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  • Content and Comments

    May 29, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    May 29, 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...

  • Photo of the Week

    May 29, 2024

  • Gunbarrel family recovering from garage fire

    Jennifer Wagner|May 29, 2024

    It has been a little over two weeks since the May 11 fire that changed the lives of the Holicky family forever. The fire, which was contained mostly to their garage, caused smoke damage to the walls and ceiling of the family's Gunbarrel-area home. Fire damage to the ceiling exposed asbestos into the rest of the home, ultimately making the fire damage much worse than first thought. The belongings in the garage were completely destroyed by the fire, but most of the items in the house were also...

  • Rock & Rails kicks off the summer season on Thursday, May 30

    Joan Schaefer|May 29, 2024

    Niwot's wildly popular Rock & Rails summer concert series resumes Thursday, May 30, at Whistle Stop Park, a week earlier than in prior years. Once again, all summer long concertgoers will be able to enjoy music, dancing, drinks, food trucks, activity booths and people-watching. Concerts are held from 5 -9 p.m. every Thursday through August 29, except for a break on the 4th of July. The May 30 event features Deborah Stafford & the Night Stalkers as the headliner taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. One...

  • Left Hand Laurel John Barto

    Special to the Courier|May 29, 2024

    NCA Clean-Up Day is sponsored by the Niwot Community Association and is one of Niwot's biggest events every year. One of the NCA's board members has always spearheaded the event since its conception over twenty years ago. One NCA board member has been involved with the program for over 10 years, and has served as the lead program manager for the past four years. For his volunteer efforts in managing and coordinating Niwot's Clean-Up Day, this month's Left Hand Laurel is awarded to John Barto. Ba...

  • Let's Talk About...Packing

    Elise S. Marylander|May 29, 2024

    Ok. Travel season has officially begun. Whether it is a trip to the Bahamas, Tokyo, Disney World, the Grand Canyon or Denali National Park, many of us are planning, buying and packing. It is the packing part that is most vexing. I have been packing for a trip to Arizona for two weeks. Well, when I say "packing," I mean packing in my head. I tend to overthink these things. I have found if I put things in the suitcase too early, I tend to take something out to either use it or exchange it for...

  • Gunbarrel Vesper Trail and closures update

    Karen Sherlock|May 29, 2024

    On March 11, 2024, construction was set to begin on the new Vesper Trail, with portions of the East Boulder-Gunbarrel Trail to be closed for use between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through June. The trail is currently closed from the Boulderado Drive and Cambridge Street access point in the Heatherwood subdivision to a point approximately one mile east. In addition, beginning May 13, repair and resurfacing work began on the East Boulder - White Rocks Trail between Boulderado Drive and...

  • Niwot High School's inaugural Hall of Fame induction honors our champions

    Madison Shaw|May 29, 2024

    Niwot High School announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class, "honoring a group of five remarkable individuals who have woven themselves into the very fabric of our school and community: Tiny Koehler, Sue Prahl, Debbi and Art Stapp, Terri Ward, and Biff Warren," in a press release. The Night of Champions Celebration will be held in the Niwot High School auditorium on Sunday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. to not only celebrate the school's inaugural Hall of Fame inductees, but also the achievements of...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|May 29, 2024

    The main hall of Left Hand Grange No. 9 is in the midst of getting a big update. Improvements to the gathering space over the past year are now officially from floor to ceiling. In May, newly installed ceiling tiles and freshly painted walls renewed and greatly improved the space's ambiance. Both bathrooms have also been updated with new fixtures and paint. Next up, literally, will be new lighting fixtures. The Grange invites the public to stop in and to peer through the windows to get a good lo...

  • Heather Heatherwood ends with Husky Hall of Fame

    Anna Lyttle|May 29, 2024

    Heatherwood Elementary School hosted its annual mile-long Heather Heatherwood "fun run," Tuesday, May 21 to round out a spirited school year. Students and staff wound through the course on the closed streets of the Heatherwood neighborhood and tackled obstacle courses created for the event. This year the theme was "CandyLand," so obstacles consisted of candy balloon arches, donut tires, and pool noodle lollipops. The PTO set up obstacles throughout the course, complete with photo booths and...

  • Caps off to the Niwot High School 2024 Graduates

    Scott Barto|May 29, 2024

    Saturday May 25 marked the official completion of high school for the Niwot High School class of 2024. Niwot's commencement was held at the high school on the football field where 338 graduates received their diplomas and recognition from faculty alongside friends, family, and peers. Commencement opened with the singing of the National Anthem performed by graduates Jasper Allison, Merrick Blondeau, Jackson Carano, and Fred Zorgdrager. Everyone was then welcomed by Principal Eric Raushkolb as he...

