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 By Hannah Stewart    News    June 16, 2021 

Boulder County farmers markets cultivating community this summer

In the mid-1980s, a group of local farmers dreamed of having a market, and the Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM)...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    June 2, 2021

Niwot brings back Dancing Under the Stars

The year 2019 saw the end of Boulder's iconic Dancing Under the Stars after 35 years of offering free summer dancing nights...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 26, 2021

Boulder City Council votes to move toward a library district

When the pandemic hit last year, the City of Boulder had to scramble to reallocate funds and resources. The Boulder Library...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 26, 2021

May book review: A Musical Affair

The Courier is partnering with Inkberry Books again, and I've got quite the story for you. The minute I realized...

 

College inequities start early, Niwot teacher pushes back

If a high school student were to look up the average cost of a four-year college in Colorado, they'd likely find a figure...

 

Niwot's Cathy Carter wins SVVSD's Innovative Curriculum Award

Cathy Carter is passionate about math. She also has a passion for empowering both students and teachers, especially when it...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 28, 2021

County commissioners hold meeting to discuss racial inequities

Last week, the Board of County Commissioners announced that there would be a special presentation from the Department of...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 28, 2021

Light at the End of the Tunnel summer concert series kicks off at Old Oak Coffeehouse

Saturday, April 24 marked the first of five concerts hosted by The Old Oak Coffeehouse on 2nd Avenue in Niwot. According to...

 

Niwot sophomore selected to serve as State Thespian Officer

Even when Niwot sophomore Audrey Asbury was a child, she loved music and would run around the house singing. At age five,...

 

IB CAS project activates environmental awareness in student

Niwot senior Maya Beauvineau has a strong connection to the outdoors. From maintaining her chicken coop to participating...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    March 31, 2021

March book review: Goose Summer

This week, we've partnered with Inkberry Books to bring you a review of Carol Samson's short story collection called "Goose...

 

Partners head outdoors to complete CAS project

Niwot students in the IB program are expected to spend 18 months on their CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) projects. That...

 

Senior MacKenzie Demmel runs a successful CAS fundraiser

Niwot senior MacKenzie Demmel seems pleased to have participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and her...

 

NHS student speaks at environmental concerns press conference

The Colorado State Legislature passed HB 19-1261 in 2019 to confront the global climate crisis. A year later, the governor's...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Grable Howie

Niwot senior Grable Howie is passionate about music. His advice to music students: "Take risks, never back down from a...

 

Senior Meriem Krarti re-ignites passion through CAS

As an already-established volunteer at Longmont United Hospital, when it came time to think about CAS (Creativity, Activity,...

 

Niwot senior Ridley Avila on completing CAS

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program was created in 1968 as part of an effort of "creating a better world through...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    March 3, 2021

Library advocates push for the city and county to consider a library district

With the move down to the yellow zone, many businesses and organizations have been able to open up, in spite of COVID. But...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    March 3, 2021

Boulder County finalized new oil and gas regulations

On Dec. 10 last year, the Boulder County Commissioners approved updated Land Use Code regulations that relate to oil and gas...

 

Longmont's story unfolds in historical fiction

Have you ever wondered what life was like in Longmont when settlers first came 150 years ago? If your answer was yes, then...

 

February review: The Lizards of Palm Beach

I always enjoy partnering with Inkberry Books because I've received great recommendations with such interesting titles. This...

 

Decreased COVID restrictions might not bring big changes

The addition of the "purple" on the COVID dial last November made the six color levels more like stepping stones between...

 

Niwot 💗 Valentine's Day

The weather outside was frightful, but businesses along Niwot's 2nd Avenue and in Cottonwood Square went out of their way to...

 

COVID brought new hurdles, but East Side Art Institute is prepared

In January 2020, East Side Art Institute board members Nancy Utterback and Kathy Griffin painted a vision of a communal...

 

Niwot, Creek and Dawson students' excel at State Forensics Festival

Many students initially enroll in forensics (speech and debate) to overcome their fear of public speaking, to improve those...

