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Biff Warren inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame

Niwot attorney, co-founder of the Left Hand Valley Courier, longtime Niwot resident and (extremely) active community member, Bruce "Biff" Warren, received yet another honor this week. Partner and foun...

 

Rock & Rails closes out a successful season

Rock & Rails' second complete season following pandemic interruptions was a notable success. A full slate of musical acts played each Thursday between Jun. 2 and Aug. 25 and included 26 musical...

 

NHS Softball Prevails twice, then falls to Frederick on Saturday

This week, NHS softball showed that they are willing to make a sustained and focused effort no matter what, even if positive results aren't always assured. On Tuesday, the team came out ahead against...

 

NHS softball team has busy homecoming week

As if NHS homecoming week events weren’t exciting enough, Niwot’s softball team played in a tournament at Barnes Softball Complex in Loveland. The schedule stretched through four games from Friday to Saturday, with Friday’s play leaving the...

 

Local Business Hall of Famer Carol Riggs talks about Sturtz and Copeland's past and her future

Although she grew up in Littleton, Colorado, when Carol Riggs came north to attend CU Boulder, she found a home in East Boulder County. In the years after graduation she worked at, then purchased and...

 

NHS softball team has a mixed week of play

Although Niwot High School's softball team has been off to a strong start and is showing a strong sense of teamwork, this week saw the girls continue to experience both the highs and the lows of...

 

NHS softball team ends week with new pitching

Last Saturday's Niwot High School girl's softball double-header was something of a "wildcat" contest as the Cougars battled the Lyons Lions and the Peak to Peak Pumas. Junior Jenna Hobson and Maddie...

 

Niwot High School Softball Second Baseman named Max Preps Player of the Week

This week's Student Athlete of the Week is Niwot Senior Softball player Zoie Chociej, who was named Max Prep's first national softball player of the week for the 2022-2023 season. According to the...

 

Hazel Miller closes out Rock and Rails 2022 season

For years, beloved Colorado performer Hazel Miller has been part of the annual Rock & Rails lineup. Fans have packed her performances for a night of blues and boogie among friends and neighbors. W...

 

A winning opening week for Niwot Varsity Softball

After a challenging first away game at Frederick High School, Niwot varsity softball went on to a pair of victories and an overall winning record for the opening week of the season. "I feel pretty...

 

Quemando spices up Thursday's Rock & Rails stage

Residents who've been fine-tuning their Latin ballroom dance moves in Cottonwood Square will have their chance to shine when Quemando takes the stage at this week's Rock & Rails. The band is well...

 

Face Vocal Band comes to Niwot with one of Cody Qualls last performances

Face Vocal Band, the beloved a cappella band that has been featured on both local stages and in venues as elevated as Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks, The Broncos' Empower Field, and the Edinburgh Festival...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    August 3, 2022

Last Men on Earth at Rock & Rails

There's one person who commands the Rock & Rails stage more than once during the course of this season, and it's Mark Trippanese, frontman for Last Men on Earth. While he also leads The Long Run,...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 27, 2022

Twenty Hands High at Rock & Rails

There aren't many bands fans can hear at Rock & Rails and also enjoy in a store's music feed while shopping at WalMart, Target or elsewhere. But that's the case for Twenty Hands High, the...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 20, 2022

Two area breweries take home four medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championships

Two local breweries recently medaled in the coveted U.S. Beer Cup. Niwot-born Bootstrap Brewing took home gold for its often awarded Wreak Havoc Imperial Red and a silver for its Chillax Pineapple...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 20, 2022

Spotlight on The Eagles as the Long Run comes to Rock & Rails

The Eagles is the kind of music that whenever it's played it's hard to keep from tapping your feet or humming along. Fans know the songs, though many prefer one style of the group's songs over...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 13, 2022

Sammy Mayfield at this week's Rock & Rails

Master blues guitarist Sammy Mayfield comes to this week's Rock & Rails stage after playing with a list of major gospel, soul and blues musical legends. During his time as musical director with...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 6, 2022

Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee Chris Daniels plays Rock & Rails

It's not every day that a double billing from the Colorado Music Hall of Fame graces the Rock & Rails stage. But that's what audiences will get on Thursday when Chris Daniels and the Kings with...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 29, 2022

Tierro Band takes the stage this Thursday

It's a special moment when a local musician can take the stage at Rock & Rails. That's what will happen this Thursday as Tierro Band with Bridget Law headlines. The group is helmed by guitarist,...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 22, 2022

Ron Ivory and One on One

Ron Ivory and his group One on One are a staple of performance venues like Nissi's and Colorado's outdoor community summer concerts. Fans appreciate the blend of Motown, classic soul and old school R&...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 15, 2022

Mojomama headlines this week at Rock & Rails

Mojomama is no stranger to the Rock & Rails stage and each year the award-winning rhythm and blues band is pleased to return. Jessica Rogalski, the band's co-founder and soloist, talked to us abou...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 8, 2022

Meet Atomga, this week's Rock & Rails headliner

This week's Rock & Rails headliner, Atomga, is bringing its signature mix of Afrobeat music infused with jazz, rock, hip hop and funk to Whistlestop Park June 9. The band was co-founded by tenor s...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    May 25, 2022

Local restaurants share recipes for Memorial Day eating and beyond

The Memorial Day kickoff to summer calls for a barbeque, friends, and outdoor lounging. To add to your gatherings, local Niwot chefs from La Musette at The Wheel House and Cimmini's restaurants have...

 

Niwot High leads SVVSD high schools on U.S. News Annual Survey

There's good news for the staff, administration, students, and families of Niwot High School. The school once again ranked well in the recently released 2022 U.S. News and World Report annual schools...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    May 11, 2022

Bootstrap Brewing Medals at World Beer Cup

For the third time, Bootstrap Brewing Company's Wreak Havoc Imperial Red took home a bronze medal at this year's World Beer Cup in the strong red ale category. Beloved in our area, the south Longmont...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    May 4, 2022

Fan's Gas Station in Cottonwood Square Under New Ownership

This past Sunday, there was another change in a well known Niwot-based business. Mala Bo Fan, owner of Fan's Conoco gas station, sold the popular Cottonwood Square-based fueling stop. It will be the s...

 

First Sip: Restaurant Week for drink makers

First Sip, a restaurant week-like event for mixologists and other beverage purveyors, is coming to Boulder April 28 to May 1. You may have noticed all of the social media chatter and advertising...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    April 13, 2022

Photo of the Week (April 13)

A Niwot pup patiently waiting for its owner at The Old Oak....

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    April 13, 2022

What You Need to Know: Boulder Community Foundation and Niwot's Marshall Fire Fundraising effort

The community’s “Small Town Big Heart” fundraising campaign is well underway, and administered by the Community Foundation Boulder County and the statewide organization, Colorado Gives. With this arrangement, an experienced third-party is takin...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    April 6, 2022

Marshall fire fundraising efforts are pushing to reach $100,000 goal

When the community's "Small Town Big Heart" fundraising campaign to help Marshall fire victims kicked off during Apres Ski Weekend at the end of January, coordinator and NBA Vice-President Deborah...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    March 30, 2022

Covid-19 Testing at the Boulder County Fairgrounds ends

The COVID-19 testing service at the Boulder County Fairgrounds is in the process of closing. The site ended its vaccine clinic on March 20, and the last day of testing operations are scheduled to be...

 

Area students helping Marshall fire victims

Months after the Marshall Fire, many of those impacted are still coping with what happened. Area students, fundraising through schools and in conjunction with Niwot businesses, have been doing what th...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    March 9, 2022

Locals asked to aid in lost pet rescue

Many have seen the boldly printed signs alerting Gunbarrel/Niwot residents about a lost dog named Cinder. The dog escaped his newly minted owners on the same day he was adopted from Longmont Humane...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    March 2, 2022

Masks off: locals react to end of Boulder County mandate

As of Feb. 18, Boulder County Public Health's two public health orders requiring masks in public indoor spaces expired. For the first time in months, no one was forced to wear face coverings inside,...

