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  • Boulder County Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann attends LID meeting

    Bruce Warren|Feb 15, 2023

    The Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee (LID) February meeting opened with a presentation from 18-year veteran Sgt. Michael Hill of the Colorado State Patrol. LID members also welcomed another guest, who offered her perspective on planned traffic improvements on Highway 119. Boulder County Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann, who was elected to replace Matt Jones last fall, attended the February LID meeting at the Niwot Inn Feb. 7, and gave her perspective on the traffic issues...

  • Tracey Bernett pleads guilty to election-related charges

    Bruce Warren|Feb 15, 2023

    Tracey Bernett, who was re-elected by voters in the November 2022 election to serve as state representative for House District 12, pled guilty to two criminal charges on Feb. 10 in connection with false statements made regarding her residence. Bernett, whose district included most of the Niwot area as well as Louisville, Lafayette and Superior, resigned from the legislature the day before the 2023 session opened, and according to a press release from the office of Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty, her resignation was a key part of...

  • No whining last weekend

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 15, 2023

    People packed Cottonwood Square and Second Avenue last Saturday for the Let's Wine About Winter event, sponsored by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association with partial funding provided by the Niwot Local Improvement District. After a two-year hiatus, the tasting event attracted more than 30 shops, businesses and restaurants who participated in the event, as well as over 400 participants. "We haven't had it since 2019, and we just love the event," business owner Holly D'apolito said. "It brings...

  • Photo of the Week

    Feb 15, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours?

    Feb 15, 2023

    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 address and phone numbe...

  • Let's Talk About...Sleep

    Elise Marylander|Feb 15, 2023

    Ok. Let's talk about sleep schedules. Are you an early to bed, early to rise person? Or are you a night owl and can't get up before 10 a.m.? Or, maybe you are like me - a go to bed late and get up early person? Why would I do that? It's simple. You guessed it, my sleeping schedule doesn't always mesh with my husband's. He's a lights-out-at-10 p.m. kinda guy. I'm a just-getting-my-second-wind-at-10 p.m. kinda gal. He's a get-up-at-dawn person (daylight savings or not). I am a get-up-when-I-must p...

  • Arts Student of the Week Hannah Geiling

    Gene Hayworth|Feb 15, 2023

    Although she has experimented with many artistic mediums, including painting, drawing with graphite and pen and ink, ceramics, and multimedia sculptures, Niwot High School senior Hannah Geiling most enjoys working with Prismacolor pencils. "I enjoy the slow nature of the medium that calls for lots of layering and blending," Geiling said. "And overall, just really getting to play with color theory." Geiling takes influence from artists in pop culture, especially musical artists such as Melanie...

  • Boulder Open Space Trustees reject staff plan for e-bikes on trails

    Leonard Sitongia|Feb 15, 2023

    The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) proposal to allow Class 1 and 2 e-bikes on city trails on the plains was rejected by the board that advises the department. The City of Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) has an advisory role over the OSMP policy and sends recommendations to the Boulder City Council for final approval. Members are Jon Carroll, Michelle Estrella, Karen Hollweg, Dave Kuntz, and Caroline Miller. The 3-2 vote against adopting the staff recommendation took place at the OSBT meeting on Feb....

  • NDRC considers Niles Dentistry commercial building for Lefty's Pizza site

    Chris Teta|Feb 15, 2023

    Revised and improved architectural renderings for a two-story, commercial structure that would house Niles Dentistry were approved at a Niwot Design Review Committee meeting Feb. 8. Chairman Bruce Larsen opened the meeting, explaining that this hearing was simply to review changes to the design of the proposed building, and would not address issues such as parking. Committee members Kathy Koehler, Will Hentschel and Satir DeMarco as well as Boulder County planners were also in attendance, as...

  • Holiday lights display love to and from the community

    Vicky Dorvee|Feb 15, 2023

    Setting up a massive number of light strings, blow-up characters, and complicated displays is always a monumental task for the annual Christmas light display in Chuck Rodgers' yard. It takes weeks of physical labor, resourcefulness, and organization, but that's just the obvious part of the project. Whatever Mother Nature brings on while the display is up reveals an added layer of devotion to his creation. This winter has been brutish, and Rodgers' efforts were a match to that intensity....

