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  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Feb 14, 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]@lhvc.com in high resolution. • Please include a caption describing the photo, your name, email addre...

  • Letter To The Editor

    Feb 14, 2024

    I saw two Bald Eagles today. One was on a utility pole enjoying a lunch while the other soared over the open space field of stubble just east of Gunbarrel hill. What a joyous treat! Whenever I am fortunate enough to view an eagle, especially a Bald Eagle, I am thrilled and believe it is a symbol of a wonderful day. We just cannot put a price on the treasure of raptors and wildlife in our area. Boulder County and Niwot residents worked together to keep this gem where Chief Niwot and the Arapaho lived as a natural habitat. Whether it is money or...

  • Courier Crossword Corner February 14, 2024 External Inbox

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers February 14, 2024

    Feb 14, 2024

    ACROSS 2. support 4. balcony 8. Manhattan 10. classic 14. Evans 15. Sphere DOWN 1. diving 3. roads 5. Cui 6. bass 7. unified 9. talent 11. Legos 12. coffee 13. Hansil... Full story

  • LID approves funding for 2nd Avenue summer concerts and Lucky Niwot Day

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    The House Blend Band is back for a fourth summer of concerts on Second Avenue. The Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) approved funding for the popular concerts, now known as 2nd Avenue Concert Series, based on an application from the Niwot Business Association, presented by Michael Tomich and Patty Machen of The Old Oak Coffeehouse. Tomich explained that there would be five concerts this summer beginning May 18, an increase of one over last year. The headliner for the...

  • Second Avenue's women-owned businesses

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 14, 2024

    Second Avenue has one of the oldest concentrations of independent small businesses in Niwot but it's also known as a place with a long history of female entrepreneurship. That history continues to the current day. "When we started there were a lot of women-owned businesses in town, and there still are," said Jan Kahl who owns Niwot Jewelry & Gifts with her son, Jason Scarbrough. Angie Miltersen, who owns Few of a Kind Vintage + Mercantile, sought out Niwot as a place to run her first business...

  • Photo of the Week

    Feb 14, 2024

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  • Let's Talk About.....Classic Rock

    Elise S. Marylander|Feb 14, 2024

    Ok. Three of my siblings just went to the Sphere in Las Vegas to see U2. They all agreed it was an incredible show. And as good as it was to see Bono, the star of the show was the Sphere. Interestingly the demographics looked to be people between the ages of 35 and 70. Think about it. U2 was formed in 1976 and the band had its heyday in the 80s. Still, 40 years later, they pack the Sphere night after night, with seating for 18,600 people (older people don't stand or it would hold 20,000). The...

  • Courier Cookbook

    Feb 14, 2024

    Espresso martinis are a great alternative to coffee at the end of a meal. A martini doesn't have the same finality to the meal as coffee does and it has just the right balance of caffeine and alcohol similar to vodka-Red Bull. Or enjoy this cocktail as a mid-afternoon drink for the same reason. Either way, they are delicious for anyone who likes coffee flavor. Espresso'round and Find Out Martini Courtesy of Jeremy Nicola Submitted by Jonathan Epstein • 1 shot espresso vodka • 1 shot Skr...

  • Who is going to fix subdivision roads?

    Scott Barto|Feb 14, 2024

    Road maintenance and development has been, and continues to be, a concern for residents within the Niwot and Gunbarrel communities. The degeneration of roads within residential subdivisions and neighborhoods are very apparent and only continue to get worse as time goes on. So how do they get improved? Well, it's not that simple. Issues regarding road maintenance are not new and have been prevalent for decades. It wasn't until the mid-2000s that residents started really noticing the...

  • Niwot author Paul Gibb and "Haunted by Hiroshima"

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    Paul Gibb grew up in a family with a father who worked on the Manhattan Project, and a mother who was an anti war activist. The Niwot resident described his first novel, "Haunted by Hiroshima," to a standing-room-only audience at Inkberry Books Feb. 10, saying, "I've rewritten the lives of my parents. It's been wonderful therapy for me. Growing up I could feel the tension." Gibb grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts, where the Manhattan Project, processing uranium and plutonium for use in atomic...

  • New business in Cottonwood Square

    Jessica Checkas|Feb 14, 2024

    Panasas, Inc. is renting the office space above the restaurant Farow in Cottonwood Square. The space was recently vacated by Skyland Analytics, a company that dealt with cloud-based data management and analytics. The company left the Niwot location sometime after it was bought by IDBS in November 2021. The space was vacant for only about two months before Panasas moved in. Panasas, Inc., is a computer storage company based in Sunnyvale, California. The Niwot office manager is Peter Maddocks, Vice President of Engineering, who previously worked...

  • Niwot High School choir students attend All-State event in Denver

    Scott Barto|Feb 14, 2024

    Thirteen choir students from Niwot High School had the unique experience of attending a special All-State Choir event held annually in Denver. On Feb. 8-10, the best junior and senior students from across the state had the opportunity to work with clinicians and spend most of their time, morning to evening, in rehearsals, with the final performance on the last day, Feb. 10, at 4:00 p.m. at the Buell Theatre. This year, the 2024 All-State Choir saw 1,717 students from across Colorado audition,...

  • Tuning into talent: Sunset Middle School's choir shines

    Fred Zorgdrager|Feb 14, 2024

    Four Sunset Middle School students, Keeva Walton, Heidi Kintzel, Sylvia Madry, and Avery Nixon, and Sunset Choir Director Anna Hansil participated in the prestigious Colorado Middle All State Choir 2024 on Feb. 8 and 9. Acceptance into the Colorado Middle All State Choir is an incredible accomplishment for these young musicians. Students from Sunset Middle School auditioned back in October, along with over 1,500 other students statewide. Colorado Middle All State Choir gives seventh and...

