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There are vacancies currently available on multiple boards. Whether your interest is ensuring Golden's sustainable future on the Community Sustainability Advisory Board, preserving Golden's colorful past on the Historic Preservation Board, or even developing Golden's economy now on the DDA or GURA, Golden needs people of many interests and passions. Review all of the boards and commissions with current vacancies, learn more about those boards and commissions, and see what fits your particular skills and interests, then apply online. You can apply for up to three different boards with one application.
To learn more about the process and see the boards and commissions with vacancies, please visit our How to Apply for Boards and Commissions page.
Each year Jeffco Open Space uses seasonal wildlife closures to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures affect five JCOS Parks.
Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park is closed from February 1 through mid-June to protect elk during their calving season.
An area of Clear Creek Canyon Park near Mile Marker 270 is closed to all public use uphill of the
U.S. Route 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 to protect an active golden eagle nesting territory. This closure encompasses the following rock climbing sites: Bumbling Stock, Stumbling Block, Skinny Legs, Blonde Formation and Ghost crag. The Fault Caves are also closed to visitation during this seasonal closure.
Another area of Clear Creek Canyon Park, near Tunnel 2, is closed to all public use uphill of the
U.S. Route 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 to protect an active golden eagle nesting territory. This closure encompasses the following rock climbing sites: Highlander, Evil Area and Tetanus Garden.
Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park is closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect active raptor nesting territory.
The Crown Hill Park Wildlife Refuge is closed from March 1 through June 30 to protect nesting and brooding waterfowl.
Cathedral Spires Park is closed from March 1 through July 31 to protect an active peregrine falcon nesting territory. Based on nesting behavior, JCOS staff may open a portion of this property before July 31.
Please respect all closures. Seasonal wildlife closures apply to all park visitors and all types of visitation.
Jeffco Open Space staff uses applicable federal, state, and local laws and guidelines and institutional knowledge of wildlife populations to delineate closure areas and time periods. Natural Resources staff and wildlife monitoring volunteers monitor local conditions during closures. If conditions on the ground change, seasonal closures will be adjusted accordingly.
To report active violations of closure areas, contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (303) 277-0211.
C.5 Natural Resources Protection Closure: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space lands, or any portion thereof, during the time such Open Space lands, or any portions thereof, are designated as Sensitive Areas, seasonal closures, wildlife protection closures, refuges, or other protected areas. Fine: $100
C.8 Destruction of Wildlife Habitat: It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control, or ownership, to alter, damage, destroy, remove or in any other way vandalize wildlife habitat features on Open Space lands, including but not limited to, animal dens, burrows, dwellings, or nests. Fine: $150
C.20 Closed Areas: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space lands, or any portion thereof, during the time such Open Space lands, or any portions thereof, are closed to entry, use, or occupancy. Fine: $50
People hoping to host a new special event in Golden will once again able to apply for a permit. This comes after the Golden City Council voted through new policies at their Jan. 21 Council meeting, which will pertain to all Golden events and event holders. The new policy will, among other things, increase fees for events and regulate more closely the management of alcohol sales and consumption at events held on public property. There will also be a review committee to determine if new events meet the City of Golden’s community goals and values.
In light of this new policy, City Manager Jason Slowinski has lifted the moratorium that Golden had imposed on new events in 2015. The moratorium was set to expire on March 31 of this year, but will be lifted earlier thanks to the actions of City Council. Event organizers who are proposing new events that did not occur in Golden in previous years, may begin applying for a permit for the 2016 calendar year on Feb. 1. If you are an event organizer and would like to hold your event in Golden, email the Special Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly become an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!