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The Aug. 22 Rock & Rails Tip Jar recipient is The Mwebaza Foundation, founded right here in Niwot. The Mwebaza Foundation seeks to unite Colorado students from four elementary schools with students in Uganda to foster a better understanding of each group’s culture.

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The NRCD development moratorium and its repercussions dominated the discussion between the Niwot LID Advisory Committee and the Boulder County Commissioners at their annual joint meeting Aug. 6, but there were tentative signs that relations between the two boards might be on the mend. In con…

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs student Vojtech, from the Czech Republic, is seeking a host family in Niwot, Colorado area. Vojtech has met all of the academic and character qualifications necessary to be accepted as an exchange student by ASSE.

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Gunbarrel’s Emily Sewell, this month’s Left Hand Laurel, is a round-the-clock mother, with a full-time career. For the last eight years, she’s also given her time to Voices for Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), transforming the lives of abused and neglected children in B…

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Niwot-born Willowdale Live took to the stage with its opening show at the Left Hand Grange in Niwot on Friday, Aug. 9. Co-creators Andy Mann and Nick Dunbar presented a free double feature to the full house.

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When asked how they got into the honey business and started Meadow Lake Honey, Dawn and Jeff Server both smiled. “We bought this house and they had hives, “ Dawn said. The hives were technically an “add-on” to the cost of the house, but one that both Servers were very happy to bear.

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Representatives from the Mountain View Fire Protection District and other agencies showed off their equipment and chatted with community members at National Night Out in Niwot on Tuesday, Aug. 6. National Night Out is an annual countrywide celebration that brings police and first responders …

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Meet Bruno the Chiweenie, a chihuahua/dachsund mix. Owner Natalie Gilbert writes, “As he is still a puppy, he spends most of his day exploring and learning about his surroundings. To calm his boundless energy, he usually joins his family canoeing on a local lake or hiking in the backcountry.…

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If you look forward to perfect peppers, but are disappointed when they get sunburn, there aren’t as many as you thought, or they aren’t as big as you’d like, chances are that you have sunlight to blame.  High solar intensity and temperatures work against getting the most out of our pepper crops.

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Thirty years ago, Anne Postle was new to her career and a transplant to Colorado. Moving from Tempe, Ariz., after finishing her education at Arizona State University and becoming a licensed architect, she journeyed to Boulder to work for a large firm. She got her feet under her and after fiv…

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If you’ve been into Osmosis Art and Architecture lately, you’ve probably seen some interesting purses displayed on the wall. Created by Anne Postle, all the purses are made from plastic bags. But not just any plastic bags.

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What it lacks in air-conditioned palaces and fancy formal dinners, the year-long reign of the county fair queen more than makes up for in dusty arenas and long trips to distant horse shows. But Amber Nusser, the newly crowned 2020 Boulder County Fair Livestock Show Rodeo Queen, wouldn’t have…

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Even the threat of rain couldn’t keep fanatic First Friday Art Walk fans from Niwot’s monthly event, sponsored by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association and Osmosis Art & Architecture. A few drops of rain? No problem. Most folks ducked into shops for food, friends and libations. Landmark Re…

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Full-day kindergarten programs have been available in the local school districts for more than a decade, but often came with a steep monthly tuition fee. Starting this school year, those programs will be free to families in all Colorado public schools, thanks to a bill signed into law last M…

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It’s high noon on a sunny Friday at Ollin Farms, and what would make a gorgeous still life of colorful zucchinis, eggplants, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, basil, and onions is anything but still. Hands are sorting, bunching, washing, and putting the veggies in coolers and crates to be transp…

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Casey MacKenzie’s calm energy mirrors that of the Shire horses she has spent over a decade raising. Just stepping onto the MacKenzie Shires farm provides a sense of tranquility and peace in the heart of bustling Boulder County. Rolling green hills and open sky set the backdrop for a bright r…

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This article continues a monthly series about the artworks and artists chosen for Community Corner at Sculpture Park at the corner of 79th Street and Niwot Road.

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Opting to avoid “a big fight with city council,” the grassroots organization pushing for the creation of a regional library district has decided to withdraw its petition to add the measure to the 2019 Boulder County election ballot. 

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A quick perusal of Niwot Market is all it takes to notice a new aesthetic throughout the floral department. That’s because Niwot Florist has been purchased by Susy Tallman Shams, a Lafayette resident of 25 years. As of Aug. 1, Tallman Shams took over this locally loved flower shop and plans …

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School in Boulder is honored to announce that Joni Perry will be joining their teaching team in the 2019-20 school year.  Perry is known both nationally and internationally for her passion, expertise, and creativity in working with elementary children.  Perry has …

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More than 35 lecturers covering a broad spectrum of topics have captivated and informed audiences since the start of the Niwot Historical Society’s (NHS) Niwot Now and Then lecture series in 2011. Originally, Niwot’s history was the focus; delving into such topics as the historical role of t…

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What could be better than a puddle of water after a Colorado summer shower? As far as Oliver (5) and Ella (4) Rizzolo are concerned, nothing could be better, because puddles are such great fun. Of course the rubber boots help.

