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July 11, 2013

Jefferson County, Colorado

The heat is on during fire season Six fires in less than a month By Glenn Wallace

A unique bicycle, with “Welcome to Golden” lettered on the cross bar, was just one of the array of bikes that were spotted at last week’s Golden Bike Cruise. Photos by Glenn Wallace

Cycling in high gear

Golden a bicycling community on the move

By Glenn Wallace

This is the first in a three-part series about bicycling and its role in the Golden community. Part two, focusing on the business of cycling, will appear next week. It’s summer, and on the last Tuesday of June, it seemed like half the city took part in the that edition of the Golden Bicycle Cruise. Hundreds of people milled around the cruise staging area and the bicycle racks. They ranged in age from infants to the elderly. Some came just to enjoy the festive atmosphere and the live music, and perhaps get something to eat and drink. Most, however, came to ride. The theme of the June ride was “superheroes,” as the plethora of capes and spandex clearly demonstrated. Adam “Bo” Boe, a manager at the Golden Bike Shop, says there is nothing extraordinary about cycling in Golden except that 30 to 40 percent of the community is connected to it in some way. “The cycling community here is blowing up, exponential growth,” Boe said as he surveyed the crowd at the bike cruise. Among those community members was Jordanna Quinn. She sported a red cape, as did her 3-year-old daughter, Avery. Quinn said her family was quite bicycle focused, using it as their primary way of transportation, including her means of commuting to work in Denver. “Between all of us, we have about eight bikes,” Quinn said. The allure of the cycling lifestyle is clear, according to Quinn. “It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s exercise. It’s outdoors, and you can do it with your

Two members of the Gorman family of Golden, sporting their matching “The Incredibles” shirts, ride off into the sunset during last week’s superhero-themed Golden Bike Cruise.

‘It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s exercise. It’s outdoors, and you can do it with your friends.’ Jordanna Quinn friends,” she said. Down the street from the bike cruise is the office of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, run by Chris McGee. “We were a motorcycle town 10, 15 years ago, and now we’re a bicycle town,” McGee said. A quick look around the city quickly reveals the ways in which this is true. Bicycles parked outside businesses on Washington Avenue outnumber motorcycles nowadays. At certain businesses, they outnumber the

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cars too. McGee said it is amazing that a city of Golden’s size could support five bicycle shops. He said a cluster of bicycle-related companies call Golden home as well. With so many riding opportunities, active competitive race, and a bicycle-friendly City Council, both McGee and Boe said the local cycling trend showed no signs of slowing. “With so many active people in and around Golden, I only see it growing,” Boe said.

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Things are getting hot in Jefferson County this fire season. In the last four weeks, six named fires have occurred within the county’s borders. “And I’d say we’ve lost count of the small fires that went unnamed because they were quickly extinguished,” Jeffco Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Department handles organization, evacuation and security duties JEFFCO FIRE INFO for all fires withThe Jefferson County in unincorporatSheriff ’s Department uses ed county land. several methods to commuThe sheriff’s nicate fire and evacuation department was information to residents: the lead agency on the Bluebell WEBSITE: JEFFCO.US/ Fire last month, SHERIFF/ which burned CODERED MOBILE 10 acres in the notification: Sign up Evergreen area, at the website forcing the evacuation of hunFACEBOOK: WWW. dreds. FACEBOOK.COM/JEF“In the grand FERSONCOUNTYSHERscale of fires, it IFF was pretty small. TWITTER: @JEFFBut for the peoCOSHERIFFCO ple affected, they definitely KNOW EVACUATION felt it was a malevels: jor event,” Kelley LEVEL 1) Be ready to leave. said. So far, Jeffco LEVEL 2) Leave soon. residents have LEVEL 3) Leave imbeen spared the mediately! level of fire devastation experienced by the Black Forest Fire victims near Colorado Springs this year, or the Lower North Fork Fire last year. -The latter fire claimed three lives, 23 structures and charred more than 1,400 acres of Jefferson County. Still, Sheriff Ted Mink warns that the dry, hot weather being seen along the Front Range is similar to what was seen last year. At the end of June, he announced a fire ban for all land to the west of State Highway 93 and C-470. Kelley said the area would need days of considerable rain to defuse the level of fire danger. Beyond the potential loss of life and property, all these fires have other effects, straining law enforcement resources and costing county taxpayers. Only five deputies are typically on patrol in the mountain regions of the county. “If we’ve got two of them chasing fire calls, that spreads us pretty thin,” Mink said, adding that he had authorized some overtime for patrollers to do nothing but re Heat continues on Page 18

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July 18, 2013

Jefferson County, Colorado

Corrections coming to Colfax County to move facility west of New York Building By Glenn Wallace

“It’s great we’re to the point where Golden can support five bike shops,” Boe said. Golden also boasts Pedal Pushers Cyclery, Big Ring Cycles, Peak Cycles and Rise Above Cycles, all supported by the week

A tentative deal is proceeding at the county level to build a new facility for Jeffco’s Community Corrections program. The proposed building site, 12300 West Colfax Ave., is near the intersection at Wide Acres Road and across Colfax from First Bank headquarters, It is about 4 acres, and could be home to a proposed 58,000-square-foot, community-corrections building. A new community-corrections facility was planned to be built next to the existing county jail, but rising budget estimates led the county to consider other options. “We’ve looked at 20, 30 locations, and this is the best we’ve found,” County Administrator Ralph Schell told the county commissioners during a July 9 staff briefing. The building would house convicted adults, diverted from incarceration in jail or prison, and help transition them back into society. “It would be very much patterned on apartment buildings,” Schell said. He said that if the community-corrections program ever moved or closed down, the facility would be designed for easy conversion to basic apartments. Commissioner Donald Rosier said that community outreach would be important for the project. He said that while the community-corrections program seemed to enjoy wide support from other elected officials, a “not in my backyard” mentality still exists. Jeffco’s community-corrections program is currently administered by the private, nonprofit company Intervention Community Corrections Services, located in the New York Building, 1651 Kendall St. That building, built in 1922, served as a tuberculosis sanitarium and later as a cancer research facility. The facility has rising maintenance costs due to its age and has been identified as a

