Deep innovation

By Glenn Wallace

Extracting energy from oil shale is about to get a lot more eco-friendly, thanks to an innovative project being developed by a local company and the Colorado School of Mines.

Independent Energy Partners (IEP) of Parker held a press conference at the School of Mines (CSM) on Oct. 23 to show off a working prototype of a new product, the Geothermic Fuel Cell — GFC for short.

“This project really walks the Mines talk,” Dr. Neil Sullivan,said during the presentation, referencing the school’s motto of “Earth, Energy, Environment.” Sullivan is the director of the Colorado Fuel Cell Center Laboratory at CSM…  Read more…

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Golden Parks and Recreation accredited

For the second time, Golden Parks and Recreation was accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina…  Read more…

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Student from Golden Scholarship Winner

Rachel Olsson, of Golden, was among 16 winners of the National Center for Parents with Disabilities scholarship. Olsson is attending Arizona State University and was awarded $1000…  Read more…

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Strength in Numbers fundraiser

A fundraiser to benefit Liz Hicks-Sterling, who has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, will be held at the Buffalo Rose on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at or at Ticketwest and King Soopers…  Read more…

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Gift giving changes but still brings smiles

By John Akal

As the holiday season is upon us, I always reminisce about things like family traditions and gatherings that had a special memory associated with them.

You know what I mean. The time the cat tried to climb the Christmas tree and the entire thing came crashing down, or when Mom dropped the whole turkey on the floor when she tried to take it out of the oven and the dogs started fighting over it…  Read more…

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Golden Civic Foundation honors Lowry

The 39th annual Golden Civic Foundation’s dinner and auction will be honoring one of Golden leading men, Bob Lowry, on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Denver Marriot West at 1717 Denver W Blvd. at 5 p.m.

This year’s theme is classic cars as homage to Lowry’s love for fast cars.

The Shelby Mustang is Lowry’s favorite, said Marcie Miller, executive director of the Golden Civic Foundation…  Read more…

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Patterns of care

There are many responses to tragedy and many different ways to reach out to those who have suffered enormous loss.

When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami with 133-foot waves struck Japan in 2011, quilters from all over the country responded by making quilts for those in need of comfort and as a way to comfort themselves as they processed the disaster.

Miwako Kimura, Sachiko Yoshida, and Noriko Koyama — three noted Japanese quilt artists and teachers — joined with their students to support survivors in their quilt-making efforts.

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave. in Golden, plays host to 29 of those quilts in their “Wishes Through Our Hands” exhibit…  Read more…

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Jeffco open space talks trails, apps

By Amy Woodward

Jeffco Park and Open Space trail specialists are busy constructing, maintaining and cleaning up trails around the county. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the department held a trail talks forum to update the public on its updates at the American Mountaineering Center.

Flood recovery efforts have been one of the primary focuses for Jeffco Open Space, and with the help of dedicated volunteers who have pitched in with trail repairs, majority of the work has been completed, reported David Davenport, outdoor recreation management coordinator for Jeffco Open Space…  Read more…

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Golden Synergy: CoorsTek, Coors Family Invest $26.9 Million in Colorado School of Mines

By Lisa Marshall

The name Coors and its connection to Golden, Colorado, is known the world over for more than most people think. While many of us are familiar with the Coors Brewing Company, there is another lesser-known enterprise connected to the Coors family more than a century old that touches our lives on a daily basis—that company is CoorsTek, and it has been a Mines partner since its founding…  Read more…

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Colorado School of Mines President announces 2015 retirement

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 6, 2014 – Colorado School of Mines President M. W. Scoggins announced today that he plans to retire in 2015. Scoggins became the university’s 16th president in June 2006 after more than 34 years in the global oil and gas industry with Mobil and ExxonMobil, retiring as a senior executive in 2004. He remains active in the industry through service on several boards of directors.

“The Board of Trustees would like to thank Dr. Scoggins for his extraordinary service to Mines,” said Jim Spaanstra, chairman. “Through his leadership, Mines reached remarkable levels of excellence, grew its global reputation and strengthened its financial health despite periods of economic turbulence.”  Read more…

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Foster Grandparent program seeking more volunteers in Jefferson County

By Austin Briggs

GOLDEN —A group of nine kids with smiles on their faces gathered around their mentor, tutor and foster grandparent at Pleasant View Elementary School in Golden last week for a quick round of introductions.

