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  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Crosswordlabs.com|Jun 21, 2023

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  • COURIER CROSSWORD CORNER ANSWERS JUNE 21, 2023

    Jun 21, 2023

    ACROSS 2. third 5. Cherry 7. golf 8. Law 11. patriotic 13. badges 16. Idaho 17. Hadestown 20. thirsty 25. hometown 26. ball 27. soccer 28. ride DOWN 1. Grange 3. printsheet 4. college 6. Bonita 9. Williamson 10. duck 12. apiary 13. Bote 14. Downhill 15. six 18. Mines 19. treadmill 21. trout 22. Theobald 23. boom 24. rain... Full story

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jun 21, 2023

    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 address and phone numbe...

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  • Rock & Rails stage welcomes headliner Mojomama along with Cass Clayton and opener Deborah Stafford

    Deborah Cameron|Jun 21, 2023

    This week's Rock & Rails stage will feature familiar faces of Mojomama, with their beloved mix of funky blues, rock and soul that ranges from Aretha Franklin to Susan Tedeschi to Steely Dan. "Knowing that we get to play for the best crowd all summer makes us happy," said lead vocalist Jessica Rogalski. "People are really in a good mood, everyone's up dancing. As performers, it's fun for us to have that energetic exchange. It feeds our energy too." She remembers the fun, colorful crowd from last...

  • Out & About - Local favorite Casa Bonita returns

    Julian Bell|Jun 21, 2023

    Summer is finally here, and it's time to make the most of the season by exploring exciting and enjoyable activities in our local area. If you're looking for a truly unique experience, look no further than 6715 W Colfax Avenue in Denver where you will find Colorado's self-proclaimed greatest restaurant on earth, Casa Bonita. Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure as Casa Bonita is back, bigger, and better than ever before. The iconic restaurant, renowned more for its entertainment than its...

  • Familiar Face - Misha Barrett

    Scott Barto|Jun 21, 2023

    You might recognize him as a volunteer at various Niwot Community Association events, such as Niwot Clean Up Day. Perhaps you have seen him on the NCA Road Crew or as a member of the tech team at Rocky Mountain Christian Church. Most likely, you have seen him driving the golf cart offering transportation service at Rock & Rails. Misha Barrett started providing his transportation services for patrons who parked down the street from Rock & Rails in the summer of 2022. His usage of the golf cart...

  • Content and Comments

    Jun 21, 2023

    Do you know of a local event, interesting story or local person the Courier might be interested in covering? Do you have comments about what you have read in the Courier or suggestions to make? We would like to hear from you at [email protected]....

  • Let's Talk About...Working Out

    Elise Marylander|Jun 21, 2023

    Ok. Now I know we live in one of the most healthy, athletically inclined, outdoor oriented places in America. In fact, I remember when I first moved here, I was asked, "What do you do?" Call me crazy but I thought they meant what do I do for a living, or what is my profession. As I mumbled something about corporate law and estate planning, I was interrupted with, "No, I mean what do you do, like sports." My eyes grew wide as I again fumbled for an appropriate and Boulder-friendly response. Dorot...

  • NBA hosts community organizations

    Special to the Courier|Jun 21, 2023

    The June meeting of the Niwot Business Association, held Tuesday, June 13 outside of the former feed store at 291 Second Avenue in Niwot, was sponsored by Osmosis Art & Architecture. Owner and architect Anne Postle greeted members and introduced Tucker Huey of her staff. Postle has been instrumental in working with John Fischer, owner of the former feed store, and the Niwot Cultural Arts Association, to arrange for Open Studios artists to use the space until early July to display art by local...

  • Rain doesn't stop the Rock & Rails party

    Kristin Alger|Jun 21, 2023

    Given the weather over the last month, it seemed inevitable that rain would eventually crash a Thursday Rock & Rails party. And rain it did on Thursday night, June 15, halfway through the headline act. But that didn't stop the appreciative crowd from enjoying a country-themed evening, nor did it end the evening. Taylor Shae, a Colorado native who recently released the single, "Small Town America," started the music and happy hour off at 5:00 p.m. Shae, a singer and songwriter, has been...

  • Bike MS Colorado charity ride coming through Niwot

    Jessica Checkas|Jun 21, 2023

    On June 24, hundreds of bikers in colorful gear will fill the streets of Niwot, heading west on Niwot Road before looping down to Second Avenue, with a rest stop at Whistle Stop Park before crossing the Diagonal Highway to continue north on N. 73rd Street. The Bike MS charity is making its annual ride through Colorado. The route for this ride can be up to 100 miles long, winding from the Front Range Community College in Westminster to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The Niwot...

  • Niwot Community Association focuses on events

    Leonard Sitongia|Jun 21, 2023

    The Niwot Community Association (NCA) held its monthly meeting June 14. This is a busy time of the year for the NCA as it focuses its work on the many events it sponsors. Niwot Clean Up Day and the second annual Slepicka Tractor Show were a success, and the annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast and Parade is coming up very soon. Director John Barto led the effort organizing Niwot Clean Up Day. Barto reported that the event went very smoothly with traffic spread out throughout the morning. A...

  • Tom Theobald's beehives get a clean up

    Gene Hayworth|Jun 21, 2023

    On Tuesday evening, June 13, and again on Wednesday, June 14, a group of board members from the Boulder County Beekeepers' Association (BCBA) participated in a beehive clean-up in remembrance of Niwot beekeeper Tom Theobald, who passed away in November 2021. Dawn Server, co-owner of Meadow Lake Honey, organized the event, recruiting volunteers to clean up Theobald's apiary off Monarch Road. John Stobbelaar, a Marine veteran who owns the property on Monarch Road where the beehives are located,...

