The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Josie Kle­maier

You can’t miss it: The M is much brighter.

The Colorado School of Mines M on the east side of Mount Zion out­side Golden was be­lieved to have been struck by light­ning in Novem­ber, zap­ping many of its fuses. Through Jan­uary, red light bulbs were lit un­til the white ones that were dam­aged could be re­stored this month. And the Golden com­mu­nity no­ticed.

“I re­al­ized peo­ple love the M, but I didn’t re­al­ize to this ex­tent,” said Clare Decker, a mem­ber of Mines’ Blue Key So­ci­ety, the honor so­ci­ety that has tended the M for more than 90 years.

She said Mines re­ceived plenty of e-mails, and stu­dents were abuzz on Yik Yak, a so­cial me­dia plat­form, about the fate of the lights. The club had to wait un­til snow melted to get up the moun­tain safely to re­pair and re­place the hun­dreds of burned bulbs with new, higher-wattage bulbs. She said the new bulbs are not yet weath­ered by the el­e­ments, mak­ing the M an ex­tra-bright bea­con for now.

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