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  • RTD unveils new eco-friendly transit system

    Clare Voyant|Mar 30, 2022

    With gas prices trending higher and expected to stay that way, the financially-troubled Regional Tribulation District (RTD) announced last week that it will eliminate bus routes between Longmont and Boulder in favor of a greener alternative. Launching on April 31, the Zip2Boulder system will take commuters from a 70-foot platform at the Niwot Park-n-Ride on a zip line to one of three stops along Highway 119 (the Diagonal). "When we told our accounting department to get creative about cutting...

  • Anarchy erupts in Niwot neighborhood

    Mar 30, 2022

    A group of extremists concerned about onerous parking regulations in Boulder County briefly seized a residential block in the Morton Heights neighborhood last week. Calling themselves FREE CAR Niwot, the extremists barricaded both ends of Morton Road and declared an autonomous parking zone. "We just want to park our cars near our property, and not have to worry about how many inches past the property line we are, or when the street sweeper is coming by," a release from the group read. "Can't...

  • Rockin' Rails to feature rap and hip-hop

    Warren Piece|Mar 30, 2022

    Organizers of the popular Rockin' Rails concert series announced that the new lineup will feature rap and hip-hop artists this summer. "The Sooper Bowl half-time show was so popular that we decided to save face and add some hip-hoppers and wrappers this summer," event co-manager Dan Eagle said. "We've asked our booking agent to bring in Snoopy Dog and M&M to oblige some requests from Mary J. We're ready for the next episode." "The classic rockers are getting a bit long in the tooth, and we need...

  • Whistle Stop Park may live up to historic name

    Nellie Nibnose|Mar 30, 2022

    Do you like Rock & Rails? Have you ever ridden the Winter Park Ski Train? A summer version of that train may be coming to Niwot on Thursday evenings for our town's summer concert series. The word is out on Rock & Rails, and Denver music lovers are tuned in. At the moment, plans are still a bit up in the air, but the SBNF (Simply Beautiful Niwot Fun) rail plan is in the works, and it has the NACC's (Niwot Activity Community Club) basic approval. "The plan works on so many levels." one NACC...

  • Infrastructure law doling out money to pave subdivisions

    Patricia Laughin|Mar 30, 2022

    Boulder County is at long last getting funds to pave orphaned subdivision roads. Money from the federal infrastructure law is being filtered through the county and distributed to individuals so they can pave the section of road in front of their residence. Funds are available to homeowners and tenants who live outside Boulder city limits. The exception is those who live on a major artery or school bus route. The county is already doing road repairs on those streets if, and only if, there is a...

  • GUNI Trail established

    Warren Piece|Mar 30, 2022

    Residents of Niwot and Gunbarrel, long overlooked by the powers that be in Longmont and Boulder, have begun to do something about it. The LOBO Trail, which reputedly runs from Longmont to Boulder and back, and seemingly uphill both ways, was named for LOngmont and BOulder. But you can't actually get all the way to Boulder from Longmont on a trail, as sections are incomplete as the "trail" makes its way through south Gunbarrel. You can get from Longmont all the way to Niwot, and from Niwot to...

  • Covid-19 Testing at the Boulder County Fairgrounds ends

    Deborah Cameron|Mar 30, 2022

    The COVID-19 testing service at the Boulder County Fairgrounds is in the process of closing. The site ended its vaccine clinic on March 20, and the last day of testing operations are scheduled to be March 31. "We've talked extensively about this as an agency and we've made the choice because the demand for services has dropped substantially," said Boulder County Public Health spokesperson Angela Simental. The Stazio Ballfields site is remaining open for testing at this time. Numbers underscore...

  • Niwot residents nurture a trend toward hiring people with autism

    Patricia Logan|Mar 30, 2022

    Niwot's Casey Grothus is heading to California next month to give a presentation at the corporate headquarters of a major tech company in Silicon Valley. It's something he never imagined as a child with autism. "I worried all the time that it would be hard to get a job. Absolutely," Grothus said. "Members of the autism community have such a high unemployment rate and underemployment rate that it was a real concern of mine." He had reason to worry. About two-thirds of people with autism don't...

