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

    Bruce Warren|Jul 17, 2024

    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...

  • Niwot Sculpture Park celebrates 3 sculptures

    Bruce Warren|Jul 10, 2024

    A crowd of 30 gathered July 5 during Niwot's First Friday Art Walk to celebrate and dedicate two donations by Jim and Anne Postle. The sculptures, "Of One Heart" and "Courtship Flight" by world-renowned artist George Carlson, were added to the permanent collection of the Niwot Cultural Arts Association (NCAA) on the corner of Niwot Road and 79th Street after the death of Jim Postle in 2021. Anne Postle, wife of the late Jim Postle, spoke on behalf of the Postle family, including daughter-in-law...

  • Elise Cranny prepares for the Olympics

    Bruce Warren|Jul 10, 2024

    Niwot High School graduate Elise Cranny, who now runs professionally for Nike, is preparing for her second appearance at the Olympics, to be held in Paris from July 26 through Aug. 11. Cranny finished second to Elle St. Pierre in the 5,000 meters by two one-hundredths (0.02) of a second in a photo finish at the Olympic trials to secure a spot in Paris on the U.S. Olympic team. Last week, Cranny also ran the 1500 meters at the Olympic trials, finishing sixth with a time of 3:57.87 a sub-4-minute...

  • Title IX complaint filed against Niwot girls basketball program

    Jack Carlough and Bruce Warren|Jul 3, 2024

    Soon after the conclusion of Niwot High School girls basketball's 2023-24 season, the Denver office of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a claim accusing the program of violating Title IX regulations. Enacted in 1972, Title IX prohibits any educational institution that receives federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex. The law covers all programs and activities, but it has commonly been associated with ensuring equal treatment of male and...

  • Ron Ivory and One on One rock out with Motown hits

    Bruce Warren|Jul 3, 2024

    Ron Ivory and his band, One on One, kept everyone dancing and singing along to a never-ending stream of Motown hits, from The Temptations, to Diana Ross, to The Four Tops. One on One has become a staple of the Thursday night concert series, with a good crowd attending the event, in spite of gale-force winds. In spite of a threat of rain, which spared the Niwot area June 27, the concert went on uninterrupted. Jack Hadley opened for One on One, with original blues songs mixed with familiar covers...

  • Out In Left Field-BASEBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - TRACK

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - TRACK

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - BASKETBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - SWIMMING

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

    SWIMMING...

  • Out In Left Field - SKIING

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

    SKIING...

  • Out In Left Field - FOOTBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Out In Left Field - TENNIS

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

    TENNIS...

  • Out In Left Field - VOLLEYBALL

    Bruce Warren|Jun 26, 2024

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  • Niwot Rotary recognizes Pat Murphy with the Eli Buzas Community Service Award

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    The crowd at last Thursday's Rock & Rails concert, June 13, received an unexpected treat when the Rotary Club of Niwot presented Pat Murphy with the Eli Buzas Community Service Award for 2024 on stage. Rotary president Wick Rowland made the presentation, with Awards Committee Chair Kamla Chopra during a break in the performance by the Alcapones. Murphy and her husband Larry were at the concert and Murphy took the stage to thank the Rotary. Rowland said, "The award is the Niwot club's highest rec...

  • NBA welcomes new businesses

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    The June meeting of the Niwot Business Association (NBA) featured Niwot resident Amy Scanes Wolfe, describing her efforts to create a suburban homestead through regenerative agricultural design. She described a small farming operation in Niwot on about an acre of land that is grounded in regenerative agriculture, with volunteers raising crops and farm animals with minimal resources from outside the community. She said, "That's what has stood out to me is how people are craving that genuine...

  • Alcapones play Rock & Rails

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    The Alcapones brought a mix of horns, vocal harmonies and rock to Rock & Rails last Thursday, June 13. The band performed to a generous crowd on a hot summer night in Niwot. Tim Ostdiek and Jenny opened the evening with an hour of folk rock tunes, including familiar songs as well as originals by Ostdiek, who has produced several CD's including his latest, titled "The Lost Days." Ostdiek and his partner, Jenny Balagna, are based out of Longmont, and have been entertaining crowds at Rock & Rails...