 

To mask or not to mask while using public trails

When COVID first appeared on the public radar last year, there was a lot of inconsistent information around masks, social...

 

Five Niwot High forensics students compete and succeed at Colorado Cup

In 1925, the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the National Forensic League) was created to "provide...

 

Niwot High duo starts student newspaper

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is typically defined by its accelerated and demanding academic level. But as it...

 

Southwest Acupuncture College to reopen in the new year

In 1997, the Southwest Acupuncture College was founded in Boulder, its mission is to educate and license students in...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    January 6, 2021

New year, new you: Local voices share thoughts on wellness for 2021

Across social media sites, pictures of smiling people and a variation of the caption "new year, new me," abound. But this...

 

5 Star Certification piques Boulder County business' interest

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently announced that businesses and communities can now apply...

 

Niwot Tavern hosts Christmas dinner, despite COVID

For over a decade, the Niwot Tavern has hosted a free Christmas dinner for those in need. This year, owners Tara Kpogoh-Narh...

 

Niwot High sending five students to International ThesCon Festival

In 1928, Earl Blank, a Wyoming teacher, suggested that his school celebrate the achievements of high school theater...

 

Write a short story a day for a month?

American fiction writer Lorrie Moore said, "A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage. A short story is a...

 

SVVSD plan in play for in-person learning

On Wednesday, Dec. 16 the St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss the return...

 

SVVSD Board of Education hears 2020 enrollment update

It almost seems that since COVID shook the nation in March, it has been an easy scapegoat for many shortcomings. Even if...

 

County Commissioners hold hearing to update oil & gas regulations

Last Thursday, the Boulder County Commissioners held another meeting to discuss Article 12 of the Land Use Code, which essentially updates regulations related to oil and gas...

 

Niwot resident challenges herself to write a new song for each day in November

You've probably heard of "no-shave November," which raises awareness for cancer research, but have you heard of "new-song...

 

NHS environmental club puts pressure on county commissioners in light of proposed fracking site

In 2017, Crestone Peak Resources, a Denver-based producer of oil and natural gas, requested permits from the Colorado Oil...

 

Colorado Gives Day is around the corner

In 1975, the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation was created as a way to support a nonprofit hospital in West Denver. Since...

 

Niwot alum comes out with Christmastime-COVID song

If someone were to start belting out "Jingle Bells" in the middle of June, it's a safe bet that someone else would yell...

 

Boulder County levels up to 'severe risk' restrictions

On Friday, Nov. 6, Boulder County was moved to Level Orange, High Risk category. Barely two weeks later, Governor Jared...

 

St. Vrain students may shift to be more remote than before

On Nov. 4, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) moved Boulder to level Orange, "Safer at Home -...

 

Boulder County votes overwhelmingly blue

This year, 3,207,983 votes were cast across Colorado, resulting in a voter turnout rate of 84.83%. Boulder County's rate was...

 

Niwot celebrates Veterans Day a bit differently

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, all fighting as a result of World War I officially ended with...

 

Niwot welcomes local dancers to celebrate cultural traditions

In indigenous Mexican culture, death was never something to be necessarily feared; instead, it was seen as a part of life. Wh...

 

Proposition 117: Voter Approval Requirement for Creation of Certain Fee-Based Enterprises

It's important to stop and carefully consider a ballot proposition when both the opponents and the proponents agree that the...

 

Proposition 116: State Income Tax Rate Reduction

Based on population (5.691 million) and income data from 2018, 96.74% of Coloradans had a taxable income of $150,000 or less...

 

NHS environmental club hosts first ever ribbon project to raise awareness ahead of election

In the past few years, Niwot High School's Environmental club has grown in size, but also in civic engagement. Previously,...

 

Amendment B: Repeal property tax assessment rate restrictions

For the past few weeks, Colorado television and the internet have been littered with commercials about Amendment B. This amendment seeks to repeal the nearly 40-year-old...

 

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