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Articles from the March 2, 2022 edition

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  • Masks off: locals react to end of Boulder County mandate

    Deborah Cameron|Mar 2, 2022

    As of Feb. 18, Boulder County Public Health's two public health orders requiring masks in public indoor spaces expired. For the first time in months, no one was forced to wear face coverings inside, although they could if they wanted to. Some do. A careful eye in retail spaces around town indicates this. Many customers waiting in line for coffee in Cottonwood Square's Winot Coffee Company one morning were maskless on one recent morning. At one point, a single masked individual came in. "I'm...

  • Longtime Niwot Sanitation District's director to retire

    Mary Wolbach Lopert|Mar 2, 2022

    It's a testament to Karen Behne's 25-year career at the Niwot Sanitation District when past sanitation board president Jim Jones said, "People come in to pay their bills in person so they can talk to Karen. She really is the face of Niwot Sanitation." Jones feels that Behne has an encyclopedic knowledge about the district. "She knows the answer off the top of her head." He added, "The only time people are concerned (with sanitation) is when their toilets don't flush." For Jones, Behne has been...

  • Seasonal closures for wildlife ensure shared lands for birds, bats and people

    Kristen Arendt|Mar 2, 2022

    The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) normally implements its first round of seasonal wildlife closures on Feb. 1, to protect cliff-nesting raptors such as peregrine falcons, prairie falcons, and golden eagles. For 2022, the City of Boulder OSMP will implement several seasonal closures to protect sensitive habitats that support many wildlife species, including cliff-nesting raptors, bald eagles, grassland-nesting birds, burrowing owls, and bats. Many of these wildlife species...

  • Photo of the Week (March 2)

    Mar 2, 2022

    This very good dog spent some time over the weekend "chilling" on the 2nd Avenue bump-out outside of Old Oak Coffeehouse (136 2nd Ave.) in Niwot. He wasn't camera-shy, once he heard the word "treat."...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (March 2)

    Mar 2, 2022

    Longtime Niwot pet Dallas the dachshund has passed away at the age of 18. Beloved Dallas was adopted by the Niwot Steiner family at the age of 7 from the local Petsmart. Dallas was a rescue from a negligent breeder and everyone who met him fell in love with him. Dallas was the unofficial mascot of Girl Scout Troop 1970, run by Julie Marx of Niwot. Dallas will forever be remembered as the cute, long-haired dachshund who loved being held by the many little elementary school Girl Scouts. He could...

  • Cimmini's hosts symphony bruch to benefit Marshall Fire fund

    Katrina Stroud|Mar 2, 2022

    On Feb. 26, the Italian restaurant Ciminini's (300 2nd Ave.) hosted a fundraising event for the Marshall Fire victims. Customers paid $25 per ticket to enjoy a lovely Saturday morning, while listening to a live cello performance. All food and drinks came with the ticket, which included the choice of pancakes, French toast, cottage cheese parfait with avocado toast, scrambled eggs, sausages and hams, a pastry basket, specialty coffee, and of course, hot cocoa. A silent auction was held at the...

  • The Story Behind the Place – Howard L. Morton Water Reclamation Facility

    Bruce Warren|Mar 2, 2022

    Motorists traveling on 95th Street (also known as Hover Road) near the intersection with Niwot Road notice a sandstone sign on the west side of the road: "Howard L. Morton Water Reclamation Facility, Niwot Sanitation District." The district offices as well as the actual water treatment facility sit farther back from the sign, accessed by a narrow road which dead ends at the offices. Howard L. Morton farmed the land up the hill and east of the small community of Niwot, which had been platted in...

  • No vacancy: Niwot fills nearly all available commercial space

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 2, 2022

    Two years after the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns sent a shock through the local economy, Niwot isn't just back in business, it's booming. Over the past 12 months, shoppers, diners, and retailers have been flocking to Cottonwood Square and 2nd Avenue, driving sales tax revenues to all-time highs while driving the commercial vacancy rate to an all-time low. Part of this growth is due to an economy that is on the rebound from a slowdown in 2020, plus the easing of many pandemic restrictions....

  • Niwot High is even more green

    Hannah Stewart|Mar 2, 2022

    Niwot's silver and green take on new meaning as the school has been recognized by the Youth Sustainability Board as a Green Star School. The program is part of a collaboration between Eco-Cycle and schools within Boulder County. Certification is recognized when schools are able to reduce up to two-thirds of their waste. "For the students, this [certification] means that sustainability and commitment to the environment have become more top-of-mind as we try to waste less," said senior member of t...

  • Arts Student of the Week--Jonah Fahlin

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 2, 2022

    Jonah Fahlin has always had an artistic side, which he started exploring through digital art. Since coming to Niwot High, however, the sophomore has taken a more hands-on approach to expressing himself, and opened up new worlds of creativity. "As of recently, I've gotten more into things in the real world, like pencils, canvas, and paper," he said. "I really like to draw on paper. No matter what class I'm in, I'm always doodling. I just really enjoy it." During the fall semester, Fahlin took...

  • Unified basketball season ends on positive note

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 2, 2022

    Disneyland bills itself as "the happiest place on Earth," but on Saturday, Feb. 26, it had competition for that title from Niwot High School, where the St. Vrain Valley unified basketball teams came together to celebrate eight weeks of hard work, camaraderie and mastering new skills. In the 2022 season finale, each of the eight district teams competed in a two-game tournament, and while there probably was a winner, everyone was having too much fun to pay much attention to the final results....

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Ashlee Wood

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 2, 2022

    Ashlee Wood didn't have much basketball experience when she joined Niwot's new unified basketball team-just what she'd picked up by playing with her brothers and dad in the driveway. But what the athletic sophomore lacked in experience, she more than made up for in excitement and determination, and, by the end of the eight-game season, Wood had become a force for the Cougars on both sides of the ball. "I did pretty good," she said about her performance during the 2022 campaign. "It was a challen...

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