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  • Content and Comments

    Jul 3, 2024

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  • Photo of the Week

    Jul 3, 2024

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jul 3, 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 July 3, 2024|Jul 3, 2024

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    Jul 3, 2024

    ACROSS 4. Cranny 6. dentist 7. Popma 8. jazz 9. Hirshfield 13. adaptive 14. Schlagel 15. Moosie DOWN 1. salsa 2. photography 3. Booth 5. math 6. Dumler 8. juried 10. Waters 11. Mathieu 12. Connors... Full story

  • Niwot prepares for July 4th celebration

    Staff Report|Jul 3, 2024

    Flags are in place, the parade lineup is set, bands are rehearsing, the road crew is organizing, volunteers are lined up, and the grand marshals are ready. The Niwot Community Associations's (NCA) signature event, the annual July 4th celebration in Niwot, is straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Hundreds are expected to turn out for a pancake breakfast, now named in honor of the late Niwot Market proprietor Bert Steele, in Cottonwood Square. But before it all starts, NCA volunteers and...

  • Title IX complaint filed against Niwot girls basketball program

    Jack Carlough and Bruce Warren|Jul 3, 2024

    Soon after the conclusion of Niwot High School girls basketball's 2023-24 season, the Denver office of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a claim accusing the program of violating Title IX regulations. Enacted in 1972, Title IX prohibits any educational institution that receives federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex. The law covers all programs and activities, but it has commonly been associated with ensuring equal treatment of male and...

  • Ron Ivory and One on One rock out with Motown hits

    Bruce Warren|Jul 3, 2024

    Ron Ivory and his band, One on One, kept everyone dancing and singing along to a never-ending stream of Motown hits, from The Temptations, to Diana Ross, to The Four Tops. One on One has become a staple of the Thursday night concert series, with a good crowd attending the event, in spite of gale-force winds. In spite of a threat of rain, which spared the Niwot area June 27, the concert went on uninterrupted. Jack Hadley opened for One on One, with original blues songs mixed with familiar covers...

  • Let's Talk About...Summer Camp

    Elise S. Marylander|Jul 3, 2024

    Ok. Although summer may have just officially begun, with the 4th of July upon us, it feels like we are smack in the middle of summer. Which makes me think of summer camp. Maybe you went to summer camp, or your children went or are going to summer camp. No matter your perspective, you probably have an opinion about the experience. Some people loved going to camp as a child, some loved having their children go. Others, like me, felt going to summer camp was a miserable experience, and I have never...

  • Meet Your Neighbor: Keith Waters

    John Kowalski|Jul 3, 2024

    Anyone who attended the Niwot Jazz Festival in Niwot last week might recall the music of Keith Waters, the co-organizer of the event for the Niwot Cultural Arts Association who played piano with The Keith Waters Trio to accompany renowned jazz vocalist Dominique Eade. Waters, a Niwot resident and co-owner of Inkberry Books, has played jazz most of his life. Waters said, "I started playing jazz as a kid. I started doing it professionally pretty early on... Then I went to New England Conservatory...

  • Lost Pet Rescue Lessons from Moosie

    Sharon Blatchley - Moosie's Mom|Jul 3, 2024

    Editor's Note: Moosie is a six-pound, six-year-old yorkie from an Arkansas puppy mill, adopted by Niwot resident Sharon Blatchley from Farfel's Farm and Rescue in Boulder. As a rescue animal, she is very afraid of noises and strange places. On Sunday, June 16, Moosie went on a frightening adventure, one that ended happily 72 hours later. Her story provides valuable lessons for pet owners. Moosie and I were at my son's house on Burgundy Court in Niwot for a Father's Day barbecue. At around 8...

  • Arts Student of the Week Ben Rauschkolb

    Gene Hayworth|Jul 3, 2024

    Ben Rauschkolb has had an opportunity to contribute to Niwot High School (NHS) as an art student in a very special way. In his sophomore year, Rauschkolb had been taking photos of the school's athletics, clubs, and extracurricular activities for use in the Left Hand Valley Courier, as well as NHS's student run newspaper, The Green and Black, and the social media platforms of the individuals he photographs. "As far back as I can remember," Rauschkolb said, "I have been the one playing on the... Full story

  • Courier Cookbook Meatballs

    Jul 3, 2024

    Meatballs are a delicious bundle of flavor. Eat them alone, on a hoagie roll smothered in tomato sauce or barbeque sauce for your 4th of July BBQ, add them to ramen, cook them in tomato sauce or serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer. They take on any flavor you like. The key is keeping them in a ball which is best done with bread or cracker crumbs, and often with an egg for binding. BEANIE'S MAGICAL MEATBALLS Submitted by Joe Maddon, former manager of the Chicago Cubs, the California...

  • Gargoyle Spotlight: Sam Popma

    Camryn Bell|Jul 3, 2024

    Gargoyles are hard-working students, incredible team players, great friends, and an integral piece of the Niwot community over the summer at events such as 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. Sam Popma has volunteered with the Gargoyles for three years. Popma is an incoming junior at Niwot High School and is an active member of the Niwot community. Popma is known to...

  • Head Chef Justin Hirshfield and 1914 House closing

    Joan Schaefer|Jul 3, 2024

    Justin Hirshfield is the well-loved head chef at 1914 House restaurant. As the upscale eatery in Niwot prepares to close, Hirschfield expressed his gratitude for people who helped him become the chef he is today and reflected on his tenure at the popular dinner venue. He shared thoughts on his future inside and outside of the kitchen. Hirshfield is the kind of person who treats you like a friend the moment you are introduced. He shares his life story freely and finds joy in his relationships....

