League of Women Voters issues meeting

The League of Women Voters has two essential roles: to educate its members and the public at large on vital issues and to advocate on local, state and national issues that members have studied and have taken a position.

The issues the Jeffco League will study are chosen each January…  Read more…

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Winter Junior Rangers at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Hot dogs around the fire and a wintry adventure in the nature preserve are all part of this free event held at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center at 910 Colorow Road in Golden on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m…  Read more…

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A hitching post for cowboy music, poetry

By Amy Woodward

Fans of cowboy music will tell you there is a big difference between the traditional cowboy ballad and modern country.

The Colorado Cowboy Gathering in Golden exemplifies the difference.

“It’s not what you hear on the radio,” said Liz Masterson, artistic director or the Colorado Cowboy Gathering. “It’s a chance to celebrate our western culture and get an inside view of ranch life and sit down at the table and eat a bowl of chili with the performers — it’s a very friendly event.”  Read more…

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Rachmaninoff reigns supreme at Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition

By Karen Pring

If you love listening to Rachmaninoff piano concertos, you would have been in heaven at this weekend’s Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition (JSIYAC) Winners’ Recital. Each of the top three finalists won by performing a different Rachmaninoff concerto. And all three winners performed their complete concertos at the evening recital on Saturday, January 10…  Read more…

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Clear Creek RV Reservations Now Available Online

Situated in the heart of Golden with scenic views and the bubbling sounds of Clear Creek, the Clear Creek RV Park is the perfect getaway. Outdoor adventures await steps from your RV site including hiking trails, kayaking, tubing, fishing, parasailing, biking and more!  Read more…

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Free “Getting Ready to Quit Tobacco” class in Golden set for Jan. 15

The City of Golden, Colorado, has recently taken another step forward in its goal to become a healthier place to live, work, and play.  As of January 1, 2015, more public places in Golden are smoke free! Golden also joins other Jefferson County, Colorado cities, including Edgewater and Lakewood, which have prohibited the use of vaporizing devices as part of their smoke-free laws… Read more…

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Mines experts author premier manual for training underground mine rescue teams

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 12, 2015 – Robert Ferriter, Colorado School of Mines senior mine safety specialist, and Mines graduate Chris Enright prepared and tested “Mine Rescue Manual: A Comprehensive Guide for Mine Rescue Team Members,” recently published by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)…  Read more…

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“Part-Time Cowboys, Full-Time Laughs”

By Leo Copeland

Douglas and Jerri Lou have three boys.  Their oldest, Tyrel and his wife, Linda, live in Golden, Colorado.  Linda did the illustrations which help to bring the book to life…  Read more…

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Golden History Museums January Newsletter


We hope you enjoy this edition of the Golden History Museums E-newsletter.

During this winter season we offer a fun look at sleigh riding in the 1920s through the eyes of George Golightly. Take a look at our blog and learn how 45 mph was attained on Washington Avenue (with the help of law enforcement officers)…  Read more…

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Front Porch News

The Front Porch area of the Golden Community Center is a special place for Active Adults. Located on the upper floor of the Center, just off 8th Street, the Front Porch is a perfect place to meet new people, gather with friends, enjoy a cup of coffee, read a magazine, relax, and just enjoy “being.” Make a point to stop in, and socialize a bit…  Read more…

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Heading into the new year

By John Akal

Happy New Year to all of you!

I hope that 2014 was a good one for everyone and that you are all looking forward to a great year to come. According to the Chinese zodiac 2015 is going to be the Year of the Sheep. I know everyone checks those things out on the paper placemats in the restaurants and secretly hopes that the year they were born was signified by a cool animal like a dragon or tiger…  Read more…

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Can You Really Make Drinkable Beer From Concentrate?

