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  • Private plane makes emergency landing on Highway 287

    Staff Report|Apr 17, 2024

    At approximately 3:00 p.m. on April 14, a small single-engine Mooney M20C aircraft made an emergency landing on the southbound lanes of Highway 287 just north of Niwot Road. The airplane, originally identified as a Cessna, was traveling from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and experienced mechanical issues resulting in the emergency landing. The pilot was identified by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office as a 36-year-old male who was the only person onboard the...

  • Private plane makes emergency landing on Highway 287

    Staff Report|Apr 10, 2024

    At approximately 3:00 p.m. on April 14, a small single-engine Mooney M20C aircraft made an emergency landing on the southbound lanes of Highway 287 just north of Niwot Road. The airplane, originally identified as a Cessna, was traveling from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and experienced mechanical issues resulting in the emergency landing. The pilot was identified by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office as a 36-year-old male who was the only person onboard the...

  • First Friday Art Walk

    Staff Report|Feb 28, 2024

    Niwot's first First Friday Art Walk of 2024 will be held on Friday, March 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Old Town Niwot and Cottonwood Square. The Art Walk is an evening of enjoying local artist's work displayed throughout Niwot, with outdoor live music by local and regional musicians, weather permitting. Coordinator Anne Postle said, "We are very excited to have both our regular first Friday businesses and some new faces participating for our first, First Friday in 2024." Many businesses stay...

  • NCA begins to work on goals for 2024

    Staff Report|Jan 17, 2024

    The Niwot Community Association (NCA) set goals for 2024 during its December board meeting. The NCA serves as a local advocacy group with representatives from eight residential service areas that interfaces with local government to provide input and provide a forum for Niwot citizens to learn about issues and voice their opinions.The January monthly meeting saw the NCA board launch projects that board members volunteered to champion. Boulder County’s land use policies and actions are an important topic for NCA attention. Examples of d...

  • Left Hand Valley Courier now a non-profit

    Staff Report|Jan 10, 2024

    The newspaper you are reading is now published by a newly formed nonprofit corporation, known as Left Hand Valley Courier. For over 26 years, the Left Hand Valley Courier newspaper was published by a Colorado limited liability company, known as Lefthand Valley Publishing, LLC. Effective with the Jan. 3, 2024, online edition, the weekly newspaper, both online and in print every four weeks, is now owned and published by Left Hand Valley Courier. Left Hand Valley Courier has applied for...

  • Niwot Elementary School art teacher Lauren Mocilac inspires students and community

    Staff Report|Jan 3, 2024

    Lauren Mocilac's love for art goes beyond the classroom walls. As the art teacher at Niwot Elementary School, she not only cultivates creativity in her young students but also brings her own artistic talents to life through greeting cards, prints, and other gift items. Mocilac's journey as an artist began long before she stepped into the classroom. Her passion for capturing the beauty of the world around her, particularly the Colorado landscapes and the innocence of childhood, is evident in her...

  • Holiday Market success

    Staff Report|Dec 13, 2023

  • Window decorating results

    Staff Report|Dec 13, 2023

    The results of the 2023 Niwot Window Decorating Competition are in. You voted for your favorite business window decorations from Nov. 24 through Dec. 9, and the lucky winners are: First place - Few of a Kind Vintage and Mercantile Second place - Niwot Inn & Spa Third place - Porchfront Homes The lively competition was sponsored by the Niwot Business Association. Congratulations to all of the participants....

  • Cake4Kids annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

    Staff Report|Dec 6, 2023

    The annual Niwot Gingerbread House Competition is up and running. The competition raises funds for Cake4Kids, an organization dedicated to providing birthday cakes to children in need. Participants in the contest decorate pre-made gingerbread houses, showcasing their creativity and decorating skills. This year, the event is sponsored by Deborah Fowler, Realtor with Niwot's DRF Real Estate at Slifer Smith & Frampton. Local baker Joan's Petite Sweets donated her time and ingredients to make 50...

