Fire Photos, COVID Stats, and Open Mic Night with the Cowboys

January 14, 2022

Yesterday morning, Golden Fire Department was called to a house fire at 17412 W. 17th Pl. (map). One person died. See the Fire Department’s Facebook page for more photos and TV station kdvr’s website for the story.

House Fire on W. 17th Place – Tyler McLeod – click to enlarge

Fire on W. 17th Place – Steve Stevens – click to enlarge

Golden Gives Day: A Big Success

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Golden Gives Day–particularly Golden’s very generous merchants! The Golden Community raised more than $43,000 to support the victims of the Marshall fire.

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual HIIT
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
9-9:55AM Strength and Cardio
11AM-12PM All Levels Yoga Virtual

Real World Events

Open Mic Night at the Mountaineering Center – Free Admission!

10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
3PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic @ Foothills Animal Shelter
6-9PM Colorado Cowboy Open Mic Night @ American Mountaineering Center (map)
6-8PM Teen After Hours – Twisted Trivia @ Golden Library

Live Music

5-8PM The Backyard Band @ Over Yonder
6-9PM Colorado Cowboy Open Mic Night @ American Mountaineering Center (map)
7-10PM Will Whalen @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
7PM (POSTPONED) Mary Louise Lee Band @ Buffalo Rose (main venue)
9PM Karaoke @ Ace Hi Tavern

COVID Update


of residents 5+ have received at least one shot (+0.8% since 1/12/22)


of residents 5+ have received at least two shots (+0.8% since 1/12/22)


of residents 5+ have received 3 shots (+3.7% since 1/12/22) – source

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – January 5th: 87,221 | January 12th: 97,023 (+9,802)
Deaths in Jeffco – January 5th: 1,188 | January 12th: 1,208 (+20)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco – January 5th: 60 | January 12th: 108 (+48)
Recovered – January 5th: 78,493 | January 12th: 85,101 (+6,608)
Known Cases in Golden – January 5th: 3,367 | January 12th: 3,796 (+429)

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

Where to get vaccinated
The retail outlets have long wait times right now, but it’s fairly easy to get an appointment with Jefferson County Public Health.

Golden History Moment

Mitchell Elementary on 12th Street – Golden History Museum collection – click to enlarge

The January 14, 1937 Colorado Transcript announced that our new elementary school would be dedicated on Sunday, January 17th. Knowing that everyone in the community would want to see the new building, Superintendent Roger Q. Mitchell arranged for public tours.

This photo of Coors, taken sometime between 1920 and 1936, provides a glimpse of “the most disreputable block and a half in Golden” – click to enlarge

In 1956, the school was renamed in honor of Supt. Mitchell. At that time, Fleet Parsons, editor of the Colorado Transcript, remembered Mitchell’s efforts to get the school built:

It was the most disreputable block and a half in Golden. The rat infested wreckage of the old Bella Vista Hotel was in one corner. On Ford St. there were some 4 or 5 unoccupied, abandoned dilapidated, run-down two-story store buildings. This Golden Shopping Center of that early date had been moved up onto Washington Ave., where it is now thriving. A few old, illy-kept homes were located on Eleventh Street. It was a whale of a job that Supt. Mitchell had determined to accomplish, and I told him so.

When the school was moved to the north end of town in 1997, the new building kept the name, Mitchell Elementary.

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!