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  • Courier Crossword Corner January 3, 2024|Jan 3, 2024

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers January 3, 2024

    Jan 3, 2024

    ACROSS 2. thirty 4. Lavigne 6. backstroke 7. Star 9. Senators 10. FOMO 12. Matthews 14. Pacheco DOWN 1. chickpeas 3. Plews 5. willow 6. Business 8. resolutions 11. wave 13. Daum... Full story

  • Death Notice

    Jan 3, 2024

    Steven Craig Steven Craig of Longmont died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, from injuries sustained during an attack in his home by an intruder on Dec. 19. Steven was active in the Niwot community and was helping to install a new audio-visual system at the Left Hand Grange. He was also well known in the hi-tech field in the area.... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Jan 3, 2024

    Do you know of a local event, interesting story or local person the Courier might be interested in covering? Do you have comments about what you have read in the Courier or suggestions to make? We would like to hear from you at [email protected]....

  • Photo of the Week

    Jan 3, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jan 3, 2024

    Calling all photographers, intentional or accidental! The Left Hand Valley Courier’s Photo of the Week feature is open to any area resident who personally photographs Niwot-Gunbarrel area sights, including people (with permission, of course), buildings, animals, birds, plants, flowers, events, or anything else. Naturally, there are a few rules to follow: • The photograph must be submitted in jpg format via email to [email protected] in high resolution. • Please include a caption describing the photo, your name, email address and phone numbe...

  • The people who bring you the news

    Courier Staff|Jan 3, 2024

    The Left Hand Valley Courier has been fortunate to have devoted staff members who bring you the news every week. We profiled many of our staff members last week, and have had some new valuable additions this year and thought you might want to know who is reporting what you like to read....

  • Staff Profile: Peggy Graham

    Courier Staff|Jan 3, 2024

    I am a new reporter for the Left Hand Valley Courier after responding to their ad. Although I do not have any reporting experience, I am a retired professional civil engineer who has spent many hours writing technical documents over my career, so I will try not to bore you. I moved to a farm outside of Lyons, Colorado in 1968 with my family and have resided in Colorado the entire time. Although I grew up outside of Lyons, Colorado, I did not attend school in Lyons and consequently graduated...

  • Staff Profile: Lisha Louhan

    Courier Staff|Jan 3, 2024

    I'm Lisha Nouhan, and I've been writing for the Courier since last August. However, as a very busy (and poor) Studio Art major at the University of Denver, writing for the paper has been a great opportunity. I have lived in Colorado for most of my life, and while I live in Denver during school, on breaks I live in Longmont with my parents and my younger brother who is a freshman at CU Boulder. I graduated from Silver Creek High School in 2021. As a DU student in my junior year, I keep myself...

  • What do these initialisms mean and how do they impact Niwot?

    Peggy Graham|Jan 3, 2024

    First, just in case you were wondering, most of these groups of letters are not acronyms but initialisms, as they cannot be pronounced as a word. For example, FOMO (fear of missing out), FedEx, and NASA are pronounced as words, consequently they are acronyms, whereas ATM is not pronounced “attem,” thus an initialism. But the initialisms listed above represent organizations in Niwot, including non-profits, a taxing district and its advisory committee, and a business committee, which are all quite important to local Niwot citizens. The ini...

  • Let's Talk About...January

    Elise S. Marylander|Jan 3, 2024

    Ok. January looms ahead. Is it just me, or does it feel like January is the longest month of the year? After all the hoopla of the holidays, January tends to be pretty quiet. You have pushed the reset button on the year and now it's time to get your life back to "normal." The visitors have left, your kitchen is relatively back in order and aside from Martin Luther King Day, not much to look forward to. I like to have something to look forward to on the calendar. And I have nothing on the...

  • Courier Cookbook

    Elise S. Marylander|Jan 3, 2024

    This week’s casserole submission comes from Leni Checkas. It is a vegetarian take on the classic tuna casserole. Enjoy! Next week we will feature your best hot toddy or mulled wine recipes fit for cold January evenings. Send your recipe to [email protected] Mock Tuna-Noodle Casserole Mock Tuna Ingredients ½ cup chickpea flour 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast ¾ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 tsp lemon juice ½ cup water ½ cup chickpeas, cooked 1 tsp vegan fish oil (optional; see notes) Casserole Ingred...

  • What's in a wave?