  • Rutherford and Booth shine at All-State game

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High School's softball season ended last fall, but for seniors Autumn Rutherford and Anne Booth, the last game of the season came in June. Rutherford and Booth were selected to play in the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) All-State game June 12 at Rawlings Field in Pueblo. Niwot softball coach Bobby Matthews said, "Players are selected by coaches who are members and teams are put together from all classifications." Rutherford and Booth played for the Blue team, which won...

  • NHS hosts baseball camp for NYS players

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High Baseball coach Ken Rosales and his staff, along with players from the 2024 squad, hosted a week-long camp for Niwot Youth Sports players June 10 to 14 at the Niwot High School field. Approximately 63 campers worked on drills from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. before finishing each day with a scrimmage. Drills included agility games, baserunning, hitting, bunting, fielding, throwing and pitching. Rosales and pitching coach Greg Wilcox expressed hope that players participating would take lessons...

  • NHS baseball racks up post season awards

    Bruce Warren|Jun 12, 2024

    Five Niwot High School Cougars received Longs Peak Conference postseason baseball awards, which were announced by NHS Head Coach, Ken Rosales. Leading the way were juniors Haden Shaw, Charlie Shaw, and Kaige Kennedy, who were named first team All-Conference. Haden Shaw caught most of the varsity games this season, but also took a turn on the mound when needed. He led the Cougars with a .507 batting average and had a team-high 27 RBIs. He received Honorable Mention All-State honors as well....

  • "Peacemaker" fundraiser receives boost

    Bruce Warren|Jun 5, 2024

    The "Peacemaker" bronze sculpture in Niwot's Sculpture Park, on the southwest corner of Niwot Road and 79th Street, is a big step closer to belonging to the community. The Niwot Cultural Arts Association (NCAA), which manages the park pursuant to an agreement with the Cottonwood Park West Homeowners Association and Boulder County, announced that it has received a commitment for a $50,000 donation towards the purchase of the sculpture created by renowned artist Bobbie Carlyle of Loveland. The...

  • "It's my story and I'm sticking to it."

    Joan Schaefer and Bruce Warren|May 29, 2024

    It was the Boulder Library Foundation, not the Boulder Public Library District itself, which released the minutes of the Boulder Public Library District Board of Trustees’ important May 14, 2024, meeting to the public. These minutes are included on the library’s website: Boulder Public Library District -REGULAR MEETING- Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (https://boulderlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/05.14.24-Regular-Meeting-Packet-final.pdf) Specifics about the Gunbarrel library project, including the Gunbarrel lease, costs, other locations con...

  • House Blend Band opens 2024 2nd Avenue concert series

    Bruce Warren|May 22, 2024

    Michael Tomich and Patty Machen were busy most of Saturday, May 18, setting up the stage and sound system for the opening night of the House Blend Band's 2nd Avenue summer concert series that evening. Although a brief windstorm with a few raindrops threatened to delay the start of the popular concert series at 6 p.m., the storm clouds quickly moved through and the show went on. Tomich and Machen, who own The Old Oak Coffeehouse, organize the House Blend Band for the free summer concerts, with...

  • Silver Creek boys take top honors in state swim and dive

    Bruce Warren|May 22, 2024

    Coach Debbie Stewart's Silver Creek swimmers and divers took home the Class 4A state title May 11, scoring 329 points, 62 points ahead of second-place Windsor High School at 267. "The class of 2024 had an amazing run," Stewart said, "finishing first in 2021, second in 2022, second in 2023 and first in 2024." The combined team from Silver Creek and Niwot high schools started strong with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay, with senior Stephen Codevilla leading off, followed by junior Chayakorn...

  • NHS sends three golfers to state

    Bruce Warren|May 22, 2024

    Niwot High School's girls golf team qualified three golfers for the Class 4A state tournament in Colorado Springs, giving the Cougars a chance to place as a team. The regional tournament was held at Twin Peaks Golf Course in Longmont, with 67 girls competing for the 21 state qualifying scores. Junior Alena Kasanicky led the Cougar squad with a fifth-place finish, followed by freshman Wendy Cheruiyot (16) and senior Mina O'Dell (21). "Mina got into a playoff," Coach Ed Weaver said. With a 3-way...

