Hayden Spring Fling Coming!

 Hayden Spring Fling !!
8:00a – 2:00p
Hayden Merc Parking Lot
 This is the time to buy, sell, or trade
and if you haven’t gotten rid of it by then you can just fling it
in the dumpsters that will be located
adjacent in the Merc parking lot for the Hayden Cleanup Days!
Clean out the cave after winter and bring your treasures to
The Hayden Spring Fling
and let someone else enjoy them!
10 x 10 booths spaces AND places to pull in with a trailer, park, and work from the trailer.
Spaces are limited so it’s first come, first served.
Booth spaces will be around $15 – I just want to cover advertising and printing.
There will be a pancake breakfast served by the Hayden Lions Club, too!
RSVP to Dana Haskins

Ride the COG

20150516-CogValleyVoice(FCWeb) (1)Ride the Cog 4 ALS – 2nd Annual ALS Fundraiser 5/16/2015

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wild Goose Coffee at the Hayden Granary
198 E. Lincoln Ave.
Hayden, CO 81639
United States
The Cog Ride will be held in Hayden, CO on May 16th, 2015.

Race options: 26 mile road ride, Gravel Grinder and a 5 mile downtown fun run.

Pre-day registration cost: $30.00

Day of registration cost: $35.00

Registration starts at 10:00am at the Wild Goose Coffee at the Hayden Granary (198 E. Lincoln Ave., Hayden, CO 81639). The ride starts at 11:00am.

After party at the Hiway Bar (136 E Jefferson St, Hayden, CO 81639) from 12:30-5:00pm.

Live music, tasty food, Butcher Knife beer! Bike swap!

Register on this site and also RSVP on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1385523345104208/

What about Trudy Vader?

Another open letter to the Hayden community,

So in the last week of January, Hayden School Superintendent Trudy Vader got busted for driving under the influence, and the school board placed her on paid leave.

Now what? What should be done?

One school of thought is that she should be fired. Maybe we could even ride her out of town on a rail and for local color, add some tar and feathers.

Or,…maybe we could recognize that substance abuse is a disease and rally ‘round Trudy and help her overcome this mistake and help her get well. Or at least on the path toward wellness, since substance abusers are always recovering and never recovered.

I would hope that the community and the board could see a way to take the second option. I think Trudy has the makings for a great superintendent.

I also think this is a “teachable moment” about substance abuse. Trudy is going to have a long engagement with law enforcement, the courts, medical community and substance abuse counselors. If she testifies to students that she made a mistake, that substance abuse is real and scary and treatable, Trudy is going to have their full attention. Maybe she can convince students to be careful with alcohol and other substances. Maybe, because of Trudy, some kids will never start down that pathway. Maybe other students (or teachers, or parents) will recognize that if she can get help, maybe they can too.

What do you think? Share those thoughts with your school board members.


Brodie Farquhar



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Hayden schools gear up for strategic planning

By Brodie Farquhar

In the experience of Hayden School District Trudy Vader, there are two, and only two things one can do . with a school district strategic plan, once you’ve produced one.

“You can make it a living, dynamic guide, or you can stick it up on a shelf to gather dust,” she said. “There are no other choices.” [Read more...]

Bike shop, Mexican restaurant progress

Hayden Business Briefs

Essam Welch is purchasing the 1903 building mid-block, on the east side of Walnut Street, that used to house a church and a pool hall. The purchase includes the upstairs apartment and the next door Thistle Dew Salon building. His Iron Wheel business is based at the building, where he buys, sells, trades and fixes bicycles. [Read more...]

Grad students make Walnut Street recommendations

Walnut Street study released

By Brodie Farquhar

Ekaterini “Kat” Vlahos, chair of the Department of Architecture and Center of Preservation Research, brought seven graduate students from the University of Colorado-Denver, to visit Hayden this past April. [Read more...]

Hayden heads to state water court to secure rights

Water court to rule on Hayden’s water future

By Brodie Farquhar

The Town of Hayden has been taking steps to ensure water supplies for coming decades, and even considerable population growth. A water rights augmentation plan will be presented to the water court in Water Division #6 for approval in 2015. [Read more...]

Meet and greet the Hayden Superintendent

The Hayden Public Library is hosting two “meet ‘n greet” events, to help introduce the new Hayden Public Schools Superintendent to the community.

Trudy Vader will be on hand at the library on;

Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and

Dec. 12 at 11 a.m.

Come by and meet the new superintendent!

From left to right are Kayla, Trudy and Scott Vader (Courtesy photo)

From left to right are Kayla, Trudy and Scott Vader (Courtesy photo)