West Jeffco welcomes cyclists League of American Bicyclists recognizes friendly communities

By Clarke Reader

Cycling is one of the most popular sports in Colorado, and cities and businesses all over the state have been welcoming and encouraging cycling as an alternative mean of transportation for years.

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized many communities and businesses in the state as “bicycle friendly,” including several west Jeffco areas…  Read more…

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What a festive weekend this will be

By John Akal

then you look forward to what’s happening next and Golden has a whopper of a weekend coming up!  Read more…

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All aboard the ‘Polar Express’

By Amy Wooward

The sound of a silver sleigh bell ringing is heard by those who believe in the magic of Christmas.
Do you hear it?
For those who have grown out of the childish notion — prepare to be inspired.
The Colorado Railroad Museum is presenting a new event that brings to life one of the most popular Christmas stories in modern times; The Polar Express…  Read more…

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Sales tax revenue on the rise

By Amy Woodward

Record setting tax revenues shows a healthy spending economy for Golden, finance reports show.

Revenue collected from the months of June, August and September show an 8 to 12 percent increase compared to last year. In September, for example, sales tax collections were up 12.1 percent or $146,195.

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A bountiful feast for all

By Amy Woodward

It was a celebration of food and nourishment during the inaugural Golden Community Harvest on Sunday, Nov. 16.

“It’s about coming together around a common theme of community and local healthy food,” said Bethany Thomas, deacon at Calvary Episcopal Church and director of Hunger Free Golden, which aims to increase access to healthy foods for all community members. “We’re thinking about the theme of nourishing not only our bodies but our community.”  Read more…

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Golden rural carier helps stop potential wildfire

While delivering mail near Genesse, Golden rural carrier Robert Trujillo, smelled smoke.

He discovered a small brushfire near the home of a customer who he had recently seen drive away from the residence several minutes earlier. Because he had no cell phone service, he drove to a nearby home and asked the resident to call the fire department. The female resident called 911 while her husband went to help Trujillo fight the fire…  Read more…

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Rock the bells

By Clarke Reader

This is the time of year when shoppers search high and low for the special gift for the loved ones in their lives.

The 40th annual Holiday Art Market at the Foothills Art Center is back to offer the creative works of more than 100 Colorado artists for shoppers looking for a gift with a personal, homemade touch….  Read more…

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Green aspirations drive man behind Golden electric car share firm

By Monte Whaley

GOLDEN — Like any eager car dealer, Tim Prior talks quickly — and seriously — about the virtues of the vehicles on his lot. 

“You’ll find them well-built. And once you get them on the road, they are quite peppy,” he says.

Prior is working an angle: to convince consumers who are used to renting a gas-fueled sedan of the power of an electric vehicle…  Read more…

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Mines and NREL awarded $1.5M by U.S. Department of Energy to develop next generation solar PV technologies

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 1, 2014 – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative solar energy research and development projects, including one competitive award to Colorado School of Mines and the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to develop low cost, extremely high efficiency solar cells. This project supports the goals of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative to drive down the cost of solar energy and move innovative ideas to the market more quickly…  Read more…

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Small retailers cultivate community to lure long-term customers

By Jason Blevins

Owners of small outdoor shops are no strangers to peddling the potential for trouble.

The signs above the whitewater kayaks, the climbing ropes and the backcountry ski gear make it clear: These pursuits are risky. Proceed cautiously. Know before you go.

In that risk, independent shops are finding opportunity…  Read more…

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Presenting the All-Jeffco CCM Softball Team

By Daniel Williams

The fall season is over and it is time to reflect on some of the special athletes who helped make Jeffco again one of the best producers of softball talent in any league in the state.

The annual All-Colorado Community Media Team honors the best individual prep efforts of the season. Congratulations to the following student athletes…  Read more…

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Top performers in volleyball

By Daniel Williams

Jeffco volleyball did not have a team that made a deep playoff run yet the fierce competition within both 4A and 5A Jeffco kept the chase for a conference title interesting.

