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  • A Gift to the Community

    Courier Staff|May 20, 2020

    The limited printed edition of the May 20, 2020 issue of the Left Hand Valley Courier is brought to you by our faithful advertisers and a grant which supports local journalism. A limited number of print copies are available from our advertisers, in Courier boxes and at the Niwot Market. We are grateful to our advertisers and those who have subscribed online-they make it possible for the Courier to bring you local news and important information during the COVID19 pandemic. The more subscribers...

  • 'The excruciating hour' and other adventures in online schooling for young kids

    Patricia Logan|May 20, 2020

    When historians write the history of the coronavirus pandemic, they might want to add this description of online learning from Niwot Elementary School teacher Dale Peterson, who does Google Hangouts with his first graders. "It's like if you go to a pet shop and let all the pets out of the cages and you spend the rest of the time trying to put them back in the cages," Peterson said. "I have 23 little boxes. One might have his feet in the air or his bottom in front of the camera, another is...

  • Safe housing for seniors gets more attention during pandemic

    Patricia Logan|May 20, 2020

    Three out of every four COVID-19 deaths in Boulder County have been in a long-term care facility. Each of the more than 40 deaths in these facilities was a parent, grandparent, extended family member or a friend with a special smile, twinkling eyes, a unique personality and rich life experiences. "It's tragic. There is not a better word. Our most vulnerable and cherished population has unfortunately become victimized by this," said Bob Murphy, president of the Colorado chapter of AARP. It's one...

  • Death Notices (May 20)

    May 20, 2020

    Former Niwot resident Marvin Lawrence Pierskalla, age 84, died March 23, 2020 at his home in Northglenn from cardiac-related issues. A Celebration of Marv’s Life will be scheduled at a later time. Former Niwot resident Anna Millenile Conilogue, age 85 died Tues., May 12, 2020. Former Niwot and Boulder resident Ardelle Clara Cunningham Bowron, age 82 died Thurs. May 14, 2020. A future celebration will be held in remembrance of her. Contributions can be made to “Smile Train.” .... Full story

  • Boulder Collegians plan on welding season together in Kersey

    Jack Carlough|May 20, 2020

    After months of uncertainty, the haze is finally clearing for the Boulder Collegians and general manager Matt Jensen. The Collegians' 2020 season will undoubtedly look different, but the baseball will look all the same. Due to Boulder County and Boulder City health and safety precautions surrounding the coronavirus, baseball simply isn't feasible for the Collegians at Scott Carpenter Park in Boulder. Instead, Jensen has found a new home for his team in Kersey, Colo., about 10 miles southeast of...

  • Indigo Education Company founder Sheri Smith pitches for $250,000 investment

    Kristen Arendt|May 20, 2020

    Growing up in rural Michigan in a lower middle class family, Sheri Smith recalls her childhood perception that education was going to be her gateway to success. "My parents told me that if you want to be successful in life, you've got to get an education. So I really thought that if I worked really hard, got straight As, and did everything the system told me to do, I would have somehow arrived and made it in life," Smith said. But as many current professionals and some recently graduated...

  • Letter to the Editor (May 20)

    May 20, 2020

    To the editor: Three years after the flood in 2013 state and local governments spent money to understand how monolingual Spanish speaking residents of Boulder County were impacted and which barriers to accessing resources existed. Four years and now we’re reading on Saturday May 16, 2020 nothing has changed. The article, Response to Health Officials Meet Resistance, Daily Camera published on 5/16/2020 describes a situation where “Boulder County health workers are having trouble getting some people to share” and speculates why Spanish spea...

  • To the Niwot High Class of 2020

    May 20, 2020

    Life is full of endings and beginnings. Every ending means a new beginning, and every beginning means the inevitable end. For us, our high school experience is coming to an end. Although it isn't quite the ending we expected, we have adapted to the changes and tried to make the best of the current situation. Each of us has faced individual challenges and successes in high school and during this pandemic, but put together they tell a collective story. They tell the story of the Class of 2020....

  • Lavrouk and Stokes named NHS valedictorians

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 20, 2020

    Besides having the best grades in Niwot High's Class of 2020, co-valedictorians Anton Lavrouk (IB) and Tim Stokes (traditional) have at least one other thing in common: their modest reactions to earning the honor. "I was just trying to get good grades in my classes, so I could get into a good college," Stokes said of his sustained academic success. "So I took AP classes, and it just kind of happened." Of course, there was a little more to it than that, Stokes acknowledged, and he was surprised...

