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    Courier Crossword Corner March 6, 2024|Mar 6, 2024

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    Mar 6, 2024

    ACROSS 3. creamery 6. technical 8. golden 9. mental 11. Dooley 13. railroad 15. tennis DOWN 1. French 2. Arapaho 4. Peacemaker 5. Watkins 7. singles 10. county 12. Easter 14. rare... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Mar 6, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week

    Mar 6, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Mar 6, 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] in high resolution. • Please include a caption describing the photo, your name, email addre...

  • Courier Cookbook

    Mar 6, 2024

    Our featured ingredient this week is mushrooms. Enjoy these delicious stuffed mushrooms and mushroom pasta recipes. Stuffed Mushrooms Adapted from and Ingredients Cooking spray 1 1/2 lb. baby bella, mini portabello, or white mushrooms 2 tbsp. butter 2 cloves minced garlic 1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs ¼ c. chopped sundried tomatoes 2 tbsp. pine nuts Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping 4 oz. softened c...

  • Niwot's State House Representative Kyle Brown

    Jonathan Epstein|Mar 6, 2024

    The heart of Niwot sits in District 12 of Colorado's House of Representatives. District 12 is represented at the Colorado capital by House Representative Kyle Brown, who was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Representative Tracey Bernett. Since Brown joined the state legislature on Feb. 1, 2023, he has been an active legislator focused on climate action, affordable housing, recovery from the Marshall Fire and health care. Despite joining the current legislative session...

  • Boulder County's minimum wage increasing for unincorporated communities

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 6, 2024

    The Boulder County Commissioners announced a new hourly minimum wage within the geographic boundaries of Boulder County’s jurisdiction, impacting unincorporated towns, communities, and outlying areas while excluding incorporated cities or towns. Ordinance 2023-4 became effective Jan. 1, 2024 with a $15.69 per hour minimum wage which is 15% above Colorado’s 2023 minimum wage and $1.27 higher than surrounding incorporated towns and cities. The minimum wage for unincorporated Boulder County will increase yearly, reaching $25 per hour by 2030, and...

  • Niwot Historical Spotlight: Residential Old Town Niwot

    Deborah Cameron|Mar 6, 2024

    The Left Hand Valley Courier is spotlighting various local neighborhoods, their history, issues and general nature. This week, the Courier is spotlighting the Old Town residential neighborhood. Thanks to its proximity to the railroad depot, Second Avenue is one of the oldest areas of commerce in town. As the earliest Niwotians created businesses on both the eastern and western side of the railroad tracks, now the Diagonal Highway, they chose to live in or around where they worked. Eventually,...

  • Let's Talk About...Play

    Elise S. Marylander|Mar 6, 2024

    Ok. When was the last time you went out to play? I don't mean the last time you went out to a play. I mean like when we were kids. We used to go out to play in the morning and come home for dinner. A day of play. Every day. Neighbor kids would ring the doorbell and ask, "Can Joey come out to play?" When was the last time a friend of yours called to ask you to come out to play? I bet it has been a long time. "Play" has taken on a whole new meaning as an adult. Swimming or skiing used to be...

  • Business Profile: 2nd Nature Hair Lounge

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 6, 2024

    Niwot's newest hair salon, 2nd Nature Hair Lounge, located at 300 2nd Avenue, is owned by Amanda Jensen, who originally hails from Rhode Island. Jensen said her salon specializes in unique services that include French Haircutting, balayage, and a special hair product line called Oribe. Jensen has been in the salon industry since 2004 and had no vision of being a salon owner until Liz Edge, the owner of Ivy and Thistle, the salon formerly at the same location, asked if she wanted to take over...

  • A song for Bert Steele and the community

    Vicky Dorvee|Mar 6, 2024

    The Left Hand Grange became a recording studio Feb. 17 when local musician-songwriter Kevin Dooley along with a group of fellow musicians performed Dooley's original song titled "Be More Like Bert." The result is a joyful earworm of a tune with a very specific and also completely universal message. The song was inspired by Bert Steele, owner of the Niwot Market, whose kind heart and great wisdom touched many lives in the community. Steele's passing in August of 2023 has left a big hole in the...

  • Carlyle's "Peacemaker" to be purchased by NCAA

    Bruce Warren|Mar 6, 2024

    Niwot's Sculpture Park at the southwest corner of Niwot Road and 79th Street was home to the iconic Native American tree carvings of the late Eddie Running Wolf for over a decade, but since the recent removal of the deteriorating tree carvings for restoration, another artist's bronze art has become the link to Niwot's Native American heritage. Artist Bobbie Carlyle of Loveland, whose work is collected internationally, created the bronze sculpture christened "Peacemaker" which greets visitors...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Mar 6, 2024

    March's lineup of lectures, music, and dancing at the Left Hand Grange offers the public many ways to connect to others in the local community both in the past and present. Also, watch for more news soon, but for now here's a tease to let Home on the Grange readers know that more aesthetic upgrades to the Grange are in the making. Lucky Niwot Day at the Grange Free Irish Folk Dance Session Saturday, March 9, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Lucky Niwot Day at the Grange with a fun and free drop-in...

