Summer-ish, Parking, and City Council

May 23, 2019

This is the Last Day Of School for Jeffco Students! Their summer is off to a chilly start, with a high today in the mid-40s, rain and possible snow. The City’s waterpark, the Splash, will open on Saturday. Currently, the forecast for that day is a high of 70–positively tropical!

Here’s a cheerful summer fact: The Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program have children’s bikes for $10! (Or free, for families who lack the means to cover the $10.)

A Brief Follow-Up on Parking at the High School
Yesterday, I wrote about the developers of a proposed apartment building at 24th and Jackson and their hopes of using the high school parking lot to meet their parking requirements. As of yesterday, the School District Superintendent said that “Our discussions with JCHA have failed to reach a mutually agreeable outcome and we are presently no longer negotiating.” So we’ll see what happens next.

Council Issues
City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will begin with Proclamations regarding Memorial Day, the US Marine Corps Memorial, Building Safety Month, Gun Violence Awareness Day, and departing Deputy City Clerk Andrea De Luca. They will consider approving a Final Plat for the 8 new town homes at 148 Washington Avenue.

City Staff will provide an update on their “due diligence” activities regarding the Coors office building that the City plans to purchase. This includes making sure the title is clear, that the building is ADA compliant, that they have an accurate survey of the property, that the building be inspected for structure, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical problems. They also need an environmental assessment with soil test borings at the north end of the property, near the railroad and the tank farm. They also need to inventory the furniture and equipment that Coors plans to leave with the building. Staff is also negotiating with community groups that might want to move into the building.

Staff will also discuss how the City will finance the project. The initial cost will be $12.5 million. Until they finish defining how they will use the property, it’s hard to say how much they’ll need for renovations. Staff recommends that they add $11.5 million to the amount they plan to borrow, for a total of $24 million. Staff will bring the debt plan to council in June and they expect to close on the property in July or August.

Council will also consider a contract with Anderson Hallas Architects to conduct a space study and do design work regarding the new building. This will cost $109K.

The business meeting will be followed by a study session in which they will hear a proposal that the Golden History Museum and Foothills Art Center collaborate and cohabitate in the new Civic Center (Coors office building).

The study session will also include a 30 minute discussion regarding warm weather code enforcement issues including pet waste, weeds, smoking, curfew violations, creek management, park rangers, homelessness, and the Super Cruise.

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Dave Frisk, 6PM
New Terrain Brewing – GoldenGrass Pre-Party, 6-9PM

Sustainability, New Housing, Music, and a Scholarship

May 22, 2019

The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. They will get a first look at an online dashboard that will show electricity usage and solar energy production at City facilities. They will discuss ways that the City can help home and business owners to increase their energy efficiency, and they will consider ways to review energy reports for new developments. They will also discuss an ongoing effort to inventory greenhouse gas emissions in the City. Learn more by reviewing the meeting packet….

An Update on the Proposed Housing Development at 24th & Ford:

Jefferson County Housing Authority - Golden Colorado

The proposed housing project at 24th & Ford has caused consternation ever since it was first broached by a Chicago-based developer in 2016. Neighbors have been concerned about the overflow parking cluttering up an already crowded neighborhood. People who drive the Ford/Jackson corridor are worried about more traffic. Residents who value the single home, low-slung nature of Golden don’t want small houses to be demolished in favor of a 51-unit apartment building. People who love big trees don’t want them cut down and replaced with saplings.

The original developer was followed by the Jefferson County Housing Authority. They took their project to the Planning Commission in January and received a Special Use Permit, several waivers, a bonus to allow them to build 3 stories tall, and the right to build over the existing alleyway. The one thing they couldn’t get a waiver for was the parking requirement. They were 13 spaces short. They talked of having their tenants park in the High School parking lot. Since the School’s parking lot is too small to serve all of the High School students (and the overflow parks in the neighborhood), this was distressing for both High School parents and nearby neighbors. However, the Jeffco Schools Superintendent said the District would “not be entering into an agreement to provide these spots to JCHA.”

Discussion among the residents died down after the Planning Commission meeting. After all, the city said they couldn’t build if they didn’t have enough parking. Last week, the Golden High School PTA minutes said: The City of Golden and Jefferson County Housing Authority are working together for new parking and 13 spots will be in the GHS lot. However, in return for those spots lost, the school will be compensated and the Housing Authority will restripe the lot adding 60 additional parking spots. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the City of Golden–Steve Glick. Seniors and juniors will have first choice on parking passes, then sophomores if there are still available spots.

