Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2019

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

Museum Exhibits:
American Mountaineering Museum – Gregory William Frux:  Mount Washington Observatory
Buffalo Bill Museum – The Buffalo Bill Story, From Adversary to Advocate, A Visit to the Wild West, Firearms, Kid’s Cowboy Corral
Colorado Railroad Museum – Got Style? Railroads & Interior Design, Ski Train: A Colorado Tradition, Images from the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson
Foothills Art Center – Members Show through April 21st | Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future opens April 19th
Geology Museum – Mineral from Colorado and Around the World, Radioactive Minerals, Meteorites, Fossil
Golden History Museum – 1968 Time Capsule, Epic Events, Legendary People, History Lab, The Salon, Touch Gallery
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – It Takes To to Tango: Collaborations Quilts through April 20th | Hawaiian Quilts opens April 22nd

Theater
Miners Alley Playhouse
Our Town
Miners Alley Children’s TheaterThree Billy Goats Gruff

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Train Talks – “So You Want to Write a Railroad Book” at the RR Museum
Hexie Ladies at the Quilt Museum
Trailblazer’s Free Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
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TriceraTOTs
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Planning Commission Study Session
Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Lecture
SCRIPTprov at Miners Alley
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Public Art Commission
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature at the History Museum
MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition
City Council Study Session
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Low-Key Applewood Moms
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs at the Railroad Museum
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Golden Kids Clothes Swap at Hillside Church
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
10th Annual Pi Mile Fun Run/Walk (3.14 miles) at the School of Mines
Train Rides at the Railroad museum
Coffee with Two Councilors
Jeffco Volunteer Fair at Foothills Animal Shelter
Opening Day – Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
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Coffee with a Ranger at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run for Shelton Elementary
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MOMS Club of Golden, CO Meeting
Golden Safety Academy – Fire Safety & Prevention
GURA Board Meeting
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Leonardo Da Vinci Lecture at Mines
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden High School PTA
Free Class – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind
Golden Beer Talks – Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds
Economic Development Commission Meeting
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Colorado School of Mines – Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019
Auto-friendly Bicyclist Course at the Community Center
Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library
Educational Event on Planning and Zoning in Golden
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Everything Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Golden Lunch Bunch – CSM Alumni
Marv Kay Day Celebration and Dedication
Teen DIY: Bubble Tea
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Member’s Show at Foothills Art Center
E-Days at Mines
CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
City Council Regular Meeting
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E-Days at Mines
Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference and Concert
Art Book Club (ABC) at Foothills Art Center – The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Friday Tour – Railroad Post Office Cars
Western on Washington: A Saloon Stroll
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E-Days at Mines
Courage Walk – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration!
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Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center
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PEEPle’s Choice Awards
Artistry Through Applique Lecture at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Development Authority
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Director’s Storytime and Craft
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Library – The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe
Utility Rate Citizen’s Committee
Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board
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Town and Gown Book Club – The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape
Planning Commission Study Session
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Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS
Cardboard Creations at the Library
Art on Tap – Bingo at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum – Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why
City Council Study Session
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First Day of Passover (begins in the evening)
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group at the Quilt Museum
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
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Mines’ Helluva Service Event
Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park
Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
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Easter
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STEM Girls at the Library
Lecture at the History Museum: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America
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Bicycle-friendly Driver Course at the Community Center
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
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Sustainability Board
Land Stewardship Series – Intro to Wildlife Refuges
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
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Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
City Council Business Meeting
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Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Day Without Hate
Freaky Friday at the Library
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Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Babysitting Course at the Community Center
Golden Goes Green at the Library
West Side Live! Presents Acoustic Eidolon
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Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion: Recycled Painting Workshop at the Library
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Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes at the Golden Library
Good News Breakfast

Snowmageddon and Museums of Increasing Antiquity

March 13, 2019

The Jefferson County Public Schools and the School of Mines are both closed today, in anticipation of the snow storm.


These are the events scheduled today…probably a good idea to confirm before heading out.

Noon – Golden Women in Business Book Club at Connects Workspace. They’re scheduled to discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama.

6PM – Fly-Tying Class at Golden River Sports

Live Music:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesday Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30


Dinosaur Ridge recently posted their plans to celebrate 30 years of operations. They plan a full weekend of events over the weekend of April 25-28th, including a dinosaur movie party, dinosaur-themed carnival, a gala dinner and silent auction, lectures and tours.

