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  • Content and Comments

    May 15, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week

    May 15, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    May 15, 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 Sloppy Joes

    May 15, 2024

    Sloppy Joes are always a family favorite. Fast, easy and always tasty. And a perfect alternative to the hamburger. Taverns Recipe by Gerry Warren "In Nebraska, 'Sloppy Joes' are better known as 'Taverns.' It doesn't get any better than this." Ingredients: 1-1/4 pounds hamburger 1 small onion chopped 1 green pepper chopped 1 stalk celery chopped 1 can Campbell's tomato soup 1/2 cup ketchup 1-1/2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp dry mustard 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 6 hamburger buns Directions: Brown...

  • Front Range Passenger Rail Update

    Peggy B. Graham|May 15, 2024

    Part three of a three-part series covering RTD regarding TABOR's Impact, RTD Northwest Rail and Front Range Passenger Rail, with an update on key state legislation. Commuting Solutions, a Louisville-based organization dedicated to finding innovative transportation options, held a membership meeting on April 24, providing a comprehensive update on the CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway from Longmont to Boulder. Representatives from the Front Range Passenger Rail (FRPR) Chrissy Breit, Chief of...

  • Kathy Koehler receives Square Nail Award

    Scott Barto|May 15, 2024

    The Boulder Heritage Roundtable held its 32nd annual Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month awards ceremony at the Chautauqua Community House on May 8, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. There, Niwot's Kathy Koehler was presented with the Square Nail Award which recognizes individuals who have made significant and impactful movements toward historic and/or archaeological preservation/education in Boulder County. Koehler has been involved with the Niwot Historical Society (NHS) for over a decade and has...

  • Slow Food brings local salads to House Blend Band concerts

    Jessica Checkas|May 15, 2024

    The edge of spring verging onto warmer summer months marks the start of the House Blend Band concerts on Second Avenue. The concerts start on Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m., with one concert every month throughout the summer. This year, the House Blend Band event will be working with the Boulder County chapter of Slow Food to provide salads at the event in addition to the spaghetti that is typically served at Old Oak Coffeehouse. All of the ingredients for the salads are locally sourced from farms and businesses in or around the Niwot area to...

  • Let's Talk About...Graduations

    Elise S. Marylander|May 15, 2024

    Ok. It is graduation time of year again. Niwot High School, CU Boulder, various preschools and elementary schools are all celebrating the launch of a flock of graduates who have completed the requisite tasks to "level up." Let's talk about that for a moment. "Graduate" means to complete. Commencement means to begin or start anew. So, a graduation commencement ceremony marks both an ending and a beginning You "graduate" to the next level while at the same time "commence" something new. While you...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Gunbarrel Estates

    Deborah Cameron|May 15, 2024

    The Left Hand Valley Courier is spotlighting various local neighborhoods, their history, issues and general nature. This week, the Courier is focusing on Gunbarrel Estates. Gunbarrel Estates has its roots in the early 1960s, when it was developed by Bowron Builders, Inc., the same company which created several subdivisions in Niwot. It's not only conveniently located near Gunbarrel's shopping, the Boulder Country Club, and employers such as Celestial Seasonings and IBM, it was thoughtfully...

  • Jeff Server Photography at Inkberry Books: An exhibit with a sting

    Joan Schaefer|May 15, 2024

    Photography and beekeeping are Jeff Server's passions, but he did not expect to be talking about both at the opening of his photography exhibit at Inkberry Books. On the evening of Friday, May 3, Gene Hayworth and Keith Waters of Inkberry Books hosted one of their frequent receptions highlighting the works of local artists. Niwot resident Server, whose photography will be on display throughout May, is featured this month. Several attendees, expecting to hear Server's remarks about his eight...

