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  • Downtown Niwot post-moratorium

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 15, 2020

    It's been nine months since the moratorium on development concluded for downtown Niwot and as yet, no new projects have been born, and new land use codes have not been put to the test. When the Boulder County Commissioners (BOCC) approved updated land use codes in April 2019, the nettlesome issue of access to the mostly unused alley between the residential side of the alley facing 3rd Avenue and the commercial area facing 2nd Avenue had yet to be laid to rest. BOCC approved more prescriptive...

  • Postle resigns as NBA representative to LID committee

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 15, 2020

    Citing concerns over the appointment of new members of the Niwot Design Review Committee, member Anne Postle resigned from the Niwot LID Advisory Committee at its monthly meeting on Jan. 7. Reading from a letter she planned to send to the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 8, Postle said, "For me, with the NDRC process, this trust has again been compromised to the point that I cannot continue to serve as the NBA representative on the LID. I hope my resignation will be a wake-up...

  • New flood maps may surprise some residents

    Emily Long|Jan 15, 2020

    FEMA will soon be implementing new floodplain maps for Boulder County. A move by the county last week to begin community review and appeals for the newly designated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) from FEMA is just one step in an ongoing process to reevaluate and replace the old, outdated floodplain maps in Boulder County. In September 2019, the county came one step closer to approving new floodplain maps by adopting the preliminary FIRMS provided by FEMA. Those rate maps will be s...

  • Four new sculptures to be installed at Niwot's Community Corner

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 15, 2020

    Egor Zigura's statue titled "Kore That Awakening" will soon be standing tall in the expanded Niwot Community Corner. The winning sculpture created by Zigura of Kiev, Ukraine, along with three other sculptures will be put in place in Niwot next month. Zigura's depiction of a female figure is nearly six feet in height and is described as "a fragmented shape, harkening back to the Classical Antiquity." This piece was the winner of the $750 stipend awarded by the Niwot Sculpture Park Committee....

  • Prairie dogs spark lively conversation

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Jan 15, 2020

    Prairie dogs are a contentious issue in Boulder County, so it is no surprise that Jan. 7, Boulder County's Annual Public Meeting on Prairie Dog Management ran overtime. In fact, it was difficult to derail the lively conversation long enough to welcome an unexpected visitor. Despite several murmured protests, the crowd hushed when a representative from the Birds of Prey Foundation pulled out a live red-tailed hawk. The hawk was no doubt intended as a reminder of the integral role prairie dogs...

  • Finding mindfulness at the Meditation Place

    Jan 15, 2020

    According to Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., and licensed psychologist, "Mindfulness, itself, is like you take a string of pearls on a necklace, each moment is one of those pearls--the goal of it, it creates a continuum of awareness." When googling "mindfulness," after getting past ads for online classes, most search results are definitions, many of which focus on being fully, mentally present in any given moment. It has deep roots in Buddhist tradition and was introduced to much of Western culture by...

  • Sonja Motley-Turman Familiar Face

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 15, 2020

    Niwot's Little Bird is a symphony of good taste in every form - from art to jewelry, clothing to body care. Sonja Motley-Turman can be found amongst the treasures at Little Bird, offering customers her assistance. Her expertise in all things fashion and style won't come as a surprise to those who know her well. But for everyone else, here is some insight into Motley-Turman's life. Left Hand Valley Courier (LHVC): Where did you grow up and what brought you to Colorado? Sonja Motley-Turman (SMT):...

  • Niwot High School celebrates new renovations

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Jan 15, 2020

    Last Thursday, Jan. 9, Niwot High alumni Oskar Wells and Sophia Jones stepped up to cut the ribbon. After months of construction, Niwot High School hosted a grand re-opening to show off its latest renovations. "Kids have always been proud to go to Niwot High School," said Principal Eric Rauschkolb, "but now the building reflects the pride they feel in their school." The funding for this project came from a 2016 bond issue in which voters approved $10 million for improvements and renovations. The... Full story

  • Construction slated to begin at Whistle Stop Park

    Jan 15, 2020

    On Jan. 13, members from the Niwot Business Association and Niwot Cultural Arts Association held a groundbreaking ceremony for The Depot at Whistle Stop Park, a permanent concession stand that will house beverage sales at the Rock & Rails summer concert series. Construction on the 990 square-foot structure is scheduled to start later this spring. In the meantime, the group is still hoping to raise another $50,000 to cover the costs. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Niwot Cultural...

  • Community Pet Spotlight-Bryn (Jan. 15)

    Jan 15, 2020

    This is Bryn, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, who just passed thirteen years on Christmas Day. Along with her guardian, Dave Fletcher, she is certified as a volunteer ranger with Boulder County Parks and Open Space. This job entails walking the county open space trails and greeting guests while reminding them of the rules, such as keeping dogs on leash. When Bryn isn't wearing her official green "Bark Ranger" scarf, she chases her dog sister, sleeps, and begs for cookies!...

  • Lopez takes third at Frederick Invitational

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 15, 2020

    Niwot heavyweight Jovani Lopez earned his fifth trip to the podium this season with a third-place finish in the 285-pound class at the Frederick Warrior Invitational on Jan. 11. Lopez was methodical in his final match against Wheat Ridge's Samuel Mondragon (12-7), steadily accumulating take down and nearfall points that would ultimately result in an 8-1 decision. "My strategy was not to rush the moves, to just move around until I saw the opening," the senior said after the win, his 16th of the y...

  • Niwot goes 2-0 to start conference play

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 15, 2020

    The Niwot boys basketball team improved to 7-4 on the year, after picking up another pair of wins as Northern League play got underway last week. The Cougars were considerably more effective on both sides of the ball in rousing home wins over Northridge (63-40) on Jan. 7 and Thompson Valley (48-39) on Jan. 10, but it was his team's return to form on defense that had head coach Clay Wittrock back in a positive frame of mind. "Thompson Valley is a tough, big physical team, and I knew that was...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Kyle Reeves

    Jan 15, 2020

    Kyle Reeves has been on the brink of a breakout game for Niwot all season, and when it finally came in the Cougars' 63-40 win over Northridge on January 7, the talented guard didn't hesitate to reveal the family secret behind his success. "I was actually playing for my grandmother," the senior said of his 19-point, five-steal performance, both bests as a Cougar. "She's a big part of my life, and I dedicated the game to her. She's taught me so much, and she's just my everything." Reeves has... Full story