Meyer Hardware Now 80% Off, Hiring Fair Today, COVID Stats, Indigenous Lands, Broadband, Affordable Housing, Steve Glueck’s Job, and Mail Delivery

September 21, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Nancy Torpey – Early fall on North Table Mountain – click to enlarge

Meyer Hardware Update

Meyer Hardware will close this Saturday, September 25th, at 6PM. Everything remaining is 80% off.

Virtual Events

10:15AM Toddler Time with the Library
5:30-6:25PM HIIT & Sculpt

Real World Events

8-9AM Hybrid Golden Merchants Meeting @ Golden Visitors Center
10-11AM Story and Craft Time @ Colorado Railroad Museum
1-3PM Wild West Walking Tour

1-4PM All Industry Hiring Fair
The Golden Chamber, The City of Golden, Visit Golden, and the Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center are coming together for another hiring fair! The fair will be held at the Golden Community Center (1470 10th St.) and the The Eddy Hotel (1640 8th St.) Learn more at:

2:30PM Local Licensing Authority Meeting @ City Hall
The Golden Game Guild is applying for a beer & wine license. Miners Saloon is planning to expand their space.

4-8PM Bell Night at the Golden Mill
The Golden Mill will contribute a portion of tonight’s proceeds to Bell Middle School PTA.

6:30PM City Council Study Session @ City Hall
City Council will meet with a representative from the Denver Indian Center for guidance with building a land acknowledgement process.

The Interim Fire Chief will brief them on a study that evaluated the feasibility of combining Golden’s Fire Department with Fairmount’s and Pleasant View’s.

The City Manager and Finance Director will present the draft 2022 Capital Improvement Plan budget. In addition to the usual revenue sources–largely sales and use tax–Golden anticipates getting $5.2 million from the American Rescue Plan (federal government). The authorized uses of that money include:

• Supporting public health expenditures;
• Addressing negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency;
• Replacing lost public sector revenue;
• Providing premium pay for essential workers; and
• Investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

City staff proposes using $4 million of that money–plus another $2.75 million of City funds–to build broadband infrastructure and provide affordable housing.

The Deputy City Manager and Steve Glueck (retired/now consulting Community Development Director) will discuss the current status of the Heart of Golden project. The is the plan to build a new municipal center on the former Coors property, east of Ford Street.

Incidentally, Steve Glueck’s job has been posted on the City’s jobs page.

Weekly COVID Update

The Pfizer COVID vaccine now has FULL FDA APPROVAL. Safeway (map) is accepting walk-ins to administer these free vaccines. Walgreens (map) takes walk-ins from 9:30AM to 1PM and 2-8PM Monday – Friday. Appointments are not necessary, but they are available.

% of Jeffco residents (12+) who have received at least one shot (+0.5% since last week) 73.8% are fully-vaccinated (+0.6% since last week

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Sept 13th: 55,639 | Sept 20th: 56,873 (+1234)
Deaths in Jeffco – Sept 13th: 902 | Sept 20th: 913 (11)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco – Sept 13th: 59 | Sept 20th: 60 (+1)
Recovered – Sept 13th: 53,093 | Sept 20th: 54,095 (+1,002)
Known Cases in Golden – Sept 13th: 2192 | Sept 20th: 2223 (+31)

COVID Vaccine Appointments
State of Colorado: Where You Can Get Vaccinated
Jeffco Public Health Vaccine Call Center: 303-239-7000
State Vaccine Hotline: 1-877-268-2926.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing

More Public Health References
Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden

Golden History Moment

Golden 1941 Post Office – Golden History Museum Collection – click to enlarge

71 Years Ago
I learned something new in the September 21, 1950 Colorado Transcript. From 1916 – 1950, Golden residents had mail delivered twice a day.

According to the October 12, 1916 article that announced commencement of free home delivery, “Two deliveries will be made daily in each district, the carriers leaving the postoffice in the morning at 9:55 o’clock and in the afternoon at 3 o’clock.”

The 1950 article began as a complaint. The assistant postmaster was on his way to Washington, so the editorial staff told him, “You tell them back there that we want two deliveries again.”

