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From the publisher: The aim to reconcile decades of mistrust begins with the will to make it happen

In 2020, the Colorado Media Project, a philanthropic organization dedicated to local news sustainability, launched the Voices Initiative as an opportunity for community members from under-represented groups to explore why trust in the media was at an all-time low and what could be done to restore it. 

For the record: Examining how the Transcript contributed to systemic racism

Systemic racism stubbornly remains in Golden. But it has morphed from Ku Klux Klan demonstrations in the 1920s and racist housing policies in the 1940s to something less overt but still widespread and endlessly frustrating.
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Community & Chili: Fire department cooks share the spice of life at annual Big Chili
Local firefighters, auxiliary members and other volunteers served gallons upon gallons of red, green and vegetarian chili at this year’s event. A few dozen local businesses, families and groups of friends also participated, with some hosting themed booths like “101 Dalmatians,” “Barbie” and “Margaritaville.”
Golden celebrates summer's end with rescheduled fireworks show
This year, Labor Day weekend looked a little more like the Fourth of July.
Testing their metal: Orediggers topple Lakers with last-second field goal
Hunter Pearson, a newcomer to the Mines football team, made the game-winning field goal against No. 3 Grand Valley State Aug. 31. The No. 2 Orediggers won 31-28.
Man accused of killing Sheriff’s K-9 to enter plea Oct. 3
The Lakewood man who reportedly killed a Jefferson County Sheriff K-9 and pointed a gun at a Golden police officer will now enter a plea Oct. 3, after he couldn't make his recent court date while in Colorado Department of Corrections custody.
The Way of Water: Tubers enjoy final days of summer on Clear Creek
As temperatures in Golden reached 90 degrees leading up to Labor Day weekend, hundreds of people decided to beat the heat on Clear Creek.
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Applewood car shooting suspect to enter plea Oct. 30

The Lakewood man accused of shooting at an occupied car May 23 in Applewood has waived his right to a preliminary hearing to continue plea negotiations with the District Attorney’s Office.

Coors brewery celebrating 150th anniversary with new mural

Molson Coors is celebrating the brewery’s 150th anniversary with a special mural on the building’s west side, which is scheduled to be finished by mid-September.

Several local players dazzle in Rocky Mountain Showdown

What a game. What a weekend. What a spectacle. And several local players were part of it all. Legions of fans, celebrities, sportswriters, photographers, camera crews and people just …

Jeffco parents say closing Coal Creek K-8 will tear community apart

When Jefferson County staff made recommendations for the next phase of its plan to close or consolidate district schools in response to declining enrollment this past August, they used numbers to …

No. 2 Orediggers defeat Vikings 2-0 in rainy soccer showdown

Although revenge is a dish best served cold, rain probably wasn’t in the original recipe. On Sept. 14, the Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team avenged last year’s NCAA …

Meet Evergreen High School’s new athletic director

To be in a small club of female athletic directors at Evergreen High School is a significant and historic milestone. But to hear Maddy Hornecker tell the story, it’s really not that big of a …

Mount Evans is Mount Blue Sky

Applause erupted from the crowd as they listened to a federal board’s decision to rename Mount Evans in Colorado to Mount Blue Sky. Some of those cheering were listening virtually as the U.S. …

Golden looks to contract a parking management company

Like Morrison and Idaho Springs, Golden might have a company start managing all its parking permits, paid lots, enforcement, and related operations.

Touring the haunted histories of Colorado cities

In the 1800s, a maid allegedly ran out of an open door and fell to her death from an upper floor of a building in Golden. Some say they have heard operatic singing in a historic home in …

Unique eateries in the Denver suburbs

Colorado Community Media asked former local food writer Mark Antonation what restaurants outside of Denver stand out to him. Here are some of his favorites.

Clairvoyance and compassion

On a quiet street corner, a neon sign promises psychic readings, fortunes told for a small fee. Some signs advertise crystals, tarot, reiki or clairvoyance, a never-ending list of tools to peer into the other side. 

