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  • Boulder County approves underpass Option 3A instead of Option 2A endorsed by the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee

    Peggy B. Graham|Jul 17, 2024

    Discussions have been underway since March between Boulder County Community Planning and Permitting and the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) regarding the location and alignment of the proposed underpass linking the planned bikeway in the median of the Diagonal and the RTD park-n-ride parking lot with downtown Niwot. The original plans for the bikeway did not include an underpass on the northbound lanes of the Diagonal Highway, but the LID and the Niwot Business...

  • Boulder County's minimum wage impact on the local farming community

    Peggy B. Graham|Jul 17, 2024

    The Boulder County Commissioners have introduced a new hourly minimum wage, a development extensively covered in the Left Hand Valley Courier. This wage change will have a significant and concerning impact on unincorporated communities, and local farmers, a group that is distinct from the incorporated cities or towns and which therefore faces unique challenges. Michael Moss, owner of Kilt Farm, is the President of the Community Farmers Alliance (COFA) and is deeply concerned about the new...

  • Niwot Garden Club growing love for gardening

    Peggy B. Graham|Jul 10, 2024

    The Niwot Garden Club is an informal group of enthusiastic gardeners who share a love for gardening, flowers, and trees. The club's mission is to enhance the beauty of their yards and the community, promote sustainable gardening practices, and provide educational opportunities related to horticulture. Members enjoy getting down and dirty with the earth, planting and weeding, feeding, watering, and nurturing plant life. In the evenings, they often indulge in a leisurely "walkabout," perhaps with...

  • Transportation News US 36 proposed bikeway and wildlife crossings

    Peggy B. Graham|Jun 26, 2024

    Boulder County's Transportation Planning Division is working on a Feasibility Study for the US 36/North Foothills Bikeway, an eleven-mile corridor spanning from the intersection of Broadway and US 36 in Boulder to the intersection of US 36 and CO 66 in Lyons. The study is motivated by injury-fatality pedestrian and bicycle crashes along this corridor. For more information, sign up for e-news at County E-News. The purpose of the bikeway is to improve safety and comfort for cyclists. All severe...

  • Niwot "an endangered species" - Tony Santelli

    Peggy B. Graham|Jun 19, 2024

    In the wake of 1914 House’s announcement that it will close as of July 7, 2024, Tony Santelli, a respected business professional and former president of the Niwot Business Association, has voiced his concerns about Boulder County's Minimum Wage Ordinance 2023-4. Santelli, who is a former site manager of IBM’s Boulder facility and a former owner of the Niwot Tavern, fears that this ordinance, if not addressed, could lead to significant financial strain on small businesses in Niwot and other areas of unincorporated Boulder County. Niwot's cur...

  • Steve Durian, Boulder County's Director of Public Works

    Peggy B. Graham|Jun 5, 2024

    Steve Durian, Boulder County's Director of Public Works since August 2023, plays a crucial role in overseeing the county's infrastructure projects. Durian's expertise and passion for his work are evident, as he was excited to interview for the position when it was advertised. With prior experience at the City of Boulder from 2000 to 2006 and continued ties to the area through property ownership and other connections, Durian is excited to navigate the intricacies of Boulder County's...

  • Commuting Solutions integral to CO 119 project

    Peggy B. Graham|Jun 5, 2024

    Commuting Solutions, a Louisville-based transportation management organization (TMO), is partnering with Boulder County on the CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway Project. As a partner, they are leveraging their expertise to create a distinct identity for the Diagonal Highway corridor. This includes designing wayfinding signs, bus station architecture, and other elements along the new Bus Rapid Transit route. Audrey DeBarros, the Executive Director of Commuting Solutions, and Kelly...

  • Interview with SVVSD Superintendent Don Haddad, Ed.D

    Peggy B. Graham and Maria Karagianis|Jun 5, 2024

    In 2008, the St. Vrain Valley School District's (SVVSD) overall graduation rate was approximately 75%, with the Hispanic graduation rate at approximately 55%. Over 16 years, the district has seen significant progress. As of 2024, the overall district graduation rate has risen to an impressive 93.3%, and the Hispanic student graduation rate has also seen a substantial increase, now at 87.7%. According to Don Haddad, Superintendent of SVVSD, these improvements were achieved despite the district's...

  • Construction on the CO 119 bikeway to start in fall 2024 and 63rd Street underpass to become an overpass

    Peggy B. Graham|May 29, 2024

    The CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway Project, a crucial initiative to enhance safety, mobility, and add a bikeway along the CO 119 corridor from Longmont to Boulder, is set to start construction on the bikeway portion in the fall of 2024, with updates provided late summer 2024 according to a Boulder County news release. The entire project is scheduled from fall 2023 through spring 2027. CO 119, unfortunately, holds the second-highest crash corridor for bicyclists in Boulder County. From 2015 through 2019, there were 17 bicycle crashes,...