This got me thinking about the ages of Golden’s many museums. I thought you might be interested too:

2008
The American Mountaineering Museum opened in 2008, so it turns 11 this year
1999
The Clear Creek History Park turns 20 this year
1990
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is 29.
1989
Dinosaur Ridge celebrates their 30th anniversary this year.
1968
Foothills Art Center is 51.
1959
The Colorado Railroad Museum turns 60 this year.
1939
The Golden History Museum opened 80 years ago in January of this year.
1921
The Buffalo Bill Museum opened in 1921, so it’s 98 this year
1874
The granddaddy of all of our museums, the CSM Geology Museum, is 145 years old!

Maps, North Neighborhoods, Buying Goosetown, and Backyard Livestock

March 6, 2019

5-6PM Lecture at the School of Mines: How Maps Reveal (and Conceal!) History. Hill Hall 204, 910 15th Street (map). Whether as handmaidens of diplomacy, instruments of social reform, or even advertisements, maps have been central to American history. Across five centuries, maps have captured what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such, they have the power to both illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past. Join us as Susan Schulten explores the myriad ways that maps have both reflected and shaped American history, from the voyages of discovery to the digital age. The talk is free and all are welcome.

CoorsTek Building on Ford St.

6:30PM The Planning Commission has a Study Session tonight, to discuss possible changes to the North Clear Creek Neighborhood Plan. In addition to the residential neighborhoods between the Creek and Highway 58, this plan includes two areas where City Planners anticipate significant change. The first is the the CoorsTek area. At some point in the next few years, CoorsTek is expected to move out of their historic downtown building in favor of newer offices in the Coors Tech Center. The City hopes to fill that area with Community Mixed Use buildings (commercial on the bottom, offices and apartments above). The second area of significant change is the Goosetown neighborhood, along 10th street, east of Ford. This area has jumped to sudden significance because Coors intends to sell their office building and the City would like to buy it for use as a Municipal Center.

Correction: a previous version of this post referred to the “North Neighborhoods Plan,” rather than the “North Clear Creek Neighborhood Plan.”

Other Wednesday Events:
10-11AM TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W. Alameda Pkwy (map)
6-7:30PM Lecture at the Golden History Museum: The Failed 1976 Denver Winter Olympics
6-7PM Bend at the Barrel – Yoga and Tea at Old Barrel Tea Company. Suggested donation is $10-15.
6:15-7:15 Backcountry 101 Session with Icelantic
6:30-8:45PM Trout Unlimited Meeting at the Mountaineering Center

Live Music Tonight:
Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Peter Fletcher, 6-9P
Miners Saloon – Austin & Friends, 6-9PM
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 5-8:30PM


Thursday Preview:
9AM – Public Arts Commission
10AM – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Ceratopsian
6:30PM – City Council

Coors Office Building in Goosetown

Tomorrow night’s City Council meeting will cover some hot topics. They will have an executive session to talk about buying the Coors Office Building and several parcels of property in Goosetown. They will vote to introduce the possibility of a building moratorium. They will vote on whether to allow the Jefferson County Housing Authority to build over an alley and whether to allow them to begin building early–before accumulating the required 51 housing allocations.

With such an agenda, it might be easy to overlook some proposed changes to our rules for keeping backyard livestock, such as chickens, miniature goats, rabbits, chinchillas, pot-bellied pigs, and bees. Several people from the Beverly Heights neighborhood are concerned about the new rules. They want animal pens to be at least 15 feet away from neighbors’ yards; want to know the city’s policy for dealing with poor maintenance of animal pens; want to include a requirement that coops and pens be removed once the animals are gone, and want to prohibit slaughtering animals onsite. They are also concerned about an implied requirement that certain animals be kept outdoors. They point out that such animals will die in “outdoor” temperatures. So there may be some unintended consequences that Council will want to fix before approving the new rules.

Growth in Golden: the 1% Growth Limit

January 6, 2019

With all of the holiday celebrations, shopping, and parties over the past month, I wound up talking to a lot of Golden-dwellers. The recurring theme in most of the conversations was growth. There is a lot of frustration, confusion, and anger amongst the residents. The questions everyone is asking include

Isn’t there a 1% growth limit?

How could they have been allowed to build (insert any given development)–it’s so BIG!

Traffic is getting so bad–why don’t we stop building? And with traffic getting heavier, why do they keep taking away lanes?

What happened to the Golden Vision, where we said we wanted to be a small town?

I have some ideas about most of these questions, but for today I’ll focus on the first: is there still a 1% per year growth limit? The answer is yes, well, sort of. There have been, and continue to be, a number of ways around it.

