City of Golden Weekly Digest

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Possible sale of Applewood Golf Course to developer concerns neighbors

By Josie Klemaier

Applewood Golf Course, near Golden, could be replaced by 454 houses if Molson Coors and a Denver developer have their way.

Golden-based Molson Coors, which owns the land on which the course sits, confirmed it is in talks to sell it to Carlson Associates.

“As the golf course is not core to our brewing operations, the sale would allow Molson Coors to focus more of our resources on building our global beer business, which is our top priority,” Molson Coors said in a statement…  Read more…

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Golden breweries old and new collaborate on craft beer scene

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — Since 1993, Golden City Brewery has drawn crowds to its  beer garden and tiny tasting room in Golden’s 12th Street Historic District, cherishing the slogan “Golden’s second-largest brewery.”

“That’s part of our identity around the world,” said owner Janine Sturdavant. “We use that anywhere we go and people just laugh.”

They laugh because, for years, Golden City was the only other brewery in Golden, outside of beer giant Coors. However, that has changed as three new independent craft breweries have come to town since 2013…  Read more…

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A different kind of ‘March’

During the month of March we see a lot of St. Patrick’s Day events featuring Irish Step Dancers. Their popularity was drastically increased with the advent of shows like River Dance and it’s now more popular than ever.

But looking back through history there was another type of Irish dancer that had it’s roots right here in America. They didn’t dance for entertainment, but rather worked in unison to build the back bone of this country and labored to connect the east to the west…  Read more…

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My first flight at Lookout in Golden, Colorado 2015

By Ann Dunlap

My first flight of the year. Beautiful late winter day in Colorado with temps 50+. Great conditions for a first flight at this site. Looking forward to many more. Thanks to the ‘Marks’ that made this flight as safe and fun as possible: Mark Windsheimer and Mark Henline. Great to see and meet Everyone!  Watch…

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Guy Hill Schoolhouse

I spent this past weekend in Colorado searching for old schools and photographing…  Read more…

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Library Foundation Launches Naming Recognition Program

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are offering naming opportunities in conjunction with the upcoming remodel of the Golden Library. Residents can help to provide 21st-century library services in the Golden community, while ensuring that their generosity will be recognized for years to come.

A range of naming oppor­tu­ni­ties are avail­able for indi­vid­u­als, families, orga­ni­za­tions, and cor­po­ra­tions, enabling donors to pay trib­ute to their rela­tion­ship with the Golden Library or to honor and rec­og­nize some­one spe­cial in their lives…  Read more…

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Golden View Classical Academy Announces New Principal

Golden, Colorado (PRWEB) March 08, 2015

Golden View Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school opening up in Golden this fall, is pleased to announce its new principal, Dr. Robert Garrow. Dr. Garrow is currently the Assistant Headmaster at Founders Classical Academy in Leander, Texas, a sister school of Golden View Classical Academy through the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative…  Read more…

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Boys playoffs: Golden bounced from 4A by Air Academy

By Neil Devlin

In Golden, Air Academy went in and knocked off the top-seeded Demons 45-41 on Saturday in the Class 4A Great 8.

James Sims scored 15 points and Austin Dewing hit two go-ahead free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining. David Louthan added 14 points and sealed the victory with a steal on the Demons final possession and a celebratory layup at the buzzer…  Read more…

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Blasterbotica to build new rover for NASA competition

In the sixth annual and largest NASA Robotic Mining Competition, a team of 14 Mines students will be competing against 53 teams from all over the nation to design and build a mining rover.

The senior design team, Blasterbotica, is taking apart last year’s rover and building new components to build a smaller rover for the competition May 18-22 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The rover will have to traverse a simulated Martian terrain, excavate regolith and gravel and deposit them into a collector bin within 10 minutes. The winning team will receive the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence trophy, KSC launch invitations, team certificates for each member and a $5,000 team scholarship…  Read more…

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Smits receives 2015 NSF CAREER award

GOLDEN, Colo., March 6, 2015 – Colorado School of Mines Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Kathleen Smits has received a 2015 NSF CAREER Award. The grant will support her research, “Advancing the science and education of land surface-atmosphere interactions: Interweaving multiscale experimental and modeling approaches for Land Surface Models (LSM) and experiential learning.”  Read more…

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Colorado Students Win Documentary Awards

By Luc Hatlestad

This week, a group of middle school students in Golden became the latest Colorado documentary filmmakers to win an award when they took third place and honorable mention in C-SPAN’s national competition.

