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  • Boulder County Planning Commission signs off on Diagonal projects

    Leonard Sitongia|Mar 22, 2023

    The Boulder County Planning Commission recommended to the Board of County Commissioners that they approve the CO 119 Safety and Mobility and Bikeway Projects (Docket SI-22-0002) at their March 15 meeting. These projects will provide Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a bikeway on CO 119 (the Diagonal) between Boulder and Longmont. This hearing was part of the Colorado “1041” process, which allows Boulder County to evaluate how county land use regulations apply to governmental projects. The commissioners present for the meeting were Mark Blo...

  • March art in coffeeshops

    Deborah Cameron|Mar 22, 2023

    Each month brings a fresh round of paintings to Winot Coffee Company and The Old Oak Coffeehouse in Niwot. March was no exception. Both venues have showcased area artists on their walls for the month, with the work of each artist available for sale. Winot featured Megan Gael McCarthy, a member of the Longmont Artists' Guild, Boulder Art Association, and Art Students League of Denver. McCarthy's work recreates emotion of a time and place. It also focuses on paint textures and the physical...

  • Boulder County extends wildfire mitigation efforts

    Deborah Cameron|Mar 22, 2023

    Though the Marshall Fire was more than a year ago, its impact is still top of mind for many area residents. It has made the threat of wildfires, including grassland and urban wildfires, more apparent to Boulder County residents. In addition, recent years have seen extensive summer months with rural wildfires in close proximity to the Front Range. Those fires bring secondary impacts including resident displacements, air quality issues and ground instability which contributes to flooding and...

  • Photo of the Week

    Mar 22, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Mar 22, 2023

    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 address and phone numbe...

  • Let's Talk About...First Dates

    Elise Marylander|Mar 22, 2023

    Ok. Let's talk about first dates. To be clear, I haven't had a first date in over 30 years. So, I am no expert on the experience. Although I may be out of practice, I know one when I see one. How many times have you gone to a restaurant and seen a couple and thought, "Oh, look how cute, a first date." So sweet, right? Well, yes. And sometimes, no. Is it sweet or sometimes painful? Did someone swipe right when they should have swiped left? Oops. First, let's review how to spot a first date....

  • Where are they now? - 2005 Niwot High grad Dustin Bell

    Jack Carlough|Mar 22, 2023

    Dustin Bell found his passion at an early age and he's done nothing but run with it. A 2005 Niwot High graduate, Bell was constantly surrounded by creativity growing up in an arts-friendly area. His passion for theater grew the quickest, though, with the help of family members taking him to shows in New York City. Bell then began acting at Jesters Dinner Theatre in Longmont and the Rocky Mountain Theatre For Kids in Boulder. "I had a family who was so supportive," said Bell, who was especially...

  • Business Profile: Sunburst Window Washing

    Katrina Stroud|Mar 22, 2023

    Sunburst Window Washing, LLC, is a Niwot business founded by two high school students, Jamison Weise and Joshua Longenecker. Their friendship began at Sunset Middle School, where they met through the robotics program in sixth grade. They both shared a love of video games, but they also felt driven to create something of their own. In their sophomore year at Niwot High School, they started their first business, growing and selling tomatoes door-to-door. After only a two-week-long period of...

  • Arts Student of the Week Sarah Depestele

    Gene Hayworth|Mar 22, 2023

    When she was five years old, Sarah Depestele loved to watch her father sketch cars. "That's when I started drawing seriously," Depestele said. "And that's because my dad loved drawing cars. He drew a lot of Porches and Bugattis. So, I drew. They didn't look like anything, but...they looked kind of like cars." That early interest has endured as part of Depestele's studies at Niwot High School, where she has taken both Beginning and Intermediate Drawing. Beth Collier, who teaches art at NHS,...

