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Goldenites like shuttle, alternate transportation as solutions for downtown parking woes
For Goldenites who park downtown regularly, seeing that challenge play out like a board game was probably a bit surreal.
Mines men’s basketball falls to Fort Lewis, 93-87
Thanks its effective zone defense, Fort Lewis handed the Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team its second loss of the season Jan. 27.
Miracle twins: Golden couple have procedure to save their babies
Zoey and Kenna Conley are typical 5-year-old twins: full of life, always busy and best friends.
Golden applies for $3 million grant for affordable housing project
Officials hope that one day there will be 125 Habitat for Humanity townhomes and condos on the Xcel Energy property along South Golden Road, so locals can buy permanently affordable homes.
Mines swim teams celebrate Senior Day
On Jan. 21, the Mines men’s and women’s swim teams hosted their final home meet of the season against Wyoming. While both sets of Orediggers technically lost to the Cowboys, the teams’ real victory was giving their eight seniors a fun send-off.
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Column: Let's make some basketball magic in Golden

February is a big month for Golden's basketball teams. Golden High School is hosting Senior Nights Feb. 6 and Feb. 10. Then, the Mines teams celebrate their Senior Night Feb. 18. So, I’m challenging my fellow Goldenites to pack the stands.

Golden City Council decides against exceptions to short-term rental permits

Golden City Council discussed possible ways to provide exceptions to their 2018 short-term rental ordinance in a study session on Jan. 10, but the majority decided against it.

Winter weather doesn't deter Golden Plunge Club's visits to Clear Creek

While Evergreen and other places around the country kick off every year with a Polar Plunge, some Goldenites have taken it to the next level with daily plunges in Clear Creek. Yes — even in the wintertime.

Jeffco Public Schools release data to be used for secondary school closures

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted in November to close 16 elementary schools based generally on enrollment data and proximity to other schools — data that could be found on the FCB Dashboard.

Column: Imbolc — the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox

I love February, primarily because it is my birthday month, though I chafe about how it got short-changed in days. But given that it is often the coldest, most bone-chilling stretch of the year in the northern hemisphere, I do not mind cutting it short and rolling into March. 

Former Clear Creek Deputy looks to get charges dropped

Former Clear Creek County Sheriff’s deputies Kyle Gould and Andrew Buen appeared in court for the second time on Jan. 30, with Gould’s defense looking to dismiss his charges and the people’s representation looking for a joinder of the defendants. 

Free legal clinic served almost 200 Jefferson County residents last year

Ten years ago, a Colorado attorney realized that if medical advice could be given virtually, there’s no reason legal advice couldn't either. 
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Emotional learning through the fine arts, and how it's helping healthcare workers

For the past 20 years, talk of addressing mental health issues within the healthcare industry circled around without much emphasis. That’s beginning to change, and it’s starting with the fine arts. 

Sock It To 'EM

When two friends joined forces to donate socks to homeless shelters in January 2012, they had no idea it would lead them on a path to creating a nonprofit that has collected nearly one million pairs …

Inner city kids take to the slopes

Coloradans can always look to the West and see the mountains in the distance, but for some who live in the inner cities of Colorado, actually getting to the mountains can be a bigger task.

Taking the climb in Denver

Hundreds of the nation’s most elite athletes in indoor rock climbing just had their version of the Super Bowl in Denver. As the Olympic sport expands across the U.S. and Colorado, USA Climbing’s …
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Colorado DMV releases list of rejected personalized plates
SHIKAKA, VOTE and BULL are among some of the less “offensive” personalized license plates that were rejected by the Colorado DMV last year.
Column: Things to get you out of your winter slump
If you are at the point where getting outdoors for some fresh air and exercise in January has just meant shoveling the snow off your driveway, you might need a little inspiration to get you motivated to get out and do something fun again.
There's no day like a snow day: Goldenites stay busy during Jan. 18 storm
Whether shoveling or sledding, running or plowing, Goldenites were out and about during the Jan. 18 snowstorm.
Column: A few possible Valentine's outings
Just so you know, you aren’t quite out of the woods yet. At least as far as the gift giving season goes. You still have one more coming up that usually requires some thought, a bit of expense and makes you to suffer through another barrage of ads about jewelry and perfumes with a few flower shops thrown in for good measure. 
New members of guild share art
Eighteen artists have joined the longtime Littleton Fine Arts Guild in the past year and the organization features their works in a new exhibit, through March 5. The LFAG operates the historic Depot …
Award-winning author to speak with readers
Arapahoe Libraries announces that award-winning author Kristin Hannah will speak via Zoom with readers at 6 p.m. on Jan 19. Her popular title, “The Nightingale,” is scheduled for early 2023 film …
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Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