  • Niwot Sanitation District groundbreaking

    Bruce Warren|May 15, 2024

    Niwot Sanitation board members and staff donned hardhats to break ground on a project to bring needed upgrades to the water treatment facility just northwest of 95th Street and Niwot Road on May 13. The project will upgrade the facilities, first built in 1967, to comply with current federal regulations governing wastewater discharge. The deadline for compliance is 2026, a date the District should be able to meet. Board members Jim Jones, Randy Lutz, Jan Swanson, Dick Piland and Jennifer Uhland...

  • NHS girls soccer to state playoffs

    Bruce Warren|May 8, 2024

    The Niwot Cougars will head to Lutheran High School in Parker for the first round of the state Class 4A girls soccer playoffs on Wednesday, May 8. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the 12th-seeded Lutheran Lions hosting Niwot, which finished the season at 8-3-4, giving the Cougars the 22nd seed. Lutheran closed out its 9-4 regular season with a 1-0 loss to Mullen, which is seeded 15th. "I'm excited to see them," Cougar Coach Stephen Dimit said. "They were a finalist last year and finished...

  • Niwot sends five lines to state girls tennis tournament

    Bruce Warren|May 8, 2024

    The Class 4A Region 5 tournament, held at Niwot April 30, saw the Cougars send five lines to the state tennis tournament at Pueblo City Park, with play beginning Thursday, May 9. Erie High School had the best result, sending six lines to the tournament. At No. 1 singles, Niwot's Saha Kolli finished second to Erie's Nanoha Nakamura. Niwot's Tracy Yu won the No. 2 singles final over Stella Rulon of Longmont, 6-4, 6-3. Yu is doing double duty this spring as a member of Niwot's girls soccer team as...

  • 1914 House is closing

    Bruce Warren|May 1, 2024

    Nick Mastronardi, owner of Niwot's 1914 House, announced that the restaurant will be closing at the end of July. In a prepared statement, Mastronardi wrote, "The 1914 House Farewell Tour has begun." He continued, "The economics of the business have reached a point where it is unfortunately unsustainable. Expenses have collectively escalated to levels that exceed our ability to increase prices." Mastronardi cited property taxes, utility costs, labor costs and food costs as contributing factors....

  • Niwot girls golf wins R2J Invite at Olde Course

    Bruce Warren|May 1, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls golf team won top honors at the R2J Invitational hosted by Berthoud High School at the Olde Course in Loveland April 29, and it wasn't close. But it did come with an exclamation point by Wendy Cheruiyot at the end. "We had Mina O'Dell, Wendy Cheruiyot, Addy Murphy and Emmy Hostelley representing Niwot," Coach Ed Weaver said. "Our girls took home the first place trophy by winning the tournament by five strokes. Wendy Cheruiyot made a birdie on her last hole to take...

  • Niwot hires Michael DeCamillis as wrestling coach

    Bruce Warren|May 1, 2024

    Niwot High School Athletic Director Joe Brown announced the hiring of Michael DeCamillis as the new head coach of the school's wrestling program. DeCamillis replaces longtime wrestling coach Bobby Matthews, who stepped down after the season to focus on the NHS softball program, where he is the head coach. In a press release, Brown said, "We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Michael DeCamillis as the new head coach of the Niwot High School Wrestling program. Coach DeCamillis brings a wealth...

  • Sports notes

    Bruce Warren|May 1, 2024

    Niwot Youth Sports Opening day festivities and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 28, was postponed due to wet grounds after the weekend rain. According to NYS Executive Director Pat Longseth, the ceremony will be rescheduled at a later date, yet to be determined. CHSAA Board Niwot High School Athletic Director Joe Brown was elected to the board of directors of the Colorado High School Activities Association...

  • Niwot Youth Sports Opening Day - Play Ball!

    Bruce Warren|Apr 24, 2024

    It’s been a year in the making, but the Niwot Youth Sports Monarch Improvement Project will be the focus of the Opening Day ceremonies Sunday, April 28, starting at 11 a.m. at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park. The six-field complex, with access off of Highway 52 just west of 79th Street, is now home to a building which includes permanent restrooms, a concession area, and equipment storage space. The facility was built as part of the Monarch Improvement Project, which has raised most of funds to meet the goal of $500,000 for the building and o...

