Week of February 28, 2024

Where Are They Now? - Tara Harbert

Jack Carlough

After receiving support from countless individuals throughout her softball and baseball playing careers, Niwot High School graduate Tara Harbert is now lending her knowledge to the next generation. Harbert, a 2002 NHS graduate who later played on the USA Baseball Women's National Team, spent this past fall coaching junior varsity softball at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch. Additionally, she and her fiancé, Bryan, have committed themselves to supporting their three children's...

QuikTrip purchases property at CO 119 and CO 52

Bruce Warren

The long-vacant property at the northeast corner of the intersection of Colorado Highway 119 and Colorado Highway 52 was sold Dec. 7, 2023, to QuikTrip Corporation, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for $3.6M. The property has been owned by St. Julien Partners Gunbarrel, LLC, which moved truckloads of fill dirt onto the site after purchasing it from IBM in 1999. Aside from several complaints of musk thistle growing on the property from time to time, there has been little activity since then. The...

Let's Wine About "Windy" Winter a success

Scott Barto

Saturday Feb. 24 marked the Niwot Cultural Arts Association's annual Let's Wine About Winter Event across both Second Avenue and Cottonwood Square. However, it wasn't very wintery at 60 degrees, but it was windy. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful day to be outdoors to sample wine and culinary delights as well as support local businesses. Twenty-six businesses participated this year across the two primary hubs of Niwot's shopping district. Approximately 500 tickets were sold this year according...

Bill Campbell, ditch rider for Boulder & White Rock Ditch & Reservoir Company

Peggy B. Graham

Bill Campbell has been a ditch rider, formally titled "water superintendent," for Boulder & White Rock Ditch & Reservoir Company (BWRD) since 2016. Campbell said, "They call me a water superintendent, but I call myself a ditch rider because, in the old days, the person in charge of providing water from the ditch to the shareholders would ride their horses along the ditch to monitor the flows." During the irrigation season, a ditch rider controls and maintains ditches with the goal of...

Meet Your Neighbor: Rod Archer

Joan Schaefer

Rod Archer smiles modestly when he says, "if I were looking for a job now I would say two words, 'Stanford' and 'Apple.'" Indeed, his story includes his success in combining his mechanical engineering training at a prestigious university with his ability to work with developing technologies at one of the world's most innovative companies. Archer grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, with his parents, a younger sister and a younger brother. He says he was "a good, quiet kid." He chose to...

First Friday Art Walk

Staff Report

Niwot's first First Friday Art Walk of 2024 will be held on Friday, March 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Old Town Niwot and Cottonwood Square. The Art Walk is an evening of enjoying local artist's work displayed throughout Niwot, with outdoor live music by local and regional musicians, weather permitting. Coordinator Anne Postle said, "We are very excited to have both our regular first Friday businesses and some new faces participating for our first, First Friday in 2024." Many businesses stay...

Boulder County Transportation Update

Peggy B. Graham

Welcome to the Niwot Transportation Update, your go-to source for all things related to transportation and mobility in our vibrant community. This monthly column will provide information regarding road and bicycle construction zone updates, maintenance projects such as the annual Boulder County chip seal program, major construction activities including the N. 95th St. (Valmont Road to Lookout Road) Reconstruction Project projected for 2024, RTD and CDOT Colorado 119 Safety, Mobility and Bikeway Project, and the Front Range Passenger Rail...

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Student Athlete of the Week Tracy Yu

Jack Carlough

Niwot High School senior Tracy Yu will be pulling double duty this spring for the first time in two years. Yu is currently preparing for her fourth season on the Cougars' girls tennis team and is rejoining Niwot's girls soccer squad after taking last season off. Her weekday afternoons may be chaotic at times, but her passion for both sports should prevail. Regarding her return to the pitch, Yu was convinced by teammate Margaux Boyer to attend a low-stress summer kickaround. "I definitely really...

Silver Creek boys swim entering new season with high expectations

Jack Carlough

With both experience and talent, this year’s Silver Creek High School boys swim team may be one of the more confident groups longtime head coach Debbie Stewart has ever led. The Raptors are coming off three straight top-two team finishes at the Class 4A state championships, including a state title in 2021, and bring back several of their star swimmers. “They're hungry for a really good winning season,” Stewart said. “It's exciting to see the camaraderie and the hard work that they're all putting in and what they did put in (during)...

Niwot High School boys volleyball's second season

Isaac Stephens

The Niwot High School boys volleyball season is starting again after their debut season last year. Niwot will once again run it back with last year's coaching staff. John Miller is back as the head coach after an 11-12 record last year. Annika Turner, CJ Rabinowitz, Marineth Huffaker, and Niwot High School teacher Sarah Demmel will all come back as assistant coaches for the team. Niwot’s starting roster is yet to be announced, but we will see them in action next Tuesday, March 5, as the Cougars open their season. Niwot’s season opener...

Niwot High School girls golf is teeing up for the 2023-2024 season

Isaac Stephens

Niwot High School girls golf is back for its ninth season, kicking off March 16. Head coach Ed Weaver returns after another successful season with boys golf. Chad Richert is returning as an assistant coach, while Niwot High School’s IB Physics teacher Byron Rudisill will not be returning after he and his wife had their second child in early February. The team is coming off of a strong season, with a large returning group from varsity last year. Senior Mina O’Dell will be returning after back-to-back state qualifications, with Junior Alena...

Art Student of the Week James Miller

Gene Hayworth

Niwot High School Performing Arts student James Miller has a clear vision of his role in the world. "My interest in theater defines who I am as a person," Miller explained. "Most things about my personality come from my experiences and peers in the theater." His commitment to his craft was one reason his teacher, Amanda Foust, selected Miller as Arts Student of the Week. "James is a terrific actor!" Foust said. "He was in the high school's fall production of 'Puffs' and as his first production...

  • Letter to the Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms

    Editor’s Note: The letter below was sent to the Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms by U.S. troops deployed overseas, and shared with the Courier. Good morning Niwot Cookie Momsters! A giant C-17 cargo aircraft delivered both of your boxes full of valentines cookies and treats yesterday evening (yes, they made it to the middle of the Desert!). The Christmas boxes were a giant morale booster for us, so seeing the Valentine's boxes caused a big cheer from the team! The little connection to home makes a huge difference for us. We have Colorado...

  • 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] in high resolution. • Please include a caption describing the photo, your name, email address and phone...

  • Courier Crossword Corner February 28, 2024

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  • Courier Cookbook Icebox Cake

    Old fashioned icebox cake reportedly became popular in the 1930s when refrigerators ("ice boxes") became mainstream. All it took to make this cake was an "icebox." Icebox cake is generally a concoction of chocolate wafers and whipped cream. But we have found some interesting variations which I assure you are easy, oven-free and delicious. Traditional Icebox Cake By Alexandra Penfold and adapted from Serious Eats. Ingredients 3 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1...

  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers February 28, 2024

    ACROSS 1. Puffs 7. Quiktrip 9. tennis 10. baseball 11. horse DOWN 2. Florida 3. hours 4. bikeway 5. Apple 6. wine 8....

  • Death Notice

    Kerry Anne Abdow Niwot High School 1982 graduate Kerry Anne Abdow, age 59, died Feb. 18, 2024, in a traffic accident on her way back to Denver from Chicago as a result of a suspected medical incident. Kerry lived a very nomadic way of life and would always make a friend when meeting a...

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