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 By Bruce Warren    News    November 30, 2022 

Enchanted Evening attracts young and old

The large crowd assembled in the parking lot at Left Hand Corner Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. was treated to a concert of holiday tunes by the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band in anticipation of th...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    November 30, 2022 

Gunbarrel Thanksgiving Eve interfaith service raises funds for Rise Against Suicide

Members of local faith congregations gathered Nov. 30 at Gunbarrel's Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Lookout Road for a Community Thanksgiving Eve service. The service, an annual tradition...

 
 By Bruce Warren    Sports    November 30, 2022 

NHS Boys Basketball looking to improve

Niwot boys basketball coach Clay Wittrock enters his fourth season at the helm with a solid group of seniors who came to Niwot High when he did. Two of those seniors are returning full-time varsity...

 

Niwot High creates Hall of Fame

As part of its 50-year anniversary celebration, Niwot High School is creating a Hall of Fame to recognize teachers, coaches, players, students, administrators, and community members who have played a significant role in the history of the school, or...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    November 16, 2022

Parking Lot dedication set for Dec. 2nd

The dedication of the Niwot Parking Lot, located west of the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Murray Street in Niwot, has been set for Friday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Niwot Business Association President Eric...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    November 16, 2022

Conservation theme of NBA meeting

The Niwot Business Association meeting at the Niwot United Methodist Church on Nov. 8 focused on saving energy, reducing costs and recycling. Pastor Emily Kintzel welcomed the NBA members and she and Janet Gates provided a brief history of the...

 

NHS alum Ella Thramann new girls swim coach

Ella Thramann, a 2019 graduate of Niwot High School, has been hired to be the new girls swim coach at her alma mater. "Some of my best memories are from swim team at Niwot," Thramann said. She hopes...

 

Out in Leftfield

BASEBALL Jack Brooker (Niwot) signed to play baseball at Queens University of Charlotte, a Division I program. Brooker, who graduated from Niwot High School in the Class of 2022, played in the Mile...

 

NHS volleyball fought hard at State

Niwot High School entered the state Class 4A Volleyball tournament seeded sixth overall, one spot behind Palmer Ridge High School, which was seeded fifth, in spite of the fact that Niwot had beaten...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    November 9, 2022

Trick or Treat? Behind the scenes of Niwot's Haunted House

Now it can be told. For well over 20 years, long-time Niwot resident and real estate agent Pat Murphy has sponsored, organized, funded and championed the Great Pumpkin Party on the Saturday before...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    November 9, 2022

Holiday lighting, dancing and planning on LID agenda

All nine members of the Niwot Local Improvement District advisory committee (LID) were present for the Nov. 1 meeting at the Niwot Inn. Treasurer Bruce Rabeler reported that revenues continue to climb as collections through August are up over...

 

NHS Volleyball sweeps first round of playoffs

Niwot High School girls volleyball made short work of its first round opponents in the state playoffs Nov. 5, sweeping Pueblo East High School and Steamboat Springs High School, 3-0, 3-0. Niwot...

 

Niwot soccer advances to quarterfinals, but loses to defending state champions

Stephen Dimit, head coach of Niwot High School boys soccer, was sad to see the season end, but proud of his players after they suffered a loss in the quarterfinals of the state 4A playoffs. "We knew...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    November 2, 2022

SVVSD approves Sheriff's request for rifle storage at NHS

A request from the Boulder County Sheriff to store long rifles inside Niwot High School and Lyons Middle-Senior High School was approved by the St. Vrain Valley School District School Board at its Oct. 26 meeting. The request was first presented in...

 

Niwot boys soccer wins first playoff game

Niwot High School boys soccer coach Stephen Dimit didn't rest easy until Javier Alvira scored what turned out to be the third and final goal of a 3-0 shutout against D'Evelyn High School in the first...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 26, 2022

Sheriff's gun storage request at NHS moves to school board agenda

On the same day the Courier’s coverage of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department request to store long rifles at Niwot and Lyons High Schools came off the press, the St. Vrain Valley School Board held a study session that included further...

