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Articles from the February 19, 2020 edition


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  • Kathy Koehler Honored as 7 Everyday Hero

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 19, 2020

    When a Channel 7 News crew showed up on Second Avenue on Saturday, January 28th, Kathy Koehler was ready to give them a tour of the Fire House Museum and an overview of Niwot's history. Little did she know they weren't there for the town--they were there for her. "I've volunteered with Kathy on the board of the Niwot Historical Society and Niwot Community Association," said Leonard Sitongia. "I think she volunteers with just about every organization in Niwot. Her volunteering is on a heroic...

  • Local climate leader urges "rapid" adoption of renewables

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 19, 2020

    When Hygiene-area local Hunter Lovins took the stage on a recent snowy evening in Boulder, it was clear this wasn't her first rodeo. She is a gifted orator with a very strong message: climate change has doomed us. But this message is delivered with a smile and a wink, and more than a few chuckles. Because she believes there are solutions to the climate crisis, and they are at our fingertips. Like many of us, Lovins isn't from Colorado, but she got here as quick as she could. "I am a Colorado... Full story

  • New NBA president takes the helm

    Abigail Scott|Feb 19, 2020

    After 12 years, former Niwot Business Association President Tony Santelli, has stepped aside. Eric Bergeson, owner of Niwot Wheel Works, has stepped up to take his place and, on Feb. 11, was elected in an uncontested election as the new NBA president. Bergeson was inspired to run because of his love for this interesting town many call home. "Like most people I know in Niwot, I think this place is special," he said. "I am grateful to all the leaders who have made this place what it is and I want...

  • Two Cougars advance to state wrestling championships

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 19, 2020

    Niwot wrestler Daniel Torres was restless as he watched his lighter teammates take on their first opponents at the Class 4A Region 3 tournament, held at Windsor HS on Feb. 14-15. He was anxiously awaiting a mat assignment-his first since suffering an elbow injury on Jan. 11. The senior was worried that the six-week layoff had cost him too much strength and conditioning, and that his high school career might come to a premature end in the Wizards' gym. But those worries dimmed after an impressive...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Jovani Lopez

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 19, 2020

    Jovani Lopez got more than he bargained for when he joined the Niwot wrestling team as a ninth-grader, but the senior heavyweight isn't complaining. As he looks ahead to his second straight appearance in the Class 4A state wrestling championships, the soft-spoken Lopez said the sport has brought him more than just success on the mat. "The biggest reason I did wrestling was to lose weight," he said. "But I eventually found out that I love wrestling. I like winning and beating other people. I...

  • Pies - bygone days and beyond

    Feb 19, 2020

    There's a bushel of phrases about pie: "It's as easy as pie," "Bye, bye Miss American Pie," and "You're such a sweetie pie." Pie is quintessential fare around the world, whether it's filled with custard, fruit or something savory. For John Lehndorff, the highly respected food critic and, more to the point, renowned pie expert, this particular pastry has been at center stage throughout his 40-year career. The Niwot Historical Society asked Lehndorff to share his knowledge of all things pie at...

  • Superbowl champion speaks at Niwot High

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 19, 2020

    Ryan Harris, an offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos Superbowl 50 Champion, retired from professional football in 2017. Since then, he has become a radio and stage presence, and on Thursday, February 13th, he stood on the stage of the Niwot High School Auditorium, holding out a $100 bill. "Who wants a hundred dollar bill?" he asked. It was the tail end of a talk on personal financial literacy. Historically, this subject has been tackled piecemeal by standards embedded in disparate units. But...

  • Niwot Garden Club visits Botanical Interests Seed Company

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 19, 2020

    The first meeting of the season for the newly revived Niwot Garden Club was held at Botanical Interests seed packet company. It was led by Judy Seaborn, one of the company's owners. "I kind of joke that I was bred to do this," she said. Seaborn grew up in Los Gatos, California, with a mother and two sets of grandparents who all gardened. When she was a child, her parents once tried to punish her with weeding; she was thrilled. In fact, as someone who preferred dirt to books, it was finally a...

  • Niwot alum discusses dreams and New York performance career

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 19, 2020

    "We seem to forget that if everyone wanted to be like Einstein, everyone would look at scientists the way they look at artists," said Cody Mowrey, a Niwot High school alum who's chasing his dreams of being on stage. Since Mowrey was a child, he has been singing and dancing, putting on performances for whomever would watch. Eventually, he found musical theater which combined his three passions, so when it came to choosing a major in college, it seemed to be the natural choice. In 2014, he chose...

  • Vibrant young artist livens cafe

    Pattie Logan|Feb 19, 2020

    A colorful new art show at Winot Coffee has more energy than a triple espresso. Add a splash of whimsy to that order and you have a dazzling display of more than 60 paintings and mixed media collages. It's an impressive collection for an artist with only ten years' experience--in life. Jillian Binder's face is framed by long brown hair that bends at the shoulder of her pink tee-shirt. Her smile beams as brightly as her work when she talks about her creative process, unfettered by the analytical...

  • Bootstrap Brewing launches new Sparkalicious hard seltzer

    Kristen Arendt|Feb 19, 2020

    Award-winning Bootstrap Brewing, headed by co-owners Leslie and Steve Kaczeus, recently branched into something new-a line of hard seltzers. Their recently released Sparkalicious line features three flavors, made with real fruit and designed as a play on favorite cocktail flavors-with a cranberry and orange Cosmo, a cherry and orange Sunrise, and a grapefruit Greyhound. Owner and brewer Leslie Kaczeus spoke of the inspiration for the new line coming from their customers. "Over the years we've...

  • Boulder Country Day students explore global perspectives

    Diana Emerson, Special to the Courier|Feb 19, 2020

    On Jan. 30, Boulder Country Day middle school students participated in the annual Model United Nations exercise. In teams, students represented a member country by researching it, writing resolutions on current issues it faces, and defending those resolutions at a gathering called the MUN General Assembly. Through this process, students learned about international relations, developed empathy, and gained a better understanding of how issues across the world affect us all. As an authorized IB...

  • Letter to the Editor (Feb. 19)

    Feb 19, 2020

    Dear Editor I read the article called "Mwebaza Club at NHS Raises Money for Ugandan Boy" and was truly moved by Peter's situation. We are so fortunate in this country to have the educational opportunity that we do and to have such wonderful and local high school students committed to helping Peter. We need more young people like this and I want to ask anyone in Niwot that read the article to donate. I like to donate locally but sometimes find myself reluctant to donate internationally as I am not sure if the money will reach the recipient or...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Feb. 19)

    Feb 19, 2020

    Meet Elvis the friendly peacock. Elvis has been a staple around Cottonwood Kennels for years. He spends most of his time lounging around in the pasture with the chickens, or perched on the top of the building keeping a lookout on everything. At one point a couple of years back, he was even responsible for singlehandedly warding off a flock of wild turkeys....