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 By Katrina Stroud    News    February 1, 2023 

Kyle Brown is selected for House District 12

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Boulder County Democratic Party (BCDP) voted to select Kyle Brown to represent House District 12 in the state legislature. Brown won 41 votes, which was 80.39% of the 51...

 

Ollin Farms receives climate grant

Ollin Farms was awarded a $90,000 grant by Boulder County's Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience. The award was part of over $500,000 in grants awarded by the Climate Innovation F...

 

Prairie dog meeting

On Jan. 17, Boulder County Parks & Open Space (POS) held its annual meeting to discuss last year's prairie dog removal activities and the population updates on burrowing owls and black-footed...

 

Making a home in Niwot after the Marshall Fire

The Marshall Fire left a scar on Boulder County last year, and since then, we have all experienced anxiety about whether or not the next grassfire will burn down our homes. A Niwot parent of a...

 

Upcoming prairie dog meeting

The annual Boulder County Parks and Open Space public meeting on prairie dog management will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ron Stewart Parks & Open Space Building, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont. Staff will be available to...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    January 4, 2023

Winter charity drive at the Niwot Market

One of the most beautiful things about the holiday season is that it is the season of giving. One prominent local business at the forefront of promoting holiday giving is the Niwot Market, which has...

 

Meet Bank of Estes Park - Niwot Branch

One might think the Bank of Estes Park is only located in the resort community 35 miles up Highway 7 from Niwot. But the bank also serves the Niwot community, with one of its three branches located...

 

The Niwot Elementary Spelling Bee results

The 13th annual Niwot Elementary School Spelling Bee was held Wednesday. Dec. 7. The first place winner was fifth-grader Eden Himmerick, who won third place in last year's competition. Fifth-grader...

 

New Book Fair for adults

Do you miss the Scholastic Book Fair that showed up at your school every year? The time when you got to see all the newest children’s books, comics, and toys? It’s one of those happy childhood memories that makes us wish that there were more...

 

Construction underway at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park

Construction has begun on the Monarch Improvement Project, which will bring a permanent building to Hangge Fields at Monarch Park for the first time in the 35 years the ballfields have been in use....

 

Tracey Bernett's arrest

On Nov. 9, it was reported that Democrat Tracey Bernett won in a landslide to continue to serve as the state representative of House District 12, which includes Niwot, Louisville, Lafayette and Superior. Bernett won 78.7% of the votes and her...

 

Boulder Library District ballot issue passed

Proposition 6C to form a library district in Boulder and beyond passed with 53.20% of the votes cast. The district will improve library services in Boulder County and provide funding for a new...

 

New Art in Niwot Sculpture Park

Anne Postle, Jill Whitener and Lisa Rivard are members of the Niwot Cultural Arts Association's Community Corner Sculpture Park Committee, launched in 2018 to create a park that benefits the...

 

Thank you, poll workers

The midterm elections are over now. Gone are the grassroots days: the annoying text messages from congressmen, the aggressive attack ads, and the campaign literature slipped under your doorstep. All of it is finally over – until the next election....

 

Crime remains low in Niwot

According to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, crime in Niwot remains relatively low. In the past year, there have only been three auto thefts in the Niwot area. “One was a trailer that was stolen out of the parking lot at the church on 95th...

 

A Library District for Boulder and beyond?

The Boulder Library Champions has advocated for 20 years to establish a new library district, and it may finally happen this November. Proposition 6C includes restored and improved literacy programs, including partnerships with schools to reach...

 

House District 12 candidate interviews

Tracey Bernett (Democrat): Background: Bernett received an engineering degree from Cornell University and a Harvard MBA. She helped lead the effort to revitalize the Butterfly Pavilion, and also led t...

 

The Importance of Voting

Since the birth of our nation, voting still remains a privilege. The Constitution itself denied voting rights for women and enslaved people. Jim Crow laws suppressed the vote in Black communities, and language barriers were exploited among...

 

NHS hosts Niwot Community Fall Fest

The Niwot High School Student Council, led by students Jamie Williamson and Sadie Warren, with the assistance of faculty advisor Leah Messinger, is hosting the Niwot Community Fall Fest. It will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the...

 

The Grand Finale Marshall Fire Fundraiser

On Dec. 30, 2021, the devastating Marshall Fire destroyed neighborhoods and shattered families. In response, local community members created the Niwot Small Town Big Heart Marshall Fire Fund, working...

 

Improving air quality in your home

Lately, wildfires burning in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California, have made it nearly impossible to see the Rocky Mountains from the Niwot-Gunbarrel area, and the air quality is noticeably hazy. Luckily, there are some ways in which you...

 

St. Vrain for the Brain 5K

The St. Vrain for the Brain 5K, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Niwot High School track, is an annual fundraising event in which all of the profits benefit the National Brain Tumor...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 24, 2022

Una Vida Grand Opening

Kristian Dura is the owner of a new meditation/community center in Cottonwood Square in Niwot. The name of her business is Una Vida, which translates to "one life" in Spanish. Dura came up with the na...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 17, 2022

Rep. Karen McCormick discusses Veterinary Technician regulation

On June 9, 2022, Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 22-1235, the revised Veterinary Practice Act that includes regulation of veterinary technicians. The Colorado Veterinary Medical...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 10, 2022

National Night Out Success

Downtown Niwot's National Night Out event on Aug. 2 was a huge success, with many community members enjoying hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks, courtesy of the Boulder County Sheriff's office. The...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 10, 2022

The Wandering Jellyfish celebrates its one-year anniversary

Back in 2012, Carissa Mina and Jerilyn Patterson met at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). At the Rocky Mountain chapter, they worked together as critique partners and...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 10, 2022