Despite not having a team that competed for a state champion Jeffco has some of the state’s best volleyball talent within its two conferences….  Read more…

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D’Evelyn still on top, Golden ready to compete

By Daniel Williams

The football season isn’t quite over yet but Colorado prep hoopsters are ready to take flight.

And Jeffco boys’ basketball in both classifications has a chance to be two of the best conferences in Colorado. But 4A Jeffco in particular has two of the top 10 teams in the state in D’Evelyn and Golden…  Read more…

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The Rotary Club of Golden Student of the Month

Golden Rotary recognized Marisa Markovich this past week as the outstanding Student of the Month…  Read more…

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Olde Golden Christmas Book Signing

Meet local author Barb Warden at Baby Doe’s as she signs copies of her book, Olde Golden Christmas…  Read more…

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Adventures at the Astor House

Stop by Golden’s historic 1867 boarding house to enjoy the recently renovated exhibits and special holiday activities and crafts from Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 7…  Read more…

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The Golden Concert Choir concert

Golden Community Choirs presents Cantatas of Celebration on Saturday, Dec 6. at 7:30 p.m. at Golden High School. There will be a silent auction. Enjoy a collection of celebratory cantatas…  Read more…

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Christmas Tree Sale changes location

The Golden Optimists are changing their usual location for its Christmas Tree Sale…  Read more…

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Golden Midget Football Association 6th Grade Demons, Carnation Bowl Runner-up

Golden Midget Football Association’s (GMFA) 6th Grade Division Three Team represented Golden this past weekend in the Carnation Bowl championship sponsored by the Jeffco Midget Football Association (GMFA). The GMFA 6th Grade Demon team was the only GMFA team to advance into the championship this season…  Read more…

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Apex Park now fully reopened

Apex Park fully reopened on Monday, Nov. 24 for the first time since the devastating floods of September 2013.

Jeffco Open Space staff installed several bridges and abutments last week on lower Apex Trail, which was the only remaining area closed…  Read more…

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Golden Moves Up in Rank for Bicycle Friendly Communities

The City of Golden is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as one of the more bicycle-friendly communities in the country. Golden’s Silver Award takes the city a step above the previous designation of Bronze in 2010. “The increase in designation from Bronze to Silver shows the City’s dedication to improve cycling within the community,” said Golden City Planner Nick Eagleson…  Read more…

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Golden rural carrier honored by Postmaster General

Earlier this fall, while delivering mail near Genesse, Robert Trujillo, a Golden, CO, rural carrier smelled smoke.

He discovered a fire had started near the home of a customer on his route whom he had seen driving away from the residence several minutes earlier. Because he had no cell phone service, he drove to a nearby home and asked the resident to call the fire department. The female resident called 911 and her husband went to help Trujillo fight the fire…  Read more…

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Cal State Stanislaus’ NCAA soccer run ends in dramatic fashion

By Brian Clark

The magical ride is over for the Cal State Stanislaus women’s soccer team.

Colorado School of Mines withstood a furious attack on its goal during regulation and two overtime periods to send the scoreless game into penalty kicks, where it beat the Warriors 4-3 on Sunday in an NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinal in Golden, Colo.

The Orediggers (17-1-5) advance to the national semifinals on Dec. 4 in Louisville, Ky., where it will meet Rollins College…  Read more…

 

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Coroner IDs body found by hiker in Jeffco’s Centennial Cone Park

By Elizabeth Hernandez

The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the body found in Centennial Cone Park Sunday morning, officials said.

Daniel B. Young, 54, of Golden was found about two miles off the trail by a hiker, said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office…  Read more…

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LEADERSHIP GOLDEN 2014 ORNAMENT

Local artist and Golden High School art instructor, Tim Miller, has designed this year’s beautiful ornament depicting the historic Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain.

