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  • Montana Heather earns Eagle Scout Badge

    Lisha Nouhan|Jan 31, 2024

    Among the many honors and merits to be earned as a member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one stands out from all the rest - the rank of Eagle Scout. The process is intensive, with badge requirements, an individually led community project, and approval by the Eagle Scout board of review. Montana Heather, a senior at Niwot High School, has recently joined the ranks of just over 4% of scouts and earned his Eagle Scout Badge after years of hard work and persistence. Having received his...

  • Anita Wooldridge captures once-in-a-lifetime moments in her nature photography

    Lisha Nouhan|Jan 10, 2024

    Niwot resident Anita Wooldridge has been making the most of her retirement by devoting her time to photography. She specializes in nature and wildlife, capturing the natural beauty of the Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Teton National Park in her work. Her photography captures a feeling of quiet serenity, and offers a calm interlude to a busy life. Wooldridge said she first got started with ocean photography while diving, about 20 years ago. "...(B)ringing a camera underwater...

  • Proposed passenger train would service the Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo

    Lisha Nouhan|Dec 20, 2023

    Everyone in Boulder County knows of the FasTracks transit plan from the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), and in particular, the ghost of a plan for extensions to Boulder and Longmont, which has haunted the region since the beginning of the project in 2004. The light-rail trains implemented by RTD as well as increased bus lines have introduced more much needed public transportation options to primarily the Denver metro area, as well as surrounding cities. The project is not without...

  • Burt Steele memorial bench installed at Niwot Market

    Lisha Nouhan|Dec 20, 2023

    On Saturday, Dec. 16, some 200 Niwotians gathered in front of the Niwot Market for the unveiling of a bench dedicated to the memory of beloved community member Bert Steele. It was a touching final farewell to Steele, who died Aug. 7, 2023, after a short illness. Born on Oct. 16, 1950, Steele founded Niwot Market in 2002. A hard worker and passionate business owner, he cultivated a commercial space that has become truly integral to the community of Niwot. Niwot Market is frequently at the center...

  • Left Hand Laurel: Catherine McHale

    Lisha Nouhan|Nov 15, 2023

    Catherine McHale is the recipient of the Left Hand Valley Courier’s Left Hand Laurel for her volunteer work in Niwot, most notably establishing the popular event, “Dancing Under the Stars.” McHale owns Power & Purpose Marketing in Niwot, and has been a member of the Niwot community for about 13 years. She was Niwot’s Economic Development Director for a number of years, leading efforts to fill Niwot’s commercial spaces. She started getting involved in the community as a business owner. “After a...

  • Where are they now? Lulu LaFortune

    Lisha Nouhan|Nov 8, 2023

    Lulu LaFortune, a Niwot High School graduate, is conquering the world of design by making a name for herself as a furniture, textile, and interior designer in Los Angeles with her company "Lulu LaFortune Limited" brand. LaFortune graduated from Niwot High School in 2014, and went to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design and Manufacturing, as well as minors in Textile Design and Interior Design. Though she initially...

  • Where Are They Now? Brian Dietzen

    Lisha Nouhan|Oct 25, 2023

    Brian Dietzen, a 1996 Niwot High School graduate, has gone on to a Hollywood acting career, where he is known mainly for his recurring role in the popular drama “NCIS.” Born in Illinois, he moved to Colorado and started acting in Niwot Elementary’s Christmas pageant and various school plays. After graduating from Niwot High School where he performed in several theater productions, Dietzen went to the University of Colorado at Boulder to study theatre and get his BFA in acting. He got his start...

  • Niwot's Out & About returns to celebrate small businesses

    Lisha Nouhan|Sep 27, 2023

    Saturday Sept. 23 brought the return of Niwot's annual "Out & About," a day to celebrate the small businesses of Niwot. Sponsored by the Niwot Business Association (NBA), this annual event brings out tents and stands featuring Niwot businesses and live music along Second Avenue and in Cottonwood Square. Out & About was started last year as a way to showcase the various goods and gifts from businesses in Niwot, and to bring support and awareness for Niwot's charming business community....

  • Niwot buzzes with activity during 3rd annual Honey Bee Harvest Festival

    Lisha Nouhan|Sep 20, 2023

    Whether you love them or fear them, insects make up approximately 80% of animals found on earth, and make up the majority of pollinators. This weekend, Niwot celebrated one of the most well-known and well-loved species of pollinators – bees. The over 900 species of bees found in Colorado play an integral part to the farming culture Niwot was built upon. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.16, 2nd Avenue and Cottonwood Square were taken over by various small businesses, artisans, and b...

  • Dancing Under the Stars extended through September

    Lisha Nouhan|Sep 20, 2023

    As we transition into autumn, one of the most popular events in Niwot is coming to a close – the weekly "Dancing Under the Stars" event. A free dance lesson of varying genres followed by a public dance takes place every Friday during the warm summer evenings from June to the end of September. Originally scheduled to end Sept. 22, a "rain date" has extended the season through Sept. 29 with contra dance. Dancing Under the Stars started out in Boulder at the University of Colorado, but when C...

  • Left Hand Laurel Catherine McCall

    Lisha Nouhan|Sep 20, 2023

    This month's Left Hand Laurel goes to Catherine McCall for her work on the lovely pollinator gardens around town, and just in time for the harvest season. McCall came to the U.S. from the U.K. for post-doctoral work as a research scientist in 1985, and moved to Niwot in 2011. She started her work on the public gardens when she found her own gardening space to be confining. "My garden here is not big enough, so I started to...put in flower beds or vegetable beds in my neighbors gardens," McCall...

  • RMCC Shine Prom celebrates special needs community

    Lisha Nouhan|Sep 13, 2023

    Once a year each spring is an affair every high school student looks forward to. The social event of the year, a time to unwind towards the end of school, the one time to get dressed up and party like there's no tomorrow. The event in question, of course, is prom. But Shine Prom isn't being held at a school, nor in the spring, as is traditional. Shine Prom is held every year at Rocky Mountain Christian Church (RMCC) locations in Frederick and Niwot to celebrate the special needs community and...

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