Inspired by Niwot’s “wonderful” holiday decorations coordinated by the Niwot Business Association, members of the Niwot Community Association board decided at their Nov. 7 meeting that they wanted to contribute to the town’s holiday ambiance by adding some decorations at the west entrance to…

featured
  • Updated

On Monday Oct. 29, a car plowed into the Celestial Seasonings’ tea shop in Gunbarrel. Luckily, the only injury was a cut on one customer’s leg. One eyewitness described the incident as sounding as if a bomb went off. An older driver confused the gas pedal for the brake and plowed through the…

featured
  • Updated

Boulder Country Day School’s fourth grade Math League Team won first place in its division at the Math League Tournament held at Aspen Ridge Prep School in Erie Nov. 5. Several BCD students placed within their grade-levels, including Alexander O’Hearne, first place in third grade and Amitai …

editor's pickfeatured
  • Updated

Bob Keesy’s kidneys were failing so he asked for someone to give him one of their kidneys. One way he asked was a huge banner on the fence behind his house in Niwot which read, “Bob needs a kidney.” He just needed one kidney, but lucky Bob was offered two. UC Health sorted it out and transpl…

featured
  • Updated

Colorado has rocks that, well, rock. They are called lithophones, and a local archaeologist who first came across these strangely shaped stones 40 years ago is finally sharing their musical story.

topical
  • Updated

Nationwide, results of the highly anticipated 2018 midterm elections had a little something for everyone, but that was not the case in Boulder County. Locally, democratic candidates received large majorities, as did ballot measures supporting election reforms and oil and gas industry regulat…

featured

On October 24, 2018, Mr. Jessie Slepicka asked Ms. Jenna Carlson to continue their adventure in life by becoming his wife and moving to a yet to be decided state as he pursues his PhD. (She said yes!)

featured
  • Updated

New Niwot Postmaster Bill Trent (center) is flanked by Mike Patten (left) and Martha Knapp. Trent comes to Niwot from the Lyons post office, where he worked for three years. Patten has been in Niwot for six months, after two years at the Longmont post office. Knapp has been our friendly post…

featured

When the last of the harvest has been pulled from the garden, it’s time to put those beds to, well, bed. Preparing your garden for winter will make for healthier, heartier plants and soil next spring.

featured

A close friend of Joyce and Victor Johnson’s brought them to the attention of the Courier, knowing the couple would be interesting to profile in our Familiar Faces column. They’ve made the most of the area by building strong friendships, strolling around town, and enjoying local restaurants …

special report

Colorado is a beautiful place. It is filled with open, wild spaces, and that unbridled nature is why many of us live here. With open, wild spaces comes wildlife. Lately, our local news has been filled with sightings of mountain lions and foxes in our own backyards. Much of this is attributed…

featured

Poverty is a very real, yet complex issue in Boulder County. The federal government considers the poverty level to be a family of four living on $25,000 or less a year. In Boulder County, however, that family of four would need to earn over $86,000 a year to pay for all the things needed to …

Halloween is an exciting time for most children - running through the dark streets with friends, knocking on doors, getting free treats, and being someone else for one day a year.

featured

Two Boulder law enforcement agencies are investigating a string of “smash-and-grab” burglaries that occurred at seven area businesses in the overnight hours of Tuesday, Oct. 30, and at least one more on the night of Nov. 5.

featured

Niwot’s Economic Development Director Catherine McHale welcomed a crowd of over 30 people to the dedication of nine pieces of public art installed at Community Corner, at the intersection of Niwot Road and 79th Street. “We wanted it to be accessible to people, something they can experience,”…

featured

Shortly before her family went to Boston early this year for Mila Makovec’s experimental treatment of Batten Disease, Mila’s symptoms worsened to the point that her mother, Julia Vitarello, thought she might be losing her daughter to the fatal genetic disease. The quantity and severity of se…

developingfeatured

More than two dozen people stepped up to the microphone in the Boulder County Commissioners’ hearing room on Oct. 30 regarding a temporary halt of development in downtown Niwot. The commissioners could vote to maintain, modify or rescind the moratorium they initially approved on Sept. 20.

featured

This past August, Jennifer Shannon, owner of Cornerstone Farm, relocated her riding lesson and horse training business to the corner of Airport Road and Highway 119, in the Maple del Nero facilities. Shannon has been teaching and training since 1996. The previous business location on Nelson …

featuredspecial section

It’s that time of year again, when the Left Hand Valley Courier features those who look to the future—the educators of our children.

featured

Pat Murphy (left) presented the Golden Hammer Award, recognizing volunteers in the Niwot Community in memory of Curtis Lizakowski, to the Bruce family, in honor of Rosemary Bruce, who passed away in August. Accepting the award were three of her daughters (from left), Nancy Bruce, Virginia Br…

featured

Chris Johnson asks for a toast after reading a note to supporters from former Niwot High teacher and coach Doug Duffy, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer earlier this year. Duffy was hospitalized in Denver and unable to attend benefit on his behalf at Bootstrap Brewery on Oct. 26 in…

featured

This Halloween, the ghouls and goblins of Flagstaff Academy will be some of the healthiest trick-or-treaters around town, and also some of the most generous.