The 11th annual contest reviewed almost 2,300 films submitted by middle- and high-schoolers from all over the country. This year’s theme was how an action or law by one of the government’s three branches affected the students’ communities…  Read more…

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New vacancy available on Community Sustainability Advisory Board

Is Golden important to you? How about sustainability? If you answered yes to both questions, your City needs you! A vacancy has recently opened on the Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) that we are seeking to fill.

In 2007, Golden City Council made sustainability its top priority, and in December of that year, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1789 forming the Community Sustainability Advisory Board. The primary purpose of the board is to assist the City in achieving the ten-year sustainability goals set by City Council in Resolution 1793 pdf icon and defined through specific metrics listed in Resolution 2047, as may be amended from time to time…  Read more…

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Going green this St. Patrick’s

By John Akal

Several years ago I had the opportunity to fly over the entire island of Ireland. As you looked out the window you couldn’t help noticing one thing. The place really is green!  Read more…

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Indoor bull riding set for fairgrounds

By Amy Woodward

Every bull rider approaches his ride differently.

Some say a quick prayer before hopping over the metal railing to mount the seemingly tame beast — others don’t give it a second thought…  Read more…

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Jefferson County Children’s Museum Needs Assessment

We need your participation!

Jefferson County residents are invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind exploratory assessment. The children’s museum Needs Assessment is sponsored by four founders who are everyday moms with young children who believe all Jefferson County kids should have access to a community children’s museum…  Read more…

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Moms want Jefferson County to have its own kids museum

By Josie Klemaier

A group of local moms wants Jefferson County to have its own children’s museum and is conducting a survey to get the effort started.

“Response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Golden resident Katherine Broome, a former prosecuting attorney for Adams County who has put her practice on hold to raise her 18-month-old son…  Read more…

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Public colleges with the best bang for your buck

Graduates with bachelor’s degrees from these state schools see the biggest return on their college investment, according to a report from PayScale…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Pangea Coffee Roasters, Golden

Interview with Matt Kurgan, founder

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: I got involved in this business because of my strong passion for fresh-roasted coffee and my desire to own my own business. I knew from a young age that I wanted to start my own business, but was unsure of what industry to get into. I worked at a number of coffee roasters over the years and began roasting out of my house. I then knew I wanted to start a company in the coffee industry and started Pangea Coffee…  Read more…

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Fire department hires full-time lieutenants

By Amy Woodward

The men and women of Golden’s Fire Station No. 21 have reached a milestone with the hiring of three full-time shift officers in a public service sector that traditionally relies on volunteers to assist residents in times of crisis.

“We have some consistency,” said Fire Chief John Bales. “This kind of moves us into a new era.”  Read more…

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Jeffco Open Space: Seasonal nesting closures March 1 to July 31

Seasonal closures will be implemented at Jeffco Open Space Parks on March 1 through July 31.  Parks where closures will take place are Crown Hill Park in the Wildlife Sanctuary, North Table Mountain Park along Rim Rock Trail, and Cathedral Spires Park climbing area. These annual seasonal closures allow wildlife to successfully nest, rear young, or survive a critical time in their lifecycles with minimal human disturbance…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Ransomed dog returned

Man kicked out of Table Mountain Inn. Police were dispatched to Table Mountain Inn, 1301 Washington Ave., Golden, on Feb. 9, where a man caused a disturbance and then left with his pug…  Read more…

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Golden library remodel coming soon; library will close for construction March 20-June 11

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden announced today that construction on the Golden Library remodel will begin Mar. 20. The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction; however, library staff members are working to schedule alternative service arrangements for Golden residents… Read more…

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4A boys wrapup: Holy Family, Denver South knocked out

By Neil Devlin

Jefferson County’s Golden bolted to 22-3 after winning a close one, 69-65 over the city’s Thomas Jefferson. The Demons enjoyed terrific balance — Ryan Thistlewood led the way with 18 points. Ryan Blodget added 16, Jason Johsnon 13 and Kayden Sund 12. Josh McNair (18) and Jalen Rose (17) led TJ…  Read more…

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Local grapplers win runner up honors

By Scott Stocker

It definitely turned out to be a tough weekend for the Class 4A and 3A Metro wrestlers in the state tournament competition at the Pepsi Center in Denver. No teams were able to come away with an individual champion in any weight class…  Read more…

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Calls for preservation at Heritage Square

By Amy Woodward

Many locals reacted with nostalgia when news broke that portions of Golden’s Heritage Square will be closing at the end of the year.