I asked the Housing Authority, School District Superintendent, and the City’s Community Development Director (Steve Glueck) if the PTA statement was accurate. The Housing Authority and Superintendent both said they were still negotiating and the City said no one had come to them with a new parking plan. I sent the Superintendent (Dr. Jason Glass) follow-up questions: Are you planning to cede some of the parking lot to the housing authority? | Are you planning to make the student parking spaces smaller? | Does current demand for parking spaces exceed supply? | How much are students paying for parking passes?

Dr. Glass replied that it was inappropriate to comment while negotiations were underway. So apparently much discussion is going on behind closed doors. I’ll let you know if I learn anything new.

Tonight’s Music:

Buffalo Rose – Nick Moss Band, 7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM

Reminder about the scholarship offer by the Golden Civic Foundation: The Golden Civic Foundation is offering scholarships to attend the 2019-2020 Nonprofit Pathway program at Red Rocks Community College. Employees or committed volunteers for nonprofit organizations located in or serving the community of Golden are eligible to apply. Recent Golden High School graduates are also eligible. Applications for scholarships to attend the 2019-2020 academic program are being accepted through May 31, 2019. Applications and program information can be found HERE.

Watering Holes, Yurts, and Castle Rock

May 21, 2019
Castle Rock Mountain Railway, circa 1913 – click to enlarge

The Local Licensing Authority meets today at 2PM in City Council Chambers. The Goosetown Events Center is applying for a tavern liquor license so they can open as Goosetown Station. This is a beautifully restored house at 514 9th Street–one of the few houses left of the historic Goosetown neighborhood. Should be a great place for a tavern, with the City planning to move into the Coors office building and redevelop that area. Natural Grocers is applying for a fermented malt beverage license. Bonfire Burritos, which has been operating for several years out of a trailer in the Native Nursery parking lot, will be moving into the old frame shop/Taco John’s/Taco Mesa building at 2221 Ford Street, and they are applying for a liquor license. And finally–in case you thought there were no marijuana dispensaries in Golden–Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine is applying to renew their license. This medical marijuana business is located at 511 Orchard St. For more details, review the meeting packet….

The Library’s book group will meet at 6PM. This month’s selection was The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman.

The Utility Rate Citzen’s Committee meets at 6PM in the Public Works Building, 1445 10th St (map). This group is looking at the cost of providing our water and sewer services and evaluating whether our rate structure covers them. The agenda may appear on this page.

Parks, Recreation, & Museums Advisory Board meets at 7PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss improvements planned for the Clear Creek RV Park bathhouse and offices. They will also improve the camp sites and add space for 4 yurts and 3 or more additional RV sites. (The RV Park is a money-maker for the City.) The price for the project came in at $859,100. The City has asked the developers to find ways to shave that down to $600K.

The minutes from last month’s meeting show a great deal of discussion about the Lubahn Trail. This trail starts at the top of 19th Street and goes up to Castle Rock. It was built many years ago by a Mines professor and is popular with locals. The trail is problematic for many reasons. First, it is located in a residential neighborhood and has no provision for parking. People using the trail tend to trespass on adjoining yards, which is unnerving to the homeowners. Second, the trail is very steep and is not built to modern standards, and neither the City of Golden nor Jeffco Open Space is anxious to take on responsibility for maintaining it–they just wouldn’t have built a trail that steep. Third, Castle Rock is private property (it still belongs to the family that ran the old Castle Rock Mountain Railway) and when people visit it, they are trespassing. The Golden Giddyup group offered to work on the trail if it would be opened for mountain bikers. See the meeting packet for more information….

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition will be celebrating their 7th Anniversary tonight from 5:30-8PM at Miners Saloon. If you’re a fan–join them!

Other Events Tonight:
6-8PM – Free Wine Tasting at Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar
Please call to reserve your spot: 303-277-9991.
6-7PM – Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing
$16 includes the class and a beer or kombucha afterwards
7-11PM – Karaoke at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6:30-8:30 – Bingo at the VFW Hall
7PM – Trivia Night at the Ace High

Grants, Pickers, and Climbers

May 20, 2019

To begin, let me apologize for the extra, gibberish-filled email that you received yesterday morning. I missed my 3AM deadline for posting, and in trying figure out how to send it at 3:45 instead, I accidentally shot off an extra one filled with meaningless code. Sorry!

I hope everyone had a chance to jettison some unwanted stuff at Golden Pride Days. We got rid of a broken computer and a broken tree. We were also inspired to take a bunch of stuff to Goodwill.

