, “not a watermark.” Read more…

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Golden community steps up to support Golden Library remodel

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is pleased to announce new naming agreements and donations in support of the Golden Library remodel.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’re seeing from the Golden community,” said Jo Schantz, executive director, Jefferson County Library Foundation. “To date, we’ve been able to raise more than $27,000 dollars from Golden businesses and residents.”  Read more…

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Coors Credit Union announces 2015 scholarship winners

Golden, CO (June 9, 2015) – Coors Credit Union has announced the winners of its 2015 scholarships at its 2015 Annual Meeting held in Golden.  The announcement capped an extensive review process following a call for applications March 31…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Oswego Creative, Golden

Interview with Bob Mizke, president and co-founder

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: After many years producing TV news for Channel 7 and Channel 9 and then as the vice president of a national advertising agency, I decided, alongside my wife, Bert Gurule, to go out on my own. Together, we started Oswego Creative over 20 years ago…  Read more…

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Mines researcher receives DOE funding for nuclear energy R&D

GOLDEN, Colo., June 10, 2015 – The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced awards totaling more than $60 million for U.S. universities including Colorado School of Mines, national laboratories, and industry, for nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement with the potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions…  Read more…

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Art in Public Places Program Seeking Artists

The City of Golden is looking for artists to add a creative and original flair to two city projects…  Read more…

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GRATEFUL BREAD ONE OF FIFTY COLORADO COMPANIES TO WATCH, WILL BAKE FOR ASPEN FOOD & WINE CLASSIC

By Mark Antonation

The Grateful Bread Company had been slowly building up steam since it was founded a decade ago by baker Jeff Cleary — but over the past year the Golden operation has been expanding rapidly, gaining national attention for both its artisan bread (which is still made almost entirely by hand) and its business success. This month the bakery is being honored with a prominent placing at the upcoming Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and recognition as one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch…  Read more…

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Online Public School Students Meet at Graduation

GOLDEN, Colo.June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Insight School of Colorado (ISCO), a tuition-free, online public school serving students in grades 6-12, held an in-person graduation at the Colorado School of Mines on June 6th.

Sixty-three high school seniors who learned online graduated from the school, which offers a comprehensive education approach with targeted support specifically for struggling students…  Read more…

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CLEAN-UP DAY

On Saturday June 13 we will have our second Clean-Up Day of the season. We will be working from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come help us out! You can stay as long or as short a time as you can afford. Any help will be greatly appreciated…  Read more…

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Meet the Golden City Manager Candidates

City Council’s search for a new City Manager is proceeding right on schedule. Soon we will need your help. Come meet the City Manager candidates from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St…  Read more… 

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