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  • Familiar Face - Donna Guerra

    Gene Fuller|Nov 15, 2023

    Donna Guerra has been the cheerful face behind the counter at Boulder Cleaners in the Jerry Sinor building on 79th Street in Niwot's Cottonwood Square shopping center for 32 years. Guerra began working at the shop in 1991 when it was owned by Rozanne Penka, and known as Sew-Clean Shoppe. Although Penka sold the business several years later, Guerra continued to work at the shop for the new owners. Penka, who was a familiar face in the cleaners business for many years, continues to do alterations...

  • Boulder County Library District funding and Trustees

    Gene Fuller and Bruce Warren|Oct 25, 2023

    On Oct. 4, Boulder County Library District Board of Trustees President Joni Teter announced that the 2024 library budget will be presented at public board hearings at the main library at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder on Oct. 10 and 24 at 6 p.m. An Oct. 6 memo from David Farnan, Library Director, and Jennifer Phares, Director of Administration, to the Boulder Library District Board of Trustees, stated, “The recommended 2024 library district budget is $38,619,172. The simplest explanation of this amount is that the inaugural 2024 budget s...

  • Niwot Historical Society presents haunted west lecture

    Gene Fuller|Oct 18, 2023

    The Niwot Historical Society's Then & Now Lecture Series will feature award-winning cinematographer, director, writer, and lecturer Ethan "E.S." Knightchilde who will tell stories of the haunted Old West, both real and folklore, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Left Hand Grange. Knightchilde is an author, film maker and lecturer on old western towns and mining settlements. His award-winning film, "Ghosts of the West: The End of the Bonanza Trail," was praised as the highest rated,...

  • Familiar Faces - House Blend Band is a Love Story

    Gene Fuller|Oct 4, 2023

    Michael Tomich and Patty Machen have owned The Old Oak Coffeehouse since 2017. In 2019, they also formed The House Blend Band. The original three-piece band started small, performing inside the coffee house. But soon, they had to move outside to perform because there was not enough room inside for the band and the audience. The band would eventually grow to the current eight members, and often features additional cameo appearances by Old Oak Coffeehouse staff members. The House Blend Band...

  • Story Behind the Name - Farmers Ditch

    Gene Fuller and Elise S. Marylander|Sep 27, 2023

    It seems anytime you look at a map of the area, you see a reference to "Farmers Ditch." Farmers Ditch basically travels from Boulder Creek, meanders by Lake Valley Estates off of Niwot Road, and ends at the west shore of Boulder Reservoir. It was constructed in 1862 and is managed by The Farmers Ditch Company. There are several other ditches carved into the county which all have water supply and farming irrigation as their impetus. There is Star Ditch, Johnson Ditch, Hinman Ditch, Boulder &...

  • The Niwot black bear (ursus niwotus)

    Gene Fuller|Sep 20, 2023

    The recent incident of a black bear attacking and killing a goat in the Dry Creek-Meadowdale subdivision area of Niwot has Niwot residents concerned. Rob Gordon, a twenty-year Niwot resident and the friendly face behind the counter at Niwot Liquor on Second Avenue, had reported in July of last year as having seen eight bears at the intersection of Second Avenue and Franklin Street. Gordon was watering grass for the Niwot Business Association when he saw the bears. He turned to get his camera...