Archive for January, 2007

Honoring Golden’s War Heroes

January 31, 2007

Rick Gardner has been dutifully tracking down and sharing the stories of Golden’s own who have died defending the United States in conflicts as far back as World War I. It’s an important project and I appreciate his taking the time to do it. Here are some links you might find worthwhile:

The Colorado Freedom Memorial.

A list of all Golden’s known wartime casualties.

Profiles of three Great War casualties, and profiles of three others from the same conflict.

A profile of our sailor lost at Pearl Harbor.

Profiles of our five World War II casualties.

Rick’s plan, after finishing the rest of the profiles, is to create a permanent memorial website for them at


New Study Shows Link Between Highways and Lung Damage in Kids

January 29, 2007

The Denver Post a few days ago ran a story (which it pulled from the L.A. Times) on a new study showing that children living near busy highways experience serious lung problems that can lead to lifelong respiratory problems.  As the Post article explains:

“Children living near busy highways have significant impairments in the development of their lungs that can lead to respiratory problems for the rest of their lives, University of Southern California researchers have found in the largest and longest study of its kind.
The 13-year study of more than 3,600 children in 12 Southern California communities found that the damage from living near a freeway is about the same as that from living in communities with the highest pollution levels, the team reported Thursday in the online version of the medical journal Lancet.”

The fact that the Highway 93 is only 80 feet from the Michell Elementary playground and 300 from the front door is certainly cause for concern.

Bike Museum Open House

January 28, 2007

(From Steve Stevens)

The annual open house for Golden Oldy Cyclery (as part of Golden’s “Heart and Soul of Golden” Month) will be on Sunday, Feb 4, 2007 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

In addition to the usual antique bike displays, Victorian cycling poetry readings, Colorado cycle history photos, and general good times, there will be:

  1. Bike riding lessons (weather permitting) on high wheels;
  2. Book signings by local authors Portia Masterson (“Bicycling Bliss”) and Linda LaBlanc (“Beyond the Summit”);
  3. Tuba Solo of Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for 2) chorus by a flaming amateur…. in the Victorian tradition of the bicycle bands from the 1880/90s;
  4. Harpists who attend will be invited to play on the 1929 Lyon & Healy Semi – Grand Gold Leaf Harp which was in the White House in Washington, D.C for 45 years playing for Presidents as well as heads of states who visited (just think of the DNA which it has seen and felt). It was there from just before the Wall Street Crash through the Resignation of Nixon;
  5. Banjo players will be invited to play on the 1880s Fretless banjo which was custom made for my Great Uncle Elmer who performed with it in Vaudeville;
  6. Tuba players will be invited to play on either the 1880s Copper tuba or the 1930’s Silver Tuba …. as long as the songs are bicycling focused;

A possible addition (if all logistics work out) will be a running of the beta version of the Powerpoint talk on “Colorful Colorado Cycling – the early years”.

There are some newly arrived old bikes this year – which have interesting features.

Please see the updated web site: for a preview.

Address: 17224 West 17th Place, Golden, Co 80401-2509

[Thanks to Judy Denison for highlighting this in her email newsletter.]

View the Elevation of Guanella Reservoir

January 16, 2007

With the completion of the Guanella Reservoir, by our best growth and water use projections, Golden now has a secure 100-year water supply.  The reservoir is located on the West fork of Clear Creek near Empire (just this side of Berthoud Pass).  One of the reservoir’s unusual feature’s is its use of alluvial storage, meaning that some of our water in the reservoir is actually stored underground.  You can see the elevation of the water in the alluvium (user name is Golden and password is water) and the elevation of the reservoir itself (8620 is full).

Patching Golden’s Streets

January 14, 2007

As a result of the severe weather over the past few weeks, the city hired an asphalt contractor to begin patching damage The long-term patches require hot mix asphalt, but because it’s not available this time of year we rely on cold mix patches to tide us over until the spring. City crews have been cutting ice, opening drainages for melting snow, plowing, and then starting to do the pothole work. The freeze-thaw temperatures we’ve been having (although not during this sub-freezing spell, of course) is perfect pothole-creation weather.

To report potholes please call Ron Reavis at 303-384-8155.

Golden’s Community Survey

January 13, 2007

I’ve been on a bit of a blog and email hiatus but the year is off and I’m back. The City of Golden periodically conducts a community survey, hiring an independent consultant to ask a random sample of citizens questions about the city and local government. We just received the results from the survey we conducted late last year and they are interesting and gratifying. The biggest story, I think, is that Golden residents remain overwhelmingly satisfied with the overall direction the City is taking. Eighty-nine percent agreed (both somewhat and strongly) while only fourteen percent disagreed. Some other highlights:

  • A large majority (17% strongly and 47% somewhat) said that the Golden city council shares their vision of Golden.
  • City staff received extremely high marks (e.g., nearly ninety-percent gave an overall impression of good, very good, or excellent based on their most recent contact with a city employee).
  • Both Channel 8 and the Golden Chamber of Commerce ranked pretty high as sources of local information while the Golden Informer (the city’s newsletter) ranked extremely high. The Golden Transcript (our local newspaper), interestingly, saw a significant drop in the number of people who rely on it as a source.

I think surveys are inherently pretty limited in their value, so I don’t think a survey every couple of years tells us the entire story, but it’s still pretty useful and the results are encouraging.

You can download the entire community survey results as part of next week’s city council packet (8.7 MB, beginning on p. 15).