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  • Proposed ski slope in Niwot area

    Richard 'Dick' Bartoszewski|Apr 3, 2024

    With the increase in commercial land use applications in Boulder County for the open areas around Niwot, it's not surprising that the latest proposed project is a private ski hill in the open space between Hwy 52 and the Somerset neighborhood. Funding has not yet been approved for the project, however, Vail Retorts has been looking to expand its reach closer to the Boulder area to attract more CU and CSU students to purchasing Epik passes over iKon. As of now, the closest ski area in proximity t...

  • Bike-accessible-only apartments proposed at Niwot Road and the Diagonal

    Lance Armstead|Apr 3, 2024

    Plans have been unveiled for the construction of innovative bike-accessible-only apartments in the median of CO 119 (the "Diagonal") at Niwot Road. Messer Development has applied for Special Use Review with the Boulder County Planning & Permitting & Pedaling Department to construct this new facility which it believes "will be a groundbreaking innovation to revitalize and enhance the community and Boulder County generally." The project, slated to take three years to complete, promises to...

  • Prairie dogs invade tennis courts

    Art Intel|Apr 3, 2024

    In the tranquil town of Niwot, where sprawling prairies meet the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, residents are facing an unexpected challenge on their local tennis courts: prairie dogs. While these small, burrowing rodents are a common sight in the area, their recent presence on the tennis courts has sparked concern and curiosity among locals. Niwot, known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, boasts several well-maintained tennis courts that are popular among...

  • Local traffic runs afowl in Gunbarrel

    Tomasina Fowler|Apr 3, 2024

    In recent months there has been an increase in traffic on Lookout Road in Gunbarrel, which has affected traffic patterns. Increased wait times have fowled traffic and apparently caused objectionable delays. Some locals have taken exception to the decrease in traffic flow and have begun voicing their objection to cars that are gobbling up intersections. One observer suggested that these locals exhibited "bird-brained" aggression towards vehicles that had the misfortune to wait too long to move...

  • Zachary Scott Swanson

    Apr 3, 2024

    Zachary Scott Swanson April 7, 1984 - February 10, 2024 At 39, our beloved Zack left us far too early. He was born in Niwot, Colorado, and spent his school days at Niwot public schools, graduating in 2002. He received an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins in 2012. He added many automotive technology certificates and achieved Master Mechanic status. Zack had an amazing ability to stay level-headed, even-keeled, and calm throughout life....

  • Left Hand Laurel Amy Klein

    Bruce Warren|Apr 3, 2024

    At her daughter-in-law's suggestion, Niwot's Amy Klein found a way to combine her love for kids with her love for baking. The result is the fastest growing chapter of Cake4Kids in the country. For her volunteer efforts, Klein is the April 2024 recipient of a Left Hand Laurel. "My daughter-in-law moved to California and told me about it four years ago," Klein recalled. The non-profit organization is based in California, but has chapters all over the country, but Klein discovered that Colorado...

  • Where Are They Now? Will Wernick

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 3, 2024

    As a teenager, Will Wernick didn't have one particular interest, wasn't a great student, and was late applying to college. Initially, he didn't get into CU Boulder, so after graduating from Niwot High School in 2001, he commuted to CU Denver for classes. But, he confesses, he wasn't in the right mindset. He said he did "horribly" and probably shouldn't have gone to college right away. He continued with his education though, taking evening classes in political science at CU Boulder, which he thor...

  • Let's Talk About...Artificial Intelligence

    Elise S. Marylander|Apr 3, 2024

    Ok. How do we feel about artificial intelligence? First, the term "artificial intelligence" sounds like something from outer space to me. So, I approach the whole concept with some trepidation at the outset. Artificial intelligence, or "A.I.," has many common uses including self-driving vehicles, fraud detection by your bank and facial recognition. And don't forget that our friends, Alexa and Siri, are complete products of artificial intelligence. But, for now, let's talk about the kind of A.I....

  • Arts Student of the Week Olivia Cesar Cipriani

    Gene Hayworth|Apr 3, 2024

    Currently enrolled in Drama 2 at Niwot High School, performing arts student Olivia Cesar Cipriani has an interest in both acting and technical theater, and she speaks thoughtfully about the difference between the two worlds. "As an actor," Cipriani said, "you get to become someone else for a performance, and forget about the real world. Theater techs create a whole new world onstage, and the actors become the people in it." According to NHS drama teacher Amanda Foust, who selected Cipriani as...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 3, 2024

    Thanks to the Niwot Local Improvement District (LID), the Grange building has been granted enough funds to allow the community center to complete three major improvements to the main floor hall. Watch for the rental space to be upgraded with paint and acoustic ceiling tiles by the end of April. New lighting fixtures will be installed in May. Each of these upgrades will go a long way in adding character and warmth to the venue's ambiance. The LID has approved funding half of the improvements of...

  • Niwot High School's upcoming production of "Shrek The Musical"

    Camryn Bell|Apr 3, 2024

    Niwot High School produces a much anticipated musical production each year. Under the direction of drama teacher Amanda Foust, students have spent the last three months preparing for the upcoming performances of "Shrek The Musical." Not only are the actors preparing for the performances, but technical theater teacher, Jason Watkins, and his crew of technical theater students have been working tirelessly to create a beautiful set. Impressive set pieces will be featured including a bridge built ov...