  • Niwot's First Friday Art Walk this Friday

    Staff Report|Nov 29, 2023

    This year's final First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Niwot. The Art Walk has a long tradition of celebrating local artists who display their creations throughout Old Town and Cottonwood Square. To support this important local event, a number of Niwot businesses will be open late with many offering refreshments to the public. Open Studios will also have a pop-up set up in the former Feed Store during the event, with artwork from many Boulder-area...

  • Niwot Pumpkin Walk announces winners

    Staff Report|Nov 15, 2023

    The Niwot Pumpkin Walk which took place during the month of October was a big success. Shoppers picked up a Pumpkin Pass from Deborah Fowler Real Estate, and then visited Niwot shops to get them stamped. After making at legends ast four purchases, participants were entered into a grand drawing to receive gift cards from Niwot businesses. The event was sponsored by Deborah Read Fowler Real Estate-Slifer Smith & Frampton, and the Niwot Business Association, with additional funding provided by the...

  • Local artist Carolyn Bradley to appear at Inkberry Books on First Friday

    Staff Report|Nov 1, 2023

    Carolyn Bradley will be showcasing her art at the Niwot First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3, at Inkberry Books. A Niwot resident, Bradley's oil paintings express the beauty and wonder of the natural world. They include landscapes, floral designs and often include the mountains she loves. Bradley was the third-place winner of the Niwot Cultural Arts Association's September 2020 Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show. The reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Inkberry Books in Cottonwood...

  • Planning for Bert Steele memorial underway

    Staff Report|Oct 25, 2023

    An informal committee met with Alison Steele and Seth Steele last week to plan a memorial to their late father, Bert Steele, Niwot Market owner who died last summer after a short illness. The committee was organized by Vicky Dorvee, and included Selene Luna, Deb Fowler, Karen Edwards, Kamla Chopra, and Biff Warren. Everyone was in agreement that a proposed memorial bench with a red Chevrolet tailgate would be an appropriate remembrance of the man who was a beloved fixture in the community for the past 20 years. Steele was known for driving a...

  • Niwot pep band travels to Mead for first ever away game

    Staff Report|Oct 25, 2023

    The "Pride of Niwot" Cougar Marching Band has made monumental strides in recent years as they keep adding new traditions and energy to their program. Most recently, a group of students from the band traveled to the Niwot football game against Mead High School on Thursday, Oct. 19. "This is the first time I am aware of [that this has happened]," said Wade Hendricks, Director of Bands at Niwot. "Having a group of students who love having the opportunity to play this much is great, even if we...

  • Governor Polis coming to Niwot

    Staff Report|Oct 4, 2023

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis is scheduled to appear in Niwot on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Whistle Stop Park. Polis will be on hand for a ceremony to celebrate the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) obtaining several grant awards to help fund the Colorado Highway 119 Project. CDOT has been working in conjunction with Boulder County Public Works and RTD, to redesign bus lanes on the Diagonal Highway, and to construct a pedestrian/bikeway in the median of the highway to connect Boulder and Longmont. The Niwot Business...

  • St. Vrain Band Night Oct. 4 in Longmont

    Staff Report|Oct 4, 2023

    High school marching bands from all the St. Vrain Valley District high schools will come together Wednesday, Oct. 4, not to compete against each other, but to showcase their 2023 field shows in support of everyone's dedication to the art form. This annual event is considered to be the highlight of the marching band season by students, staff, family, and friends. Unlike many other opportunities where high school marching bands perform, this performance is entirely dedicated to audience members...

  • Left Hand Valley Courier takes home three Colorado Press Association awards

    Staff Report|Sep 27, 2023

    Left Hand Valley Courier writers Jack Carlough, Kristin Alger and the now-retired Mary Wolbach Lopert were each honored at the 145th annual Colorado Press Association Better News Awards Dinner in Denver on Sept. 23. Lopert, one of the seven founders of the Courier who retired in 2022 after 25 years with the paper, took second place in the Class 5 Editorial's Best Humorous Column Writing category for her piece, "It's A Laughing Matter: 21 Ways You Know You Live in a Small Town." The column was...

  • Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat west side to close Oct. 2 - March 15

    Staff Report|Sep 27, 2023

    The west side of the Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat will be closed for the City of Boulder Main Sewer Improvements Project from Oct. 2 through March 15, 2024. Trails at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat west of Heatherwood Link Trail and west of the boardwalk, including Duck Pond will be closed beginning Oct. 2. Sawhill Ponds will also be closed starting Oct. 2 through March 15 for osprey nesting season. For more information about the Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat trails closure,...

  • Boulder County Commissioners to meet in Niwot Oct 12

    Staff Report|Aug 30, 2023

    The Boulder County Commissioners will hold an in-person Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Oct 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Left Hand Grange No. 9, 195 2nd Avenue in Niwot. The stated purpose of the meeting is to meet with representatives and constituents to discuss issues of concern for the local community. In a press release, Commissioner Claire Levy said, “We are specifically seeking input on our plan to implement a local minimum wage of $15.69/hour (the state minimum wage will be $14.42 as of 01/01/2024) for unincorporated Boulder County e...

  • Top cyclist Magnus White dies on the Diagonal

    Staff Report|Aug 2, 2023

    Magnus White, a 17-year old competitive cyclist, was killed Saturday, July 29 on Highway 119 (the “Diagonal”) while training on his bicycle to compete at the Junior Men’s Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Aug. 10. White was a junior member of the 2023 Cyclocross World Championship team, U.S.A. He had won a junior national championship in cyclocross in 2021 and earned a place on the U.S. national team. White competed with the U.S. team in Europe ahead of last year’s cyclocross world championships, and he...

  • Cleanup crew gets park ready for Rock & Rails

    Staff Report|May 24, 2023

    A crew of volunteers spent the morning of May 13 getting Whistle Stop Park ready for the Rock & Rails summer concert season. Several volunteers cleaned the Depot Building and the Caboose, while others hung banners at the front gate and on the Caboose. Barrels and table tops were moved out of the Depot and lights were reinstalled in preparation for the first concert on June 1. Offseason work included installing additional fencing at the southwest corner of the park, and new signage. Crew...

  • Boulder Country Day breaks ground on new buildings

    Staff Report|May 10, 2023

    Boulder Country Day School (BCD) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Dining Commons and Center for Innovative Learning April 20. The new building will expand the physical facilities on the school's 5.5-acre campus located adjacent to the Twin Lakes Open Space in Gunbarrel. "Our new Center for Innovative Learning will spark collaboration among the arts and technology, accelerating our student experience beyond the norm and placing BCD at the forefront of creativity in the Boulder Valley an...

  • Road work on 2nd Avenue postponed

    Staff Report|Apr 26, 2023

    Boulder County has postponed the road resurfacing work on 2nd Avenue in downtown Niwot for a week due to inclement weather last week. The resurfacing work, originally scheduled to begin April 24, will now start May 1. The work will require the closure of 2nd Avenue....

  • "Heartbreak Kennel" author to appear at Inkberry

    Staff Report|Apr 19, 2023

    With many pet owners going back to work and the cost of living increasing, dog owners nationwide are giving up the pets they acquired during the earlier years of COVID. An estimated 3.1 million dogs were relinquished to shelters in 2022, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. How could this problem have been prevented? "By responsible breeders and responsible owners," said Cary Unkelbach, the award-winning Colorado author of Heartbreak Kennel: The True Story...

  • Cougar baseball starts strong

    Staff Report|Mar 15, 2023

    Niwot High School coach Ken Rosales was pleased with his baseball team's first outing of the season, a 13-1 mercy-rule win over Timnath High School. "We should have won big as Timnath is a team of freshmen and sophomores," Roxales said of the new school to the north. But the Cougars dominated, as they should. "Everybody hit the ball," Rosales said. "We did leave a lot of guys on base. Our pitchers only gave up two hits and two walks." Junior Brock Rothstein started on the mound, while sophomore...

