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Articles from the April 14, 2021 edition

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  • "Remarkable" spikes in air pollution in northern Colorado this year

    Patricia Logan|Apr 14, 2021

    Air pollutants east of Longmont were recently measured at the highest ever seen by a scientist with 40 years experience in the field. On January 6 and February 1, readings from air monitoring equipment at Union Reservoir, east of Longmont, spiked so high for the chemical ethane, it was far above what the equipment could measure. Methane, propane and other petroleum hydrocarbons were also extremely high, according to Atmospheric Chemist, Dr. Detlev Helmig. "I've never seen values this high...

  • Longmont Farmers Market kicks off 2021 season

    Kristen Arendt|Apr 14, 2021

    On April 3, the Longmont Farmers Market started in full swing for the 2021 season. The market, which is held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through November 20. "It was great that we were able to open on time this year," said Brian Coppom, executive director of the Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM). Last year, the opening day for the Boulder County markets was delayed by eight weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions. For the 2021 market,...

  • Upcoming summer event has Niwot LID board abuzz

    Jocelyn Rowley|Apr 14, 2021

    A brand new event is coming to town this summer, and organizers from the Niwot Business Association are as busy as its namesake putting it all together. On April 6, they crossed off an important item on their to-do list after the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee voted to approve funding for the Honey Bee Harvest Festival, a full-day celebration of pollinators and their important role in our community. "There's really lots of elements to it," NBA Vice President Deborah Read...

  • Familiar Face – Fernando Tapia

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 14, 2021

    Found either on a bike or working on one, Fernando Tapia is one of Niwot's most Familiar Faces. From the day the doors opened and through the relocation to its expanded space, Tapia has been part of Niwot Wheel Works bike shop and the new Wheel House Bar. With more than 35 years of experience, this master bike mechanic is the go-to person when it comes to bike maintenance. Niwot Wheel Works and Wheel House Bar owner Eric Bergeson said, "Fernando is the definition of a master in his trade. He is...

  • Niwot Historical Society lecture rooted in modified trees

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 14, 2021

    The poignant Shel Silverstein book, The Giving Tree, speaks to the gradual, but ultimate sacrifice a tree makes for a little boy. This month's Niwot Historical Society's lecture topic of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) is close to that premise, but it displays more respect, and there's no unhappy ending. Archaeologist Marilyn Martorano has been studying the phenomenon of CMTs since the mid-1970s. Fresh out of college, Martorano was tasked with surveying in the Rio Grande Forest. She said she...

  • Niwot knitters make nesting baskets for orphaned wildlife

    Patricia Logan|Apr 14, 2021

    Life may have started out a little sad for orphaned baby squirrels at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, but they have a cozy place to curl up and grow up thanks to homemade nesting baskets from some Niwot women. "I'm hopelessly in love with all critters," said Jane Langdon who saw the idea on a wildlife rescue website. Langdon, Kathy Koehler and various knitting and crocheting friends meet on Thursday afternoons at Old Oak Coffeehouse. "This was a fun project and one of those 'feel...

  • Niwot Sidewalk Sale returns on April 17

    Deborah Cameron|Apr 14, 2021

    One of last year's favorite Niwot downtown events, the Sidewalk Sale on 2nd Avenue and at Cottonwood Square, is set to return. "We've got a better idea of what people like, what goes, what doesn't. It's starting to get a bit of a following and people are actually asking about it now," said the event's creator, Deborah Fowler of DRF Realty/Colorado Landmark Realtors. The Sidewalk Sale is not only coming back, but it is also getting bigger and better. Instead of three dates, there will be six:...

  • St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity earns award for international contribution

    Vicky Dorvee|Apr 14, 2021

    Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley (HFHSVV) hit a milestone of $1 million in contributions toward building homes around the world and has earned the local affiliate the Sam Mompongo Award. The contributions were raised as a result of one of the entity's foundational principles – a 10% tithing of unrestricted revenue toward partnering countries to fulfill the global organizations' goal of helping every person have an affordable and decent place to live. HFHSVV's unrestricted funds are g...

