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  • Kyle Brown is selected for House District 12

    Katrina Stroud|Feb 1, 2023

    On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Boulder County Democratic Party (BCDP) voted to select Kyle Brown to represent House District 12 in the state legislature. Brown won 41 votes, which was 80.39% of the 51 votes cast. The other candidates were David Skaggs who received seven votes (13.73%), Jennifer Kaaoush who received two votes (3.92%), Cynthia Martinez who received one vote (1.96%), and Alfredo Alvarado who received no votes. This decisive victory did not require a second ballot to be cast by the...

  • Niles property redevelopment reviewed by Design Review Committee

    Bruce Warren|Feb 1, 2023

    Niwot dentist Dr. Ashley Niles has submitted plans to Boulder County for redevelopment of the property located at 364 Second Avenue in Niwot, which is currently occupied by Niwot Pizza, formerly Lefty's Pizzeria. The application is scheduled for a hearing before the Niwot Design Review Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. The hearing will be conducted via zoom and the link is available on the Niwot Design Review Committee page on the Boulder County website. Niles, who owns the property...

  • Rock & Rails Tip Jar applications open

    Bruce Warren|Feb 1, 2023

    The Niwot Cultural Arts Association, which manages Niwot's Rock & Rails summer concert series with the Niwot Business Association, announced that applications for receipt of Tip Jar proceeds are now open. Non-profit organizations serving the Niwot area, or which have a substantial connection to Niwot as part of a mission to serve a broader community, are eligible to apply. For the 2023 summer concert series, there will be 14 concert nights, beginning June 1 and ending Aug. 31. The Tip Jar...

  • Death Notice

    Feb 1, 2023

    Gloria Jean Knudtson Gloria Jean (Davenport) Knudtson (77) of Niwot died January 22, 2023 at her home. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 1318 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, with Fr. Mark Kovacik, officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Boulder at a later date. In lieu of flowers, direct your memorials to the Alzheimer's Association (https://www.alz.org/co).... Full story

  • Photo of the Week

    Feb 1, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours?

    Feb 1, 2023

    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...

  • Stabbing and car theft in Gunbarrel

    Bruce Warren|Feb 1, 2023

    The Boulder County Sheriff’s office arrested 27-year-old Michael Chunn who reportedly lives in Gunbarrel following a string of incidents that occurred in Boulder County spanning from the late evening hours of Jan. 24 into the morning hours of Jan. 25. According to a press release, Chunn was arrested in Denver and transported back to Boulder and booked into the Boulder County Jail on the following charges: attempted murder in the 1st degree, a class 2 felony; assault in the 1st degree, a class 3 felony; motor vehicle theft in the 1st degree, a...

  • Let's Talk About ...Heat

    Elise Marylander|Feb 1, 2023

    Ok. It's been a cold winter. Really cold. We all wake up to freezing cold houses, glance outside to see what snowfall occurred during the night, wondering if it will be a snow day and a treacherous drive to work. We make steaming cups of tea or coffee, check to be sure the faucet is still dripping and shuffle to the shower muttering, "It's freezing in here!" For me, first things first. Turn up the thermostat. As my family likes to remind me, "Mom, turning it up all the way doesn't get the house...

  • Artist reception at Inkberry Books on First Friday

    Staff Report|Feb 1, 2023

    Inkberry Books is more than a place to find current and classic reading material. Owners Gene Hayworth and Keith Waters often include art displays by local artists, and February will feature the art of Niwot High School student ReyLynn Killinger. Killinger specializes in beautifully drafted, intricate graphite portraits. Art has been a part of her life for many years, and was naturally drawn to it as a child. She remembers going to her mom's Paint and Sip Studio gatherings, where Killinger fell...

  • Arts Student of the Week - Najla Onofre Valles

    Gene Hayworth|Feb 1, 2023

    "Ever since I was in elementary school," Najla Onofre Valles admits, "I've been wanting to use a guitar and learn how to play it. I just thought it would be something really fun to do." Valles, who was selected by NHS' Orchestra Director Keynes Chen as Arts Student of the Week, developed an interest in mariachi while she was still a student at Sunset Middle School. When the school started a mariachi class, Valles immediately signed up. "I thought it would be cool to be in a mariachi class," she...

