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Restaurant Night at Chipotle for Mwebaza Foundation

On April 6, Niwot Elementary School and the Mwebaza Foundation are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Ken Pratt Boulevard in Longmont. From 4 - 8 p.m. Swing by and grab a burrito, bowl, or tacos and...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 7, 2020

Join Mwebaza Foundation for pizza, music and more

While many school and local events have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mwebaza Foundation is getting creative in gathering the community together for engaging, safe activities. On...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    June 24, 2020

Alivia Bell, Niwot barber shop owner, suffers severe bicycle accident

Alivia Bell has owned and operated the Niwot barber shop for the past thirteen years. Throughout her tenure, she has made lasting connections with her clientele and the surrounding Niwot community. Be...

 

Mwebaza Foundation organizes community mural to support Ugandan partner communities

Since 2008, the Mwebaza Foundation has been an integral part of our Niwot community. The nonprofit has expanded its partner schools to include Coyote Ridge, Coronado Hills, and Eagle Crest while also...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    May 6, 2020

Local jeweler makes hopeful necklace

Jeanette McPherson first started making jewelry out of necessity instead of desire. From 1998 – 2000, McPherson owned Mount'n Memories, an antique shop in downtown Niwot, and described her initial...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 22, 2020

Vapor Distillery makes and donates sanitizer to community

It can prove difficult to spot a silver lining amidst the current global pandemic. Daily news bombards us with rising infections, death rates, and unemployment stats. Our lives are upended and new...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 22, 2020

Local nonprofits get creative to stay afloat

Our local nonprofits do tremendous work in supporting the Boulder County community. However, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and market drop, they have taken a hit. Many have had to shift day-to-day...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 15, 2020

Upside down and rightside up living during COVID-19

I always figured if I made it through a Colorado winter living in my built-out Dodge ProMaster cargo van, then everything else that came my way would be a piece of cake. However, I never considered a...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 8, 2020

Left Hand Laurel-Lori and Russ Lindemann

Lori and Russ Lindemann moved to the Gunbarrel Estates neighborhood in 1994 with their two children and niece in tow. For the past two and a half decades, they have called Boulder County home and...

 

Niwot's places of worship suspend services

In small towns, churches are much more than simply places of worship to gather on Sunday mornings. They provide a space for neighbors to socialize, for newcomers to meet people, and for those without...

 

Niwot Elementary Children's Book & Art Sale breaks record

This past Wednesday, Niwot Elementary School hosted its 12th annual Children's Book and Art Sale to benefit The Mwebaza Foundation, a local non-profit started in 2008 by the school's first-grade...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    March 4, 2020

24th annual Soup, Soup and More community dinner

In the midst of a busy life, it's tempting to overlook the need for good conversation and a home-cooked meal. We spend time speeding through the work and school week just to make it to the weekend. We...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    March 4, 2020

Stamp out the winter doldrums with the Shop Niwot Love Niwot Passport

A big part of Niwot's charm lies in its unique retail and dining options, which consistently deliver an experience unlike any other in Boulder County. An oasis amidst the large neighboring cities of...

 

Niwot Elementary hosts Mwebaza Foundation Book and Art Sale

Stop by Niwot Elementary School on March 4 and shop the 12th annual Children's Book and Art Sale. Each year, the elementary school hosts various fundraisers to benefit partner schools of local...

 

New NBA president takes the helm

After 12 years, former Niwot Business Association President Tony Santelli, has stepped aside. Eric Bergeson, owner of Niwot Wheel Works, has stepped up to take his place and, on Feb. 11, was elected...

 

Niwot Wheel Works to move into former Powder Keg space

For more than two years, the former Powder Keg Brewery space has sat empty on the corner of Murray Street and 2nd Avenue, to the considerable dismay of many locals. But that is about to change, as...

 

Jeff & Paige Winter Performances at Gunbarrel Brewing Company

Looking for a winter outing that is fun for parents and children? Look no further than Gunbarrel Brewing Company. This treasured neighborhood brewery consistently hosts a bevy of year-round, community...

 

The Lookout Alliance hosts fracking threat presentation

On Thursday, Dec. 12, Lookout Alliance, 350 Boulder County, and Colorado Rising hosted a community forum that discussed threats from proposed fracking development in Boulder County. Currently, a moratorium that bans fracking development is in effect...

 

FRCC receives $1 million for manufacturing training

This past year, Front Range Community College expanded its Center for Integrated Manufacturing and added new programs to fill the need for skilled labor in machining, manufacturing, and automation....

 

Lookout Alliance urges the time to act is now

Oil and gas development in Boulder County is on pause until March 2020, but that doesn’t mean The Lookout Alliance has taken a break. In collaboration with 350 Colorado, TLA has put together a petition that calls for a complete ban on fracking in B...

 

Beyond The Mountain brewery to host inaugural Icculus Day

Beyond The Mountain Brewing Co. in Gunbarrel is one of Boulder County's many awesome breweries just steps from our backyards. Some years ago, two home brew fanatics and lifelong friends, Morgan Way...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 30, 2019

Lefty's Pizza Celebrates 25 Years in Niwot

Our town is home to many noteworthy eateries offering mouthwatering dishes and a place to catch up with family, friends and neighbors. But no place has seen our town's transition quite like Lefty's...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 30, 2019

Finkel & Garf hosts weekly Pints With a Purpose

Local Gunbarrel brewery, Finkel & Garf, is a beloved staple in the community. Sunday afternoons can be whiled away on the patio with a delicious, uncomplicated beer in hand. The father-son team that set out to create a community gathering space did s...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 23, 2019

Sprouting wings leads to growing unexpected roots

Last year, my partner and I moved to Niwot for the dual purposes of not wanting to live in Boulder while wanting a place that somewhat resembles Taos, the place we just moved from. We found this...

