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  • Content and Comments

    Mar 20, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week

    Mar 20, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Mar 20, 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...

  • NCA hears from Boulder County Wildfire Partners

    Leonard Sitongia|Mar 20, 2024

    The Niwot Community Association (NCA) welcomed Abby Silver, Wildfire Partners Outreach Coordinator, at the March board meeting. Silver was invited by NCA Area Representative and wildfire protection specialist Neal Anderson. Anderson introduced Silver, pointing out that Niwot is the largest community in unincorporated Boulder County. Wildfire Partners provides Boulder County’s volunteer fire mitigation program, which has been in place for mountain communities for years. It helps homeowners clear fire fuels away from near their homes to lessen t...

  • Courier Crossword Corner March 20, 2024|Mar 20, 2024

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    Mar 20, 2024

    ACROSS 3. basketball 6. optimism 8. Rothstein 10. wrestling 12. Kennedy 13. Vesper DOWN 1. habitat 2. camps 4. Stoneman 5. fire 7. brand 9. Shrek 11. tennis... Full story

  • Death Notice

    Mar 20, 2024

    Richard Glenn Cooley, age 92, died March 7, at his home in Niwot. He is survived by his wife Carol, children Richard Jr., Kevin and Karen, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.... Full story

  • Gunbarrel tennis facility application suspended

    Joan Schaefer|Mar 20, 2024

    On March 4, the owner and developers of the "Tennis Center of the Rockies" project requested that the Boulder County Community Planning and Permitting Department table their Special Use Review application to permit the construction of a tennis complex at N. 79th Street in Gunbarrel. Going forward, the applicants may update and resubmit their application or withdraw the application entirely. In a communication to the county planning group, the developers said, "We would officially like to...

  • Growing frustration with subdivision roads and Boulder County

    Jonathan Epstein|Mar 20, 2024

    On March 12, the Niwot Community Association (NCA) held a Subdivision Paving Summit at the Left Hand Grange in Niwot. The meeting was led by NCA President David Limbach and Liz Marr, NCA Board Member and member of the Subdivision Paving Coalition (SPC). Approximately 35 members of the community attended the spirited and collaborative session. The meeting had a number of objectives, including: • Review issue history and update the community on recent activities • Give Niwot neighborhoods a for...

  • Branding & Wayfinding Project for the Diagonal Highway

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 20, 2024

    Boulder County is partnering with Commuting Solutions on the CO 119 Branding & Wayfinding Project. The project will create a distinct brand identity for the Diagonal Highway corridor along the future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route connecting Boulder and Longmont based on recommendations found in The Highway 119 First and Final Mile Study, completed by consultants Fehr & Peers in August 2021. Boulder County and Commuting Solutions are asking for community input to help create the branding of the CO 119 bus, car and bicycle corridor. Survey...

  • Courier Cookbook White Cake

    Mar 20, 2024

    A true white cake that is moist and fluffy is not an easy task. First, the color white is difficult to create given our penchant for butter, eggs and vanilla, all of which are yellow. That might be perfect for a yellow cake, but sometimes, only white will do. Also, white cakes tend to be dry and flat. Not ideal. Here are two tried-and-true recipes that will take the risk out of white cake. Fill and top your cake with your choice of fruit, vanilla buttercream frosting, whipped cream, chantilly...

  • Arts Student of the Week Fred Zorgdrager

    Gene Hayworth|Mar 20, 2024

    When the curtain comes up on the Niwot High School spring show "Shrek the Musical" in April, senior Fred Zorgdrager will be front and center in the leading role. "It is a really big honor," Zorgdrager said. "I don't plan to do musical theater professionally but if I were to perform on Broadway 'Shrek' would be my dream role. It is super exciting to get the opportunity to do it now." Based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film "Shrek," "Shrek the Musical" is a show with music by Jeanine Tesori...

  • Arapaho culture presented by Fred Mosqueda

    Peggy B. Graham|Mar 20, 2024

    Fred Mosqueda, the Arapaho Language and Culture Program Outreach Specialist Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, presented an overview of the culture and history of his people, the Southern Arapahos, to a packed audience at the Left Hand Grange Hall on March 13. The lecture was presented by the Niwot Historical Society as the first in the 2024 Now & Then Lecture Series. The presentation commenced with a three-minute Arapaho prayer, which Mosqueda explained typically...

  • City of Boulder to close portion of Gunbarrel Trail

    Karen Sherlock|Mar 20, 2024

    Beginning March 11, 2024, when construction began on the new Vesper Trail, portions of the East Boulder-Gunbarrel Trail will be closed for use between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through June. The trail will be closed from the Boulderado Drive and Cambridge Street Access Point in the Heatherwood subdivision to a point approximately one mile east. According to a City of Boulder news release, the Vesper Trail will be "a new 1.5-mile trail section that will be built on Gunbarrel Hill near t...

