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From the publisher: The aim to reconcile decades of mistrust begins with the will to make it happen

In 2020, the Colorado Media Project, a philanthropic organization dedicated to local news sustainability, launched the Voices Initiative as an opportunity for community members from under-represented groups to explore why trust in the media was at an all-time low and what could be done to restore it. 

For the record: Examining how the Transcript contributed to systemic racism

Systemic racism stubbornly remains in Golden. But it has morphed from Ku Klux Klan demonstrations in the 1920s and racist housing policies in the 1940s to something less overt but still widespread and endlessly frustrating.
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Golden considers a net-zero policy for new construction
Within a year or two, all new buildings in Golden could be free of fossil fuels and generate their own electricity with renewable energy sources. That means everything from single-family homes to large industrial complexes would be net zero.
Marquez to enter plea March 31 in fatal hit-and-run case
The case against Ruben Marquez, the alleged driver in the fatal hit-and-run outside a Golden bar, is moving forward after a three-day preliminary hearing.
Goldenite Corner: High school senior receives scholarship for caddying
After hundreds of hours on the golf course and in the classroom, Keileigh Gorman’s hard work has paid off. The Golden resident and Lakewood High School senior has received the Chick Evans Scholarship for golf caddies, paying for her tuition and housing for four years.
SpongeBob musical sure to be a GHS theater pearl
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and plans to be center stage March 9 at Golden High School?  
Out Like a Lion: Mines winter teams end season on national stage
From Iowa to Virginia, from Indiana to Texas, all the Colorado School of Mines winter sports teams ended their seasons on the national stage March 7-11.
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Community Engagement Group holding GPD accountable, rebuilding public trust

For the last year, a dozen Goldenites have been sitting on Golden Police Department’s Incident Review Board meetings, helping GPD review or draft policies, and helping the department develop its new mission, vision and values.

BizBeat: Two downtown Golden hotspots celebrating 30th anniversaries

Charlie Sturdavant essentially started Golden City Brewery in his backyard in October 1993. Now, while the operation is slightly bigger, his family is still running everything out of the property at 920 12th St.

Make-A-Wish Colorado alumni, volunteers celebrate its 40th anniversary

Make-A-Wish Colorado celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is hosting an anniversary celebration and fundraiser in April in Denver. Since it started, the organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes for children with critical illnesses as a way of giving them hope and something to look forward to during their treatment.

Mines, Body and Spirit: Fresh Check Day 'a boost of positivity' for students

In a high-stress environment like college, it’s important to take a step back and ask, “Am I well — physically, mentally, emotionally? And if not, how do I take care of myself?” That’s what Colorado School of Mines’ second annual Fresh Check Day provided.

City of Golden accepting applications for REDI Task Force

The City of Golden is accepting applications to serve on its Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Task Force. Applications are open through March 29. City officials will select up to 10 members, including community members and city employees, to serve on the task force.

Dog-Eared Books: PAWS for Reading resumes at Golden Library

A popular reading event at the Golden Library has resumed after a two-year paws, so to speak.

Arvada Center announces five theater productions for 2023-2024 season

The Arvada Center recently announced its upcoming slate of theater productions, unveiling five shows that will be put on by the theater company during the 2023-2024 season.

Evergreen man performs world record feat

If you’re going to set a Guinness World Record, you might as well accomplish the feat not once, but twice.

Metro-area arcade bars build local gaming communities

After more than 20 years of collecting pinball machines, Dan Nikolich’s basement had run out of space to store them all. So Nikolich opened the Colorado Pinball Pub in Littleton to share his collection.

Bringing Music to Life returns for 13th year

Anyone who has seen a child fall in love with music knows the lasting impact the art can have on a life. But if children never have access to those instruments, all the love of music in the world …

Stewards of improving aquatic life

When walking the path next to the South Platte River, you don't think about how the environment impacts the microspecies and fish in the water. Metro Water Recovery scientists, through testing, …

Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival celebrates AAPI stories