  • "Arapaho Culture" lecture by Fred Mosqueda

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 6, 2024

    The Niwot Historical Society will present the "Arapaho Culture" as part of its Now & Then Lecture Series Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at the Left Hand Grange No. 9 with Fred Mosqueda. As an Arapaho speaker, Mosqueda supports his tribe in preserving its culture, language, and traditional practices and ceremonies. Mosqueda is the Arapaho Language and Culture Program Outreach Specialist Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Mosqueda also...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Cassie Chen

    Jack Carlough|Mar 6, 2024

    Armed with more confidence, Cassie Chen is transitioning from the No. 2 doubles line to No. 3 singles entering her junior season on the Niwot High School girls tennis team. While Chen played in a handful of No. 3 singles matches last season, she believes the move won't be too difficult. Her primary concern is contributing her best wherever Niwot head coach Aimee Hites needs her most. "I'm really excited to play singles this year and just be able to work with the team," Chen said. She still must...

  • Hopped up for Easter in Niwot

    Scott Barto|Mar 6, 2024

    Peter Cottontail is returning to Niwot a little early this year. But nevertheless, hippity hoppity, Easter is indeed on its way. The 43rd annual Niwot Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Niwot Group at Compass, will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Niwot High School. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Niwot Community Connection (NCC), which will have volunteers serving breakfast. The event began in 1979, but a snowstorm canceled it for one year, and two years were...

  • Why do I have to get more than two cleanings per year?

    Mar 6, 2024

    One of the most common questions dentists and hygienists receive is some form of: “Why do you want me to come for my re-care appointments three or four times per year? My neighbor only goes twice! And my insurance only covers 2 per year!” We hear you, so here’s the gist of why: 1. You have been diagnosed with gum (periodontal) disease, a chronic condition where the normal germs in your mouth have contributed to the destruction of your gums and the bone which holds your teeth in place. The important part here is, there is no cure for gum disease...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on Students for Rare Diseases

    Camryn Bell|Mar 6, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Students for Rare Diseases Club. Students for Rare Diseases is a club of students with the shared goal of educating and spreading awareness of rare diseases to improve and better the lives of individuals living with rare disorders, and the lives of their families and caregivers. According to the SFRD website, if 1 in 10 Americans has a rare disease, it is likely that roughly 118 Niwot students struggle with a rare...

  • Niwot High School Teacher of the Month Jason Watkins

    Fred Zorgdrager|Mar 6, 2024

    The Left Hand Valley Courier is introducing a new Teacher of the Month feature chosen by students. Teachers are chosen based on their positive impact on their students, staff, and surrounding community. Jason Watkins is Niwot High School's March Teacher of the Month because of his consistently positive impact on his students, the staff, and the community. Watkins teaches technical theater, CTE, jewelry, photography, and video making at NHS and is a founding member of the Colorado Association of...

  • Arts Student of the Week Marik Magginetti

    Gene Hayworth|Mar 6, 2024

    While Niwot High School students were sweeping the house before the preshow for "Beauty and the Beast," they learned that the show had sold out. For Marik Magginetti, a sophomore technical theater student involved in the production, it was one of his most memorable moments. "I remember actors running up the aisles and backstage to spread the news," Magginetti said. Another unforgettable moment occurred at the Bobby G awards, a state-wide high school musical theater program that recognizes...

  • Optimistic NHS' girls tennis season

    Jonathan Epstein|Mar 6, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls varsity tennis team finished last season with a hard fought 7-6 record. Despite strong individual showings, including Sahasra Kolli winning the Class 4A state championship at #2 singles, the team was challenged by a lack of depth according to Coach Aimee Hites. Hites expects that depth to improve as the team begins its spring season with a home match against Fairview High School at 3:30 p.m. on March 5. Kolli returns for her sophomore season and will play at #1 singles. While playing #1 entails a higher level of...

  • Niwot baseball aiming to build on last season's success

    Jack Carlough|Mar 6, 2024

    Under second-year head coach Ken Rosales, the Niwot High School baseball program took a major step forward last spring. The Cougars finished 14-9 - the team's most wins since 2014 - and never lost more than two straight games en route to reaching the postseason for the first time in seven years. While the 2023 campaign ultimately ended in disappointment with a loss to Riverdale Ridge High School in the Class 4A Region 7 championship game, Niwot has plenty of momentum entering its 2024 campaign....