Senior Housing on Golden Gate Canyon Road

Senior Housing
The growth limit went into effect in 1996, but there was an exemption for senior housing. Before that exemption expired, several senior housing projects were built. After they were completed, some of the developments exchanged their senior exemptions for regular building allocations, so they would not be subject to Golden’s “senior housing” requirements. The last 33 senior housing exemptions went to the 120 unit development currently under construction on Golden Gate Canyon Road, and they are exchanging their senior allocations for regular ones as they become available.

172 Transit Oriented Apartments

Early Starts
Theoretically, there are a fixed number of housing allocations granted every year. The number is 77 for 2019. However, certain types of projects have been allowed to “borrow” allocations from future years. In 2013, the Outlook Golden Ridge project was allowed to build 172 apartments near the light rail station. Because that type of housing was considered desirable, they were not required to wait until they had accumulated the necessary allocations–though they did have to keep requesting them every year until they had acquired all 172.

Proposed 51-unit Affordable Housing Project at 24th and Jackson

In 2018, Council voted to allow Affordable Housing projects to borrow allocations from the future. So the city may allow more than 77 housing starts this year, because qualified Affordable Housing projects can borrow from future years.

48-unit hotel proposed for 8th St.

Commercial Developments
Hotels are exempt from the growth limit, so while the 72 apartments proposed for 8th Street will require housing allocations, the 48-unit hotel will not.

416-room residence hall on 18th St.

The School of Mines
As a state institution, the School of Mines considers itself to be exempt from local zoning, so they can build as much housing as they like without regard to Golden’s 1% growth limit. In March of 2018, the city rezoned 1101 18th Street to allow the School to build a 416 room residence hall. The rezoning was required because the previous (R3) zone only allowed a building 50 feet in height. The new residence hall will be 64 feet tall.

107-unit sophomore apartments on Jackson St.

In April, the City approved a 107-unit apartment building (1750 Jackson St.) for use by the School of Mines. Thus, in a single year, 523 new beds/living units were approved without regard to the 1% growth limit.

Learn about Mines or Archosaurs Tonight, and Eat at Bob’s

November 28, 2018

Colorado School of Mines - Golden Colorado

The School of Mines will hold a community meeting tonight at 6PM.  The meeting will be held in the Ben Parker Student Center, 1616 Maple St. (map), Ballroom E.  Topics will include:

* Campus activities
* Sustainability
* Construction project update
* Parking
* Master plan process/timeline update
* Questions/discussion


Dinosaur Ridge will hold a free Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs (Crocs, Dactyls, and Avians) at 6PM at their Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO (map)

Dinosaur Ridge lecture on archosaurs/The ancestral archosaurs probably originated some 250 million years or so ago, in the late Permian period. Their descendants (such as the dinosaurs) dominated the realm of the terrestrial vertebrates for a majority of the Mesozoic Era. Today, only the birds and crocodilians exist to provide a glimpse into the past glory of archosaurs. RSVP at education@dinoridge.org.


The Sustainability Board will meet at 6PM in City Council Chambers.  They will discuss their goals for the coming year, which they will present to City Council sometime soon.  See the meeting packet for details.


Bob's Atomic Burgers Fund Raiser for Golden High School Performing ArtsBob’s Atomic Burgers is holding a fund-raiser for Golden High School’s performing arts programs today from 11AM-8PM.  Have lunch or dinner at Bob’s and they will donate 20% of your bill to young performers!


Tonight’s Live Music:
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse – Wintery Wednesdays Concert Series, 6-9PM.
Rock Rest Lodge – Dave Frisk, 6PM.


Thursday Preview:

Foothills Art Center Ugly Sweater Decorating - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow night (Thursday November 29th) from 6-8PM, Foothills Art Center will host Art on Tap.  This month, they’re doing an Ugly Sweater Decorating Party!

Bring an old sweater and meet us up in Petersen Classroom to adorn it for the upcoming holiday season. Golden City Brewery will be providing the beer, and we will be providing the decorating supplies (paint, glitter, and a plethora of unique items).

Bring a friend or a date and get crafty with Foothills staff members. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT Admission to Foothills Art Center and the program is free for our Members. Non-members gain free access to the program upon paid admission to Foothills Art Center.

Art, Dance, Jazz, Theater, and a Possible Governor

October 12, 2018

Foothills Art Center - Golden CO

The School of Mines will be hosting two Gubernatorial Visits. You are invited to join forums with the two candidates for governor that the Colorado School of Mines is convening in October. These forums will include a short meet and greet, with most of the time devoted to Q&A. Please attend these forums and share with friends and colleagues. Light refreshments will be provided.

