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  • Courier Crossword Corner January 31, 2024

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers January 31, 2024

    Jan 31, 2024

    ACROSS 2. Wish 6. seed 8. green 9. downtown 10. Ralphie 12. technical 13. personal 15. Master 16. sign 17. antiques DOWN 1. first 3. WinterFest 4. football 5. Altenborg 7. Eagle 11. Charlie 14. Fay... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Jan 31, 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]@lhvc.com....

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jan 31, 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 address and phone numbe...

  • Photo of the Week

    Jan 31, 2024

  • Master Plan draft presented to NCA members

    Leonard Sitongia|Jan 31, 2024

    The working draft of the Niwot Master Plan 2023 was presented to the Niwot Community Association (NCA) on Jan. 23 at the Left Hand Grange No. 9. The master plan is the first step in imagining how Niwot might look in the near and distant future, and includes an update to the 2012 Transportation & Connectivity Plan that has guided Niwot projects for the past decade. This vision for Niwot has been developed by the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) in conjunction with the...

  • Changes at Perry, Roane & Henley, CPAs

    Bruce Warren|Jan 31, 2024

    CPAs and Niwot residents Don Perry and Dayna Roane joined forces in Niwot in 2010 to form the accounting firm, Perry & Roane, P.C. In addition to their professional accounting and tax services, the partners were active in the community, providing pro bono services to a wide range of Niwot area non-profits, including Niwot Youth Sports, the Niwot Business Association, the Niwot Cultural Arts Association, and Left Hand Grange No. 9. While Perry retired from the firm several years ago, he...

  • WinterFest Fun For All

    Scott Barto|Jan 31, 2024

    Niwot is known for its great small-town feel and numerous community events. The inaugural WinterFest event on Saturday, Jan. 27, did not disappoint. WinterFest brought food, games and carriage rides from Cottonwood Square to 2nd Avenue. Vendors, musicians, and activities were scattered through Niwot including Nothing Bundt Cakes in Cottonwood Square and Sweet Maple Cotton Candy at the Emporium on 2nd Avenue. A steady flow of attendees participated throughout town. However, the real hit was the...

  • Tennis facility opposition meeting change

    Jan 31, 2024

    The location of the Feb. 4 meeting of local residents opposed to the application for the "Tennis Center of the Rockies," to be built on 79th Street just north of Lookout Road, has changed since the Courier’s Jan. 24 article regarding the matter. The meeting will still be on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m. but at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 7077 Harvest Road (on Lookout Road near 71st Street), in Gunbarrel....

  • Let's Talk About...Self-Checkout

    Elise S. Marylander|Jan 31, 2024

    Ok. I consider myself a pro at supermarket shopping. I started "going to the store" for my mom since I could drive. Things have changed since then. I recently went to the market and after frantically trying to find that particular chocolate brownie Quest bar my husband likes, the special kale and avocados my daughter prefers, and a jar of tahini so I don't have to make it myself, I was inevitability faced with the dilemma of how to check out and still make my dental appointment on time. So, I...

  • Meet Your Neighbor

    Peggy B. Graham|Jan 31, 2024

    Your neighbor, Sean Tufts, his wife Orly Ripmaster, and their two sons live just east of Niwot on a 48-acre farm. Tufts is the managing partner of Optiv, a cybersecurity consulting company focusing on critical infrastructure installations. Tufts is also well-known for his football career as a middle linebacker for the University of Colorado Buffaloes (2000-2003) and then for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Tufts was born in 1982 in south Denver near County Line Road, where subdivisions once...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Victor Valdez-Aguero

    Gene Hayworth|Jan 31, 2024

    When Victor Valdez-Aguero was a young boy, his father was a big car enthusiast. "He owned a few dozen cars imported from Japan," Valdez-Aguero said. "A few Ford Mustangs--Shelby GT 500s. He owned muscle cars like Corvettes. C3s from 1981, a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, and a couple of Mitsubishi Lancer Evos." Initially, Valdez-Aguero thought that learning about cars was too complex and he didn't pay much attention to them, but in his early teens he started asking to help his father work on them. At...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Archer Buckbee

    Jack Carlough|Jan 31, 2024

    With a quick draw and release, Archer Buckbee has been hitting his mark often this season for the Niwot High School boys basketball team. Through Jan. 24, the fearless shooter leads the Cougars with 16 made 3-pointers, including four in one game, as a valuable threat off the bench. Buckbee shared that his confidence stems from the support he has around him. "All my teammates trust me that I can make the shots and my coaches have been encouraging me to shoot a lot, so that's been really...

  • Spotlight on our Neighborhoods: Old Town Niwot magic

    Kristin Alger|Jan 31, 2024

    With roots dating to 1875, Old Town Niwot, the area on 2nd Avenue between Niwot Road and Murray Street, has always been a mixture of the familiar and the new and is widely considered to be the historic heart of town. John Nelson, a local carpenter, is credited with building the first commercial structure on Second Avenue in 1905. Most of the remaining shops in the first block were completed by 1915 and include the home of the oldest operating Grange in Colorado. These buildings comprise the...