  • Left Hand Valley Courier: 25 years in the making

    Bruce Warren|Mar 30, 2022

    "Late November back in '96...' (to paraphrase an old Four Seasons song - December, 1963), seven of us got together to talk about creating a newspaper in the Niwot-Gunbarrel area. In alphabetical order - Karen Copperberg, Ron Goodman, Selene {Luna) Hall, Lori Lindemann, Mary Wolbach Lopert, Vicki Maurer and Bruce (Biff) Warren. None of us had any real newspaper experience beyond our high school years. We reached out to several people to see if they were interested in joining us, but in the end,...

  • Left Hand Laurel-Kate Head

    Maria Karagiais|Mar 30, 2022

    Reading nightmarish news about the Ukraine crisis and doing nothing wasn't working for Kate Head, owner of Pebble Arts Jewelry. "Like everyone in the world, I was feeling helpless. The news was keeping me awake at night" she said, standing behind the counter of her small shop at the front of Niwot Market. .A kind woman in her early 60s, Head added, "I had to dial it back on news. It's important to be aware, but not to stay awake all night." So this jewelry designer and long-time Colorado...

  • Egg-cellent tradition to return to Niwot

    Katrina Stroud|Mar 30, 2022

    Remember to bring your basket, because April 16, is the 41st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Road. The event is organized and sponsored by the Niwot Group at Compass (Pat Murphy, Tara Littell, Ann Mills, and Todd Goad), as a thank you letter to the community. Niwot Market and the Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms are also sponsors of the event. As usual, the cooks at NHS will be boiling the eggs, the Slepicka family will dye the eggs and high school student volunteers will...

  • New Northrop Grumman facility opens in Gunbarrel

    Katrina Stroud|Mar 30, 2022

    On March 24, Northrop Grumman Corporation opened its newest facility in the Longbow Office Park in Gunbarrel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility includes a radio frequency research lab, which will launch more career opportunities in the enterprise. The expansion includes 23,680 square feet of space in the Longbow II building, bringing the total to 82,815 square feet in three buildings on the Boulder campus, housing more than 400 employees. "This is the opening of our third building...

  • March book review: A Sea Change

    Hannah Stewart|Mar 30, 2022

    Special thanks to the Inkberry Bookshop for recommending A Sea Change by local author Will Barnett. Something of note, Barnett wrote the novela as his high school senior project, and it was written, edited and published over the course of four months. There's certainly a youthful vibe to this book. In it, we follow Arthur, a high school senior who has become a recluse over the past two years. At the end of his sophomore soccer season, then-popular Arthur went to a party that ended badly. Ever...

  • LHVC: This was then

    Vicki Maurer|Mar 30, 2022

    In celebration of 25 years, the Courier staff thought it would be fun to give a brief summary of articles from Volume 1, Issue Number 1 of the Left Hand Valley Courier, published April 1, 1997: - Niwot celebrated the recording of the town plat 122 years prior on March 30, 1875. - Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church added 5,000 square feet to its building. - Niwot High School was celebrating 25 years of educating local high school students. - Niwot Elementary School sent a team to Odyssey of...

  • New survey documents Boulder County agricultural constraints

    Adrian Card, Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County|Mar 30, 2022

    Farming and ranching in the urban interface has unique challenges and opportunities. Boulder County, with roughly one-third of its 740 square miles (157,000 acres of 470,000 acres) on the plains, is home to 330,758 people and 107,043 acres of farms and ranches. This population density is buffered by both land use policies that contain the growth of cities and prevent unincorporated lands from being subdivided into parcels smaller than 35 acres, and by progressive land conservation programs by...

  • Local Business Spotlight: Niwot Jewelry and Gifts

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 30, 2022

    Whether you need a necklace clasp replaced, the pendulum on your great-great-grandfather's grandfather clock rehung, or are thinking of popping the question, Niwot's one-of-a-kind, full-service jewelry shop will save you a trip into the city. Family owned and operated since 1996, Niwot Jewelry & Gifts at 300 2nd Avenue offers a wide selection of fine jewelry, with prices to fit any budget, plus a range of expert, on-site repair services that are increasingly hard to come by. For owner and...

