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Golden’s big summer festival has got a definite wild streak

OK, it’s time for me to toot the horn for our city of Golden here. It’s Summer, that means warm weather and every small town in America has some kind of town festival going on. I remember back … more

It ain’t easy being P.C. in new Miner’s Alley play

I guess if you write for a newspaper, it goes without saying that you probably have an interest in the news in general and keep up with it. I read the news every morning when I get up and have my … more

Honoring a wonderful childhood friend

When you grow up in a place you always have memories of the way things used to be, and then you look at how much they have changed over the years and you can get kind of nostalgic. Here in Golden, a … more

Sunday is a grand time for the Gran Fondo

I have lots of ways that I find out about the upcoming events that I report here in this column, but usually it doesn’t involve a bunch of bright orange signs warning that most of the main streets … more

Supporting veterans never rocked so hard

Over the last few weeks we have been made a little bit more aware of what our country’s war heroes went through and the sacrifices that so many of them made for our freedom. Of course, there were … more

This June 8 is going to be great

I’m going to try something different this week. I’m going to pick one date and write about some of what is happening here in Golden on just that particular day. Let’s roll the dice and see what … more

This summer, steam-powered stories abound in Golden

Many times in this column, I have mentioned how our town of Golden truly was a part of what is considered the “Wild” West. In it’s beginnings it was a place where every kind of character out of … more

Trust me when I tell you about this new play

Last week I talked about travelin’ down a road and flirtin’ with disaster. Those were the words to a song that played a key roll in the subject I was writing about. This week, I’m going to … more

How to have a hard rockin’ Memorial Day in Golden

“I’m travelin’ down the road, I’m flirtin’ with disaster.” If you recognize those words, then you are probably a fan of good ole’ Classic Rock and Roll. Even more precisely, that … more

Here’s the dirt on spring cleaning

A few years ago there was a commercial on television. I don’t remember exactly what it was for, I think it was some kind of fresh breath chewing gum or something. Anyway, it had a tag line that … more

Treat your mom to some lindy hop or a lager

Have you ever really thought about how many holidays we celebrate that come every year but don’t ever fall on the same calendar date? That really gets confusing, doesn’t it? Especially when the … more

E-Days on the wild side this year

We all have our annual traditions. Usually they revolve around some holiday or family event, but as I get older I find that I have developed a few annual traditions that have nothing to do with … more

Springtime in Golden gets up and running

I was wrong. I took one look at something, formed an immediate opinion and was proven dead wrong about it a few weeks later. I’m talking about what used to be a Chinese restaurant a couple of … more

Classical musicians face a classical dilemma

Being a professional performing musician is a very strange occupation. It’s not an easy thing to do. First off, you need to be very good at playing your instrument or singing. That means endless … more

Catch a Pulitzer Prize-winning show at Miner's Alley

If you have lived in Golden quite a while you know that once upon a time, like most small towns in the country, we had a movie theater right downtown. It sat on the southeast corner of 13th street … more

A great spot to celebrate St. Pat’s Day

Well, it’s March and that means we can all start guessing about the weather again. As I’m writing this it’s about 2 degrees outside with eight inches of snow on the ground, but later in the … more

Drumming is good for your health ... usually

Today we are going to talk about playing the drums and how it effects your health. This past weekend I was playing a gig at a club in Lakewood and parked my car a little too close to a plowed snow … more

Happy Birthday time for Buffalo Bill

I hope everyone had a good President’s Day weekend. The snow kind of dampened my enthusiasm a little bit so I tackled an indoor project that needed to be done and put a pot of chili on the stove. … more

Trading Meryl Streep for Mother Nature

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Academy Awards ceremony is happening later this month. I used to live in Hollywood, and I can understand how the people who live there and … more

‘Tis the season for angry badgers, beer and love

It’s February and we have already seen that the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, was dragged out of his den by some guy in a top hat and didn’t see his shadow this year. That’s supposed to … more
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