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Altona Grange Hall fundraising to match grant for exterior renovation project

The Altona Grange Hall sits on a little over an acre on the corner of Nelson Road and North 39th Street. From its hilltop...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    August 25, 2021

3rd Avenue Pollinator Garden Project adds beauty and fights habitat fragmentation

For Niwot resident, Cathy McCall, gardening is much more than a casual weekend hobby. McCall, who lives on 3rd Avenue in down...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    August 11, 2021

Local artists can now enter Outdoor Creations Plein Air Art Show

Boulder County Parks & Open Space is currently accepting entries for the 2021 Outdoor Creations Plein Air Art Show. This...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    July 14, 2021

Potential solutions to reduce overcrowding at trailheads

On July 8, the Board of Boulder County Commissioners held a town hall meeting to discuss increased recreational visitation...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    June 30, 2021

New trees offset impacts of the emerald ash borer

Boulder County Parks and Open Space recently completed several planting projects to offset canopy loss on open space property...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    June 23, 2021

July 4th festivities include inaugural Niwot Downhill Mile

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day this year? Now you can kick off the 4th with a celebratory run down...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 26, 2021

Heil Valley Ranch restoration process underway after Cal-Wood Fire

Last year, the Cal-Wood Fire burned 10,113 acres and damaged or destroyed 26 structures. The fire, which was fully contained...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 19, 2021

New regulations for popular hiking and camping spots

Visitors looking to get out on the trails or to head out camping in certain areas of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests t...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 12, 2021

Proposed new loop trail at Gunbarrel Hill aims to protect grassland habitat

The City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is planning to build a new loop trail in the northwest corner of...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 14, 2021

Longmont Farmers Market kicks off 2021 season

On April 3, the Longmont Farmers Market started in full swing for the 2021 season. The market, which is held at the Boulder...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 7, 2021

Longmont Museum presents virtual series covering climate change

From historic droughts and wildfires, recent air quality scandals, unwanted dam expansion, rapid development, and population...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    March 10, 2021

Boulder plans prescribed burn at Teller Lake No. 5

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) recently announcedseveral planned prescribed fire projects in the...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    March 3, 2021

Niwot's March event looking lucky

As we eagerly await the official start of spring, there's plenty to look forward to in Niwot during March. Starting March 1,...

 

Left Hand Animal Hospital takes cat care to the next level

If you or your cat has ever been anxious about a trip to the veterinarian, Left Hand Animal Hospital is one veterinary practi...

 

Show a little love for our Left Hand Valley public lands

Growing up, I remember a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" playing regularly on the radio. The last lines of the...

 

'Watch the birdie' in your own backyard

"Spring has sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is?" - children's rhyme Turns out the birds are all around,...

 

Veterans Community Project set to begin building tiny homes for homeless veterans

On Aug. 27, 2020, the Veterans Community Project (VCP) broke ground on a two-acre site in Longmont, the beginning of the...

 

Longmont Library to host virtual All Ages Art Expo

In February, the Longmont Library will be hosting a digital art expo for artists of all ages and experience levels to...

 

Beating the odds: one woman's story of surviving coronavirus

On June 11, 2020, a beautiful flower bloomed somewhere in Japan. That same day in Colorado, Gunbarrel resident Beniko Olsen...

 

Colorado avalanche danger considerable heading into the new year

As wishes for a white Christmas were foiled by 60 degrees and plenty of sunshine, folks continue to head to higher...

 

Slupik Mini Farm: One family's labor of love

Like many first-time business owners, Stacey Slupik didn't know exactly what to expect when she started her flower farm busin...

 

Boulder County proposes new compost facility off Hwy. 287

In 2018, the EPA reported the total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the United States was 292.4 million tons or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of the total MSW,...

 

Possible cycling improvements for east Boulder County

On Nov. 18, Boulder County hosted a virtual public meeting to discuss current and future improvements to cycling corridors...

 

The fascinating story of Left Hand Valley water management

In the closing line of the poem First Things First, W.H. Auden writes, "Thousands have lived without love, but not one...

 

Left Hand Animal Hospital offers free pet CPR class for first responders

Veterinarian Dr. Crystal Conner has devoted her career to helping animals ever since graduating from CSU's veterinary school...

