May 23, 2018

Jeffco & Golden Fire Bans in Effect

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The City of Golden issued a fire ban effective Wednesday, March 28 at 8 a.m. The ban extends to all open burning, including bonfires, open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas, public fireworks displays, and model rockets. You can check out the details on the city’s fire ban web page. Jefferson County also [...]

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Golden Companies Win Awards, and a FasTracks Train Test on the West Corridor

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Mayor Sloan wrote about a few things of interest in her newsletter on Friday: Kudos to ERA and PharmaJet, two Golden-based companies that were recognized with Industry Awards by the Jefferson County Economic Development Commission. The Golden Public Library’s One Book, One Golden program featuring the Craig Barnes book “Growing Up True: Lessons of a [...]

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On the Next Radio Golden: An Interview With Retired Golden High Principal Mike Murphy

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Radio Golden episode #2 is coming … we are recording at the end of the week and should have the episode online by Saturday morning. Our guest: retired Golden High School principal Mike Murphy. We’ll chat about what’s going well at Golden High, the challenges ahead, opportunities for the city to support Golden’s schools, and [...]

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The City Manager’s State of the City: 2012


City Manager Mike Bestor presented his annual “State of the City” address last week to the Chamber of Commerce. The short version of Mike’s talk: the city is in great shape. He spent some time highlighting city efforts from last year that he was particularly proud of, including the Golden Police Department’s role in breaking [...]

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The Washington, D.C. National League of Cities Meeting: City Council’s Report

Elected officials from Colorado at the White House Executive Office Building during the National League of Cities meeting.

Golden City Council sent a delegation of four to the National League of Cities meeting in Washington, D.C. last week, including Councilors Saoirse Charis-Graves, Marcia Claxton, and Marcie Miller and led by Mayor Marjorie Sloan. I think it’s critical for Golden to be well-represented at these meetings, partly because of the importance of meeting with [...]

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Protecting Golden’s “Red Zone”

Firefighters staging in the Mountain Ridge neighborhood during the Indian Gulch Fire.

We often don’t think of Golden as being very vulnerable to wildfire. It’s a largely urbanized area on the outskirts of Denver protected by a top-notch fire department. But last year’s Indian Gulch Fire reminded everyone that because we have so many boundaries adjacent to open space, many of our homes – in particular those [...]

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Radio Golden Episode #1 is Live on iTunes

Host Pamela Gould and Radio Golden guest Mayor Marjorie Sloan in the studio.

Radio Golden: Episode 1 is now live in the iTunes app store! I haven’t been able to get it to show up in the search results yet (anyone have suggestions?), but it’s now in the iTunes store where you can download or subscribe to both the regular podcast and the extended interview with Mayor Marjorie [...]

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The Great Golden Business Tour: MV Systems

An example of an MV Systems thin film production unit.

Ok, so this one is a bit on the belated side – I visited these folks while I was still mayor last July – but it’s still very cool. I won’t pretend to really understand what they do, but here’s my take: MV Systems builds machines for manufacturing cutting-edge thin film products (“thin film deposition [...]

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Radio Golden is Live

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Today we launched Radio Golden, an every-other-week-or-so podcast on news and politics here in Golden and Jeffco. For now, you can download the mp3 files from the website, or you can listen to them directly on the site. We are setting up the podcast through iTunes, as well, so you’ll be able to subscribe [...]

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Legislature Kills Max Tyler’s Bill to Prohibit Non-Compete Agreements

Should "congestion guarantees" for toll road investors be legal? (Photo by Flickr user Joming Lau.)

Among the many problems with privately financed toll roads is the frequent inclusion of congestion guarantees. The investors often insist that local governments take steps to increase congestion on local roads in order to push traffic onto the tolled roads in order to boost toll revenues. It’s a great deal for the investors but often [...]

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