June 24, 2017

Radio Golden Episode #9: Status of Golden’s Sustainability Initiative, Chaos on Clear Creek, and More

One of the Radio Golden studios, this one in South Golden.

The ninth episode of the Radio Golden podcast is ready for the listening. You can listen to it on the Radio Golden website or grab it (for free!) from iTunes. If you like the convenience of new episodes automatically downloading (which I love), you can even subscribe to Radio Golden on iTunes.

We had a great time on this show, recording outside with a great view of South Table Mountain and enjoying an energetic conversation about the challenges along the Clear Creek Corridor this summer and a great chat with two members of Golden’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

And thanks to Debbie Johnson & Brian Q. of Re-Assurance Real Estate for becoming Radio Golden’s very first sponsor!

Golden Sustainability Awards 2010: Woody's, Golden Real Estate, and More

Last week the City of Golden’s Sustainability Advisory Board announced the winners of the 2010 Sustainability Awards, which we presented on Thursday night at the City Council meeting. The awards offer a great way to highlight folks in the community doing great things as well as underscoring just how compatible doing the right thing can be with saving money and business success.

The winners:

  • Lloyd Athern and Povy Atchison – Individual Award for a garage restoration that is both historic and sustainable and numerous other sustainable elements of their East Street neighborhood home.
  • Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza – Business Award for its photovoltaic system, recycling efforts, and other sustainability features.
  • ABC Car Wash – Business Award for their water conservation and water quality efforts.
  • Golden Real Estate – Business Award for their solar photovoltaic installation, energy efficiency improvements, and other efforts.
  • Robbie the first grader – Student Award for selling reusable cloth napkins to raise money to feed hungry Colorado children.
  • Institute for Environmental Solutions – Community Group Award for their Contaminants of Emerging Concern program, educating and reducing the impacts of household contaminants into our waterways.

Golden Sustainability Awards 2010: Woody’s, Golden Real Estate, and More

Last week the City of Golden’s Sustainability Advisory Board announced the winners of the 2010 Sustainability Awards, which we presented on Thursday night at the City Council meeting. The awards offer a great way to highlight folks in the community doing great things as well as underscoring just how compatible doing the right thing can be with saving money and business success.

The winners:

  • Lloyd Athern and Povy Atchison – Individual Award for a garage restoration that is both historic and sustainable and numerous other sustainable elements of their East Street neighborhood home.
  • Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza – Business Award for its photovoltaic system, recycling efforts, and other sustainability features.
  • ABC Car Wash – Business Award for their water conservation and water quality efforts.
  • Golden Real Estate – Business Award for their solar photovoltaic installation, energy efficiency improvements, and other efforts.
  • Robbie the first grader – Student Award for selling reusable cloth napkins to raise money to feed hungry Colorado children.
  • Institute for Environmental Solutions – Community Group Award for their Contaminants of Emerging Concern program, educating and reducing the impacts of household contaminants into our waterways.

Fact Check: The Voice of Golden's Troubles With the Truth

It’s election season once again in Golden, and unfortunately that means more issues of Marian Olson’s vitriolic and honesty-challenged opinion mailers.  I know many folks just throw it away, and many others read it for entertainment value, but I’m happy to answer any questions and provide any background or documents on anything you might be curious about.  This issue is mostly a rehash of inaccurate and previously discredited claims.  Here are some responses to a few of the issues:

  • In September of 2007 I bought my first home in Golden.  My next door neighbors and I each bought a virtually identical unit for exactly the same price, although my neighbors added $5,000 in buyer’s assistance to the mortgage (i.e., the seller paid $5,000 of their closing costs and added that to the amount they paid him).  Read my previous post (“My Home: A Straightforward Transaction”).
  • Late last year, the city conducted an open Request for Proposals process to select the operator or operators for a new contract to run the three community-owned history museums.  Our process included numerous public meetings and hearings, a formal audit of the museum operations by an outside expert, a Request for Proposals to run the museums that was open to everyone, an impartial technical panel of museum and non-profit experts that reviewed all of the submitted proposals, and an entirely transparent decision process.  The City Council selected the option that gave the city the best combination of cost, value, and skill at running historic museums.  Read my previous post (“Golden’s Historic Museums: Fiscal Responsibility in Tough Times”).

Fact Check: The Voice of Golden’s Troubles With the Truth

It’s election season once again in Golden, and unfortunately that means more issues of Marian Olson’s vitriolic and honesty-challenged opinion mailers.  I know many folks just throw it away, and many others read it for entertainment value, but I’m happy to answer any questions and provide any background or documents on anything you might be curious about.  This issue is mostly a rehash of inaccurate and previously discredited claims.  Here are some responses to a few of the issues:

  • In September of 2007 I bought my first home in Golden.  My next door neighbors and I each bought a virtually identical unit for exactly the same price, although my neighbors added $5,000 in buyer’s assistance to the mortgage (i.e., the seller paid $5,000 of their closing costs and added that to the amount they paid him).  Read my previous post (“My Home: A Straightforward Transaction”).
  • Late last year, the city conducted an open Request for Proposals process to select the operator or operators for a new contract to run the three community-owned history museums.  Our process included numerous public meetings and hearings, a formal audit of the museum operations by an outside expert, a Request for Proposals to run the museums that was open to everyone, an impartial technical panel of museum and non-profit experts that reviewed all of the submitted proposals, and an entirely transparent decision process.  The City Council selected the option that gave the city the best combination of cost, value, and skill at running historic museums.  Read my previous post (“Golden’s Historic Museums: Fiscal Responsibility in Tough Times”).