  • Open Space ditch burns begin March 5

    Staff Report|Mar 8, 2023

    The Boulder County Fire Management Program will conduct ditch and agricultural burns on Boulder County open space beginning March 5. The first will be a training burn on March 5 at Wittemyer Ponds, near the corner of East County Line Road and Highway 52. The burns will continue through the spring. If you see heavy smoke in any of the following locations in the next few months, it is not an emergency so do not call 911. The local scheduled burns to date are: Jim Henry, North 115th Street and Niwot Road Gaynor Lake, North 107th Street and Oxford...

  • Artist reception at Inkberry Books on First Friday

    Staff Report|Feb 1, 2023

    Inkberry Books is more than a place to find current and classic reading material. Owners Gene Hayworth and Keith Waters often include art displays by local artists, and February will feature the art of Niwot High School student ReyLynn Killinger. Killinger specializes in beautifully drafted, intricate graphite portraits. Art has been a part of her life for many years, and was naturally drawn to it as a child. She remembers going to her mom's Paint and Sip Studio gatherings, where Killinger fell...

  • Author reading at Una Vida with reception at Inkberry Books

    Staff Report|Jan 25, 2023

    On Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m., Tibetan Buddhist monk Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche will read from his book, "The Power of Mind: A Tibetan Monk's Guide to Finding Freedom in Every Challenge." The reading will take place at Una Vida in Cottonwood Square in Niwot, and will be followed by an author's reception at Inkberry Books around the corner from Una Vida. Inkberry Books, in a press release, wrote, "We've all heard platitudes about cultivating love and compassion, but how can we actually...

  • Book launch party at Wandering Jellyfish

    Staff Report|Jan 18, 2023

    Authors Martha Freeman and Claudia Mills will be at The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop in Niwot Saturday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the release of Freeman’s new middle-grade mystery novel, “Trashed!” According to a press release, the novel is set in Boulder. “This mystery lacks some of the usual hallmarks of the genre–there’s no murder or mayhem, but there is a ghost and a near-perfect crime,” the children’s bookstore press release said. “Martha Freeman is an award-nominated author who’s written 30 books for children. She gradu...

  • Inkberry Books hosts author RJ Stewart for reading from new novel "Errors of Night"

    Staff Report|Jan 18, 2023

    lnkberry Books in Niwot is hosting author RJ Stewart on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4:00 p.m. to hear him read from his new novel, "Errors of Night," a story about Former General Julian von Wille, who makes a pilgrimage to Italy in search of atonement for his theft of a valuable poem his soldiers took from the wounded body of a Marchesa. He seeks to speak with her, to explain himself, and to ask her forgiveness, but because of a stroke she is unable to speak. She has her own regrets for leading the...

  • There's a new sheriff in town

    Staff Report|Jan 11, 2023

    Curtis Johnson, who was elected Boulder County Sheriff in the November 2022 election, was sworn in as the top law enforcement officer in Boulder County on Jan. 10. Johnson succeeds Joe Pelle, who served an unprecedented five 4-year terms as Boulder County Sheriff. Pelle is a former Niwot resident whose wife Stephanie worked at the Niwot Post Office for many years, and as a result, was very familiar with the community. Johnson, a Boulder native whose father, Clayton "Swede" Johnson, was a...

  • Inkberry Books hosts local author

    Staff Report|Jan 11, 2023

    On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m. Inkberry Books of Niwot will host a presentation by Jason Dennen, author of “8 Days Till Sunrise.” Dennen is a Christian, author, inspirational speaker, skydiver, mountain climber, triathlete, and explorer. Born and raised in New Jersey, he moved to Colorado to explore the wide-open spaces in the west and test his limits. The book is a story about a man going down an unintended path where he lost his way. He thought he was going through one of life's difficult trials when he hit the side of a building at hig...