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers. They will consider a grant request of up to $300 to be used to improve signage for The Clothes Mine, a women’s consignment store at 1205 Washington Ave. Xicamiti La Taqueria Bistro (715 Washington Ave) is also requesting a sign grant, for $1550. The Downtown Golden Merchants will make a special grant request of $11,300 to help pay for this summer’s Golden Weekends (carriage rides, live music along the street, and late hours in the stores). The group will discuss a planned open house, to be held jointly with GURA on June 18th. Learn more by reviewing the meeting packet….

If your son or daughter is ready to make the leap from recreational soccer to competitive, you might want to join Terry Cooke at one of his free clinics at the Denver Kickers Club. The first clinic are tonight, starting at 4:30. Learn more….

The Fireside Pickers will be playing at New Terrain Brewing beginning at 6 tonight.

If you’re a climber, get this on your calendar: On June 1 the climbing community is gathering in the home of the Mountaneering Museum for a festival celebrating all things climbing. Complete with carnival games, tours of the Museum, artist market, an open air vendor village, food trucks and local beverages — the Excellence in Climbing Celebration has something for everyone! The highlight is inducting inspirational climbing heroes Ken Yager and Laura Waterman into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence and a presentation from legendary climber and writer Kelly Cordes. Tickets start at just $20.

Tuesday Morning Preview:

The Railroad Museum will have their storytime and craft tomorrow morning at 10.

Quilts, Burgers, Discards, Soccer, and Health in Golday

May 19, 2019

The Quilt Museum is holding one of their popular Sundays at the Museum today from 2-4PM. Today’s topic is Red, White and Blue Quilts with Henry Hite. Henry and his wife Angela are prolific quilt collectors. The Hite family owns a number of different quilt collections and their Hawaiian quilts are currently on display at RMQM. In this presentation, Henry will do a show and tell of his collection of Red, White and Blue quilts.

Bob’s Atomic Burgers is hosting a fund-raiser today. ALL purchases will benefit the Golden Backpack Program!

This is the last day day of Golden Pride Days. City employees will be on hand at 1300 Catamount Dr (map) to accept your unwanted electronic waste (anything with a cord), mattresses & box springs, metal to be recycled, tires (car tires only, limit four per household), tree brush & debris, yard waste or lumber materials. They will also shred up to 4 boxes of documents for you–remove all paper clips and staples.

If you like to watch soccer, this is your lucky day: the Colorado Soccer Association’s Adult State Cup FINAL will be played this afternoon from 3-5PM at the Denver Kickers Club (map), right here in Golden. Watch some great soccer and enjoy food and drink on the patio. Contact Kristi at with questions.

If you like to play soccer, you should head to Southridge Park (map) on Sunday evenings for pick-up games. Kids play at 4PM and adults play at 4:30PM. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

At 3:30 today, join Golden Women in Business for their annual Spring into Health Expo. Browse healthy products from local vendors and meet the 1st Golden female Fire Chief. The Expo will take place at Connects Workspace, 1301 Arapahoe.

Today’s Music:

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Tony Rosario, 12-4PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Jewel & the Rough, 3-7PM

Fishing, Unstuffing, and Music

May 18, 2019
Full Moon

The moon will be full tonight. It rises at 8:08PM and sets at 5:51AM tomorrow morning. Source.

The Pleasant View Lions Club is hosting a Fishing Derby today from 10AM-1PM at Westblade Park, 16780 Mount Vernon Road (map). The Lions Club will supply fishing poles and bait as well as free hot dogs, drinks, and chips to all fisherkids. This is open to kids up through age 16. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, and the adult needs to sign a liability release.

Get Rid of Stuff Today

There’s a Shred-A-Thon at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Jefferson County Parkway (map) from 7AM-12PM today. They will shred up to 3 legal-sized boxes or kitchen sized garbage bags of document. They will ask for a donation to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

If you have unneeded clothes, household goods, and pantry items, these places would be glad to relieve you of your excess “stuff.”

  • Goodwill – 17722 South Golden Road (map)
    Donation hours daily 9-5
  • ARC – 2600 East Street (map)
    Open daily 8-6
  • Christian Action Guild – 1401 Ford Street (map)
    Thrift Shop open Tues and Fri 10-3:30, Sat 11-1
    Food Bank open Tues and Fri 10:30-2:30, Sat 11-12:45
  • Foothills Animal Shelter – 580 McIntyre Street (map)
    Mon – Fri 11-7, Sat and Sun 10-6
    Welcomes quilts, blankets, towels, and of course, pet supplies.