  • Microtransit and the Gunbarrel shuttle project

    Peggy B. Graham|May 22, 2024

    Danny O'Connor, Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Boulder, presented an update about the proposed Gunbarrel shuttle at the Commuting Solutions membership meeting held on April 24. The proposed Gunbarrel shuttle would utilize microtransit, a new concept within the transportation world. This service would provide on-demand, point-to-point service within a fixed zone using vans or shuttles. The routing and scheduling provided by this service will supplement the existing transit network...

  • Front Range Passenger Rail Update

    Peggy B. Graham|May 15, 2024

    Part three of a three-part series covering RTD regarding TABOR's Impact, RTD Northwest Rail and Front Range Passenger Rail, with an update on key state legislation. Commuting Solutions, a Louisville-based organization dedicated to finding innovative transportation options, held a membership meeting on April 24, providing a comprehensive update on the CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway from Longmont to Boulder. Representatives from the Front Range Passenger Rail (FRPR) Chrissy Breit, Chief of...

  • CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway Project update

    Peggy B. Graham|May 8, 2024

    Part two of a three-part series covering RTD regarding TABOR's impact, RTD Northwest Rail and Front Range Passenger Rail, and an update on key state legislation. Commuting Solutions, a Louisville based organization dedicated to finding innovative transportation options connecting commuters to their workplaces, has strongly advocated for the CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway Project. It held a membership meeting on April 24, providing a comprehensive update on the project, including its team,...

  • Regional Transportation District update on TABOR, coordination with Front Range Passenger Rail, and legislation

    Peggy B. Graham|May 1, 2024

    Part one of a three-part series covering RTD regarding TABOR's Impact, RTD Northwest Rail and Front Range Passenger Rail, and an update on key state legislation. On April 24, Commuting Solutions hosted a meeting with updates on RTD, the CO 119 Safety, Mobility and Bikeway Project, and the Front Range Passenger Rail. Commuting Solutions is a service organization that advocates for its members and the communities it serves for multimodal improvements and the funding needed to implement them. Lynn...

  • Boulder County transportation sales tax and projects update

    Peggy B. Graham|Apr 24, 2024

    Kathleen Bracke, Deputy Director of Community Planning and Permitting, Transportation Planning, and Kristine Obendorf, Deputy Director of Engineering at the Boulder County Public Works Department, presented on April 3 to the Boulder County Consortium of Cities regarding an overview of the Boulder County transportation sales tax and ballot initiative 1C. In 2001, Boulder County voters passed a ballot initiative that allowed for a 0.1 percent (one cent on a $10 purchase) countywide transportation...

  • Consortium of Cities discuss plan regarding minimum wage ordinance

    Peggy B. Graham|Apr 17, 2024

    The Boulder County Consortium of Cities met on April 3 to offer progress updates in developing a regional plan regarding minimum wage for incorporated towns and cities in Boulder County. Boulder County Ordinance 2023-4 became effective on Jan. 1, 2024, setting a minimum wage of $15.69 per hour for businesses in Niwot and other unincorporated areas of the county, 15% above Colorado’s 2023 minimum wage and $1.27 higher than that of surrounding incorporated towns and cities that currently pay $14.42. The ordinance also gradually increases the m...

  • Commissioner Marta Loachamin regarding the upcoming small business grant program and minimum wage

    Peggy B. Graham|Apr 10, 2024

    Boulder County's Small Business Grant/Changing Economic Environment Program, spearheaded by Commissioner Marta Loachamin, is accepting applications for grant funding to support unincorporated Boulder County small businesses impacted by the costs (including labor costs) of doing business in the County's rapidly changing economic environment. The last day to apply is April 19, 2024, at 5 p.m.at https://coloradoenterprisefund.org/Boulder-County-SB-Grant. Grants of up to $5,000 per business will be...

  • Peter Kamuhanda and Mwebaza Days

    Peggy B. Graham|Apr 10, 2024

    In the February 5, 2020 edition of the Left Hand Valley Courier, an article was published about a young Ugandan boy named Peter Kamuhanda, who was a recipient of the Mwebaza Foundation's scholarship program. This program provided for his schooling, whereas in Uganda, insufficient funding for schools forces citizens to fill the financial gaps. Tragically, Kamuhanda was orphaned as a child and vulnerable to losing his scholarship. His current guardian had planned to send him to live with his grand...

  • Boulder County's outreach challenges and solutions

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 27, 2024

    In the early 21st century, outreach from institutions to private citizens faced a number of hurdles due to the changing landscape of communication, technology, and society. Conversations are often absent from our society as digital communication compresses our language to fit inside the very small footprint of social media and digital communication. The hurdles can encompass information overload, communication preferences often dictated by one’s generation, a trust deficit in government institutions, unreliable internet access or digital l...

  • Boulder County Transportation Update

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 27, 2024

    Welcome to the Niwot Transportation Update, your go-to source for all things related to transportation and mobility in our vibrant community. Highway 119 Underpass Discussions are underway regarding the proposed underpass linking the current RTD parking lot and downtown Niwot, involving the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) and Boulder County. Recently, the LID penned a letter to Stacey Proctor, Transportation Strategic Planning and Projects Manager for the CO 119...

