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 By Emily Long    News    November 11, 2020

Boulder Country program brings local produce and education to child care centers

In Boulder County, a program called Farm to Early Care & Education (Farm to ECE) is helping change how some of our littlest citizens view new and strange fresh fruits and vegetables. The program,...

 
 By Emily Long    News    October 28, 2020

Jack's Solar Garden creates Artist on the Farm residency

For several months, artist Rachael Scala visited Jack's Solar Garden weekly to gain inspiration for a series of large scale multimedia sculptural pieces of art. Her process was time and resource...

 
 By Emily Long    News    October 21, 2020

Niwot author publishes debut novel

R.L. Maizes is a Niwot local whose debut novel "Other People's Pets" is set in a fictional small town on the front range of Colorado. For Maizes, setting the book in Colorado was a natural choice....

 
 By Emily Long    News    October 14, 2020

Harness Energy makes the move to Niwot

Harness Energy is a small business that provides meteorological measurement services to renewable energy developers and operators across North America. They will be moving their headquarters to Niwot...

 

Three Niwot High students honored as National Merit Semifinalists

When high school students take the preliminary scholastic assessment test (PSAT) in their junior year, some know that they are starting down a long path that could open college doors wide for them....

 
 By Emily Long    News    September 16, 2020

Local commercial real estate market is evolving

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the commercial real estate market in Niwot and surrounding communities in Boulder County was robust. While some properties such as the former Colterra restaurant have...

 
 By Emily Long    News    September 9, 2020

First Friday Art Walk marks return to Niwot

The First Friday Art Walk returned to Niwot on Friday, Sept. 4, after a five-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The town was bustling with perhaps the largest crowd out and about since the...

 
 By Emily Long    News    September 2, 2020

St. Vrain Rotary merges with Niwot Rotary Club

The Rotary Club was founded over a century ago in Chicago, and since then, the organization has advanced to nearly every corner of the globe, including several local clubs in the Left Hand Valley and...

 
 By Emily Long    News    August 26, 2020

Social distancing service opportunity at Jack's Solar Garden

Jack's Solar Garden met several milestones over the past few months. The experimental agrivoltaic farm and solar power plant in South Longmont on 95th Street is on track to start delivering power...

 
 By Emily Long    News    August 5, 2020

Niwot artist handcrafts mugs for virtual Sunrise Stampede winners

The Sunrise Stampede is one of the many local events to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite everything, the 35th annual race will still be held this weekend on Aug 6-8, albeit virtually....

 
 By Emily Long    News    July 29, 2020

Preschool should be almost as usual in the fall

The littlest children in the Left Hand Valley will get to have a relatively normal school experience this fall. Childcare was deemed as an essential service in March and some preschool facilities,...

 
 By Emily Long    News    July 22, 2020

Trying to find local food this summer?

The local food scene in the Left Hand Valley is normally thriving in the summer. Things are more complicated this year. In the past, farmers could depend on connecting directly with their customers...

 
 By Emily Long    News    July 8, 2020

New restaurant opens in Gunbarrel

Gunbarrel has seen what some might consider more than its fair share of triumphs and trials in the restaurant scene over the past few years, coronavirus aside. That is especially true for the spot...

 
 By Emily Long    News    June 24, 2020

After weeks of online training, children return to gymnastics

Pam Turner opened Airborne Gymnastics and Dance in 1991 in Longmont. On March 12 of this year, the business had over 1000 students between two locations in Longmont and Frederick, and around 75...

 
 By Emily Long    News    June 17, 2020

Local performing arts venues might be the last to reopen in pandemic

Live theater arts in the Left Hand Valley were effectively shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic in March, along with most everything else we gather together to do. While restaurants and shops are sta...

 
 By Emily Long    Education    June 10, 2020

Beloved Niwot teachers and administrator retiring

This year has been strange and challenging for educators everywhere, including in Niwot. In a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, three Niwot teachers and one administrator are retiring and...

 
 By Emily Long    News    June 3, 2020

McCauley Family Farm receives grant for regenerative agriculture

Marcus McCauley has an ambitious personal mission "to heal people and the planet with delicious food." The farm manager and founder of McCauley Family Farm is working toward that goal in a practical...

 
 By Emily Long    News    May 27, 2020

Black Cat Farm experiments with organic pasture cropping

According to Eric Skokan, owner of Black Cat Farm, one of the best resources Boulder County has to offer "is the total quantity of agriculture geeks we have here." This summer, Black Cat Farm is...

 
 By Emily Long    News    May 6, 2020

Ollin Farms rehabilitating Boulder County land with an agricultural grant

Mark Guttridge speaks and walks quickly while casually throwing out phrases like "ultraviolet spectroscopy," "collaborative incubator," and "regenerative agriculture" during the course of a quick...

 
 By Emily Long    News    April 22, 2020

Groundbreaking on Jack's Solar Garden imminent

Here is a ray of sunshine in these dark times; a ray of sunshine, shining on a solar panel, producing energy locally in Longmont for residents of the Left Hand Valley. Jack's Solar Garden, the...

 
 By Emily Long    News    April 15, 2020

New business teaches financial literacy to kids

When Lorne Jenkins was eight years old and his sister was five, they were constantly asking their mom, Ellen Ross, if they could eat out for dinner. "She just got fed up with it, so she posted on the...

 
 By Emily Long    COVID-19    April 8, 2020

Tired of Netflix? These local creators are offering content online

Can you imagine how we would all be feeling if this had happened in the '80s? The question came up in a friendly Zoom conference happy hour recently. How would we have coped in the pre-internet era?...

 
 By Emily Long    COVID-19    March 25, 2020

Video conferencing in a pandemic

It turns out having a big birthday during a global pandemic is a bit of a bummer. March 20, 2020, was a milestone birthday for me: 40. I had been planning to celebrate at a nice restaurant perched on...

 
 By Emily Long    News    March 18, 2020

Niwot's Cathy Olkin sending Lucy to the sky

According to Cathy Olkin, a planetary scientist at Boulder's Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), "Probably you've never heard of Trojan asteroids. They don't really teach that in elementary school wh...

 
 By Emily Long    News    March 11, 2020

'Once upon a time...' in Longmont

In an era of instantaneous digital communication and screens everywhere, the art of traditional storytelling is still alive and thriving in the Left Hand Valley. In March, eight new volunteers will...

 
 By Emily Long    News    February 12, 2020

Bronski family publishes definitive gluten-free pizza cookbook

When South Longmont resident Peter Bronski was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007, the Italian-American author, who came from a New York family with a strong food background, didn't skip a beat....

 
 By Emily Long    News    February 5, 2020

Youth leaders rally for action on climate

Youth leaders came together last weekend in Boulder for a summit on climate change, with a broad call to action on climate, social justice, and inclusivity. The Youth Summit on Climate Change at the...

 
 By Emily Long    News    January 22, 2020

Burns night supper brings Scottish traditions to Niwot

Even if you're not sure who Robert Burns is, you've almost certainly heard one of his most famous poems. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be...

 
 By Emily Long    News    January 15, 2020

New flood maps may surprise some residents

FEMA will soon be implementing new floodplain maps for Boulder County. A move by the county last week to begin community review and appeals for the newly designated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Ma...

 
 By Emily Long    News    January 8, 2020

'Tiny Goat, Big Cheese' Event at Inkberry

When Kate Johnson, author of "Tiny Goat, Big Cheese," started learning about goats and cheesemaking, she didn't realize she was ahead of the curve of a new hip trend sweeping the nation. When Gene...

 

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