 

Gunbarrel business eQuilter supports COVID-19 mask-making efforts

On March 5, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's public health laboratory confirmed the first pre...

 

Niwot Historical Society hosts lecture on the history of women's suffrage in Colorado

2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed women the constitutional right to vote in the...

 

New fence to protect Niwot's rare Fox Hills Sandstone formation

Boulder County Parks & Open Space has recently completed a new fence along the Niwot Loop Trail on the south side of Some...

 

Tails from the Trails

If you've been through downtown Niwot that last two Sunday afternoons, you aren't imagining things if you've spotted a lion,...

 

Navigating ambiguous loss, grief, and mourning during COVID-19

Do you feel frazzled, irritable, preoccupied, angry, reactive, or just plain tired? Christine Ruth, M.Div., MS, LMFT, owner...

 

Impact of Colorado wildfires extends beyond burned acreage

Have you recently stepped outside to the smell of a campfire? Or been surprised to find your car covered in white ash? Or...

 

COVID-19 strains mental health for many

Amidst the current global pandemic, physical health is often at the forefront of many people's minds. But one facet of health...

 

Niwot and Longmont non-profits find innovative ways to connect artists with the community

For over 35 years, the Firehouse Art Center has been the leading contemporary art center in Longmont, featuring national and...

 

BoCo search and rescues trending to second highest year on record

As summer winds down, you might be looking for a few last outdoor adventures. And you wouldn't be alone. Labor Day weekend...

 

Boulder Symphony presents the Takács Quartet at socially distanced concert

The Boulder Symphony recently announced a socially distanced concert to be held Sunday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Jewish...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    August 19, 2020

Downtown Niwot businesses line up socially distanced events for August

August has seen local Niwot businesses getting creative with their offerings. From socially distanced movie screenings to...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    August 5, 2020

Lucky Pie Pizza says goodbye to Niwot after three years

Saturday, July 25 marked the last day for Lucky Pie Pizza's Niwot restaurant location. The restaurant, located on the...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    July 22, 2020

Tom Smathers says goodbye to Niwot Abo's Pizza after 24 years

If you have had a pizza from Abo's Pizza in Niwot in the last 24 years and 20 days, you owe some thanks to Tom Smathers. Smat...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    July 8, 2020

Donate, Recycle, or Reuse?

We've all been at home a lot in recent months. And perhaps you have used some of this time to clean out your closet or go...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    July 8, 2020

Boulder Symphony appoints Andrew Krimm as new executive director

Longmont resident Andrew Krimm was recently appointed as the new executive director for the Boulder Symphony. "Andrew brings...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    June 24, 2020

Boulder County warns residents to keep an eye open for summer algal blooms

As summer temperatures swing into the 90s, you and your four-legged friends are likely looking for ways to stay cool. And...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    June 17, 2020

Electric bikes provide a different means of transportation and recreation

Electric bikes, or e-bikes as they are commonly known, have begun to make significant in-roads in the cycling industry. Eric...

 

Niwot Historical Society calls on Niwot community to help preserve local COVID-19 history

Though difficult to comprehend in our current environment, the events of COVID-19 mark an unprecedented moment in our shared...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 27, 2020

Responsible summer recreation: know before you go

In most years, Memorial Day marks summer rolling into full-swing on the Front Range. But this year, the three-day weekend...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 20, 2020

Indigo Education Company founder Sheri Smith pitches for $250,000 investment

Growing up in rural Michigan in a lower middle class family, Sheri Smith recalls her childhood perception that education was...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 13, 2020

To the Rescue: Local organization helps animals during tough transition

There is just a hint of green in the fields where the small herd of horses stand basking in the sunshine. Longs Peak looms...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 6, 2020

Letters From the Family Pets

Every wonder what your family dog or cat might be thinking of present circumstances? Here's one writer's take on her family...

 

SVVSD Teacher of the Year honors awarded

The Education Foundation of the Saint Vrain Valley School District recently announced the winners of their 2020 Tribute to Te...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 29, 2020

Virtual Boulder County Farmers Market: Fresh farm produce to go

With spring well under way, Boulder County's local farms are beginning their first round of harvests with lots of spinach and...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 29, 2020

Familiar Faces: Alison, Seth and Bert Steele

Niwot Market has long been a staple of the Niwot community. But in recent weeks, with grocery stores and grocery store employ...

 

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