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Articles from the January 12, 2022 edition

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  • Helping our neighbors: area residents and businesses respond to Marshall Fire tragedy

    Deborah Cameron|Jan 12, 2022

    When the Marshall Fire devastated the communities of Louisville and Superior, Niwot community members were eager to help. In the immediate days after the tragedy, many went above and beyond. For others still wanting to do something positive, there are ongoing opportunities to make a difference. Below is an overview of what's been done already and what opportunities to help are still available. Local businesses offered housing and food Shelter was one of the most immediate needs for residents in...

  • Jenna Kate Olschlager Williams

    Jan 12, 2022

    Jenna Kate Olschlager Williams (37) passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 11, 2021, in Aurora, CO, from complications of multiple autoimmune diseases. Jenna was born on March 7, 1984, in Harvey, ND, to Terry and Sandra (Wittenberg) Olschlager. She grew up on a farm near Fessenden, ND, and graduated from Fessenden-Bowdon High School in 2002. She earned a degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University and a Master of Music Education degree from Colorado State... Full story

  • Be better prepared for urban wildfires with these eight tips

    Kristen Arendt|Jan 12, 2022

    In the wake of the Marshall Fire, many homeowners might be wondering how to be better prepared in case of future urban wildfires. Urban wildfires like the Marshall Fire, while relatively rare in Colorado when compared to the incidence of forest fires in the state, can be incredibly destructive and fast-moving, as the events of Dec. 30 proved. This type of fire is not entirely unprecedented as both the Black Forest Fire and Waldo Canyon Fire saw the destruction of homes at the wildland urban...

  • Bobcat sightings warrant caution

    Katrina Stroud|Jan 12, 2022

    On Dec. 7, Niwot resident Steve H. reported seeing three bobcats in his neighbor's yard on Paiute Avenue, which the Courier published in its Dec. 15 edition. Since then, the Courier has received some feedback from local resident Dr. Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre, on how our community can protect bobcats. Dr. La Pierre was the Founding Chair of the Wildlife Legacy Trust Fund serving the Community Foundation of Boulder County. She currently works at Red Raven Farms to rescue animals and raise...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Jan. 12)

    Jan 12, 2022

    Meet Kody! Kody is a very handsome, 11 month old yellow lab. Kody is a very good boy who is already potty trained AND crate trained! He loves to just go into his personal area and "chill" for a bit. Kody loves fetch and playing with toys. He is great with other dogs and does prefer older kiddos. Kody can only be described as the goofiest, friendliest, sweetest little pup you'll ever meet! He is looking for a home to call his own and would love for you to consider opening your heart and home if...

  • Photo of the Week (Jan. 12)

    Jan 12, 2022

    Last week, a snowy rendering of Eric Cartman appeared near the entrance of Niwot's South Park, demanding visitors respect his "authoritah!"...

  • Left Hand Laurel: Deborah Read Fowler

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 12, 2022

    On the gusty morning of Thursday, Dec. 30, Niwot realtor Deborah Read Fowler and her family were on US Highway 36 headed to Breckenridge when they noticed something alarming: a plume of dark smoke rising on the outskirts of Boulder. As they drove on, the scene quickly escalated from alarming to frightening as it became clear that the wind-driven fire was out of control and headed east. For the rest of the drive, she and her husband stayed tuned to radio reports, which only confirmed their worst...

  • Niwot Community Association offers Marshall Fire aid

    Kim Glasscock|Jan 12, 2022

    Niwot Community Association board members agreed at the Jan. 5 meeting that the organization wanted to help Marshall Fire victims that have found shelter in Niwot. Board members Pat Murphy and Mark Brigham, both real estate agents, said several fire victims are being hosted in Niwot and the area, with some needing “just about everything,” according to Murphy. “And I know we will have more displaced families coming soon,” added Brigham. Board members discussed at length how they wanted to help the fire victims. Board member Craig Rahenka...

  • South Longmont welcomes new yoga studio

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 12, 2022

    In 2010, Nicole and Gerry Wienholt made a dream into reality as they opened the first Yoga Pod in Boulder. During that time, Yoga Pod quickly grew and was even franchised so that the Wienholts could spread their passion and joy with others. They have since left that path and, 11 years later, decided to focus their energy on opening a second location in south Longmont. "We truly believe yoga is life changing and transformational. It feels incredible to be able to offer yoga to this community,"...