By Matt Goulet

If you’ve ever tasted a Miller Lite, you know it takes a lot of water to make beer. That water is heavy—8 pounds per gallon. Which means that there’s a huge monetary and environmental expense in transporting and distributing kegs and cases around the world. But in 2008 Pat Tatera of Pat’s Backcountry Beverages in Golden, Colorado, came up with a solution: Add the water after you ship the beer…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Cord cut on Nativity scene

Cord cut on Nativity scene. A resident of the 2100 block of Illinois Street, Golden, reported someone cut the electrical cord to the lights of a Christmas Nativity scene in her yard sometime between 9 p.m. Dec. 19 and 3 p.m. Dec. 20…  Read more…

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Keep track of City plows on Twitter

Don’t let the blue skies and slightly warmer temperatures fool you – more snow is on the way! The City of Golden works hard to keep streets clear of the slippery white stuff even as Mother Nature is working hard to cover every inch…  Read more…

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Golden Beer Talks

The next Golden Beer Talks which is similar to the informational TED Talks will be on Tuesday, Jan 12 at the Windy Saddle Café, 1110 Washington Avenue in Golden. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there is no coverage charge. Food and beer will be available. The guest speaker is Jonathon Stalls, who will share from his expertise on The Endless Benefits of Life at 3 mph — Walking Across America…  Read more…

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Sing with Golden Concert Choir

The spring season for the Golden Concert Choir starts Monday, Jan 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 1500 Ford St. Rehearsals are every Monday 7-9 p.m…  Read more…

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Hitchin’ a ride with MountainsTaxi

By Amy Woodward

Public transportation connectivity is a work in progress in Jefferson County, and the addition of a new local cab service aims to fill some gaps.

MountainsTaxi, an already established cab service for parts of Jeffco, has received authorization from the state to extend its services to the west end of the county and beyond — serving Golden, Conifer, Genesee as well as Blackhawk, Idaho Springs and several other mountain communities, making MountainsTaxi one of the only cab services readily available for the area…  Read more…

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Dogs make for a good read

By Amy Woodward

Our four-legged friends are more than just pets — they can also be our teachers.

PAWS for reading, an early literacy program sponsored by the Jefferson County Public Libraries teamed up with Pet Partners and its therapy animal program, to help engage youth to read in a comfortable environment while snuggled up next to a friendly canine…  Read more…

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Colorado School of Mines engineering a new way to win

By Nick Kosmider

When the Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball team gathered for its first practices this past fall, the giants were gone.

The Orediggers’ top post players — measuring 6-foot-6, 6-9, 6-10 and 6-11 — had graduated from a 25-win team.

The result? “One of the worst rebounding teams I’ve had,” said veteran Mines coach Pryor Orser…  Read more…

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Mountain Toad Brewing partners with aerospace firm for new Golden site

By Josie Klemaier

Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden is planning a 20,000-square-foot production facility and shared space with an aerospace sensor company.

“The facility is the result of the demand for more beer,” Kaylee Robbins, a Mountain Toad founder and its director of sales, said in an e-mail. “We currently cannot keep up and do not have space to expand production at our current location.”

Robbins said that if everything goes smoothly, the project will break ground in the spring with operations beginning in early 2016…  Read more…

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From tinsel to mulch – recycle your Christmas tree!

If you enjoyed a real tree for the holidays, the City of Golden has an easy way for you to get rid of your drying up Christmas tree, and help give it a second life as it’s turned into mulch.

Drop off your trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 26 at the Golden Recycle site, just west of Hwy 93 and north of Golden Gate Canyon Road…  Read more…

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Missing man, believed to have been in Boulder, found in Larimer County

By Joe Rubino

A missing man who friends and family believed may have come to the Boulder area after vanishing from Jefferson County was found safe on Thursday in Larimer County.

Tom Danitschek, of Golden, was last heard from on Dec. 18 when he called family members…  Read more…

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Cannonball Creek, Comrade top 2014 Beer in Review

By Eric Gorski

Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden, which opened nearly two years ago with experienced brewers cranking out excellent beers in a bustling tap room, earned Colorado Brewery of the Year honors in First Drafts’ annual year-end industry survey.

