Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 07:00
Call for changes to the historical paradigm
In recent news, Elaine Hjertman, an 86-year-old who suffered from dementia, left her Niwot home sometime in the early morning of June 8th. She was last seen wearing a pink bathrobe by her son, who left for work at 3 a.m. At noon the same day, her body was discovered by a local helicopter pilot in Left Hand Creek, about a mile from her front door, after an exhaustive search that was spearheaded by the Sheriff’s office.
Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:30
You May Not Like the Answers
Remember the promise of a swift commute to Denver via FasTracks? Remember voting for a .4 percent tax to fund our portion of commuter heaven? Joan Peck and Karen Benker remember too. It was those memories that spurred them to form Citizens for the Completion of FasTracks.
Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:00
"Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train." -Charles Barkley
About 500 model train enthusiasts from all across the U.S. visited Niwot on July 8. Visitors descended on a single yard, there to “ooh” and “ahh” at an electric train (or two) just big enough to carry tiny, Stuart Little-sized people. Participants came as part of the National Garden Railway Convention hosted by a Denver-based club, visiting local layouts, like the one in Curtis Jones’ front yard, to gather inspiration, to steal ideas and for the camaraderie.
Published on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:15
Niwot Community Association (NCA) members are putting the final touches on preparations for the annual July 4 parade, which it sponsors.
“Everything is on hand and the parade entrants are coming forward and getting their information,” NCA secretary Kathy Koehler told board members at the June 3 meeting. “We have volunteers arranged and will be putting together the bike decorating packets next week.”
Along with the 11 a.m. parade, the July 4 celebrations include a 7:30 to 11 a.m. pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Niwot Market and the NCA in Cottonwood Square,with a concert by the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band from 9 to 10 a.m., and a short concert by the Highland Bagpipers in Whistle Stop Park following the parade.
Student groups from Niwot High School will help with the pancake breakfast and bike decorations.
Published on Monday, 15 June 2015 20:59
Farms in the U.S. have historically been handed down from generation to generation; that’s also true in Boulder County. Land’s capacity for production once represented a family’s wealth and, in many respects, its identity. “This land, this red land, is us,” from “The Grapes of Wrath” could easily describe the dense clay soil found on the county’s hectares and in its backyard plots.
But it’s no secret that the population has been leaving area farms for years, with sons and daughters picking up roots in search of education and jobs. The exodus has freed up 18,000 acres for the next generation of Boulder County farmers, and while the new breed doesn’t necessarily share the same DNA as the land’s original owners, they share their tenacity for keeping the soil in production—with the hope that it continues to feed generations to come.
The living laboratory farm at Everybody Eats! in Niwot is providing members of that next generation with the experiential-based education needed before taking their first, independent steps. This year’s 10 interns (the farm’s largest student crop since its founding in 2011), learn day-to-day operations from farm manager Oscar Jarquín, a graduate of Colorado State University’s Soil and Crop Sciences department with more than 20 years of land-management experience.
Everybody Eats! first-year intern Kyle Bechtel works the rows on the acreage the farm leases from the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot.
Published on Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:11
Photo by Pam Martin
Revelry at the first Rock & Rails concert of the season gets interrupted by a rain shower on Thursday, June 4. Jeremy Epstein (left), Andrew Brenton, John Giarratano and Michael Warren from the opening band, Legitimate by Friday, take cover under a table. Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene headlined the event.
Published on Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:58
Photo by Karen Copperberg
Paul Schafer, trumpet player with the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, helps spread wood chips donated by Josh Morin of Taddiken Tree Company at Whistle Stop Park to get the grounds in shape for the first concert of the 2015 Rock & Rails Summer Concert Series. Schafer performed as part of the horn section which joined Legitimate by Friday for the last three songs of the opening act a day later. Volunteers Nick Mastronardi (left) of the soon to open 1914 House restaurant and Leslie Kaczeus of Bootstrap Brewing Company, the beer vendor for the concerts, pause with their rakes while Tim Wise of Wise Buys Antiques, event coordinator Bill Whitener, and beer tent volunteer Jill Whitener work in the background to get the grounds ready.