Murder, Music, Raptors, and Plans for “West Downtown”

January 16, 2019

10-11AM Tour Shelton Elementary
Shelton Elementary invites the community to visit the school on four dates in January to tour the school and observe classrooms at work. Check out the newly-redesigned library space, Markerspace area, STEAM/STEM carts, community garden, and outdoor learning area. Tours are from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on January 16, 17, 22, and 24.


6-7:30 Lecture at the Golden History Museum
The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder—Part 1. The Golden History Museum is a member of the Golden Cultural Alliance.


6-9PM Fly-Tying
Join the crew from Golden River Sports to learn fly-tying or to perfect your skills. Tonight, they’ll be meeting at Mountain Toad Brewing. No experience necessary. If you have supplies, bring them.


6-7:30 Land Stewardship Series – Raptor ID and Protection
The Front Range is home to a number of hawks, eagles and owls that can be hard to identify. Mary Ann Bonnell, Manager, JCOS Visitor Services, will teach us how to recognize raptors and will provide insights on how Jeffco Open Space implements efforts to protect raptors in the parks. Ages 16 and over. Free. Learn more… Jefferson County Open Space is a member of the Golden Cultural Alliance.


12th Street Historic District

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission has a study session at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. They will discuss creating a new neighborhood plan, covering the West Downtown area (approximately Miners Alley to Maple, 14th to 11th). You should read the meeting memo–it’s very interesting. The Planning Staff polled about 150 people. About 1/3 of them lived or owned a business in the West Downtown area. The opinions gathered are wildly divergent. Many people think we need more parking in that area. Many others think we should eliminate parking and make the area more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Some think we should close off the streets and make the area a pedestrian mall. Some think the parking lots should be eliminated and redeveloped into more businesses and/or affordable housing. Most feel that any new buildings should be low scale–preferably one story tall. Some people feel that we should provide more tourist-oriented activities, and some feel that Golden is overrun with tourists and we should stop trying to attract them. The memo makes for interesting reading! Go to this page and click the word “Agenda” on the “PC Study Session” line


Live Music
DIRTY DOGS ROADHOUSE – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
OLD CAPITOL GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE – UllrGrass Troubador Contest, 6-9PM
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
ROCK REST LODGE – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30
5:00 to 8:30 p.m.



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