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Ninety-six year sentence for man who shot Fort Lupton police officer

GREELEY -- The man who shot a Fort Lupton Police Department sergeant two years ago drew a 96-year prison sentence. Weld County District Court Judge Vincente Vigil pronounced sentence for …
A cowboy demonstrates fancy rope tricks for a local elementary school. The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering was among 29 grant recipients from the Golden Civic Foundation.

Civic Foundation announces grant recipients

The Golden Civic Foundation has announced $228,010 in grants to deserving community organizations and projects.
This year’s legislative session saw two bills that would protect and assist residents, like those in Golden Hills Mobile Home Park in Golden. One created a $35 million revolving loan that would help park residents organize and purchase their communities. The other set to stabilize lot rents. That bill, although it provides other important protections, was gutted.

Legislation a ‘gutted’ win for mobile home park residents

When HB22-1287 passed earlier this year, mobile home park residents thought they garnered an important win. And they did. Sorta.
The City of Golden has passed a new ordinance requiring tubing outfitters to have a license and pay fees if they want to use city-owned access points along Clear Creek. Effective May 1, 2023, the measure will also require outfitters to provide shuttle service to those access points.

City to regulate creek tubing activities

The City of Golden has made it official. Commercial outfitters wanting to utilize city access points along Clear Creek will first need to check with the city.

GT 0519 NEW ZONING CODE OVERLAY.The City of Golden is taking one last look at its residential zoning code rewrite plans. Residents interested in learning how the new map may affect their neighborhood can click on this link bit.ly/CityRezoneMap  to view an interactive city map..

Council gets look at new draft zoning code map

After close to a year of work, Golden City Council got its first look at the Phase 1 Draft Rezoning Map, part of a larger plan tied to the City’s comprehensive zoning code rewrite.
Education

Adams 14 loses state accreditation, must partner for reorganization

DENVER -- The Adams 14 School District will reorganine, thanks to a pair of actions from the state board of education May 10. The board removed the district's accreditation and ordered it to …
Angeles Navarro catches up with members of the community during a May 6 honoring her 31 years as a teacher in the Weld Re-8 School District.

Fort Lupton teacher honored after 31 years in the school district

For 31 years, Angeles Navarro taught many generations of students in the Weld Re-8 School District from elementary to high school.  Navarro migrated from Guanajuato, Mexico to Fort Lupton and …

Jeffco Public Schools tackles declining enrollment

According to Board President Stephanie Schooley, the district has space for 96,000 students in traditional schools and enrollment is currently at 69,000 in those schools.

Parents to Re-8 board: School bullying has to stop 

To paraphrase the late actor Peter Finch in the movie “Network,” a handful of Weld RE-8 School District parents are mad about bullying and they’re not going to take …

Weld Re-8 ponders use of Narcan for emergencies

The Weld Re-8 School District nurse wants the district to allow the use of Narcan in emergency situations. Paula Samide made the request of the school board during an April 28 …
Business
Dine among the stars and the rail cars at Table Mountain Station, Golden’s newest event venue created through a partnership between Table Mountain Inn and the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Golden boutique hotel tastefully pairs with railroad museum

That additional smoke coming from the Colorado Railroad Museum may not be from one of the many historic operational trains housed on its 15-acre railyard.
Lynn Highland says she knows the clock is ticking for her downtown Golden nostalgia shop. Highland manages Rockin’ Horse Antiques and Collectables on Washington Avenue. Along with several independent antique dealers that rent space within the 6,000 square-foot building, Highland has 90 days to clear out at the new owner’s request or agree to a new lease that raises their monthly rent from $5,000 to approximately $20,000.

Rockin’ Horse to close as building sells, rent quadruples

There’s a quiet portal to yesteryear among the many shops along Golden’s downtown Washington Avenue. And for 30 years, time-travelers from around the world have frequented this longstanding gem searching for tangible connections to the past.

Bridgewater Grill event to benefit firefighters

Eat a meal, have a drink and bid on some cool auction items—all to benefit the Golden Fire Department.
Grateful Bread head baker Jeff Cleary peers across a rack of freshly baked bread at his Golden-based bakery. The 8,000 square-foot facility is home to some of the finest hand-rolled and hand-shaped artisan breads. The West Metro Chamber of Commerce honored Cleary in February as the Medium Business of the Year. Cleary accepted the award at a gala event held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.

Golden bakers say pandemic challenges keep gratitude real

For bread makers Jeff Cleary and Kathy Mullen, bread is not only life; it’s a livelihood. And it’s a relationship.

Representatives for the CoorsTek 9th Street redevelopment project put the brakes on their Feb. 23 public hearing. They say they have heard from numerous community members asking for more time and more public outreach before approving the company’s rezoning and alley vacation application.

CoorsTek Project gets second continuance

Golden residents hoping to learn more about the CoorsTek 9th Street Project rezoning and redevelopment proposal will have to wait. Again.
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