“Seeing her is one of my favorite parts of school,” said 8-year-old Luz Casillas…  Read more…

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Teens escaped lockup using playing card, tissue paper

By Jeremy Jojola

GOLDEN, Colorado – 9Wants to Know has learned a simple technique involving a playing card and toilet paper has allowed juvenile inmates to pop open newly upgraded cell doors at a facility for dangerous teen criminals.

“Every inmate being inside that facility after two days knows how to compromise that cell door,” one confidential source told 9Wants to Know. “We can’t be 100 percent sure that those doors are locked.”  Read more…

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Stranded Windsor hiker rescued off North Maroon Peak trail near Aspen

By Casey Kelly

A Windsor man and two others stranded near a cliff off the North Maroon Peak trail Sunday afternoon have been rescued without injury, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

Members of the climbing party were identified as Dallas Hall, 20, of Windsor, Michael Bortnowski, 20, of Illinois, and Arthur Whitehead, 19, of Concord, Mass.

Hall’s older brother, Eldon Hall, said Monday afternoon that his brother is unharmed and with his parents in Golden…  Read more…

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Goodbye Golden Tea Time

By Amy Woodward

It’s business as usual at Golden Tea Time as a large party waits to be served.

“My favorite is waiting on the people,” said Linda Russomanno, a server at Golden Tea Time. “The people are so amazing.”

It will be what she misses most about the tiny tea café at 908 Washington Ave. — guests who have become like family.

Most of this year has been filled with long goodbyes after owner Jackie Kowal announced that Golden Tea Time will be closing its doors on Sunday, Dec. 21, after nearly 20 years of serving hot tea and homemade food in the community…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Suspended student’s parent threatens to bite

Suspended student’s parent threatens to bite. On Oct. 10, a representative of Mitchell Elementary, 201 Rubey Drive, Golden, reported that parent whose child was suspended for biting another student confronted the principal and became agitated, cursing and threatening to bite the fingers of staff…  Read more…

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JSO Holiday Concert Blends Classical and Festive Favorites

GOLDEN – The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) will continue its long tradition of offering a holiday concert that satisfies both the classical music lover’s desire for a performance of a significant composition and also adds enough festive music to satisfy every family member’s need for holiday cheer. But breaking with tradition, this year’s concert will take place on a weeknight instead of a Sunday afternoon. This year’s holiday concert takes place on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center in Golden…  Read more…

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Foothills Animal Shelter in Jefferson County seeing more older pets

By Austin Briggs

JEFFERSON COUNTY —Decked out in thin protective clothing, Millie Barton and Susan Sczepanski entered a cat-filled room at Foothills Animal Shelter to groom Muffin, a 10-year old calico picked up as a stray.

The cat showed no signs of having been neglected or abandoned as she purred and soaked up the attention of the two volunteers as they brushed her slightly matted fur…  Read more…

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Miners Alley Playhouse Presents CLARENCE DARROW, Now thru 11/2

Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Clarence Darrow” today, October 30 through November 2 for three performances only on Thursday and Saturday at 7:30.p.m.; Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $23 and are available by calling 303-935-3044 or online at Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue. Golden, CO 80401.

A one-man play in two acts based on the Clarence Darrow for the Defense by Irving Stone is a reminiscence of the unpopular cases in which the famous attorney was involved, the events of his personal life and his opinions about contemporary events…  Read more…

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Wells Fargo Launches $10M Clean Tech Startup Fund

Wells Fargo has launched a $10 million environmental grant for clean technology startups.

The Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, aims to foster the development of early stage clean technologies for commercial buildings.

Wells Fargo says the program is the first of its kind within the banking industry…  Read more…


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Energy Department Announces New Lab Program to Accelerate Commercialization of Clean Energy Technologies

Issued by U.S. Department of Energy

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Energy launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE’s National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower national lab researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector…  Read more…

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Kinney Run Trail partial closure through Nov. 14

Due to waterline construction, the Kinney Run trail between 6th Avenue and Eagle Ridge Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through November 14, 2014…  Read more…

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Golden High School students draw portraits of Denver’s homeless

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —When Golden High School art teacher Tim Miller wants to get his advanced 2-D art students out of their element, he doesn’t assign them a new medium or bring in a complex object or model.