The 2014 Beer in Review featured 28 Colorado brewers, brewery reps and beer bar owners weighing in on the best of 2014, reflecting on notable news and trends in craft brewing and predicting what lies ahead…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Golden Skillet, Golden

Interview with Elizabeth Weber, co-owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: I wanted to own my own business, and food seemed appropriate. I like breakfast and lunch and being my own boss. There’s nothing like enjoying what you do in life.  Read more…

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NewStar senior living community approved in Golden

By Josie Klemaier

A senior living community approved by the city of Golden plans to bring the latest technology to the Denver-metro foothills. 

“We’re really using technology for monitoring seniors and keeping them connected to their families and medical providers,” said Charles Gee, owner of Boulder-based Senior Living Logic, which is planning the 110-unit apartment development in north Golden. “These seniors are the ones who created the first technologies we use — they are going to be heavy users of it.”  Read more…

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Golden’s smoking, vaping ban one of many passed in 2014

By John Aguilar

Smokers in downtown Golden took their last legal puff on New Year’s Eve, just before the city’s ban on tobacco smoking and electronic cigarette usage in public spaces took effect at midnight Thursday.

Golden’s new rules, which disallow smoking and vaping in the city’s popular downtown area and other outdoor city-owned properties, were just one of a bevy of measures passed by Colorado cities and towns in 2014 that put a further squeeze on nicotine lovers…  Read more…

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Spyderco expands production facility

By Amy Woodward

Spyderco, one of the world’s leading manufactures in high performance knives, has been growing steadily for 39 years resulting in a multi-million dollar company that serves over 50 countries.

To meet the demands of production and allow for some breathing room among factory workers Spyderco is expanding its manufacturing facility in Golden with a planned 17,500 square feet addition…  Read more…


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Mines names Gregg Brandon Head Football Coach

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 30, 2014 – Colorado School of Mines Director of Athletics David Hansburg formally announced former New Mexico State offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Gregg Brandon as head coach of the university’s 126-year old football program on Tuesday.

Brandon is only the sixth head coach to walk the sidelines since 1937…  Read more…

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CoorsTek Finalizes Acquisition of Covalent Materials Corporation

GOLDEN, Colorado and TOKYODec. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CoorsTek, Inc., the world’s largest engineered ceramics manufacturer, today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Covalent Materials, a leading Japanese engineered ceramics manufacturer. 

This strategic acquisition furthers CoorsTek’s leadership in engineered ceramics, through a market-leading portfolio of over 300 materials, including alumina, carbon, silica, silicon, silicon carbide, quartz, yttria and zirconia, supported by the industry’s largest and most sophisticated research and development infrastructure, with centers in North AmericaEurope, and Asia…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Case of the mysterious cleaning crew

Pants thief at rec center. Golden police took a theft report from a patron of Golden Recreation Center, 1470 10th St., whose pants were stolen from a locker while he worked out Dec. 9. The pants contained his wallet, car keys and house keys…  Read more…

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After the September 2013 floods: Hiking the new Apex Trail and its 3 new bridges

Fifteen months after the September 2013 floods destroyed neighborhoods, roads and local parks, all of Apex Park in Golden in now open.

The heavy rains damaged 3.8 miles, about 40 percent, of the trails at Apex Park, forcing the park to completely close, according to Jefferson County Open Space. The park reopened in stages during 2014 with the final trail, Apex Trail, opening the day before Thanksgiving…  Read more…

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Visit Golden campaign a collaboration between businesses, city

By Josie Klemaier

Golden stands out among Front Range communities as an Old West town tucked away in its own valley between foothills to the west and two distinguishing buttes to the east. To go along with its unique geography, history and town character, Golden has a distinctive marketing campaign.

Visit Golden is the city’s tourism campaign, but it is more than just a public relations firm’s promotion of a city. The Visit Golden committee is made up of volunteers, local business owners representing all areas of the city who are part of the conversation…  Read more…

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Why so many crashes into Clear Creek?