  • New Gunbarrel library branch targets opening date in 2025 at former 1stBank location

    Joan Schaefer|May 29, 2024

    A long-anticipated library branch of the Boulder Public Library District (BPLD) is being prepared for opening next year. A five-year renewable lease agreement was reached for use of the now-unoccupied former FirstBank building and property at the intersection of Spine Road and Lookout Road in Gunbarrel. At a May 14 meeting of the district board of trustees, David Farnan, Director of the BPLD, enumerated the outstanding amenities and features of the physical structure and location for the...

  • "It's my story and I'm sticking to it."

    Joan Schaefer and Bruce Warren|May 29, 2024

    It was the Boulder Library Foundation, not the Boulder Public Library District itself, which released the minutes of the Boulder Public Library District Board of Trustees’ important May 14, 2024, meeting to the public. These minutes are included on the library’s website: Boulder Public Library District -REGULAR MEETING- Tuesday, May 14, 2024. ( Specifics about the Gunbarrel library project, including the Gunbarrel lease, costs, other locations con...

  • Where do the tips go at Rock & Rails?

    Joan Schaefer|May 29, 2024

    As Rock & Rails concertgoers enter Whistle Stop Park, they can't miss the greeters holding large tip jars. Each week of Rock & Rails, non-profit organizations that have been approved following an application process are invited to collect donations for that week. In return, they help with set up, take down, and operation of the event. Half of the tip jar collections at the May 30 concert will go to Scouting America (the name changed from the Boy Scouts of America earlier this month). Donations...

  • Construction on the CO 119 bikeway to start in fall 2024 and 63rd Street underpass to become an overpass

    Peggy B. Graham|May 29, 2024

    The CO 119 Safety, Mobility, and Bikeway Project, a crucial initiative to enhance safety, mobility, and add a bikeway along the CO 119 corridor from Longmont to Boulder, is set to start construction on the bikeway portion in the fall of 2024, with updates provided late summer 2024 according to a Boulder County news release. The entire project is scheduled from fall 2023 through spring 2027. CO 119, unfortunately, holds the second-highest crash corridor for bicyclists in Boulder County. From 2015 through 2019, there were 17 bicycle crashes,...

  • Plein Air Festival opens national event in Niwot for the first time after pandemic

    Jessica Checkas|May 29, 2024

    The Boulder County Plein Air Festival, hosted by Open Studios, begins this week at the former feed store in Niwot and will run through July 5. Seventy artists submitted portfolios this year on a national level. This is reported to be one of the largest Plein Air Festivals in the country, with the largest award packet offered by the festival, according to Mary Horrocks, the Executive Director of Open Studios. This will be the first national plein air contest since the COVID pandemic. The competition, which started in 2017, stopped in 2020 due...

  • Vandalism, including racist and homophobic graffiti, at NYS fields

    Joan Schaefer|May 29, 2024

    One or more vandals caused significant property damage at Monarch Park's Hangge Fields the night of Friday, May 17, or early the next morning. To make matters worse, minority groups were targeted with racist and homophobic graffiti sprayed on a dugout close to the parking lot. For over 50 years, the non-profit Niwot Youth Sports has organized youth sports programs year-round for children ages 4-18 in the Niwot-Gunbarrel area. At Monarch Park, the organization uses a total of six ballfields for...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Payton Johnson

    Jessica Walker|May 29, 2024

    Homegrown talent is harder to come by for Niwot High School athletics these days. NHS pulls from over fifty middle schools for its student body and open enrollment at all St. Vrain Valley high schools allows students to choose where they study and compete during their high school years. But one of the most exciting young athletes at NHS is a Niwot area native, who just completed her sophomore year, and is already a girls lacrosse state champion. Payton Johnson, a rising junior at Niwot High...

  • Niwot Youth Sports to host ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Madison Shaw|May 29, 2024

    After a weather delay on April 28, Niwot Youth Sports President Pat Longseth is eager to cut the ribbon on the new Niwot Youth Sports Monarch Improvement Project building. The end-of-season celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony is now scheduled for Sunday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hangge Fields at Monarch Park. The six-field complex, with access off of Highway 52 just west of 79th Street, is now home to a building that includes permanent restrooms, a concession area, and equipment storage...

  • Niwot girls golf takes seventh at Class 4A state tournament

    Jack Carlough|May 29, 2024

    This year's Class 4A state tournament served as another reminder of how much potential lies within the Niwot High School girls golf program. With three competing golfers, including lone senior Mina O'Dell, the Cougars placed seventh in the team standings with a two-round combined score of 555. Head coach Ed Weaver's trio shot a 280 in the first round on Monday, May 20, before cutting off five strokes the next day at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Last year, O'Dell,...

  • 2024 Niwot High School Graduates

    May 29, 2024

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