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  • Whistle Stop Park may live up to historic name

    Nellie Nibnose|Mar 30, 2022

    Do you like Rock & Rails? Have you ever ridden the Winter Park Ski Train? A summer version of that train may be coming to Niwot on Thursday evenings for our town's summer concert series. The word is out on Rock & Rails, and Denver music lovers are tuned in. At the moment, plans are still a bit up in the air, but the SBNF (Simply Beautiful Niwot Fun) rail plan is in the works, and it has the NACC's (Niwot Activity Community Club) basic approval. "The plan works on so many levels." one NACC...

  • Groundhog Day, not just 'déjà vu all over again.'

    Nellie Nibnose|Feb 2, 2022

    On February 2, you've come to see, What a groundhog can come to be. But if you live in the mighty West, You know that prairie dogs are the best. No movies for our famous dog, Who certainly isn't Phil the hog. That groundhog who lays around his house, Only to sit there, still and grouse. Of dogs and hogs I hope you know, The trick is finding their shadow. For in the West, you'll come to see, The shadow means more months to ski....

  • Photo of the Week (Jan. 19)

    Nellie Nibnose|Jan 19, 2022

    Life got you down? Tired of politics, pandemic and polarization? Take a gander at these happy creatures. I defy anyone who sees this display to come away in a bad mood. Remember it is only 59 days until spring officially arrives....

  • 'Little Sir Echo" in Niwot

    Nellie Nibnose|Dec 15, 2021

    When I was small there was a catchy little ditty about an echo. Little sir echo, How do you do? Hello (hello) Hello (hello) ...which has now given me an earworm. But never mind. Several weeks ago, I was on a stroll with my good friend Glinda. As we often do, we walked through the underpass for Niwot Road. We always enjoy all the glorious mural paintings down there, and Glinda let out a lovely expletive, which showed her appreciation for the magnificent artwork. As she spoke, there it was, a...

  • What's up with wasps?

    Nellie Nibnose|Jul 7, 2021

    Unless you are an entomologist, these pictures taken in Niwot's Cottonwood Square on a warm June day, can only elicit one response – EEEEUUUUWWWW. Or at least that was my reaction. Wasps are a pain. Just ask my friend whose husband was repeatedly stung in the Achilles heel last summer as he mowed the lawn. Turns out the brickwork they installed the summer before provided the perfect environment for a wasp habitat. A few more choice words than EEEEUUUUWWWW were uttered though. All of this got m...

  • 2021 Rock & Rails - Getting the old band(s) back together

    Nellie Nibnose|Jun 9, 2021

    Starved concertgoers were refreshed and refilled by the return of Niwot's famed Rock & Rails concert series on Thursday, June 3. Attendees not only were entertained by opening band Pacheco & Bower and headliners Mojomama, whose self-described "funky blues rock" had the crowd up and dancing, but also by the fact the day marked the premier of the new Depot building at Whistle Stop Park, which replaces the old beer tent. Niwot resident Joe Pacheco, who teamed up with Loveland resident Billy Bower...

  • High-end housing development to use compost for green heat

    Nellie Nibnose|Mar 31, 2021

    April 1 Boulder Country – There may be a green light at the end of the tunnel for the proposed and then possibly canceled Rainbow Composting Facility. Although the application was removed, the project may have new life. The new take is a proposed upscale housing development which would be, at the very least, heated from Rainbow Composting Facility "gas" emissions. The End of the Rainbow development, while in preliminary planning stages, has attracted a lot of interest from as far away as K...

  • Family friendly and 'green' statues coming soon

    Nellie Nibnose|Apr 1, 2020

    There's a new statue coming to town. The female statuette is getting her male companion at Niwot's Sculpture Park. But in a nod to Victorian sensibilities, there will be a slight alteration to both the male and female forms. "We've received several suggestions, which read more as complaints, about the visibility of certain portions of the statues," according to Prudence Peccadillo of the Popular Culture Committee (PC Committee)."As a result, the PC Committee has gone back in history and looked...

  • Where in the World?

    Nellie Nibnose|Jan 1, 2020

    What's this? Do great minds run in the same mudpuddles? Is it deja vu all over again? Where in the world are these mirror images of dragon mailbox posts? Do they look familiar? And while they are decked out for Christmas, you can only wonder what they might do on New Year's Eve. As always, your prize will be having your name printed in the Courier, and be given the title of "Where in the World Master Sleuth."...

  • More potholes for posterity

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Apr 18, 2019

    Another subdivision heard from. Thank you Gary Northup of Gunbarrel Estates for the following submission. “I see the same pothole on Mt Sherman filled year after year. There’s a low spot in the road there so it is always filled with water or snow after storms. Just down the street I see a large rectangular patch that was probably filled due to sewer problems. It has lasted for years. “Why not fix vs (sic) repair the low spot so pothole crews don’t need to come out every year. Isn’t that chea...

  • Moratorium inspires new county regulations

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Apr 4, 2019

    April 1 – In what the county commissioners feel was a bolt of inspiration from the now seven-month-old building moratorium imposed on Old Town Niwot, that august body is now considering something similar for all houses in the county. Commissioner D.B. Farmer said, “We looked at the effect of the moratorium on Niwot and how it promoted such constructive, genial communications between the different streets, neighbors, businesses and homeowners. It was all good. “The whole experience made us reali...

