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  • Rainbow compost plant in jeopardy, but final product still intriguing

    Pattie Logan|Mar 10, 2021

    Plans to build a compost plant on Rainbow Open Space took a step back last week as Boulder County Commissioners expressed concerns with the location and asked for more creative solutions to deal with organic waste. "If we do a site, for me, not on Open Space lands, that's not what Open Space lands are for, no biosolids from wastewater treatment plants, we should be imaginative and maybe use a smaller scale and include the public," said Commissioner Matt Jones. Commissioners Claire Levy and...

  • Prairie dog review shows where they expand, lose and retake territory

    Pattie Logan|Feb 17, 2021

    This year, there are more prairie dogs where Boulder County wants them and fewer acres where they don't. The recent annual management review of the county's open space properties took stock of last year's efforts that see-saw between killing and nurturing, depending on where the animals live. There are fewer acres with prairie dogs on agricultural open space, which are generally classified as No Prairie Dog acres or NPD. In 2020, prairie dogs lived on 2.5% of NPD acres, down from 4.1% in 2019....

  • Local hospitals try to keep up with COVID-19 while prepping for vaccines

    Pattie Logan|Nov 25, 2020

    The bad news is that more people than ever are in Boulder County hospitals with COVID-19; the good news is that patients have a better chance of avoiding the most serious or deadly outcomes compared to when the pandemic began. “We have been thrilled with the progress we’ve made since March as health care providers, learning how we take care of these patients,” said Boulder Community Hospital Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer Jackie Attlesey-Pries. “We are able to support them in a different way than we first did in...

  • Hybrid learning approved for St. Vrain students

    Pattie Logan|Sep 23, 2020

    St. Vrain Valley School District students will soon be seeing each other, their teachers and staff again in person. Though being face-to-face will not be quite the same with everyone required to wear masks. On Monday night, the district held a virtual public meeting to announce that it is moving to a hybrid system where students will have in-person classes two days a week and two days will remain as synchronous, remote learning. Having only half the students at school on any given day will allow...

  • Local restaurants trying to survive with new business models

    Pattie Logan|Mar 25, 2020

    It's not the way Leland Oxley expected to launch his Gunbarrel restaurant, Motherlode. In less than two weeks he opened the new restaurant, closed down the dining room, started a carryout and delivery business and began room service for all of five guests staying at the nearby Hampton Suites hotel. "At some point you just say it is what it is and make the best of it," said Oxley. Motherlode isn't the only restaurant suffering after the coronavirus forced Gov. Jared Polis to limit all...

  • Neighbors step up to help during the coronavirus outbreak

    Pattie Logan|Mar 18, 2020

    Who needs help? That's what some community members are asking, providing a bright spot amid the fear and uncertainty around the coronavirus. A Gunbarrel woman has offered to go grocery shopping or run errands for free for people who are older, have underlying illnesses or are afraid to go out in public for other reasons. "No judgment if someone is too scared to go shopping," said Rachel Isaacs, who posted her offer on Nextdoor, the social network that connects people with their neighbors and...

  • Ripple effect of coronavirus felt locally

    Pattie Logan|Mar 11, 2020

    Local businesses and residents are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. The Niwot Inn took a big hit when a group of international business travelers canceled their gathering for later this month. The group of CEOs come from Europe, India and across the U.S., booking the entire Inn a couple of times a year for three to four days, according to co-owner Carissa Brandes. “Thousands of dollars, it’s very tough,” said Brandes. “We’ve noticed this March has been one of the slowest months...

  • Niwot High skiers rock 2020 state skiing championships

    Pattie Logan|Mar 4, 2020

    Thirteenth place in giant slalom at State was music to the ears of freshman skier Jack Vincent, who posted a combined time of 2:18:63. He and two other Niwot High students were at Beaver Creek Feb. 27 and 28 for State slalom and giant slalom races. Vincent uses a music analogy to describe the two different types of racing. "Slalom, you can think of it like a country-rock song. It's a little bit faster pace," said Vincent. "Then GS is more like an opera. It's slow. You have to keep control...

  • Niwot High's new football coach expects more than wins

    Pattie Logan|Feb 26, 2020

    Niwot High's new head football coach, Nik Blume, doled out pizza and enthusiasm when he met with the players and their parents last week, sharing his "full tilt" approach to coaching. He won't officially be on staff until the end of the semester, but he's already laying the groundwork for next season. Blume told the players that weightlifting will start this spring. "That's non-negotiable for me. If you don't like weights, this might not be for you," he said. "You have to be physically prepared...

  • Vibrant young artist livens cafe

    Pattie Logan|Feb 19, 2020

    A colorful new art show at Winot Coffee has more energy than a triple espresso. Add a splash of whimsy to that order and you have a dazzling display of more than 60 paintings and mixed media collages. It's an impressive collection for an artist with only ten years' experience--in life. Jillian Binder's face is framed by long brown hair that bends at the shoulder of her pink tee-shirt. Her smile beams as brightly as her work when she talks about her creative process, unfettered by the analytical...