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 By Patricia Loga    News    March 31, 2021

Rainbow Open Space compost facility off the table

Boulder County Commissioners have removed Rainbow Open Space as a potential site for a large-scale compost facility. The move...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    March 24, 2021

Local farmers get sustainability grants to improve soil and food production

It's all about the dirt. Improving the soil improves the plants, improves the yield, improves the quality and amount of local...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    March 17, 2021

Cottontail Trail repairs and closures begin this week

Repairs on the Cottontail Trail in Gunbarrel could begin this week, causing a temporary closure to two sections of the...

 

One last race and a lot of great memories for talented Niwot High skier

It wasn't the final run that Niwot High School senior Emily Creek dreamed of, but she's grateful she got to be part of a...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    March 3, 2021

Compost facility application may be withdrawn to review cost and impacts

Nancy Davis thought a conservation easement meant the land was protected from development. So when she and her husband...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    March 3, 2021

Left Hand Laurel - Lydia Moy

School volunteer Lydia Moy looks at every opportunity and raises it up a notch. "Your job is not to do 10,000 cutout...

 

Devastating 2020 wildfire season inspires listening and legislation

No one wants to go through another fire season like 2020 with months of dangerous air quality, eerie smoke, raining ash and...

 

Niwot Rental and Feed 'Rolling' with times for 40 years

There aren't many places where you can pick up a bag of birdseed, a bale of alfalfa, rent a Bobcat, buy a plush dog toy and...

 

Lessons from a dog fight

It's been more than two weeks since my neighbors' dog got out, and made a beeline toward me and my dog as we walked down our...

 

Flood-prone trail in Gunbarrel to be fixed

A Gunbarrel trail that washes out nearly every year will get a permanent fix this spring. Boulder County Commissioners...

 

Ivy & Thistle hair salon mixes luxury with a small town feel

It started with putting barrettes in her cat's fur when she was three years old. Liz Edge always knew she wanted to work as...

 

Information and vaccines are slow to come

The time window is open, but details have been scarce on how people 70 and over can register and get the COVID-19 vaccine....

 

Historic farm pieced back together as open space

For more than a century Charlie Stromquist and his ancestors farmed 175 acres northeast of Niwot. Extended family had 405...

 

Biden offers inspiration to those who stutter

A local teen who stutters and his speech therapist have an extra reason to watch Joe Biden give his inauguration speech next...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    January 6, 2021

Dinner in a snow globe is an alternative reality for eating out

Technically, there wasn't a special occasion, but it felt like one. Just going to dinner at a restaurant felt like...

 

Messaging campaign targets critical gaps in COVID-19 workplace practices

Marta Venezuela Moreno is like Santa Claus on a mission, her arms full of clear plastic bags containing goodies she's giving...

 

Affordable housing project in Gunbarrel raises trust issues with city planners

Boulder Housing Partners is now free to close a real estate deal to buy a property for an affordable housing project in...

 

Task force gives voice to those most impacted by pandemic

Those hit hardest by the pandemic are not often the most vocal, the most visible. A group of eleven people from...

 

The 'Niwot Buffer' likely to grow with new Open Space purchase

A 40-acre property west of Niwot has been eyed by Boulder County for years, prized for its views along the Diagonal Highway a...

 

An ancient poem and modern photos come together in a coffee table book

It is hard to find such a wide variety of interests and talents in one person, let alone see them all come together in one...

 

Vitamin D and other immune boosters may help fight off COVID-19

Chances of getting COVID-19 are as high, or higher, than they've ever been during the pandemic, but there are simple steps...

 

Veteran's banner is a tribute to American Indians who served

Pvt. Joe Pacheco was a WWII soldier, a father, an American Indian and much more. His son, who shares his name, wanted to...

 

A veteran's banner inspires a living legacy of devotion to family

When Karen Quinn took her grandson to look at the veteran's banners in Niwot, she didn't know how he would respond. Her grand...

 

A Colorful Halloween

A recycled crayon looks more like candy to a child at a demonstration at Inkberry Books in Niwot on Saturday. Most regular...

 

Mountain View firefighters help with Cameron Peak Fire

His mom cries every time he heads toward the flames of a wildfire. "She acts like I'm going off to war," said Mountain View...

