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  • Content and Comments

    Feb 7, 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 Could Be Yours

    Feb 7, 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...

  • Photo of the Week

    Feb 7, 2024


  • Death Notice

    Feb 7, 2024

    Lynne Marie Anderson Niwot resident Lynne Marie Anderson died Jan. 15, 2024, at her second home in Wickenburg, Arizona. Lynne graduated from the Colorado Women’s College with a degree in education, and later earned a master’s degree in Reading from the University of Northern Colorado. Services were held in Wickenburg on Jan. 22, and will be held in Colorado this summer.... Full story

  • Courier Crossword Corner February 7, 2024|Feb 7, 2024

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers February 7, 2024

    Feb 7, 2024

    ACROSS 2. maps 3. tenth 7. bake 8. first 10. Meadow 11. tennis 12. Hashivenu 13. Cupidgrams 16. Dooley 17. four 19. distance DOWN 1. Carnegie 4. Farmers 5. detassled 6. KRDO 9. three 12. Hurt 14. unified 15. snow 18. jazz 20. swim... Full story

  • Niwot High School continues to excel

    Jessica Walker|Feb 7, 2024

    When it comes to the multitude of success stories coming out of Niwot High School these days, the statistics speak for themselves. Academically, NHS remains the only school in the St. Vrain Valley School District with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, in which there is a 40% participation rate. An impressive 72% of students are taking at least one IB or Advanced Placement (AP) class. And, NHS students currently boast one of the highest SAT scores in the district at 1103 and one of the highest PSAT composite scores in the State of Col...

  • Get ready to Wine About Winter in Niwot

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 7, 2024

    Although Pawxatawney Phil has determined spring is right around the corner, based on last weekend's storm, winter seems determined to hang around. One upcoming event might offer some relief: Let's Wine About Winter in Niwot. Sponsored by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association, the annual Let's Wine About Winter event is planned for Saturday, Feb. 24 to welcome community members in from the cold with wine, art, food and hospitality. Kristin Alger, who is co-chair of the event with Anne Postle,...

  • Left Hand Laurel Rick Clark and Bob Stadtherr

    Jonathan Epstein|Feb 7, 2024

    Rick Clark and Bob Stadtherr are the latest recipients of Left Hand Valley Courier's Left Hand Laurel for their contributions to local music - most notably, as members of the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band. The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, formed in 2005, is iconic in the Niwot community. The band plays at local events such as Rock & Rails, the July 4th Breakfast and Parade, Enchanted Evening, the Christmas Holiday Parade, and Niwot High School basketball...

  • Let's Talk About...Snow Days

    Elise S. Marylander|Feb 7, 2024

    Ok. Snow laid a thick coat over Niwot this last weekend and reminded me of the excitement of "snow days." Whatever happened to "snow days?" Remember those days when you would wake up to a blanket of snow and listen to the radio or watch the T.V. at 6:00 a.m. for "school closures?" We would huddle in the darkness of dawn desperately hoping they would name our school. We waited to know if we had to go get ready for school. We would cheer when we came to "St. Vrain Valley Schools." Sadly, that...

  • Meet Your Neighbor

    Joan Schaefer|Feb 7, 2024

    Jeff Server says he is a person who notices and appreciates details. He has applied these talents as a videographer and landscape photographer, as a gas industry accountant and as an active volunteer at Niwot events. He and his wife Dawn Reeb Server have lived at Meadow Lake Farm off of N. 79th Street for six years. Server, the second of four boys, grew up in Ames, Iowa. When he was 14 he joined a summer field crew of about 100 to 150 young men. They detasseled the corn in preparation for...

  • Focus on Farm Families

    Peggy B. Graham|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot has a rich tradition of farming dating to the late 19th century. Many farm families still work their great-grandparents' farms and pass the tradition forward. The Courier plans to focus periodically on some of our local farm families. If you know a farm family in the Niwot-Gunbarrel area we should feature, please contact us at [email protected] Jill Belue is a fourth generation farmer and the water records manager for Boulder & White Rock Ditch & Reservoir Company...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Feb 7, 2024

    February at the Left Hand Grange gives the public opportunities to be part of a number of social interactions that are unique to this community. Whether you're ready to get up and dance, or like to sit and listen to music, be amongst a vibrant group of your neighbors, or learn about the soil your food is grown in, this month's activities at the Grange will bring you happiness and gratification. Community Dance Sessions Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 21 and 28, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Teacher and choreographer...