Tim will be available to sign ornaments during Golden’s Candlelight Walk on Friday, December 5, starting at 6pm in the Visitor’s Center…  Read more…

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School of Mines head coach Bob Stitt an offensive guru to D-I teams

By Bruce Feldman

The first time I’d ever heard of Bob Stitt was about five years ago at the 1-Back Clinic, an informal annual gathering of some of the cutting-edge minds in college football. That year the clinic was held at the University of Houston. Many of the coaches there –€“ Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, Cal’s Sonny Dykes, TCU’s Doug Meacham, UCLA’s Noel Mazzone — lead or have led some of the most prolific offenses in the FBS…  Read more…

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Hawaiian Electric to Speed up Solar Interconnection Based on Study Results

Utilities have become fond of saying how much high penetration of distributed solar will strain the electric grid. While this is much talked about, it has yet to be properly researched to see at just what level distributed solar actually starts to have an impact on grid reliability.

SolarCity is looking to find answers to this by partnering with the Hawaiian Electric Company and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Together they will study issues related to interconnecting solar into electrical grids…  Read more…

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Temporary Water Outage on Pike Street

The Utilities Division is repairing a broken water main on Pike Street between West 4th Ave and West 2nd Place…  Read more…

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Jeffco cities owe $1 million after shortfall at Foothills Animal Shelter

By Austin Briggs

Five Jefferson County cities are on the hook for a total of almost $1 million to cover a loan made to a former fundraising affiliate of Foothills Animal Shelter for the 2010 construction of its 33,000 square-foot facility.

The Foothills Animal Foundation borrowed $1.5 million from Jefferson County for the $9.7-million dollar building at 580 McIntyre St. The group was able to raise only $400,000…  Read more…

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Striking it Rich in Golden

You know how you hear of a movie, drive past a restaurant or pass through a town and think “I should really give that movie/restaurant/town a try”? That’s the way I was about Golden, Colorado. Right here in my own state, a mere 30 minute drive away, I, a Colorado native, had never done more than pass through Golden. Shameful…  Read more…

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SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric reach agreement to study solar interconnection issues

By Duane Shimogawa

SolarCity, one of the largest solar energy companies in the United States and in Hawaii, has reached an agreement with the Hawaiian Electric Cos. and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to study issues dealing with interconnecting solar into electrical grids, the California-based firm said Thursday.

The cooperative research agreement aims to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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A new world for the season

By Clarke Reader

One of the hallmarks of the holidays is the music — the way it weaves story and lyric, melody and harmony to move and inspire the listener.

For their holiday production, Miners Alley Playhouse is eschewing the typical fare for a show that features four actors, three understudies and a group of musicians who guide audiences through a series of vignettes, each with a different musical message…  Read more…

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Host families needed for Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition

The Jefferson Symphony needs up to 12 volunteer host families to provide meals, lodging and local transportation for finalists entering the live round of its 56th International Young Artists Competition, which takes place on Saturday, January 10, 2015,10:00-5:00 at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood…  Read more…

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Higher Purpose Business Workshop, 12/9-11

The Thrive Purpose Workshop is a rare 3-day opportunity to step out of the day-to-day management of your business in order to focus on the core reason you started it in the first place, and what you are truly working to achieve.

Research shows that purpose-oriented companies see major benefits in staff engagement, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, and the owner’s sense of fulfillment.

The true value of the workshop will be delivered as attendees define purpose, success and the values that guide their work…  Read more…

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Colorado Lab Tests ‘Smart Home,’ Where Dishwashers Talk To The Grid

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Bryan Hannegan is picturing the home of the future. In his imagination, it’s not in outer space, or shaped like a giant geodesic dome. This home talks to itself, and to what’s around it.

