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    Jun 12, 2024

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    Jun 12, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jun 12, 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...

  • Courier Crossword Corner June 12, 2024|Jun 12, 2024

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    Jun 12, 2024

    ACROSS 3. mural 5. Miller 7. Ostdiek 9. Gawrych 11. Fowler 12. Smith 13. Benson 15. Jazz 16. Pacheco 17. sophomore 18. baseball DOWN 1. community 2. golf 4. third 6. zero 8. Slepicka 9. gargoyle 10. Blend 14. Loyola... Full story

  • Power outage doesn't stop 2024 Plein Air Festival opening reception

    Deborah Cameron|Jun 12, 2024

    Through the first week in June, residents may have noticed a larger-than-usual number of artists painting outdoors in Niwot and throughout Boulder County. They were working as part of the 2024 Open Studios Plein Air Festival, a juried experience open to artists throughout Colorado and the United States. This year's event was the first time the festival has been held since before the pandemic and last Saturday, the public had the first opportunity to view the results of their efforts, at an...

  • NCA restores Niwot Road underpass mural

    Scott Barto|Jun 12, 2024

    After a few weather delays, the Niwot Community Association (NCA) finalized the restoration of the mural in the underpass beneath Niwot Road. The first round of restoration took place in the spring of 2023, and the restoration was finished on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Due to the weather taking its toll on the paint, which caused bubbling, water stains, cracking, and peeling in several places, the NCA sought volunteers to help with the process of restoring the mural, which was initially painted in...

  • Hot Lunch on a hot night at Whistle Stop Park

    Madison Shaw|Jun 12, 2024

    After the opening night concert was cut short due to a thunderstorm, concertgoers were eager to get back on the dance floor at week two of Niwot's Rock & Rails summer concert series at Whistle Stop Park. The event featured a summery night of fantastic music, dancing, and community energy from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening began with The George Street Duo, which took the stage from 5 to 6 p.m. The talented pair, featuring lead singer George Street on guitar and Niwot resident Joe Pacheco on bass, capti...

  • Let's Talk About...Ice

    Elise S. Marylander|Jun 12, 2024

    Ok. Let's talk a little bit about ice. Ice? Yes, ice. Ice is one of those love 'em/hate 'em items that we take for granted. Here is what I mean. We love our ice. We love it in our summertime lemonade and iced tea, in our coolers, in a bag held against a sprain. If you have ever had a party, you understand the cry of "Did you get ice?" Followed by "Go back and get another bag!" If you have ever traveled to Europe, you know that ice is just not a thing there. There will be no ice in your Diet...

  • Familiar Face: Noah Smith at The Old Oak Coffeehouse

    Scott Barto|Jun 12, 2024

    Those who frequent 2nd Avenue's coffee shop, The Old Oak Coffeehouse, as well as those who regularly attend any community events, have probably noticed some friendly and regular faces behind the counter. This week's Familiar Face is one such barista, Noah Smith, who has been a friendly face at The Old Oak since March of 2022. Smith started the job when he was on a walk downtown and saw a "help wanted" sign in the window. He went in, inquired about the position, submitted his resume, interviewed,...

  • Book Review - "The Last Ranger" by Peter Heller

    Karen Sherlock|Jun 12, 2024

    "The Last Ranger," published originally in 2023, was written by Denver resident Peter Heller, an adventure-seeking outdoorsman who has established his bonafides in traveling the world as an expedition kayaker. Heller's adventures have become fodder for his tales of the challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucasus, Central America and Peru. He was on the ground team of purportedly the most ambitious whitewater expedition that wound through the treacherous Tsangpo...

  • Courier Cookbook Gluten Free Cakes

    Jun 12, 2024

    With so many of us becoming or discovering we are gluten-intolerant, The Courier Cookbook is focusing on gluten-free cakes to show that you can be gluten free and enjoy delicious desserts. Before many of us knew what gluten was, we enjoyed "Flourless Chocolate Cake" or some kind of "lava cake." No flour, no problem! Now, there are many gluten free flours on the market which makes making gluten free desserts a breeze. If you substitute gluten free all purpose flour for all purpose flour, add a...

  • First Friday Art Walk is back for the summer

    Jessica Checkas|Jun 12, 2024

    Niwot's First Friday Art Walk took place June 7, from 2nd Avenue to Cottonwood Square, starting at 5 p.m. and lasting for at least two-and-one-half hours, although several businesses stayed open until 8 or 9 p.m. as well. It was the opening art walk to a series that will take place monthly this summer, sponsored by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association in conjunction with Osmosis Gallery. There was a small scare for the opening of the art walk when a large power outage along 2nd Avenue,...

  • Niwot Jazz Festival, a jazz lover's paradise

    Neharika Bhandari|Jun 12, 2024

    The Niwot Jazz Festival is bringing Niwot its third year of melodious magic. Founded by Gene Hayworth and Keith Walters in conjunction with the Niwot Cultural Arts Association in 2021, this festival has quickly become a beloved tradition in Niwot. With over 800 visitors in past years from all over Colorado, the 2024 Niwot Jazz Festival, set for Saturday, June 22, in Cottonwood Square, promises to be the place to be. From 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Cottonwood Square will transform into a jazz...

  • 3rd Annual Slepicka Tractor Show plows with success

    Scott Barto|Jun 12, 2024

    For the third year in a row, on June 8, the Slepicka family hosted another successful tractor show with assistance and sponsorship from the Niwot Community Association (NCA). The free event took place at their family farm on 79th Street in Niwot. Members of the Slepicka family who put the showcase together were property owners, Jerry and Marsha Slepicka (who purchased the property in 1989) with assistance from their son, Brandon. Both Jerry and Marsha grew up in Boulder and are Colorado...