New Conoco gas station owner

The Conoco gas station in Cottonwood Square was recently purchased by Rajbir Dhillon from long-time owners Bo Fan and her husband, Victor Tseng. Dhillon got into the gas station business starting in...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 10, 2022

Winnie the Pooh relocated from Niwot

On July 30, Dawn and Jeff Server, co-owners of Meadow Lake Honey, fell victim to a robbery on their farm. The culprit: a two-and-a-half-year-old female sow bear. Jeff discovered the crime scene on Saturday at 8 a.m. He found the bee boxes knocked...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    August 3, 2022

Rep. Karen McCormick to speak at Left Hand Animal Hospital

On August 11, at 12:30 p.m., the Left Hand Animal Hospital is hosting an event to discuss the Veterinary Practice Act (VPA) and technician regulation with State Representative Karen McCormick. Rep. McCormick was invited to the event as one of the...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    July 27, 2022

What's Buzzin'?

I hope you’re a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, co-writer and co-producer of “Bee Movie,” because Saturday, Aug. 27, is Niwot’s 2nd Annual Honeybee Harvest Festival. Go to downtown Niwot for live music, bee-friendly activities for children,...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    July 27, 2022

Left Hand Laurel: The Pancake Master

You may know Seth Steele as the guy who cuts your turkey slices and pork-based needs at the Niwot Market-the same guy who's been a part of the family business since high school and has worked his way...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    July 20, 2022

Do e-bikes belong on public trails?

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is considering and evaluating the use of e-bikes on some city open space trails. This proposal would allow class-1 and class-2 e-bikes on the Boulder Canyon Trail, the trails that exist on the...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    Sports    July 20, 2022

NYS Monarch Improvement Project fundraising events

Niwot Youth Sports (NYS) is hosting a series of events to raise money for the Monarch Improvement Project. NYS, which was originally formed in 1972 as Gunbarrel Lefthand Valley Boys Baseball, Inc, is...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    July 6, 2022

Water Quality and conservation

Left Hand Water district has released its annual water quality report and methods for homeowners to reduce their water consumption for the environment. Water contamination is often caused by agricultural livestock operations, septic systems, sewage...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    June 29, 2022

Dancing Under the Stars

Get ready for fun summer nights, because Dancing Under the Stars has returned. Opening night took place on June 24, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Square Shopping Center. If you have not heard...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    June 29, 2022

Gardener's Guide

Garden lovers, assemble! This week’s eco-friendly topic is on pollinators, as June is National Pollinator Month. In recent news, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law to protect pollinators in Colorado. SB22-199 will require the...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    June 22, 2022

Jazz Festival coming your way!

Jazz fans, put on your fedora, because the Niwot Jazz Festival is happening on Saturday, June 25, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Janis Siegel, Grammy award-winner and band member of the Manhattan Transfer,...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    June 22, 2022

Niwot Hills hearing

On June 15, the Boulder County Planning Commission considered a request to plat 11 additional lots in the Niwot Hills Subdivision, just south of Niwot High School. Micheal Markel, agent of Ridgeline Development Corporation and Niwot Hills LLC, and...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    June 15, 2022

Niwot Hills Subdivision to expand

On June 15, the Boulder County Planning Commission will consider a request to plat 11 lots in the Niwot Hills Subdivision just south of Niwot High School. The location of the lots are 6775 Niwot...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    May 18, 2022

Around the World Day in Niwot

Niwot's "Around the World Day", on Saturday, May 14, integrated dozens of cultures at this special event, back for its second year after a Covid-inspired debut in 2021. Twenty-three countries were...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    May 11, 2022

Bird flu in Colorado

Attention, all bird lovers! There has been an outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that has now spread to wild birds in 30 U.S. states. According to recent data collected in April, the most susceptible to the flu are poultry,...

 

Up-a-Creek Robotics wins world championship

On April 23, Up-a-Creek Robotics won both the World Championship of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC Team 1619) and the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition (FTC Team 11260), something that has never...

 

NHS student wins state prize

On March 2, 14-year-old Niwot High School student Joséphine Briggs finished as runner-up in the Colorado Poetry Out Loud contest. The statewide contest requires high school-aged students to memorize...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    May 4, 2022

Northrop Grumman receives satellites contract

On April 19, the Northrop Grumman Corporation received the U.S. Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific award to design a Relay Ground Station - Asia (RGS-A) in Guam. The award will provide a $99.6 million contract to design and develop...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    April 27, 2022

Library District in limbo

On April 23, the Boulder City Council and the Boulder County Commissioners could not reach a consensus on finalizing the Boulder Library District proposal. The fate of the proposed district now likely depends on residents living in Boulder and some...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    April 20, 2022

LOBO Trail Clean-up

Are you interested in volunteering on Earth Day? Then join the Rotary Club of Niwot and the Rotaract Club of Longmont on Friday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. to pick up trash on the Longmont-Boulder (LOBO)...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    April 20, 2022

Tips to celebrate Earth Day

Good morning, Courier readers! April 22nd is a special day to celebrate our nurturing, Mother Earth. And while tackling climate change might seem daunting at times, we mustn’t give up hope. So, without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    April 13, 2022

Library District Update

On April 5, in a joint session, the Boulder City Council and the Boulder of County Commissioners (BOCC) held a public hearing on whether to create a library district which would include all city of...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    April 13, 2022

Admiring Poetry, TWJ event

Take out your quills and moleskine notebooks, because April is National Poetry Month. I used to scorn poetry, as I thought of it as a pretentious medium of literature. That was until I attended Andrea Gibson’s poetry reading in college. Gibson reci...

 

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