 

Visiting the Sand Creek Massacre site is challenging but worthwhile

History can be learned from books and films and lectures, but a deeper layer of understanding comes from being in the place...

 

COVID survivors are vital to science and a brighter future

The spike in COVID-19 cases tied to the University of Colorado last month is troubling, but those who have recovered have the...

 

Get the shot, not the flu, especially this year

Locals seem to be heeding the fervent advice of health experts to get a flu shot this year. The King Soopers pharmacy in...

 

Parents urged to prepare students for back-to-school anxiety

Things will look different when St. Vrain Valley School District students step into the classroom next week for the first...

 

Standing up for feet

The first snowflakes of the season fell like confetti for skiers and other winter sport lovers; a signal that it's time to...

 

Niwot farmer works to salvage flattened sorghum

The sorghum crop at the Diagonal and Niwot Road looks like someone having a bad hair day. Some of it is standing up, some...

 

'Peeping' at Rocky Mountain National Park? Plan ahead

Spontaneity is so 2019. In 2020, you have to plan ahead, especially if you want to visit Rocky Mountain National Park this...

 

Rangers see more people with masks after posting signs on trails

Complaints are down and mask use is up on trails and Open Space properties, according to Boulder County Ranger Erin...

 

Community helps pull local restaurants through - so far

Local restaurants are hanging on thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, Boulder County grants, loans from...

 

Parents are looking for help with remote school, forming pods and joining hubs

Once a week I help my brother by supervising his eight and 10-year old boys during remote school. Once a week I am reminded...

 

Record heat and fires are the backdrop for a climate stabilization plan

These aren't the kind of records that anyone is proud of: Denver hit a new high mark for 25 days over 90 degrees in August,...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    August 26, 2020

Vandalism taken to a new level on Boulder County Open Space

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out who vandalized two Boulder County Open Space properties last...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    August 26, 2020

Sancho's van and food cart stolen

Thieves made off with a van and food cart from Sancho's in Gunbarrel and then drove it to Safeway in Longmont and...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    August 19, 2020

CU students return to new rules and high expectations

True or false? Will CU students, faculty and staff successfully avoid widespread transmission of the coronavirus when...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    August 19, 2020

Prairie dog traps vandalized on south side of Niwot

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article titled "Local prairie dogs on the move," originally appeared in the PDF...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    August 12, 2020

The artist who carved Niwot's tree sculptures passes away

Admirers left flowers, notes and appreciative comments on social media for the artist who brought Native American images to...

 

4-H Dog Project engages kids with dog Bingo and online training

Thank goodness for the dog. Throughout the whole coronavirus lockdown, school closing and restrictions, kids in the 4-H Dog P...

 

A teacher prepares for an uncertain school year

Editor's note: On Aug. 4, as this issue was about to go to press, St. Vrain Valley Schools announced that the 2020-21 school...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    July 29, 2020

One thing hasn't changed for the scaled-down Boulder County Fair

About now, Clarence Kneebone would be setting up the last metal corral panels, straw bales and exhibit tables at the Boulder...

 

Schools rely on Boulder County Health for reopening decisions

St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) is leaning heavily on science and medical experts as it finalizes back-to-school plans during the coronavirus pandemic. Health...

 

Families can finally connect in person at senior communities

Shirley Olson walks out of the Hover Community Assisted Living Resident, a vision in blue. The 93-year-old is wearing a vest...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    July 15, 2020

Video: Niwot sidewalk sale a success

Sunny skies and friendly faces were the order of the day at the town-wide sidewalk sale held by Niwot merchants on Saturday,...

 

Niwot entrepreneur pivots his medical business to supply PPE

The market for personal protective equipment, or PPE, operates like the Wild West, as Niwot entrepreneur Dave Rechberger...

 

Boulder Country Club reopens food service after four COVID cases

Food is being served again on the patio of Boulder Country Club. The club's restaurant closed for about 11 days at the end...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    July 8, 2020

Niwot freshman organizes fundraiser to support racial equality

Everyone should have the same starting point in life. That's what Oliver Fowler believes, and he's taking action to help...

 

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