  • Courier Cookbook

    Feb 7, 2024

    Dark Fudgy Brownies Submitted by Camryn Bell "Delicious every time!" Ingredients: •2/3 cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa •1 1/2 cups granulated sugar •1/2 cup confectioners' sugar •3/4 teaspoon salt •1 cup all-purpose flour •1 tablespoon espresso powder •1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional •1/2 cup (vegetable oil •2 tablespoons brewed coffee •3 large eggs Directions: •Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" x 8" or 9" x 9" square pan. •In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, su...

  • Arts Student of the Week Anna Enssle

    Gene Hayworth|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot High School senior Anna Enssle has the rare privilege among young musicians to say that she has performed at Carnegie Hall, twice. During her junior year, Enssle auditioned for and was accepted into an honor choir in New York, where students from across the country met together to rehearse for a few days and then perform in the Hall. "It was such a surreal and wonderful experience," Enssle said. "I got to meet so many talented people who shared a deep love for creating music. I got to...

  • Business Profile

    Maria Karagianis|Feb 7, 2024

    Lyndsey Cumberland, the owner of Farmers Insurance in Niwot's Cottonwood Square, purchased the Farmers Insurance agency from Leigh Suskin in October of 2022. The new owner of Farmers has been licensed as an agent since 2009. Cumberland was born in Minnesota and moved with her mom to Colorado in 2002. After graduating at the top of her class from high school "on the Western Slope," Cumberland said she had many adventures and interesting careers, including selling insurance and serving as a region...

  • Unified Programs at NHS

    Fred Zorgdrager|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot High School is known for its diversity. With students from over 50 different middle schools, it is a melting pot filled with unique students from all walks of life. One of the places you can find that diversity is in Niwot's Unified Programs. Niwot's Unified Program is composed of two parts: Unified Sports (district-wide) and Unified Theater (Niwot and Frederick High School). Both of these programs give students with disabilities opportunities that many other schools do not offer. Unified...

  • Opposition to tennis facility plans strategy

    Fred Zorgdrager|Feb 7, 2024

    Residents from Gunbarrel, Niwot, Boulder, and other surrounding areas met at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Gunbarrel on Feb. 4, 2024, to discuss the "Tennis Center of the Rockies" proposed to be built at 5701 N. 79th Street in unincorporated Boulder County. The proposed membership tennis club would include at least 26 tennis courts, two large bubble covers, a clubhouse, two swimming pools, eight padel courts, twelve pickleball courts, volleyball and beach tennis courts, septic fields...

  • Niwot's Pete Brandes completes fourth ultra-marathon

    Kristin Alger|Feb 7, 2024

    While most of Niwot was suffering below zero temperatures on Jan. 13 and 14, Niwot resident Pete Brandes was basking in the sunshine and 70+ degree temperatures in Hawai'i. But don't think he wasn't suffering too. Brandes was there to compete in the aptly named Hurt 100, an ultra-marathon on the island of Oahu. Brandes said the joke at the race was to be prepared for overnight temps to be five (degrees) below..."below 70 degrees that is." Brandes finished in an impressive 16th place with a...

  • Boulder County reappoints Satir DeMarco to Design Review Committee

    Bruce Warren|Feb 7, 2024

    As an unincorporated community, Niwot relies on Boulder County for day-to-day governance, and the two appointed advisory boards that directly affect Niwot are the Niwot Local Improvement District (LID) Advisory Committee (NLIDAC), and the Niwot Design Review Committee. The Niwot Design Review Committee is charged with reviewing development applications and proposed changes to properties in the Niwot Rural Community District I, which includes the Old Town business district. Some regulations apply to the entire district, while others apply only...

  • Dooley to record his musical tribute to Bert Steele

    Vicky Dorvee|Feb 7, 2024

    Local musician Kevin Dooley was asked to perform six days before the Bert Steele memorial bench dedication ceremony. He responded, "I would be honored to do that. Bert was a dear friend and it would mean a lot to me to be there." Steele, the owner of Niwot Market and beloved community supporter, passed away suddenly last August after a short illness. A special bench surrounded by flagstones with many of Steele's philosophical sayings was unveiled at the memorial dedication in front of the...

  • Niwot Town Talk: 2024's First Snowstorm

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 7, 2024

    Last weekend, Niwot and the entire Front Range was blanketed by more than 4 inches of heavy, wet snow. The large flakes quickly accumulated, making driving a slush-filled challenge for anyone who ventured outside, especially later in the afternoon. Anyone staying inside was able to see a frosted, snow-globe effect to anything beyond the panes of their window. We went to Old Town and Cottonwood Square to talk to community members about their snowy experience. The snow didn't deter visitors....

