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  • Santelli's leadership of the NBA comes to a close

    Vicky Dorvee|Feb 5, 2020

    Tony Santelli's titles over his lifetime have been progressively more impressive and a couple of characteristics have consistently defined Santelli's legacy in both his professional and volunteer careers – his strong leadership skills and his wonderful way with people. Those traits were highly prized during his 12 years as president of the Niwot Business Association. The first in his family to go to college, Santelli earned an electrical engineering degree. The majority of his work life was w...

  • Developer unveils preliminary plans for former Colterra property

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 5, 2020

    A proposed development on the former Colterra property at 210 Franklin St. in Niwot will include up to five residential units, plus a commercial "food/beverage" establishment in the historic Bader House, according to preliminary drawings unveiled by the new owners at a neighborhood meeting at the Left Hand Grange on Wednesday, Jan. 29. In a first-of-its kind engagement required by new land use regulations, Terry Palmos of Palmos Development Corporation [PDC] addressed an assemblage of nearly 50...

  • Eight ways to show your community some love this Valentine's Day

    Courier Staff|Feb 5, 2020

    When you're spreading the love to friends and family this Valentine's Day, don't forget another valuable member of your everyday life: the local community. There are a number of simple but thoughtful ways to show your appreciation for the people and organizations that help make the Left Hand Valley such a unique place to live. Replenish the books at Niwot and Gunbarrel's Little Free Libraries The Little Free Library neighborhood book exchange program got its start just over a decade ago, when a...

  • It's ditch burning season

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 5, 2020

    It's ditch burning season in Boulder County. And that means Seth McKinney and Nick Stremel are starting to gear up. McKinney is a Fire Management Officer for the Boulder County Sheriff's office. Stremel is a Resource Specialist with Boulder County's Forestry department. And these two county branches team up to burn ditches. The sheriff's office has the equipment and experience, and Stremel acts as a liaison with Parks and Open Space. "He tells the knuckle-draggers the science," joked McKinney....

  • From entrepreneur to author: A Niwot man's literary success

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 5, 2020

    "I wanted to show my children the whole parent, not just the parent they saw growing up, but the whole person," said Len Goldberg. "I wanted to document a number of paranormal experiences I've experienced in my life." In the 1960s, 20-year-old Goldberg dropped out of school. Then one day, he created a "four word resume" and mailed it to 1,200 advertising agencies. His career took off--he worked as a copywriter, a salesman, and eventually started his own marketing firm in 1987 that grew exponenti...

  • School districts recognize progressive Colorado voting laws with a week of awareness

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 5, 2020

    As a college graduate, Congressman Joe Neguse founded an organization called New Era Colorado, which strove to amplify voter engagement. In 2013, this group was able to convince the state legislator to pass a law to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Arguably thanks to this law, 60% of young Colorado voters participated in elections compared to only 30% nationwide. Moreover, thanks to recent changes to legislation, not only are 16 and 17-year-olds able to register, but if a stude...

  • Youth leaders rally for action on climate

    Emily Long|Feb 5, 2020

    Youth leaders came together last weekend in Boulder for a summit on climate change, with a broad call to action on climate, social justice, and inclusivity. The Youth Summit on Climate Change at the Boulder Public Library, held on Saturday, Feb. 1, was organized by Sumanje Chigwenembe, a student at Boulder High School who serves on the City of Boulder's Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB). Dozens of students attended the event, which included foundation setting speeches as well as...

  • What's happening to our trees?

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 5, 2020

    In a field dominated by men, two women make up Boulder County's entire urban forestry team--Cathy Thiltgen and Mary Tiernan. "We take a lot of pride in that," said Thiltgen. If you have walked the Niwot trails lately, you've probably noticed these two women hard at work. As Thiltgen explained, their main objective is "looking at trees that may impact the trail or trail users and pruning any potential safety issues." This mission is carried out in close collaboration with the county's wildlife...

  • Woes continue for Niwot girls basketball

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 5, 2020

    The Niwot girls basketball team is still searching for its second win of the 2019-20 campaign, after falling 60-25 to Northridge on January 31st. The Cougars struggled on both sides of the court against the youthful Grizzlies, but their deficiencies were most evident against Northridge's zone defense, and a scoreless second quarter all but sealed their 14th straight loss. Afterwards, Niwot head coach Terri Ward opened up about finishing a season with nothing on the line but pride. "There's...

  • Mwebaza Club at NHS raises money for Ugandan boy

    MacKenzie Demmel|Feb 5, 2020

    Last year, Niwot High School started the Mwebaza Club to turn shipping containers into classrooms for children in Uganda. The classrooms were a booming success and have greatly decreased the overcrowding at the school. After the classrooms were shipped to Uganda, the Mwebaza Club faded away. Now, Niwot High School has initiated the club again, this time to fund a young boy's education. In Uganda, people are required to pay for school, and many families cannot meet the high prices. So, the...

  • Flagstaff Academy recognizes National School Counseling Week

    Aubrie Tarantino and Laura Karnes, Special to the Courier|Feb 5, 2020

    Flagstaff Academy's mission is to develop students who are equipped to be well-rounded, ethical leaders in the world community with a foundation based in mathematics and science. How does this look in the world of school counseling? Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), National School Counseling Week (Feb. 3-7) highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve academic and...

  • Letter to the Editor (Feb. 5)

    Feb 5, 2020

    Dear Editor, Many thanks to Carrie Wise, Pat Murphy and Bert Steele for sharing common sense insights into the impacts of incorporation. As Carrie so (wisely) put it: “I think Niwot is really good the way it is.” “Don’t mess with it if it’s not broken.” Bert Steele of Niwot Market said that the property tax increases proposed by incorporation “…are too high for many retail outlets, including his, which operates with a slender profit margin.” Higher property taxes piled on top of other forces driving up operating costs for small businesses... Full story

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Daniel Torres

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 5, 2020

    Daniel Torres didn't know much about wrestling when he reluctantly joined Niwot's team as a freshman, which makes his success in the years since all the more impressive. Thanks to quick wits and a penchant for hard work, the soft-spoken Torres has become one of the region's top wrestlers in the years since, and now he's on the cusp of a repeat bid to the Class 4A state championships at the Pepsi Center. As his high school career comes to a close, the senior is grateful to that once-shy ninth...

  • Community Pet Spotlight-JR (Feb. 5)

    Feb 5, 2020

    Meet JR. This social and easy-going 14-year-old kitty has been waiting patiently and is now ready to find his new forever home. JR is chatty and affectionate and loves to be in the company of people. This mature kitty will likely do well with a polite dog but would prefer to be the only kitty in his new home. Do you think you could be his perfect match? Come in for a visit with this lovely boy today! JR is available for adoption at the Longmont Humane Society....