  • 2022 Fitness trends might just come from the heart

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 12, 2022

    It’s two weeks into the New Year and everyone knows what that means–New Year’s Resolution time. Many Americans will make some sort of decision related to health and wellness, especially with the ever-present COVID pandemic wreaking havoc in our lives. “New year, new me,” as the saying goes. But in speaking with Scott Meier of Haystack Muay Thai and Maurice Henriques of REAL Training, “new me” seems like it’s extending beyond one’s physique. “Sometimes people get caught up in all the results,” said Henriques, a former CU athlete who is also t...

  • It's A Laughing Matter

    Jan 12, 2022

    We live in an age of instant communication. Need to talk to a friend halfway around the world? Between instant messaging, texting and twittering no problemo. But for those of us who live in a small town, how much has all this technology really changed things? I contend, not much. People have always talked whether it was around the pickle barrel in the general store, on a party line or over the backyard fence. If there's a juicy piece of gossip, you know that it's going to spread in a nano...

  • Local grocery workers vote to strike

    Jan 12, 2022

    Alleging unfair labor practices and violations of a collective bargaining agreement, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 voted to strike at King Soopers locations along Colorado's front range, including the Gunbarrel location at 6550 Lookout Rd. Starting at 5 a.m. on Jan. 12., meat workers at Boulder stores will walk off the job for three weeks, until Feb. 2....

  • Marshall Fire fundraiser at Après-Ski celebration

    Katrina Stroud|Jan 12, 2022

    On Jan. 29, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Niwot Business Association is hosting the second annual Après-Ski Pop-Up Celebration. Come to Downtown Niwot with your family and friends to enjoy all the frigid festivities, such as hot meals, horse-drawn carriage rides and live music performances. Restaurants and businesses will be serving special meals and selling merchandise for the occasion: Niwot Tavern will be serving chili; there will be a mulled wine tasting at Inkberry Books; other vendors will...

  • Jamieson Legh shines for Cougars in Mustangs Invite

    Jack Carlough|Jan 12, 2022

    With star swimmer Mary Codevilla out for the weekend, it was Jamieson Legh’s turn to take charge for the Niwot girls swim team. The junior dominated in a pair of individual races to help the Cougars finish second in 4A at the Mustang Invitational, which concluded on Jan. 8 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. Niwot also finished fourth overall behind Broomfield, Legacy and meet-winner Regis Jesuit. The Cougars would have been well outside the top-five if it weren’t for Legh. In the 100-yard butterfly, Legh took first place and...

  • Gary Daum Classic returns to Niwot High

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 12, 2022

    After a truncated 2021 high school season, full-scale wrestling tournaments are back in 2022, and, locally, that means a packed house at Niwot High for the ninth annual Gary Daum Classic, held Jan. 8. More than two hundred wrestlers plus their fans and coaches turned out for the all-day event, named for legendary Cougar wrestling coach Gary Daum (1977-2005), who passed away in 2013 after an illness. On the mat, Cougar wrestlers delivered mixed results, landing Niwot in the bottom quarter of the...

  • Gary Daum Classic offers opportunity to support family

    Bruce Warren|Jan 12, 2022

    The 2022 edition of the Gary Daum Classic at Niwot High School began with the traditional welcome by NHS Wrestling Coach Bobby Matthews, who introduced Garin Daum, son of the late long-time Niwot wrestling coach for whom the wrestling tournament is named. Matthews gave a history of Coach Daum's teaching and coaching career, noting that in addition to serving as Niwot High wrestling coach, he also coached softball and football while teaching special education students at Niwot. Matthews first...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Bryce Nemec

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 12, 2022

    Niwot football's historic 2021 season will be remembered for many reasons, not least the dominating performance of senior Bryce Nemec, a difference-maker on both sides of the ball. Appearing in all 10 games, Nemec's bruising play as an offensive guard cleared the way for a record-setting performance by Cougar rushers, and, as a defensive lineman, helped make Niwot's defense a force to be reckoned with for the first time in many seasons. All of that added up to a 4-6 record in 2021, the Cougars'...