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The City of Golden is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Welch to the position of Fire Chief of the Golden Fire Department. Chief Welch was sworn in to the office of Golden Fire Chief on Monday, November 26.
Chief Welch was one of 60 highly qualified candidates from across the nation that applied to be the next Golden Fire Chief following the retirement of Chief John Bales, who had served in the position since 2001. Chief Welch will be the first female Fire Chief of the Golden Fire Department, the first full-time female Fire Chief in the Denver metro area, and one of only about 50 across the country to achieve this top rank.
Chief Welch’s career includes more than 26 years of operational experience in the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in California. Her final assignment prior to her retirement from LAFD in 2017 was implementing the department’s Recruitment Plan and improving workforce diversity within the department. Following her retirement in 2017, Chief Welch relocated to the Golden area. It was after she already moved to Colorado that she learned of the job and was inspired to apply for the opportunity to lead Golden’s mostly volunteer fire department.
Chief Welch earned her BA in Recreation Management from California State University, Long Beach in 1990. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security/National Studies from the esteemed Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and she is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Academy. Chief Welch was part of a team that responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as part of LAFD’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. In 2009, Chief Welch was selected as one of three distinguished fellows to work with the Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA on a year-long assignment in developing a national preparedness model called Ready Responder.
Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski is confident Chief Welch will be a great addition to the team. “Beyond her extraordinary record of service and academic credentials, Alicia stood out because of her deep dedication and passion to the fire service. That devotion extends to the men and women who are called to that service, and to her commitment to leading a department that leverages the strength of its team members in service to the community. Alicia fully understands what it means to be a part of the Golden community and I am confident that she will lead the Golden Fire Department with pride and distinction.”
A destructive insect pest that has killed many thousands of ash (Fraxinus) trees in the mid-section of the United States was discovered in Boulder in 2013. Since the initial infestation was found, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has spread further throughout Boulder County. The extent and spread of the beetle continues to be monitored closely by Boulder County, Colorado State Department of Agriculture, Colorado State Forest Service, CSU extension and surrounding front range communities. Although there are quarantines and restrictions in place for movement of ash wood out of Boulder County, it’s generally accepted that EAB will eventually make its way outside of Boulder County into all communities surrounding Boulder, Denver, and Golden.
It has become apparent that the Emerald Ash Borer now presents an increasing threat to Golden’s population of approximately 15,000 ash trees.
Although the insect has not been found in Golden as of yet, the history of this insect’s movement into 22 other states has shown that, without treatment, entire populations of ash trees are almost inevitably killed, and it is important for residents to understand the treatment options available. Chemical treatments have been proven effective and, because they are relatively inexpensive to apply, property owners with ash trees that they do not want to lose should be aware that now is not too early to consider applying a preventative treatment.
Anyone interested in protecting their ash tree, most commonly Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) or White Ash (Fraxinus americana) should consult with a certified arborist. There are several treatment methods available. The most effective chemical treatment involves a trunk injection which must be re-applied every 2-3 years and requires a certified applicator. Other treatment options are also available. For further information regarding the best chemical treatments, visit Colorado.gov.
If your ash tree is in poor health, and you do not intend to commit to a treatment regimen, it is recommended that you consider removal and replacement. You can also plant now, with the intent to remove your ash tree in the future when EAB makes its way into our community.
Ash trees were widely planted on the front range in Colorado in the past because it thrived here, but is no longer recommended as a planting choice anywhere in Colorado. City of Golden Forestry staff have selected around 300 ash trees for treatment. They are in good planting locations, considered to be highly valuable to the community, in good condition, and good candidates for future treatments. Ash trees in park areas and streetscapes that are in poor health will be marked for removal and replacement while focusing on tree population diversity to avoid any similar species specific pests in the future.
The City of Golden intends to continue to conduct branch sampling and an on-going search for evidence of EAB in our community into the foreseeable future. If you are uncertain whether a tree you value on your property is an ash or not, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the City’s Forestry office at 303-384-8141 or email@example.com.
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!