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There are major consequences for driving drunk. But in Golden, there are now incentives for driving sober. The Golden Police Department (GPD) is working with local businesses to provide gift certificates to anyone “caught” being a designated driver. This initiative is called Project Sober Hero, created by two Golden Police officers and now used department-wide.
In addition, GPD has partnered with Metro Taxi to make sure taxi cabs are available in and around Golden for those who do not have designated drivers. An impressive car donated by Metro Taxi will now serve as a rolling billboard to advertise the perks of getting in the back of a taxi rather than being put into the back of a police car.
Check it out in this video:
Election Day 2016 is November 8. This election is mail ballot, conducted by Jefferson County. Ballots were mailed out to all registered voters in Golden the week of October 17. If you have not yet received a ballot, you may go to Jefferson County Elections Department, 3500 Illinois Street, Suite 1100, Golden to register and vote, or if you feel you are registered, find out why you did not receive a ballot. You can also find information at www.GoVoteColorado.com.
The City of Golden has one question on the ballot – City of Golden Ballot Question 21. Learn more about Broadband Internet in Golden.
There are numerous locations for ballot drop off if you don’t want to mail yours. One of those locations is the new 24 Hour Ballot Drop Box located in Golden City Hall, 911 10th Street. You may also drop your ballot in the drop box on Election Day up to 7 p.m. Go to the Jefferson County Election page for Election results or this website after the final count is in on Election night.
And NEW this year, on Election Day only, ALL voting services are available at the Voter Service and Polling Center in City Council Chambers, at City Hall, 911 10th Street, which allow you to:
Golden Police are warning citizens to be wary of a new, frightening, virtual kidnapping scam. Numerous reports have been received by law enforcement across Jefferson County and as recently as three weeks ago in Golden, in which these scammers attempt to extort money by saying that they are holding hostage a loved one. The scammers do not give specific information on the hostage and speak in general terms such as “your son” or “your sister”. Many times, the citizen will then inadvertently and unintentionally give the scammers the name of a family member or loved one.
Most often the caller says that they are holding the hostage following a car accident in which a child has been injured. They may say the child’s father is a gang member, or has outstanding warrants and ransom money is demanded to pay for private medical treatment for the child. The caller demands the money be wired and the victim stay on the phone until that has happened. The common factor in known variations on this scam is that the caller keeps the victim on the phone talking excitedly, highly charged, speaking rapidly and making threats.
Citizens need to recognize this as a scam. The caller intentionally keeps the conversation highly charged and the victim emotionally distracted, giving them no time to think it through. If you receive such a call, slow down, take a moment and check on your loved one by text, phone call or social media. In the calls we have received all of the loved ones were unharmed and unaware of this situation.
The callers may or may not be in Colorado. Phone numbers are often “spoofed” to make it appear local.
This scam has several variations, with some common elements:
- Callers provide specific directions to ensure the safe return of alleged kidnapping victim.
- Detailed instructions are given regarding the ransom payment - usually by wire transfer.
- Victim is ordered to stay on phone until money is wired.
- Various techniques are used to instill fear, panic and urgency to make hasty decisions.
If you receive a call:
- Try to slow down the situation; tell them you are taking notes on directions.
- Do not volunteer any information such as a name of a family member.
- Don’t argue or challenge the caller.
- Keep your voice low and steady.
- Ask to speak to victim. If they put someone on, listen carefully to confirm it is your loved one.
- If they won’t let you speak to victim, ask for description or description of vehicle.
- Attempt to contact your loved one by phone, text or social media to confirm they are safe.
- Call 911 on another line.
For more information, call your local law enforcement agency or the District Attorney’s Fraud Hotline 303-271-6980.
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!