 

NHS Fall Fest a big hit with local children

Niwot High School got a head start on Halloween with the school's first annual Fall Fest after school on Friday, Oct. 21. Children of all ages enjoyed a variety of booths sponsored by an array of NHS...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 19, 2022

The future of journalism

Tim Waters, a Longmont city councilman, hosts a podcast called "The Backstory." On Oct. 9, Waters took his show on the road to the auditorium at the Longmont Museum, where a crowd of 50, including...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 19, 2022

Courier writers receive Colorado Press Association Awards

The Colorado Press Association announced the winners of the 2021 journalism awards, which included two Left Hand Valley Courier writers. Mary Wolbach Lopert, senior editor, columnist and co-founder...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 19, 2022

Sonex failed to transmit required signal per NTSB report

A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on October 8 sheds new light on the mid-air collision Sept. 17 of two airplanes near Niwot. Investigator in Charge Michael Folkerts wrote, “On September 17, 2022, about...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 19, 2022

NBA discusses budget priorities

Niwot Business Association President Eric Bergeson of The Wheel House led a discussion among NBA members regarding what projects should be a priority for the NBA in the coming year. Bergeson noted...

 

Young NHS gymnasts keep improving

The Niwot High gymnastics team may be short on experience, but it hasn't been an obstacle so far as the Cougars defeated Broomfield in a dual meet Oct. 12 by a score of 171.90 to 169.85. "We have a re...

 

Niwot Volleyball continues to roll

The Niwot Cougars continued their winning ways with victories over Frederick High School and Mountain View High School Oct 11 and 13, respectively. Niwot is now 10-4 overall, 7-1 in the Longs Peak...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 19, 2022

Ballot issues - Alcohol

Proposition 124 - Increase Allowable Liquor Store Locations Citizens Proposition 124 would allow retail liquor stores to apply to state and local governments to open additional locations on a phased-in schedule, with no limit on the number of...

 

How safe is the intersection at Niwot Road and Highway 119?

The tragic death of Niwot resident and Lefty's Pizza owner, Craig "Lefty" Harris, was a rare fatality at the intersection of Niwot Road and Highway 119. Accident data from the Colorado Department of...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 12, 2022

LID Revenues continue to rise

Revenues for Niwot's Local Improvement District (LID), which collects a 1% sales tax within the Niwot business district, continue to grow, with the July 2022 report showing a 48% increase in revenue...

 

Niwot boys soccer takes easy victories

With a record of 8-3, including a 5-0 record in league play, the Niwot boys soccer team is looking to move up in the CHSAA state 4A rankings. The Cougars entered last week ranked eighth in Class 4A, w...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 5, 2022

Bus-van accident claims the life of Craig "Lefty" Harris

A motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the Diagonal Highway and Niwot Road claimed the life of long-time Niwot resident and businessman Craig "Lefty" Harris. According to the Colorado State...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 5, 2022

Local journalism up for discussion

Local journalism has been hit hard by consolidation, social media, and the pandemic. Longmont city councilman Tim Waters is moderating a two-part series on the past, present, and future of journalism,...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    October 5, 2022

NCA to restore underpass mural

The Niwot Community Association is seeking 8-12 volunteers to help with the restoration of the underpass mural on Niwot Road where the LoBo trail crosses near Centrebridge. On Saturday, Oct. 8, the...

 
 By Bruce Warren    Sports    October 5, 2022

Niwot Boys Soccer grounds the Falcons 1-0

After taking down two top-10-ranked teams in two weeks, the Niwot Cougars took on cross-town rival Skyline, and came away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Niwot entered the game against 6th-ranked...

 

Niwot Volleyball splits

The Niwot Girls volleyball squad knocked off Severance, 3-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 on the road, but came up short the next night at home against a powerful and unbeaten Thompson Valley team, losing 3...

 

Niwot Boys soccer picks up second win over top 10 opponent

Knocking off sixth-ranked Silver Creek, 2-1 in double overtime last week didn't seem to impress CHSAA Now voters as Silver Creek maintained its 6th-place ranking as of Sept. 19, while Niwot picked up...