If you live in the Golden City limits, take advantage of Golden Community Pride Days. City employees will be on hand at 1300 Catamount Dr (map) to accept the following:

Electronic Waste (anything with a cord)
Limited paper shredding (4 boxes – remove all paper clips & staples)
Mattresses & box springs
Metal recycling
Tires (Car tires only, limit four per household)
Tree brush & debris
Yard waste or lumber materials

Do Not Bring propane tanks, batteries, pharmaceuticals, hazardous waste, fluorescent lights, or paint. More information….

Live Music:

West Side Live Presents Glories of Spring, 7PM
Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir sings the “Glories of Spring,” the mysterious return of life to the earth with spring rains, of passionate love in the spring and the great rite of spring, Beltaine! Magnificent music by some of England’s greatest composers, spring songs by Daniel Elder, Mark Sirett, and Z. Randall Stroope,, and the premiere of “Spring Signs”: music sketches of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. And plenty of favorites like Loreena McKennitt’s Mummer’s Dance. Tickets: $17. More info….

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – An Evening with…Rush Archives , 8PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Brothers of the Son , 2-6PM
Mountain Toad Brewing – David Ryle Live, 6PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Boomers, 4-8PM

Railroad Highlights, Mountaineering Gear, Pizza, Music, and Gathering Your Unwanted Stuff

May 17, 2019

The Railroad Museum will offer a Highlights Tour today from 1-2PM. The cost is $3, plus general admission. The Museum has also started their summer Ride the Rails schedule. They’ll be offering train rides every Thursday through Sunday!

The Colorado Mountain Club is holding their Spring Gear Sale this evening from 6-8PM. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some gently-used outdoor gear, while benefiting the CMC. If you have stuff you would like to sell, you have the option of bringing it in this afternoon. Learn more….

Tonight at 5PM, the Library’s Teen After Hours will celebrate National Pizza Day with a Pizza Contest.

Earth Sweet Botanicals will hold their Healthy Skin Club tonight from 5-7PM. They’ll focus on Lucious Lips! Surround your smile with fresh and soft beautiful lips! Join us and try a Honey & Honey Powder Hydrating Lip Mask, healthy lip balms, exfoliating lip scrubs and serums. Plus, learn about toxic cosmetic ingredients and what causes chapped lips! Try on healthy lipsticks and lip glosses that come in fabulous colors! This event is free, however, registration is required; call 303-278-1260.

Live Music:

Ace Hi Tavern – Karaoke, 9PM
Buffalo Rose – An Evening with the Wash Park Funk Band, 7PM
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Brian Hornbuckle, 7-11PM
Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill – Kasual Six, 5-9PM

Saturday Morning Preview:

Golden Community Pride Days is tomorrow and Sunday, 8AM-3PM, so gather up the stuff you want to get rid of, and prepare to hand it over this weekend. This is FREE for Golden residents. Learn more….

There will also be a shred-a-thon tomorrow morning from 7AM-12PM. Bring your unneeded receipts, bank statements and other documents to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Jefferson County Parkway (map). This is a fundraiser for the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers program, so they will ask you for a donation.

Beginning Fly Fishing Class at Golden River Sports. More….

9:30AM – Meet at the Library for a Forest Therapy Walk. Learn more….

10AM – Beginner’s Fusible Applique class at Golden Quilt Company. Learn more….

10AM – Interior Painting and Drywall Repair class at Home Depot More….

11AM – Soil Probiotics: Compact Bucket Composting at Natural Grocers. More….

Support Golden Businesses

May 16, 2019

City Council will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. This is a study session, so no public comment will be accepted. They will hear an overview of the proposed R-2 zoning code updates. These are the changes the city is proposing in response to citizen dismay regarding recent growth and oversized redevelopment projects.

They will also hear an update on the Family Justice Center and discuss new building, construction, fire, and electrical codes. They will hear an update on the use of our green circulator buses. Read their meeting packet to learn more about these topics….

At yesterday’s CBAC meeting, the Finance Director reported that our sales tax revenues have been declining, which may indicate “an overall slowing of the local economy.” Now more than ever–support Golden businesses! Here are several opportunities to do so:

3-10PM Cafe 13 is hosting Thoughtful Thursday. 10% of all revenue will be donated to The Neighborhood Rehab Project (“Be a Tool”). This organization works with Golden homeowners to keep their homes warm, safe, and dry.