  • Photo of the Week (March 30)

    Mar 30, 2022

    On March 26, a wildfire erupted in southwest Boulder, near the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The fire quickly grew to nearly 200 acres, prompting the evacuation of 19,000 residents in the surrounding area. The fire was approximately 35% contained by the following afternoon, and residents were allowed to return home. At press time the fire was 68% contained but no cause had been determined....

  • NHS students conduct food drive

    Mar 30, 2022

    Niwot High senior Tyler Atkins manned a table in front of Niwot Market on Sunday, March 27, collecting donations for the school's food pantry. Atkins and partner Sadie Connolly (not pictured) conducted the donation drive as part of their International Baccalaureate CAS project. Earlier this year, the two noticed that the pantry, which serves underprivileged students at NHS, "went by the wayside," during the pandemic, and decided to help replenish it....

  • 'Under the Marshall Stars'

    Mar 30, 2022

    From last month's issue of Niwot High's student newspaper, the Green + Black, comes this cartoon by Daniela Garcia titled "Under the Marshall Stars."...

  • Flagstaff Academy awarded Colorado 'Schools to Watch'

    Alisa Stephens, Special to the Courier|Mar 30, 2022

    Flagstaff Academy's middle school is once again being recognized as a Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch by The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE). Flagstaff is the only charter school in the state to hold the Schools to Watch designation, having also received the designation in 2019. Flagstaff, along with 100+ schools across the nation, will be recognized at the National Schools to Watch Conference in June in Washington, DC. The school is a public charter school in...

  • Out in Leftfield

    Bruce Warren|Mar 30, 2022

    BASEBALL David Bote, son of longtime Niwot High baseball coach Bob Bote, was placed on the 60-day injured list by the Chicago Cubs on March 19 as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. Bote, an infielder, dislocated his left shoulder while reaching back to touch second base after a slide sent him past the base on May 30, 2021. He missed almost two months of the season, but returned on July 25, only to go back on the injured list with a sprained ankle August 28. He is expected...

  • Arts Student of the Week-Mya McGovern

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 30, 2022

    Mya McGovern has always had a creative side, and, since coming to Niwot High as a freshman in 2020, she has been taking advantage of opportunities to develop it. So far, the sophomore has taken the 2D Design class twice, plus 3D Design, and Beginning Sculpture, which quickly became her favorite. "I really like sculpture best, because it's more hands-on, and you get to really create something, instead of just a drawing," the sophomore said. McGovern finds more "creative freedom" in abstract art,...

  • Niwot set to introduce boys volleyball program in 2022-23

    Jack Carlough|Mar 30, 2022

    It took a little longer than expected, but Niwot will officially welcome boys volleyball as a varsity sport in the 2022-23 school year. The anticipated offering will mark the lone boys volleyball program in the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD). Following a successful eight-week pilot club season in the spring of 2019 and the subsequent sanctioning of boys volleyball into the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), Niwot was intending to launch a varsity program in 2020....

  • Trooper Tips: Blinker Etiquette

    Master Trooper Gary Cutler, Colorado State Patrol|Mar 30, 2022

    The blinker is the most misused item in a vehicle. It's a great tool to have when trying to communicate with fellow drivers. What an invention – a system that lets others know what you're thinking and you don't have to utter one word or make any other sound. So why are so many drivers afraid to let others know what they are going to do? I know there aren't that many shy drivers out there because I've seen a lot of them. They use the horn for everything. Tapping it to say hi, letting someone k...

  • Iconic bike race returns to Boulder County

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 30, 2022

    After a three-year absence, one of the most competitive bicycle races in Colorado is returning to Boulder County next month. Modeled after one of the world's oldest single-day cycling competitions, the Boulder Roubaix will test up to 1,000 riders on a partially-paved 18.7-mile course that winds through the bucolic hills of Niwot, Longmont, and Hygiene. "Typically we go every other year, but we weren't interested in helping to spread the virus in any way shape or form, so it was an obvious...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Sydney Rothstein

    Jocelyn Rowley|Mar 30, 2022

    When Sydney Rothstein was six years old, her father started taking her to the late lamented Haystack Mountain golf course where, through a series of outrageous bets and parental indulgence, he didn't just teach his daughter how to play the game, but made her fall in love with it. More than a decade later, Rothstein has turned that love for golf into a successful high school career at Niwot High that has included two state tournament appearances, and a lot of fun with friends along the way. But...

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