  • Branding & Wayfinding Project for the Diagonal Highway

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 20, 2024

    Boulder County is partnering with Commuting Solutions on the CO 119 Branding & Wayfinding Project. The project will create a distinct brand identity for the Diagonal Highway corridor along the future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route connecting Boulder and Longmont based on recommendations found in The Highway 119 First and Final Mile Study, completed by consultants Fehr & Peers in August 2021. Boulder County and Commuting Solutions are asking for community input to help create the branding of the CO 119 bus, car and bicycle corridor. Survey...

  • Arapaho culture presented by Fred Mosqueda

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 20, 2024

    Fred Mosqueda, the Arapaho Language and Culture Program Outreach Specialist Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, presented an overview of the culture and history of his people, the Southern Arapahos, to a packed audience at the Left Hand Grange Hall on March 13. The lecture was presented by the Niwot Historical Society as the first in the 2024 Now & Then Lecture Series. The presentation commenced with a three-minute Arapaho prayer, which Mosqueda explained typically...

  • Boulder County's minimum wage increasing for unincorporated communities

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 6, 2024

    The Boulder County Commissioners announced a new hourly minimum wage within the geographic boundaries of Boulder County’s jurisdiction, impacting unincorporated towns, communities, and outlying areas while excluding incorporated cities or towns. Ordinance 2023-4 became effective Jan. 1, 2024 with a $15.69 per hour minimum wage which is 15% above Colorado’s 2023 minimum wage and $1.27 higher than surrounding incorporated towns and cities. The minimum wage for unincorporated Boulder County will increase yearly, reaching $25 per hour by 2030, and...

  • Business Profile: 2nd Nature Hair Lounge

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 6, 2024

    Niwot's newest hair salon, 2nd Nature Hair Lounge, located at 300 2nd Avenue, is owned by Amanda Jensen, who originally hails from Rhode Island. Jensen said her salon specializes in unique services that include French Haircutting, balayage, and a special hair product line called Oribe. Jensen has been in the salon industry since 2004 and had no vision of being a salon owner until Liz Edge, the owner of Ivy and Thistle, the salon formerly at the same location, asked if she wanted to take over...

  • "Arapaho Culture" lecture by Fred Mosqueda

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 6, 2024

    The Niwot Historical Society will present the "Arapaho Culture" as part of its Now & Then Lecture Series Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at the Left Hand Grange No. 9 with Fred Mosqueda. As an Arapaho speaker, Mosqueda supports his tribe in preserving its culture, language, and traditional practices and ceremonies. Mosqueda is the Arapaho Language and Culture Program Outreach Specialist Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Mosqueda also...

  • Boulder County Transportation Update

    Peggy B. Graham|Feb 28, 2024

    Welcome to the Niwot Transportation Update, your go-to source for all things related to transportation and mobility in our vibrant community. This monthly column will provide information regarding road and bicycle construction zone updates, maintenance projects such as the annual Boulder County chip seal program, major construction activities including the N. 95th St. (Valmont Road to Lookout Road) Reconstruction Project projected for 2024, RTD and CDOT Colorado 119 Safety, Mobility and Bikeway Project, and the Front Range Passenger Rail...

  • Bill Campbell, ditch rider for Boulder & White Rock Ditch & Reservoir Company

    Peggy B. Graham|Feb 28, 2024

    Bill Campbell has been a ditch rider, formally titled "water superintendent," for Boulder & White Rock Ditch & Reservoir Company (BWRD) since 2016. Campbell said, "They call me a water superintendent, but I call myself a ditch rider because, in the old days, the person in charge of providing water from the ditch to the shareholders would ride their horses along the ditch to monitor the flows." During the irrigation season, a ditch rider controls and maintains ditches with the goal of...

  • Focus on Farm Families

    Peggy B. Graham|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot has a rich tradition of farming dating to the late 19th century. Many farm families still work their great-grandparents' farms and pass the tradition forward. The Courier plans to focus periodically on some of our local farm families. If you know a farm family in the Niwot-Gunbarrel area we should feature, please contact us at [email protected]@lhvc.com. Jill Belue is a fourth generation farmer and the water records manager for Boulder & White Rock Ditch & Reservoir Company...

  • Meet Your Neighbor

    Peggy B. Graham|Jan 31, 2024

    Your neighbor, Sean Tufts, his wife Orly Ripmaster, and their two sons live just east of Niwot on a 48-acre farm. Tufts is the managing partner of Optiv, a cybersecurity consulting company focusing on critical infrastructure installations. Tufts is also well-known for his football career as a middle linebacker for the University of Colorado Buffaloes (2000-2003) and then for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Tufts was born in 1982 in south Denver near County Line Road, where subdivisions once...

  • Boulder County Seed Swap swaps more than seeds

    Peggy B. Graham|Jan 31, 2024

    Seed swaps are events where gardeners and farmers exchange seeds to help people garden inexpensively and reduce seed waste. The swap also provides a networking opportunity to build community, share local gardening information, and dispense education from experts such as CSU Master Gardeners and Growing Gardens. The swap works locally to keep plants for future generations. The Second Annual Boulder County Seed Swap was held on Jan. 27 at the Niwot United Methodist Church on Lookout Road. The swap...