July 19, 2018

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

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 some of the persistent challenges around drugs and alcohol. Tune in through the Radio Golden website.

All right, so you can’t actually “tune-in” exactly, since it’s not a live-stream (yet), but you can listen directly on the Radio Golden website after it’s posted, you can download the mp3s, or you can subscribe to Radio Golden through iTunes.

City Council’s Retreat: Setting the Agenda for 2012-2013

The first priority on City Council's list for 2012-2013 is supporting Golden's schools and libraries.


The Golden City Council held its biannual retreat earlier in February, focusing on their work plan for the next two years. They identified nine general areas they want to focus on: (1) supporting Golden’s schools and libraries; (2) improving public space; (3) promoting a healthy community; (4) moving the ball forward on key transportation issues; (5) strengthening Golden’s neighborhoods; (6) fostering a strong relationship with Colorado School of Mines; (7) supporting a strong economy; (8) improving on the city’s capital improvement plan; and (9) meeting the city’s sustainability goals. It’s a great list but also a pretty expansive one, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how Council is planning to prioritize among those goals.

Jacob's Golden Update: Critical Beltway Vote on January 20

Jacob’s Golden Update: January 12, 2010

1. New City Council to be Sworn in on Thursday
2. Critical Beltway Vote on January 20
3. Mayor’s Awards for Excellence: 2009
4. Golden Community Bus Feasibility Study
5. Senator Keller Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
6. Permit Parking Near Golden High School and Colorado School of Mines
7. New Beverly Heights Email List
8. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, January 14

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Jacob’s Golden Update: Critical Beltway Vote on January 20

Jacob’s Golden Update: January 12, 2010

1. New City Council to be Sworn in on Thursday
2. Critical Beltway Vote on January 20
3. Mayor’s Awards for Excellence: 2009
4. Golden Community Bus Feasibility Study
5. Senator Keller Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
6. Permit Parking Near Golden High School and Colorado School of Mines
7. New Beverly Heights Email List
8. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, January 14

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Jacob's Golden Update: Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole

Jacob’s Golden Update: April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day!

1. Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole
2. Eliminating the Campaign Finance Loophole
3. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: May 5
4. Redeveloping the Area Across From the High School
5. Free Horizon Montessori Recognized as a High Performing School
6. Council Approves Golden Community Garden
7. Parks and Recreation Board Opening: Deadline April 30
8. Improving Disabled Access in Golden
9. Council Selects Plan for Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford
10. Creating a “Moderate Housing Pool” Under the City’s Growth Limit
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 23

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Jacob’s Golden Update: Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole

Jacob’s Golden Update: April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day!

1. Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole
2. Eliminating the Campaign Finance Loophole
3. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: May 5
4. Redeveloping the Area Across From the High School
5. Free Horizon Montessori Recognized as a High Performing School
6. Council Approves Golden Community Garden
7. Parks and Recreation Board Opening: Deadline April 30
8. Improving Disabled Access in Golden
9. Council Selects Plan for Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford
10. Creating a “Moderate Housing Pool” Under the City’s Growth Limit
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 23

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Update on the Big Tree Redevelopment

In case you are wondering what’s going on at the Big Tree site on Jackson just north of Golden High School, here is the latest update we have from city staff:

1) The owners submitted their final site plan to Planning Commission for the April 5 meeting. Planning Commission held a public hearing that night and tentatively scheduled a decision on the site plan for the May 3 Planning Commission meeting.

2) The project developers indicate that they hope to start infrastructure and utility installation immediately and apply for building permits soon.

3) With luck, by this fall all of their parking will be on the site rather than competing for street parking after school starts.

Community Meeting on GHS Parking and Traffic

Tomorrow night we are having a community meeting at Golden High School to discuss both student parking issues (during the part of the construction period when the high school lot will be unavailable) and the future of the intersection in front of the high school (24th and Jackson streets). On the latter, there seem to be two basic options: a) create a large, conventional intersection with traffic lights, or b) create a large roundabout. Like many folks, I've generally been a fan of standard intersections but in the course of these discussions have been looking at the research on roundabouts and am now a lot warmer to them then I thought possible. Strangely enough, roundabouts tend to reduce traffic accidents, injuries, fatalities, travel speeds, and pollution, while at the same time improving pedestrian safety and travel times (even though you drive slower you don't have to stop as often or for as long).

Our own roundabouts on South Golden Road are a case in point. As the graph shows, our accident and injury rates dropped substantially after we installed the roundabouts.

Roundabout Stats
This is the first graphic I've inserted into the blog, by the way, and I realize you can't see it too well (I'll work on my graphics insertion skills), but the bars are showing accident and injury rates on South Golden Road before (the left half) and after (the right half) the roundabouts were installed.

Other studies across the United States and elsewhere seem to show the same pattern. According to RoundaboutsUSA (which offers a nice primer on roundabouts and their use), "roundabouts have been shown to reduce fatal and injury accidents by as much as 76% in the USA."

AAA has a background paper on their site citing an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report concluding that roundabouts have been shown to reduce crashes at intersections. You'll find similar articles and info in New Urban News, at the Maryland Department of Transportation web site, and undoubtedly other places as well.

I haven't researched the issue extensively, but have so far only seen two significant concerns identified in the literature: a) that multilane roundabouts may be less safe for bicycles unless separate bicycle or multi–use paths are provided around the outside of the roundabout; and b) that visually impaired or blind pedestrians may have difficulty when trying to judge gaps in traffic across entries or exits with more than one lane. I'm hoping city staff can clarify how those concerns might play out at this particular intersection. If you have thoughts on whether we should go with a conventional intersection or a roundabout in front of Golden High School please attend the community meeting, post your thoughts on the blog here, or send your thoughts to City Council.

The community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, April 12) at Golden High School.

Golden's Brooke Sauer Makes Wrestling History

Hats off to Golden High School senior Brooke Sauer, the first girl ever to qualify for Colorado’s high school wrestling tournament. Sauer went into the Tournament with a 26-12 record. MSNBC also reported that Michaela Hutchinson of Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska earlier this month became the first girl in the nation to win a state title with a 45-4 record. The Golden Transcript and the Denver Post also ran stories. I know that pioneers often want to be remembered for being good at what they do, not for being pioneers, but Sauer and Hutchinson get credit for both.

Golden’s Brooke Sauer Makes Wrestling History

Hats off to Golden High School senior Brooke Sauer, the first girl ever to qualify for Colorado’s high school wrestling tournament. Sauer went into the Tournament with a 26-12 record. MSNBC also reported that Michaela Hutchinson of Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska earlier this month became the first girl in the nation to win a state title with a 45-4 record. The Golden Transcript and the Denver Post also ran stories. I know that pioneers often want to be remembered for being good at what they do, not for being pioneers, but Sauer and Hutchinson get credit for both.