A musical reflection of 2022

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …

Denver doughs: 2 young pastry chefs create out-of-this-world culinary experience

Space dinosaurs. Project 626. Murder by the Campfire.   This is not a list of the internet’s latest conspiracy theories, but rather the creations of Black Box Bakery, a space-themed …
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Mines basketball teams triumph over Metro State

The Colorado School of Mines basketball teams brought the storm with them Jan. 17 at MSU-Denver, as both sets of Orediggers triumphed over the Roadrunners.

CHSAA signs partnership with Children’s Colorado

AURORA – The Colorado High School Activities Association and Children’s Hospital combined to bring educational services from the hospital to CHSAA member schools. New Commissioner Mike …

A Golden Homecoming: Adam Thistlewood closing out basketball career at Mines

When it comes to playing basketball, there’s no place like home for Golden’s Adam Thistlewood.

Blake Weslin sparks Green Mountain in win over Golden

LAKEWOOD — Green Mountain junior Blake Weslin had a memorable 64 seconds to close out the first quarter on Jan. 6.

Borgmann, former CHSAA assistant commissioner, dies

When former Colorado High School Activities Association assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann died Jan. 9, Skyview girls basketball coach Chris Kemm summed up the feelings of many who are involved in …

Orediggers blast away CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves 94-58

The Orediggers got their groove back after winter break with a 94-58 home win over the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves on Jan. 6.
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Letter: We need gun violence prevention legislation

I have been moved to action by gun violence in our country and community.

Letter: Suncor's recent shutdown needs more scrutiny

Suncor’s recent shutdown has received an appalling lack of scrutiny from the press. The narrative has been that with the shutdown gas prices will increase. I suspect this is Suncor’s attempt to distract the public and press from delving more deeply into the issues.

Letter: There is still time to have your opinion heard

On Dec. 14, the Jeffco Planning Commission approved the rezoning of the 14-acre property just east of King Soopers on South Golden Road in Pleasant View to accommodate a mega-project of 350+ luxury rental apartments and townhomes.

Letter: In response to Renee Marcellis's Oct. 20 letter

I am still thinking about Renee Marcellis's Oct. 20 letter to the editor against our City of Golden Mayor Weinberg concerning Golden Seniors staying in their homes. 

Letter: Golden “loved” to death

My wife and I lived in Golden for nearly 30 years. We raised our kids there. They went to Bell Middle School and Golden High. 
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Column: A Dyno-Mite bouldering competition ahead

As I was looking through some of the local upcoming events to write about, one caught my eye. It’s called Dyno-Mite.

Column: Dismantling the walls to wildlife in Colorado

Although never a big-game hunter, I have killed three deer in Colorado and likely gave a bull elk a terrific headache. That’s not to mention my carnage among rabbits and other smaller critters.

Column: Banning books is for bullies

Some people have become so alarmed by what children might read in school or in libraries that they want books they don’t like removed — immediately. The targeted books include scenes of sexual awakening, gender identity, racism or violence.

Column: For this year, a resolution for our kids’ future

As we all are taking down the tree, putting away the menorah and otherwise wrapping up from the holidays, we turn our attention to the new year.

Column: Friends and family

A close friend once quipped that family is the reason we have friends. On the surface, the line comes across as a dig at family with its sometimes fractious relationships and challenging dynamics.
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