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Articles from the May 30, 2019 edition

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  • “We’ll always remember this place, and the amazing time we had here together"

    Jocelyn Rowley, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    Take one sunny Saturday morning in late spring, add a dash of pomp and circumstance, plus a handful of well-aged platitudes, then sprinkle liberally over 250 or so green cap and gown-clad teenagers, and you have all the makings of a perfect Niwot High commencement ceremony. Such was the scene on Saturday, May 25 as the Class of 2019 gathered together for a final time and marked the official end of their high school journeys. “I want to congratulate you seniors on a triumphant conclusion to y...

  • Planning commission gives the go ahead to Jack’s Solar Garden

    Vicky Dorvee, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    On May 15, the Boulder County Planning Commission unanimously recommended 8-0 that plans to build Jack’s Solar Garden at 8102 95th Street move ahead and be presented to the Boulder County Commissioners on Thursday, June 13. The first of its kind in Boulder County, the five-acre co-habitation of solar energy generation and agriculture is being proposed by Byron Kominek, a third generation owner of the farmland. Kominek successfully passed muster with Boulder County land use staff demonstrating t...

  • Norman “Norm” Wayne Vojta (August 29, 1930 – May 15, 2019)

    May 30, 2019

    Norman Vojta passed away May 15, 2019 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Boulder. He was 88 years old. Norm was born August 29, 1930 in Mound City, SD to Arthur and Mae (Anderson) Vojta. He enlisted in the US Army where he served in France during the Korean War. On April 29, 1951 he married Alvena Rossow in North Dakota. Together they moved to Boulder in 1962 from South Dakota. Norm started his own plumbing business “Norms Plumbing” in 1968, he retired in 1985 when he sold his business to his son...

  • Niwot girls battle snowstorm to take second at state

    Jocelyn Rowley, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    The 2019 season was full of remarkable moments for the Niwot girls golf team, so when the Cougars claimed the runner-up title at this year’s Class 4A championships at Pelican Lakes, Head Coach Ed Weaver wasn’t terribly surprised. “I felt good about the team all year,” a jubilant Weaver said after his team finished 21 strokes behind the defending champion Windsor Wizards at the snow-shortened state tournament on May 20. “I hate to say I didn’t think we could beat Windsor, but I didn’t thin... Full story

  • Photos: Niwot High celebrates commencement

    Jocelyn Rowley|May 30, 2019

    Sunshine and smiles were the order of the day at the Niwot High Class of 2019 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 25. A good-natured throng crowded the hill above the football field to watch more than 250 seniors cross the stage and start the next chapter in their lives.... Full story

  • Mila’s Miracle featured at CU’s GoldLab Symposium

    Vicky Dorvee, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    The University of Colorado Boulder’s 10th annual GoldLab Symposium culminated with the inspirational story of Mila’s Miracle Foundation (MMF) as told by Julia Vitarello, Founder and CEO of MMF, and Dr. Timothy Yu M.D., Ph.D. Local resident Vitarello and Boston-based Yu used a tag-team presentation to describe a profound scientific breakthrough in personalized medicine for Vitarello’s daughter Mila, and its far-reaching implications. Larry Gold, CU professor of molecular cellular and devel...

  • Ghost town hobbyist provides a portal into the unusual

    Dani Hemmat, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    Colorado can boast the best of many attractions--the mountains and the vistas--and also some of the most unique. Our beautiful and strange state is also home to over 1,500 ghost towns. The research and documentation of these eerie spots is Michael Sinnwell’s passionate hobby and is on display for anyone with internet access. Sinnwell, a Niwot resident, first began exploring ghost towns when he moved to Colorado in the early 1980s, but he blames his interest in historical local oddities on his f...

  • Fly Away Home is here to stay

    Vicky Dorvee, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    Fly Away Home is celebrating two big happenings - the home décor business has landed in its permanent home at Cottonwood Square Shopping Center and will be offering the talent of another local business, Zone913. Kathy Trauner, owner of Fly Away Home, has signed a two year lease for the corner space that started out at first as a pop-up holiday season shop. A steady flow of customers getting hooked on the unique home accents proved to Trauner that there’s demand for the reasonably priced de...

  • Nostalgic Garden Club returns

    Stacy Goresko, PhD, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    Those of us new to the area may not know about the Niwot Garden Club that began in 1938 and disbanded in the late 1980s. Pat Murphy of Niwot Realty was a member for about 10 years. “The garden club started with a group of women who were very knowledgeable and serious about gardening,” Murphy said. “Most members had specific roles and duties and the club was very organized. They were very committed. They built the original gazebo whose replica remains at Whistle Stop Park today.” The founder... Full story

  • 14th Annual Rock & Rails Kicks off June 6

    Abigail Scott, [email protected]|May 30, 2019

    After a long, cold winter, Niwot residents are ready to get out and savor Colorado in all of its summer-time glory. Rock & Rails is back bringing entertaining performances to our community all summer long. Lovingly referred to as the neighbors’ largest block party, Rock & Rails provides tenured residents the chance to bump into old friends and catch up, while also giving new residents the perfect excuse to get involved and be a part of this great community. The 14th annual Rock & Rails kicks o... Full story