Why we need friends

At the Littleton branch of Meals on Wheels, delivering food is only one part of the mission. 
What’s happening around Jeffco: RTD disruptions, LGBTQ estate planning and more
This week Jefferson County prepares for an important RTD closure, a seminar for LGBTQ+ estate planning, a fair full of resources for veterans, grants for Jeffco teachers and more.
Column: Pirates make annual landing at Northglenn
When you live in a landlocked state like Colorado, it’s probably a safe bet that you don’t really think of pirates all that often. I mean, why would you?
Column: Putting the spotlight back on Washington Avenue
When this column was started many years ago, its name, Avenue Flashes, was coined because that’s what it literally was…Flashes of tidbits about what was happening that day on Washington Avenue.
Column: A Seussical musical at Lakewood Culture Center
It may not be a “proper” word, but when someone describes something as Seussian, you basically know what it means. Dr. Seuss is famous the world over for the fantastical and surreal worlds he created and populated with characters like The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and The Lorax. 
Column: Making ’Beautiful’ music at the Arvada Center
For those who are unfamiliar, a jukebox musical is a show that features tunes most audiences are familiar with. And that kind of show is practically made for “Beautiful,” the story of singer, songwriter and all-around legend Carole King. 
Goldenite Corner: Golden High School alumna celebrates 100th birthday
Rosaline Smith née Bettinger celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 26 at The Rock Rest Lodge, with more than 150 family members and friends in attendance.
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Coming Attractions: Autumn ushers in the cool and creepy

Your favorite equinox guy is back, checking in right before we officially begin the best season of year — autumn. Now that we’re about to jump into the time of chilly evenings, falling …

Orediggers finding their groove as 2023 soccer season kicks off

The Orediggers kick off their 2023 season Sept. 1 at Cal State Monterey Bay. Their first official home game will be Sept. 8 against No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona.

CHSAA tweaks playoff seeding index

The state’s high-school playoff pairing system is going to look a little different going forward.

Ralston Valley’s defense turns away Mountain Vista in Zero Week

Ralston Valley’s defense made an early-season statement Friday night at Halftime Help Stadium.

Mines seniors ready to attack 2023 volleyball schedule

After losing to the eventual national champions by two points in last year’s NCAA Division II tournament, the senior Orediggers are ready to make their final volleyball season one to remember.

Meet the Colorado man behind Pepper Pong

“What really my vision for this game was, going back 20 to 25 years, was something that you could play on any surface, and that anybody, regardless of age or ability could jump in and compete and have fun."

D’Angelo, former Golden wrestling coach, dies at 89

“Coach Joe was a role model to many kids in a few sports that had good homes and families. Parents were thankful that this coach was in their child's corner or sidelines. Then there were the kids where he was the father a few of us were missing. He guided all of us with his positive views and determination by example and the Lord's word.”

Letter: Climate alarmism

Alarmism is a thing. We are accustomed to it in the winter ahead of a snowstorm because it sells.

Letter: The youth vaping epidemic is nowhere near being over

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and gummy bear are appealing to youth, and these are the very flavors that can be found in thousands of today’s tobacco products.

Letter: We must be a kind nation

How angry would you be, if your father had a heart attack, and when the EMTs arrived, they began lecturing your suffering parent, “Sir, first we need a careful review of your current diet and exercise routines, as well as, a complete cholesterol check, to determine the underlying “root causes” of your problem?”

Letter: Re: Playing the Parking Game in Golden

As to downtown Golden’s “parking crisis,” everything in the article by journalist Corinne Westeman likens to the metaphor of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Letter: A dubious future awaits

“The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to. Humanity is consuming 175% of what the earth can regenerate. Our current way of life is unsustainable.”— Paul Ehrlich, population expert

Column: Tips to protect child’s mental health from social media use

Social media can be a great tool to help build connections, stay informed and engage with others. However, it can become all-consuming and potentially damaging to adolescent brain development, which …

Inside the Outdoors: What is the business of ferrets?

Exactly who decided that a group of ferrets is a business ? Indeed, how did the weasel become a verb? Can a ferret business also ferret prairie dogs from burrows? That self-important group of …

Column: People deserve an explanation as to how their tax dollars are being spent

The premier ballot initiative on this fall’s ballot is Proposition HH, which deals with residential property taxes. The proposition begins with the phrase, “Shall property taxes be …

Avenue Flashes: Oktoberfest season with a Golden twist

Once September rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about a little Gemütlichkeit. That’s a German word that means a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. …

Column: How supreme should the court be?

In our country, there are three branches of government. We pretend they’re coequal, but in recent years we have relied on the judicial branch to decide most everything.
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