featured

Students in Ms. Marcus' fifth-grade class pose after Heatherwood Elementary's Husky Hustle Fun Run, which was held in early October. The event was a school-wide fundraiser, and students at all grade levels collected pledges for each lap they completed of the fun run obstacle course. Overall,…

featured

This is a “Big Year” for Niwot High School’s fall theater production. Only once every few years does an NHS production have a live student orchestra accompanying a big name musical. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will take to the stage Nov. 8 through 11 starring a cast of nearly 50 actors.

developing

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Niwot LID Advisory Committee welcomed county commissioners Cindy Domenico, Deb Gardner, and Elise Jones to the Left Hand Grange for a “very timely” discussion of the state of local affairs during the past 12 (or so) months. Ordinarily used as an opportunity to showca…

editor's pickfeatured

Editor’s note: Niwot High senior Hailie Johnson is eyeing a career in journalism and will be contributing to the Courier from time to time during the school year.  She profiled her grandfather and great-grandfather and their efforts to maintain the Niwot Cemetery for this article.

developingfeatured

Owner of shuttered Colterra restaurant, Bradford Heap, announced that he is seeking to rebuild the fire-damaged restaurant in an expanded and perhaps mixed use format.

featured

Cheryl DeLong of DeLong Design is parlaying her expertise in decorating and staging for real estate sales into offering home holiday decorating. As autumn sets in and Halloween is approaching along with other end of year holidays, her season is just heating up.

Niwot Dental, owned by Dr. Adam Saeks for over 13 years, is sponsoring a food drive to benefit OUR Center in Longmont. The public is encouraged to drop off non-perishable items at the Niwot Dental offices through Dec. 15.

editor's pickfeatured

NextDoor, the social media app designed to build communities, has about 833 members in its Heatherwood division. Any member who is paying attention will notice that one name shows up over and over again—Leesah Patt. It’s not because she’s complaining about negligent neighbors, or trying to p…

featured

Technology seems to have suppressed the ability for many of us to connect with our fellow human beings. Standing in line used to mean starting conversations with strangers and waiting for the bus gave us time to know our neighbors. Those opportunities to connect have been replaced with the a…

editor's pickfeatured

A rainbow has many symbolic meanings attached to it—one of the most common is that of prosperity and good luck—which makes it a fitting symbol for the eQuilter logo that now sits atop the company’s brand-new location on Spine Road in Gunbarrel.

editor's pickfeatured

Retired Niwot social studies teacher Douglas Duffy was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, and now his friends and family are inviting the community to come lend their support. On Friday, Oct. 26, Bootstrap Brewing Company (6778 N. 79th St., Niwot) is hosting Drafts for Duffy to ho…

featured

A mountain lion was caught on camera near the Niwot Children’s Park on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:46 a.m. The incident was reported to the Division of Wildlife and Boulder County Animal Control, but relocation efforts were not anticipated. A nearby resident reported that no further sightings have…

featured

Ridgeline Development Corporation has filed a request to begin a second phase of development in Niwot Hills Subdivision, located on the southwest corner of Niwot Road and 95th Street. The proposed preliminary plan calls for seven single family detached homes to be built beginning in the spri…

Earlier this year, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) tasked Boulder County Land Use staff to review and amend present agricultural land use code. Last updated in 2012, several designated areas of the code were identified as being in need of revision.

featured

It was a dark and stormy… day. Two figures were huddled together while walking through rain and almost-snowy conditions. It was an arduous journey. Could they find “it” in such terrible weather? They braved soaking splash-back from traveling vehicles and the sketchy memory of one explorer.

featured

In a little over a month, Niwot United Methodist Church’s choir will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) saw one of the local choir’s performance videos on YouTube, and contacted Choir Director Liz Olsen with the exclusive in…

featured

Niwot is throwing its biggest costume party of the year when the 21st Great Pumpkin Party takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27. Children of all ages, dogs of all breeds, and scarecrows from every field are invited to join in the celebration on 2nd Avenue and in Cottonwood Square.

featured

Niwot Historical Society’s Now and Then lecture series will present a 157-year history of the Boulder County’s Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) titled, “Bootleggers, Jail Breaks, Bank Robberies and Heroes” on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

International Baccalaureate programs, offered to kindergarten through high school students, aim to go beyond basic curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. In the Middle Years Program (MYP), students are at the center of their learning. They draw connections …

Owing to a surprise six-month development moratorium imposed on Sept. 20 by the Boulder County Commissioners for the Niwot Rural Community District (NRCD), Bradford Heap, owner of Colterra Restaurant, a mainstay in the Old Town commercial area, stated, “The moratorium is preventing me from r…

featured

North Carolina-based author David Greenson will read his short story The Biggest Salmon Barbecue in the Galaxy at a reception to celebrate winners of the 2018 Summer Short Story Hackathon, on Saturday Oct. 20 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Niwot’s Inkberry Books (7960 Niwot Road,Suite B-3).

featured

There are traits that the male and female genders share, and many things that differentiate the two. And while some traits are fluid and can be present in either, there has been enough research to tell us that when it comes right down to it, boys and girls learn differently.

featured

Store manager Brandon Chisam may look familiar because he is a longtime resident of the Left Hand Valley area, and has been working at Gunbarrel Liquor for many years. Considering his friendly, helpful and polite demeanor, if you’ve ever stopped in for a bottle of red or a six-pack of Colora…

Congratulations to sharp-eyed reader Sandy Burrell who was the first to identify the location of the Heatherwood-based Tardis cum Little Free Library featured in last week’s Where in the World…? Thanks for reading!

Latest e-Edition