  • Salutatorian Julia Curd to pursue passions at Duke University

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 20, 2020

    Niwot High salutatorian Julia Curd thrives on competition, whether in the classroom, on the stage, or at the keyboard, and having valedictorian Anton Lavrouk for a rival during her four years in Niwot's IB diploma programme provided plenty of motivation for success. "I really enjoyed being able to take classes with the amazing students at Niwot," she said. "I think the fact that it was so competitive really helped me reach my best. I took pretty much every class with Anton, and we were really...

  • Student Council President has leadership in her future

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 20, 2020

    When the coronavirus pandemic cancelled athletics and in-person learning for Colorado schools, it was a shock to the system for student council president Natalia Storz, who may be the busiest student at Niwot High. But like any successful leader, she had a prudent outlook about losing so many important senior milestones and how the Cougar community can move forward even stronger. "This is definitely a learning experience and a pivotal time for the Class of 2020," she said. "It has definitely...

  • Senior Nicholas Valin on graduating and the future

    Hannah Stewart|May 20, 2020

    Niwot senior Nicholas Valin wasn't always the confident, aspirational young adult he is today. In fact, after going to private school and then being homeschooled for freshman year, his transition to Niwot was somewhat jarring. "I was new as a sophomore, so for the first two days of school, I didn't know anyone and was silent," he said, laughing at the memory. "[But] I made a lot of friends after that." Valin quickly became involved in the high school's forensics team, student council, Model UN...

  • Simon preparing to fly into the future

    Jack Carlough|May 20, 2020

    Carson Simon has experienced an event that not many high schoolers can relate to. In January 2018, Simon and his father were in a single engine airplane accident due to an engine failure at Longmont's Vance Brand Airport. Simon suffered multiple injuries, including a concussion and a hairline fracture in his back, but he made it out alive. The Niwot High School student was swimming for Silver Creek High School's combined boys squad four months later. Simon is one of the more remarkable...

  • Senior Lauren Squire on graduation and what is to come

    Hannah Stewart|May 20, 2020

    For the past four years, Lauren Squire has walked the halls and fields of Niwot High School. In that time, she has made friends and memories that will stick with her for a lifetime. In fact, in her advice to freshmen, she said, "Make the best of high school. It's no one's favorite time, but it's a big time in your life that you'll remember forever, so have fun." Squire has certainly had her share of fun over the years, especially on the soccer field. Not only did she have successful games, but s...

  • Chivers wins Founding Director Scholarship

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 20, 2020

    Recognizing her "positive impact on" the school community, The Niwot High School Education Foundation has awarded senior Sophia Chivers the Founding Director Scholarship for 2020. Chivers will receive $1,000 for her post-secondary education. For Chivers, making a positive impact was easy to do in a school like Niwot High, where she usually found herself "happy and engaged." "I've always really enjoyed school, and always felt really supported at Niwot," the senior said. "I love the community....

  • Dawson School celebrates 50th graduating class

    Special to the Courier|May 20, 2020

    Since its founding in 1970, Dawson School has strived to nurture and prepare students to bring their best to the world, and the school is celebrating its 50th graduating class this year. "The Class of 2020 is a remarkable group of students, whose resilience and drive, creativity, integrity, and compassion are just what the world needs right now," said George P. Moore, Head of School for Dawson. "We couldn't be more proud to have these students represent Dawson's 50th graduating class." Given...

  • Boulder Country Day School wishes their Class of 2020 a bright future

    Special to the Courier|May 20, 2020

    Boulder Country Day's Class of 2020 is kind and has always supported our community and each other. As a group they act with integrity, have high expectations of themselves, and will make a positive difference in the world around them! BCD graduates love school. They are: *Engaged - They are active learners, strive to do their best, have high expectations, and have fun. *Kind - They care about their community, are responsible, inclusive, and respectful. *Resourceful - They innovate, create, and...

  • Student-athlete of the Week: Julea Trank-Greene

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 20, 2020

    When Julea Trank-Greene came to Niwot as a freshman, she thought her path to high school athletic success would end on a volleyball court. But after just a few weeks of training with Coach Maurice Henriques and the Cougar track team in the spring of 2017, she permanently ditched spikes over the net for spikes on the track, and found a new path that brought her more success than she ever imagined. "When I started, I had no intentions of doing track year-round, it was just for fun," she said....

  • Niwot Senior Sports Spotlight: Girls Track

    May 20, 2020

    We asked the departing seniors of the girls track team to reflect on their time at Niwot and share their post-graduation plans....

  • Niwot High Graduation Car Parade

    May 20, 2020

    Niwot High seniors and their families are holding a car parade to honor the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 22 at 4 p.m. The procession will begin at Niwot High School, travel west on Niwot Rd to 2nd Avenue, and then head through town to end at 83rd St. and Neva Rd. Strict social distancing and other guidelines will be followed....

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