  • A packed house celebrates Niwot Elementary's "Niwot Kids Got Talent"

    Kestrel Glick and Sienna Shear and Graham Ottem|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot Elementary 5th Grade Student Reporters (Kestrel Glick, Graham Ottem, and Sienna Shear) The Niwot High School auditorium hosted the Niwot Elementary School's talent show on Feb. 2 to a sold-out, enthusiastic crowd. The talent show showcased the brave, courageous participants ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. The talent show was a fun and inclusive experience for all, including a performance done by kindergartener Miles Carland, dancing to "Pretty Bird" in a fantastic parakeet costum...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Asian Student Association

    Camryn Bell|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Asian Student Association (ASA). In the words of the ASA leadership team, "Asian Student Association is one of the many diverse clubs at Niwot High School. The club is dedicated to promoting understanding, appreciation, and celebration of the diverse cultures within Asia. Through educational presentations, cultural showcases, and community outreach, ASA aims to foster cross-cultural understanding and create a...

  • Sunset Middle School students selected for Honor Band

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    St. Vrain Valley Schools presented a concert at Longmont High School Feb. 7, which included a performance by the district's Middle School Honor Band, conducted by Mr. Phuong Nguyen. Nguyen, a graduate of Colorado State University, has 23 years of teaching experience and currently teaches at Boltz Middle School in Fort Collins. His experience includes performing in Colorado rock/jazz/ska/reggae bands. He has also performed with famous rock bands, Vietnamese pop stars, as well as starred in short...

  • Arts Student of the Week Drew Moore

    Gene Hayworth|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot High School senior Drew Moore has many talents, but he is particularly proud of the fact that he once built a guitar with Legos. "I took the fretboard from a real guitar. And all the hardware. And it worked for a moment, but the nut wouldn't stay on the plastic," he said. "Legos are so much fun. You build whatever you want." Moore developed a love for music when he was about three years old, playing piano and xylophone. At the age of seven his parents got him his first guitar. He remembers...

  • Inclusion Wins: Niwot High School unified basketball game highlights sportsmanship and skill

    Joan Schaefer|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot High School's Unified Basketball team edged out Longmont's Main Street School team in overtime on Feb. 6. The matchup wasn't just another high school basketball game, it was a celebration of inclusivity, teamwork and the joy of competition among students of varying abilities. Players for Longmont's Main Street unified basketball team arrived at Niwot High School early and in high spirits while the Niwot players were finishing their final classes of the day. Amber Jasmin was among those on...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Phoebe Donovan

    Jack Carlough|Feb 14, 2024

    Nobody impressed Niwot High School girls swim head coach Ella Thramann more this past season than sophomore Phoebe Donovan. After finding little success during her freshman season - her first on a competitive team - Donovan took it upon herself to improve, and the results followed. Donovan became a key member of Niwot's state-qualifying 200-yard medley relay team and was one of the Cougars' best in the breaststroke. "She was a C Team freshman last year, joined Flatiron's (swimming club) and...

  • Niwot sends wrestlers Evans and Burrage to state

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot High School wrestling coach Bobby Matthews was pleased with the performance of three of his wrestlers at the Regional tournament last weekend, where two Cougars qualified for the state tournament in Class 4A. NHS wrestler Ryder Evans placed second at 144 pounds, losing only in the Regional finals. The junior earned the Cougars' highest seed, and will wrestle against Erie sophomore Tyler Muir in the first round at state. Senior Gavin Burrage placed third at 175 pounds, and had to come all...

  • Vandals deface LOBO trail underpass in Niwot

    Bruce Warren|Feb 14, 2024

    Vandals struck Niwot late Sunday evening, defacing the LOBO Trail underpass at Niwot Road with graffiti. Niwot resident Tim Hughes reported the incident to the Courier on Monday, and the matter was reported to Boulder County Parks and Open Space that evening. Hughes sent photos and wrote, "I noticed it Monday morning, so it likely occurred Sunday night. We can see it from our house. It is spray paint on the concrete as shown, on both sides of Niwot Road and on the path itself on the [south]...

  • NHS boys basketball jumps up to 5-15 after splitting last week's games

    Isaac Stephens|Feb 14, 2024

    The Niwot High School Boys Basketball team turned around an eight-game losing streak this week, splitting the week 1-1 to jump up to 5-15 as the end of the season approaches. Niwot opened the week up with a 62-45 loss to the Frederick High School Golden Eagles before beating the Mountain View High School Mountain Lions 62-56 on Thursday. Niwot played close against Fredrick but fell just short by the final buzzer, falling 62-45. Niwot lost both games in their series against Fredrick, dropping to...

  • Niwot High girls swim places 15th at state, diver Izzy Fay wins gold

    Jack Carlough|Feb 14, 2024

    Navigating the Class 4A state championships was a new experience for many on the Niwot High School girls swim and dive team. Despite their youth, the Cougars held their own with 94 team points, finishing 15th out of 31 schools. Niwot's best individual result came courtesy of junior diver Izzy Fay, who scored a personal record 538.30 points in the state finals to claim her first title. Although second-year head coach Ella Thramann doesn't work closely with Niwot's divers, she was proud of Fay's...

  • Big win for NHS girls basketball at Skyline

    Jonathan Epstein|Feb 14, 2024

    In their last nine games, all losses, Niwot High School girls basketball has only scored at least 30 points two times, the most recent being a 47-37 loss to Skyline High School on Feb. 1, a game they Cougars led at halftime 25-16 On Monday, Feb. 12, that changed as Niwot sprinted past 30 to score 50 points and beat Skyline on the Falcons' court. It was a big win that Cougars' Coach Todd Trobaugh likely saw coming. In an interview before the Feb. 12 game,Trobaugh said that despite the score,...