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Articles from the January 6, 2021 edition


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  • When will I be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 6, 2021

    On Dec. 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that residents aged 70 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than originally planned, but that doesn't mean it will be available right away, according to Boulder County Public Health officials. In a Jan. 4 press release that called the state's announcement "unexpected", BCPH spokesperson Chana Goussetis wrote that limited supplies of the vaccines, plus logistical hurdles mean it could be...

  • New year, new you: Local voices share thoughts on wellness for 2021

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 6, 2021

    Across social media sites, pictures of smiling people and a variation of the caption "new year, new me," abound. But this new year celebration was unlike those of years past-there weren't big parties or big crowds, instead, most celebrations were more low key. Despite the change in how we celebrate the new year, people are still promising themselves a better future. Sometimes that's by resolving to be healthier, happier or maybe even just more self-aware. As Joanne Neville with the Southwest...

  • 5 Star Certification piques Boulder County business' interest

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 6, 2021

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently announced that businesses and communities can now apply for a COVID certification program that allows certain areas of the community to open up to a less-restrictive level. The 5 Star Certification Program is voluntary, and it is up to each county to determine whether or not to implement it. According to the program's site, it is "set up at the county level through an administrative committee... It encourages businesses to...

  • Left Hand Laurel – Erin Hofer-Shall

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 6, 2021

    Longmont based HOPE, short for Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement, cares for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Founded in 2007, HOPE has supported the homeless community with the end goal being self-sufficiency. The organization exists to fill people's most basic needs of shelter and food, in addition to providing forward momentum resources such as one-on-one advocacy. Gunbarrel resident Erin Hofer-Shall is an angel of HOPE. While that sounds very ethereal, she and...

  • Dinner in a snow globe is an alternative reality for eating out

    Patricia Logan|Jan 6, 2021

    Technically, there wasn't a special occasion, but it felt like one. Just going to dinner at a restaurant felt like celebration enough after not doing it for 10 months. We've been take-out and stay-home people during the pandemic, but we made an exception to try out Aperitivo Restaurant's new snow globes where we could dine in our own airspace. Three plastic globes arrived at the Gunbarrel restaurant just before Christmas. Owner Edward Vanegas ordered them in early November. "We were worried...

  • Receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

    Deborah Cameron|Jan 6, 2021

    I started to write this article to soothe my nerves, as I sat in my car just prior to my COVID-19 vaccine appointment. I was eligible for it because of my part time work as an in-home care provider for older adults. I agreed because I want to do my part to stop the virus from spreading. Earlier in the week, when I first learned I was eligible and booked my time, those I told were excited for me. Some people even congratulated me. I was less enthusiastic. I'm not typically an early adopter of...

  • Seeding native grasses in landscapes

    Sharon Bokan, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County|Jan 6, 2021

    Native grasses can be used in a landscape either as specimen plants, or for a bluegrass lawn alternative or to create a native prairie landscape. While a native grass lawn or prairie landscape is not for everyone, they work well on larger lot sizes and acreages. Native grasses that are normally used for alternative lawns are blue grama, buffalograss and fescues. They have lower growth habits which makes them desirable for those who don't like to mow often. Other grasses that can be used to...

  • Boulder County says no to high school wrestling

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 6, 2021

    Wrestlers in St. Vrain and Boulder Public Valley Schools will likely miss out on the chance to compete during the 2020-21 school year, after Boulder County Public Health declined a request from the Colorado High School Activities Association to approve the sport for Season B, scheduled to begin on Jan. 18. In a message to wrestling families dated Jan. 5, Niwot High assistant principal and athletics director Joe Brown wrote: "Over the past several weeks, we have continued to work closely with...

  • Porchfront Homes launches new venture

    Special to the Courier|Jan 6, 2021

    Design4Living is a new cabinetry and design company created by the owners of Porchfront Homes, Tim and Mary Coonce. After many years of experience with their building company, the Coonces decided the time was right to set up a comprehensive cabinetry and design business which enables homeowners to bring homes up to date with the best quality products, plus a design service that works seamlessly with an existing home's great features. Targeting homes across the front range, the business aims to simplify the process of remodeling older homes....

  • Mountain View Fire merger with Rocky Mountain Fire is completed

    Special to the Courier|Jan 6, 2021

    It's official. Mountain View Fire Rescue and Rocky Mountain Fire District have legally merged, according to an announcement from the newly merged district. "Over the past year the Boards and Staff of each agency worked together to create a community-oriented organization combining the programs of both agencies and creating a framework for the future," the district's press release read. "Through hard work and dedication, the merged Mountain View Fire District is poised to continue providing high quality efficient fire, rescue and EMS service to...

  • Community Pet Spotlight-Jan. 6, Chunk

    Jan 6, 2021

    Meet Chunk! This handsome seven-year-old fellow is looking for his new best friend through Longmont Humane Society right now! Chunk is playful and affectionate and loves being in the company of his favorite people. Chunk is looking for a home with older children where he can be the only beloved pet, please. To learn more about Chunk or to make an appointment to come in for a visit please call us at 303-772-1232 today....

  • Student-Athlete Spotlight

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 6, 2021

    In an age when a forgotten video clip can lead to the withdrawal of a scholarship offer, it's more important than ever for student-athletes to think twice before taking their thoughts to TikTok, Snapchat, or Instagram. That's the message of Niwot junior Sydney Rothstein, whose comments during a recent leadership training course are now being highlighted by the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national organization that is dedicated to cultivating a positive youth sports culture. "Sometimes it's...