Rocky Flats Then and Now: 25 Years After the Raid

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this three-day event at the Arvada Center.

Aerial View Before Clean Up

Aerial View Before Clean Up

It begins with a Friday evening discussion on June 6th about the raid that shut down the plant at the end of the Cold War. And a packed agenda features scientists, reporters, former FBI and EPA agents, former Governor Roy Romer and former Congressman David Skaggs and ends with a Sunday, June 8th reception. This is expected to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the history of Rocky Flats and it importance to Arvada. After the event, a photo exhibit will be on display in the Arvada Center museum through August 22nd.

Glove Box Operations

Glove Box Operations

Much of the development of Arvada and its rapid growth through the late 50’s, the 60’s and the 70’s was sparked by the nuclear weapons plant, located at the northwest edge of the city. At its peak the plant employed 6000 men and women and was a major economic driver for Arvada and other nearby cities. Much of the Arvada we see and enjoy today was effectively created by Rocky Flats.

“The major goals of this event are to educate the public and promote respectful dialogue about a vital, often controversial subject with strong links to the Arvada community,” reads the write-up on the Arvada Center’s promotional page at

Be sure to look at the two .PDF files linked on that website for the agenda and a brief write-up as to why the site is such an important part of the history of the United States. The event is free and open to the public.

John Kiljan
CLRC Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


May 21, 2014

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association serving the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway. You can follow us on our website or on Facebook at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”.


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