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A bat found in the Golden/Lakewood area near I-70 and Denver West Boulevard tested positive for rabies on July 11, 2018. The bat was found indoors in a room with a dog, and Jefferson County Public Health is following up with the dog’s owner about contact and vaccination status.
If you come in contact with an infected bat, you are at risk of being exposed to rabies and should contact your medical provider as soon as possible to receive immediate medical treatment.
Avoid contact with all wild or stray animals, including bats and skunks, and vaccinate all cats, dogs, ferrets and livestock. Do not allow your pets to roam free.
Contact non-emergency dispatch at 303-980-7300 if you find a dead bat or skunk, if you find a bat or skunk behaving strangely or if you or your pet are bitten by any animal. If bitten or scratched by a pet or wild animal, wash wounds with soap and water and call your doctor.
Join in a week-long celebration of the arts! ARTSWEEK GOLDEN includes activites that will take place throughout Golden such as yarn-bombing of Golden sculptures, performance art, sidewalk chalk masterpieces, and plein air painting. Parking spots along Washington Avenue will be converted into pop-up art studios.
The festival is happening now and culminates in a weekend arts festival July 20-22 with more than 100 national artists exhibiting their works in a spectacular setting on the Colorado School of Mines campus. Foothills Art Center (FAC) is organizing the entire event. Check the online schedule for the daily art events all week long!
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foothills Art Center and a new era for art in Golden,” said Hassan Najjar, the executive director of FAC. “The arts scene in Golden has never been stronger or more varied. We have street art, sculpture walks, traditional paintings, vibrant murals. FAC is one of many thriving arts organizations, along with Miners Alley Playhouse, galleries in our downtown area and more. We are banding together for 168 hours of art in Golden to showcase just how strong the Golden art scene really is.”
For more information on timing, ticketing and the festival, visit www.artsweekgolden.org.
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!