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 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...

 

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...

 

"Resilient" Cougars fall in softball regionals

Though it was the perfect fall day for outdoor sports, the outcome of a pair of games for Niwot High School's Varsity softball team was less enjoyable. The team, which had played increasingly well in...

 

Niwot's windy Oktoberfest

A windy Saturday didn't dampen Niwot's Oktoberfest spirits. The weather did, however, cause tossed signs, fallen chairs outside of The Wheel House, and fewer people participating in outdoor activities...

 

Niwot's newest food truck

Anyone looking for dining options while at The Wheel House or Whistlestop Park might have noticed there's a new food truck in town. In August, La Musette opened on Murray Street between the entrance...

 

A Rock & Rails favorite wins GABF gold following turbulent Covid 19 experience

Blood Orange Kolsch, brewed by Crystal Springs Brewing Company in nearby Louisville, took home gold at the recent Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony, held earlier this month in Denver....

 

Fritz Family Brewers medals at the North American Beer Awards

NIwot's Fritz Family Brewers took home their first medal at the North American Beer Awards for their Export Lager, a Dortmunder. "The competition is a fairly large one, held in Idaho Falls every...

 

Farow Restaurant is open for business

On Sept. 17, Farow Restaurant (7916 Niwot Rd., Niwot) opened to the public, just a few months after announcing it was taking over the former Lucky Pie space in Cottonwood Square. So far, the...

 

Cougar pride on display for homecoming

Niwot community pride was on display during last weekend's homecoming events. Friday afternoon's bright sun and cool temperatures set the stage for the parade, which returned following a...

 

Bootstrap Brewing wins GABF Gold

Niwot-born Bootstrap Brewing has once again medaled at this year's Great American Beer Festival awards. The brewery received a gold medal for Stick's Pale Ale, a win which placed it among 20 other...

 

Niwot's bookstores hold readings that support kids' emotional wellness

A pair of bookstore readings this past weekend supported the mental health of some of Niwot's youngest residents. Both readings were less of a traditional presentation and more hands on, which worked...

 

Boulder County holds first public meeting on proposed bikeway

On Aug. 30, Boulder County residents learned more about plans for the proposed CO 119 bikeway between Boulder and Longmont through a community meeting sponsored by the county. According to county...

 

RAKD helps Niwot get fit one person at a time

A lot of people may have gotten healthier over the summer and want to take their fitness to the next level. Or, they still may be struggling to take off their pandemic pounds. One of Cottonwood...

 

Yesteryear Farm show draws appreciative crowds

Who says that the past has to be confined to the pages of a book? Last weekend, history was on a field and in attendees' living memories. After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, Longmont's...

 

Niwot Troop 161 welcomes new scouts

Niwot Boy Scout pack 161 resumed in-person meetings on Monday, Aug. 23 at Whistle Stop Park. The boys, leadership, and parents were pleased to conduct their meetings in real life rather than online....

 

Honey Bee Harvest Festival brings mead to Niwot

Though Niwot can lay claim to fame as the original home of major craft brewing talent, a different beverage, mead, had its chance to shine during last weekend's Honey Bee Harvest Festival. Bartenders...

 

Back-to-school season starts off strong, but challenges remain

It's been a week since students, teachers, and staff started the new school year. After the pandemic created an unconventional, some would say difficult, year of learning, returning to full-time,...

 

Masks required indoors as students, teachers and staff head back to school

The school community was hopeful that when they returned to school this fall masks would not be required in SVVSD schools. As it turns out, that won't be the case. Following guidance from Boulder...

 

Preservation work begins on Eddie Running Wolf sculptures

Some of the most dramatic pieces of public art in Niwot are three works created by the gifted artist Eddie Running Wolf, who passed away last summer. Unfortunately the tree carvings aren't holding up...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 28, 2021

Wanda Fisher retires from Bank of Estes Park

Things are changing at the Bank of Estes Park in Niwot. Long term vice president and Branch President Wanda Fisher is retiring after 27 years. "It's been a long time. A lot of my customers through...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 28, 2021

Niwot author honored with Colorado Book Award

Niwot-based author R.L. Maizes' latest book, Other People's Pets, has something new to celebrate. On June 26, her latest book was named as the winner of the 2021 Colorado Book Award for General...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 14, 2021

Rock & Rails finds mid-season groove

Like a lot of other well-loved community activities, last year Rock & Rails faced cancellation in the wake of pandemic health concerns. But 2021 is a new year, and things are beginning to reopen....

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    July 7, 2021

Farow Restaurant to open in former Lucky Pie space

Since Lucky Pie closed its doors last August, many have been wondering what business might replace it. Finally, it looks like the community may have its answer. Area chefs Lisa and Patrick Balcom...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 30, 2021

Niwot Tavern reopens for dine-in service

Known for the past 14 months for takeout and outdoor concerts that offered a safe outdoor community gathering spot during COVID-19, Niwot Tavern has officially reopened for sit down service indoors. O...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 30, 2021

Area farmer asks for return of six-foot rooster

Niwot area farmer Colter Hoyt took to social media to try to encourage the return of a valued farm gateway decoration – a six-foot tall decorative rooster whose previous home was the gateway of his...

 
 By Deborah Cameron    News    June 23, 2021

Niwot celebrates blacksmith shop centennial

It's possible to feel the past when you walk down Niwot's historic 2nd Avenue. In a few days, residents will be able to celebrate it with a commemoration of the building at 124 2nd Avenue, which was...

 

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