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Articles from the February 10, 2021 edition

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  • We đź’— the Left Hand Valley

    Courier Staff|Feb 10, 2021

    Roses are red Violets are blue Here are things we love (About living in the LHV) And we bet you do too Our Incredible Trail System Whether you are out for a leisurely stroll, a serious hike, run, or a bike ride, the Left Hand Valley's miles of trails offer something for everyone. Every season offers its unique vistas near and far, from snow-capped peaks in the distance, to the beautiful architecture of bare branches against the sky in winter, to the verdant fields and flowers in the summer....

  • Obituary (Eli Buzas)

    Feb 10, 2021

    Eli Earl Buzas, 70, of Arvada, Colorado, lost his battle with COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. He is remembered by his mother Saveta Buzas, loving wife Christine Brott Buzas, sister Elizabeth "Betty" Buzas, brother George Buzas married to Kim Buzas, daughter Melinda Holt married to Don Holt residing in Arvada, son Matthew Buzas married to Sandra Buzas residing in Evergreen, and Joseph Lonn married to Anthony Lonn residing in Sydney, Australia, and grandchildren Thomas and Natalie... Full story

  • Niwot remembers Eli Buzas

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 10, 2021

    Sue Prahl couldn't hold back her emotions while talking about her dear friend Eli Buzas. "I just remember his huge heart," Prahl said. The two met in the 1990s when their daughters both played varsity soccer for Niwot High, and then bonded while working together for the school's education foundation. After their girls graduated, Prahl and Eli's wife Chris were officemates while on staff at the high school, and the two families remained close. By then Eli Buzas, a realtor by profession, was also...

  • Niwot Rental and Feed 'Rolling' with times for 40 years

    Patricia Logan|Feb 10, 2021

    There aren't many places where you can pick up a bag of birdseed, a bale of alfalfa, rent a Bobcat, buy a plush dog toy and goat's milk soap, check the community bulletin board to see who has chickens for sale, and be recognized by a familiar face at the counter who rings you up. "Most of the people call you by your first name when they come in. They know us," said Tim Rollman whose parents, Steve and Kay Rollman, started Niwot Rental and Feed Jan. 1, 1981. The store's 40th anniversary is...

  • Left Hand Laurel – Deborah Read Fowler

    Vicky Dorvee|Feb 10, 2021

    The adage, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," typifies Niwot's Deborah Read Fowler. Read Fowler, owner of Deborah Read Fowler Real Estate (DRF), was already resolutely involved with the community when along came COVID-19, shifting her dynamism into overdrive. With her can-do attitude, optimistic outlook, and a keen sense of humor, Read Fowler simply gives her all to Niwot, which is why she is the recipient of this month's Left Hand Laurel. "What is new is my concern, and I'd say...

  • Show a little love for our Left Hand Valley public lands

    Kristen Arendt|Feb 10, 2021

    Growing up, I remember a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" playing regularly on the radio. The last lines of the chorus have always stuck with me: Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone / They paved paradise to put up a parking lot. Truly, I didn't know what I had growing up in Colorado until I took a short excursion to live in another state. I traded the Rocky Mountains for a brief stint in central Texas, and it didn't take me long to see that I...

  • Get to know the Niwot Business Association

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 10, 2021

    Most Niwot residents know that the Niwot Business Association (NBA) offers business support and networking, and also hosts Rock & Rails with the Niwot Cultural Arts Association on summer Thursday nights, as well as sponsoring other community events such as the Great Pumpkin Party, Enchanted Evening and the Holiday Parade. Fewer residents know the NBA is responsible for things that are easy to take for granted. Tasks such as changing street light bulbs, paying the electric bill for the lights,...

  • COVID brought new hurdles, but East Side Art Institute is prepared

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 10, 2021

    In January 2020, East Side Art Institute board members Nancy Utterback and Kathy Griffin painted a vision of a communal workshop for artists. They described how they were working on pitching the idea to the Boulder County Commissioners and were hopeful for approval. They were approved, but then COVID hit, drastically overthrowing their plans. "We were gearing up to do fundraising events and giving lots of classes," explained Utterback. Unfortunately, they had to stop those plans with the new...

  • Niwot Business Association presents 2021 budget to LID board

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 10, 2021

    The Niwot Business Association unveiled its 2021 budget at February’s monthly meeting of the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Board, prompting a discussion of the district’s 2021 finances. The board also approved a handful of funding requests, discussed topics for its upcoming meeting with the Board of County Commissioners, and got an update on recruitment for upcoming vacancies from county liaison Mark Ruzzin. Treasurer’s Report Up first was the February treasurer’s report from Bruce R...

  • Parent group pushes for in-person after hybrid half year

    Ben Berman|Feb 10, 2021

    As COVID-19 averages over 1,000 new cases a day in Colorado, St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) has provided hybrid modes of instruction during the school week — but a local parents’ group continues to push for the full five days to return. St. Vrain’s Educational Advocates was formed in August 2020 as a Facebook group by parents of students in five Denver metro area school districts, including SVVSD. Organization founder and local parent Dan Maloit believes there are concrete strat...

  • Niwot, Creek and Dawson students' excel at State Forensics Festival

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 10, 2021

    Many students initially enroll in forensics (speech and debate) to overcome their fear of public speaking, to improve those skills or even to simply fulfill an extracurricular requirement. But for some students, forensics quickly becomes a passion. Last weekend, students were able to compete at the state level and had to bring their A-game. "It's very exciting to attend larger tournaments, because the competition is usually more intense and you get to see a variety of different competitors and...

  • Longmont girls basketball bests Niwot

    Jack Carlough|Feb 10, 2021

    After a disappointing 0-2 start to its season, the Niwot girls basketball team took a step in the right direction, but fell to the Longmont Trojans on Feb. 3, 45-33. Head coach Terri Ward blamed a poor first quarter in which the Cougars were outscored 14-1 for Niwot's eventual demise. "You can't score one point (in a quarter) in a varsity game and expect to win," Ward said. "It's not going to do it." Fortunately for Niwot, they settled in during the second quarter to claw back into the game....

  • Niwot wrestling stumbles in early weeks

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 10, 2021

    Much like head coach Bobby Matthews predicted in the preseason, the youthful Niwot wrestling team is still struggling for wins in the early part of 2021. On Feb. 6, Niwot traveled to Johnstown for a four-way meet with host Roosevelt, Mountain View, and Loveland. Unfortunately, the outnumbered Cougars netted only a single contested victory on the day, by freshman Ben Rauschkolb (195lb) against the Mountain Lions. "He's incredibly coachable," Matthews said of the newcomer after his second win of...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week-Josh Armas

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 10, 2021

    It would have been understandable if Josh Armas had skipped the 2021 Niwot wrestling season. After all, Boulder County COVID-19 rules chased away all but his most intrepid teammates, leaving him as one of eight on the team and the lone representative from the senior class. He was also facing a demanding class schedule, all AP and IB classes, and he could have used the extra time for homework. But Armas has never been one to take the easy way out, and abandoning the team and sport he loves never...

  • Community Pet Spotlight

    Feb 10, 2021

    Meet Apollo - Apollo is a sweet, lovable, 2-year-old American Bulldog mix who is looking for his forever home. Apollo is such a love bug and would love to just snuggle up in a fluffy house with a warm human. Apollo is also great with other dogs and would love to find some four-legged playmates. If you are interested in meeting Apollo or any other foster dogs, please call Farfels Farm at (303)443-7711 or visit