Oct 12, 3:30-4:30 – Walker Stapleton
at the Ben Parker Student Center, 1200 16th St. (map)
Oct 24 – Jared Polis


Tonight from 6-7PM, visit Foothills Art Center to see Virtuosity Dance Centre members perform their interpretation of Spirit Glass. This is free for Foothills Members and regular admission for non-members. http://www.foothillsartcenter.org/


At 9PM, you can listen to Avante Jazz at the GLDN Mill – NAME, Kaitlyn Williams, dr3am c@$t, and BabyBaby play the GLDN Mill
$5-$10 entry donation.


Tick Tock
This is the final weekend to see Lungs at Miners Alley Playhouse.


Saturday Preview
The 9Health Fair is tomorrow morning from 8AM-12PM at Bell Middle School.  It’s a great way to get cost-effective health screenings.  Register here.

Dinosaur Ridge will be celebrating Girl Scout Day and National Fossil Day from 9AM-3PM. (You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend, but if you are, you can earn a merit badge!)

The always-innovative Councilor Casey Brown will have Cabernet/Chardonnay with a Councilor at 3PM at the home of Dixie Termin and Ron Miller, 400 White Ash Drive,

CSM Homecoming, Beautiful Junk Sale, Earth Sweet Botanicals

September 28, 2018

Colorado School of Mines Homecoming - Golden CO

The School of Mines is celebrating Homecoming this weekend. There’s a volleyball game and a men’s soccer game tonight and a football game and volleyball game tomorrow, and many opportunities to celebrate with fellow alums, such as a bonfire tonight at 8PM and a parade along Illinois Street at 9:30 tomorrow morning. See the full schedule of Homecoming Events.


Beautiful Junk Sale Benefitting the Action Center - Golden ColoradoThe semi-annual Beautiful Junk Sale, which benefits The Action Center, runs today from 8:30AM-7PM and tomorrow from 8:30AM-7PM. General admission is $5 (15 and under, free).


Earth Sweet Botanical‘s Healthy Skin Club is meeting tonight from 6-8PM with a focus on wrinkles! This session covers anti-aging and how to handle those wretched wrinkles. Come and learn about the causes of aging skin, how to avoid the main culprits of aging, and power house ingredients to slow down aging. Registration is required, so call the store to see whether they still have a space for you: 303-278-1260.


Saturday Preview
11AM-11PM OkTOADerfest at Mountain Toad
1-4PM Golden Mill Fall Block Party (must register in advance)
1-2PM Fancy Nancy Tea Party at the library

Monday and Beyond

April 23, 2018

Springtime in Golden Colorado

Today should be a beautiful day–sunny and high of 70.  Tomorrow, in contrast, is expected to have a high in the mid-40s with possible precipitation.


Golden Library - building a flashlight from an Altoids tinThe Library will have Spanish for Kids this morning from 11:30-12 and Preschool Time from 12:30-1. Today’s DIY Lab will teach kids to make flashlights out of Altoid tins.


The Investment Task Force meets tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. Have you taken the survey yet, indicating how you want the city to spend future tax money? If not–please do!  Tune in during the meeting for the big reveal to see how the various issues are fairing in the polls.

The task force originally planned to have three public meetings to solicit input into the long-term spending plans, but they’ve decided to cancel the second two. The new plan is to visit various stakeholder groups in town and possibly visit gathering places such as the library to ask people take the survey.


The School of Mines will have a special guest this week. Robert M. Hazen, the author of The Story of Earth: How Life and Minerals Co-Evolved will be delivering a lecture on Wednesday April 25th at 7PM in Rm 241 of Berthoud Hall.

The Story of Earth Robert M Hazen at the Colorado School of MinesHere’s an abstract of his book: A fundamental challenge in geology is to understand the evolving diversity and distribution of rocks and minerals through more than 4 billion years of Earth history–changes that reveal much about our planet’s co-evolving geosphere and biosphere. Mineral evolution and mineral ecology, which explore mineral occurrences through time and space, exploit large and growing data resources to detect previously hidden patterns in nature. We find dramatic changes in Earth’s mineralogy as a consequence of physical, chemical, and most surprisingly biological processes. Powerful analytical and visualization methods are now allowing us to predict Earth’s “missing” minerals–a prelude to the discovery of new ore deposits and other natural resources.

On Thursday (4/26), the new Town and Gown book club will kick off at noon with a visit from the esteemed author, Dr. Robert Hazen and a discussion of his book. The new group will meet at the Arthur Lake Library, 1400 Illinois Street.

All things green and growing

April 20, 2018

Golden Library - Golden Colorado

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Library has a special Wee DIY on Seed Starting this morning from 11-11:30. Preschoolers love hands-on learning. Explore, create and construct new things and grow through stories, art and experiments. Space is limited to 15 scientists (not including their grown-up assistants). Learn more….