  • Courier Cookbook "Go-To" Appetizers

    Jan 31, 2024

    Often when asked to bring an appetizer to an event, we reach for the same tried and true recipes. They have been vetted, tested and garnered approval from many. Here are a couple to add to your repertoire. Roasted Shrimp Cocktail Louis Submitted by Denise Maierhofer Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten and Food Network Ingredients 2 lbs. (about 16-20) large peeled deveined shrimp with tails attached Olive oil Kosher salt Ground pepper 1-1/4 cup mayonnaise ½ cup Heinz chili sauce ½ tsp....

  • Boulder County Seed Swap swaps more than seeds

    Peggy B. Graham|Jan 31, 2024

    Seed swaps are events where gardeners and farmers exchange seeds to help people garden inexpensively and reduce seed waste. The swap also provides a networking opportunity to build community, share local gardening information, and dispense education from experts such as CSU Master Gardeners and Growing Gardens. The swap works locally to keep plants for future generations. The Second Annual Boulder County Seed Swap was held on Jan. 27 at the Niwot United Methodist Church on Lookout Road. The swap...

  • Montana Heather earns Eagle Scout Badge

    Lisha Nouhan|Jan 31, 2024

    Among the many honors and merits to be earned as a member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one stands out from all the rest - the rank of Eagle Scout. The process is intensive, with badge requirements, an individually led community project, and approval by the Eagle Scout board of review. Montana Heather, a senior at Niwot High School, has recently joined the ranks of just over 4% of scouts and earned his Eagle Scout Badge after years of hard work and persistence. Having received his...

  • "The Green and Black" - the Niwot High School newspaper

    Special to the Courier|Jan 31, 2024

    Carson Lyle, Editor-in-Chief of "The Green and Black," and a NHS senior with hopes of attending Northeastern University to study journalism contributed to this article. "The Green and Black" is Niwot High School's entirely student-run newspaper which reports on issues and events in the St. Vrain Valley School District that students might find interesting. Its reporters also tap into opinion writing and share their voices on policies regarding their education, or whatever they feel passionate...

  • Niwot Elementary presents "Niwot Kids Got Talent"

    Molly Walsh, President, Niwot Elementary Parent Teacher Advisory Council|Jan 31, 2024

    Niwot Elementary School will showcase over 50 student acts at the "Niwot Kids Got Talent" show on Friday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Niwot High School auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults and students in sixth grade and above. Students in fifth grade and under are free. "The talent show is a longstanding, beloved tradition at Niwot Elementary," said Principal Nancy Pitz. "I've been at the school for 10 years now and it was a well-established event when I got here. It's a...

  • Niwot High School boys basketball has tough week

    Isaac Stephens|Jan 31, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys basketball team had a tough week as they had a long three-game week. The Cougars struggled to get going defensively over the stretch as they lost all three games, giving up a combined 182 points. Niwot started the week with a 59-44 Monday, Jan. 22, loss to the Mountain View High School Mountains Lions. Niwot's tough week continued as they fell 51-42 to the Roosevelt High School Rough Riders on Wednesday and 72-49 against the Riverdale Ridge High School Ravens on...

  • NHS girls swim trending upward heading into Longs Peak League championships

    Jack Carlough|Jan 31, 2024

    Admittedly, Niwot High School girls swim head coach Ella Thramann has been pushing her team harder in recent practices. With two major meets on deck, Thramann wants the Cougars to be both prepared and swimming at their best. So far, the tougher practices have yielded some encouraging results. Multiple swimmers have set new personal-record times, including senior co-captain Daisey Bui in two different events, and others simply appear smoother in the pool. "I've seen tons of PRs," Thramann said....

  • NHS Wish Week reaches for the stars

    Diana Carty, NHS Counselor|Jan 31, 2024

    In a genuine demonstration of true community support, Niwot High School students and families, Longmont merchants, and the greater Niwot community came together in support of Make-a-Wish Colorado last week and likely exceeded the $10,000 fundraising goal set by the NHS Student Council, the event's organizer. Niwot's Wish Week brought together people from a wide array of backgrounds, all in support of Charlie, Niwot's 2024 Wish Kid, and others like him. Make-A-Wish Colorado supports kids with cri...

  • Evans and Burrage lead NHS wrestling

    Savvy Rafkin|Jan 31, 2024

    The 2023-2024 season for the Niwot Cougars wrestling team has faced many challenges. With a young roster, inexperience has proven to be hard to overcome. Nonetheless, the team has remained positive for the entire season. In the dual against Riverdale Ridge High School on Jan. 25, the Cougars fell 54–24. Riverdale Ridge accumulated seven pins, automatically giving the Ravens a 42-point advantage. However, the Niwot roster still found success at the 144, 150, 165, 175, and 190 weight classes. Capt...