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Recycle your Christmas Tree
Once the last present has been unwrapped and the tinsel and lights come off, your Christmas tree might look a little lonely. Why not give it a new life as mulch that nourishes Golden's gardens in 2017? The City of Golden provides a quick and easy way for you to dispose of your Christmas trees after the ornaments and lights have come off. Drop off your trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 27 at the old recycle site off of Golden Gate Canyon Road. Please place your tree near the sign posted for tree recycling. Trees must be stripped of all ornaments, hardware, strings of lights and tinsel. This is for live trees only. The trees will be turned into mulch, which will eventually be available for free at the public pickup site on 11th Street, just west of the Clear Creek History Park. For further details, contact the City of Golden Forestry office at 303-384-8141.
Recycle your Holiday Lights
Old, broken and unused strings of lights do not belong in the trash, so be sure to recycle your holiday lights this year. The City of Lakewood is offering free Holiday Lights Recycling now through Sunday, Jan. 15. Collection totes will be located at the Quail Street Recycling Center 1068 Quail St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All types of holiday string lights are accepted and sorting is not necessary. This responsible electronics recycling service is provided by MeTech Recycling. For more information, visit Lakewood.org/Recycling or call 303-987-7190. Christmas lights are also accepted at the Rooney Road Recycling Facility at 151 South Rooney Rd., Jefferson Co. through their electronic recycling program. Visit Rooneyroadrecycling.org for details.
It's that time of year again, when the elk and deer so abundant on the Front Range are most active crossing US 6. September to January is the high season for these animals to cross the road. They like crossing over to Fossil Trace Golf Course for a good graze where the grass is high in nitrogen content, then head back to their home on the other side of US 6. More than 75 percent of vehicle/wildlife collisions occur between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. but they can cross at any time of the day so it's important to keep an eye out.
In 2010, CDOT installed an at-grade wildlife crossing on US 6 between Heritage Road and 19th Street. In 2011, vehicle/wildlife collisions significantly decreased, but in recent years, the number of collisions have been increasing. This may be due to motorists becoming "immune" to the flashing lights, which can also be triggered by other movements such as vegetation blowing in the wind. Sometimes, even when triggered by wildlife motorists can't see the animals, which can also lead to motorists thinking the lights are an unreliable indicator.
The measures currently available at the wildlife crossing include one-way ramps and 8-foot-high fences along both sides of US 6 for about 2.5 miles between 19th Street and Heritage Road, as well as infrared sensors that detect when an animal has entered the right-of-way, activating flashing lights on yellow warning signs, and subtle lighting has been installed to make it easier to see wildlife. To augment these measures, rumble strips will be installed on the wildlife crossing approach as a reminder to slow down, and vegetation will be mowed and maintained at the crossing to prevent false positive readings from the infrared detector.
To avoid collisions, the best thing you can do is be aware. If you see the lights flashing, slow down and watch for animals attempting to cross. Just because you don't immediately see anything, doesn't mean an animal isn't there ready to bound out at any moment. Be especially wary at dawn, dusk and nighttime hours when visibility is lower and collisions most likely to happen.
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 became 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!