Colorado School of Mines High Grade celebration at Foothills Art Center

The School of Mines is celebrating the release of their annual art and literary journal, High Grade. Join them for a free reception tonight at 5PM at Foothills Art Center. You’ll see and hear original fiction, poetry, art, and music from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


Golden is hosting the Rocky Mountain Storytelling conference this weekend at the Mountaineering Center. Both Friday and Saturday nights, they will offer storytelling “concerts,” which are open to the public. Tickets are $10/person or $35 for a family.


Recreational marijuana sales banned in Golden ColoradoToday is April 20th–420, in the parlance of pot lovers. If you’re new to town, you might wonder why you never see the famous Colorado weed around here. The State of Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and sales became legal in January 2014. Golden voted to prohibit sales of recreational marijuana in June of 2014. We do allow medical marijuana, but we have pretty tight restrictions on where they can be located, and right now there’s only one dispensary operating within the city limits. The investment task force has listed marijuana taxes as a potential source of new revenue, but at this time, recreational pot is still banned in Golden.  We’re not alone in that decision: according to Wikipedia, “As of April 2017, 176 of Colorado’s 272 municipalities have opted to prohibit retail marijuana activity within their boundaries.”

Corks, Investments, and Pollinators

March 26, 2018

Planting for Pollinators - Golden Colorado
Both the Jeffco Public Schools and the School of Mines are on Spring Break this week.


The Library’s DIY Lab is featuring Wine Cork Creations this afternoon from 4:30-6:30. Tinker, invent and re-imagine things in our DIY space. Get creative and use extra wine corks to complete a variety of decorative DIY projects, perfect for gift giving or home display. All supplies and materials provided. Suitable for: Everyone.


The Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet tonight at 6PM in City Council Chambers. This group is charged with identifying which (if any) of the items on our “wish list” should be funded and how we should fund them–taking on debt (bonds) or increasing taxes.

The Task Force has a big, amorphous job, and they’re struggling to find ways to accomplish it. They held an open house on March 14th with posters on several topics, including Open Space, Community Housing, Sustainability Improvement, Neighborhood Parks, Clear Creek Corridor, Recreational Facilities, Downtown Improvements, Complete Streets & Traffic Calming, US6 & Highway 93, and Cultural Facilities. Attendees were offered a survey that asked them to rank each of the topics as “Essential, Very Important, Not that Important, or Not at all important.”

I wasn’t sure how my answers would be interpreted. In many cases, I think that maintaining what we have is “essential,” but that doesn’t mean that I think we need more of the same.

City staff thought that too few people attended the open house, so they’re considering cancelling the remain two, and focusing instead on visiting certain stakeholder groups and finishing up with a “statistically valid survey.”

There is also an online exercise on 2021-2030 Capital Investment Options. With that, we’re given $15 Million to spend and asked where we want to spend it. The options were:

Build a new history museum: $12 million
Expand the community center aquatics area: $7.7 million
Improve Grampsas Facilities: $12.4 million
Expand Splash: $2.1 million
Improve Lions Park: $5.2 million
Improve Parfet Park: $.9 million
Build a Pedestrian Bridge over Clear Creek: $.7 million
Improve Bachman Park: $3.6 million
Build DeLong Park: $.9 million
Build a longboard course: $.24 million
Build the solar garden: $4.8 million
Add solar to city buildings: $12 million
Buy land for affordable housing: $12 million
Partner in affordable housing projects: $9.6 million
Acquire open space: $12 million
Re-do the downtown streetscape: $6.2 million
Re-do the Heritage Rd & 6th intersection: $7.2 million
Re-do the Hwy 93/Hwy 58 intersection: $36 million
Improve West Colfax: $6 million
Provide broadband “upfront”: $43.2 million
Bury utility lines: $9.6 million

As you can see, choosing almost any 2 of the options will blow your $15 million budget. Once you’ve exceeded the budget, you’re asked whether you want to increase sales tax, lodging tax, or property tax to pay the difference. It’s a tough choice! Those projects all sound lovely, but I’m wary of raising taxes.

The missing piece, as the Task Force knows, is estimating how much we, individually, would have to pay. Most of us don’t customarily think in terms of multi-million dollar price tags. The important question is, how much would it cost my household per year? That’s the question the task force is still grappling with.

In the meantime, take the online survey and see how you want to spend your $15 million!


The CSU Extension Program is offering a class tomorrow from 1-2PM on Planting for Pollinators. Buy tickets online.



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