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  • Niwot's huge holiday light display delights and delivers meals

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 2, 2020

    Niwot's largest and most enchanting holiday display is now officially switched on. The annual jaw-dropping tradition that is Chuck Rodgers' yard atop the hill on 79th Street just south of Highway 52 will be glowing every night until Jan. 6. For more than 30 years, the joyful and extravagent display has rung in the holiday season like no other area spectacle. But, this year it's also the perfect COVID-free, no-charge family holiday highpoint. Amongst the thousands of lights, hundreds of inflatabl...

  • Developer submits plans to develop former Colterra property

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 2, 2020

    Boulder-based Palmos Development Corporation [PDC] has submitted plans to build a mixed-use development at 210 Franklin St. in Niwot, the site of the historic Bader House and former Colterra Restaurant. On Nov. 19, Boulder County's Community Planning and Permitting Department issued a referral packet to county agencies and adjacent property owners requesting comment on the proposed Franklin Commons development, which includes a new building with five residential units and commercial space, as we...

  • Niwot Market owners prepared for COVID surge

    Michael Rickicki|Dec 2, 2020

    Back in March, streaks of panic buying due to COVID-19 left stores barren of cleaning supplies, bathroom essentials and canned foods. Niwot Market owners were forced to limit purchases of certain items to one or two per person. The supply chain slowed down as big vendors shifted to the bigger markets, leaving owners Alison Steele and Bert Steele to look towards quickly developing new relationships with smaller vendors. However, the Steeles are confident now that they have the resources necessary...

  • Left Hand Laurel – Lawson and Suzanne Drinkard

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 2, 2020

    Lawson and Suzanne Drinkard of Niwot put their energy into making sure members of Recovery Café are wrapped in the warmth of connection with others. Built upon the premise that recovery from challenges with addiction, homelessness, and mental health is made possible through a sense of belonging and being valued, Recovery Café Longmont (RCL) opened its doors a little over a year ago and the Drinkards were committed to support the impactful organization from the start. "Being a part of a caring c...

  • Niwot small businesses show resilience as health restrictions linger

    Deborah Cameron|Dec 2, 2020

    Each Wednesday morning, small business owners gather in a side dining room at the Niwot Tavern to strategize about keeping their businesses healthy in the wake of the pandemic. Before mid-March, their meeting space was used for seating the Tavern's customers. By mid-November, as the restaurant has shifted to a take-out focused business model, it has become a storage space for restaurant supplies, baskets and holiday donations. During their meeting, participants sit six feet apart with their chai...

  • Boulder County proposes new compost facility off Hwy. 287

    Kristen Arendt|Dec 2, 2020

    In 2018, the EPA reported the total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the United States was 292.4 million tons or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of the total MSW, 25 million tons were composted. This included approximately 22.3 million tons of yard trimmings and 2.6 million tons of food waste across the United States. At a local level, Boulder County estimates that almost 20% of the waste stream in Boulder County is plant trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps that could be recycled as compost. As part of Boulder County’s o...

  • Colorado Gives Day is around the corner

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 2, 2020

    In 1975, the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation was created as a way to support a nonprofit hospital in West Denver. Since then, it has been renamed the "Community First Foundation" (CFF) and has sought to create change beyond just the Denver Metro. Then, CFF became involved with ColoradoGives.org, an online tool that is a way to connect with and support nearly 3,000 nonprofits around the state. In 2010, CFF and ColoradoGives.org kicked off Colorado Gives Day, which has garnered $355 million in...

  • Niwot alum comes out with Christmastime-COVID song

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 2, 2020

    If someone were to start belting out "Jingle Bells" in the middle of June, it's a safe bet that someone else would yell something along the lines of, "Stop that, it's not Christmas yet!" Similarly, there have been numerous posts on social media where people have put up their trees in early to mid-November with the caption, "Is it too early?" But with COVID ravaging the world for the past nine months and people being cooped up inside, time has seemed a bit stranger this year. People have been...

  • Lily Thomas excels in national horse judging championships

    Jack Carlough|Dec 2, 2020

    Although this year's U.S. Arabian & Half-Arabian National Championship Youth Judging Contest was held virtually, it was the same story for the Colorado Arabian Horse Club's Region VIII team. Led by fifth-year coaches Kendra McConnell and Rachel LeClere, the club has won 19 of the last 20 national championships and did so again this November. In her first year competing at nationals, Niwot High School junior Lily Thomas earned the Reserve High Individual Overall. McConnell said that Thomas's...

  • Niwot runners shine on the national stage

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 2, 2020

    The Niwot cross country teams dominated their Colorado competition during the 2020 season, so they decided to take their act on the road. On Nov. 21, members of the varsity squad traveled to Huntsville, Alabama to compete in the 2020 RunningLane National Cross Country Championships and prove they can dominate non-Colorado competition just as easily. "We wouldn't have expected them to run as fast as they did," Niwot cross country coach Kelly Christensen said of the boys' historic performance....

  • Enchanted Evening - COVID style

    Courier Staff|Dec 2, 2020

    A socially-distant version of Niwot's annual holiday celebration kicked off on Friday, Nov. 27 with a pandemic-friendly Enchanted Evening. Masked shoppers strolled through town while carolers, entertainers, and musicians played holiday favorites, including a set from the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange (Masked) Band. Santa also made a grand appearance on a horse-drawn carriage, though he stayed outdoors to hear socially distanced Christmas wishes, per state and county guidelines. The...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Dec. 2, Poe)

    Dec 2, 2020

    Meet Poe. This sweet and social 12-year-old fellow is looking for a special someone to call his own. Poe is very chatty and affectionate and loves to be involved with what is going on around him. This senior kitty is not shy about asking for cuddles and sincerely enjoys the company of people! Poe is diabetic and so is looking for a new partner who will be able to help him take his insulin every day. To learn more about Poe or to make an appointment to come in for a visit please call...

  • Trooper Tips: It's winter driving time

    Master Trooper Gary Cutler, Colorado State Patrol|Dec 2, 2020

    We have a couple of snowstorms under our belt already this year, and we have had our standard crashes that come with those storms. Just as you need to get used to your sea legs when sailing, you need to be ready for snow when driving and how your vehicle will respond to different surface textures. So, these are the topics I want to hit on in this article this year: freezing rain, windblown snow, and compacted snow. Freezing rain scares me the most. I've been doing this job for 17 years now, and...

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