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Articles from the May 27, 2020 edition

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  • Video: Great Horned Owls in Twin Lakes

    Patricia Logan|May 27, 2020

    Dozens of great horned owls have made Gunbarrel's Twin Lakes their home for years. See Patricia Logan's video of the owlets from 2018, then read more about the collapse of a prime nesting tree in the area....

  • Proposed development near Celestial Seasonings raises questions for Gunbarrel residents

    Hannah Stewart|May 27, 2020

    In 1969, Mo Siegel made his first herbal blend that would eventually launch his career in the tea industry. Celestial Seasonings was born, and it wasn't long before its one and only factory was built in Boulder County. Since then, it has become a local landmark. But that iconic Boulder County view could soon change. As reported first in February and then again in May, there are proposals for an apartment complex to be built near Celestial Seasonings. At this time, Celestial Seasonings, as part...

  • Responsible summer recreation: know before you go

    Kristen Arendt|May 27, 2020

    In most years, Memorial Day marks summer rolling into full-swing on the Front Range. But this year, the three-day weekend undoubtedly was quite different locally with no Bolder Boulder, less long distance travel, smaller gatherings and barbecues and picnics hosted with social distancing in mind. And as people at a local and state level look forward to future summer plans, a fair question is how to best resume "normal" outdoor activities in public spaces. Specifically as public land, parks, open...

  • Athletics remain outlawed in SVVSD through June

    Jack Carlough|May 27, 2020

    Despite the Colorado High School Athletic Association’s move to allow school districts to make their own decision regarding extracurriculars as of June 1, the St. Vrain Valley School District will hold off until July to comply with Boulder County health guidelines. SVVSD director of athletics Chase McBride will still remain flexible considering the volatility of the situation. “Things change every day and it’s almost impossible to make a plan because as soon as we start working on it, the...

  • Twin Lakes group asking for Open Space designation for neighborhood fields

    Patricia Logan|May 27, 2020

    The fields south of Twin Lakes Open Space are quietly doing their thing; growing green grass, hosting nests for meadowlarks, supporting voles and mice and the things that eat them, such as raptors and foxes. Kids are racing over mounds and dips at the mini BMX track, people are walking their dogs and admiring the view of the Flatirons. Nothing has changed on the surface, but the long-term fate of the fields is still unsettled and the fight over the status of the land is bubbling back to life. Th...

  • Gunbarrel 11-year-old is the talk of the town

    Jack Carlough|May 27, 2020

    Staying occupied has been a challenge for many during quarantine, but not for 11-year-old Simon in Gunbarrel. Simon has remained productive by writing and distributing a newsletter for his neighborhood. Over 300 copies of the inaugural Gunbarrel Herald hit the streets on April 24. With now two issues under his belt, Simon has touched on a variety of subjects including neighborhood businesses, reading and outdoor recommendations and local birds. His intentions were to simply shine a little...

  • Black Cat Farm experiments with organic pasture cropping

    Emily Long|May 27, 2020

    According to Eric Skokan, owner of Black Cat Farm, one of the best resources Boulder County has to offer "is the total quantity of agriculture geeks we have here." This summer, Black Cat Farm is beginning an experiment with the regenerative agricultural technique called pasture cropping, Skokan's own geeky agricultural project. This project is one of several to have recently been awarded a 2020 Sustainable Food and Agricultural Funds grant by Boulder County. Black Cat Farm was awarded $43,500...

  • Torres awarded Pursuit for Education scholarship

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 27, 2020

    Each spring, the Niwot High School Education Foundation awards the Pursuit for Education scholarship to honor "motivated students who recognize the power and impact of post-secondary education," and it's hard to imagine a senior who fits that description better than 2020 recipient Daniel Torres. "I look forward to being the first one in my family to go to college," he wrote in an email interview about the scholarship and his future plans. "No one in my family has reached this point, and I'm...


    May 27, 2020

    Allan J. Gjovig, 82, of Niwot, Colo., passed away in his sleep on Friday May 1, 2020, at the Peaks Care Center in Longmont. Al was born May 24, 1937 in Canby, Minn., to the late Herman and Esther (Olson) Gjovig. He attended Canby schools and was class valedictorian in 1955. His high school activities included lettering in varsity track for 3 years, and membership in the drama club, yearbook staff, and Future Teachers of America. He served in the Navy and was honorably discharged in June of... Full story

  • Twin Lakes owls had to find a new nest this spring

    Patricia Logan|May 27, 2020

    They were the unofficial, fuzzy, wide-eyed mascots of the fight to preserve the fields south of the Twin Lakes Open Space. But the hollow cottonwood that hosted great horned owls nearly every spring, collapsed, forcing the raptors to find a new place to raise their young. There couldn't have been a more picture-perfect place for people to ooh and aah and get close-up images of owlets. In winter, a pair of great horned owls would nestle into the cavity of a dead cottonwood tree along the ditch...

  • Niwot Tavern hosts musical fundraiser

    Special to the Courier|May 27, 2020

    There was much excitement in Niwot over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. In addition to many joyous graduation celebrations and a socially distanced jazz concert at Inkberry Books, there was also a music-themed fundraiser event at Niwot Tavern. In a collaborative effort with Community Food Share and Boulder Symphony, Tavern Co-Owners Tara Kpogoh-Narh and Stacy Szydlek hosted a special Take Out Family Dinner night on Saturday, May 23, with net proceeds benefiting the two nonprofits. As two music...

  • Class of 2020 cruises through Niwot

    May 27, 2020

    It might not have had much pomp and circumstance, but spirits were high on Friday, May 22 as Niwot High seniors and their families took to their cars to celebrate what would have been the Class of 2020's graduation weekend. Masked spectators lined Niwot Road to cheer as a fire truck from Mountain View FPD led a procession west from the high school, to downtown, and back again. Dozens of cars in varying stages of green, white, and black decoration participated, and shenanigans were few and far...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Teddy Bear, May 27)

    May 27, 2020

    Meet Teddy Bear. He is an 8 year old Samoyed mix, from Oklahoma, via a rescue organization in Lakewood. Teddy Bear is a "cancer survivor." He is a super calm, sweet boy who loves his walks and his humans. He tolerates with graciousness the surly kitty who had the humans first, despite being about 5 times the kitty-son's size. Teddy Bear and his humans, Francesca and Peter Howell, recently moved to Niwot after many years in Boulder....

  • Niwot High senior athlete spotlight

    May 27, 2020

    This week we are highlighting seniors from the Niwot boys track and girls soccer teams. Boys Track Harrison Bartlett, Sprints...

  • Student-athlete of the Week: Jack Kenkel

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 27, 2020

    As an IB student and multi-sport athlete at Niwot, senior Jack Kenkel didn't choose the path of least resistance in high school, but the Princeton University-bound runner wouldn't have had it any other way. "Neither felt too challenging because I really enjoyed the IB program, and I obviously love track," he said about his four years as a Cougar. "Honestly, balancing the two was the most challenging part. It wasn't impossible to do, it just took a little bit of discipline." It's not clear whethe...

  • Drive-thru graduation celebrates Flagstaff Academy Class of 2020

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 27, 2020

    When SVVSD canceled in-person learning and activities for the remainder of the 19-20 school year, administrators at Flagstaff Academy leapt into action. If the school couldn't hold a traditional graduation ceremony, they still wanted to give the 107 eighth-graders a way to commemorate the occasion with their classmates, even if it had to be from a distance. A few phone calls and emails later, plans for a "very unique" experience to celebrate the Class of 2020 were underway. "We have created a...

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