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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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The Ore Cart Arrives: Golden launches free downtown circulator shuttle
Colorado School of Mines and the City of Golden are launching the Orecart shuttle service this year, which will provide free public transport around Golden.
Golden baseball finishes historic season as 4A state runner-up
It wasn’t the hardware Golden’s baseball program wanted to drive home with June 3, but a Class 4A state runner-up trophy is one that should be proudly displayed forever at Golden High School.
10 Orediggers end track season on the national podium
In his final meet as an Oredigger, Luke Julian left it all out on the track and walked away an individual national champion. The Colorado School of Mines graduate student won the men’s 1,500-meter race May 27 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Pueblo.
Mines moon dust-moving challenge draws international competitors
On May 31-June 1, Colorado School of Mines cohosted the second annual Over the Dusty Moon Challenge with Lockheed Martin. College students from across the world demonstrated the moon dust-moving designs they’ve been building since September.
Golden Police Department trying out four-day workweek
The Golden Police Department is launching a four-day workweek trial program, without a change in pay or number of employees. The six-month trial will start July 10, impacting all 75 full-time GPD employees.
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Help Jeffco Clerk and Recorder “map the county”

It’s redistricting time, and you can help “map the county.”

Toyota Thunder Valley National strikes Lakewood this weekend

The Pro Motocross Championship will hit Lakewood this weekend for the Toyota Thunder Valley National.

Column: What should I do if I see injured wildlife? Call *277!

After the initial shock of seeing an animal struck on the road, an elk entangled in a net (or basketball goal, hammock, or holiday lights), your mind might race to the question, “What should I do?”

When online classes head outdoors

There are some things that kids cannot learn in an online classroom. That's why Destinations Career Academy of Colorado social studies teacher Hunter Stafford started Outdoor Leadership for CODCA students.

State breathes life into lifeguard training following Memorial Day weekend

Countless public pools opened over the Memorial Day weekend as schools let out and summer approaches. But whether they remain open throughout the season is another matter.

Last ‘ghost gun’ plotter sentenced after conviction in killing of Wikoff brothers

Marqueil Banks, the last of four juveniles to be sentenced for the murders of two brothers in Lakewood in 2020, was sentenced to life in prison. However, Banks could be released on parole in 40 years.

Golden baseball advances to Final Four

It was a must-win situation for Golden’s baseball team Saturday afternoon at UCCS Mountain Lion Park.

Dakota Ridge shuts out Lutheran to win first state title in 20 years

Dakota Ridge senior Bailey Pignatore has been at the right place at the right time all season for the Eagles’ girls soccer team.

Many multitudes of dance

Bella Diva World Dance Studio is an all-inclusive space for people young and old to feel the music and express themselves.  For dancers who want to break out of the traditional dance studio format, the international company based in Denver could be a dream come true.

Private dog park site gaining pup-ularity

Since Elle Ritt started renting her Wheat Ridge yard to fellow dog owners in November, she’s hosted birthday parties for pups, pooch photoshoots and doggie play groups almost every weekend.

Unique sports abound in the Denver metro area

Spring is in full swing, bringing many folks around Colorado out of the doldrums of winter with the promise of outdoor recreation.

Exploring Colorado's bike paths

On most Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays, a team of bikers meets to explore Colorado’s network of trails.
Column: Life/Art Ensemble takes dance into the world
When many people think of starting a dance organization, they probably conjure up images of children or teenagers awkwardly figuring out how to get their feet to do what their minds want them to.
An original Casa Bonita server reminisces about the Pink Palace
Lakewood native Karen Rensink remembers Casa Bonita from the other side of the pass bar. She was one of the original servers when the restaurant opened in 1974. Rensink shared some insight into the structure and the food of the old Casa Bonita. 
Arvada food pantry Community Table gets creative to combat shortages
Rising food costs, changes to grocery store procedures and supply chain issues have made it hard for some people to put food on the table — a problem exacerbated by other factors in one’s life that could lead to food insecurity.
Column: A play about Lamas (the spiritual kind)
I want to open this week’s column with a hearty congratulations to all of our Golden High School and Colorado School of Mines 2023 graduates.
Orediggers, Goldenites honor Marv Kay's legacy at public memorial
To paraphrase the man himself: When the call is sounded for community service, Orediggers and Goldenites will always be the first in line. And Marv Kay always was.
Column: Mountain climbing movies that take things to a new level
There’s a phrase that’s often used to promote action movies: “heart-stopping.” It’s a pretty dramatic description that’s usually slapped on fictional stories with lots of shoot-‘em-up scenes and a bunch of crazy car chases. Sure, a lot of those movies are exciting to watch, but deep down, you know it’s all make-believe. They rarely live up to the hype.
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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 …