The patient postmaster explained that the move was necessary to save money, and pointed out that mail arrived at the post office three times a day, and by waiting till afternoon, we would get everything that had arrived that day. He also explained that we would actually get better service for parcels. The regular letter carriers would no longer deliver parcel post; instead, a special parcel carrier would deliver parcels as soon as they were received in the post office.

In the end, the editors were convinced that receiving mail once a day would be OK.

Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!

Pub Crawl, DDA Grants, Zoning Downtown and its Environs, and The Plunge

September 20, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Jen Rutter – Full Moon Tonight – click to enlarge

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual Dynamic Circuit
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10:15AM Spanish Story Time with the Library
11AM-12PM All Levels Yoga
2-3PM Active Minds Mondays – India in Crisis
4-4:30PM Kids Martial Arts Class

Real World Events

4-7PM Wild West Pub Crawl
5-9PM Golden Game Guild Meet-Up Mondays @ Golden Game Guild

5:30-7PM Zoning Code Rewrite Mapping Meeting (8th, 9th, 12th Street & Downtown Neighborhoods)
If you live in the 8th & 9th Street or 12th Street historic districts, or in the downtown neighborhoods, you should attend tonight’s meeting. The City is rewriting our zoning code, moving away from the long-established R-1, R-2, and R-3 designations into a series of new definitions. These new designations define what you and your neighbors can do with your property, so it’s important to study the changes and make sure you approve of the changes. Learn more….

6:30PM Downtown Development Authority Meeting @ City Hall
The DDA will consider grant requests from Visit Golden ($10K, in addition to the $15K budgeted under “Community Marketing Support”), Foothills Art Center ($20K), and the Golden Visitors Center ($25K). Staff will report on a project to work on downtown’s traffic signals, to improve the flow of traffic along Ford, Washington, and the cross streets.

Golden History Moment

Golden Plunge Ads from the Colorado Transcript. The Plunge was located in the building that now hold the Buffalo Rose events center. The pool is still there, under the floor! – click to enlarge

The September 20, 1934 Colorado Transcript rejoiced over the number of visitors attracted to Golden by our indoor swimming pool. Many Denver companies had hosted pool parties, as had several Denver Boy Scout troops.

Locals were enjoying the pool too. Both Coors Brewery and Coors Porcelain had hosted parties at the pool, and the Transcript was sponsoring children’s parties every Saturday morning.

Headline from the August 23, 1934 Colorado Transcript

The tramway was offering special round-trip Sunday excursion fares, which had also helped attract visitors from Denver. The Transcript reported that the Sunday excursions were projected to bring more than 3,000 visitors by the end of September.

Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!

COVID Clinic, Golden Gallop, Golden Pride Days Part 2, Paint Recycling, and Runaway Trucks

September 19, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Kat LeFevre – A Walk Along the Creek – click to enlarge

Real World Events

6:30AM-12:30PM COVID Vaccine Clinic @ Golden High School
7:45AM Golden Gallop Starts and Ends @ Golden High School
2PM Before You Go @ Miners Alley Playhouse – FINAL PERFORMANCE
8AM New and Prospective Member Hike @ Apex Trail
8AM-3PM Golden Community Pride Days
8:30AM-4PM Day Out with Thomas @ Colorado Railroad Museum – SOLD OUT
10AM-2PM Paint Recycling Event @ Golden Elks Lodge
10AM-3PM Brunch at the Rose @ Buffalo Rose
5PM Oktoberfest @ Denver Kickers Club

Live Music

11AM Keith Wren @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage – outdoor patio)
4PM Steve Johnson @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage – outdoor patio)

2PM Odessa Rose West @ Golden Mill
3PM Liquor Biscuit @ Wrigley’s
8PM Karaoke Contest at Ace Hi Tavern

Golden History Moment

Golden Transcript – September 19, 1978 – click to enlarge

43 Years Ago
While Interstate 70 was completed as far west as Lookout Mountain by 1970, they were still adding refinements eight years later. The September 19, 1978 Golden Transcript reported that the Colorado Highway Department was building a runaway truck ramp just west of the Golden exit. 

Google Street View Image – click to see on Google

The signs saying “Runaway Vehicles Only” and “Truckers you are not down yet. Another 1-1/2 miles of steep grades and sharp curves to go” are now familiar sites.

Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!