    Jonathan Epstein|Jan 3, 2024

    Hand gestures have a long, diverse and important history. From early humans using them to communicate non-aggression, to nautical and military signaling, to non-verbal forms of communication used today during sporting events where players acknowledge the crowd. Waving is the most common hand gesture and an important social custom that somewhere along the way it seems, has started to become less practiced. Do we wave less frequently because we are increasingly walking around, heads down, looking...

  • Where Are They Now? Madison Bounds and LifeStory Films

    Gene Hayworth|Jan 3, 2024

    Niwot High School 2014 graduate Madison Bounds has many stories to tell, and he delivers them with the clarity and the detailed eye of an ardent historian. Ranging from topics as diverse as men's basketball at the University of Kentucky to German immigration, Bounds has documented the lives of teachers, painters, and sports figures on film. And even though LIfeStory Films, the company he founded in 2022, is based in New York, Bounds has strong ties to the Niwot community. In 2001, when Bounds...

  • New Year's Resolutions

    Courier Staff|Jan 3, 2024

    With the new year, many of us resolve to change something in our lives. “New Year’s Resolutions” sounds a little daunting but really, small changes can make a difference. Whether it is to eliminate a behavior or add a behavior or perhaps treat yourself to a new experience, there are many good reasons to start the year with a “clean slate” and resolve to make 2024 a better year. The Courier staff shares some of their resolutions below. Maybe they might inspire you to do the same. Detox from sugar. Enjoy my family before my daughter leaves fo...

  • 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...

  • Niwot High School 2023 Art Show award recipients

    Jan 3, 2024

  • Sunset Middle School Rising Star art student Madison Kintzel

    Jessica Checkas|Jan 3, 2024

    Madison Kintzel, an eighth-grader at Sunset Middle School won the Niwot High School Art Show Rising Star Award for her sculpture of a willow tree erupting out of the middle of a book, with long spiraled paper branches and tiny paper leaves hanging over a lake, which was made by cutting several layers of paper deeper into the bottom half of the book. The artwork is entitled "Weeping Willow." The award was presented during the Niwot High School Art Showcase in early December. The Rising Star...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Reese Lavigne

    Jack Carlough|Jan 3, 2024

    Knowing that she likely won't swim competitively in college, Reese Lavigne is simply trying to enjoy her senior season. The fourth-year Niwot High School swimmer has accomplished plenty in her prep career and wants to cherish these final days with her teammates. "It's been great," Lavigne said. "We do have a close-knit team, and I'll be hanging out with my swim friends outside of swimming a lot. A lot of the seniors that I'm friends with, I've swam with them all of high school, so I know them...

  • NHS girls basketball head to break after loss to Longmont

    Bruce Warren|Jan 3, 2024

    The Niwot Cougars girls basketball team traveled to Longmont Dec. 19 to take on the Longmont Trojans, but came away with a 44-27 loss to the crosstown rival before taking a break for the holidays. The game was within reach for the first three quarters as Longmont scored 11 points in each of the first two quarters, while the Cougars put up six and five, respectively. Niwot held the Trojans to only six points in the third quarter, but managed to score only five points. Entering the fourth quarter...

  • Niwot High School wrestling to host 20 programs at annual Gary Daum Classic

    Jack Carlough|Jan 3, 2024

    Niwot High School’s annual Gary Daum Classic has quickly grown into one of Colorado’s premiere boys wrestling tournaments. Named in honor of former NHS boys wrestling head coach Gary Daum, who passed away in 2012 following a battle with cancer, the mid-season tournament returns to Niwot on Saturday, Jan. 6, with a bevy of big-name programs attending. Twenty-one teams, including Niwot, will be competing at this year’s event, the 11th under its current title. “This year, we've added Air Academy, Berthoud, as well as Pueblo County, which is a pe...

  • The Herb Plews decision

    Bruce Warren|Jan 3, 2024

    This is a Christmas story wrapped up in a baseball story - a story of faith, belief and redemption. I finally got around to reading a book given to me several years ago by my friends and former Boulder Daily Camera sportswriters Bill and Leo Hirsch. The book, "It's Not Who Won or Lost the Game-It's How You Sold the Beer," is an autobiography of Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Wolff, who happens to be the only broadcaster to call the World Series, the NFL championship game, the NBA championship game... Full story

  • Niwot High School 2023 Art Show award recipients

    Jan 3, 2024