By Brandon Rittiman

JEFFERSON COUNTY— A fatal crash discovered over the weekend is the latest in a long series of accidents involving cars plunging into the water of Clear Creek in the canyon stretch of US 6 west of the city of Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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Businesses budding among highlights

Another remarkable year in Golden has gone by and while there were many wonderful people, events and changes that took place, the Transcript teased out the ones that stood out the most…  Read more…

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Muller named RMAC athlete of the week

With a career-high 35 points at Colorado Christian, Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball redshirt senior Brian Muller has been named this week’s Mines Student-Athlete of the Week, athletic department officials announced Monday…  Read more…

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An ever-improving Golden

Generations of Golden city councilors have held fast to the principle that their first job is to maintain necessary infrastructure and support core municipal services. Without question, present council embraces this responsibility. It ensures a balanced budget that safeguards the elements of our town that the entire community expects and values…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Manley Man Handyman Services LLC, Golden

Interview with Clint Hill, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: I was out of work for much of 2012. After I remodeled half my house — and realized I’d been doing all this stuff for years for my own family — I decided to make a job and start my own handyman business.

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List of Gold Helmet Award Winners for Colorado prep football from The Denver Post

By Neil H. Devlin

Gold Helmet winners

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2014 All-Colorado field hockey team


Kendra Lanuza, Sr., Golden

Honorable mention:

Emily Hipp, Golden, Jr.

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Getting ready to ring in the New Year

By John Akal

Well, it’s getting to be time to ring out the old and ring in the new again. Yes, New Years Eve is upon us next week and it looks like this year it’s going to be a gateway to a whole weekend of celebrations. New Years Eve falls on a Wednesday night, with New Years Day being on Thursday, so everyone will have that day off, and lots of people will also have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off as well which means “Let the party begin!”  Read more…

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Rocky Mountain water

By Clarke Reader

One of the key ingredients in MillerCoors beers is the famous clear mountain water.

On Dec. 16 the company joined with PepsiCo and the Wells Fargo Foundation to ensure that water will be protected for millions of Colorado residents.

The three organizations announced they will donate $1 million to The Nature Conservancy to protect the Front Range forests, which in turn protect a clean water source for the state…  Read more…

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Golden resident Deb Dickinson receives 7Everyday Hero Award

At a time of year when we look for ways to share the spirit and help make a difference in our world, we can take a cue from area resident Deb Dickinson. Deb is the organizer of a couple of philanthropy programs sponsored by her employer TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon in Evergreen. And, one of those programs – the Soldier Box Project – has earned her KMGH TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award…  Read more…

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Golden hosts free quit-tobacco class first month of smoking ban

By Josie Klemaier

Citing steps that cities including Golden have taken to ban the use of tobacco and nicotine products in public, Jefferson County Public Health is hosting a free “Getting Ready to Quit” class in Golden.

“As of Jan. 1, 2015, more public spaces in Golden are smoke free!” Jefferson County Public Health said in a release…  Read more…

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Friends of missing Golden man say he may have been headed to Boulder

By Joe Rubino

Family and friends of a Golden man are seeking help locating the 50-year-old who they say has been missing since Thursday and may be in the Boulder area. 

Tom Danitschek, who previously lived in Boulder but had recently moved back to his hometown of Golden, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds…  Read more…

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Tis the season to celebrate in the streets

Olde Golden Christmas parades filled Washington Avenue in Golden on three consecutive Saturdays Dec. 6, 13, and 20…  Read more…

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Finding forgiveness

By Amy Woodward

Louis Zamperini’s tale of surviving a vicious Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II was unknown to many.

Even when Donna Miller, a Golden native and history enthusiast, was asked nearly eight years ago if she had ever heard of Louis Zamperini — she was unaware of his story.

But her lack of familiarity would not last long. Miller, an American Airlines pilot and history lover, met Zamperini through a mutual friend during a layover in Los Angeles…  Read more…

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Missing Man Dies after Crashing into Creek

The vehicle belonging to a man who was reported missing Friday was found partially submerged in a creek.

Colorado State Patrol says the driver, Danny Eugene Sheya, 65 of Aurora, was pronounced dead at the hospital…  Read more…

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