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  • Content and Comments

    Jun 19, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week

    Jun 19, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jun 19, 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...

  • Niwot "an endangered species" - Tony Santelli

    Peggy B. Graham|Jun 19, 2024

    In the wake of 1914 House’s announcement that it will close as of July 7, 2024, Tony Santelli, a respected business professional and former president of the Niwot Business Association, has voiced his concerns about Boulder County's Minimum Wage Ordinance 2023-4. Santelli, who is a former site manager of IBM’s Boulder facility and a former owner of the Niwot Tavern, fears that this ordinance, if not addressed, could lead to significant financial strain on small businesses in Niwot and other areas of unincorporated Boulder County. Niwot's cur...

  • Niwot Rotary recognizes Pat Murphy with the Eli Buzas Community Service Award

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    The crowd at last Thursday's Rock & Rails concert, June 13, received an unexpected treat when the Rotary Club of Niwot presented Pat Murphy with the Eli Buzas Community Service Award for 2024 on stage. Rotary president Wick Rowland made the presentation, with Awards Committee Chair Kamla Chopra during a break in the performance by the Alcapones. Murphy and her husband Larry were at the concert and Murphy took the stage to thank the Rotary. Rowland said, "The award is the Niwot club's highest rec...

  • Rock & Rails welcomes CW and Twenty Hands High

    Joan Schaefer|Jun 19, 2024

    Get ready to dance and sing along with headliners CW and Twenty Hands High on June 20 for their third consecutive year performing at Rock & Rails. The band performs a wide range of country and Southern rock favorites and a growing number of their own popular creations. In August 2023, the band was honored as Entertainer of the Year by the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. Frontman CW Wooten said that, although they have a large repertoire of two-step selections, they tend to "stay more...

  • Niwot-based caregivers support group helps families struggling with dementia

    Deborah Cameron|Jun 19, 2024

    Caregiving for someone you love with dementia can test your limits, feel isolating, cause self-doubt and stress. Niwot area caregivers have a resource to help cope with the experience, a monthly caregivers support group which meets at Una Vida, 7960 Niwot Road, free of charge. Sarah Sutherland has led the group for the last two years. She started the group as a way to give back after a personal experience with the disease. "My mother had Alzheimer's," she said. "When her behavior and cognition s...

  • Scout dads of 161 reunite

    Special to the Courier|Jun 19, 2024

    Scouting America (formerly Boy Scouts of America) is without a doubt a great program for youth in our country to learn survival skills, earn merit badges, and gain leadership experiences. However, it could be very difficult to succeed in scouting without support from parental figures along the way. Parents are often the ones who help drive them to and from camps, provide encouragement and guidance, and even supply some, if not all, equipment for the scouts. Scouts develop bonds with each other...

  • Courier Cookbook Potato Salad

    Jun 19, 2024

    Potato salad is a summertime barbeque staple. Whether mayonnaise based, vinegar based or mixed with cheese, potato salad is a fixture on most picnic tables. Here we explore the two main varieties but the variations are endless. CLASSIC POTATO SALAD Submitted by Karen Sherlock Adapted from New York Times Cooking "I have made this salad several times and it's always a big hit." Ingredients: 3 pounds russet, Yukon Gold or Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes Kosher salt and black...

  • Niwot Nifties prepare for 4th of July in Niwot

    Scott Barto|Jun 19, 2024

    The 4th of July celebration in Niwot is one of the town's biggest events and it is less than a month away. Julie Breyer, heads the 4th of July planning from the Niwot Community Association, and has been hard at work getting things prepared for the upcoming celebration. On Friday June 14, Breyer hosted the Niwot Nifties 4-H Club to start assembling children's bicycle decoration bags. Seven youth volunteers from the Niwot Nifties were present to help assemble the bags. Each bag is handed out the...

  • Gunbarrel Trail and East Boulder/White Rocks Trail reopened June 15

    Karen Sherlock|Jun 19, 2024

    The work that began on March 15 on the Gunbarrel and East Boulder/White Rocks Trail was completed June 15. Boulder County reported that the trails are open all the way to 95th Street. The new Vesper Trail that makes a loop to the north toward Lookout Road off the Gunbarrel Trail will remain under a Wildlife Closure order until Oct. 31 according to Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks. Trail closures can be found here....

  • New business coming to Lookout Road and 63rd Street in Gunbarrel

    Karen Sherlock|Jun 19, 2024

    Construction has restarted at the property at 6325 Lookout Road on the corner of Lookout Road and 63rd Street. The bare-framed structure has stood uncompleted for years in front of the Hampton Inn and Suites property on Lookout Road. Adjacent to both is a restaurant site which has recently opened again as Whistling Boar Provisions. Currently open only for breakfast and lunch while waiting for their liquor license, this latest eatery presents itself as a well-managed, community and farm focused...

