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Articles from the January 22, 2020 edition

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  • Changes to come for Niwot building

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 22, 2020

    Excel Electric's office has been located in Niwot for 35 years, so the sale of the building it's in and subsequent move to a newly constructed larger property in Longmont will be momentous. On Jan. 10, 2020, Harrington Stanko Construction closed on the purchase of the property owned by Related Investments Partners LLP, and occupied by Excel Electric (EE). "We're pretty excited to bring something really nice there for the town and the people to enjoy," Tim Harrington, partner at Harrington...

  • What do the revised flood maps mean for you?

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Jan 22, 2020

    Readers of last week's Courier won't be surprised to learn that FEMA will soon be implementing new floodplain maps for Boulder County. But what does that actually mean for the average homeowner? Some Niwot residents along Dry Creek have lived in a floodplain for years. They attended the county's Jan. 16 information session with one question--would they be required to make changes to their property in response to the new maps? The simple answer is "no." But Boulder County has received a federal...

  • Western novelist comes to Inkberry

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 22, 2020

    "The West" can mean a lot of different things to people--everything from "Gunsmoke" with its crime-fighting marshall, or the TV series "Dallas" and its oil-baron family. For author Sandra Dallas, the West is simply part of her life. "I consider myself part of that Western experience," Dallas said. "I was really only about a generation removed from the old West. There were still old men around who knew the early days of Colorado." As a child, Dallas was fascinated by history. Some of her...

  • NCA board hears passenger rail proposal

    Kim Glasscock|Jan 22, 2020

    Passenger rail service from Fort Collins to Pueblo in Colorado could be a reality in seven to 10 years if the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission is successful. Cue the skepticism. But Randy Grauberger, project director for the rail commission, told Niwot Community Association Board members at their Jan. 8 meeting that this group has the potential to be successful. “This group has the legislative mandate behind it,” he said. “We are charged to build, not just study. And we have strong interest in making this happen...

  • Fear not at Left Hand Animal Hospital

    Vicky Dorvee|Jan 22, 2020

    Doctors' offices as a rule are less fun than say...a walk in the park. It can oftentimes be worse for pets, for whom a confusing visit to the veterinarian's office may be an onslaught of scents, close quarters shared with bewildering beings, possible unpleasant associations, and the scary anticipation of what's going to happen next. Niwot's Left Hand Animal Hospital (LHAH) wanted to alleviate the stress pets go through, so they sought out expert advice on the subject and the entire practice...

  • Niwot alum's musical talents get professional

    Hannah Stewart|Jan 22, 2020

    At some point in many children's lives, they want to be famous athletes, actors or rockstars. Most children don't fulfill those dreams, but 2015 Niwot graduate Bella Musser has done just that. "In high school, I was performing [solo] at open mics or coffee shops, and then on stage in musical theater," explained Musser. By the time she graduated high school, Musser had been performing for a number of years, so when it came to choosing a college and field of study, she knew what she wanted to do....

  • Burns night supper brings Scottish traditions to Niwot

    Emily Long|Jan 22, 2020

    Even if you're not sure who Robert Burns is, you've almost certainly heard one of his most famous poems. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne. The famous Scottish poet wrote Auld lang syne in 1788 based on "an old man's singing" and set it to a traditional Scottish song, creating what is now a classic and standard...

  • Colterra developer to hold neighborhood meeting

    Jan 22, 2020

    Niwot residents are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting hosted by Terry Palmos to review and provide feedback on a preliminary plan for a project in the Niwot Rural Community District I on property formerly occupied by Colterra restaurant. Docket SPR-20-TBD: 210 Franklin, LLC Request: Residential/Commercial mixed-use Location: 210 Franklin, Niwot, CO Owner/Applicant: 210 Franklin, LLC The neighborhood meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Left Hand Grange #9 (...

  • Niwot High works with 'rivals' to give kids a Christmas

    Sydney Rothstein|Jan 22, 2020

    Three rival high schools came together this past holiday season to bring Christmas to their community. Representatives from Niwot, Longmont, and Silver Creek High Schools met to start a collaborative community project that was modeled after the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. NHS typically runs a food drive during the holidays, but it hasn't reached the level of impact that it was intended to. Needing a new idea, the student council revamped an old concept. Niwot Student Council's Ben Goff...

  • Boulder Country Day students challenged in seminar

    Special to the Courier|Jan 22, 2020

    From Jan. 7 – 10, all Boulder Country Day middle school students participated in the BCD Seminar. The seminar is modeled after the Aspen Institute Seminar and is intended as an opportunity for BCD students to stretch their intellectual thinking. With over 60 years of experience, the Aspen Institute Seminar is designed to help people of all ages and walks of life to reflect upon the most important questions facing us as human beings and as leaders. Each night, BCD students were assigned texts...

  • Niwot Youth Sports opens baseball registration

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 22, 2020

    Spring is right around the corner, and Niwot Youth Sports is gearing up for its 51st season of fun and friendly competition on the diamond. Early-bird registration for recreational baseball is now underway at Softball registration will open on Feb. 1. NYS Baseball is offering six divisions again this season; Bubblegum (T-ball for ages 4-5), Rookie (coach pitch/T-ball hybrid for ages 5-6), AA (coach pitch for ages 7-8), AAA (kid pitch for ages 9-10), Majors (kid pitch fo...

  • Judy Lee Gould

    Jan 22, 2020

    Retired Niwot Elementary School front office clerk, Judy Lee Gould, died January 18, 2019 at age 74. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25 at Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman St. in Longmont, with a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Judy Gould Memorial Fund in care of Howe Mortuary to benefit the TLC Learning Center in Longmont.... Full story

  • Newcomers boost Niwot at St. Vrain All District Meet

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jan 22, 2020

    The annual St. Vrain All-District meet marks the midway point of the girls swim season, and after an energetic performance by her top swimmers at this year's event, Niwot head coach Sarah Stamp is renewing her hopes for another top finish at the upcoming Class 4A state championships. "We've been building steadily every week," she said after the friendly but competitive meet, held Jan. 18 at Mountain View Aquatic Center. "Today, there were lots of time drops, and best times across the board. By...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Emiley Yie

    Jan 22, 2020

    The Niwot girls swim team lost nearly 20 swimmers to last year's graduation, so heading into the 2019-20 season, head coach Sarah Stamp had some holes to fill in the lineup. Much to her delight, junior Emiley Yie has been willing and able to help fill more than a few of them. So far this season, the talented swimmer has qualified to compete for Niwot in all but one individual event at the upcoming Class 4A state championships, and she is hitting her fastest times as the post-season approaches....

  • Community Pet Spotlight-Fizz (Jan. 22)

    Jan 22, 2020

    Meet Fizz the African Pygmy hedgehog! Fizz is about 2 years old and was adopted from the Boulder Humane Society. He can run about 6-10 miles every night on his exercise wheel...What an athlete! Fizz lives with his large extended family at Cottonwood Kennels....

  • Ian Hayes charmed audience at poetry reading

    Jan 22, 2020

    Niwot poet Ian Hayes (left) spoke about his life and the way in which he garners inspiration for his poetry to an audience at Inkberry Books in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center on Sunday, Jan. 19. Hayes read aloud from a few of his 10 books titled, "In Other Words," and presented listeners with full sets of his work. Hayes will be adding three more books to his collection of poetry which comes to him from having read other authors' writings....