  • How does Niwot work? - Part 6

    Bruce Warren|Apr 14, 2021

    The Rotary Club of Niwot is currently the only nationally chartered service club meeting in Niwot. While the Niwot area has in the past had Optimists,Lions, Jaycees and Kiwanis clubs, the local rotary club now serves the community in a variety of ways, with a focus on education. “We just celebrated our 12th anniversary,” Doug Montgomery said of the organization which was formed in 2008. “It’s alive, it’s active, it’s growing.” Montgomery served as president of the Niwot club until July of 2020, and will become president of the affiliated ch...

  • Niwot sophomore selected to serve as State Thespian Officer

    Hannah Stewart|Apr 14, 2021

    Even when Niwot sophomore Audrey Asbury was a child, she loved music and would run around the house singing. At age five, her mother signed her up for a theater summer camp and she's been performing ever since. "Theater is one of the most important aspects of my life, it doesn't only bring me joy, but the arts allow me to bring joy to the people around me," she said. Asbury's come a long way from that summer camp years ago. Now, she's involved in Niwot's theater, has participated at Thescon and...

  • Cougars win 3A/4A Longs Peak League with undefeated record

    Jack Carlough|Apr 14, 2021

    Cruising to a 7-0 victory at Severance High School on April 8, the Niwot boys soccer team secured a perfect 9-0 record to win the 3A/4A Longs Peak League. “They worked so hard for this,” said head coach Stephen Dimit. “They prepared all year long however they could to get ready to do this. To win the league and to win it as dominantly as we did, that's big.” The win over Severance came on the heels of a 6-0 win over Roosevelt on April 5 and a 10-0 win over Mountain View on April 6. In Niwot’s final six games of the season, the Cougars o...

  • Cougars fall to Thompson Valley in final home match

    Jocelyn Rowley|Apr 14, 2021

    The Niwot volleyball team seemed well on the way to victory over defending league champions Thompson Valley after an energetic first set win, powered by almost error-free blocking from the Cougars' "Great Wall" of Morgan Daughtery, and Mackenzie and Grace Demmel. But the momentum started to take a turn mid-way through the second set, when Niwot's errors started outpacing their points, and a talented Eagles' squad was able to take advantage. The Cougars went on to drop that set, plus the next...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week-Carter Kruse

    Jocelyn Rowley|Apr 14, 2021

    There wasn't much drama in Niwot soccer's 6-0 rout of Roosevelt on April 5, but at least one play will always be memorable to Carter Kruse, a longtime varsity defender who suddenly found himself with an unprecedented chance. "There was not much of a lead up to it," the senior said of the play that resulted in his first-ever high school goal. "Orlando [Lopez] was fouled inside the edge of the box...and then Coach Dimit called me forward to take [the penalty kick]. While it was fun to score, I...

  • Arts Student of the Week-Morgan Lane

    Jocelyn Rowley|Apr 14, 2021

    Niwot sophomore Morgan Lane was a curious kindergartener the first time she heard someone play the violin. "We had show-and-tell, and one of my friends brought their violin and played "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" for the class," she recalled. "And I thought it was the coolest thing. So I went home and begged my parents to let me play." That was nearly a decade ago, and Lane has been working her way toward virtuoso status ever since. Today, she is a member of two orchestral groups at Niwot...

  • Death Notice

    Apr 14, 2021

    Linda Lea “Yogo” Roberts of Niwot died Wed., March 31, 2021 at age 74. View Linda Roberts Obituary (2021) | Boulder, Colorado ( to leave condolences.... Full story

  • Death Notice

    Apr 14, 2021

    Jackson C. Taylor, former Gunbarrel resident, died Mon., April 5, 2021 at age 90. Jack was president of the Gunbarrel Left Hand Valley Recreation Association (GLVRA), now known as Niwot Youth Sports, in the 1970s. No services are currently planned. Visit Jackson Taylor Obituary - Longmont, CO ( to leave condolences.... Full story

  • Community Pet Spotlight (April14, Rosie)

    Apr 14, 2021

    Meet Rosie-Special senior alert! Rosie is a sweet and social 15-year-old gal who is looking for a cat-loving home where she can relax and enjoy her golden years. Recently, Rosie's owners' health status changed, and they found themselves unable to care for her any longer. Longmont Humane Society is hoping to find this delightful and chatty older girl a home where she can share the best parts of her outgoing nature with a person or family that will appreciate all she has to offer! Rosie will...