Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 12:04
On one particular day of the year, the country and world recognize those who have served their countries. Veterans Day is observed Nov. 11 every year, in honor of those who are currently serving or did serve their country in one way or another.
Veterans Day was established by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on Nov. 11, 1918, then known as “Armistice Day.” It became a federal holiday in 1938 but was amended in 1954 after veterans service organizations, in recognition of the efforts of soldiers who fought in World War II, asked that the day be renamed “Veterans Day” so it honored all soldiers, and not just those who fought in World War I.
Niwot resident Red Southern is one of countless many who have served the United States of America. At just 18 years old, Southern joined the Air Force from 1962-1966 to serve his country and see the world.
“I was in the air force from 1962-66, and of course I went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, and tech school at Sheppard Air Force Base, both in Texas,” Southern explained. “I joined the Air Force to see the world, and went to Texas and came to Colorado. That was my world.”.
Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 10:42
The Niwot gymnastics team has a reason to celebrate - the Cougars came in first at the 2015 Class 4A State Championship meet on Fri., Nov. 6. This is the first time the team has won a state championship since 2001, and the gymnasts couldn’t be more excited.
“The girls did so much better than last year,” Assistant Coach Marisa Purcell said.
This was Purcell’s first year with the Niwot Gymnastics team, but she was aware of their difficult time at the state championship last year.
“Last year bars gave us the hardest run,” Purcell said. “The girls wanted to redeem themselves on bars, and I think they did.”
The State Championships took place at Thornton High School and consisted of six schools competing in the Class 4A division. Just last weekend, the Cougars took first place at Regionals, giving them encouragement coming into the state meet.
Niwot started off strong on the vault, with Ila Katechis going home with the highest score of 9.575. Lilli Martin, Hannah McDonald and Alexis Carroll also qualified in vault for individual finals, which took place on Sat., Nov 7. Niwot received a total score of 45.575 for the event..
Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 10:35
If you’ve been near Whistle Stop Park lately, then you’ve seen all the progress being made at the future Niwot Children’s Park across the street. Playground equipment is going up and community members are anxiously awaiting the park’s opening. Progress has also been made on the fundraising side of things, but donations are still needed to reach the park’s goal of $500,000.
Niwot residents Jeff and Cynthia Lambert, through the family’s Reiman Foundation, provided the first $250,000 to spark their vision of a public park dedicated to children. Community fundraising efforts started in earnest with the Children’s Park Jamboree in September, in which the goal was to raise $25,000 in five hours. When the dust settled, over $27,000 had been collected at day’s end. Additional donations have pushed the total collected to almost $400,000, including the Lambert donation..
Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 10:20
The sets smell of fresh paint. Students leapfrog across the stage. The soloist sings of her favorite things. As the cast of Niwot High School’s (NHS) “The Sound of Music” prepares for opening day, they are doing more than just rehearsing. They are creating a family.
For Kimberly Watkins, Niwot’s choir teacher and the musical director, the first step in bringing the Von Trapp family to the stage is selecting the right student for each role. “I look to see whether they have a look that’s more mature or more [youthful],” Watkins said of the casting process.
In addition, certain students gravitate toward the older or younger roles. According to Watkins, Montana Lewis, who plays Mother Abbess, plays age well. “While auditioning, she appeared parental partially because she has wisdom beyond her years, and partially because of the quality of her speaking and singing voice,” Watkins said. “Conversely, Torng Lim has a youthful exuberance and innocence about her. We knew that she could play one of the younger kids very well.”.
Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 10:09
A proposed new 50-foot radio tower in Niwot should solve pockets of less-than-adequate radio emergency communications coverage in Niwot and Gunbarrel for Mountain View Fire Rescue, Assistant Chief Dave Beebe told Niwot Community Association (NCA) board members at the Nov. 4 meeting.
The new radio tower will be installed just north and east of the Somerset neighborhood water tank structure, within the existing fenced area and on land owned by Left Hand Water District. It will be about 15 feet taller than the existing water tank. “We sited it where we did because there’s no more room for another tower to be placed directly on the water tower,” Beebe said.
There is a safety need for the new tower and better emergency communication, Beebe told NCA members. “We use a communications system from Motorola and their analysis said this new tower will greatly improve our radio transmissions in this area,” he said. “We feel this communications hole is a safety concern.”.
Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 09:42
The Niwot volleyball team’s season came to an end over the past week as the Cougars split against Holy Family and Battle Mountain, but the 33rd-seeded Cougars didn't go quietly.
The Cougars faced fourth seed Holy Family first on Fri., Nov. 6 and came close to a win with a final score of 3-2 for Holy Family. In the first set, the Cougars almost secured a win, losing by a final score of 25-23. They had a tough time coming back in the second set and only got 10 points to the Tigers’ 25. At that point it looked like Niwot would match the regular season result with a 3-0 loss to the Tigers.
But Niwot rallied in the third set and walked away with a 25-17 win. The Cougars kept their momentum in the fourth set and secured another win by a score of 28-26. Even with two wins under the their belt, they weren’t able to secure the final win of the match as Holy Family pulled away from a 10-10 tie to win 15-10..
Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 09:41
Following the first win for the program in a little over two years, the Niwot Cougar football team was looking to end the season with the start of a winning streak.
In what was the closest game of the season for the Cougars, they just weren’t able to pull out the win against the Erie Tigers on a frigidly cold Colorado night, losing 14-10.
Head Coach Dylan Hollingsworth said this was a game the Cougars had the chance to win.
“That’s a game we should have won - we had every opportunity,” Hollingsworth said after the game. “You can’t have mistakes, you can’t have costly penalties.”.