 

Front Range Community College offering nursing bachelor's degree

Colorado is suffering from a shortage of nurses with four-year BSNs degrees - needing as many as 500 new nurses to fill the void. Looking forward, that figure is expected to balloon by 2024, growing to 4,500. Previously, nurses could have...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 16, 2019

Fringe celebrates National Pizza Month

Fringe Pizza (5400 Spine Rd., Boulder) is celebrating National Pizza Month throughout the month of October with its newest creation - Sweet Heat pizza - and a chance for one lucky customer to win a...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 9, 2019

Fall Flavors Part II

With the first snowfall predicted for Oct. 10, Boulder County restaurants are closing up patios for the turn season. That doesn't mean that our local watering holes and coffee shops are hibernating...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 2, 2019

Boulder County lawsuit against Crestone Peak dismissed

Late last month, a judge in Boulder County District Court dismissed 20 of the 34 claims brought in a lawsuit filed by the Board of County Commissioners in 2018 to halt a large oil and gas drilling project proposed by Crestone Peak Resources. The...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    October 2, 2019

Local eateries offer autumnal treats

Autumn ushers in more than scenic golden aspen groves and crisp fall evenings. Our locally loved Niwot coffee shops, bars, and restaurants have added delicious fall-themed flavors to their menus....

 

Niwot High students strike for climate change awareness

The controversial topic of climate change resides at the forefront of Front Range residents' hearts and minds. Living next to the picturesque Rockies, amidst protected open space, and near pristine...

 

Sunset Middle School to host 4th annual Spartan Fall Crawl

Autumn brings crisp mornings, spiced treats, shorter days, and, for many excited Sunset Middle Schoolers, the annual Spartan Fall Crawl. On Oct. 4th, middle schoolers will get the chance to partake...

 

Classic Looks Celebrates 30 Years of Business

Classic Looks in Cottonwood Square celebrated its 30th anniversary on Aug. 15. The salon has been a fixture in this community, fulfilling Niwot residents' hair care and beauty needs for three...

 

The Niwot Trot returns for its 14th year

On Sept. 22, the highly anticipated Niwot Trot road race returns once again to the tranquil streets of Niwot.This year marks the 14th annual 5K fundraiser, hosted by Niwot Elementary School PTAC....

 

Family Village Co-op reopens its doors

Family Village in Longmont is modeled on a communal premise which many societies depended on only decades ago. In the past, families relied heavily on near-by friends, neighbors, and relatives for soc...

 

Mwebaza Foundation completes Project Uganda: Cougars/CDC Creating Classrooms

Last year, Mwebaza Foundation set the goal of outfitting Niwot Elementary’s sister school, Mwebaza Infant Primary School in Kyengera, Uganda, with two shipping container classrooms to help with...

 

ABLE to Sail Benefit Concert This Week

ABLE to Sail is a Longmont-based youth empowerment camp that seeks to help kids of all ages gain self-esteem, overcome feelings of isolation and inadequacy, and give them the confidence to navigate...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    August 21, 2019

Lookout Alliance presents effects of oil & gas production

In February, Colorado State University played host to the Medical Symposium on Health Effects of Oil & Gas Development in Colorado, which featured multiple speakers in the scientific, legal and...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    August 21, 2019

Sunset Middle teachers enjoy the first week back

Heading back to school is often a mix of emotions for students and teachers alike. For many students, the end of summer is bittersweet, nostalgia for mid-week sleepovers and late night pool parties...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    August 14, 2019

Mwebaza Foundation fosters cross-cultural understanding

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...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    August 7, 2019

Meet the Shire horses from Niwot's July 4th Parade

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 hear...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    August 7, 2019

Niwot Florist under new ownership

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...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 31, 2019

Good oil and gas regulations make good neighbors

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...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 31, 2019

My Mom's Pies has closed its doors - for now

Anyone walking down Murray Street from 2nd Avenue was often treated to sweetly scented wafts of freshly baked pies emanating from the unassuming building on the west side of Murray Street, which is ho...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 24, 2019

Commissioners vote to keep oil & gas moratorium until March 2020

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...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 24, 2019

Resurrected Niwot Garden Club meets for second time

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...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 17, 2019

Front Range Community College unveils new facility

Front Range Community College, located in Longmont, is gearing up to open another branch in its Center for Integrated Manufacturing building (CIM). This facility and the degree programs conducted...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 10, 2019

Via Mobility provides transportation options

Niwotians will agree that Rock & Rails is a great way to bring the community together each week, hear some killer live music and tuck into delicious, local grub. But what’s even more special about...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    July 10, 2019

Sculpture Park's Newest Resident - Meriwether Prairie Dog

Behold, the simple prairie dog. Cute, occasionally controversial, almost always an afterthought when contemplating our rugged Western landscape’s wildlife. We easily overlook these ground dwelling...

 

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