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Articles from the July 1, 2020 edition


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  • Left Hand Laurel: Tara Kpogoh-Narh and Stacy Szydlek

    Jul 1, 2020

    From its shady locale in Cottonwood Square, the Niwot Tavern has been a popular local gathering spot for more than a decade-and-a-half, so when the 2020 coronavirus pandemic threw the lives of local residents into chaos, co-owners and longtime bartenders Tara Kpogoh-Narh and Stacy Szydlek quickly shifted their mission from helping local residents unwind to helping them get through a global health emergency. "It was the kids, when the schools shut down," Kpogoh-Narh said, explaining why she and...

  • Happy Fourth of July

    Courier Staff|Jul 1, 2020

    While Niwot's annual 4th of July parade has been canceled and there won't be any fireworks displays in either Longmont or Boulder, we can still celebrate, albeit on a smaller scale. Kids can still decorate their bikes; barbecues will be lit; corn-on-the-cob, burgers, potato salad and watermelons will be consumed. Here's to family, friends and a wonderful community. And a big thank you to the Slepicka family who make the most of all holidays with their wonderful decorations....

  • Counting votes in a pandemic is an even more deliberate process

    Patricia Logan|Jul 1, 2020

    Counting votes is a careful process to start with, but in a pandemic there is more than politics at stake. Health concerns over the coronavirus changed the look and procedures of in-person voting and behind-the-scenes processing during the primary election. New safety protocols and robust voter participation have added to the workload of approximately 100 people who work on elections for the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder. The county made changes to its main office in Boulder where ballots ar...

  • Mountain View Fire Rescue and Rocky Mountain Fire District to merge in 2021

    Hannah Stewart|Jul 1, 2020

    Boulder County is home to 22 individual fire districts, but that will soon change when two districts merge next year. Rocky Mountain Fire District (RMF) was formally created in 2007, but has its roots in the Cherryvale Fire Protection District east of Boulder that originally formed in 1958. Mountain View Fire Rescue (MVFR), meanwhile, has its roots in the Longmont Rural Fire Department and has since incorporated other areas of Boulder County and Weld County. "It's been a history of...

  • Cattle guards on LoBo Trail get mixed reviews from cyclists

    Patricia Logan|Jul 1, 2020

    Cyclists don't have to stop and open gates anymore on a section of the LoBo Trail in Niwot. Boulder County is installing cattle guards and re-doing the gates at two places on the stretch of trail between Highway 52 and Monarch Road, west of 79th Street. The arched, metal slats allow cyclists, or people with big enough feet, to pass through without bothering with a gate or touching a public surface. They are next to the regular gates for pedestrians and vehicles, which are still in place for peop...

  • SVVSD and NHS celebrate Seal of Biliteracy

    Hannah Stewart|Jul 1, 2020

    In the fall of 2019, St. Vrain Valley School District formally announced its participation in awarding the Seal of Biliteracy. This award recognizes students who achieve multi-lingual proficiency by the time they graduate high school. Niwot High School, which boasts the International Baccalaureate Program, has encouraged language acquisition for years now; and with the IB program, this also extends to an encouragement of having a strong world view. Thanks to this mission and the district's...

  • Commercial Real Estate Update

    Jim Ditzel, Special to the Courier|Jul 1, 2020

    There are, according to CoStar (a primary information exchange of commercial real estate data in our market) approximately 12,644,300 square feet of total commercial real estate (office, industrial warehouse, and retail) in the Niwot, SW Longmont, and Gunbarrel markets. Broken down by category, the square footages look like this: *Office 2,900,000 sf *Industrial 5,484,000 sf *Retail 4,260,300 sf Of these square footages, current vacancy rates average 12 percent for office space and approximately...

  • Keep Niwot beautiful

    Kate Missett|Jul 1, 2020

    I moved to Niwot from Wyoming in early April, just as things were beginning to green up here. After having spent the previous seven plus years in Cheyenne, I needed to touch up on my knowledge of certain flora and learn new information as well. There are plants that grow around here which I had never seen before. However, there are plants that I knew all too well: weeds. I was appalled that weeds, especially dandelions, are left to freely duplicate. Weeds are called that because they force out d...

  • "Covid Dreams" exhibit comes to Inkberry Books

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 1, 2020

    Like most of us, local artist David Bjorkman watched with anxiety as coronavirus crept across the globe during the early part of 2020, spreading increasingly vivid images of suffering, confusion, and death. For Bjorkman and his partner, Victoria Thomas, the growing threat was personal. Five of their family members are medical professionals and would be confronting the mystifying respiratory disease on the front lines, potentially affecting themselves and others in their intimate circles. So as...

  • SVFC eases back into play

    Jack Carlough|Jul 1, 2020

    Equipped with a five-phase plan of return, , SVFC club soccer is returning to the pitch. SVFC is currently in phase three of its plan and expects to move forward as state and local regulations surrounding coronavirus loosen. According to St. Vrain FC (SVFC) executive director Daniel Jones, it's been a long time coming for players to finally see some action. Since the pandemic's arrival and up until early June, SVFC was stuck in phase one, which included team technical, development, tactical and...

  • Thank you from the Left Hand Valley Courier

    Courier Staff|Jul 1, 2020

    We at the Left Hand Valley Courier would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Boulder County Commissioners for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant we received last month. In April, the spread of the pandemic and subsequent "stay in place" regulations led us to the difficult decision to stop printing our weekly newspaper and move to an online only subscription model. This prevented the news from getting to many elderly and low-income readers who may not use a computer or mobile device or may not have reliable access to the...

  • Niwot's James named Gatorade Girls Track Athlete of the Year

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 1, 2020

    Track standout Taylor James didn't get a chance to win any big races for Niwot in 2020, but she still claimed a big prize at season's end. On June 25, the rising senior was named the Colorado Girls Track Athlete of the Year by Gatorade, one of the most exclusive awards in high school athletics. "She's definitely special," Cougar cross country coach Kelly Christensen said of the talented runner, who was also named ColoradoClass 4A Girls Athlete of the Year in 2019. "Gatorade is a tough award, so...

  • Letter to the Editor (July 1)

    Jul 1, 2020

    Niwot Neighbors, I'm Ellise Stager. I just finished a Food Drive for the Community Food Share, and as a community, we collected over 2,800 pounds of food! Thank you all for your generosity and support. Sincerely, Ellise Stager... Full story

  • Local food crop loss and insurance costs

    Adrian Card, Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County|Jul 1, 2020

    Agricultural risk is an interesting concept to non-farmers. Imagine you are self-employed, and your business is not only highly dependent on the weather, it can be crushed by it. People have various mental models of what they think your business is like, the skills needed to succeed, what the challenges and rewards are for producing food, and how you remain profitable, including where and how you should allocate your resources. While the scientific and policy communities increasingly look to agriculture as a solution to climate change,...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Bonnie, July 1)

    Jul 1, 2020

    Meet Bonnie-This sweet and affectionate 13-year-old kitty will make a wonderful companion for her lucky adopter. Bonnie is gentle and calm and would be great company while you are watching movies, reading or just sitting quietly together. Bonnie likely will do well with another cat as well as a polite dog in her new home and is hoping to find a family with older children, please. Call (303) 772-1232 or email [email protected] to learn more or make an appointment to come in and visit! We...

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