Proving the power of storytelling has been part of the Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival since its inception and this year it is taking the time to celebrate all the voices that share their stories.
In Sierra Leone, local journalism is a lifeboat for women in rural communities
In the rural communities of Sierra Leone, women who are experiencing sexual abuse, gender-based violence and restricted bodily autonomy often have just one hope when seeking justice; the intrepid journalists at Media Matters for Women Sierra Leone.
Column: Nothing compares to Clancy’s when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day
Yes, it’s coming. I can feel it already. The day we commemorate a Saint in Ireland who drove all the snakes off the island and sent them to… I don’t know… India? Australia? Florida? South Table Mountain?
Column: Hungry? It’s Denver Restaurant Week
I hope you are hungry when you read this because I have a lot of food on today’s Avenue Flashes menu for you to peruse. If you aren’t hungry now, trust me, if you follow the link I’m going to …
Goldenite Corner: New chief ready to lead GFD through 'moment of change'
For Kasey Beal, becoming Golden Fire Department’s chief was a dream that didn’t come true right away.
Sister, Sister: Arvada’s Van Sickles reunite at Mines for final year of basketball
After five years apart, sisters Ashley and Sammy Van Sickle have reunited on the basketball court. The Ralston Valley High School alumni are closing out their collegiate basketball careers together at Colorado School of Mines.
A whole new immersive Disney world
Anyone who has fallen in love with a Disney animated film knows one of the great joys of the studio’s work is getting lost in the astounding worlds that have been created.
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Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

A musical reflection of 2022

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …

Denver doughs: 2 young pastry chefs create out-of-this-world culinary experience

Space dinosaurs. Project 626. Murder by the Campfire.   This is not a list of the internet’s latest conspiracy theories, but rather the creations of Black Box Bakery, a space-themed …

Pomona captures 5th straight team title in record-setting form

DENVER — Pomona’s wrestling machine steamrolled to its fifth straight Class 5A boys state team championship Feb. 19 at Ball Arena. 

Golden High School's annual food drive collects 2,500 items for BGOLDN

BGOLDN's shelves will look a little fuller this month, thanks to Golden High School's annual food drive. The school community collected almost 2,500 items, totaling 860 pounds of food worth $1,420.

Mines men's basketball edges out Chadron State 78-74 on Senior Night

The Orediggers went into halftime with a six-point lead, and despite several ties and lead changes in the second half, ultimately edged out the Eagles 78-74 on Feb. 18.

Mines celebrates 11 senior wrestlers, beats Chadron State 26-18

In March 2020, Anderson Salisbury was preparing to wrestle at the NCAA Division II National Championship when it was canceled because of COVID-19.

Alameda wrestlers pin down 4A Jeffco League title

GOLDEN — Alameda International’s boys wrestling team did something Feb. 3 that hadn’t happened in more than two decades.

Golden boys basketball in must-win mode

DENVER — The RPI numbers don’t lie and Golden’s boys basketball coach Lou Vullo knows it.

Letter - Enough infighting

Enough infighting I’m tired of reading about the endless infighting between Douglas County Commissioners. And I agree a county this size may benefit from representation by more than three when two …

Letter: Another letter in response to Frosty Wooldridge’s Feb. 23 letter

After reading Frosty Wooldridge’s letter about the “green, wood, cement monstrosity ... growing up on South Golden Road,” I am wondering why the Golden Mayor and City Council are referenced. Golden city limits end almost immediately after Ulysses St. We see the population growth everywhere, not just in Golden. Drive, look, and listen to Arvada and Lakewood residents, as well as throughout the country.

Letter: Thank you for “For the Record” report

I cannot tell you how happy your article, “For the Record,” made me. Bravo for your accountability.

Letter: In response to Frosty Woodbridge’s Feb. 23 letter

Once again Frosty Woodbridge, who does not actually live in the city boundaries of Golden, throws the city council and the mayor under the bus of development and blames its members on the destruction of the world.

Letter: We are being led to a collapse of water, energy and resources

Have you seen that green, wood, and cement monstrosity “growing” up against the sky on South Golden Road? It features up to 100 more apartments, which in turn will provide another 100 cars jamming Golden’s streets, intersections and main roads.

Column: More ways to get your green on for St. Patrick's Day

We’ve all heard the expression “It takes a village.” Usually, it’s applied to something about raising a child, but over time it’s been applied to everything under the sun. In this case, it looks like it takes a village to present the first annual Gateway Village St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl.

Column: Phubbing is a social disease

Phubbing is a portmanteau, a word formed by combining elements of two different words, like smog or brunch. In this case, the words combined are phone and snubbing.

Column: Chronicle of an abandoned oil and gas well — one of millions

Even from a distance it’s clear that an oil and gas well called “State Senate #2” in New Mexico has seen better days. The pumpjack sits idle, tumbleweeds surround the once-moving parts and the earth smells of crude saturating the soil.

Column: Colorado conflicted about cutting its water use

In Colorado, farmers had to enroll in a four-state program by March 1 if they wanted to get paid for fallowing their fields, perhaps the best option to plump up the Colorado River’s giant reservoirs, Mead and Powell.

Column: Soaring utility bills provoke questions about our energy future

Colorado has had a chilly winter compared to recent decades, but the larger question triggered by the rising utility bills is how the state’s 5.8 million residents will stay warm in coming decades. I see this story as being mostly about the future of natural gas.
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