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 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 6, 2022

Prescribed burns planned on City of Boulder properties for 2022

Where there's smoke, there's fire, but that's not always a bad thing. In the case of prescribed burns, fire is often used as a land management tool to help maintain agricultural properties, including...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    March 23, 2022

Boulder County seeks community input on conceptual site plans for fairgrounds update

Over the last 41 years, the Boulder County Fairgrounds has grown from a site singularly focused on hosting the Boulder County Fair to a multi-purpose venue supporting a wide variety of community...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    March 9, 2022

Farow awarded Slow Foods USA Snail of Approval

In the six months since Farow opened, co-owners Lisa and Patrick Balcom have been busy bringing the best local ingredients to diners' plates-an endeavor that recently garnered the attention of Slow...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    March 2, 2022

Seasonal closures for wildlife ensure shared lands for birds, bats and people

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) normally implements its first round of seasonal wildlife closures on Feb. 1, to protect cliff-nesting raptors such as peregrine falcons, prairi...

 

Eat your vegetables and support a local CSA

Last summer was the first time I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership with a local farm. I had long debated about getting a vegetable share, but for various reasons,...

 

Keep your heart in mind this month-and every month

February is American Heart Month and to kickstart your cardiovascular health, here are some astounding facts about the human heart.The human heart pumps blood through the 60,000 miles of blood...

 

Don't let winter weather put the freeze on your workout

The beginning of February finally brought the Arctic chill typical of a Colorado winter. With temperatures dropping below zero and highs barely above freezing, you could be forgiven if you traded your...

 

Cottontail Trail improvements back on

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) recently announced that active construction of the Cottontail Trail north of Lookout Road and east of the Gunbarrel Estates would resume on...

 

Jack's Solar Garden seeks more community engagement

Jack's Solar Garden is seeking applicants to fill two community-focused roles for 2022. The family-owned solar garden, which is located between Niwot and Longmont off of North 95th Street, recently...

 

Be better prepared for urban wildfires with these eight tips

In the wake of the Marshall Fire, many homeowners might be wondering how to be better prepared in case of future urban wildfires. Urban wildfires like the Marshall Fire, while relatively rare in...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    January 5, 2022

Proposed Highway 119 bikeway enters preliminary design phase

Boulder County will conduct extensive field work as part of the preliminary design phase of the proposed bikeway connecting Longmont and Boulder along Highway 119. The proposed bikeway design was...

 

Christmas brings tiding of new furry friends

The story, names, characters, and incidents portrayed below are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons or Christmas 2021 events is purely coincidental. Jeremy and Megan weren't planning on gett...

 

LoBo Trail and Twin Lakes 2022 improvements funded

On Dec. 7, Boulder County Commissioners approved the budget to fund 23 of 32 proposed Boulder County Parks & Open Space projects. The $1.5 million line item for the proposed Capital &...

 

Readers flock to the adventures of a birding Big Year

As 2021 draws to a close, we look ahead to 2022 with hopes for a big (and better) year. However, few people likely have the same definition of a Big Year as local author and birding expert, John... Full story

 

Front Range Community College adds STEM degree and paid apprenticeships

On Nov. 1, Front Range Community College (FRCC) announced that the college has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a new degree—a two-year Associate of Engineering Science (AES). FRCC is the first community college in...

 

Unseasonably dry weather impacts more than just the early ski season

As the Christmas carol goes, it's beginning to look a lot like ... well ... not exactly Christmas. Or at least not a wintery December, as Niwot has yet to see any significant snow accumulation this se...

 

2021 Niwot 'Turkey Trot' features a festival of miles on the track

Turkey Trots seem to be the ubiquitous activity of choice for many on Thanksgiving morning. These fun races vary in distance from 5k to 10k (sometimes longer, sometimes shorter) and usually feature...

 

Little Shops at Niwot are holiday ready

October 2021 marked the one year anniversary for the Little Shops at Niwot (7960 Niwot Rd., Suite D-15), a unique small business collaboration that began life last year as the Little Holiday Shops at...

 

Niwot migrations: Birds of a feather fly great distances together

Hundreds of Canada geese take off from the mowed fields around Dodd Reservoir where they have spent the day browsing for food. The evening sky is going purple after a clear day. Some of these geese...

 

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 vantage point, visitors to this historic site can enjoy views that stretch...

 
 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 downtown Niwot, has used her enthusiasm for gardening to not only curate her ow...

 
 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 juried art exhibit will run from November 12 through December 30....

 
 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 to Boulder County Parks and Open Space properties. The 90-minute Zoom...

 
 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 caused by the emerald ash borer. County staff and volunteers planted 52 ne...

 
 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 Niwot Road. Brand new for 2021, the Niwot Downhill Mile will feature a mostly...

 
 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 on Nov. 14, burned for nearly a month, and an investigation by the Boulder...

 
 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 this summer have some new rules and regulations to navigate. In a recent pre...

 
 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 the Gunbarrel Hill open space. The approximately 1,000-acre open space...

 
 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 County Fairgrounds, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through...

 
 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 growth, Colorado is facing both challenges and opportunities in the...

 
 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 coming weeks. These prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, are...

 
 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, and continuing all month, visitors to Niwot can participate in a St. Patric...

 

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 practice that has gone the extra mile to provide veterinary care that is less str...

 

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 chorus have always stuck with me: Don't it always seem to go / That you don't...

 

'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, you simply need to take the time to look. Time, which some folks have...

 

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 much-anticipated construction of a tiny home village for homeless veterans....

 

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 display their work. For artists interested in sharing their work, the library...

 

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 drove home with her family after 45 days in the hospital fighting for her...

 

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 elevations to seek out snow. And while the current snowpack in Colorado is below...

 

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 business in 2020. What started as a passion project for Slupik, a mother of thre...

 

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, 25 million tons were composted. This included approximately 22.3 million...

 

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 in east Boulder County. The virtual meeting discussing future bike...

 

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 without water." Water is the topic of author and retired water resource manager...

 

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 in 2007. In June 2016, she joined Niwot's Left Hand Animal Hospital after...

 

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 presumptive positive COVID-19 test result in Colorado. What followed is well k...

 

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 United States. However, this year does not mark the 100th year of women...

 

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 Somerset to protect a critical and rare habitat. Working in conjunction with th...

 

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, a tin man, or perhaps even a wicked witch in the vicinity. Turns out we're...

 

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 of Niwot Counseling Center says you are not alone. In her over 20-years of...

 

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 been shocked by the size of the setting orange sun? It's not the apocalypse,...

 

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