 

Left Hand Grange kicks off farm series with Ollin Farms

Left Hand Grange is going to be helping the community get to know local growers this season by hosting a series of farm-related mini-talks. The lead two events in the series will be a pair of...

 

Small Town Big Heart sets events to aid fire victims

After a strong start during the Après Ski weekend which raised $2,113 for families affected by the Marshall fire, Niwot's benefit events are continuing. A pair of events that combine dining and music...

 

Dance and theatre company coming to Niwot

Though it doesn't seem possible, Niwot's arts scene is about to grow larger. The Niwot Play Company is bringing dance and theater classes to the heart of the community. The organization is run by...

 

'Small Town, Big Heart' benefits coming to Niwot

Although much of the publicity has died down in the month since the Marshall Fires, Niwot community members are continuing to rally to help victims of the tragedy. Stepping up now is as important as...

 

New owners for It's Only Natural Gifts

Though many didn't realize it at the time, last June there was a change to one of Niwot's longest-standing businesses. It's Only Natural Gifts, located next to Niwot Real Estate at the intersection... Full story

 

Helping our neighbors: area residents and businesses respond to Marshall Fire tragedy

When the Marshall Fire devastated the communities of Louisville and Superior, Niwot community members were eager to help. In the immediate days after the tragedy, many went above and beyond. For...

 

Qualified Listeners hears what veterans are saying

Veterans in Niwot and elsewhere need a lot of support, including listening, advocacy and concrete resources for healing. A local nonprofit, Qualified Listeners, has been providing these services for...

 

Ring in 2022 with cocktail recipes from Niwot mixologists

This New Year's Eve will see many celebrating the start of 2022 by staying in with friends. If you're one of those who are planning a Niwot night at home, three of our area's local drink masters have...

 

Beyond the Mountain Brewery celebrates 4th anniversary

Last Saturday, Gunbarrel's Beyond the Mountain Brewing Company celebrated its fourth anniversary. The brewery, known for a love of both craft beer and music, had both on site for the event with a pair...

 

Creekside Nursery's Christmas tree lot brings holiday cheer

Families in search of a live Christmas tree have their pick of options, but each December many find themselves at Creekside Nursery's Christmas Tree lot at 95th Street and Niwot Road. "We draw new...

 

Can you build a better gingerbread house?

It's December so gingerbread house decorating is easy to find in seasonal magazines and televised baking shows. Constructing them can be difficult and the best ones stand out because of their...

 

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

The Niwot and Gunbarrel areas have their share of exceptionally talented chefs, some of whom have just opened or expanded restaurants in the past year. Each has expressed appreciation for working out...

 

2021 Niwot Holiday Gift Guide

When it's time to purchase holiday gifts this year, you can always pull out your keyboard and order gifts from Amazon or purchase something from a chain retailer at the mall. But local stores here...

 

Niwot's Great Pumpkin Party draws happy revelers

Niwot got a little spooky last Saturday, as costumed revelers of all ages flocked to Cottonwood Square and then filled 2nd Avenue for the town's Annual Great Pumpkin Party. Although nearby Longmont...

 

Local resident compiles a history of Niwot restaurants

Remember when Niwot Tavern used to be Flanagan's Pub? Or when Pinnochio's used to be Treppeda's? Or when 1914 House used to be Reverend Taylors? Though some may not realize it, Niwot has always been...

 

Operation Gratitude wants your Halloween candy

Children can bring home an enormous amount of candy after trick or treating on Halloween. Not only can it be more of a load than they can carry easily -- that much candy isn't healthy. Now anyone who...

 

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