Week of July 17, 2024

  • Chris Daniels & The Kings with Freddi Gowdy take the Rock & Rails stage July 18

    Camryn Bell

    Rock & Rails summer concerts continue on Thursday, July 18, with the opening act starting at 5 p.m. and the headliner lighting up the stage at 6:30 p.m. This week's opener, Mark Oblinger, a five-time Emmy winning and Grammy nominated composer/producer, will be treating the crowd to his unique blend of original music with tones of folk and pop. His vocal-forward arrangements are an inspiring and interesting way to start the night. Oblinger is joined on tour by Linda Lawson, Christian Teele,...

  • House Blend Band is back July 20

    Jessica Checkas

    The Old Oak Coffeehouse is hosting another House Blend Band concert on Saturday, July 20, organized by Micheal Tomich and Patty Machen, Old Oak owners and band members. Tomich promises the band will perform at least four songs by the band Chicago, three songs by Elton John, four or five Motown songs, and a few other selections from the 1970s. This month's concert will feature Tomich's granddaughter Evelyn singing with the band. At 10 years old, Evelyn has been singing with the House Blend Band...

  • Familiar Face: Lori Shrader

    Scott Barto

    With one of Niwot's favorite summer concert series, Rock & Rails, in full swing, regular concert goers are beginning to recognize some regular volunteers behind the bar at the alcohol building known as The Depot. Many of these volunteers have been returning over the years and have become Familiar Faces to the Niwot community. Lori Shrader has been volunteering at Rock & Rails for the past nine years. Always serving beverages with a smile and having fun with her fellow volunteers behind the bar,...

  • Grass fire behind NHS on Thursday, July 11

    Madison Shaw

    Mountain View Fire Rescue reported on Instagram that just before 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, Boulder County Dispatch received a call reporting a potential grass fire near Niwot High School. When Battalion 2260 arrived on the scene, they found a grass fire on the east side of Cougar Trail, next to the Boulder and Left Hand Ditch, between the football field and tennis courts. The flames were in an area approximately 100 feet by 8 feet and about 5 feet high. The Cougar Trail is frequented by...

  • Progress continues on new Gunbarrel library

    Jennifer Wagner

    Renovation of the former FirstBank building and property at 6500 Lookout Road in Gunbarrel is set to begin this summer to create a new branch of the Boulder Public Library District (BPLD). The project is being funded by community taxpayers through the passage of the 2022 Boulder Public Library District Ballot Issue 6C, establishing the BPLD. David Farnan, Director of the Boulder Public Library District, said, "One of the unique features of this location is the safe, due to it being a former...

  • Trail News - Four-Mile BNSF underpass a boon for bikers

    Karen Sherlock

    A request for $997,785 in funding for the Boulder County Public Works Four-Mile BNSF Underpass Construction Project was approved at the Boulder County Commissioners meeting last week. The underpass is part of the Four-Mile Creek Bikeway Project and will connect the Cottonwood Trail to the Four-Mile Creek Trail. With this approval, the project has been assigned to Coal Creek Excavation which is slated to break ground in late August to early September. Construction is estimated to be on-going...

  • Boulder County's minimum wage impact on the local farming community

    Peggy B. Graham

    The Boulder County Commissioners have introduced a new hourly minimum wage, a development extensively covered in the Left Hand Valley Courier. This wage change will have a significant and concerning impact on unincorporated communities, and local farmers, a group that is distinct from the incorporated cities or towns and which therefore faces unique challenges. Michael Moss, owner of Kilt Farm, is the President of the Community Farmers Alliance (COFA) and is deeply concerned about the new...

  • Boulder County approves underpass Option 3A instead of Option 2A endorsed by the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee

    Peggy B. Graham

    Discussions have been underway since March between Boulder County Community Planning and Permitting and the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) regarding the location and alignment of the proposed underpass linking the planned bikeway in the median of the Diagonal and the RTD park-n-ride parking lot with downtown Niwot. The original plans for the bikeway did not include an underpass on the northbound lanes of the Diagonal Highway, but the LID and the Niwot Business...

  • Frank Bader House exterior nearly complete, interior space available for lease

    Deborah Cameron

    For nearly a year, Niwot residents and regular visitors have been watching the progress of the restoration of the Frank Bader Home at 210 Franklin Street. The property is currently in the process of being redeveloped by Nassar Development, a company known for other historically focused restorations. The latest update from the company's founder, Larry Nassar, confirms what many can see with their eyes-that progress on the exterior is nearly complete. "Once the exteriors are completely finished,...

  • LID approves funding for Flower Fest, First Fridays, and sculpture scans

    Bruce Warren

    The Niwot Local Improvement District (LID) approved funding for three items at its July 9, 2024 meeting. Flower Fest Kathy Trauner of Fly Away Home Decor presented an application from the Niwot Business Association (NBA) for the second annual Flower Fest event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the application, Trauner wrote, "Flower Fest is designed to delight visitors and bring new customers to area businesses." "[W]e offer a 'Flower Journey' in which the first 150...

