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Arts Student of the Week Rae Sweeney

Niwot High School student Rae Sweeney has been an outstanding leader of the Niwot High School Color Guard for the last two seasons. The Color Guard performs with the marching band at football...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Ian Springsteen

When Niwot High School music students traveled to Europe for two weeks last summer, visiting Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, one of the highlights of the trip for violinist Ian Springsteen...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Allison Gundmundson

When Allison Gundmundson was in elementary school, she learned that Candlelight Dinner Playhouse hosted acting classes that included children. Whenever she could find the time, Gundmundson would join...

 

Arts Student of the Week - River Osgood

According to his teacher Laura Walters, River Osgood has been one of the most dedicated choir students at Niwot High School during his four-year tenure. Currently he is in three of the NHS choirs,...

 

Arts Student of the Week Sara Hallock

"When I was a freshman at Niwot High School," Sara Hallock said, "it was all online learning because of Covid. We had to learn everything through books and articles. Once we got to in-person learning,...

 

Arts Student of the Week Abby White

“Music,” Abby White says, “is important to so many aspects of life. It uses so many different parts of your brain in different ways than you would get from academics. And that has really helped...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Hayden Baldwin

Niwot High School senior Hayden Baldwin performs in the NHS Marching Band and two of the high school choirs: Tenor/Bass Choir and Evenstar. “Out of the two,” Baldwin said, “by far my favorite...

 

Arts Student of the Week Natalie Fitches

This week's Arts Student of the Week, Natalie Fitches, is a percussionist who started out playing mallets and auxiliary instruments in her middle school band. Fitches joined the band in seventh...

 

Martin Marks releases new single

On Aug 19, singer, songwriter, and teacher Martin Marks, music director at The Niwot Gig (https://theniwotgig.com/), released his new music video and single, "All The Dad She Has." Working with...

 

Arts Student of the Week Kalah Jackson

According to Kalah Jackson, the Arts Student of the Week, when she got her first jewelry commission it opened a new world of possibilities for her future. Jackson saw creating jewelry as a potential...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Ash Kissinger

Ash Kissinger, a sophomore at Niwot High School, got involved in theater almost by accident. "I never really intended on getting into it seriously, it just kind of happened," Kissinger said. Now, he...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    August 30, 2023

"Street Life City View" by photographer Kenneth Wajda at Inkberry Books

"Street Life City View," the new exhibit by photographer Kenneth Wajda, opens at Inkberry Books on Friday, Sept. 1. According to Wajda, the images in the exhibit are representative of a genre called...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    August 23, 2023

Guilty plea in the Tally Ho Fire

On Friday Aug. 11, Helena Syrovatkova, the woman accused of starting the Gunbarrel Tally Ho fire in 2022, pleaded guilty to charges of “firing woods or prairie” for causing a fire, through criminal negligence, that resulted in damage to the yards...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Lily Sykes

According to Lily Sykes, Arts Student of the Week, "Music is a beautiful mix between emotion and mathematics." Sykes believes that is what draws her to it. "Music theory is fundamentally based in...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    August 16, 2023

The Man Behind the Sound

When Robin Abb ("Rockin' Robin") and the Niwot Business Association came up with the idea for Niwot's Rhythm on the Rails summer concert series in 2005 when the bandstand was built in Whistle Stop...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    August 16, 2023

Proposed Extension of Boulder County's 0.05% Countywide Sales and Use Tax

Discussion of the proposed extension of the Open Space sales and use tax to further accomplish Boulder County's open space goals was among the ballot measures which were discussed during the Boulder...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    June 21, 2023

Tom Theobald's beehives get a clean up

On Tuesday evening, June 13, and again on Wednesday, June 14, a group of board members from the Boulder County Beekeepers' Association (BCBA) participated in a beehive clean-up in remembrance of...

 

Art Student of the Week: Edward Amsbaugh

One of the first jewelry pieces Edward Amsbaugh had accepted in an art exhibit was the first piece he ever created. "It was a deer head," Amsbaugh said, "that I cut from a 2 x 2 piece of metal. By han...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    June 7, 2023

First Friday Art Walk

Sandwiched between Thursday's first Rock & Rails concert of the season and Saturday's much-anticipated Niwot Lobsterfest, Niwot's First Friday Art Walk had fewer visitors than anticipated. But...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    May 31, 2023

Learning to Fly: Hot air balloons in Boulder County

Often on a clear, crisp morning when the weather is fine and the wind is calm, Niwot residents who are lucky enough to be out early may get a view of a slow moving, brightly colored train of balloons...

 

Art Student of the Week Paola Ramirez

Niwot High School trumpet player Paola Ramirez has found inspiration for her music in many places. She is a big fan of Colorado musician Greg Gisbert. "I love seeing him play," Ramirez said. "He...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Autumn Rutherford

Autumn Rutherford has been taking ceramics courses since her freshman year at Niwot High School. Now enrolled in Advanced Ceramics, she first started learning ceramics in middle school and thoroughly...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Joshua Ibarra-Trujillo

Before Joshua Ibarra-Trujillo became a musician, he was not a big music fan. "I just listened to it and didn't think much of it," Ibarra-Trujillo confessed. But in December 2019 the romantic comedy...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    Education    May 3, 2023

Arts Student of the Week Kaiya Brown

When spotlights illuminate a theater set on opening night, the audience is usually unaware of the work that has gone into making sure that the world they see on stage provides a safe environment for...

