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  • Courier Staff

    Jan 4, 2023

    The past year has been especially challenging for the Left Hand Valley Courier, but we’ve emerged stronger than ever. On April 1, 2022, we celebrated 25 years as your local newspaper - providing news coverage you can’t get anywhere else. Within two weeks, we experienced the loss of four key staff members - senior editors Mary Wolbach Lopert and Karen Copperberg retired after 25 years, editor Joceyln Rowley took a full-time position with a Loveland newspaper, and we mourned the unexpected death of advertising director Ann Whitehill. We app...

  • Annual Gary Daum Classic remains a marked event for Niwot boys wrestling

    Jack Carlough|Jan 4, 2023

    Over the course of a season, not many other events mean more to the Niwot High School wrestling program than the Gary Daum Classic. The annual wrestling tournament, previously known as the Boulder Valley Invitational, returns to Niwot High on Saturday, Jan. 7 for the 10th time running under its current title, a name given in honor of longtime Cougar head coach Gary Daum, who passed away in 2012 following a battle with cancer. Daum arrived at Niwot High in 1977 as a special education teacher. He...

  • Christmas lights raises funds for Meals on Wheels

    Kristy Zado|Jan 4, 2023

    Chuck Rodgers and his fantastic Christmas light display are still going strong at 5980 79th Street. "The display will be up until Epiphany, Friday, January 6th," Rodgers said. "Since that's a Friday we may get lucky and have a bonus day Saturday night," he hinted. Rodgers's display and his Longmont Meal on Wheels (LMOW) Christmas light display fundraiser has raised $16,891 and received 239 pounds of food so far. Rodgers is hoping to hit at least $18,000 this year. "Some people and...

  • Photo of the Week

    Jan 4, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours?

    Jan 4, 2023

    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...

  • Health & Wellness Preview

    Jan 4, 2023

    The Courier’s annual Health & Wellness feature will be published on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in our next print edition. Six thousand copies will be delivered to nearly every home and business in Niwot and Gunbarrel. If you have a product or service to offer related to exercise, massage, skin care, diet, or another health and wellness focused service or product, contact Alyson Bell, Advertising Director for the Courier, at [email protected] to participate....

  • Let's Talk About... New Year's Resolutions

    Elise Marylander|Jan 4, 2023

    Ok. First, Happy New Year to each of you! This time of year, that statement is often followed by, "Hey, have you made any New Year's resolutions?" Ouch. Should I? Is that a requirement for simply turning a page in my calendar? Most people are in one of two camps: "Yes, I have made resolutions." Or, "No, I don't believe in that." I fall somewhere in between. Certainly, the new year is a good time to take stock and make changes to ensure the "happy" part of the coming year. Typically, I hear: "Yes...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 4, 2023

    The Grange kicks off the New Year with music and dancing. There's a performance by a world-renowned Niwotian musician, then talented musical locals perform for the community, followed by three opportunities this month for everyone to get up and dance. Niwot Community Connection Thursday, Jan. 12, 10- 11:30 a.m. January's NCC meeting welcomes musical celebrity Pete Wernick, also known as Dr. Banjo. Pete will share his love of bluegrass music, talk about his time with Hot Rize, and he'll perform...

  • Death Notices

    Jan 4, 2023

    Keith Zolotar Keith Zolotar (43) of Longmont died unexpectedly on December 19, 2022, at his place of employment at Waneka Park Assisted Living Residence. He was a graduate of Niwot High School. A Celebration of LIfe was held January 4, 2023 at Howe Mortuary. Donations in Keith’s name can be made to the Longmont Humane Society. Ronald Guy Ronald Clark Guy (66) of Milliken died of natural causes on November 8, 2022, at his home in Milliken, Colorado. Ron lived with his family in Gunbarrel for many years, working at King Soopers and Leanin’ Tre...

  • Chris Teta Profile

    Jan 4, 2023

    I am a father of one girl and three boys, all of whom played high school sports. Julia and Andrew are Niwot and CU graduates, while Matt is a senior at CU and Callan is taking a snowboarding-focused gap year. I have lived in or around Niwot since moving here from Boulder to save $100/month on rent while a CU undergrad in 1988. I used to brag about rent at the one-bedroom Countryside condo being under $400/month back then. I belonged to the local gym, known as Cottonwood Health & Racquet Club,...

  • Nesscel Calara Profile

    Jan 4, 2023

    My name is Nesscel Calara, or "Ness" for short. I put the Courier together every week from my home in the Philippines, arranging ads, articles and photos. I also create advertisements for many of the Courier advertisers. I was born in the Philippines, and now live in Davao City, which is on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Davao City is a commercial center on the coast near Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. People's Park in Davao City is known for its colorful...