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    Camryn Bell|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the words of club leader Sydney Bennett, "We are a group of students who gather before school on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. During our meetings we do devotionals, worship, play games, and more. It is a super great community of people to meet new friends and learn about Christianity. Anyone is welcome to come." FCA is a group that was created by students to bring people together who...

  • Niwot High tops SVVSD High School Honor Choir

    Alyson Varvel Bell|Feb 7, 2024

    On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the auditorium of Frederick High School resonated with the combined talents of 194 students from across the St. Vrain Valley School District for the High School Honor Choir Concert. Fifty-three of those students were from Niwot High School. The other schools that participated were Erie High School, Frederick High School, Longmont High School, Lyons Middle Senior High School, Mead High School, Silver Creek High School and Skyline High School. The annual Honor Choir Concert...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Addison Ritzenhein

    Jack Carlough|Feb 7, 2024

    Only midway through her prep career, Addison Ritzenhein has already cemented herself as one of the greatest runners to ever come through Niwot High School. In the past few months alone, the sophomore standout secured her first Class 4A cross country individual state title and surprised many by finishing first at the Nike Cross Country Nationals on Dec. 2. Her efforts were then honored on Jan. 23 when she became the first Niwot runner to win the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country P...

  • Niwot High School Choir Cupidgrams

    Camryn Bell|Feb 7, 2024

    One of Niwot High School's ongoing traditions is "Cupidgrams." Cupidgrams are musical Valentine's Day greetings performed by the students in Niwot High School's Evenstar Choir during the first few weeks of February. A Cupidgram is a Valentine a student can buy for a classmate or teacher. Students pick a song off of the list provided, and the recipient of the Cupidgram will eventually be sung to in one of their classes on Feb. 15. In the words of Niwot's choir director Laura Walters, "I love the...

  • Come for the jazz, stay for the combos

    Scott Barto|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot High School bands have no shortage of different ensembles and talent. On Wednesday Jan 31, Wade Hendricks, Director of Bands at Niwot High School, took students from both the Jazz and Advanced Jazz band classes to perform at Longs Peak Pub and Tap House in Longmont. Each student participated in at least one jazz combo (or smaller group of live jazz musicians) starting at 6:30 p.m. They referred to this performance as their "Combo-Rama." The preparation for this event was described as a...

  • State Speech and Debate Tournament comes to Niwot

    Bruce Warren|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot High School hosted the Class 3A Colorado Speech and Debate State Championships Tournament, which began on Feb. 2 in the afternoon and concluded on Feb. 3, in spite of rain that quickly turned to snow during the day. NHS staff members Danielle Maloit and Joe Brown were on hand to see that the event went smoothly, while the Niwot High School cheerleaders manned the concession booth for the Saturday session. The event carried on well past the anticipated 5:15 p.m. ending time, and the...

  • Wrestling team wrestles with victory

    Savvy Rafkin|Feb 7, 2024

    The Niwot Cougars wrestling team wrapped up the final dual meet of the season on Feb. 1 against Fort Morgan High School, suffering a 69-9 defeat. It’s no secret the squad has struggled to find its footing this season. Niwot has taken home a victory only in the very first dual of the season against Wheat Ridge, sporting a score of 60-18. Since then injuries and illness have taken a toll on the squad. Against Fort Morgan, only Ryder Evans and Jonathan Lopez brought in points for the Cougars in the 144-pound and 285-pound weight classes, r...

  • Niwot takes first at Longs Peak League girls swim and dive championships

    Jack Carlough|Feb 7, 2024

    While Niwot's ultimate focus is on making some noise at state this week, the Cougars took great pride in winning the Longs Peak League (LPL) girls swim and dive championships team title on Friday, Feb. 2. Niwot High School's young team took first in seven of the 12 events, including diving, at the Mountain View Aquatic Center in Loveland. Led by Charlotte Heuer and Ava Altenborg, each of whom won a pair of individual races, the Cougars' 356 total points surpassed runner-up Mountain View High Sch...

  • Imagining the future of baseball and softball in Niwot

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 7, 2024

    Approximately 50 community members convened at The Wheel House on Jan. 22, to consider the future of baseball and softball in Niwot. The meeting was arranged by the Niwot High School baseball and softball programs in conjunction with Niwot Youth Sports (NYS). The group discussed a spectrum of ideas starting with needs at Niwot High School baseball and softball facilities for everyday items, such as tarps and lawn chemicals to enhance their ability to conduct ground maintenance. The group also ta...