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Spot Brand Bicycles President Andrew Lumpkin is pictured outside of his company’s Golden, Colorado headquarters with one of his mountain bikes. The company van behind him includes a logo proclaiming “Braincrafted in Golden, Colorado.” Photo by Glenn Wallace



cycle Bicycles equal commerce in the city

By Glenn Wallace This is part two of a three-part series exploring bicycling and its role in the Golden community. Part three, describing the many ways to get out and go on two wheels, will appear next week.

CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt, left, participated in a signing ceremony on July 11 with Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan, right, to finalize the agreement between the agency and the city, regarding a longnegotiated agreement on the future development of the State Highway 93, and U.S. 6 corridor. Photo by Glenn Wallace

It is quite possible for a bicycle to be designed, built, purchased, tuned up, torn apart, rebuilt and finally donated to the needy all within Golden city limits. Bicycling is a way of life for many in the city, but it can also be a living. Among those for whom bicycling is a business career is Adam “Bo” Boe, manager of the Golden Bike Shop.

It’s a done deal in Golden City and CDOT sign highway agreement By Glenn Wallace With a few pen strokes, years of failed negotiations and legal sparing were put to an end July 11, as officials with the city of Golden and the Colorado Department of Transportation signed an agreement regarding the future design of the U.S. Highway 6 and State Highway 93 corridor.

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CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt and Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan participated in the formal signing ceremony, which was attended by several elected officials, including two Jefferson County commissioners, and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. Golden city leaders had long opposed regional transportation plans to complete the 470 beltway system, saying that invasive freeway modifications to U.S. 6 and Highway 93 would damage the Golden commu

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July 25, 2013

Toad gets colorful New mural by local artist adorns Mountain Toad Brewing By Glenn Wallace

Bike versus bike, Kyleann Hunter, co-owner of Rise Above Cycles, pedals her way up Golden Gate Canyon Road as a motorcyclist heads down. Photo by Glenn Wallace

Where to


Golden offers cyclists a plethora of options

Lovers of art, as well as IPA’s have something new to croak about. Golden artist Jesse Crock has painted an outdoor mural on the north wall of the city’s newest brewery, Mountain Toad Brewing. The three-panel mural measure 10-anda-half by 7-and-a-half feet. “They’re panels showing different scenes of Golden, and I had to throw in a toad,” Crock said. Another scene, showing a kayaker on Clear Creek with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) “M” in the background, was included to honor the school where two of the owners met.

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One of those owners, Kaylee Acuff, recently earned her doctorate degree from CSM, and taught there, until recently. “I see a lot of my students here, so it’s an interesting change of roles,” Acuff said. Acuff, and the other three owners — Thad Briggs, Josh Robbins, and Brian Vialpando — opened Mountain Toad on Memorial Day weekend, and say they have enjoyed strong community support so far. The brewery features six beers on tap, typically including a range of styles, such as their Mt. Zion IPA, and White Ranch Wit (Belgian white). The brewery has followed the lead of fellow Golden breweries like Golden City and Cannonball, and invited Toad continues on Page 20

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rom here to there, from there to here, great places to ride are everywhere. Apologies to Dr. Seuss, but Golden really does offer an amazing array of cycling opportunities, courtesy of canyon and hill access, along with hundreds of acres of surrounding Jeffco Open Space. There is also a lot of riding opportunity within the city limits. “You can go east to west or north to south on nothing but multiuse trails,” Ward 3 Councilor Bob Vermeulen said. He added that the city’s Complete Streets policy, which has added pedestrian and bike amenities along Ford Street and Jackson Street in recent years, has made it very easy to be a cyclist in the city. “We live in such an incredible place, especially in Golden, and you really don’t get to enjoy it if you’re in a car,” the “Cycling Lawyer” and Golden resident Megan Hottman said. For younger cyclists, or for adults new to two-wheeled fun, just enjoying a ride around town can be a great way to start. Try joining the next Golden Cruise for a family-friendly dinner and spin around the city; cruises take place the last Tuesday of each month through October.

For road cyclists

The climb up Lookout Mountain, winding its way above the city, is “The Ride” for local cyclists, with several skinny-

tire devotees making the climb a regular part of their pre- or post-work routines. Lookout is such a good climb that in 2011 the USA Pro Cycling Challenge made it the defining feature of the final day of racing. Take 19th Avenue west, and just past the pillars, the climb truly begins. It is just over 4 miles, at a 5 to 6 percent grade, of amazing views. Things flatten out at the top, and trees offer some shade for the weary. To put in more miles, continue on the historic Lariat Loop route, which eventually winds back out of the mountains through Red Rocks. The more casual road warrior can pull into the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave atop Lookout Mountain, and reward themselves with a root beer float from the museum diner. Another popular road ride is Golden Gate Canyon. Ride the canyon out and back to Golden Gate State Park for a solid 30 miles. Hottman, herself a professional rider, says one of her favorite routes actually passes the state park, continuing through Rollinsville on Highway 119, north to Coal Creek Canyon Road, all the way back to Highway 93, and home, making a ride of more than 50 miles. “There’s 4,500 feet of elevation gain. That’s a pretty incredible ride. That’s the quintessential Colorado ride for me,” Hottman said. Ride continues on Page 20

Jesse Crock works on some of the finer details, adding a field of barley around a cyclist with South Table Mountain in the background. Glenn Wallace


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