Golden experiences short-term, city-wide power outage

Posted 12/27/16

During the noon hour on Dec. 27, bartender Lisa John and a few customers at the Ace-Hi Tavern sat in the dark, mingling about the ghost that is thought to haunt the place.

At the Golden Library, …

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Golden experiences short-term, city-wide power outage

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During the noon hour on Dec. 27, bartender Lisa John and a few customers at the Ace-Hi Tavern sat in the dark, mingling about the ghost that is thought to haunt the place.
At the Golden Library, Andrea McCullough, one of the library's patron experience associates, was in the middle of instructing a class on eBooks and other free downloadables available from the library.
“The Wi-Fi was down,” she said, “so we couldn't demonstrate how to download anything to your device.”
Luckily, she said, after about 15 minutes of the power being out, the class' four students told McCullough they felt prepared enough with what they had learned to be able to practice on their own, once the power was back up.
Beginning at 11:58 a.m., Golden experienced a city-wide power outage. According to Xcel Energy, the cause was an electrical equipment failure near the post office at 1100 Johnson Rd. The failure was most likely due to high winds.
Power across the city came back on at 2:17 p.m.
The computers were down at Golden city hall, 911 10th St., but that was the only thing affected from the outage, said the city's spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley.
All first responders, including the city's fire and police departments, were able to take calls and respond to any emergency for the duration of the power outage, she said.
“They have generators to work around it,” Tilley said.
In downtown Golden, bustling for a Tuesday afternoon, the east side of Washington Avenue wasn't affected by the outage, aside from phone lines being down, some businesses said. But on the west side, some businesses were forced to close because there was no electricity — including lights, equipment needed for food service, cash registers and credit card transaction machines.
Street lights along Washington Avenue were not working and many businesses had signs on the doors, apologizing for the inconvenience of having to close early. Other signs stated the business would re-open in the afternoon, once the power came back on.
The Golden Library had just finished up a storytime, so there were an estimated 50 people at the library at the time of the outage, said Lauren Reed, a patron experience associate.
But lots of families stayed and hung out anyway, despite being in the dark, she said.
“Nobody was in much of a hurry to leave,” Reed said.
Mike Jennings of Golden was at the library working on a thesis paper to earn his master's degree when the power went out. His laptop has a backup power source, so it wasn't a big event for him, he said.
“I went and got some cash and a sandwich, and came back,” he said. “Not long after that, the power was back on. An extra hour because of power outages isn't a drop in the bucket on this thing.”
He added the thesis is something he's been working on for a while.
Employees at Peak Cycles near 13th Street and Washington Avenue used flashlights to finish up a quick repair job, then went to lunch for a couple of hours during the power outage.
However, the shop had a break-in on Christmas Day, so most of the morning was spent cleaning up broken glass, said Brad Breese, the service manager.
“Now we're back to work, trying to catch up,” Breese said as he and two other mechanics were working on tune-ups.
Mike Stillman, owner of the Ace-Hi, gave John permission to close early because of the power outage, but she decided against it. She had picked up the shift from one of her coworkers because she has some expensive vet bills she needs to pay off.
Sales had to be written down on a piece of paper and people had to pay with cash because the register was down, John said. But the sun was shining in through the window, so there was some light, and the conversation was good, she added.
“We always have fun here.”
Golden, blackout, power outage, Xcel, Christy Steadman, Ace-Hi, Peak Cycles, Washington Avenue

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