  • Silver Creek boys take 3rd at BOCO Invite

    Bruce Warren|Apr 24, 2024

    The Silver Creek boys swim and dive team performed well at the Boulder County Invitational April 20, finishing third overall out of nine schools, and top among Class 4A schools. The squad, which is a combined team from Silver Creek and Niwot High, coached by Debbie Stewart, had several gold medal winners at the Broomfield Community Center. Chayakorn Ngampatipatpong led the Raptor swimmers with first-place finishes in both the 100 breaststroke, with a time of 58.27, and in the 200 individual medl...

  • Wendy Coppersmith takes NHS cheerleading reins

    Bruce Warren|Apr 24, 2024

    When Niwot High Cheerleading Coach Christina Ayers announced she was moving to Castle Rock and could no longer continue coaching the cheer squad, Athletic Director Joe Brown did not have to look far to find her successor. Wendy Coppersmith, who has a wealth of experience as a cheer coach, had already been assisting Ayers this past season, and stepped into the role with plans to make the Niwot cheer program a centerpiece of Cougar spirit. Coppersmith, a resident of Platteville, had been a cheer c...

  • Silver Creek boys swim squad splits with Windsor and Monarch

    Bruce Warren|Apr 17, 2024

    The Silver Creek boys swim team is getting ready for a push as the state Class 4A swimming and diving meet approaches. The squad, which is based out of Silver Creek High School, is a combination of Silver Creek and Niwot High School swimmers and divers, under the direction of long-time coach Debbie Stewart, with athletes from a few other schools also participating. “We just had our biggest week,” Stewart said of dual meets against Windsor High School and Monarch High School, a 5A school, last week. “We beat them by 20 points,” Stewart said of...

  • Niwot LID to meet with county commissioners

    Bruce Warren|Apr 10, 2024

    Minimum wage, master plan, housing costs, Highway 119 underpass, key priorities. Those are the topics Niwot's Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) members hope to take up with the Boulder County Commissioners when the two boards meet at the Left Hand Grange on Thursday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. The annual meeting between the three county commissioners, who govern Niwot as well as the rest of unincorporated Boulder County, and the members of Niwot's most active advisory board, all of...

  • "Be More Like Bert" by Kevin Dooley released

    Bruce Warren|Apr 10, 2024

    Local musician Kevin Dooley was asked to perform at the dedication of a memorial bench outside of Niwot Market last December 16 in honor of Niwot Market owner Bert Steele. The guitarist singer-songwriter quickly accepted the invitation, and set to work writing a song in honor of his long-time friend, who passed away last August after a short illness. Six days later, Dooley performed the song, "Be More Like Bert," at the dedication, incorporating several of Steele's well-known words of wisdom,...

  • Left Hand Laurel Amy Klein

    Bruce Warren|Apr 3, 2024

    At her daughter-in-law's suggestion, Niwot's Amy Klein found a way to combine her love for kids with her love for baking. The result is the fastest growing chapter of Cake4Kids in the country. For her volunteer efforts, Klein is the April 2024 recipient of a Left Hand Laurel. "My daughter-in-law moved to California and told me about it four years ago," Klein recalled. The non-profit organization is based in California, but has chapters all over the country, but Klein discovered that Colorado...

  • City of Boulder works with Tribal Representatives to develop plan for Fort Chambers site

    Bruce Warren|Apr 3, 2024

    The City of Boulder, through its Open Space and Mountain Parks Department, announced an effort to seek public input on a collaborative land stewardship plan to be developed for the site of the former Fort Chambers near Boulder Creek, just east of 63rd Street and south of Jay Road in the Gunbarrel area. The city purchased the property in 2018. The city has recently worked with Arapaho and Cheyenne Tribal Representatives on a plan to use the land, now owned by the City of Boulder, to acknowledge...

  • NHS principals new and old speak to Niwot Business Association members

    Bruce Warren|Mar 20, 2024

    The Niwot Business Association (NBA) took the show on the road to Niwot High School on March 12 for its monthly meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Niwot High School Education Foundation, and after a short business meeting, NBA members heard from the Superintendent of Schools for the St. Vrain Valley School District, Don Haddad, and Niwot High School Principal, Eric Rauschkolb. Haddad, former principal at Niwot High School, spoke of the success of the school district, "We have the highest...