Green Mountain, Evergreen fall short in 4A girls lacrosse semifinals

It was all about late-night dramatic victories May 17 at Englewood High School’s Randy Penn Stadium. No. 1-seeded Castle View and No. 2 Mead both scored 1-goal win over the last two Class 4A girls lacrosse state champions — Evergreen and Green Mountain — to punch their tickets to the title game.

Evergreen and Dakota Ridge fall short in 4A boys lacrosse semis

The two-time defending Class 4A boys lacrosse state champions — Cheyenne Mountain — will have to go through Erie to claim a third straight title.

Green Mountain girls lacrosse pours it on in playoff opener

The defending Class 4A girls lacrosse state champions made a clear statement May 11. The No. 5-seeded Green Mountain Rams dominated No. 12 Rampart 24-5 in the second-round playoff game in the pouring rain at Trailblazer Stadium.

Late penalty-kick goal lifts Golden over No. 3 Green Mountain

No. 14-seeded Golden defeated rival and No. 3 Green Mountain 2-1 on May 13 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Demons (11-6 record) advanced to the 4A quarterfinals where they travel to Northfield High School for a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday, May 16, (after press deadline) against the No. 6 Nighthawks.

Golden baseball captures third straight 4A Jeffco League title

Ace pitcher Laif Palmer — 6-foot-6 hard-throwing righty — lifted the Class 4A Jeffco League baseball championship plaque high above his celebrating teammates May 13 on Golden’s home diamond.

The TRN Grandview brings “the turn” to Olde Town Arvada

Golfers have a term for where the front nine holes transition to the back nine: "the turn."

Letter: We must be a kind nation

How angry would you be, if your father had a heart attack, and when the EMTs arrived, they began lecturing your suffering parent, “Sir, first we need a careful review of your current diet and exercise routines, as well as, a complete cholesterol check, to determine the underlying “root causes” of your problem?”

Letter: Re: Playing the Parking Game in Golden

As to downtown Golden’s “parking crisis,” everything in the article by journalist Corinne Westeman likens to the metaphor of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Letter: A dubious future awaits

“The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to. Humanity is consuming 175% of what the earth can regenerate. Our current way of life is unsustainable.”— Paul Ehrlich, population expert

From the Jefferson County Treasurer

Every tax year I receive a few calls from taxpayers asking the County Treasurer to lower or waive their property taxes for various reasons. The County Treasurer’s Office does not have the legal authority to lower property taxes or waive property taxes per state law.

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 …

Column: Summer markets are back

I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll mention it again, when we think of seasons, we don’t really think in terms of the “official” designations, do we?

Column: Will nuclear energy arrive on time and at cost?

Oliver Stone has a new movie, “Nuclear Now,” that made its Colorado debut in Boulder on May 1. In it, Stone argues that the grave risks posed by climate change require we embrace nuclear energy.

Column: Mental health is just as important as physical health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this annual observance hits close to home for me, as a former single parent resident of Warren Village.

Column: Paperboy

Editor’s note: “Paperboy” is a selection from Jerry Fabyanic’s forthcoming memoir, “Uphill into the Wind: Seizing the Day and Finding Meaning in the Ordinary.” The work will be in essay and short story format, the topics of which drawn from Jerry’s life experiences. 

Denver Fashion Week returns to city’s runways

Everybody has an outfit or two they love but don’t have the occasion or courage to pull out of the closest. Celebrating style like that — and providing an opportunity to bust out these gems — …
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