  • Niwot falls to 5-15 ahead of the final week of season

    Isaac Stephens|Feb 15, 2023

    In the penultimate week of the Niwot High School boys basketball season, Niwot battled both the Frederick High School Golden Eagles on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and the Mountain View High School Mountain Lions on Thursday, Feb. 9. Niwot lost both games, 70-48 and 61-50 respectively. Now, 5-15 on the season, the Cougars have two more games left, trying to end the season on a higher note. Against the Golden Eagles, Niwot started strong, down only 17-13 at the end of the first quarter. Things quickly fell ou...

  • NHS girls varsity basketball falls to Mountain View 57-21

    Chris Teta|Feb 15, 2023

    Despite the support of a large home crowd that came out Feb. 9 for the Niwot High School varsity girls basketball game, and the team's flashes of moxie and grit, Niwot coach Jon Hill's young varsity squad succumbed to a disciplined Mountain View High School team that jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never trailed. The Mountain Lions' balanced attack had three double-digit scorers and used a smothering, pressure defense, challenging the Cougars in the backcourt by posting 20 steals and making...

  • NHS Wrestling season ends

    Bruce Warren|Feb 15, 2023

    Niwot High School wrestlers came up short of qualifying for the state tournament, but three wrestlers placed at the regional tournament. "We had two sixth-place finishes and one fifth-place," head coach Bobby Matthews said after the Feb. 11 tournament. "It didn't live up to my expectations," Matthews said, "but I saw growth throughout the season, and it finished pretty well." Youth and inexperience as well as injuries haunted the Cougars this season, with only one senior on the squad. The lone...

  • Story Behind the Name: Pickleball

    Kathy Trauner|Feb 15, 2023

    When Niwot resident Carolyn Bradley steps onto the field of battle, she comes armed with strategy. Keep your opponents at the baseline. Get yourself and your partner to the net. Drop the ball low and tight just into the "kitchen." Stay focused. "I'm realizing I don't hit it hard enough so the better players can put it away," Bradley admitted. "I have to improve that as well as my short game." She was talking, of course, about pickleball, the wildly popular racket sport. "I always enjoyed...

  • Niwot girls swim and dive takes fourth at state

    Jack Carlough|Feb 15, 2023

    Overall, head coach Ella Thramann would consider her first year leading the Niwot High School girls swim program a success. The Cougars wrapped up their season at the Class 4A state championships on Feb. 9, and led by senior Jamieson Legh, took fourth as a team at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. “I'm very happy with how it ended,” Thramann said. “They all just swim amazingly. Jamieson had first in the 100 butterfly and 100 back, so that was cool to watch her get that first place in those.” After finishing runner-up at state in...

  • NYS basketball wrapping up as baseball & softball registration opens

    Jessica Walker|Feb 15, 2023

    Niwot Youth Sports (NYS) basketball is in full swing, with 200 youth participants this winter competing in the Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball league. NYS is fielding 15 teams this winter and teams have played four weekends of action thus far. There are two more weekends of regular season play followed by an end of season tournament Feb. 27 through March 4. NYS teams play against local talent from Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Upward League and Carbon Valley Recreation Center. In addition to...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Feb 15, 2023

  • Crash results in charges against Sheriff's deputy

    Bruce Warren|Feb 15, 2023

    The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office announced that Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel Pratt, age 45, has been charged with two counts of vehicular assault, a Class 5 Felony, based on the outcome of a crash investigation conducted by the Colorado State Patrol. A press release said, “The state patrol investigated a vehicular collision that occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. on August 12, 2022, involving the deputy’s patrol vehicle and a civilian passenger vehicle. At the time of the collision, Deputy Pratt, who has been wi...


    Feb 15, 2023

    ACROSS 3. Falcon 9. Niwot 12. Bernett 14. pickleball 15. permanent 16. pencils 17. ebikes 18. silo DOWN 1. traffic 2. Frederick 4. winter 5. recreational 6. Rodgers 7. basketball 8. youth 10. kitchen 11. sleep 13. Niles...

  • Post-Valentine's-Day Day

    Katrina Stroud|Feb 15, 2023

    It's finally over! You did it. You survived. No more pink and red paper hearts in shop windows. No more advertisements for romantic getaways or presents. No more listening to your friends brag about how their boyfriends/girlfriends/significant others spoil them. It's all over. Now, you can get back to reality and forget the existence of that silly, romantic holiday. Well, that's easier said than done. If you're still not over the season of love, here are some tips and tricks to help you get by:...