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  • Ukrainian artist's work to be purchased for Niwot Sculpture Park

    Kristin Alger|Mar 9, 2022

    The Niwot Sculpture Park at 79th Street and Niwot Road is a temporary home to numerous sculptures on loan from local, regional, and international artists. One of those sculptures will soon be on permanent display. Through a competitive process, artists submit applications to the Sculpture Park Committee, which selects art to exhibit for at least 12 months. These pieces are for sale in the sculpture garden, with prices marked on small plaques near the sculptures. Currently, one piece has been...

  • Locals asked to aid in lost pet rescue

    Deborah Cameron|Mar 9, 2022

    Many have seen the boldly printed signs alerting Gunbarrel/Niwot residents about a lost dog named Cinder. The dog escaped his newly minted owners on the same day he was adopted from Longmont Humane Society on Jan. 16. He was most recently seen just off of Oxford Road near an open field on Feb. 24. He's also been seen near 95th Street and Niwot Road. At this point, his adopters have moved on from looking for Cinder and one has even left the area. Experienced canine search and rescuer Wess Staats...

  • Bring your green to Lucky Niwot Day

    Katrina Stroud|Mar 9, 2022

    Top of the mornin' to ya, laddies. I hope you're excited for Saint Patrick's Day, because a festival is coming up, known as Lucky Niwot Day. It will take place on March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 2nd Avenue and in Cottonwood Square. Among the lively festivi include live music, Irish dancing (outside of Blessings Day Spa at Cottonwood Square), a magic show and brunch at the Niwot Wheel Works, an Irish poetry reading and green tea service at Inkberry Books, free carriage rides (wait on second...

  • Left Hand Laurel--Bert Steele

    Maria Karagianis|Mar 9, 2022

    As the Niwot Market approaches its 20th anniversary this month, its owner Bert Steele admits, "I still work more than I have to." Yet it's apparent he loves his work, which he's been doing since the age of eight. That's when Steele first started bagging groceries at his parents' grocery store in Fort Collins. A modest, self-deprecating man, involved in many community activities from helping to organize a pancake breakfast for Niwot's 4th of July celebration, to sponsoring Friday antique car...

  • Photo of the Week (March 9)

    Mar 9, 2022

    A tractor stuck in the mud at Little Gaynor Lake has residents in the surrounding neighborhood asking questions. See more in an upcoming edition of the Left Hand Valley Courier....

  • Death Notice (March 9)

    Mar 9, 2022

    Robert “Bob” Spencer, formerly of the Niwot Area, died Tuesday, March 1st at age 68 after a long illness. Bob was a Niwot Youth Sports (NYS) baseball coach for his son, Kyle, and when he learned that NYS needed a storage building at the Biff Warren Complex on Nimbus Road, Bob donated the materials and labor to build it, which is named in his honor A memorial service will be held March 26th.... Full story

  • Farow awarded Slow Foods USA Snail of Approval

    Kristen Arendt|Mar 9, 2022

    In the six months since Farow opened, co-owners Lisa and Patrick Balcom have been busy bringing the best local ingredients to diners' plates-an endeavor that recently garnered the attention of Slow Food USA which awarded Farow the Slow Foods Snail of Approval. This award is given to food and beverage establishments that are pursuing and practicing Slow Food values in their business. These values go beyond just dishing up top-rated cuisine. The award specifically recognizes businesses that have...

  • Niwot LID board tackles busy March agenda

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 9, 2022

    A second summer concert series and signs for Niwot's new public parking lot were just two of the pending issues before the advisory committee to the Niwot Local Improvement District at its monthly meeting on March 1. The group also met its likely future representative from the Niwot Community Association, heard a year-end revenue report from treasurer Bruce Rabeler, and put the finishing touches on its update to the Niwot five-year strategic plan. Treasurer's Report Boosted by robust earnings...

  • Local Business Spotlight: The Niwot Group knows Niwot real estate

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 9, 2022

    There's no place in Colorado quite like Niwot, and, with its high quality schools, close-knit community, and bucolic setting, no better place to live, local resident Pat Murphy contends. That was true in 1976 when she was an up-and-coming realtor selling residential lots in Morton Heights, and remains true 46 years later, even as her beloved town has more than doubled in size. Through it all, the now-seasoned real estate professional has been a tireless advocate for the little enclave outside...

  • Save the date: Courier to celebrate 25 years in Niwot

    Courier Staff|Mar 9, 2022

    This is not an April Fool's "announcement.".... The Left Hand Valley Courier will mark 25 years of serving the Niwot-Gunbarrel community on Friday, April 1, with an Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside the offices of Warren, Carlson & Moore, LLP, Attorneys located in Cottonwood Square. The community is invited to join the founders and current staff of the newspaper for a celebration outside the law office, where the staff meets once a week to plan each edition of the weekly newspaper. The Courier is the only independently...

  • Record breaking performance of Mamma Mia by NHS theater

    Josh Ludski-Lee|Mar 9, 2022

    As the lights dimmed in the Niwot High School auditorium, people settled into their seats for another ordinary high school musical. That's not at all what they got. This year, Niwot's theater department presented "Mamma Mia" - a classic show about marriage and life on a Greek Island, all with the backtrack of the famous 70s pop group ABBA. The show revolves around Sophie (played by Hazel Rinehart), a 20-year-old woman getting married on the island she's lived on for her whole life. She wants...

  • Tony Engel named volleyball coach at Niwot High

    Bruce Warren|Mar 9, 2022

    Tony Engel is the new coach in charge of the Niwot High School girls volleyball program, but he is not new to the team. Engel was introduced to parents and players by NHS athletic director Joe Brown on March 2, but many in attendance were already familiar with the former assistant coach, who moved into the head coaching position after six-year veteran Daisha Agho resigned last fall to take an administrative position at Berthoud High School. Engel noted that the program had made much progress...

  • Senior-heavy Cougars baseball team welcomes new coach in 2022

    Bruce Warren|Mar 9, 2022

    With seven seniors, new head coach Ken Rosales has a strong core to build upon in his first season in charge of the storied NHS baseball program, which has five 4A state championships to its credit, though none more recent than 2005. Rosales, a school resource officer at Niwot High, has worked with the Boulder County Sheriff's Department for 21 years, and was head baseball coach at Lyons High School for eight years, where his teams made the state tournament four times. He first got into...

  • Arts Student of the Week-Alexis Marez

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 9, 2022

    When Niwot senior and trombone player Alexis Marez learned that he had been named first chair for the All-District honor band earlier this year, he was not sure how to take it. "I guess I shouldn't have been, but I was surprised to hear that I was even nominated for first chair," he said. "I haven't gotten anything like that before. There was a total of around 10 trombones, and to be the first one in the entire district, it was surreal." It was also well deserved, according to NHS band director...

  • Student of the Week: Mercer Stauch

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 9, 2022

    If being a well-rounded student means engaging with a wide range of opportunities for learning and success at school, then the term applies to Niwot senior Mercer Stauch, whose list of high school accomplishments isn't just long, but also varied. Whether in the classroom, on the track, or, most recently, on the stage for Niwot, Stauch almost never says no to a challenge, or fails to reach a goal. Being well-rounded doesn't mean you can't have passions, and for Stauch, music and performing have...