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In an effort to help area families save some money, Niwot High is teaming up with Gunbarrel Family Medicine to provide free sports physicals to students participating in athletics in the upcoming 2019-20 school year. 

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Boulder County is now accepting applications for the Niwot Design Review Committee, a panel of local residents that serves as a referral agency for new development applications in the town’s historic district. 

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Last week’s issue covered the critical role pollinators play in food production and why the decline of pollinators should be getting everyone’s attention. This week, we’re exploring how individuals can help encourage and protect pollinating critters.

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The Lookout Alliance gathered on Wednesday, July 24 at The Left Hand Grange (195 2nd Avenue, Niwot) to discuss newly released reports on the air quality surrounding Boulder Reservoir. The group hosted Dr. Detlev Helmig, associate research professor at the University of Colorado’s Institute o…

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This column is designed to highlight good and bad government in the Niwot-Gunbarrel area. Readers are encouraged to email the Courier with descriptions of local events showing exemplary performance by our government officials in serving the people, as well as those actions that fall well sho…

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These juvenile owls were spotted on Saturday, July 27, along the Cottontail Trail by Gunbarrel Estates. While they seem quite content sitting next to each other on a fallen tree branch, you know how teenagers can get. Not to worry, mom had a watchful eye on them while she sat on a fence post…

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Hello all. Greetings and salutations, hail fellow well-met, g’day milady. And how is everyone doing today? 

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Editor's Note: The Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms will be collecting for the Rock & Rails tip jars on August 8, not on August 1, as stated in the Courier's July 31 Community Calendar.

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Meet Mezzo, the official greeter at the law offices of Warren, Carlson & Moore, LLP.  Mezzo is an English Cream Golden Retriever whose guardians are Tom and Laura Moore. He loves belly rubs, treats and spends his days lounging and taking naps when not greeting clients.

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Plans to build a permanent storage facility and beverage tent in Whistle Stop Park are moving ahead, but the project co-sponsors Niwot Business Association (NBA) and Niwot Cultural Arts Association (NCAA) still need to raise approximately $90,000 to fully fund the construction.

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Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, or where they’d like to know your name and serve you a warm cup ‘o joe often. One of those friendly places is Niwot’s Old Oak Coffeehouse - thanks in large part to manager Hannah Carlson, this month’s Familiar Face. Customers at Old O…

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This is the first part of a two-part series covering pollination - what it is and what does that important work. Next week’s article will delve into what can be done to help protect and increase pollinator populations.

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Reminders of Niwot’s historic garden club, originating in 1938, are easily spotted around Boulder County. From the gazebo in Whistle Stop Park — a tribute to the original built by the garden club decades ago — to the club’s scrapbook at the Longmont Museum, this gardening club was an importa…

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In early 2017, Virginia Dutkin and 20 of her Niwot neighbors launched the Left Hand Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization that uses pooled resources to donate funds and volunteer hours to area non-profits. In the two years since, the group has granted $30,000 and donated nearly 1,000 c…

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Sarah Cioni’s flower bomb and classes took place at the Left Hand Grange on Thursday, July 18. While assembly for all three classes was completed indoors, the capstone display was later exhibited on the wrought iron gates of Osmosis Gallery.  Some of the classes were attended by folks from s…

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Want a break from cooking dinner at home one night? Love drones, K9 dogs and good music? Then come to the National Night Out event starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, on Murray Street between Second and Third Avenues in Niwot.

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This summer has been glorious for flowers, thanks to wet, cooler weather for the first part of the summer. Gardens are showing off, and with a little help from those who tend them, the flowers should have a spectacular second show.

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This week's Pet Spotlight goes to Silvie Kismet Cinder (left, right), who was adopted from the Longmont Humane Society by Laura Bloom of Niwot after the passing of her 21-year-old cat Coal Shadow (center). Laura writes, “In addition to being sweet and uber-affectionate (always purring and ma…

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For those who love the number of joyful, creative, and rockin’ events just outside your front door, and for those who have lamented that some town festivities have come to an end, there’s a doozy of a reason to once again declare, “Woo-hoo!” It’s Willowdale Arts of Niwot, a new series of eve…

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Dancing Under the Stars’ inaugural evening in Niwot had an estimated 200 smiling dancers cha-cha-cha-ing in temperatures over 90 degrees in the Cottonwood Square Shopping Center’s west parking lot. It would have been a hot event regardless, given the Latin music playing and the excitement of…

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We’re fortunate to live in a state whose geography and geology is diverse and varied, yielding dramatic landscapes that have long inspired exploration and adventure.But Colorado’s beautiful landscape also contains great amounts of natural resources, including crude oil and natural gas.

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Editor's Note: Due to a production error, an incomplete version of this article appeared in our July 24 print edition. The full article appears here. 

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