  • Where in the world…? (Feathered Friends edition)

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Jan 19, 2019

    Find these fabulous faux-feathered fellows. Festus has a fine figure. Ferd’s face is fun. Fabio’s features are frankly, fantastic. And none are feather-brained or flighty. Fear naught faithful reader, for these fearsome fellows feature festive finery for photos. But where are they? Send your finding to Nellie Nibnose, [email protected] for a future, fun filler. No fatally flawed flamingos allowed....

  • Where in the world…? (1-02-19 issue)

    Nellie Nibnose|Jan 2, 2019

    Editor’s Note: We had one straggler from the Dec. 12 issue. Here’s what Laura Staisiunas wrote “Walking to Niwot Realty, of course!” Now for the first Where in the world…? for 2019. Baa, baa white sheep, Are you made of stone? Yes, I am. Yes, I am. But where’s my home? Go down LCCVth Street Look down the lane. Just ignore the ducks, Because they are a pain. You’ll have to really look, Since I’m to the east. But it won’t take long, To find this pretty beast....

  • Where in the world…? (Happy Holidays Edition)

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Dec 13, 2018

    There is a snowman and Christmas tree, Which are in plain sight, for all to see. It couldn’t be quicker, So please take a picture, To give all in town some glee....

  • Where in the world…? (Scarecrow edition)

    Nellie Nibnose|Nov 28, 2018

    Congratulations to all those intrepid travelers who went exploring during the Thanksgiving break. Though, by the looks of the fantastic picture the Brown family sent in, the bird, the scarecrow and his little dog too could still use a meal. First up is Dave Dell, who wrote, “That skeleton scarecrow/dog is in front of the first house on Niwot Rd. between 95th and 287 on the south side of the road. It's a blue house. I don't know its address.” Thanks, Dave. Then we have junior explorers Isa...

  • Where in the World...? (Cubs chair edition)

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Sep 30, 2018

    Our chair was discovered, That’s not a bummer. The rhyme that follows, Isn’t hard to swallow. Here’s what people wrote in And all scored a big win. The Cubs chair on 79th Street in Niwot was the mystery Left Hand Chair....

  • Where in the World…? (Boys of Summer edition)

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Sep 21, 2018

    This week we’re upping the ante, So you’d better get off your fanny. No picture will be seen or heard, You’ll have to go with just these words. I’m a lefty, of glorious lore, Just so you know, I do keep score. I’m in a very public place, So you better hurry, it’s a race. It’s been said that I’m a joke, That’s not true, it’s thegoat. Two years ago I won the series, Which ended all the endless drearies A century was a long time to wait, Here’s to opening the floodgates. The boys of summer are almost done, Quick now tell me, I’m the one....

  • Where in the world…? (Left Hand Chair edition)

    Nellie Nibnose|Sep 8, 2018

    Where in the World has hit the jackpot this week and it’s keeping the World staff very busy. Three very savvy families have found our mystery chair. First to thanks to Megan Nowak. Nowak writes, “The chair mentioned in the Aug. 29 edition of the Left Hand Valley Courier is in Whistlestop Park. Below is a photo of my daughter Savannah Nowak and friend Xander Ware at a Rock & Rails concert a couple of weeks ago.” Next there’s the intrepid Sascha. No hiding place in Niwot is safe with her eagle e...

  • Where in the world…?

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Jul 26, 2018

    Where in the world is this treasure? Wander around at your leisure. Someone has taken trash, Turning it into more than cash. Your journey may be hot and dry I promise you it’s not a lie. Take your camera to use as proof, Just to show you’re not a goof. But be careful, if you do, You may hear a big COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO....

  • Where in the world…?

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Jul 21, 2018

    Congratulations to our very observant explorers, Zoey, Zeke and Cleo Baker. According to proud dad Tom Baker, the intrepid trio “took note of last month’s winner being in the paper. When they noticed this issue of LHVC on the counter and saw the Where in the World picture, they knew exactly where it was. Then promptly jumped on their bikes to take this picture.” Good work kids. You were outside, getting exercise in a place that you obviously know very well. Our other fearless explorer is Chris...

  • Excalibur found

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Jun 24, 2018

    Gadzooks – Our fair kingdom can boast about quest seekers worthy of Don Quixote himself. No windmills this time, but instead they have found Excalibur. Congratulations to knights extraordinaire Edward “Torque” Nowak and Robb Haas. Then there are our knights-in-training: Paxton Lavigne, whose mother Marcie Lavigne said, “Paxton went on a quest and found the sword.” And Ben and Jon Lenger, who wanted pictorial proof of their find. There are no damsels in distress for this quest. Hailey Noterman...

  • R.I.P. Gunbarrel? (April 1 edition)

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Apr 1, 2018

    Has Gunbarrel seen its day? These words are reverberating throughout the area, as the forces of change swirled around the historic region. “Violence, we see violence everywhere,” said one community member, who wished to be anonymous. “The name is horrible. I’m embarrassed. Why should I be reminded of it every time I tell my doctor to call in my prescriptions to the pharmacy in Gunbarrel.” Maizey Camarillo, a recent California transplant who has a long career in urban planning said, “I could hardly believe my ears when he said the name. What...

  • A forklift might be necessary

    Nellie Nibnose, [email protected]|Oct 15, 2016

    After spying the excellent work being done by Elaine Fein on the left hand chair situated in front of KL Realty, I’ve learned that Anne Postle and Michelle Henzel of Osmosis Gallery and Architecture have ordered 11 more concrete chairs – eight are adult-size and three are the smaller kids’ chairs. Postle said that the southpaw chairs are available for purchase at the cost of $250 for an adult chair and $175 for a child’s. Buyers need to secure their own artist to decorate the chairs. The Niwot C...

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