  • NHS wrestling coach Bobby Matthews steps down

    Bruce Warren|Mar 20, 2024

    Niwot High School wrestling coach Bobby Matthews decided it was time to do something different in the sport. In a social media post, Matthews said, "In November I made the decision that the 2023-24 season would be my last as a wrestling coach. Twenty-two years is a long time. I want to thank all the wrestlers who I have had the pleasure of coaching over the past 22 years. I will still be around the sport as I will move over to the officiating side. I will continue coaching softball and...

  • LID approves funding for Grange improvements

    Bruce Warren|Mar 13, 2024

    The Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) met March 5 at the Niwot Inn to consider funding requests from the Left Hand Grange No. 9 for improvements to the Grange Hall, now owned by Niwot Community Hall, a newly formed non-profit organization. The meeting began with an introduction of Carla Hunter, the newest member of the committee, who was appointed to fill the resident vacancy held by Lisa Rivard, who did not apply for reappointment. LEFT HAND GRANGE Left Hand Grange No....

  • Carlyle's "Peacemaker" to be purchased by NCAA

    Bruce Warren|Mar 6, 2024

    Niwot's Sculpture Park at the southwest corner of Niwot Road and 79th Street was home to the iconic Native American tree carvings of the late Eddie Running Wolf for over a decade, but since the recent removal of the deteriorating tree carvings for restoration, another artist's bronze art has become the link to Niwot's Native American heritage. Artist Bobbie Carlyle of Loveland, whose work is collected internationally, created the bronze sculpture christened "Peacemaker" which greets visitors...

  • QuikTrip purchases property at CO 119 and CO 52

    Bruce Warren|Feb 28, 2024

    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...

  • Valentine's Day crash in Niwot leads to arrest

    Bruce Warren|Feb 21, 2024

    Late in the afternoon of Feb. 14, a high-speed chase ended with a two-car collision on Niwot Road near the Niwot High School football field. Multiple reports were made on social media of a vehicle speeding east on Niwot Road across the Diagonal Highway, followed by Boulder County Sheriff's officers and Colorado State Patrol vehicles on Valentine's Day, ending in a collision near Niwot High School. The crash resulted in the speeding vehicle rolling onto its top and crashing into the chain link...

  • NBA re-elects officers, discussed minimum wage, underpass, and events

    Bruce Warren|Feb 21, 2024

    The annual meeting of the Niwot Business Association on Feb. 13 saw the re-election of all current officers and directors. Eric Bergeson of the Niwot Wheel Works and The Wheel House will again serve as president, Deborah Fowler of Slifer Smith & Frampton real estate will continue as vice-president, Nancy Bureau of Left Hand Animal Hospital returns as secretary, and Mary Coonce of Porchfront Homes was re-elected as treasurer. All four officers ran unopposed for one-year terms, and their...

  • NHS cheerleaders perform contest routine

    Bruce Warren|Feb 21, 2024

    Everyone attending Niwot High School's final home basketball game of the season Tuesday, Feb. 13, was treated to a special halftime show by the NHS cheerleaders. Both the Cougar boys and girls basketball teams posted a victory over Fort Morgan on senior night, and the NHS cheerleaders were out in force to support the teams. During halftime at the boys game, the cheerleaders rolled out a foam mat and performed the routine they have been working on for months for a cheerleading competition in...

  • LID approves funding for 2nd Avenue summer concerts and Lucky Niwot Day

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    The House Blend Band is back for a fourth summer of concerts on Second Avenue. The Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) approved funding for the popular concerts, now known as 2nd Avenue Concert Series, based on an application from the Niwot Business Association, presented by Michael Tomich and Patty Machen of The Old Oak Coffeehouse. Tomich explained that there would be five concerts this summer beginning May 18, an increase of one over last year. The headliner for the...

  • Niwot author Paul Gibb and "Haunted by Hiroshima"

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    Paul Gibb grew up in a family with a father who worked on the Manhattan Project, and a mother who was an anti war activist. The Niwot resident described his first novel, "Haunted by Hiroshima," to a standing-room-only audience at Inkberry Books Feb. 10, saying, "I've rewritten the lives of my parents. It's been wonderful therapy for me. Growing up I could feel the tension." Gibb grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts, where the Manhattan Project, processing uranium and plutonium for use in atomic...

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