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Articles from the February 17, 2021 edition


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  • Prairie dog review shows where they expand, lose and retake territory

    Pattie Logan|Feb 17, 2021

    This year, there are more prairie dogs where Boulder County wants them and fewer acres where they don't. The recent annual management review of the county's open space properties took stock of last year's efforts that see-saw between killing and nurturing, depending on where the animals live. There are fewer acres with prairie dogs on agricultural open space, which are generally classified as No Prairie Dog acres or NPD. In 2020, prairie dogs lived on 2.5% of NPD acres, down from 4.1% in 2019....

  • Little Shops at Niwot to return March 1

    Deborah Cameron|Feb 17, 2021

    The Little Holiday Shops at Niwot, the Cottonwood Square microbusiness retail store that closed its doors at the end of last year, is poised to reappear permanently as the Little Shops at Niwot. On March 1st, it will set out a welcome mat in the old Shopgirl space next to Winot Coffee. "There were so many festivals and markets that were canceled due to COVID 19, and so many artists. We wanted to give them a place where they could still sell," Leigh Suskin, the Little Shops proprietor, said. ""Th...

  • Familiar Faces - Klare Black and Suzi Hendrix

    Vicky Dorvee|Feb 17, 2021

    For seven years the Bowhaus in Gunbarrel has provided furry family members with daycare and boarding. While the pooches are playing with friends and relaxing in a safe environment, they're likely to spend time with two long-time employees, Klare Black and Suzi Hendrix. We wanted to learn more about these two familiar faces in the community. Left hand Valley Courier (LHVC) - Where did you grow up, and how did Colorado become your home? Klare Black (KB) - I'm the middle child of seven siblings,...

  • Left Hand Animal Hospital takes cat care to the next level

    Kristen Arendt|Feb 17, 2021

    If you or your cat has ever been anxious about a trip to the veterinarian, Left Hand Animal Hospital is one veterinary practice that has gone the extra mile to provide veterinary care that is less stressful for both cats and their caregivers. The hospital, which is also a certified fear-free practice, recently announced that they are now a certified Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP). This program, established by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society...

  • Hiding in plain sight

    Mary Wolbach Lopert|Feb 17, 2021

    In the nearly 24 years that I've been reporting for the Courier, I've taken quite a few odd photos. There have been photo shoots of dirt piles, potholes, with gigabytes of prairie dog pictures. But a pole? This is no ordinary pole though. I was looking for a photo op with a caption about waiting for spring. What could be better than the left hand bike racks and the blue hopscotch squares that reside just on the west side 7916 Niwot Road in Cottonwood Square? Then I noticed it; a pole with bike...

  • Decreased COVID restrictions might not bring big changes

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 17, 2021

    The addition of the "purple" on the COVID dial last November made the six color levels more like stepping stones between safety level precautions, rather than jumps. With the recent downgrade to level yellow (concern), businesses in Niwot appear to be largely the same. The most notable difference is restaurants are allowed to have indoor dining. "It's [COVID restrictions] definitely taken a toll," said a WiNot Coffee employee. " I think that since the restrictions have been lowered, and having...

  • Niwot 💗 Valentine's Day

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 17, 2021

    The weather outside was frightful, but businesses along Niwot's 2nd Avenue and in Cottonwood Square went out of their way to make this Valentine's Day delightful for visitors, with special treats and decor. That included Old Oak Cofee House, which made Valentine's-themed cookie bags for patrons. Sweetening the pot was the NBA's Love Niwot Walk, a month-long passport shopping event that rewards shoppers with a complimentary love-themed gift. See additional photos here....

  • Winter weed management

    Sharon Bokan, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County|Feb 17, 2021

    While this may not seem to be the best time of year for weed management, it is a good time to start dealing with winter annual and biennial weeds and planning your strategy for the 2021 growing season. Winter annual weeds can germinate in the late summer, fall or winter, over winter and start actively growing again in the spring. Winter annual weeds finish growing and produce seed by early summer. Biennial weeds start growing in the summer or fall, over winter and produce seeds the following...

  • A gift to loved ones

    Laura Moore, Special to the Courier|Feb 17, 2021

    Your digital legacy is the electronic data that is left behind when we die. In today’s technologically immersed world, it is more important than ever to think about your digital legacy as part of estate planning. This contemporary topic raises two threshold questions. Do your family members and/or designated Personal Representative under your will know how to access your information after you have died? Leave a list of instructions, including passwords, for that trusted individual. What accounts should be deleted versus preserved? Your t...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week - Grace Wardle

    Jack Carlough|Feb 17, 2021

    Like all seniors in the class of 2021, Niwot girls basketball point guard Grace Wardle has been dealt a rough hand. The Cougars' season had already been cut down to 14 games and that number is even lower for Wardle. She has played in just three games this season and has missed another three and counting due to COVID-19 exposure protocols. Wardle said it has been hard to watch her team play from the virtual sideline in what has been a "disappointing" thorn in her senior season. Despite the...

  • Niwot swimmers among top in state

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 17, 2021

    The Niwot girls swim team extended its streak of dominating dual victories to three with a 151-35 win over the brand-new team from Frederick High on Feb. 11. Along the way, Cougar swimmers posted a slew of season-best times and solidified their case as one of the top contenders for the Class 4A title in 2021. "That's one of our strengths at Niwot, the versatility of our swimmers," first-year coach Kyle Bachrodt said following the meet at Carbon Valley Recreation Center. "They can really swim...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Feb. 17-Bodhi)

    Feb 17, 2021

    Meet Bodhi - Bodhi is a cuddly, affectionate and playful fellow who is looking for his new forever home through Longmont Humane Society right now! This sweet two-year-old gets along well with other dogs and is also likely to do well with a confident cat in his new home. Occasionally Bodhi can feel a bit nervous about the world and would love to find a best friend who will be able to offer him patience and reassurance when he needs it. Interested in learning more about this handsome young guy?...

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