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  • Niwot High School Students participate in nationwide walkout

    Isaac Stephens|Apr 12, 2023

    This past Wednesday thousands of schools across America participated in a walkout protesting gun violence and school shootings. One of the participating schools was Niwot High School. Hundreds of Niwot High students participated in the walkout, which lasted 30 minutes between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. The first 20 minutes consisted of speeches from a variety of students while the last 10 minutes consisted of a march around the school with students leading a chant. The speeches mainly focused on...

  • Easter egg hunt at Niwot High

    Hannah Stewart|Apr 12, 2023

    Last Saturday, hundreds of people flocked to Niwot High School for the annual pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt, sponsored by The Niwot Group. This is the 44th edition of the event, and it's back to its pre-COVID popularity. Pat Murphy of The Niwot Group - Compass has organized and orchestrated the community event for over 40 years. Murphy estimated that there were nearly 1,000 people who attended Saturday's festivities. "In one group I counted 200 kids," she said. The egg hunt was divided...

  • Catherine McHale's term as NBA Economic Development Director ends

    Deborah Cameron|Apr 12, 2023

    Last month, Catherine McHale completed her contract with the town of Niwot as the Niwot Business Association's Economic Development Director (EDD). She has held that role since 2018, and this milestone marks a change in her professional life. "It's been a great five years," McHale said. "At the same time, essentially, I feel that it's time to focus on my core business. I've achieved a lot of things that I wanted to with Niwot but it's time to make a shift." McHale talked about things she feels...

  • Photo of the Week

    Apr 12, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Apr 12, 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...

  • Letter To The Editor

    Apr 12, 2023

    Teacher Appreciation Teaching might sound like a fun job, but I watch my teachers and know they work hard to keep us safe and teach us what we need to learn, but are very unappreciated. Teachers have to deal with misbehaving students, plan lessons, grade homework and tests and get paid about $3,000 a month (not including the summer months unless they teach summer school). They often have to have more than one job to pay for their own home, food, and often, school supplies. So when Teacher Appreciation Week comes, take care of your teacher as...

  • Letter To The Editor

    Apr 12, 2023

    Why I Walked On April 5th, myself and hundreds of other students walked out of class and lunch at Niwot High School to protest the epidemic of gun violence and school shootings that permeates across our country. Students had a variety of reasons for their action. Recently, the school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, provided an immediate catalyst for a walkout. These shootings have become not alarmingly common, but eerily pedestrian. Too often, these tragedies are discussed not as horrible, terrible crimes against humanity, but as if they...

  • Bumper to Bumper - 2nd Avenue repaving and more

    Leonard Sitongia|Apr 12, 2023

    • On April 20 at 9:30 a.m. the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a hearing on the CO 119 Safety and Mobility and Bikeway Projects (Docket SI-22-0002). This is the continuation of the Colorado "1041" process, which allows Boulder County to evaluate how county land use regulations and the Comprehensive Plan apply to governmental projects. The Bikeway Project is a 9-mile long 12-foot-wide multi-use path in the median between the traffic lanes of the Diagonal Highway. Boulder County...

  • Name Behind the Story: Crowning of Miss Boulder 1964

    Kathy Trauner|Apr 12, 2023

    Some of us remember when television audiences watched spellbound as pageant host Bert Parks whittled down a row of finalists to reveal the identity of our new Miss America. The year's reigning beauty would hear her name as the last one called, then half-laughing, half-sobbing, she'd parade across the stage, one shaking hand steadying her new tiara, the other wrapped around an enormous bouquet of fresh flowers. She was the very vision of disbelief that her lifelong dream had come true. This...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 12, 2023

    Open Stage - a musical community event Sunday, April 16, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Performer sign up begins at 1:15 p.m. This free heartwarming, foot tapping, hum-along entertainment is certain to touch your heart and soul all courtesy of our community's abundant homegrown talent. Enjoy Open Stage as an audience member or perform for the community. Everyone is welcome. Play a cover piece or an original – folk, bluegrass, rock, pop or jazz. Bring a musical instrument; a harmonica, guitar, banjo and...

  • Where are they now? - Lena Heilmann

    Jack Carlough|Apr 12, 2023

    Growing up in Niwot together, Lena Heilmann and her late sister Danielle developed a close relationship from a young age that held strong into their early adult years. The two spent their childhood summers together in Germany with extended family, and Lena said she even referred to Danielle, who was four years younger, as her "soulmate sister." After completing a double major at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2006 and a Masters in German Studies in 2008, Lena began her doctorate studies...

  • LID approves funding for House Blend Band concerts

    Bruce Warren|Apr 12, 2023

    The Niwot Business Association presented four funding requests to the LID, including funding for five concerts on 2nd Avenue by the House Blend Band. All of the requests were approved unanimously. The House Blend Band concert series is now in its third year, and features co-owners of The Old Oak Coffeehouse, Michael Tomich and Patty Machen with what they describe as "about the most eclectic group of people ever to assemble in the name of music." Both appeared to present the application to the...

  • First Friday brings out art and music

    Bruce Warren|Apr 12, 2023

    April's First Friday Art Walk, co-sponsored by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association and Osmosis Gallery, brought out plein-air artists and local musicians on April 7 as the weather cooperated for a change. Several plein-air artists, including Niwot Juried Art Show award-winning artist Bill Enyart, painted scenes of Niwot on 2nd Avenue, while musicians performed in Cottonwood Square and on 2nd Avenue. Restaurants were busy and stores that stayed open, including Osmosis Gallery and Niwot Jewelry...

  • NCA hears about Community Wildfire Protection Plan

    Leonard Sitongia|Apr 12, 2023

    The Niwot Community Association (NCA) held its monthly board meeting April 5 at the Mountain View Fire Rescue Niwot Station. Keith Long, Assistant Chief for Special Operations in the Mountain View Fire Protection District (MVFPD), gave a presentation on the new Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) that is being developed under MVFPD leadership. Long has 42 years in service and was a Type 1 incident commander on the Marshall Fire. The goal of the CWPP is to create a planning document with input from the local fire district, government...

  • Monarch Park hosts first softball tournament

    Bruce Warren|Apr 12, 2023

    Progress continues on the Monarch Improvement Project as construction of the new concession-bathroom-storage building is well underway. The building at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park will serve the six Niwot Youth Sports ballfields located there once it is complete. Larry Longseth, one of the project coordinators, said the trenching for the sewer line is slated to start in late April. Tony Dageenakis and Glenn Wager, who are also part of the building committee, were at the fields April 8 for the...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Crosswordlabs.com|Apr 12, 2023

  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers April 12, 2023

    Crosswordlabs.com|Apr 12, 2023

    ACROSS 5. Angels 6. repaving 7. wildfire 10. Koehler 11. open 13. concerts 14. Niwot 15. members 16. banners 18. First DOWN 1. McHale 2. hunt 3. flowers 4. median 8. Fletemeyer 9. soccer 12. pancakes 17. airport...

  • Niwot High School girls soccer takes down Severance, 9-0

    Isaac Stephens|Apr 12, 2023

    The Niwot High School girls soccer team was slated to have two games this week against the Mountain View Mountain Lions, and the Severance Silver Knights, but due to the poor weather conditions last Tuesday, the Mountain View game was postponed to May 5. The Cougar's game against the Silver Knights still went on, and the result was a 9-0 blowout that snapped Niwot's losing streak. Niwot's nine goals came from various players, while freshman goaltender Mariah Fletemeyer posted her second shutout...

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