  • "Clawesome" good time at Lobsterfest 2024

    Scott Barto|Jun 12, 2024

    With an uncertain, unpredictable forecast leading up to Lobsterfest on Saturday, June 8, the weather cooperated and good times were had by all at this year's event at Whistle Stop Park in Niwot. Deb Fowler, one of three head organizers of the event from the Niwot Business Association (NBA) along with Mary Coonce and Linda Klueber, reported 140 tickets sold for this year. "[Lobsterfest] is a fun, signature event for Niwot to kick off the summer," Fowler said. "It's a great opportunity to build...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Justin Gawrych

    Jack Carlough|Jun 12, 2024

    Very few high school athletes earn the right to hoist multiple team state championship trophies throughout their careers. Last month, the now-graduated Justin Gawrych joined that rare company when he helped the Silver Creek High School boys swim and dive team to its second Class 4A title in four years. Gawrych, who swam for the Raptors while attending Niwot High School, was grateful to have helped Silver Creek secure the ultimate prize twice. "It was super exciting because we went second the...

  • House Blend Band Summer Concert Series expands

    Jennifer Wagner|Jun 12, 2024

    The second concert in the 2024 House Blend Band Summer Concert Series in front of The Old Oak Coffeehouse at 136 2nd Avenue in Niwot is set for this Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. This concert will feature songs by Chicago, Elton John, and multiple Motown jams, along with other hits from the 60s to the 2000s. The free event will close 2nd Avenue from Murray Street to Franklin Street that evening. It is recommended to bring your own chairs as seating is limited. Spaghetti and meatballs made...

  • Tim Ostdiek & Jenny and The Alcapones take Rock & Rails stage June 13

    Camryn Bell|Jun 12, 2024

    Rock & Rails summer concerts continue on Thursday, June 13, with the opening act starting at 5 p.m. and the headliner lighting up the stage at 6:30 p.m. This week, Tim Ostdiek & Jenny return to open the stage with their upbeat folk music to get concert goers on their feet. Jenny Balagna and Ostdiek are an entertaining musical duo from Longmont who perform throughout the Front Range. Ostdiek recently released his new album "The Lost Days," available now on his website at

  • Gargoyle Spotlight: Meredith Champion

    Camryn Bell|Jun 12, 2024

    Gargoyles are hard-working students, incredible team players, great friends, and an integral piece of the Niwot community over the summer at Lobsterfest and Rock & Rails. They assist in keeping events at Whistle Stop Park zero-waste. The Courier is spotlighting some of these friendly, essential volunteers. Meredith Champion has been volunteering as a Gargoyle for four years. She is currently an incoming sophomore at Niwot High School and is an active member of the Niwot community. Champion is a...

  • A teacher's journey - Ken Benson

    Scott Barto|Jun 12, 2024

    Ken Benson has been a teacher at Niwot High School for the past 21 of his 22 year teaching career. While he's not done yet, he has had an incredible journey, making a lasting impact not only with students, but on the school as a whole. Benson has primarily taught social studies at Niwot, with classes including world studies, economics, German, and the history of rock. This past October, Benson received an opportunity of a lifetime and will be traveling to South Korea for two years to further...

  • DRF Real Estate celebrates open house for new office

    Scott Barto|Jun 12, 2024

    An open house was held Friday, June 7, for DRF Real Estate in partnership with Slifer Smith & Frampton at their 2nd Avenue offices in Niwot. The open house was held to celebrate the switching of office spaces between the two real-estate office locations, and to commemorate their continued partnership. Deborah Fowler has been a real estate agent in the Niwot area, with offices located in the back office space of the Niwot Emporium building at 136 Second Avenue for the past eight years. In that...

  • NHS baseball racks up post season awards

    Bruce Warren|Jun 12, 2024

    Five Niwot High School Cougars received Longs Peak Conference postseason baseball awards, which were announced by NHS Head Coach, Ken Rosales. Leading the way were juniors Haden Shaw, Charlie Shaw, and Kaige Kennedy, who were named first team All-Conference. Haden Shaw caught most of the varsity games this season, but also took a turn on the mound when needed. He led the Cougars with a .507 batting average and had a team-high 27 RBIs. He received Honorable Mention All-State honors as well....

  • NHS boys volleyball aces postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 12, 2024

    The Niwot High School boys volleyball team had an impressive showing in the Northern Conference postseason awards, with five players and their coach receiving accolades for their standout performances this season. Leading the way were sophomores Charlie Kirtland and Diego Kheng, who were named to First Team All-Conference. Both players also earned an All-State Honorable Mention for Class 5A. Kirtland led the team with 209 digs and 397 receptions. He was second in assists with 38 and third in...

  • Swinging success: NHS girls golf postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 12, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls golf team had a remarkable season, finishing third in the Longs Peak League under the guidance of Coach Ed Weaver. Wendy Cheruiyot had an outstanding season, finishing second individually in the league and earning accolades on the All-State Second Team for Class 4A, as well as the Long's Peak All-Conference Team. As a freshman, Cheruiyot's performance was exceptional, demonstrating skill and composure on the course. In the state tournament, Cheruiyot was the Cougar's...

  • P-TECH offers advanced degrees to SVVSD students

    Neharika Bhandari|Jun 12, 2024

    For many years now, the Saint Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) has offered students the opportunity to jumpstart their careers through the Innovation Center and the Career Elevation and Technology Center. Then, in 2016, SVVSD introduced a way for high school students to earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma, providing yet another great opportunity for local high school students. P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, was first introduced in Colorado by the St. Vrain Valley School...