  • Salsa rhythms light up Niwot's summer evening

    Madison Shaw|Jul 3, 2024

    Dancing Under the Stars opened up its 2024 season on June 28 in Cottonwood Square in front of The Little Shop and WiNot Coffee Company. The event brought together dance enthusiasts and curious newcomers for an evening of dancing. While weather threatened to disrupt the night, a thunderstorm quickly moved through Niwot at the very beginning of the evening, leaving the crowd with a cloud-covered sky and an occasional sprinkle, a much-needed cool-off for those on the dance floor. The night began...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Kaleb Noterman

    Jack Carlough|Jul 3, 2024

    Kaleb Noterman likes to keep things simple when playing football: see the ball, catch the ball, and score. Unconcerned by that which he can't control, the wide receiver/defensive back is turning heads this summer ahead of his second year at Niwot High School. The single-minded rising sophomore played junior varsity football last season but amid a summer of rapid growth, varsity head coach Nik Blume is anticipating substantial production from Noterman moving forward. "Kaleb's route running has...

  • Western Wellness Chiropractic opens in Niwot

    Jessica Checkas|Jul 3, 2024

    Western Wellness Chiropractic, owned by Barry Mathieu, a chiropractor with 10 years of experience, recently opened in the space at 198 2nd Avenue in Niwot above Chill Cryotherapy and Recovery. Mathieu seeks to educate people and help with spinal health, posture, neurological dysfunctions, and mobility. The practice also provides spinal decompression work, which takes pressure off of the nerves that run along the spine. One of the reasons that Mathieu became a chiropractor was his own...

  • Voting for Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show begins Friday

    Jennifer Wagner|Jul 3, 2024

    One of Niwot's greatest assets is its rich dedication to the arts and this Friday provides yet another opportunity to get involved. The "Why Not Niwot?" Juried Art Show is underway with a chance for Niwot residents to vote for their favorite piece of work. The Niwot Cultural Arts Association (NCAA) website describes the event: "Each year local and regional artists submit works depicting the look, feel, and/or essence of the Niwot community, a vibrant and vintage Colorado town on the Front...

  • Twenty months later - How is Niwot Pizza doing?

    Deborah Cameron|Jul 3, 2024

    This October will have marked two years since long-time Niwot resident and businessman Craig "Lefty" Harris lost his life in a traffic accident at the intersection of the Diagonal Highway and Niwot Road. A little more than two months later, ownership of the beloved 2nd Avenue pizzeria that Harris left behind, was transferred to Maricela Vasquez and her husband, Lorenzo Villalobos, Harris' beloved employee who had worked for him for more than two decades. The transfer facilitated the community's...

  • Lightwell Architecture builds business in Niwot Tribune building

    John Kowalski|Jul 3, 2024

    Having moved into the historic Niwot Tribune Building and former space of The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop in 2024, Lightwell Architecture is the small architectural firm of husband and wife Chad and Katherine Willis. The new office space, with its gorgeous wood floors, and artwork is highlighted by the people working diligently at a large wooden table near the front. Laid out across this large workstation are schematics and beautiful architectural diagrams showing floor plans and designs for...

  • Niwot High School Teacher Profile: Megan Schlagel

    Aditi Patel|Jul 3, 2024

    Niwot High School and its students would not flourish without the teachers that devote themselves to their students. Among these teachers, Megan Schlagel, a math teacher and math department chair, nourishes students' love for math from her classroom at NHS. A graduate of Longmont High School, Schlagel has been teaching for the past 15 years. For the past 12 years she has worked at Niwot High School, where she has spent eight years as the chair of the mathematics department. She teaches Algebra...

  • NHS grad Ava Dumler gives back

    Neharika Bhandari|Jul 3, 2024

    Elementary school teachers play a vital role in nurturing young minds, fostering a love for learning, and laying the foundation of academic and personal growth. Among these is Niwot resident Ava Dumler, who was named Teacher of the Year at Mead Elementary School in just her second year of teaching. Dumler is a 2019 graduate of Niwot High School where she earned her IB Diploma while also making her mark on the soccer field as a varsity player and team captain. Her drive and determination... Full story

  • Elise Cranny running back to the Olympics for 2024

    Scott Barto|Jul 3, 2024

    Niwot High School class of 2014 graduate, Elise Cranny, is headed to the Olympics for a second time this July. Cranny qualified to go to Paris to compete in the 2024 Olympics during the Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, between June 21 and June 30. Cranny finished second in the 5000M at the trials on June 25 with a time of 14:40:36 - a mere 0.02 seconds behind the first-place finisher. "I feel honored to be able to represent the U.S. at the Paris Olympics," Cranny said, "especially because the last...

  • Tigers take the trophy: Erie boys lacrosse postseason honors

    Madison Shaw|Jul 3, 2024

    The Erie High School boys lacrosse team capped an extraordinary season by clinching the state championship, an impressive milestone marking the program's first-ever state title. Led by Coach Nick Mandia, who was named the Class 4A Northern Coach of the Year, the team showcased its dominance, ending the season with a stellar 15-3 overall record and a perfect 5-0 conference record, finishing first in the 4A Northern League. The Tigers' triumphant journey culminated in a commanding 14-6 victory... Full story

  • Mead girls lacrosse scooping up postseason awards

    Madison Shaw|Jul 3, 2024

    In only their second season, Mead High School's lacrosse team, comprised of girls from all across the St. Vrain Valley School District, ended the year as State Runners-Up. Under the guidance of Coach Katie Coleman, they finished the season first in the 4A Northern League with an overall record of 17-2, with numerous postseason accolades complementing their performance on the field. Niwot senior Anne Booth, a captain and the backbone of the Maverick's defense, earned the prestigious title of...