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  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Crosswordlabs.com|May 24, 2023

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers May 24, 2023

    May 24, 2023

    ACROSS 5. Brockmann 6. Scotland 8. Restart 10. backstroke 13. traffic 16. FasTracks 17. asthma 18. West DOWN 1. flooring 2. ebikes 3. property 4. Crossroads 7. trumpet 9. Raptors 11. map 12. farewell 14. four 15. Carton... Full story

  • Photo of the Week

    May 24, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    May 24, 2023

    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 address and phone...

  • Death Notice

    May 24, 2023

    Long-time Niwot resident Virginia Sue Guthals died May 16, 2023. She was born December 14, 1935, in Wiley, Colorado. Sue was a media tech at Niwot Elementary School for 25 years. Services were held May 23, 2023, in Longmont.... Full story

  • Another successful Clean-Up Day

    Scott Barto|May 24, 2023

    Niwot Clean-Up Day saw favorable weather Saturday, May 20, and a large amount of household waste recycled or sent to the landfill. "Another year and another successful NCA Clean-Up Day event," said event manager, John Barto. "I think everything went very well, and it was great to have such amazing volunteers. We couldn't do it without the help of our NCA members, the [drumline], and the scouts." There were approximately thirty volunteers helping this event operate smoothly. Barto mentioned that...

  • NBA's Around the World Day brings shoppers to Niwot

    Bruce Warren|May 24, 2023

    Saturday May 20 was a busy day in Niwot starting with the Niwot Community Association's annual Clean-Up Day, followed by the Niwot Business Association's Around the World Day, and concluding with an open house at the Left Hand Grange and a street concert by the House Blend Band on 2nd Avenue. Around the World Day, which began during the pandemic as the brainchild of NBA vice-president Deb Fowler as a way to bring shoppers to Niwot, provided the community with a reason to enjoy the spring...

  • Niwot girls extend dynasty with fourth straight track and field state title

    Jack Carlough|May 24, 2023

    Three days of exceptional performances at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood gave the Niwot High School girls track and field team its fourth consecutive Class 4A state title on May 20. The Cougars took first in eight of the 19 events and finished with 154 total points, significantly more than any other team - boys or girls - throughout all five classifications. Mesa Ridge High was runner-up on the 4A girls side with 67 points. Madison Shults wrapped up her high school career by winning her second...

  • Story Behind the Name: Bowron Place

    Kathy Trauner|May 24, 2023

    In the 1950's, the area we now know as Gunbarrel Estates looked much like it did the century before. You'd see tractors instead of horse-drawn plows, of course, but the land was farmland, known locally as Carton Estate. The nearest neighbors were deer, prairie dogs and burrowing owls-all of which must have felt a world away from the growing city of Boulder. Around this time, an Illinois native and builder named Bob Bowron was settling his family in Boulder. The Bowrons might have stayed in...

  • Architect-turned-cowboy Bob West to read at Niwot's Una Vida Friday May 26

    Special to the Courier|May 24, 2023

    After 35 years as an award-winning Boulder-based architect, Bob West retired in 2015, and bought a Wyoming ranch to raise Scottish Highland cattle. His memoir, "Twenty Miles of Fence: Blueprint of a Cowboy," co-written with Janet Fogg, describes the-at times-bumpy transition to life as a rancher along the North Laramie River. Accompanied by his family and trading what he called the "yuppie haven" of Boulder for the Devil's Washtub Ranch, West learned, sometimes the hard way, the joys and...

  • Cleanup crew gets park ready for Rock & Rails

    Staff Report|May 24, 2023

    A crew of volunteers spent the morning of May 13 getting Whistle Stop Park ready for the Rock & Rails summer concert season. Several volunteers cleaned the Depot Building and the Caboose, while others hung banners at the front gate and on the Caboose. Barrels and table tops were moved out of the Depot and lights were reinstalled in preparation for the first concert on June 1. Offseason work included installing additional fencing at the southwest corner of the park, and new signage. Crew...

  • Gov. Polis visits Jack's Solar Farm

    Katrina Stroud|May 24, 2023

    On Thursday, May 18, Governor Jared Polis signed climate legislation into law at Jack's Solar Garden near Niwot. Jack's Solar Garden, located on 95th Street between Niwot and Longmont, serves as a national model for governments, solar developers, and farmers for how to produce renewable energy while continuing agricultural production via agrivoltaics. In fact, it is the largest commercially active research site for agrivoltaics in the USA. Agrivoltaics is the co-location of agriculture and...

  • County commissioners' town hall addresses property values

    Leonard Sitongia|May 24, 2023

    The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held an in-person town hall on May 18 at the La Vita Bella restaurant on Main Street in Longmont. All three commissioners, Claire Levy, Marta Loachamin and Ashley Stolzmann, attended along with Boulder County Assessor Cynthia Braddock. The primary focus of the event were questions and answers about the assessor's property valuations. Other county issues raised by members of the public included rural subdivision paving policy. After introductory comments...

