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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...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    April 6, 2022

Concert kicks off Ukrainian sculpture fundraiser

The Sculpture Park Committee of the Niwot Cultural Arts Association (NCAA) kicked off a fundraising effort to purchase "Kore That Awakening," a sculpture on loan from Ukrainian artist Egor Zigura....

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    March 30, 2022

Egg-cellent tradition to return to Niwot

Remember to bring your basket, because April 16, is the 41st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Road. The event is organized and sponsored by the Niwot Group at Compass (Pat...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    March 30, 2022

New Northrop Grumman facility opens in Gunbarrel

On March 24, Northrop Grumman Corporation opened its newest facility in the Longbow Office Park in Gunbarrel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility includes a radio frequency research lab,...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    March 16, 2022

A library in Gunbarrel or Niwot?

The pandemic has been a devastating time within our personal lives and within our local and national governmental operations. Now that life is returning to "normal," the Boulder Library Champions, a...

 

Inspirational reads for Women's History month

March is Women's History Month. March is when women of all races, economic standings, religions, and sexual and gender orientations are celebrated for their hardships and victories in promoting...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    March 9, 2022

Bring your green to Lucky Niwot Day

Top of the mornin' to ya, laddies. I hope you're excited for Saint Patrick's Day, because a festival is coming up, known as Lucky Niwot Day. It will take place on March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    March 2, 2022

Cimmini's hosts symphony bruch to benefit Marshall Fire fund

On Feb. 26, the Italian restaurant Ciminini's (300 2nd Ave.) hosted a fundraising event for the Marshall Fire victims. Customers paid $25 per ticket to enjoy a lovely Saturday morning, while...

 

The Wandering Jellyfish to host writing workshop

The Wandering Jellyfish (198 2nd Ave.) is hosting a writer's workshop on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is part of the bookshop's series of local authors invited to share their...

 

New meditation center coming to Niwot

Kristian Dura is the future owner of a meditation/community center in Cottonwood Square. The name of her business is Una Vida, which translates to “one life” in Spanish. Dura came up with the name when she was working at a retreat center in...

 

Looking for a new Community Connection?

The Niwot Community Connection is a new organization designed to help people ages 50 and over make new friends. The organization was founded by local residents Eve Lempriere, Pat Murphy and Dawn...

 

Wandering Jellyfish responds to Marshall Fire

Carissa Mina and Jerilyn Patterson, co-owners of the Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop, launched two successful fundraisers for the community. They will also be hosting another fundraiser for the...

 

The mental benefits of mandala

On Jan. 22, Dr. Patti Ashley hosted her bi-annual mandala workshop at Cottonwood Square in Niwot. Dr. Ashley specializes in child development, special education and psychology; she works as a...

 

Inkberry Books announces winter photo contest

Inkberry Books is hosting its first photo competition for the Après-Ski celebration (which is taking place on Jan. 29 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Gene Hayworth and Keith Waters, the co-owners of the...

 

Gunbarrel workers among King Soopers strikers

At 5 a.m. on Jan. 12, meat and deli workers at the Gunbarrel King Soopers store (6550 Lookout Rd) walked off the job to begin a strike that could last up to three weeks. The strike was called by the...

 

Bobcat sightings warrant caution

On Dec. 7, Niwot resident Steve H. reported seeing three bobcats in his neighbor's yard on Paiute Avenue, which the Courier published in its Dec. 15 edition. Since then, the Courier has received some... Full story

 

Marshall Fire fundraiser at Après-Ski celebration

On Jan. 29, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Niwot Business Association is hosting the second annual Après-Ski Pop-Up Celebration. Come to Downtown Niwot with your family and friends to enjoy all the...

 
 By Katrina Stroud    News    January 5, 2022

Rotary Club of Niwot celebrates anniversary

On Dec. 17, the Niwot Rotary Club celebrated 13 years of service, both in the local community and across international borders. As part of the Rotary tradition, a new president's name is added to...

 

Boulder County presents annual prairie dog report

On Dec. 14, Boulder County Parks & Open Space held its annual meeting to discuss this year's prairie dog removal activities and the population updates on burrowing owls and black-footed ferrets....

 

Niwot Tavern holds winter gear drive

Tara Shaheen and Stacy Szydlek, owners of the Niwot Tavern, are hosting their third annual winter gear drive. They're accepting donations up until Christmas Eve and will distribute the items on... Full story

 

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