 

Arts Student of the Week - Prugh Dunfee

Even though she is only a freshman, Arts Student of the Week Prugh Dunfee has already chalked up an impressive list of accomplishments in her first year at Niwot High School. She is a member of the...

 

Arts Student of the Week Jasper Allison

Jasper Allison has been listening to music and playing drums his entire life. "Music has always been a necessity for me," Allison said. "I don't think of it as an interest, but rather a part of my...

 

Arts Student of the Week Micah McGhee

A few weeks before opening night, students from Erie Middle School came to see a special performance of Niwot High School's "Beauty and the Beast." "All the kids absolutely loved it!" said NHS...

 

Arts Student of the Week Claire Plath

As a technical theater student at Niwot High School, Claire Plath has had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of theater production. From set design and construction to lighting and sound, she...

 

Arts Student of the Week Sarah Depestele

When she was five years old, Sarah Depestele loved to watch her father sketch cars. "That's when I started drawing seriously," Depestele said. "And that's because my dad loved drawing cars. He drew a...

 

Arts Student of the Week Kennah Brackett

Arts Student of the Week Kennah Brackett first became passionate about music in middle school when she started taking music courses and composing. "Music gives me a warm, comforting feeling that...

 

Arts Student of the Week Anastasia Williams

As a young girl, Anastasia Williams loved the sound of the flute. "I can't remember a time when it wasn't my favorite instrument," Williams said. "When I was in third grade, I started taking flute...

 

Arts Student of the Week Gwen Ashack

"Twins," The philosopher Hippocrates once conjectured, "are like one another for the following reasons. First, the places are alike in which they grow; then they were secreted together; then they...

 

Arts Student of the Week Mimi Archibold

Mimi Archibold, this week's Arts Student of the Week, was motivated to become an actress by watching her sisters, and she had many to choose from. Archibold has eight older siblings. "When I was...

 

Arts Student of the Week Hannah Geiling

Although she has experimented with many artistic mediums, including painting, drawing with graphite and pen and ink, ceramics, and multimedia sculptures, Niwot High School senior Hannah Geiling most...

 

Arts Student of the Week - Najla Onofre Valles

"Ever since I was in elementary school," Najla Onofre Valles admits, "I've been wanting to use a guitar and learn how to play it. I just thought it would be something really fun to do." Valles, who...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    January 11, 2023

Let's Wine About Winter 2023

After a brief hiatus, Let's Wine About Winter, one of Niwot's most popular events, is scheduled to return to Niwot on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Suspended for two years, one of the many...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Greta Stauch

Greta Stauch has a passion for choral music. The Niwot High School sophomore describes the music as "a group of people attempting to blend their voices into one sound with as much beauty as...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Aiden Sagner

"There is a kind of closeness in the theater," the musical composer John Kander once said. "The rehearsal pianist, the head carpenter, the stage manager, the star of the show-all are family." Niwot...

 

Students from Sunset Middle School and Niwot High School selected to Colorado All State Choir

Four Sunset Middle School students and nine Niwot High School students have been selected to perform in the Spring 2023 Colorado All State choirs. Charlotte Stauch, Bryce Grayless, Athil Henderson...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Sebastian Aguirre

During the first week of December, the Niwot High School Jazz Band played in an unusual venue. Instead of performing in the school auditorium, where such performances have been held in the past, the...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Mya Wells

Arts Student of the Week Mya Wells has fond memories of the music that surrounded her during her childhood in California. "My mom was born in Mexico. In the morning she'd sing mariachi songs while...

 

Art Student of the Week: ReyLynn Killinger

Although ReyLynn Killinger specializes in beautifully drafted, intricate graphite portraits, the Niwot High School senior gets especially excited when she talks about her work as a make-up artist. "I...

 

Arts Student of the Week Paige Ioerger

For someone who has always been interested in theater, Paige Ioerger knew at an early age that acting was not her calling. "I did a little of it when I was young," Ioerger said, "but I've stepped...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Mark Crochiere

If there is one art form Niwot High School senior Mark Crochiere would encourage people to try, it would be ceramics. "Just try out ceramics," Crochiere says. "It's not for everyone, but you can't...

 

"Noises Off" Opening at Niwot High School on Nov. 10, 2022

By the time the curtain rises for the opening night of the Niwot High School theater production "Noises Off," the student actors and stage crew will have clocked more than 150 hours of rehearsal...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Shefali Joshi

Shefali Joshi has an earnest curiosity about the world which lights up her face when she talks about her studies and her plans for the future. This curiosity led the Niwot High School sophomore to tak...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    October 26, 2022

Farmers Insurance welcomes new owner

Niwot's local Farmers Insurance office is under new ownership. As of Oct. 1, 2022, Lindsey Cumberland became the new owner of the Leigh Suskin Agency, located in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center. Cum...

 

Arts Student of the Week Sophie Arnett-Simon

In seventh grade, Sophie Arnett-Simon traveled with her family to New York City for spring break. While they were there, they saw "Wicked" on Broadway. The moment the show started, Arnett-Simon knew t...

 

Art Student of the Week: Kaitlyn Duncan

Discipline is a trait Kaitlyn Duncan developed at an early age. Duncan, the Niwot High School Arts Student of the Week, is a section leader in the Niwot Band flute section. Growing up, she tried to...

 
 By Gene Hayworth    News    October 12, 2022

Colorado Landmark Realtors Acquired by Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (SSF)

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (SSF), an independent brokerage firm headquartered in Avon, Colorado, with 34 offices located throughout Denver, the Vail Valley, Summit County and the Roaring...

 

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