  • House Blend Band takin' it to the street again

    Vicky Dorvee|Jun 19, 2024

  • NBA welcomes new businesses

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    The June meeting of the Niwot Business Association (NBA) featured Niwot resident Amy Scanes Wolfe, describing her efforts to create a suburban homestead through regenerative agricultural design. She described a small farming operation in Niwot on about an acre of land that is grounded in regenerative agriculture, with volunteers raising crops and farm animals with minimal resources from outside the community. She said, "That's what has stood out to me is how people are craving that genuine...

  • Alcapones play Rock & Rails

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    The Alcapones brought a mix of horns, vocal harmonies and rock to Rock & Rails last Thursday, June 13. The band performed to a generous crowd on a hot summer night in Niwot. Tim Ostdiek and Jenny opened the evening with an hour of folk rock tunes, including familiar songs as well as originals by Ostdiek, who has produced several CD's including his latest, titled "The Lost Days." Ostdiek and his partner, Jenny Balagna, are based out of Longmont, and have been entertaining crowds at Rock & Rails...

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center provides unique classes and after-school programs

    Fred Zorgdrager|Jun 19, 2024

    Located in Longmont, Colorado, a minute or so off of Highway 287, the St. Vrain Valley School District's Innovation Center, normally referred to as the Innovation Center, stands at the center of educational advancement and community engagement. This state-of-the-art facility, paired with an array of programs, creates an atmosphere where students can develop real-world skills and foster a culture of innovation. The Innovation Center began in 2012 when the district received the prestigious Race to...

  • Bear roams in Niwot

    Jun 19, 2024

  • NHS students return as teachers, staff and coaches

    Aditi Patel|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High School and its students would not shine as brightly without its wonderful staff. In a remarkable testament to the tight-knit community at the school, several former students of Niwot High School have returned and are now current staff members. For many of these educators, the hallways, classrooms, and even the old gymnasium hold a special kind of nostalgia. Leah (Sareceni) Messinger, current school counselor at NHS, recalls her time as a NHS student. "I was so excited to return to a p...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Ben Gabrielson

    Jack Carlough|Jun 19, 2024

    Not initially expecting the starting role he was given, it took some time for Niwot High School boys soccer midfielder Ben Gabrielson to get comfortable at the varsity level last fall. Gabrielson, then a junior, had received spot varsity minutes the year prior and was competing with other talented upperclassmen who were also searching for playing time. But as the season wore on and his confidence grew, Gabrielson quickly became a reliable presence in the Cougars' midfield. Niwot finished the...

  • NHS girls soccer strikes through postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jun 19, 2024

    The Niwot High School girls soccer team had an impressive 2024 season. Under the guidance of Coach Stephen Dimit, the team finished the year 8-4-4 and secured a spot in the state tournament. The team's hard work was evident throughout the season, resulting in several players receiving postseason accolades. Seniors Paige Russell and Margaux Boyer led the charge, both serving as team captains who played pivotal roles in the midfield and defense, respectively. Russell scored three goals and had...

  • Rutherford and Booth shine at All-State game

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High School's softball season ended last fall, but for seniors Autumn Rutherford and Anne Booth, the last game of the season came in June. Rutherford and Booth were selected to play in the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) All-State game June 12 at Rawlings Field in Pueblo. Niwot softball coach Bobby Matthews said, "Players are selected by coaches who are members and teams are put together from all classifications." Rutherford and Booth played for the Blue team, which won...

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  • NHS hosts baseball camp for NYS players

    Bruce Warren|Jun 19, 2024

    Niwot High Baseball coach Ken Rosales and his staff, along with players from the 2024 squad, hosted a week-long camp for Niwot Youth Sports players June 10 to 14 at the Niwot High School field. Approximately 63 campers worked on drills from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. before finishing each day with a scrimmage. Drills included agility games, baserunning, hitting, bunting, fielding, throwing and pitching. Rosales and pitching coach Greg Wilcox expressed hope that players participating would take lessons...

  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers June 19, 2024

    Jun 19, 2024

    ACROSS 1. Career 5. captain 8. Innovation 13. students 14. midfielder 15. Sutherland DOWN 2. Robbins 3. math 4. bicycles 6. softball 7. Wooten 9. tip 10. science 11. Murphy 12. minimum... Full story

  • SVVSD's Career Elevation and Technology Center provides career education for students

    Aditi Patel|Jun 19, 2024

    The Career Elevation and Technology Center (CETC), an educational center shared by schools of the St. Vrain Valley School District, stands as a beacon of educational innovation and career readiness. The CETC aims to bridge the gap between traditional education and the demands of the modern workforce by offering students the ability to explore classes that are suited for specific careers. The center is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to explore education tailored to their...

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