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  • Niwot High leads SVVSD high schools on U.S. News Annual Survey

    Deborah Cameron|May 18, 2022

    There's good news for the staff, administration, students, and families of Niwot High School. The school once again ranked well in the recently released 2022 U.S. News and World Report annual schools survey. NHS placed at the top of all 12 high schools surveyed in the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD), ranked fourth for high schools in combined Boulder and SVVSD boundaries, 36th in Colorado, and 1,174th nationally. The U.S. News survey is widely respected by educators and families each...

  • Annual NCA Cleanup Day Happening This Weekend

    Kristin Alger|May 18, 2022

    This time of year, a good spring cleaning is at the top of many people's list. So the annual Niwot Community Association (NCA) Cleanup Day is here just in time. The event takes place Saturday May 21st from 8:00 a.m. to noon or until the dumpsters are full. John Barto, NCA member and event organizer said that the event has been happening for more than 20 years. "Cleanup Day started as a couple dumpsters for trash and yard waste and a swap area. The event has grown every year since then with...

  • Around the World Day in Niwot

    Katrina Stroud|May 18, 2022

    Niwot's "Around the World Day", on Saturday, May 14, integrated dozens of cultures at this special event, back for its second year after a Covid-inspired debut in 2021. Twenty-three countries were represented by 32 local businesses through live music, specialty food and drinks, crafts, and costumes. Pedestrians were charmed by the Vikings' weapons display in "Scandinavia" on Second Avenue; bands and solo artists performing with African drums, celtic instruments, accordions, Spanish guitars, and...

  • Niwot senior car parade

    May 18, 2022

    Niwot High School seniors are invited to participate in a car parade Thursday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m., a repeat of the p2021 Covid-year parade to honor seniors. The parade will start at Niwot High School, with cars lining up at 5:00 p.m. in the drop-off lanes of the high school parking lot. Seniors are advised to recruit an adult driver to allow undistracted celebrations by the students. The parade route will start at Niwot High School and proceed west on Niwot Road to Second Avenue, then travel...

  • Photo of the Week

    May 18, 2022

  • Wang book launch

    Special to the Courier|May 18, 2022

    Niwot’s Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop and Longmont Public Library are jointly hosting a book launch for Denver-based author Andrea Wang on May 21 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the library at 409 4th Avenue in Longmont. Wang is an acclaimed children’s book author and her book “Watercress” was awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, a New England Book Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her upcoming picture book, “Luli and the Language of Tea,” follows quiet, five-year-old Luli in her Engl...

  • Left Hand Giving Circle volunteers at Bella Boutique Prom Event

    Alyson Bell|May 18, 2022

    Left Hand Giving Circle members volunteered at Bella Boutique, a nonprofit that promotes inclusion and positive self worth by providing no-cost formal gowns and accessories to teens in financial need. During their time at the boutique, members served as personal stylists to help students find their perfect prom look!...

  • House Blend Band Concert

    May 18, 2022

  • Tomcats

    Kristy Zado|May 18, 2022

    The Big Tom Colony sounds like a rock band (remember Big Head Todd?) or maybe a nudist camp, but it's actually a colony of feral cats named for Abo's Pizza businessman Tom Smathers, or "Big Tom '' as he is locally known. Niwot residents have known Big Tom for 24 years as the former owner of Abo's in Niwot. Nowadays you can catch a glimpse of Smathers running his outdoor catering business or Abo's Pizza in North Boulder. His catering business, Abo's Special Events & Catering, provides pizza from...

  • NHS Girls Soccer drops playoff game

    Bruce Warren|May 18, 2022

    The Niwot Cougars traveled to Monument to take on the fourth-seeded Palmer Ridge girls soccer team in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. Niwot entered the playoffs as the 29th seed, with a record of 8-7, while Palmer Ridge was 13-2-1. The Cougars started the season with a non-league 1-0 loss to Palmer Ridge. After a non-league 1-0 win over Skyline, Niwot suffered a 4-game losing streak, but only one of the games, a 4-0 loss to Northridge, was a league contest. Northridge went 9-0 in the...

  • Poetry, the ABCs of life, and life in the Colorado mountains: author readings at Inkberry Books

    Special to the Courier|May 18, 2022

    Inkberry Books continues its program of author readings on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Since opening in 2018, the bookstore has hosted over 100 authors from Colorado and other parts of the country. Niwot resident and longtime bookstore enthusiast Linda Bevard expressed her appreciation for the bookstore and its events during Niwot's Around the World Day May 14. "I almost feel like it's a family...," Bevard said. "Because there are so many of us who come back ev...

  • Five Kingdoms comes to Niwot

    Deborah Fowler|May 18, 2022

    Niwot will host the next Five Kingdoms dinner to benefit the newly re-formed Slow Food chapter in Boulder. Brandon Pitcher launched 5 Kingdom dinners over 15 years ago to highlight a new approach to food, by focussing on protozoa, algae, plants, animals and fungi. Pitcher’s philosophy is that by eating these five food groups, we are creating an ecosystem of sustainable food on earth, which is better for the planet, and better for our health. Pitcher hosts regular dinners with an educational focus and to also benefit non–profit org...

  • The Story Behind the Name: Coot Lake

    Kathy Trauner and Leigh Suskin|May 18, 2022

    We know Coot Lake as a mecca for nature lovers, fisherman, and some of the happiest dogs on the planet, but have you ever wondered how Coot Lake got its name? Is the moniker, by chance, related to the lake's saucy history? That saucy history happens to be surprisingly short, given that the lake didn't exist until the late 1960's. Boulder's Rick Marlowe was a lifeguard at Boulder reservoir and remembers contractors moving dirt in 1968. He says the construction must have blocked a drainage...

  • Yesterday's News - A Mighty Wind

    Anne Dyni|May 18, 2022

    Residents of Boulder County have long endured the volatile moods of Mother Nature, including the Blizzard of 1913 that dropped four feet of snow in just two days. There were years when swarms of grasshoppers descended, devouring everything from crops to window curtains to paint on the walls. Today, we no longer experience swarms of locusts, and the deep snows of the last century have diminished as Colorado's climate continues to change. Yet like our predecessors, we still suffer from Colorado's...

  • Lobo Trail Damage

    Bruce Warren|May 18, 2022

  • Raptors are runner-up at 4A State Swimming & Diving Championships

    Gene Hayworth|May 18, 2022

    The Silver Creek Raptors, defending state champions from 2021, came close to defending their title, finishing second in Colorado's 2022 Class 4A State Swimming & Diving Championships. The Raptors, a combined Silver Creek and Niwot High School based team, scored 371.5 points, just behind Cheyenne Mountain's total of 402 points. The two-day competition took place Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13, with spectators crowding into Thornton's Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center to watch the young men...