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  • Courier Crossword Corner January 24, 2024|Jan 24, 2024

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    Jan 24, 2024

    ACROSS 1. Ruffles 4. Evans 5. percussion 6. sing 8. six 10. Mitchell 13. rebounds 14. neighbor DOWN 1. resilient 2. Addison 3. tennis 7. Greta 9. women 11. captain 12. Lopez... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Jan 24, 2024

    Do you know of a local event, interesting story or local person the Courier might be interested in covering? Do you have comments about what you have read in the Courier or suggestions to make? We would like to hear from you at [email protected]

  • Photo of the Week

    Jan 24, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jan 24, 2024

    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 addre...

  • Death Notice

    Jan 24, 2024

    Donald Earl “Don” Specht Former Niwot resident Donald Earl “Don” Specht of Loveland, Colorado, died Dec. 17, 2023, after a long illness. Don was hired as chair of the math department at Niwot High School when it opened in 1972 and remained there until 1978 when he was hired to chair the math department at the newly constructed Skyline High School (SHS). He remained at SHS until his retirement in 1994. Memorial donations in Don’s name can be made to King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland or the Alzheimer’s Association.... Full story

  • Courier Cookbook Macaroni and Cheese

    Jan 24, 2024

    Who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? It's a crowd favorite and finds its way onto every table for any occasion. Whether covered in crushed potato chips, mixed with cream or made with five cheeses, it is a wintertime staple (and springtime, and summertime and fall). And even though you like your Amy's or Kraft mac and cheese from a box, try these instead. Here are a couple takes on this classic dish. You can always add bacon, seafood or chicken for protein. Baked Macaroni and Cheese Submitted...

  • Niwot High School's Addison Ritzenhein named Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year

    Jack Carlough|Jan 24, 2024

    The vast majority of banners inside Niwot High School's main gym celebrate team championships. A select few, however, are hung in honor of individual achievements. Coming off a stellar sophomore season on the NHS cross country team, Addison Ritzenhein will soon have her name immortalized twice. After receiving the Gatorade Colorado Girls Cross Country Player of the Year award on Monday, the state championship-winning runner earned the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of...

  • Women-owned businesses in Cottonwood Square

    Deborah Cameron|Jan 24, 2024

    As one of two main hubs of small businesses in Niwot, Cottonwood Square brings together a variety of retail stores. Businesses range from restaurants to clothing stores, and from florists to fitness studios. A surprisingly high number of these enterprises are run, either in whole or in part, by women. Many owners have several things in common. They enjoy the Niwot community and the support it gives local businesses. They also share a "give back" or "pay-it-forward" attitude. "I feel like Niwot i...

  • Meet Your Neighbor - Joyce Johnson, 90 Years of Resilience

    Joan Schaefer|Jan 24, 2024

    In a world that sometimes seems to create isolation, the Courier is launching a new feature entitled "Meet Your Neighbor." We hope you enjoy getting to know some of the fascinating people who live in our community. Joyce Johnson has lived in Niwot for 32 years. Her determination, friendly nature, sparkling eyes and kindness mask the many hardships and tragedies she has faced throughout her long life. The first word Johnson uses to describe herself is "resilient." She was raised in Connecticut...

  • Art Student of the Week: Merrick Blondeau

    Gene Hayworth|Jan 24, 2024

    When Merrick Blondeau was in elementary school, his sister Ana's friends were percussionists. Blondeau thought they were cool, so in sixth grade he joined the band at Sunset Middle School. Since then, he has simply loved making music and getting lost in music. Blondeau enjoys listening to classical music, "But," he said, "not often enough to be able to pick a favorite." One piece he does appreciate listening to is "The Planets," a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the A Capella Club

    Camryn Bell|Jan 24, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the A Capella Club. In the words of Greta Stauch, who is currently an 11th-grader at Niwot High School as well as the founder of the A Capella Club, "The Niwot High School A Capella Club is made up of a select group of auditioned performers from all four grades who put together vocal performances without the help of accompaniment other than from their peers in the group. The club is completely run by students-everything...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Daisey Bui

    Jack Carlough|Jan 24, 2024

    Competitive swimming has long been a valued part of Daisey Bui's life, and with her days on the Niwot High School girls swim team limited, the senior chose to dedicate her complete attention to the pool this winter. As someone with an immense range of interests, it likely wasn't easy for Bui to commit everything she has to swimming. In order to make that happen, she stepped away from her involvement with Up-A-Creek Robotics, a club robotics team based in Longmont, but has since taken great...

  • NHS boys wrestling finds wins at Northglenn Norse Varsity Invite

    Jack Carlough|Jan 24, 2024

    Shorthanded and stricken by winter illnesses, the Niwot High School boys wrestling team gutted out a respectable showing at the Northglenn Norse Varsity Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Cougars finished 20th out of 21 teams but received wins from three different wrestlers: junior Ryder Evans placed fourth in the 144-pound class, 190-pound senior Pavi Soni won his first consolation match, and 285-pound sophomore Jonathan Lopez reached the consolation bracket championship match. For those...

  • Niwot High School boys basketball snaps losing streak, jumps to 4-8

    Isaac Stephens|Jan 24, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys basketball team had a long two-game week where they took on Fort Morgan High School and Northridge High School. Niwot snapped the seven-game losing streak that has plagued their season by beating Fort Morgan 56-34. Niwot wasn't able to make a streak of wins following the Fort Morgan game as they lost to Northridge 67-46. Niwot jumped out early against the Fort Morgan Mustangs with a dominant first half. The Cougars were able to coast afterwards, easing towards their...

  • NHS girls basketball picks up win at Fort Morgan

    Bruce Warren|Jan 24, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls basketball squad picked up a much-needed 67-35 victory over Fort Morgan High School on the road Jan. 18, dominating the game from start to finish. The victory gave the Cougars a 3-8 record on the season, and Niwot's first league victory over the winless Mustangs. Senior Chloe Mitchell led the scoring, putting up 15 points on 6-11 shooting from the field. One of her field goals came from 3-point range, and she was 2-2 at the free throw line. Also scoring in double figu...

  • Niwot High girls swim qualifies multiple relay teams for state at All City Meet

    Jack Carlough|Jan 24, 2024

    With the girls swimming and diving state championships set for early February, Niwot High School’s list of qualifiers is growing. At the St. Vrain All City Meet on Saturday, Jan. 20, three different Niwot “A” relay teams qualified for state, according to head coach Ella Thramann. The Cougar quartet of Devi Burnett, Emmy Hostelley, Thalia Milam, and Charlotte Heuer punched their state ticket in both the 200 and 400-yard freestyle, while Phoebe Donovan, Reese Lavigne, Hannah Hooven, and Hostelley qualified in the 200 medley relay. Hoste...

  • Proposed tennis club on 79th St. generates opposition

    Scott Barto|Jan 24, 2024

    Open areas are dwindling as urban areas continue to be developed into more densely populated regions. One location being proposed for development is a vacant parcel on the west side of 79th Street between Lookout Road and Highway 52, next to the Church of the Lookout. An application for development of the parcel to be a private tennis club, "Tennis Center of the Rockies," was dated Nov. 22, 2023 and formally filed with Boulder County on Dec. 5, 2023. Many Gunbarrel residents met on Dec. 17,...