  • NHS girls golf opens season

    Bruce Warren|Mar 22, 2023

    The Chilly Chili golf tournament lived up to its reputation March 18 with a twenty-degree temperature at the 8 a.m. scheduled start, but the golfers took to the course a little later in the morning and broke the ice on the 2023 season. Niwot coach Ed Weaver took four golfers to the event at Eagle Trace Golf Club in Broomfield where parents provided a chili dinner for the players at the end of the day. “It was a really fun experience for the girls,” Weaver said. “Two of them had never played in a tournament before.” The start of spring break i...

  • Silver Creek boys swim/dive starts season 3-0

    Chris Teta|Mar 22, 2023

    Coach Debbie Stewart must be pleased with Silver Creek boys’ swimming season start. Beginning with a decisive victory at the three school “Sprints Meet” opener (265,171,74) over Brighton and Longmont, the combined boys swim team notched three wins to begin the season with a 3-0 record. At the Sprints Meet, the 50m Freestyle went to Brighton’s Trey Wilson (23.34) before Silver Creek claimed the next eight places. Three hundredths of a second separated Wilson from Creek’s Stephen Codevilla in 2nd, followed by Brayden Stalcup, Sean Wyatt, Li...

  • Niwot baseball putting up runs early in new season

    Jack Carlough|Mar 22, 2023

    Early on, things are already clicking for the Niwot High School baseball team. The Cougars, under second-year head coach Ken Rosales, are off to a 2-1 start with a whopping 39 total runs scored in those three games. While it's still only mid-March, Rosales has been impressed by what he's seen from his players so far. "(I've seen) a lot of fight from them," Rosales said. "They're very skilled players even though we're a young team. But with that, they give it their all." Niwot began its season...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Evan Welding

    Jack Carlough|Mar 22, 2023

    The fourth and final season of Evan Welding's prep swim career is shaping up nicely. Already an accomplished swimmer for Silver Creek High School's boys team, Welding has qualified for the Class 4A state championships in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 free, 100 fly and 100 individual medley. He is also a member of two relay teams that have made the cut for state. In a dual meet against Broomfield High on March 16, he took first in the 50 free thanks to a season-best 23.61-second...

  • Multiple tournament victories for NYS recreational basketball

    Jessica Walker|Mar 22, 2023

    The winter 2023 Rocky Mountain Youth Basketball League hosted 120 teams for its end of season tournament on Saturday, March 11, at the Rocky Churches in Niwot and Frederick. By day's end, nine of the Niwot Youth Sports recreational basketball teams came away with first or second-place finishes. NYS sent 20 teams to the tournament in three age groups. Rocky created a dizzying and impressive tournament bracket with up to five division tournaments per age group. The winning teams and coaches are:...

  • Niwot girls soccer loses 4-1 ahead of break

    Isaac Stephens|Mar 22, 2023

    Ahead of spring break the Niwot High School girls soccer team played against the Wheat Ridge Farmers last Tuesday. Niwot fell short of victory, losing the game 4-1. Consistency has plagued the Cougars so far, with varying levels of game play. Niwot has a tough schedule after the break, facing both Mead and Silver Creek. In Niwot's game against Wheat Ridge, freshman Heather Humphrey scored her first goal of the season, which was assisted by senior Tiffany Yie. Both of Niwot's goalies played...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Mar 22, 2023

  • COURIER CROSSWORD CORNER ANSWERS MARCH 22, 2023

    Mar 22, 2023

    ACROSS 2. Humphrey 3. robotics 6. Diagonal 8. twenty 9. wildfire 11. Chilly DOWN 1. Welding 3. right 4. Sunburst 5. pilot 7. Rothstein 10. France...

  • Norman "Norm" F. Steiner

    Mar 22, 2023

    Norman "Norm" Frederick Steiner, 89, of Longmont, Colorado passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at Casey's Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Norm was born December 19, 1933, in Sabetha, Kansas, to Joseph and Esther Daisy (Stoller) Steiner. He grew up working on the family farm near Sabetha with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Sabetha High School in 1951. After graduating from high school, Norm joined the United States Army and served two years as an Air Defense...

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