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 By Mary Wolbach Lopert    News    July 8, 2020 

Plein Air in Boulder County

Thursday, July 2 saw the Plein Air Artists Colorado practicing their outdoor painting skills along the Cottontail Trail in... Full story


A COVID-19 Odyssey

When longtime Gunbarrel resident Lori Highfill left Colorado on Saturday, March 14, for a week's vacation in her home state...


It's all just ducky

Just because it's been the snowiest winter on record, it doesn't mean that spring isn't right around the corner. April snow...


It's a laughing matter

It's been a long time since my friend Sadie and I have connected. When I was writing this column on a regular basis, Sadie...


Kid Bits

Congratulations to third grader Beau Fronckiewicz for placing in the top 10 for the K-3rd grade division for his submissions...


71st Street project set to begin...

If you drove south on 71st to Lookout Road the week of Dec. 8, you probably experienced some delays. Xcel is repositioning...


Niwot celebrates Halloween

The end of October always brings great excitement and joy. From fun decorations and displays to Niwot's annual Great Pumpkin...


Subdivision Roads: Could a countywide PID be the solution?

This article is the fourth in a series, which explores various subdivision-paving issues and points of views in...


Mosaic Master Laurel True

If you stopped by the white tent outside the Niwot Market last week, you were treated to a community art project. The object...


New NUMC pastor takes community to heart

Pastor Walter “Skip” Strickland has known what his calling was since he was a high school junior in Tacoma, Wash....


Pretty purses with a purpose

If you’ve been into Osmosis Art and Architecture lately, you’ve probably seen some interesting purses displayed on the...


Meadow Lake Honey - A sweet place to be

When asked how they got into the honey business and started Meadow Lake Honey, Dawn and Jeff Server both smiled. “We...


New BoCo transportation director and the future of subdivision roads

This article is the third in a series, which explores various subdivision paving issues in unincorporated Boulder County.Of...


The Burgundy Park PID

The following is part of an ongoing series dealing with road conditions in Gunbarrel and Niwot. The Courier previously has co... Full story


It’s A Laughing Matter

I Have A Wand And I Know How To Use It          I am not a princess. Really - despite any rumors you’ve heard to the contrary. My problem is that I’m just not a handy...


A roads' scholar for county roadway maintenance

The first thing Ted Plank, division manager for Boulder County Transportation Department, wants people to know is, it’s a... Full story


71st Street project pushed back to 2020

According to its 2017 original schedule, 71st Street in Gunbarrel was due for complete reconstruction beginning in spring...


Editorial: 22 Years

This April marks the Left Hand Valley Courier’s 22nd anniversary. Like most things I’ve started, I’ve often wondered, if I had really known what I was getting myself... Full story


It's a Laughing Matter

Good morning, this is I.R.I.T.A.T.E. - International Responders Including Telemarketers and Telepathy Ecosystems. How may I help you? Oh I see, you're finding that people are... Full story


Ben Franklin liked the turkey better

While it’s a myth that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey as our national bird, he did think that the turkey was “a more...


It's A Laughing Matter: A Bucket Of Ash

What is it about hair? If we listen to the ads, it’s just one more body part we need to feel overly self-conscious about. From the picture-perfect Breck Girls of the 40s... Full story


It’s A Laughing Matter: The Calorie Hole

I knew it. We’ve been hoodwinked, flimflammed and just plain ripped off. Really. After years of aerobics, anaerobics, Pilates and fitness centers foisted on us, which... Full story


Gunbarrel HPD wins photonics award

On Oct. 18, HPD (High Performance Devices) was recognized as and presented with the Photonics Company of the Year award at... Full story


Strong finish for Rock & Rails

The 2018 season of Rock & Rails closed out with two terrific groups. The concert opened with Summerland Sun to start the... Full story


Fabulous Face packs ‘em in

As expected, the a cappella group Face drew an enthusiastic crowd at the Aug. 16 Rock & Rails concert. The group, which has...


Pebble Art Jewelry celebrates with beading bonanza

Beaders had a chance to try their hands at making a bracelet on Saturday, July 21. The class was held at Pebble Art Jewelry...


Water treatment plant goes green

If you’ve driven past the intersection of 63rd Street and Hwy.119, you’ve probably noticed the solar array by the...


Hail summer

If you’ve lived in Colorado long enough, you know that on any given day it can rain, hail, snow and/or either freeze or... Full story


Gunbarrel church and school work together

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church has been a mainstay in the Gunbarrel neighborhood since 1974. Today, Pastor Janet... Full story


71st Street Shoulder Project plans generally well received

According to Boulder County Transportation’s Andrew Barth, the majority of those attending the Dec. 4, 71st Street Shoulders Project open house “were strongly in favor of... Full story


71st Street improvements on tap for 2019

Gunbarrel residents were able to get a first look and make comments about preliminary plans for changes to 71st Street at an... Full story


Lookout and Spine Roads get makeover

Anyone who has tried to navigate Lookout Road or Spine Road knows about the traffic delays caused by street reconstruction....


Proving Einstein

On Oct 16, LIGO announced its observatories were able to detect gravitational waves created by the collision of two neutron stars. The collision occurred on Aug. 17. The...


Gunbarrel’s HDP makes waves with Nobel Prize winners

In an unassuming building in Gunbarrel lies a hidden gem, High Precision Devices, Inc. HPD has been in the headlines...


Life Lessons

For Niwot High School grad Libby White (06) being physically active is an integral part of life. Courier readers may...


Clean-up days in Gunbarrel Estates

June 10 and 11 saw residents of Gunbarrel Estates recycling electronics, offering free “treasures” and throwing away unwanted items. Cindy Maynard and David Vincent of WK...


May snow brings arbor woes

The heavy, wet snow on Thursday, May 18 played havoc with many Gunbarrel area trees. David-Michael and Glenda Monasch lost a... Full story


Artist paints for Niwot Market

Walk into Niwot Market and you’ll see artist Tom Studholme hard at work. Studholme, who created a mural in the store, has... Full story


Reflections from Mary

When we first started the Courier I had the distinct impression that we were like one of those 1940s Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movies, where the kids put on a show in a... Full story


It's A Laughing Matter: I'd Dress For Success But I've Nothing To Wear

I’m going to teach the fashion industry a lesson. I’m going naked. No, I’m not protesting the slaughter of innocent polyesters. I want to give fashion designers an... Full story


The sign says it all

Don’t leave your holiday waste for others to clean up. While some of the material pictured is recyclable, the corrugated...


ShopGirl is on the move

If you’re looking for something stylish at a great price, you need to visit ShopGirl consignment store at its new location... Full story


It's A Laughing Matter: Competitive Parenting

Ok ladies, we’re back. I want to thank you for tuning into the first interactive radio broadcast for Super Uber/Competitive Parenting. Not that any of us have to worry,... Full story


Proto's opens in Gunbarrel

Pizza lovers rejoice. Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana opened in the Gunbarrel Center on Wednesday, Nov. 30. According to owner...


It's A Laughing Matter - The Catalogs Are Coming, The Catalogs Are Coming

When God said, “Be fruitful and multiply,” He was talking about human beings, not holiday catalogs. I gave up counting the daily arrivals. It is easier to weigh them.... Full story


What are those things?

There’s an odd, green triangle-shaped “thing” dangling from the large ash tree by the northwest corner by the...


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