  • Farm composting may expand with change in regulations

    Katrina Stroud|Jun 21, 2023

    The Boulder County Community Planning and Permitting staff is proposing text amendments to the Boulder County Land Use Code related to composting incidental to farming found in the Composting Facility use section 4-506.A. The proposed text amendments are intended to better facilitate composting in a manner that is supportive of regenerative agricultural practices and allows farmers to retail the finished product. The goals of this project include reducing local barriers to composting as an imple...

  • New owners freshen Raza Fresa

    Scott L. Malan|Jun 21, 2023

    The name is still the same. Many of the favorite menu items are still there. The vibrant colors of the décor still welcome customers. But behind the office doors of Raza Fresa Mexican Kitchen, big changes are occurring. On April 1, 2023, Rosalio Ibarra and partner Yovanny Quintana purchased the popular Niwot restaurant from the original owner, Steve Garcia, who opened the restaurant under his family’s franchise name “Ajuua!” in the early 2000s, and changed the name to Raza Fresa in April of 2018...

  • Caleb Law receives Sheriffs' scholarship

    Bruce Warren|Jun 21, 2023

    Caleb Law, a 2023 graduate of Niwot High School, received a $500 scholarship from the County Sheriffs of Colorado, which he plans to apply towards the cost of his continuing education. Boulder County Sheriff Curtis Johnson came to Niwot's Whistle Stop Park to present the award, with Caleb's parents, Michael and Michelle Law, and his older brothers, Jared Law and Evan Law, in attendance. Every odd-numbered high school graduation year, one Boulder County resident is selected to receive the...

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Josh Ary

    Jack Carlough|Jun 21, 2023

    Joining the Niwot High boys team last fall was one of the best decisions Josh Ary has made regarding his thriving soccer career. Then a junior, Ary was playing academy soccer before committing to play for his high school. Not only did Ary lead the Cougars in total points (32) en route to winning the Longs Peak League, but he also revived his love for the game along the way. "I think it just challenged me more on a technical level," defender Ary said. "It was also just the environment. It was a...

  • Niwot High's Education Foundation funds educational field trips

    Scott Barto|Jun 21, 2023

    Thanks to generous contributions from the community, the Niwot High School Education Foundation (NHSEF) sponsored several student field trips during the 2022-2023 school year. The mission statement of the NHSEF is: "In partnership with our community, the NHSEF endeavors to enrich academic experience through learning and teaching grants, to expand opportunities for students to explore next steps in their education and professions, and to award scholarships to NHS students, enabling them to achiev...

  • NHS choir sings in NYC

    Scott Barto|Jun 21, 2023

    Wouldn't it be an incredible experience, not only to visit New York City with forty-two of your closest friends, but to sing a masterwork at Carnegie Hall? Well, forty-three Niwot High School choir students are able to add that exact experience to their life's resume. The NHS Choir Department departed from Denver International Airport on June 9 for New York City and returned to Colorado on June 13. During that time, their itinerary was jam-packed with visits to several famous landmarks, tourist...

  • The Breyers' radical retirement shindig

    Scott Barto|Jun 21, 2023

    "You know you did something right when your kids throw you a retirement party and all you have to do is show up," said Julie Breyer, recently retired Niwot Elementary School third grade teacher. On June 17, a joint retirement party was held at The Wheel House on 2nd Avenue in Niwot for Breyer and her husband, Bob Breyer, who also retired this year. Bob is an aerospace software engineer who worked for many companies over the years and takes significant pride in working on the Hubble Space...

  • NYS Bob Bote Baseball Camp plays Bote Ball

    Scott L. Malan|Jun 21, 2023

    They were all around . . . Cardinals and Blue Jays; Astros and A's; Padres and Twins; Cubs and Mets; and plenty of Rockies. That last one probably gave it away. We're not talking about this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game. This was the 2023 Bob Bote Baseball Camp sponsored by Niwot Youth Sports. For the second year in a row after a two-year, COVID-induced hiatus, kids ages five to 13 donned their favorite caps and jerseys and gathered at the Biff Warren Baseball Complex last week to...

  • Williamson scores with Nuggets

    Scott L. Malan|Jun 21, 2023

    Just imagine . . . you are sitting, or mostly standing, in the front row directly behind the team bench as the Denver Nuggets are seconds away from winning their first NBA championship. Can you imagine? Surely, your last name would have to be Elway or Manning or Wilson, right? Not so for Niwot High School's Jamie Williamson and her family. Last Monday night as the Nuggets were enroute to closing out their best-of-seven series with the Miami Heat, 94-89, and capturing their first NBA...

  • Scouts' fundraising efforts a success

    Special to the Courier|Jun 21, 2023

    Approximately 35 people attended the Scout Troop 161 Fundraiser Trivia Night at The Wheel House in Niwot on Monday, June 12. The event was a fundraiser for Niwot's Scout Troops 161-B and 161-G. "We raised $2,465 through the ticket sales and silent auction," Scout Kyrie Moorman said. "We thank all of our silent auction donors, The Wheel House, Niwot Market, and of course Deb Fowler for setting everything up." The event brought together a diverse group of participants of all ages who were ready...