  • CHSAA 3A Speech and Debate state tournament held at Niwot High

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 1, 2023

    Close to 200 speech and debate competitors gathered on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, for the CHSAA 3A Speech and Debate State Tournament. Fourteen events were slated to take place over the span of the event, with a champion named in each event and an overall school champion taking an ultimate prize. Schools from as far away as Steamboat Springs and the state's other mountain regions competed against local teams. Niwot's team, coached by Niwot High School alumnus Evan Clark, competed with...

  • Paris Stephens represents Niwot Cheer at the London New Year's Parade

    Isaac Stephens|Feb 1, 2023

    Over the holiday season, Niwot High School was represented by senior Paris Stephens at the London New Year's Day Parade. She performed with Varsity Spirit All-Americans in an exclusive performance at Piccadilly Square. Stephens has cheered for Niwot High School for the past four years. Beginning in 1987, the London New Year's Day Parade has attracted over 10,000 participants from the USA, UK, Europe and beyond, delighting a street audience of over 500,000 and a TV audience, which reaches more...

  • NHS beats Silver Creek in Unified Co-ed Basketball

    Chris Teta|Feb 1, 2023

    The Niwot High School Cougars outscored crosstown rival Silver Creek High School 58-51 in a high-scoring, co-ed Unified Basketball game. Coaches Dawn Zwisler and Amy Holle led a fired-up group of athletes and partners to an exciting win Thursday, Jan. 26, at Niwot High School. A large, revved up crowd awaiting the boys varsity game vs Riverdale Ridge High School, nearly filled the bleachers as the Unified team from Niwot got out of the gate quickly, blazing an 8-2 opening tear. Throughout the...

  • Coach Bobby Matthews seeing improvement among Niwot wrestlers

    Jack Carlough|Feb 1, 2023

    It hasn’t been an easy season for the young Niwot High School boys wrestling team. Wins have been tough to assemble and with a limited number of opportunities remaining, head coach Bobby Matthews wants his Cougars to continue “pushing forward.” As regionals loom (Feb. 10-11), staying focused becomes even more important with state championship spots up for grabs. Sophomore Ryder Evans and juniors Eric Falcon and Gavin Burrage, a trio of bright spots for the Cougars, are faced with the challenge of being at their best in February. Momentum is ke...

  • AaaRRR! Cougar boys basketball suffers tough losses to Roosevelt and Riverdale Ridge

    Isaac Stephens|Feb 1, 2023

    The Niwot High School boys basketball team had two matchups this week, facing off against the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Riverdale Ridge Ravens, as the Cougars' game against the Battle Mountain Huskies was canceled on Saturday. The Cougars went 0-2 for the week, losing 59-50 against the Roughriders, and 78-72 to the Ravens. The Cougars are now 5-10 on the year. Niwot's first game of the week came on Tuesday when the Cougars took on the Roughriders in a back-and-forth thriller. The game...

  • Student Athlete of the Week - Rowan Lavigne

    Jack Carlough|Feb 1, 2023

    Looking back at her nearly-complete Niwot High School girls swim career, the relationships Rowan Lavigne has built come to the senior's mind almost immediately. "Since freshman year, I've made my best friends on the team," Lavigne said. "I'm (grateful to) have my last season with them and everybody." Lavigne has grown particularly close with a pair of fellow seniors who've joined her at the state championships the past three seasons, Julianna Strope and Stephanie Mow. Four years ago as freshmen...

  • High school sports officials get pay increase

    Bruce Warren|Feb 1, 2023

    The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Legislative Council approved a plan to increase the pay structure for high school game officials in Colorado on Jan. 24 by a strong majority vote. In addition to addressing Colorado's need to improve officials' pay, the effort is also being promoted as a way to help address the shortage of game officials across all sports. A CHSAA press release stated, "The proposal, which is a 3-year gradual increase structure beginning next school year...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Feb 1, 2023

  • Courier Crossword Puzzle Answers February 1, 2023

    Feb 1, 2023

    ACROSS 2. Brown 5. whodunnit 7. February 9. mariachi 11. Rowan 12. debate 13. freestyle 15. regionals DOWN 1. nonprofit 3. Gunbarrel 4. Unified 6. officials 8. Niles 10. basketball 14. Louisville...

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