  • Galen Scheidenhelm Profile

    Jan 4, 2023

    After reading from the sidelines for nearly a decade, I was thrilled to join the Left Hand Valley Courier as a staff writer in the summer of 2022. My previous journalistic experience includes reporting on pressing high school scoops as a features writer for the Boulder High Owl (back when newspaper articles were chiseled on cave walls). It feels good to stretch the journalism muscles after such a long hiatus. I am a proud Boulder native but spread solid roots over a decade in New York City,...

  • Katrina Stroud Profile

    Jan 4, 2023

    I moved to Boulder when I was eleven years old from Long Island, New York. Ever since then I've been in love with the mountains, the aspen trees, and the great hiking trails, although it was difficult adjusting to the altitude at first. I graduated from Cornell College in Iowa in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Civic Engagement. I've been working as a freelance journalist at the Left Hand Valley Courier for over a year now. The Courier has such a great work environment and...

  • Winter charity drive at the Niwot Market

    Katrina Stroud|Jan 4, 2023

    One of the most beautiful things about the holiday season is that it is the season of giving. One prominent local business at the forefront of promoting holiday giving is the Niwot Market, which has always conducted winter charity drives and other fundraising events throughout the year. The Niwot Market has held food drives and sponsored toys for tots during the holidays for years, but this year the focus was different. "This year we did "Rise Against Suicide," which raised money for children...

  • Niwot boys basketball falls to Longmont 50-33

    Isaac Stephens|Jan 4, 2023

    Niwot High School boys basketball's final game of 2022 against local rival, the Longmont High School Trojans, resulted in Niwot's 50-33 loss. The loss compliments a theme of defensive success, but a lack of offensive production which has cost the Cougars long-term. The 50 points allowed were highlighted by a fourth-quarter shutdown that resulted in only six points being notched, with Niwot's 16 points in the third quarter shining some hope on an otherwise poor offensive performance. Niwot...

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Alexander Long

    Jack Carlough|Jan 4, 2023

    For the first time since breaking his ankle as a sophomore, Alexander Long finally feels like a "complete basketball player" midway through his senior season at Niwot High School. "I didn't really rebound until this year - just strength and stuff in my ankle," Long said. "It's good to finally be able to run and have it not hurt or bother me, it's not in my mind." On the court, Long takes the most pride in his defensive abilities. He may not light up the scoreboard offensively, but the Cougar...

  • Cioni returning to roots

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 4, 2023

    Sarah Cioni didn't set out to be a florist - she wanted to be a shopkeeper. She founded The Painted Primrose Floral Studio in 2001 and eventually began selling flower arrangements out of the Niwot Market. Now, she's returning to those beginnings and taking over the floral section within the Market. "A lot of us in the industry say that the flowers found us," Cioni said. "There's a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you make a flower arrangement." The new floral area will include pre-made...

  • Burrage, Evans lead Niwot boys wrestling at Keith Kilker Memorial

    Jack Carlough|Jan 4, 2023

    Overall, it was a mixed bag of results for the Niwot High School wrestling team at the Keith Kilker Memorial boys wrestling event held from Dec.16-17 in Keenesburg. The Cougars left Weld Central High School 3-4 in duals with junior Gavin Burrage going a perfect 8-0 in the 190-pound class and sophomore Ryder Evans finishing 6-1 at 126 pounds. Those two, in particular, entered winter break as definite bright spots for the young Niwot team. A few other Cougars also enjoyed some success in Keenesburg. Per head coach Bobby Matthews, Moi Carmona...

  • NHS girl's volleyball finishes strong, reaches state semifinals

    Chris Teta|Jan 4, 2023

    First-year coach Tony Engel stepped in to take over for Daisha Agho, and took Niwot High School's girls volleyball team to State, finishing 21-9 on the season and 10-1 in league play. That record doesn't show that five of those nine losses came against just two very strong Windsor High School and Thompson Valley High School teams. Engel's daughter, junior Addison Engel led the charge. Named 2nd team all-state at middle blocker, Addison recorded an impressive season statistically and was named Lo...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Jan 4, 2023

  • Courier Crossword Puzzle Answers January 4, 2023

    Jan 4, 2023

    ACROSS 5. Longmont 6. floral 7. guidelines 9. Daum 12. Burrage 14. Norco 15. wrestling DOWN 1. ankle 2. Long 3. Engel 4. semifinals 6. Funkhouser 8. Terre 10. mental 11. charity 13. Rodgers...