He gets in the driver’s seat of the bus and takes them there…  Read more…

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By Brice Minnigh

IT’S BEEN ONLY A TAD MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE YETI introduced its ‘Switch Technology’ suspension platform on its ‘SB’ (Super Bike) line of full-suspension rigs, drawing accolades from longtime Yeti lovers while also converting new members to the tribe…  Read more…

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Light rail ‘W’ line reopens after fire at transient camp under bridge

By Elizabeth Hernandez

The light rail “W” Line in Lakewood re-opened Wednesday afternoon after a fire apparently started by transients shut down the line for more than three hours, authorities said.

A mattress at a homeless camp in a water drainage tunnel beneath the light rail station was found smoldering, Lakewood police said in a news release. Two propane cannisters found near the mattress are believed to be the cause of the explosion…  Read more…

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Business Q&A: Dagotto’s Bistro, Golden

Interveiw with Tony Ottomanelli, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?

A: We’ve always had a passion for food and wine from working 25-plus years and acquiring all the necessary experience for this industry. So, when the time seemed right, we took action to make this dream come true and we did it as a family…  Read more…

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Centennial Bank Completes Acquisition of Mutual of Omaha Bank Branches

DENVER, Colo., Oct. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – CIC Bancshares, Inc., a Colorado-based holding company and the parent of Centennial Bank, announces the acquisition of five Colorado Front Range branches from Mutual of Omaha Bank, effective at 7 p.m. MST on October 24, 2014. This acquisition will increase the Centennial Bank footprint in Colorado to 14 full-service branch locations, and will increase the bank’s assets to over $725 million. This acquisition will also place Centennial Bank in the top ten largest locally headquartered banks in Colorado. The five acquired branches are located in Conifer, Evergreen, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Nederland…  Read more…

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings $130 million to Colorado, says study

By Megan Arellano

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge generated $130 million for the state this year, according to a study commissioned by the race’s organizers. A release from Rogers and Cowen, representing the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, claims that the study by Sponsorship Science controlled for local fan spending and people who traveled to Colorado for reasons unrelated to the race…  Read more…

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Creating a Clear Creek History Park Master Plan

Clear Creek History Park was conceived as a place to preserve and present history as well as restore and open the natural creek views. The History Park began in 1994 when the first cabins were relocated to Golden from the Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. By 1999, the park was complete with both historic and reconstructed buildings. The park was enclosed by a buckrail fence and visitors entered the reconstructed ranch through an admission gate on the east end…  Read more…

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Crime lab ready for testing

By Amy Woodward

Civic leaders and law enforcement officials toured the expanded and improved Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab on Oct. 22.

The lab more than tripled in size, from 2,500 square feet to 16,500 square feet and will bring together forensic technicians from the county’s various municipalities who are in need of better equipment, more space, faster results — all of which will eliminate the need for going to the state for help…  Read more…

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Activities at the Astor House

Golden History Museums is testing a series of inventive history activities each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Astor House Museum at 12th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden. Visitors to the museum will get to play original games, build take-home crafts, and experiment with historic clothing in a photo booth, among other activities…  Read more…

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Faith Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Faith Lutheran Church in Golden officially installed Rev. Jane L. Jebsen Sept. 28 as the missional pastor. She is the 5th lead pastor and 7th overall in the church’s history.

Jebsen is a pastor’s daughter who served 20 years as a youth minister and pastor…  Read more…

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Holiday Craft Fair scheduled

First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St., Golden, will hold its 30th annual Holiday Craft Fair at the church on Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day…  Read more…

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Volunteer opportunity atGolden History Museums

The chicken coop needs a volunteer for the Tuesday morning shift. The chicken caregiver is expected to commit every Tuesday to the coop and in return will receive fresh, organic eggs…  Read more…

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Golden Parks and Recreation Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

Golden Parks and Recreation was accredited for the second time on Oct. 13 and continues to be among the elite park and recreation agencies across the country earning this distinction through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This accomplishment was awarded during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, NC…  Read more…