5-9PM Avalanche Harley Davidson is hosting a Heroes Appreciation Night. Active Duty & Military Veterans and First Responders eat free. All others pay $5 for meals of BBQ Chicken or Pork Phillys. Live music by the Vindicators. Enter to win a 2019 IRON 883.

5-6PM Golden Real Estate will offer the next in its popular educational series about sustainable homeownership. Tonight, Steve Stevens will talk about Sustainable Renovation. Learn about the best designs and materials to reduce energy use in your home. Reserve your seat by sending an email to

6-9PM Mountain Toad Brewing is hosting Cheese Night. Enjoy a night with speciality cheeses especially picked to pair with Mountain Toad craft brews from our friends at Cheese Ranch.

6-8PM Launch Espresso Food Spirits is hosting a painting night with Art on the Brix. Learn more….

6PM Group Road Ride leaves from Big Ring Cycles, 600 12th St.

6:30-8PM Learn how to build Pegboard Shelves at Home Depot. Learn more….

Live Music in Golden Colorado

Tonight’s Live Music:

Budget, Scat, Moratorium, Music, Flies, Cheap Theater, and Unloading Junk

May 15, 2019

The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) will meet at 7:30 this morning in City Council Chambers. Staff will express some concern over lower-than-budget sales tax revenue so far this year, which may indicate that the local economy is slowing. Staff will provide updates on the planned purchase of the Coors building and land along 10th Street. Finally, they will discuss the uses for the proposed lodging tax. Citizen groups have formed to lobby for various uses. Council recently discussed how/whether use of the lodging tax should be tied to the work done by the Golden Investment Forum Task Force.

Jeffco Open Space will continue their Land Stewardship Series tonight from 6-7:30 with Animal Traces. Alicia Vermilye and Mary Ann Bonnell, Jeffco Open Space Visitor Services, will talk about the traces animals leave behind. By understanding scat and tracks, we can better understand how our local wildlife are using the environment. Ages 16 and up | Free | Location: Jeffco Open Space – Ponderosa Room, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Ste 100 (map)

The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. This will be a study session, so no public comment will be allowed. The Commission has submitted a first batch of proposed code changes to City Council, and Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on that first set on June 13th. This next subset of changes will consider whether Rooftop / Inset Decks should be permitted. (Some neighbors object to the loss of privacy in their own yards.) Allowable Encroachments into the Graduated Setbacks will also be considered. They will also discuss Lot assemblages / Lot splits. This is a technique that some developers have been using to fit several multi-family buildings into a relatively small amount of property. Loopholes in our processes have allowed these developments to proceed without Planning Commission approval or any form of public input. See their meeting packet for more information….

The 120 day moratorium on new building was approved on March 21st, so we’re nearly halfway through it. Citizens are watching these code revisions carefully, so they can decide whether they still feel the need for a Citizens Ballot Initiative to force changes.

There will be a Band Concert at Bell Middle School (map) tonight from 6:30-8PM.

Night Life:

Weekend Alert: Remember that this weekend is Golden Community Pride Days, when the City will make your unwanted junk magically disappear. Are you getting it all corralled?

Beer, Chamber, Cheese, Schools, Sharks (and More Beer), and Economic Development in Golden

May 14, 2019

This will be a busy night in Golden! From 5-8PM, Barrels & Bottles will be hosting Brian Q’s Pale Boy Ale Tap Release. Enjoy a beer, food and live entertainment with your friends and also support a great cause! This is a fund-raiser for the Golden Civic Foundation.

From 5-7PM, the Golden Chamber will hold their monthly VIBE@Five social event. If you’re a Chamber member–or interested in becoming one–it’s a great chance to hobnob with other members. This month’s event will be hosted at Cheese Ranch Deli, 601 16th St. (map).

Golden High School’s PTA will meet at 5:30 (map to Golden High School), and Bell Middle School’s Orchestra will perform at 6PM (map to Bell) .

Golden Beer Talks will meet at 6:30 at Windy Saddle Cafe. Tonight’s topic is The World of Sharks. This will be an extra-special meeting…see today’s Golden Business News for the details.

The Economic Development Commission (EDComm) will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will hear from two local businesses and two local banks about small business loans. Staff will recommend a $25,000 economic incentive for Holidaily Brewing. Staff will describe their plan to replace Golden Business News with business promotions written by City employees. They will also discuss the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mentoring program that they contract out to Traxion. For details, review tonight’s meeting packet….

Many thanks to the people and organizations who support "What's Happening in Golden."