The alpine slide and the square’s shops and businesses will be closing at year’s end but the amusement park and Victorian Event Center will remain open.

Historians are stepping up to speak out about the importance of preserving the iconic, albeit struggling, amusement site that was spearheaded by a once-prominent businessman in Wheat Ridge, Walter Francis Cobb…  Read more…

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Colorado memory master competing on Chinese game show

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. —  A Wheat Ridge college student is taking his amazing memory skills to China next week to compete on the country’s most popular game show. “Pretty crazy, never expected this to happen,” said Johnny Briones, who attends the Colorado School of Mines in Golden…  Read more…

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Jefferson County Children’s Museum Needs Assessment

We need your participation!

Jefferson County residents are invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind exploratory assessment. The children’s museum Needs Assessment is sponsored by four founders who are everyday moms with young children who believe all Jefferson County kids should have access to a community children’s museum. Before moving forward, the founders want a clear understanding from the community regarding the need for a children’s museum in Jefferson County…  Read more…

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Golden Library to close for construction March 20 to June 11

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden announced today that construction on the Golden Library remodel will begin Mar. 20. The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction; however, library staff members are working to schedule alternative service arrangements for Golden residents… Read more…

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Business Q&A: Ace-Hi Tavern, Golden

Interview with Mike Stillman, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: My grandfather, Leo Stillman, purchased the Ace back in 1961. It was a rough and rowdy bar back in those days, and Golden was more like an Old West town. In the early ’70s, my dad, Sid Stillman, took over and really solidified the Ace-Hi as a Golden favorite hangout for so many of our local residents as well as students from School of Mines just a few blocks away…  Read more…

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Kong Establishes North American Partnership With Rogz

Kong, the Golden, Colo.-based pet toy maker known for its red rubber dog toys, announced that it is partnering with Rogz to bring the Cape Town, South Africa-based manufacturer’s line of dog toys to the North American pet market…  Read more…

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Mountain States People News, March 2015

Wells Squier has been promoted to partner at Anderson Hallas Architects in Golden, Colo. Squier has more than 16 years of experience and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida College of Design. Early in his career, Squier relocated to Chicago to work for Skidmore Owings & Merrill…  Read more…

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7 Unique Colorado Museums

By Kimberly Gunning

Many family-friendly museum attractions often sit just off the main roads throughout Colorado, and others occasionally require a destination drive to seek out unique finds. These seven Colorado museums are filled with eras of history, unmatched collections and intriguing stories…  Read more…

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Golden area students awarded for academic excellence at Lipscomb University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2015) Several Golden area students have been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the fall semester 2014, said Dr. Craig W. Bledsoe, Provost.

The Golden area students awarded were:

Maggie Veers, Biochemistry: Chemistry Emphasis, Provost’s List, Golden Senior High School
Matt Kerridge, Financial Markets, Honor Roll, Golden Senior High School… Read more…

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CSM adds vehicle-sharing program

By Amy Woodward

Students at the Colorado School of Mines are going mobile and as efficiently as possible.

In a partnership with Zipcar, an alternative car share company that has a nationwide presence, Mines students can now gain temporary access to a set of wheels through the Zipcar vehicle-sharing program on campus…  Read more…

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From straw to gold

By Clarke Reader

The Brothers Grimm have been inspiring artists since the 19th century, and each artist brings their own perspective to their version of Grimm’s classic tales.

