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 By Hannah Stewart    News    November 25, 2020 

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...

 

Niwot Community Association hosts candidate forum

Last Tuesday, the Niwot Community Association (NCA) hosted a virtual forum for the Boulder County Commissioner Candidates. This year, two of the district seats are up for a...

 

District 11 candidate Karen McCormick on the issues

While Karen McCormick's journey running for state representative might, at first, seems to be somewhat unique, the common...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    October 7, 2020

Proposition EE - Cigarette tobacco and nicotine products tax

Nobel prize winning economist James Heckman said, “The highest rate of return in early childhood development comes from...

 

Election 2020: Amendment 76 - Citizenship voting requirement

With the COVID-19 pandemic making in-person voting a health risk for many, the 2020 election will be conducted by mail-in...

 

Dr. Patrick Kalenzi details Ugandan childhood in 'Tears Run Dry'

While this is not explicitly an Inkberry Book, it was a book recommended by one of the paper's readers. I've said before...

 

Election 2020: Proposition 118 - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

In 1993, President Clinton signed into law the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with bipartisan support. Many have called...

 

Niwot alum releases new musical single

Love is fickle, love is kind, love "is a many splendored thing." The idea of "love" has been written about numerous times,...

 

Essential businesses seem to come out on top of COVID

When COVID hit earlier this year, the whole world seemed to be scrambling. Schools and businesses were shut down, all in an...

 

Election 2020: Proposition 115 - Abortion Ban

Colorado's first law addressing abortion was introduced by freshman Democratic representative Dick Lamm (who later served...

 

Election 2020: Proposition 114 - Wolf reintroduction

The gray wolf, or Canis lupus, once was the most widely ranging land mammal on earth. Due to habitat loss, general fear, and...

 

Niwot to have a local tasting tour

It is a truth that food brings people together-family gatherings, casual business meetings, and first dates often occur with...

 

Election 2020: National Popular Vote

Every election that occurs in this country is decided by popular vote, except one: the presidency. Instead, the presidency...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 26, 2020

Fire departments host virtual town halls about coming merger

By January 2021, two local fire districts will be merged into one. Mountain View Fire Rescue will absorb Rocky Mountain Fire...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 26, 2020

Niwot grad starts super scooping business

They say that dogs are man's best friend, but everyone knows they can also be high maintenance friends. With the demand for...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 19, 2020

Census workers to visit households in person

To date, 63.3% of Americans nationwide have self-reported for the 2020 census. Colorado's rate is above the national number...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 19, 2020

Mail-in ballots stirring up conversations around voting practices

Boulder County communications specialist Mircalla Wozniak said, “As a Colorado resident, you should feel proud that we’re leaders in election innovation.” A simple...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 12, 2020

Haystack tensions heat up with liquor license renewal

For approximately the past three years, there has been tension between Haystack Golf Course and some of the neighbors in and... Full story

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 12, 2020

August Book Recommendation: Stranger in the Pen

I always love partnering with Inkberry Books in Niwot, because they always hook me up with the coolest books! This week, I...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    August 5, 2020

Inkberry hosts book launch

In 2018, Keith Walters and Gene Hayworth founded Inkberry Books, and it quickly became a local institution in Niwot. Not...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    July 22, 2020

Boulder primary results are on schedule

It has been about three weeks since the primary elections in Boulder County. This election, 55% of Boulder County residents...

 

Niwot High School Booster Club plans wellness initiative

At Niwot High School, there are two parent groups that aim to support students--the Niwot High School Education Foundation...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    July 15, 2020

City of Boulder Creative Neighborhood project moves into Gunbarrel

The City of Boulder first passed the Community Culture and Safety tax in 2014, and the funds from this tax went toward suppor...

 

Niwot Elementary's Odyssey of the Mind team goes to world competition

Much of what students learn in school is something called "crystalline knowledge," or knowledge that is based on...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    July 8, 2020

Democrats lead at the polls - Loachamin declares victory in Boulder County primary

*Editor's note; The following results are unofficial pending July 8 ballots to be added, including "reserve ballots for...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    July 1, 2020

Mountain View Fire Rescue and Rocky Mountain Fire District to merge in 2021

Boulder County is home to 22 individual fire districts, but that will soon change when two districts merge next year. Rocky...

 

SVVSD and NHS celebrate Seal of Biliteracy

In the fall of 2019, St. Vrain Valley School District formally announced its participation in awarding the Seal of...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    June 17, 2020

Dem. candidates Marta Loachamin and Jonathan Singer on need for police reform

Since the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has once again come to the forefront of...

 

Senior Rachael Triplett on graduation

For graduating senior Rachael Triplett, much of her career at Niwot High School has been marked by her involvement in clubs...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    June 3, 2020

Candidate Kochen brings a diverse background to commissioner race

When Cinda Kochen was a high school student, a classmate came to her, asking if she would help him win the race for class pre...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 27, 2020

Proposed development near Celestial Seasonings raises questions for Gunbarrel residents

In 1969, Mo Siegel made his first herbal blend that would eventually launch his career in the tea industry. Celestial...

 

Senior Nicholas Valin on graduating and the future

Niwot senior Nicholas Valin wasn't always the confident, aspirational young adult he is today. In fact, after going to...

 

Senior Lauren Squire on graduation and what is to come

For the past four years, Lauren Squire has walked the halls and fields of Niwot High School. In that time, she has made frien...

 

Coronavirus affects Boulder County's Latinx community differently

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, lay people and experts alike have said that this is a virus that does not discr...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 6, 2020

Candidate Singer has big dreams for commissioner seat

Even as a student at Fairview High School, Jonathan Singer volunteered for Boulder County. "I've been sort of bitten by the...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 6, 2020

Sunset Middle students use passion for 3D printing to help during COVID

When Krista Chiaravalle was first asked to leave her biology teacher position at Niwot High to join Sunset Middle School's...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 29, 2020

Candidate Levy brings a wealth of experience to commissioner race

One Friday morning, Claire Levy sat in her basement, sewing masks for health care workers in Boulder County. She lives in...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 29, 2020

April book review: 'The Inevitable Past' inevitably hard to put down

Inkberry Books has partnered with the Left Hand Valley Courier again to bring you a riveting historical fiction account of...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 22, 2020

Candidate Loachamin hopes to make history and change in Boulder County

In school, students are taught the basics of government; there's a president for the country, governors for states and...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 22, 2020

Niwot park and ride to receive renovation

Buses are a common sight for those living in Boulder and Longmont, but they are easily forgettable since they seem to simply...

 

Stimulus scams target elderly

In an increasingly digital age, when it's easier than ever to connect with millions of people, it has also become easier to...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 15, 2020

Easter was still social for worshippers, even with social distancing in place

Easter was different for everyone this year: there were no community egg hunts or egg rolls, and for those who hold the...

 

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