 

Planes collide in mid-air over Niwot Road - 3 dead

A loud crash interrupted a quiet Saturday morning in Niwot when two airplanes collided in mid-air and fell to the ground, resulting in the deaths of the two pilots and one passenger. The victims were...

 

House Blend Band closes with Age of Aquarius

The House Blend Band, created by Old Oak Coffeehouse owners Michael Tomich and his wife, Patty Machen, closed out the summer concert season on a beautiful summer night in downtown Niwot with another...

 

Niwot wins 2-1 in OT against Silver Creek

Niwot boys soccer coach Stephen Dimit described the setting for Niwot's first cross-town rivalry soccer game under the home lights on Friday, Sept. 17. "It was a cool environment, a cool atmosphere."...

 

Homecoming - 50 years for Niwot High School

It took 50 years, but Niwot High School finally played and won a truly "home" football game. And a steady mist throughout the evening didn't seem to put a damper on the attendance, or the team's...

 

LID reviews transportation plans

Transportation Eric Bergeson, vice-chair of the Niwot Local Improvement District (LID) Advisory Committee, said what was on everyone's mind during a presentation by Kathleen Bracke of the Boulder...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    September 7, 2022

Scott Roebuck takes top honors at Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show

The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band was on hand to provide a musical backdrop to the 2022 Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show awards ceremony Sept. 2 in front of Osmosis Art &...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    August 31, 2022

Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show reception

Why Not Niwot? - The annual juried art show featuring art with a Niwot theme will host an artist's reception for the first time this year. The event, sponsored by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association...

 
 By Bruce Warren    Sports    August 31, 2022

Niwot golfers take 6th at Frederick Classic

The Niwot Cougars took sixth place overall, and third among Class 4A teams at the Frederick Classic Aug. 25. Junior Emmett Shell led the squad with a 72, while sophomore Drew Stapp finished at 79 at the Coyote Creek Golf Course. Sawyer Bennett, a...

 
 By Bruce Warren    Sports    August 24, 2022

Cougar Football looks to build program

After posting a four-win season in 2021, third-year Niwot football coach Nik Blume aims to continue to build the program that had not won more than three games since 2008. With only four seniors on...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    August 17, 2022

NBA meeting highlights

The August meeting of the Niwot Business Association was held Aug. 9 at Niwot Market, with 34 members attending. The timely topic of fire prevention, emergency preparations, and insurance coverage gave members useful information in the wake of the...

 
 By Bruce Warren    Sports    August 17, 2022

Niwot Boys Tennis off to a solid start

Niwot Boys Tennis Coach Aimee Hites returns with high expectations for her youthful but experienced squad. "Our goal is to win state," Hites said. "We're super young, and super talented." The Cougars...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    August 3, 2022

Niwot grad and daughter victims of murder-suicide

Boulder County Sheriff's officers assigned to Niwot's Rock & Rails concert series did not show up July 28, and concert managers later received a message that the officers had been deployed to...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    August 3, 2022

LID Revenues Continue to Climb-Lobster on the Menu

Revenues of the Niwot Local Improvement District keep climbing, with the latest report showing $24,878.21 collected in May from the LID’s 1% sales tax, which was more than 25% higher than May 2021 collections. Overall, the year-to-date collections...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    July 27, 2022

National Night Out in Niwot Aug. 2

National Night Out, a nationwide effort to connect communities with first responders, returns to Niwot Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Niwot Community Association...

 
 By Bruce Warren    Sports    July 27, 2022

NHS grad Skye Messenger signs with Rockies

For Niwot's Skyler Messenger, All-Star Game week was more than just a break in the major league season when MLB All-Stars would perform on a national stage, and fans would get a chance to see the...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    July 20, 2022

NBA Meeting

Jeff and Dawn Server hosted the July 12 meeting of the NIwot Business Association at their home in Heather Hills, which is also the site of Meadow Lake Honey. Dawn Server explained the varieties of...

 
 By Bruce Warren    News    July 20, 2022

Vandalism at Niwot Children's Park

The restroom doors at Niwot Children's Park were vandalized earlier this summer when someone tore the signs off the doors. At this point, the boys restroom (on the east side) and the girls restroom...

 

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