When Rory Pierce, leader of the children’s theater at Heritage Square for nearly 25 years, decided to adapt “Rumpelstiltskin” for Miners Alley Playhouse, he wanted to stay true to the feeling of the original work, while making children an integral part of the story…  Read more…

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Colorado Community Media wins dozens of awards in annual contest

Colorado Community Media won 74 individual awards and four special honors in the Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, results of which were announced Feb. 21 during the annual convention in downtown Denver…  Read more…

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Rockslide on Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon; 1 motorist hurt

By Deb Stanley and Wayne Harrison

GOLDEN, Colo. – A rockslide on U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Canyon injured at least one driver and prompted the closure of the highway west of Golden for three hours, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The slide happened west of tunnel one just before noon Tuesday, near mile marker 268. The Colorado State Patrol said up to four vehicles were caught in the slide…  Read more…

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The Boppy Company Partners With Orla Kiely To Launch Limited Edition Boppy® Pillow

GOLDEN, Colo.Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Boppy Company, a world leader in award-winning products for mom and baby, is teaming up with fashion designer Orla Kiely to create a limited edition Boppy® Feeding and Infant Support Pillow. Exclusively available at Target and on Target.com, the slipcovered Boppy® Pillow will feature Kiely’s signature and timeless leaf pattern.

“We are very excited to be working with such a notable and important designer,” said Nancy Bartley, CEO, The Boppy Company.  “By bringing our two iconic brands together, we’ve created a classically designed, must-have product for mom and baby.”

The Boppy Pillow, known for its versatility, offers support for mom while nursing or bottle feeding and then transitions to a support pillow for baby perfect for propping, tummy time and learning to sit…  Read more…

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Rockfall closes US 6 and damages 1 car

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon – between Golden and State Highway 119 – due to rockfall around noon on February 24…  Read more…

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Highway 93 named for deputy

By Amy Woodward

State lawmakers have named a roadway to honor Sgt. David Baldwin, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was killed while on duty on Highway 93 last January.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, legislators unanimously adopted a House joint resolution sponsored by Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, to designate a stretch of Highway 93 as JCSO Sergeant David M. Baldwin Memorial Highway.

The renaming of the highway will begin at mile marker zero in Golden and end at Highway 72 near Coal Creek…  Read more…

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Colorado snow totals for the Feb. 20-23 storm

The following Colorado snow totals have been reported by the National Weather Service for the Feb. 20-23 storm…  Read more…

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5280 CrossFit Announces the Opening of a New Gym in Golden, Colorado

Golden, CO — (ReleaseWire) — 02/23/2015 — A new CrossFit Gym in Golden, Colorado opened on February 1, 2015, operating under the name 5280 CrossFit. The Golden community embraces the lifestyle Colorado has become known for, one which emphasizes health, fitness, and adventure. CrossFit workouts promote functional fitness to ensure members are prepared for all the great state has to offer, therefore, individuals looking to get into shape need to check this new option out…  Read more…

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Happy birthday to famous outlaw

By John Akal

Here’s a little history trivia question for you with some clues. Who was born on Feb. 26, 1846, in the Iowa Territory, spent his early years in Le Claire but moved to Canada for a while and then back to the U.S. where he lived in the Kansas Territory?

Need more clues?  Read more…

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Air for our heirs – Jeffco earns an ‘F’

Jefferson County was ranked by the American Lung Association’s 2014 report as the worst county in Colorado for ozone pollution and was given a grade of F. Why and what is being done about it?  Read more…

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Morgan McCormick Sets School Record in 200 IM At Mountain West Championships

San Antonio, Texas —– Freshman Morgan McCormick set a school record in a preliminary heat of the 200 individual medley as San Jose State University moved into ninth place after the second day of the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

McCormick swam a 2:00.41 time in her preliminary race earning NCAA Championship “B” cut status. Her record-setting swim bettered the previous San Jose State mark of 2:01.08 set by Julia Craddock at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship. The freshman from Golden, Colo., finished seventh in the 200 IM championship final at 2:01.90…  Read more…

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Golden City Manager Announces Retirement

After more than 21 years serving as City Manager for the City of Golden, Mike Bestor is retiring. At the City Council meeting on Feb. 19, he announced his intention to retire as soon as Council selects his replacement. For anyone who has seen Golden’s transformation over the last two decades, you know that Mike leaves behind an amazing legacy…  Read more…

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Working on a dream: From Mines runner to Olympian

Mark Husted, a Ph.D. candidate in operations research, is training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team trials in track and field. Known as the “fastest person in the history of Mines,” Husted broke the track record for 800m earlier this year at 1:51.54. Husted has been racing for the Mines track and field team since 2005 and has earned honors along the way…  Read more…

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