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  • Free Community Chipping Program now available to Niwot neighborhoods

    Joan Schaefer|Apr 17, 2024

    The unimaginably tragic Marshall Fire at the end of 2021 alerted Coloradans to the increasing risks of natural disasters, not only in the mountains, but also in the flatlands. Earlier this month the windstorm in which 150,000 Front Range Xcel customers were without power for over 24 hours caused considerable damage to both businesses and homes. These events remind us of the importance of preventing or reducing the damage to our properties from wildfires, high winds, and heavy snowfalls which...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight

    Joan Schaefer|Apr 10, 2024

    The Left Hand Valley Courier is spotlighting various local neighborhoods, their history, issues and general nature. This week, the Courier is spotlighting The Cove residential neighborhood. Most Niwot residents are familiar with Somerset and Legend Ridge, but any mention of The Cove is usually met with raised eyebrows and puzzled looks. Small, lovely and secluded, the neighborhood was established in the early 1990s. You won't find The Cove unless you happen upon it while walking or are in the...

  • Gunbarrel tennis facility application suspended

    Joan Schaefer|Mar 20, 2024

    On March 4, the owner and developers of the "Tennis Center of the Rockies" project requested that the Boulder County Community Planning and Permitting Department table their Special Use Review application to permit the construction of a tennis complex at N. 79th Street in Gunbarrel. Going forward, the applicants may update and resubmit their application or withdraw the application entirely. In a communication to the county planning group, the developers said, "We would officially like to...

  • Eldora Mountain Safety Team Members

    Joan Schaefer|Mar 13, 2024

    Niwot residents Amy Cramer and Skip Wehner are new members of the Eldora Mountain Safety Team (MST) this season. Their passion for skiing, desire to keep everyone safe, and delight in being part of the small nearby ski resort make their role, in Cramer's words, "the best job in the world." As the season enters its final weeks, they each shared their very different personal backgrounds, and their shared enthusiasm for their new roles, along with their overflowing joy of living in Niwot. Cramer...

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Rod Archer

    Joan Schaefer|Feb 28, 2024

    Rod Archer smiles modestly when he says, "if I were looking for a job now I would say two words, 'Stanford' and 'Apple.'" Indeed, his story includes his success in combining his mechanical engineering training at a prestigious university with his ability to work with developing technologies at one of the world's most innovative companies. Archer grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, with his parents, a younger sister and a younger brother. He says he was "a good, quiet kid." He chose to...

  • Meet Your Neighbor - Lamar "Dewey" Parker

    Joan Schaefer|Feb 21, 2024

    What could be better than growing up in a little mountain town with plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors, shoot BB guns, and slide down steep slopes? Not much, according to Niwot resident Lamar "Dewey" Parker. Parker was raised in northern Utah and describes his childhood as "idyllic in many respects." However, there were difficulties within his family and his parents divorced when he was 12 years old. After the divorce his mother's financial resources were limited. Parker began...

  • Inclusion Wins: Niwot High School unified basketball game highlights sportsmanship and skill

    Joan Schaefer|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot High School's Unified Basketball team edged out Longmont's Main Street School team in overtime on Feb. 6. The matchup wasn't just another high school basketball game, it was a celebration of inclusivity, teamwork and the joy of competition among students of varying abilities. Players for Longmont's Main Street unified basketball team arrived at Niwot High School early and in high spirits while the Niwot players were finishing their final classes of the day. Amber Jasmin was among those on...

  • Meet Your Neighbor

    Joan Schaefer|Feb 7, 2024

    Jeff Server says he is a person who notices and appreciates details. He has applied these talents as a videographer and landscape photographer, as a gas industry accountant and as an active volunteer at Niwot events. He and his wife Dawn Reeb Server have lived at Meadow Lake Farm off of N. 79th Street for six years. Server, the second of four boys, grew up in Ames, Iowa. When he was 14 he joined a summer field crew of about 100 to 150 young men. They detasseled the corn in preparation for...

  • Meet Your Neighbor - Joyce Johnson, 90 Years of Resilience

    Joan Schaefer|Jan 24, 2024

    In a world that sometimes seems to create isolation, the Courier is launching a new feature entitled "Meet Your Neighbor." We hope you enjoy getting to know some of the fascinating people who live in our community. Joyce Johnson has lived in Niwot for 32 years. Her determination, friendly nature, sparkling eyes and kindness mask the many hardships and tragedies she has faced throughout her long life. The first word Johnson uses to describe herself is "resilient." She was raised in Connecticut...

  • Amy Scanes-Wolfe grows complete diet on Niwot's arid land

    Joan Schaefer|Jan 17, 2024

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe asks the question whether we need to reclaim our arid lands of the West by addressing the serious problems caused by our centuries-long disruption of nature's balanced ecosystem. In her Jan. 11 presentation to the Niwot Community Connection (NCC), it was clear Scanes-Wolfe is passionately committed to doing just that. She led NCC participants on a wide-ranging journey combining her cultural anthropology, ecology, agricultural and natural history backgrounds. Scanes-Wolfe...