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  • Courier Crossword Corner April 24, 2024|Apr 24, 2024

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    Apr 24, 2024

    ACROSS 4. color 5. Monarch 6. soccer 9. Anna 10. four 11. Schlagel 13. Blondeau 15. third 16. first DOWN 1. pitcher 2. books 3. Gaccetta 6. six 7. Eleanor 8. first 10. flood 12. Kennedy 14. circus... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Apr 24, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week

    Apr 24, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Apr 24, 2024

    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 addre...

  • Courier Cookbook Cheese Dips

    Apr 24, 2024

    Dips are a staple on game day or any day! And you can't go wrong if cheese is a main ingredient. Enjoy some of these next time the crowd comes over. Or if you are just hungry. Fundido Submitted by Alyson Varvel Bell Ingredients: 1 pound Boulder chorizo (or other fresh chorizo, not the tube stuff) 1 package of asadero, queso fresco and/or cotija cheese (or jack cheese in a pinch) Optional: sauteed onions and peppers Fresh tortillas Cilantro or jalapeno slices for garnish Directions: Fry up the...

  • North 95th Street reconstruction began April 22

    Jessica Checkas|Apr 24, 2024

    North 95th Street between Valmont Road and Lookout Road is being "completely rebuilt" starting this week, with road closures for eight hours on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to an announcement from the Boulder County Public Works Department. Phase 1 of the plan began April 22 between Lookout Road and Gunbarrel Ridge Road and is projected to end sometime in early 2025. The Boulder County Public Works Department's website states there will still be access to neighborhoods...

  • Around the World Day coming back to Niwot

    Scott Barto|Apr 24, 2024

    Around the World Day is returning to Niwot for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with 26 businesses participating in spreading cultural exposure and celebration. Around the World Day is Niwot's one-day version of the World Showcase in EPCOT. "We started the event in 2020," said Deb Fowler, one of the organizers of Around the World Day. "It was a good way to get people outdoors to socialize safely and bring people to the businesses during that time."...

  • Niwot Youth Sports Opening Day - Play Ball!

    Bruce Warren|Apr 24, 2024

    It’s been a year in the making, but the Niwot Youth Sports Monarch Improvement Project will be the focus of the Opening Day ceremonies Sunday, April 28, starting at 11 a.m. at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park. The six-field complex, with access off of Highway 52 just west of 79th Street, is now home to a building which includes permanent restrooms, a concession area, and equipment storage space. The facility was built as part of the Monarch Improvement Project, which has raised most of funds to meet the goal of $500,000 for the building and o...

  • Boulder City Planning Board holds Gunpark development hearing

    Elise S. Marylander|Apr 24, 2024

    The City of Boulder Planning Board held a public hearing on April 16, 2024, where it reviewed a Concept Plan Review and Comment application regarding a proposed Boulder Housing Partners redevelopment of nearly four acres located at the corner of Gunpark Drive and Spine Road in Gunbarrel. The proposed development by Boulder Housing Partners and Coburn Development would include eight buildings around a central park area. The "Sunset Park" proposal includes three 3-story townhome buildings, five...

  • City of Boulder Planning Board holds Spine Road development hearing

    Elise S. Marylander|Apr 24, 2024

    The City of Boulder Planning Board held a hearing on April 16 regarding the Concept Plan Review and Comment application submitted by Sopher Sparn Architects on behalf for GPIF MT Boulder Land LLC, a real estate opportunistic fund based in Fort Worth, Texas, and managed by Crescent Real Estate, to build 10 new buildings containing 79 two- and three- bedroom townhomes, totaling 177,458 square feet, at 4600 Highway 119. The development is tentatively called "Longbow Park." The 7.86 acre site is cur...

  • Arts Student of the Week Sadie Warren

    Gene Hayworth|Apr 24, 2024

    Sadie Warren has two complementary ideas about her future. She has wanted to own a bookstore since she was a little girl. Warren remembers playing a game she called "bookstore" where she would use her mother's bookshelves, had a small cash register, and her mother would buy books from her. She would also like to own a publishing company. Warren admits that books are her favorite things in the world. She loves to organize them in unusual ways. "I have a wall of books in my room that are in a...

  • Public Utilities Commission hearing regarding April 6 power shutoff

    Scott Barto|Apr 24, 2024

    Over the weekend of April 6-7, the greater Boulder County community experienced an extended, planned power outage due to high winds. The decision to cut the power to about 55,000 customers was made by Xcel Energy to prevent potential wildfire hazards in the face of high winds. An additional 100,000 customers lost power due to fallen power lines and other effects of the wind. Customers waited up to three days before power was restored. Winds in the area were recorded up to 100 mph according to new data, resulting in several downed power lines...

  • Boulder County transportation sales tax and projects update

    Peggy B. Graham|Apr 24, 2024

    Kathleen Bracke, Deputy Director of Community Planning and Permitting, Transportation Planning, and Kristine Obendorf, Deputy Director of Engineering at the Boulder County Public Works Department, presented on April 3 to the Boulder County Consortium of Cities regarding an overview of the Boulder County transportation sales tax and ballot initiative 1C. In 2001, Boulder County voters passed a ballot initiative that allowed for a 0.1 percent (one cent on a $10 purchase) countywide transportation...