  • LID agrees to Grange funding request

    Staff Report|Dec 14, 2022

    Grange funding approved The Left Hand Grange is on a mission to make the iconic building in the center of Niwot's downtown business district even more of a community center. Jim Dorvee, president of Left Hand Grange, Inc., which owns the building on the southwest corner of the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Franklin Street, presented a funding request to the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) at the LID's regular meeting Dec. 6. Dorvee asked for a contribution of $15,000...

  • Parking lot open for business

    Staff Report|Dec 7, 2022

    The new parking lot in Niwot was officially dedicated in a brief ceremony Dec. 2, with Niwot Business Association president Eric Bergeson presiding. Bergeson noted that the project had been long in the works and thanked all those who saw it through to completion. While the parking lot has been open for several months, glitches with the functioning of the two charging stations delayed the official ribbon cutting. Bergeson also noted that approval has already been obtained for expansion of the...

  • Concert raises $8K for Recovery Cafe

    Staff Report|Nov 23, 2022

    Dale's Piano Playhouse put on a show for a packed house of 300 on Nov. 12 for a benefit concert for Recovery Cafe, according to Virginia Dutkin of Niwot. "We are fortunate to have such talented pianists in our community who are willing to share their incredible gifts with us all," Dutkin said. "Our hope for 2023 is to move to a new location that is handicap accessible with a commercial kitchen and espresso bar so that we can provide job readiness training for our members," she said. The lineup...

  • Let the holiday fun begin

    Staff Report|Nov 16, 2022

    Let the Holiday Fun Begin! Niwot’s Holiday Magic Celebration is kicking off with the 22nd Annual Enchanted Evening, followed by the coveted Holiday Parade, Small Business Saturday and two weekends of Holiday Markets and events around town. The details: Enchanted Evening It all began over 20 years ago when the town gathered around the evening following Thanksgiving to light the holiday tree and support our local shops by jump starting the holiday buying. Sarah Cioni, one of the originators of the event, says this year is no different. The tree l...

  • Niwot UM Church trunk or treat

    Staff Report|Nov 9, 2022

    Niwot United Methodist Church's Trunk or Treat "was a big success with 80 kids plus parents," according to organizer Janet Gates. "So many characters were represented - super heroes, witches, Minion's, Harry Potter, Toy Story, Beetlejuice and many more. It was a beautiful fall day and fun was had by all." The church parking lot featured 10 decorated trunks on Sunday, Oct. 30. Families collected treats and had fun playing cornhole and Giant Jenga. Upcoming community events at NUMC include an...

  • Comments due Oct. 26 on Diagonal bikeway plan

    Staff Report|Oct 26, 2022

    Boulder County announced that it has applied for a DRCOG (Denver Regional Council Of Governments) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) grant to fund CO 119 and Niwot Road transportation improvements. “The grant would help fund intersection safety queue bypass lanes, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stop platforms, Park-n-Ride improvements, an underpass at Niwot Road, and the commuter bikeway segment from Niwot Road to Airport Road.” “Grant applications are currently being evaluated, and DRCOG staff seeks input to ensure the public's prior...

  • NUMC to host Trunk or Treat

    Staff Report|Oct 19, 2022

    The Niwot United Methodist Church in Gunbarrel is hosting its second annual Trunk or Treat event open to the community on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot. "Last year was a big success," Pastor Emily Kintzel said. "Everybody loved visiting the spookily decorated trunks and getting treats. The church enjoys welcoming the community to this fun event." Janet Gates of Niwot, one of the organizers, said, "Bring your kiddos for fun and treats." The Halloween-themed event...