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  • Gatorade Players of the Year

    Madison Shaw

  • NHS track and field takes a victory lap in postseason awards

    Madison Shaw

    The Niwot High School track and field teams have once again proven their dominance, with the girls team winning the state title for the fifth consecutive year and the boys team finishing as state runner-up. Their outstanding performance through the season has been recognized with numerous awards, showcasing the incredible talent of both teams under Coach Maurice Henriques, who was named CHSAA's 4A Girls Track Coach of the Year. Leading the girls team, sophomore Addison Ritzenhein had a stellar...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Evan Pan

    Gene Hayworth

    Evan Pan never considered himself an 'artsy person,' but his experience in Niwot High School's fine arts program has given him an opportunity to express himself in new ways. "It was actually the first art class I took at Niwot, and I fell in love with the process of making art," Pan said. "And I still have my first assignments from freshman year. It was a self-portrait, and it is probably one of the most atrocious things you've ever seen." Growing up, Pan spent much of his time swimming and in...

  • NHS Teacher Profile: Erin Smith

    Neharika Bhandari

    Mathematics is the foundation of many subjects and is crucial to understand. Math teachers help students gain critical thinking skills and help them understand and engage with the world. Erin Smith is a dedicated math teacher at Niwot High School, entering her third year at NHS and her fifth year of teaching overall. Smith began her teaching career in a middle school in eastern Longmont, but after two years, she felt the call to high school education. Smith speaks highly of Niwot High School's...

  • A peaceful, easy feeling as The Long Run takes the stage at Rock & Rails

    Madison Shaw

    On a blistering Thursday evening, The Long Run, Colorado's Eagles tribute band, returned to Whistle Stop Park for another memorable Rock & Rails performance. Despite the record-breaking heat, the night was filled with the sounds of classic rock and an enthusiastic crowd for the first concert of July. The evening kicked off with Danny Shafer, a seasoned singer-songwriter with over three decades of experience in the Colorado music scene. Sitting in the little shade he could find on the stage,...

  • Waltz and folk magic enliven Niwot's Dancing Under the Stars

    Madison Shaw

    The third week of Niwot's Dancing Under the Stars brought a touch of elegance to Cottonwood Square on Friday, July 12. The waltz and folk dance evening featured live music by the talented duo of Terri Rasmussen and Julia Haze, setting the tone for a magical night. The evening began again with a dance lesson led by Tom Masterson, one of the event organizers, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. After slowly teaching the basic steps, Masterson lined attendees up for a circle waltz before handing off the mic to...

  • Let's Talk About..."Bewitched"

    Elise S. Marylander

    Ok. Remember watching "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie" on television? Remember Aunt Bea on "The Andy Griffith Show?" I couldn't get enough of any of those shows back in the day. Samantha, a witch, could clean the house with a twitch of her nose. She could transport to Paris, call her parents, call Doctor Bombay, and turn people into animals in a snap. Jeannie, a genie, just had to blink and anything she wished for appeared. How great was that? They were the most powerful women on TV in the...

  • Courier Cookbook Healthy Snacks

    Healthy snacks evoke images of carrot and celery sticks but they can be so much more. Check out the vegan cherry muffins waiting to grab-and-go. The homemade potato and sweet potato chips and a delicious alternative to the greasy store-bought variety. Everyone likes edamame so try simply salted or spicy. VEGAN CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS Adapted from Minimalist Baker, an excellent source for gluten-free and vegan recipes. Cherries are excellent right now and are a healthy snack on their own....

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  • Courier Crossword Puzzle Answers July 17, 2024

    ACROSS 3. minimum 5. stars 7. LID 8. five 10. Cougar 11. Eagles 13. Pan 14. Shrader 15. Kings 18. train DOWN 1. Henriques 2. exterior 4. underpass 6. Ritzenhein 9. edamame 12. Lookout 16. swing 17....

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  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Calling all photographers, intentional or accidental! The Left Hand Valley Courier’s Photo of the Week feature is open to any area resident who personally photographs Niwot-Gunbarrel area sights, including people (with permission, of course), buildings, animals, birds, plants, flowers, events, or anything else. Naturally, there are a few rules to follow: • The photograph must be submitted in jpg format via email to [email protected]@lhvc.com in high resolution. • Please include a caption describing the photo, your name, email...

  • Barbara Comstock

    Barbara Comstock Died June 29, 2024 A former resident of Boulder and later a resident of Niwot, Barbara Comstock, age 72, died on June 29 after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma. Barbara retired in April 2019 after a 36-year career as a Physicians Assistant in the OB/GYN department at Kaiser Permanente. She was a trusted and revered PA by her colleagues, patients and work family. Her smile and laughter will long be remembered by all, especially her many close and dedicated friends in the...

  • James A. Cooke

    James A. Cooke November 17, 1951 – June 7, 2024 James A. ("Jim") Cooke died at his home in Niwot, Colorado, on June 7, 2024 as the result of complications of Type 1 diabetes. It is impossible to fully capture a life in a few paragraphs but certain things were essentially and authentically Jim and will be mourned and missed by all. Jim lived life exuberantly, always willing to open his heart, home and office to friends and those in need. Whether tending his garden, cooking for friends and...

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