“The dishwasher could talk to the electric vehicle in the garage, it could talk to the solar PV system on the roof,” said Hannegan, a scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

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Elves are on the run

It looks like the weather from the North Pole decided to give us an early visit, but even though it’s been stupid cold and snowy outside for the last week, it does put you in the holiday spirit. I was all set to head “over the river and through the woods” to my relatives house in Florida, that’s for sure! Sheesh, -18 degrees in November was a little bit of a shock!

But, the sun is out this week and we have a great new holiday event slated for Thanksgiving weekend right here in Golden and if you are a runner, don’t put those running shoes away for the season quite yet…  Read more…

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Vacation of 13th street for Calvary tabled

Council voted to deny the current design plan for turn Arapahoe Street into a cul-de-sac between 13th and 14th streets

The discussion turned to the Calvary Episcopal Church’s plans to change the street in order to expand its campus. The council tabled Calvary’s plan, requesting the church present a more comprehensive design plan that would address concerns for parking, connectivity and walkability of the area…  Read more…

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Solid waste and recycling services amended

Council passed two ordinances amending solid waste and recycling collection services in the city that requires licensing requirements for waste haulers and implements a volume-based rate for HOAs. Both ordinances passed 6-0, with Councilor Marcia Claxton recusing herself.

The two ordinances will regulate all residential haulers in the city of Golden, and will require them to provide a volume based pricing system for all residential areas that affects multifamily homes and single family homes within an HOA of eight attached units or less…  Read more…

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Storm drainage utility fee to increase for homeowners

Council unanimously passed a consideration for the 2015-1016 budget that may apply a temporary five year 20 percent surcharge to the current $3.52 monthly utility charge for a single family home…  Read more…

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Child needed to turn on Christmas Lights

Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan will draw the name of one child who will be responsible for turning on the Christmas lights along Clear Creek following the Candlelight Walk on Friday, Dec. 5. Contestants should be five to 10 years old and live in a Golden zip code… Read more…

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Runners High Turkey Chase

The second annual three mile fun run by Runners High starts 8:30 a.m. in Parfet Park on Thursday, Nov. 27…  Read more…

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Golden Gate Grange Holiday Craft Fair

Due to inclement weather the Holiday Craft Fair at the Golden Gate Grange will now be on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Gate Grange, 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden…  Read more…

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New discovery center at Red Rocks boosts attendance for Dinosaur Ridge

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN — Parents have a new cure for cabin fever now that the new Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center is open at Red Rocks Park.

“This center here is really going to serve that need to help fill in our November-to-February tours, because those months really are kind of dead for us,” said Erin LaCount, the center’s education program coordinator.

The center opened in August at 17681 W. Alameda Parkway — Entrance No. 1 to Red Rocks Park — in a building Friends of Dinosaur Ridge purchased in 2013…  Read more…

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Four Golden Guys Make Bonfire Burritos Their Own

By Mark Antonation

For most high-school students, lunch is a chance to catch up with friends. But for four Golden kids, lunchtime burritos at the nearby Bonfire Burritos trailer were more than just a way to escape the classroom. They ultimately became a way that the friends could stay together as business partners, building a burrito business in the town they’ve all called home since before they were teenagers…  Read more…

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Mines announces Presidential Search Committee and plans for engaging community input

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 18, 2014 – The Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees has announced the formation of a search committee to assist in the selection of the next university president. Earlier this month the current president, M.W. Scoggins, announced plans to retire in 2015…  Read more…

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Are pale ales due for a comeback?

By Eric Gorski

Cannonball Creek Brewing’s award-winning Featherweight Pale Ale (provided by the brewery).

In case you missed it, IPAs are pretty popular.

Hoppy, bitter, bursting-with-flavor American-style India Pale Ales rule the tap handles and liquor store shelves at better craft beer establishments. And there are no signs of that changing…  Read more…

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Meet the 2015 Central City Flower Girls

By Joanne Davidson

Taylor McIntosh Coors: The daughter of Holly Coors attends Valor Christian High School. She has been swimming and diving competitively since the age of 5 and is a two-time state champion…  Read more…

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