  • Boulder Country Day School Hosts BoCo High School Fair set for Oct. 12

    Staff Report|Sep 28, 2022

    Boulder Country Day School will host a high school fair for all Boulder County middle school students on Oct. 12, 2022, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This is the ninth year that Boulder Country Day has held this event. This year the fair will again be attended by over 60 schools, including local and regional public and private schools, as well as boarding schools from across the nation. "This is a golden opportunity for middle school students to consider all of the options available to them at one single...

  • Pumpkin Walk - all October long

    Staff Report|Sep 21, 2022

    The Niwot Business Association is sponsoring the Pumpkin Walk for the second year in a row. Niwot realtor and NBA Vice-President Deb Fowler, who is spearheading the event said, “As we approach the colder months, it is even more critical to ensure we support the local restaurants and stores so they continue to stay in business.” The concept is simple - you check in and pick up your pumpkin pass and empty swag bag, one per household, at DRF Real Estate - Slifer Smith and Frampton. located in Suite E behind (not next to) The Old Oak Cof...

  • The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop and author Lauren Kerstein promote Love for Lily

    Staff Report|Sep 14, 2022

    The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop is teaming up with local author Lauren Kerstein to promote Love for Lily, a nonprofit seeking to support NICU babies and their families. On Saturday, Sept. 17, The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop will host a community celebration and fundraising event at which Kerstein will give two storytimes performances at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each storytime will be followed by a tiny superhero cape-making craft, during which participants will create small felt superhero caps for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit....

  • Comedy comes back to Niwot

    Staff Report|Sep 14, 2022

    Comedian Philip Ogren will host the third and final summer standup comedy evening in the parking lot of Inkberry Books on Saturday, Sept. 17th at 7:00 p.m. Guest comedians include Sam Ellefson, who earned two Northwest Emmy nominations and was a finalist at both the Oregon Comedy Competition and the Denver Rise Comedy Festival, and Pedro Silva, who has kept people awake during church services by inserting humor into his sermons. Now he hopes to wake people up by putting a little spirituality into his comedy. The show is free and open to the...

  • Kore That Awakening Purchase Completed

    Staff Report|Aug 17, 2022

    The Niwot Cultural Arts Association's effort to raise $25,000 to purchase a sculpture from Ukrainian artist Egor Zigura was a success. NCAA Treasurer Vicki Maurer reported that the funds have been transferred to Zigura's agent, based in New York, to complete the purchase. The NCAA's sculpture park committee, Lisa Rivard, Anne Postle and Jill Whitener, set out to raise enough money to purchase the sculpture for Niwot's Sculpture Park at the southwest corner of Niwot Road and 79th Street, on...

  • Road construction

    Staff Report|Jul 13, 2022

    Boulder County Public Works Departments’ Road Maintenance Division will begin annual paving operations on county roadways on Tuesday, July 12. The work will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and is expected to last through August, weather permitting. Work will take place on these projects, in the order listed: • 79th Street between CO Highway 52 and Niwot Road • Monarch Road between 79th Street and the Diagonal Highway • 73rd Street between the Diagonal Highway and Niwot Road • Niwot Road between the Diagonal...

  • First Friday Art Walk

    Staff Report|Jul 6, 2022

    July 1st marked the opening of the Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show display of art with a Niwot theme in local stores and restaurants. The Niwot Cultural Arts Association and Osmosis Gallery sponsor the event every year, and this year marked a new high with 38 entries. Niwot's business district was a busy place on July's First Friday Art Walk, with artists creating art outdoors, a book signing at Inkberry Books, a classic car show outside Niwot Market, shop owners offering refreshments, and live...

  • Explosion in Heatherwood home

    Staff Report|Jun 29, 2022

    On June 26, 2022, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Boulder County Communications Center reported receiving a report of a structure fire located in the 7000 block of Durham Circle in Heatherwood. Upon arrival at 7745 Durham Circle, first responders found smoke coming from inside the home. According to a press release from the Boulder County Sheriff's office, the residents of the home had been able to safely evacuate, however, two pets were still inside. The report stated, "The residents of the pro...