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Dreams for Golden’s Brian Whitfield turned to nightmare, but he showed heart and raced anyway

By John Meyer

COLORADO SPRINGS — Golden’s Brian Whitfield hoped to finish in the top 10, if not the top five, at the state cross country championships Saturday. Instead he wound up crying in the embrace of his parents and his coach. He found out how cruel life can be, but also how comforting it is to be loved when bad things happen…  Read more…

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Get Outside: The Five Best Fall City Walks

By Natasha Gardner

We often point you to the hills for the state’s best outdoor activities, but this week is different. With the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, you ought to explore Denver’s urban stretches for long strolls filled with a spectrum of leaves in warm shades of red, orange, and gold. Here, our five favorite fall urban walks…  Read more…

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DOGtoberfest: 75% Off Adoption Special

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, which means it’s time for our 5th annual DOGtoberfest! It’s a way for us to remind the community of the variety of terrific canines looking for their forever homes…   Read more…

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Temporary closure of South Ridge Park playground

South Ridge Park playground will be closed Monday, October 27 – 31. A new safety surface will be installed under the playground during this time…  Read more…

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New program to help you Purge the Spurge!

Myrtle Spurge is a noxious weed that is toxic to people and wildlife, and has become a serious infestation in the Boulder, Jefferson, and Denver county areas. It spreads rapidly and can eventually take over a whole property and spread to neighbors and open spaces…  Read more…

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Grateful Bread hosts Public Retail Day

Grateful Bread, a wholesale boulangerie in Golden that provides custom handmade artisan breads for dozens of Denver’s top restaurants and hotels will host its final Public Retail Day of the Year where consumers can stop in and buy specialty breads…  Read more…

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Juveniles charged as adults for Lookout Mountain Center escape

Two of the four juveniles who escaped from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden on Aug. 31 have been charged as adults. The District Attorney’s Office has the two juveniles with escape and the assault of a 65-year-old employee at the Center who sustained a subdural hematoma, skull fracture, a broken nose and abrasions…  Read more…

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Update on accused murderer of Golden resident

On Friday, Oct. 17, Thomas Laperch, 22, pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the death of Golden resident and musician, William Burchett, 54…  Read more…

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New exhibit at RockyMountain Quilt Museum

On Thursday, Oct. 30, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden will unveil its newest exhibit: Wishes Through Our Hands: Japanese Quilts Made in Response to the 2011 Tsunami…  Read more…

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Best (& Worst!) Breakfasts and Lunches

Would you avoid eating a bowl of cookies for breakfast? (What you’re eating may be just as bad.) Come learn why many options touted as “healthy” really aren’t and what to choose instead to get the level of energy you’ve always wished for to sail through your day…  Read more…

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park is right in Jefferson County’s backyard

By Josie Klemaier

GOLDEN —While Interstate 70 and U.S. 285 clog with mountain traffic each weekend, there’s a gateway that leads from Golden to mountain cabins, camping, backcountry trails and panoramic views. And, without traffic, it’s just under an hour away from Denver…  Read more…

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Golden Crime Blotter: Grump on the golf course

Grump on the golf course. Golden Police responded to Fossil Trace Golf Course, 3050 Illinois St., on Oct. 7 on a report of an elderly male riding a motorized scooter on the course…  Read more…

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Jeffco Open Space to Hold Follow-Up ‘Trails Talk’ Forum

Jeffco Open Space is hosting a second Trails Talk public forum this year to continue the dialog on experiences in the parks and on the trails. Come to listen, join the conversation, or sign up to put boots on the ground…  Read more…

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Herndon a ‘junkyard luthier’

By Faith Bemiss

What do soup pot lids, old car transmissions, wooden salad bowls and cigar boxes have in common? Well if Jack Herndon, formerly of Sedalia, has anything to do with it, they will come together in perfect harmony and play beautiful music.

On a trip back to Sedalia this week to visit his mother, Mary Frances Herndon, he brought along three of his handmade, folk art, acoustic guitars — all made from thrift store trinkets and re-purposed materials. Herndon, who lives in Golden, Colo., calls himself a “junkyard luthier,” and hopes to someday retire from his computer graphics job and make and sell the instruments full time…  Read more…

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