  • LID approves funding for summer events

    Special to the Courier|May 15, 2024

    Sales tax revenues for 2024 in Niwot continue to decline, based on data through February, with revenues down by 11% over the same period in 2023. Several funding requests were approved by the LID Advisory Committee (LID). Rock & Rails The 18th year of Rock & Rails, Niwot’s summer concert series, begins on Thursday, May 30, this year. The event takes place in Whistle Stop Park every Thursday night in June, July (except July 4th) and August, with 13 concerts total. Biff Warren, one of the three co-managers of the event, presented the funding r...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Sergio Pimentel

    Jack Carlough|May 15, 2024

    Hitting a baseball, already one of the most difficult tasks in all of sports, became significantly more challenging for Sergio Pimentel when he suffered an orbital fracture last summer. Pimentel's injury occurred when a baseball struck him in the face, tearing a muscle in his right eye that now keeps his pupil permanently dilated. Along with struggling to see in bright environments, Pimentel's right eye now interprets straight lines as curved. Little came easy for Pimentel early in his senior...

  • Exit of Piano #3

    May 15, 2024

  • NCA May Meeting Recap

    Scott Barto|May 15, 2024

    The Niwot Community Association held its monthly meeting on Wednesday May 8 at the Left Hand Grange No. 9 to discuss upcoming events, area reports, and provide a recap of what has happened in the past month. Coordinator John Barto reported that preparations are underway for the upcoming NCA Niwot Clean-Up Day, and should lead to a smooth running event on Saturday, May 18. Cooperation with affiliates from Boulder County, Western Disposal, Wildfire Partners, and Community Cycles has proven...

  • Niwot Sanitation District groundbreaking

    Bruce Warren|May 15, 2024

    Niwot Sanitation board members and staff donned hardhats to break ground on a project to bring needed upgrades to the water treatment facility just northwest of 95th Street and Niwot Road on May 13. The project will upgrade the facilities, first built in 1967, to comply with current federal regulations governing wastewater discharge. The deadline for compliance is 2026, a date the District should be able to meet. Board members Jim Jones, Randy Lutz, Jan Swanson, Dick Piland and Jennifer Uhland...

  • NHS Senior Car Parade drives to the future

    Scott Barto|May 15, 2024

    The fourth annual Senior Car Parade for the graduating seniors of Niwot High School will gear up on Wednesday, May 15. Seniors will have a chance to decorate their vehicles or floats after school, if they didn't get a head start already, and then make their way down Niwot Road, through 2nd Avenue, north on Murray Street, east along Neva Road to 83rd Street, and then east up Niwot Road to end back at the high school. This event was started in 2020 during Covid-19 as a way to socially distance...

  • Niwot High's farewell concerts to graduating seniors

    Scott Barto|May 15, 2024

    Whether you're a senior about to graduate or a close friend of a senior, the spring semester is always a bittersweet time of year. Niwot High School's spring concerts are an example of one of the "lasts" in which seniors participate during their final days of high school, and one such bittersweet experience. The Niwot High School bands, orchestras, and mariachi held their final concerts this past week on May 7 and 8 at the NHS auditorium. Both jazz bands, the percussion ensemble, and both sympho...

  • Niwot Elementary students make much ado about beards, swords and masks

    Special to the Courier|May 15, 2024

    Niwot Elementary School presented Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, May 10, at Collyer Park in Longmont. The St. Vrain Valley School District celebrated the return of its Shakespeare in the Park Festival, with fifth-grade students from the gifted and talented programs at eight elementary schools participating. Niwot students first learned about Shakespeare's life and read shortened versions of sixteen plays. Much Ado About Nothing won a class poll, and during their reading class...

  • NHS band camp gets a jump on the summer

    May 15, 2024

  • Courier Crossword Puzzle May 15, 2024|May 15, 2024

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers May 15, 2024

    May 15, 2024

    ACROSS 6. mariachi 7. Nothing 9. Koehler 10. bees 11. Community 13. Harvest 16. seniors 19. Crossroads 21. Pueblo DOWN 1. donations 2. six 3. eighteen 4. borealis 5. honey 8. nostalgia 12. stars 14. eye 15. joe 17. jar 18. portable 19. car 20. salad... Full story

  • Niwot baseball closes regular season on six-game winning streak

    Jack Carlough|May 15, 2024

    Earlier this month, Niwot High School baseball head coach Ken Rosales admitted that his team would need a perfect final two weeks of the regular season to potentially qualify for state regionals. Well, six wins later, the Cougars have done everything in their power to make things interesting. Requiring a top-32 spot to make regionals, Niwot stood No. 31 in the Class 4A Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Selection and Seeding Index as of Sunday, May 12. That is not a final...