  • NHS Mock Trial team fourth at the State Mock Trial Championship

    Jessica Checkas|Apr 24, 2024

    Niwot High School's Mock Trial team took fourth place at the State Mock Trial Championship competition held on March 8 and 9 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden. The group has been training for mock trial competitions since early October with a team of twelve students trained by their coaches, attorney Erika Grant, occasionally her husband Cameron Grant, and Sean Stewart. This year's team was Paul Blignaut, Cayla Piper, Charley Broenniman, Stella Munro, Aidan Coble, Justin Ge, Mina...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Margaux Boyer

    Jack Carlough|Apr 24, 2024

    On the soccer pitch, in the classroom, and around the community, Margaux Boyer has accomplished plenty throughout her four years at Niwot High School. A senior captain on the NHS girls soccer team, Boyer is enjoying arguably her best season yet for the 7-3-2 Cougars. The fourth-year varsity defender has contributed a career-high 12 points, including three goals, this spring, with three regular season games still remaining. "It's been great," Boyer said. "The girls are so nice and we're all...

  • NHS Boosters Club and After Prom 2024

    Scott Barto|Apr 24, 2024

    Saturday April 13 was prom night for juniors and seniors at Niwot High School, held this year at the Boulder Theater. And with prom, comes after prom, which was organized, set-up, and moderated by the parent volunteers of the Niwot High School Boosters, Inc., at Niwot High School. After prom is an event held to ensure students have a fun and safe environment after the festivities of the dance itself. This event is one of the big Boosters' expenditures of the year, other than grants to various...

  • Niwot High School 2024 Teacher of the Year - Megan Schlagel

    Scott Barto|Apr 24, 2024

    On Saturday April 20, several teachers from St. Vrain Valley schools were recognized for their tremendous impact at their respective schools. Megan Schlagel, math teacher and department chair at Niwot High School, was awarded Niwot High's Teacher of the Year for 2023-2024. Nominations are submitted by parents, students, community members, peers, and administrators. The awards are given through the St. Vrain Valley School District Education Foundation. Two finalists and one Teacher of the Year...

  • Sunset Middle School 2024 Teacher of the Year - Acadia Gurney

    Scott Barto|Apr 24, 2024

    St. Vrain Valley schools, especially in the Niwot High School feeder system, were very well represented on Saturday, April 20, during the annual St. Vrain Valley Education Foundation awards and recognition event. It was a special night to honor public school teachers and recognize their dedication to their students and careers. For Acadia Gurney, being one of the math teachers at Sunset Middle School barely scratches the surface of her dedication at Sunset. She was the volleyball coach this...

  • Niwot Elementary School 2024 Teacher of the Year - Becky Gaccetta

    Scott Barto|Apr 24, 2024

    Becky Gaccetta was awarded the Niwot Elementary School 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year by the St. Vrain School District Education Foundation on April 20. Two finalists and one Teacher of the Year are awarded for each school. In addition, there are four finalists for the district and one overall SVVSD Teacher of the Year. Gaccetta sees herself as just one of many deserving colleagues. "Being nominated [for Teacher of the Year] is always an honor...," said Becky Gaccetta, Intermediate Special...

  • Silver Creek boys take 3rd at BOCO Invite

    Bruce Warren|Apr 24, 2024

    The Silver Creek boys swim and dive team performed well at the Boulder County Invitational April 20, finishing third overall out of nine schools, and top among Class 4A schools. The squad, which is a combined team from Silver Creek and Niwot High, coached by Debbie Stewart, had several gold medal winners at the Broomfield Community Center. Chayakorn Ngampatipatpong led the Raptor swimmers with first-place finishes in both the 100 breaststroke, with a time of 58.27, and in the 200 individual medl...

  • Wendy Coppersmith takes NHS cheerleading reins

    Bruce Warren|Apr 24, 2024

    When Niwot High Cheerleading Coach Christina Ayers announced she was moving to Castle Rock and could no longer continue coaching the cheer squad, Athletic Director Joe Brown did not have to look far to find her successor. Wendy Coppersmith, who has a wealth of experience as a cheer coach, had already been assisting Ayers this past season, and stepped into the role with plans to make the Niwot cheer program a centerpiece of Cougar spirit. Coppersmith, a resident of Platteville, had been a cheer c...

  • Niwot High School volleyball wins Raiders Classic Tournament, ending the week 7-0

    Isaac Stephens|Apr 24, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball team has continued an impressive season with another stand-out week. Niwot went 3-0 in league games last week, taking victories against Riverdale Ridge High School, Greeley Central High School, and Centaurus High School. Niwot also took home a first-place finish in this weekend's Raiders Classic Tournament, at Rangeview High School, not dropping a game en route to an overtime win against Vista PEAK Prep for the gold. The Cougars also took down The Denver...

  • Prok sisters lead Niwot track and field at Centaurus Twilight

    Jack Carlough|Apr 24, 2024

    Niwot High School track and field sisters Anna and Mia Prok both impressed at the Centaurus Twilight meet on Friday, April 19 in Lafayette. Anna, a sophomore, took first in the mile with a time of 5 minutes, 6.77 seconds, about seven seconds faster than her teammate and second-place finisher Elise Hagen. Mia, a senior, also topped the two-mile podium after crossing the finish line in under 11 minutes at 10:59.15. Additionally, the elder Prok had seventh-place results in the 200 and 400-meter races. With the help of those two and several...

  • Niwot baseball looking for bats to complement strong pitching

    Jack Carlough|Apr 24, 2024

    Despite its recent dominance on the mound, Niwot High School baseball has been held back by some nagging offensive struggles. On Wednesday, April 17, the Cougars dropped their fourth straight low-scoring game, a 4-2 loss to Thompson Valley High School. Niwot, which fell to 6-6 (3-5 Class 4A Longs Peak League) on the season, managed only 10 total runs throughout the four-game losing streak. “We just have to get back to hitting like we're used to,” said third-year Niwot head coach Ken Rosales. “Ou...

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