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Articles from the March 11, 2020 edition


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  • Ripple effect of coronavirus felt locally

    Pattie Logan|Mar 11, 2020

    Local businesses and residents are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. The Niwot Inn took a big hit when a group of international business travelers canceled their gathering for later this month. The group of CEOs come from Europe, India and across the U.S., booking the entire Inn a couple of times a year for three to four days, according to co-owner Carissa Brandes. “Thousands of dollars, it’s very tough,” said Brandes. “We’ve noticed this March has been one of the slowest months...

  • Schools and districts trying to stay ahead of coronavirus

    Hannah Stewart|Mar 11, 2020

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken over the news, especially recently in Boulder County after a substitute teacher at Centaurus High School reported a suspected exposure. Upon learning that other passengers of his cruise ship tested positive, the teacher has chosen to undergo a self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Similarly, two University of Colorado Boulder employees have undergone testing for the virus. One of those tests has already come back negative, but the other test is still...

  • Commissioners extend oil and gas moratorium to July 2020

    Mar 11, 2020

    Last year, the Boulder County Commissioners enacted a moratorium on oil and gas development in the county. This came as a result of Crestone Peak Resources' 2018 proposal for a drilling project that would span a 1.5 mile stretch of Highway 52 and could include up to 140 wells, which would drain 10 square miles of underground deposits. Surrounding residents rose up in opposition of the proposal and, on June 28, 2019, Boulder County initiated an emergency moratorium that banned all new oil and...

  • March book recommendation: '49 Buddhas'

    Hannah Stewart|Mar 11, 2020

    The Left Hand Valley Courier and Inkberry Books are partnering for another book review. I love being part of this partnership because the folks at Inkberry suggest stories I never would have picked out for myself. This week, I read Jim Ringel's "49 Buddhas" and while I did enjoy it overall, I have to say, I'm a little undecided on where I stand with it. Let me start off by saying that I really don't know a lot about Buddhism, so I loved that the beginning of each chapter started with a...

  • Local author comments on writing, spirituality and tying them together

    Hannah Stewart|Mar 11, 2020

    If you lived in Boston in the 1980s, you probably saw an episode or two of "We Don't Knock," a guerilla television show where the team would show up to various places around the city just to see what was happening there. "We would go to the IRS unannounced and get thrown out, it was fun," explained collaborator Jim Ringel. However, even considering as much fun as Ringel had while working in television, part of him always wanted to write stories. As a child, the artform interested him, but upon...

  • 031120 Pet Spotlight (William, March 11)

    Mar 11, 2020

    This charming seven-year-old fellow will be a wonderful addition to your active, dog-loving household. William enjoys being in the company of people of all ages and especially appreciates going on walks outside with his human companions. William does well with other dogs and has even successfully lived with chickens and rabbits! Come in for a visit with this delightful boy today. William is available for adoption at the Longmont Humane Society....

  • 'Once upon a time...' in Longmont

    Emily Long|Mar 11, 2020

    In an era of instantaneous digital communication and screens everywhere, the art of traditional storytelling is still alive and thriving in the Left Hand Valley. In March, eight new volunteers will join the Longmont chapter of Spellbinder Storytellers to bring this art to local children. Spellbinders was founded in Denver in the late 1980s by Germaine Dietsch and is now a thriving nonprofit, connecting elders directly with children through storytelling. "Children need older adults in their...

  • Niwot Elementary Children's Book & Art Sale breaks record

    Abigail Scott|Mar 11, 2020

    This past Wednesday, Niwot Elementary School hosted its 12th annual Children's Book and Art Sale to benefit The Mwebaza Foundation, a local non-profit started in 2008 by the school's first-grade teacher, Dale Peterson. Each year, this fundraiser garners donations from parents, students, and visitors from used children's book sale purchases. What set this year apart was the inclusion of children's art, made and donated by students from all grade levels at Niwot Elementary. The Niwot Elementary...

  • Oh, my! Local scout builds "wonderful" new beds for lions, tigers, and bears

    Mar 11, 2020

    The Wild Animal Sanctuary is in the business of giving mistreated animals a happily-ever-after, so when Dillan the geriatric bear came to their rehabilitation facility in January, it didn't take long for him to find a place that was not too hard, not too soft, but just right. That's thanks to long time Niwot boy scout Caden Weihe, who planned and fabricated several large animal hammocks for his Eagle Scout service project, and then delivered them to the Keenesburg-based rescue center just in...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Lily Sieben

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 11, 2020

    The 2019-20 Niwot girls basketball season is one that most of its participants would rather forget, but senior Lily Sieben will be taking at least a few happy memories with her. Among them is the resilience of her teammates, who kept fighting for wins even as the losses kept piling up. "Winning our last game made it easier to walk away from the season," Sieben said of the Cougars' 2-21 record, their worst in decades. "We had high expectations this year, and not reaching them, we were disappointe...

  • LID sales tax sets new high

    Mar 11, 2020

    Sales tax revenue for the Niwot LID set new records in 2019, and the record-setting month and year were attributed to online sales rather than increased marijuana sales. Bruce Rabeler, treasurer of the Niwot Local Improvement District (LID) reported that December sales tax revenue came in at $26,357. “That shatters the record for one month,” Rabeler said, noting that it exceeded the previous high of $19,102 set in July 2019, and was $8,000 over any previous December. The annual sales tax revenue for 2019 totaled $209,465. “[This] is the...

  • Death Notice (March 11)

    Mar 11, 2020

    Gunbarrel resident Marian Alice Walker died Feb. 26, 2020, at age 92. A memorial service will be held Sat. March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Niwot United Methodist Church, 7405 Lookout Rd., Longmont (Gunbarrel), with a reception to follow.... Full story

  • The Doctors are in

    Mar 11, 2020

    On March 6, Dr. Patti Ashley and suitemate Christine Ruth held a ribbon cutting for their new therapy practices, located at 6800 N. 79th Street in Niwot. Dr. Ashley, who specializes in individual, couples and family therapy, is thrilled to get her old office back after a few years in Gunbarrel, and even more thrilled about the serendipitous timing that led her to a new partner and friend. Ruth, who also specializes in couples and family therapy, moved to Niwot from Minnesota last summer, and is...

  • Girls golf preview: Talented veterans spark state title hopes for Niwot

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 11, 2020

    Fourth-year coach Ed Weaver has sky high expectations for the 2020 Niwot girls golf program, and it's not hard to see why. His projected varsity squad is loaded with state-tested veterans who are eager for another chance at the Class 4A title, and he's attracted a cohort of newcomers eager to make their marks. With 14 players total, both short-term and long-term prospects seem bright for Niwot girls golf, and Weaver can't wait to get the season started. "Our goal is to win state," Weaver said....