  • Niwot High School junior Katherine Cui winner of Zonta Foothills Club's 2024 Young Women in Public Affairs Award

    Special to the Courier|Apr 3, 2024

  • Student Athlete of the Week Reese Kasper

    Jack Carlough|Apr 3, 2024

    She may not be known by all of her classmates just yet, but Reese Kasper has proven herself quite valuable to the Niwot High School track and field program. Kasper moved from Minnesota to Colorado only two months ago, and while the adjustment has been challenging in some regards, joining track has made things "10 times better." Consequently, the Cougars are also better, particularly in the hurdles. At the second annual Niwot Invitational on Saturday, March 30, Kasper won the 300-meter hurdles...

  • City of Boulder works with Tribal Representatives to develop plan for Fort Chambers site

    Bruce Warren|Apr 3, 2024

    The City of Boulder, through its Open Space and Mountain Parks Department, announced an effort to seek public input on a collaborative land stewardship plan to be developed for the site of the former Fort Chambers near Boulder Creek, just east of 63rd Street and south of Jay Road in the Gunbarrel area. The city purchased the property in 2018. The city has recently worked with Arapaho and Cheyenne Tribal Representatives on a plan to use the land, now owned by the City of Boulder, to acknowledge...

  • Niwot High Mariachi Esmeralda Ensemble making big strides

    Scott Barto|Apr 3, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to many music courses, ensembles, and after-school groups - it always has been. But recently there has been an increase in musical presence and student dedication. That's not to say that music at NHS hasn't always been filled with exceptionally dedicated students and staff, but it feels that in recent years there has been a significant increase and fulfillment, making it desired by the larger student body. The latest of these groups is the Niwot High School Mariachi...

  • Left Hand Grange building now owned by a nonprofit

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 3, 2024

    With the creation of a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization on December 31, 2023, a new entity called Niwot Community Hall (NCH) now owns the building at 195 Second Avenue in Niwot which has long been the home of Left Hand Grange No. 9. As the name indicates, the intent of the new entity is to recognize the building as the community center it has become and for the organization to be able to accept tax-deductible contributions which will support improvements to the building. The Left Hand Grange No. 9, a fraternal organization, received its...

  • Niwot Elementary School student Cooper Edwards wins regional spelling bee

    Jessica Checkas|Apr 3, 2024

    The Boulder Valley Regional Spelling Bee was held at Platt Middle School on March 16 with 51 contestants from Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Niwot Elementary School fifth-grader Cooper Edwards took top honors as the Spelling Bee's first place winner. Edwards is one of two students from Colorado who will be competing at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in May. Tejas Raman, a seventh-grader at Boulder Country Day School in Gunbarrel, took second place. A former student at...

  • Second annual Niwot Invitational a memorable day for Cougars track and field stars

    Jack Carlough|Apr 3, 2024

    For Kingston Staton, competing on his home track at the second annual Niwot Invitational generated an interesting mix of emotions. While he certainly felt some pressure wanting to represent the Cougars well, the junior hurdler also gained confidence from the meet being held on familiar grounds. Staton had rounded each of those four bends countless times at practice, but was now tasked with proving his talents in front of a larger audience. Particularly in the 300-meter hurdles, the home star shi...

  • NHS girls tennis keeps winning

    Jonathan Epstein|Apr 3, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls varsity tennis team has won their last three matches in a row. Most recently, they beat Fort Morgan High School 7-0 on March 26 and then kept the momentum going against Thompson Valley High School winning 6-1 on March 28. Sahasra Kolli won her #1 singles match 6-0, 6-0 against the Fort Morgan Mustangs. Not wanting to be left out of the demolition, Tracy Yu beat her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at #2 singles and Cassie Chen sent her opponent packing 6-0, 6-1 at #3 singles. The...

  • NHS girls soccer loses second straight

    Jonathan Epstein|Apr 3, 2024

    The last couple games have been tough sledding for Niwot High School girls varsity soccer. On March 27, NHS lost a non-conference road game to Mead High School. The Mead Mavericks were up 4-1 at the end of the first half and won by a final score of 5-1. Paige Russell scored the only goal for the Cougars, but it was too little, too late. The Cougars went on the road again March 29 to play Silver Creek High School. Unfortunately, Silver Creek got the best of NHS with a 3-0 victory. On the season, the Cougars have scored eight goals and given up...

  • Niwot baseball run-rules Greeley Central to close non-league slate

    Jack Carlough|Apr 3, 2024

    Minus one game, Niwot High School baseball hasn’t had any trouble putting up runs early this season. The Cougars closed their non-league slate by hosting Greeley Central High School on Friday, March 29, and sent the Wildcats home with a 20-5 defeat. Although the muddy conditions made things difficult for those on the mound, Niwot’s offense scored multiple runs in all four innings of the mercy-rule shortened affair. “I thought they played well, especially in the weather,” said Niwot head coach Ken Rosales. “It was wet and cold. They did a gre...

  • Niwot High School girls golf finishes third in opening tournament

    Isaac Stephens|Apr 3, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls golf season is officially underway as the team finished its first tournament March 16. The tournament, held at Eagle Trace High School and hosted by Broomfield High School saw 18 high school competitors. Niwot overall placed third of the eighteen teams, led by two strong individual performances. Senior Mina O’Dell placed third individually amongst all athletes, followed by teammate Wendy Cheruiyot who placed fourth individually. Niwot will take the course three times this week, starting the week at Cattail Creek G...

  • Niwot boys volleyball going strong, jumps to 4-1

    Isaac Stephens|Apr 3, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball team has continued its hot streak, jumping to a 4-1 record after winning both games last week. The Cougars started the week off with a matchup against Greeley Central High School, winning 3-0, then followed up with a match against Overland High School, taking the series 3-1. Niwot played all three series against Greeley Central to the wire, winning 26-24, 25-20, and 25-23, to complete the sweep. Sophomore Diego Kheng led the way in kills, notching seven over the three series. Gabe Victor followed with six,...

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