  • Bumper to Bumper: E-bikes and RTD fares

    Leonard Sitongia|May 24, 2023

    The City of Boulder continues the process of evaluating allowing e-bikes on city open space trails. On February 8 the Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) rejected the city staff recommendation to allow e-bikes on trails that are in the plains (east of Broadway and US 36). The staff recommendation would have been consistent with Boulder County’s regulations permitting Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on county open space trails. The OSBT sent their recommendation to the Boulder City Council for a final decision. The Boulder City Council...

  • Gunbarrel road rage defendant sentenced for 2021 shooting

    Bruce Warren|May 24, 2023

    David Joseph Waters, age 40, was sentenced to 16 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to charges of attempted second-degree murder and possession of explosives or incendiary parts resulting from a road rage incident in Heatherwood on November 24, 2021. Waters was sentenced as part of a plea bargain with the stipulation that he would receive a sentence of between 10 and 30 years in prison. On May 12, Boulder County District Judge Robert Gunning sentenced Waters to 12 years on the attempted murder charge and four years on...

  • Art Student of the Week Paola Ramirez

    Gene Hayworth|May 24, 2023

    Niwot High School trumpet player Paola Ramirez has found inspiration for her music in many places. She is a big fan of Colorado musician Greg Gisbert. "I love seeing him play," Ramirez said. "He brings me this wave of inspiration." And then there is piano player Cyrus Chestnut, who composed "Soul Food" (one of her favorite pieces), and trumpet player Rafael Méndez. "He's a really good Latin trumpet player," she said. "He has a beautiful sound. And Chet Baker. Awesome. He's really great. He's...

  • Ribbon cutting for new Grange floor

    Vicky Dorvee|May 24, 2023

    Members of the Left Hand Grange, Inc., board of directors and Niwot Business Association (NBA) President Eric Bergeson were present for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, May 20, to mark the official unveiling of the new Grange flooring. Jim Dorvee, President of Left Hand Grange, Inc., and Left Hand Grange No. 9, spoke to a gathered crowd about Left Hand Grange No. 9 in Niwot being the oldest active state-chartered grange organization in Colorado and explained that the buildin...

  • Niwot Elementary 2023 retiring teachers

    Scott Barto|May 24, 2023

    Three beloved teachers are retiring from Niwot Elementary School this year - Julie Nelson-Breyer, Lori Charbonnaeu, and Jessica Easley. Breyer has taught for twenty-five years and Charbonneau for seventeen. Both of them have spent their entire teaching careers at Niwot Elementary. Easley has taught for twenty-eight years, fifteen of which have been at Niwot. "Teachers who come to Niwot, stay at Niwot," Breyer said. Between them, they have a combined fifty-seven-year tenure at Niwot Elementary,...

  • Crossroads 2023 Niwot High School Band concert

    Urszula Bunting|May 24, 2023

    Getting up in the morning is a lot to ask any teenager, and asking students to be ready at 8 a.m. for a dress rehearsal sounds nearly impossible. But not to the Niwot High School band and Wade Hendricks, the NHS Band Director. On May 18, at 8 a.m. sharp, band students were on stage with their instruments and their commitment to one last rehearsal this school year. At this early hour, the Niwot High School auditorium felt subdued. "They are slowly waking up," said Hendricks tenderly. He and two...

  • NHS Symphonic Band debuts Brockmann's original composition

    Scott Barto|May 24, 2023

    The Niwot High School Symphonic Band had the honor and privilege to perform an original composition by Gus Brockmann at the final "Crossroads" concert of the 2022-2023 school year. The final concerts for choir, orchestra, and band traditionally provide an opportunity to recognize the graduating seniors and send them off with further recognition beyond Music Awards Night, which took place Wednesday, May 3. Seniors of the band this year had an extra special treat. For the past 10 years, Gus...

  • NHS Baseball returns to playoffs

    Bruce Warren|May 24, 2023

    Niwot assistant baseball coach Bobby Matthews said it well when he told the dejected players, "You put Niwot baseball back on the map," following an extra-inning loss in the second round of the state playoffs. The Cougars, once a Class 4A powerhouse with five state championships in eight years, returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 when Niwot knocked off number three seed Denver North under former coach Craig McBride. That playoff run ended in the second round, and the 2023...

  • Student Athlete of the Week - Stephen Codevilla

    Jack Carlough|May 24, 2023

    Stephen Codevilla, the younger brother of Niwot High School girls swimming great Mary Codevilla, is putting his own stamp on the Colorado swim scene with Silver Creek's boys team. At the Class 4A boys swim and dive state championships on May 13, Codevilla impressed in multiple individual and relay events, ultimately guiding his Raptors to their second straight team runner-up trophy. The Niwot High junior's best individual result came in the 100-yard backstroke, which took place immediately...