  • NHS principals new and old speak to Niwot Business Association members

    Bruce Warren|Mar 20, 2024

    The Niwot Business Association (NBA) took the show on the road to Niwot High School on March 12 for its monthly meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Niwot High School Education Foundation, and after a short business meeting, NBA members heard from the Superintendent of Schools for the St. Vrain Valley School District, Don Haddad, and Niwot High School Principal, Eric Rauschkolb. Haddad, former principal at Niwot High School, spoke of the success of the school district, "We have the highest...

  • Niwot baseball looking to regroup amid two-week break

    Jack Carlough|Mar 20, 2024

    While Niwot High School baseball’s 2-1 start to the season yielded several positives, the Cougars still aim to improve in certain areas. Fortunately for them, they have ample time for some in-season introspection. After beating Timnath and Weld County high schools to open the season, Niwot fell to Silver Creek High School, 4-1, on Tuesday, March 12 — two weeks before its next scheduled game on March 26. Niwot head coach Ken Rosales believes his players have already flushed that home loss and remain motivated to get back on track. “The inten...

  • Good start to the season for NHS girls soccer

    Jonathan Epstein|Mar 20, 2024

    Just ahead of the snowstorm, the Niwot High School girls soccer team beat the Wheat Ridge Farmers at home on Tuesday, March 12, by a score of 5-2. NHS came out strong in the first half and built up a 4-1 lead heading into halftime. The second half was closer with both teams scoring a goal. The win for the Cougars contrasted nicely with their 4-1 loss to the Farmers in March of 2023. It was a balanced scoring effort by Niwot with a number of players putting their names in the box score including Ashley Grier (1), Margaux Boyer (2), Heather...

  • NHS wrestling coach Bobby Matthews steps down

    Bruce Warren|Mar 20, 2024

    Niwot High School wrestling coach Bobby Matthews decided it was time to do something different in the sport. In a social media post, Matthews said, "In November I made the decision that the 2023-24 season would be my last as a wrestling coach. Twenty-two years is a long time. I want to thank all the wrestlers who I have had the pleasure of coaching over the past 22 years. I will still be around the sport as I will move over to the officiating side. I will continue coaching softball and...

  • NHS girls tennis moving in the right direction

    Jonathan Epstein|Mar 20, 2024

    After starting the season with two losses, Niwot High School’s girls tennis team has started to find its way during the last two matches. While the Cougars lost a close match to Holy Family High School on March 11 by a score of 4-3, Niwot won all three of the singles matches. Unfortunately, the Cougars also lost all four of the doubles matches. Their #1 doubles played a particularly tight three-setter, losing the third set tiebreaker by a score of 10-6. Playing on back-to-back days, the Cougars then earned their first win of the season in d...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Paige Russell

    Jack Carlough|Mar 20, 2024

    Three games into her senior season, Paige Russell has emerged as one of Niwot High School girls soccer's top scoring threats. The fourth-year varsity midfielder has already scored two goals, equaling her total from last season. Yes, it's a small sample size, but Russell's early offensive success shouldn't be overlooked. "It was kind of a big deal for me because I haven't really scored a lot of goals in my high school career," Russell said of her impressive start. Her first score came in Niwot's...

  • Niwot High School boys volleyball jumps to 2-1 on the year

    Isaac Stephens|Mar 20, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball squad has gotten off to a strong start as the Cougars head into spring break with a 2-1 record. Niwot played one game last week against Cherry Creek High School, winning the series 3-1. Niwot was originally scheduled to play Arvada West High School on Thursday, but the match was postponed due to snow. Niwot took a bit to get going against Cherry Creek, dropping the first series to the Bruins 25-21. Niwot bounced back, taking the next set 25-18, before going on a run, grabbing the third and fourth sets,...

  • NYS completes successful winter basketball season

    Jessica Walker|Mar 20, 2024

    Niwot Youth Sports started the Winter Recreational Basketball season in December with record registration numbers and lots of excitement for its third season partnering with Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball (RMYB). On Saturday, March 9, the season ended with four team championships and four team runner-up champions at the Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball End of Year Tournament held at local gyms in Longmont, Frederick and Niwot. NYS had 29 teams enter the tournament, including seven girls and 22...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Gender Studies Club

    Camryn Bell|Mar 20, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Gender Studies Club. "Niwot Gender Studies is devoted to being a discussion-based safe space for anyone and everyone to talk about topics related to gender issues in the world," said Club Leader Claire Jensen. "We hold meetings every other week devoted to different topics and talk about them in-depth, in addition to service projects around our Niwot community. We have worked with non-profits to advocate for period...