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  • Courier Crossword Corner|Jul 12, 2023

  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers July 12, 2023

    Jul 12, 2023

    ACROSS 2. Waldo 3. golf 7. gargoyles 8. faith 9. Mo 12. softball 14. Earth 16. Nebraska 18. Wompost 19. jive DOWN 1. Pamlico 4. first 5. Wolcott 6. NYS 7. gravity 10. Wolf 11. Hawk 13. leadership 15. Teta 17. utility...

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Jul 12, 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...

  • Photo of the Week

    Jul 12, 2023

  • Content and Comments

    Jul 12, 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]....

  • Finding free family fun throughout Niwot this summer

    Hannah Stewart|Jul 12, 2023

    Since Martin Handford's popular "Where's Waldo?" seek and find books came to bookshelves in the late 1980s, they have sold more than 80 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The publishers have brought this iconic character to life by partnering with a few hundred independent bookstores nationwide. This year, Niwot's own The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop (TWJ) was selected to be one of those special bookstores, and the TWJ team recruited more than 15 other local...

  • Fourth of July raised funds for local groups

    Jessica Checkas|Jul 12, 2023

    On the 4th of July, the pancake breakfast fundraiser outside of Niwot Market attracted over a thousand people this year. The breakfast was sponsored and implemented by the Niwot Market, Pat Murphy-The Niwot Group of Compass Real Estate, the Niwot Community Association, the Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms, the Niwot Local Improvement District, the Niwot Business Association and many volunteers. Proceeds from the event will be distributed among the Niwot High School Marching Band to assist with their...

  • Last Men on Earth returns to Rock & Rails July 13

    Scott Barto|Jul 12, 2023

    "It seems like it's probably been twelve years at this point," said Mark Trippensee of Last Men on Earth as the band prepares to return to the familiar bandstand in Whistle Stop Park on July 13. "[Rock & Rails] is a hometown gig for us, which we don't do a lot of in the summer," he continued, "so it's always nice to have that amount of people come out." Last Men on Earth's music ranges from classic rock and pop, to country from the 70s, 80s, and current popular music. But what can patrons...

  • Let's Talk About...Trust

    Elise Marylander|Jul 12, 2023

    Ok. Let's think about trust. Yeah, I know, it's a big topic. A little out of my bailiwick, perhaps, but it is pretty universal, so, not really. The Google says "trust" means, "A firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something." That's a tall order. So, let's narrow it down. I am not talking here about the kind of trust with a capital "T," like whether we trust our spouse, our family, or our friends to stick by us through thick or thin. I also don't mean the...

  • Familiar Face - Chris Teta

    Scott Barto|Jul 12, 2023

    "[Niwot] is a comfortable town. Even if you don't know someone, you probably still recognize them." Chris Teta said this is why he has been involved in the Niwot community since 1988. Teta is originally from New York and moved to Colorado in 1986 to attend college at The University of Colorado Boulder. He received a degree in political science and later got two masters degrees in urban planning and public administration. He is a member of the City of Longmont Planning & Zoning Commission....

  • Black bear spotted in Niwot

    Scott Barto|Jul 12, 2023

    Niwot is no stranger to wildlife occasionally roaming into this neck of the woods every now and then. There have been recent sightings of lynx, bobcats, foxes, deer, raccoons, snakes, prairie dogs, and even bears. While this is not the first instance of a bear making its way into Niwot, it surely is the furthest east that we know of. There have been several bear sightings in the Lake Valley area, closer to the foothills. And there was a bear on the railroad tracks across from IBM during daylight...

  • First Friday Art Walk in Niwot

    Special to the Courier|Jul 12, 2023

    First Friday Art Walk in Niwot saw a good crowd out and about. Open Studios, in the former Niwot Feed Store, along with Osmosis Gallery and Niwot Jewelry & Gifts had many visitors as the Niwot Cultural Arts Association's Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show kicked off. The entries in this year's art contest, featuring art connected to Niwot, are now on display at the many participating businesses. Patrons completing a passport showing visits to all of the businesses are eligible for a drawing of a...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Sarah Bitterman

    Jack Carlough|Jul 12, 2023

    Now entering her senior season, Sarah Bitterman is working once again to prove both to herself and to her Niwot High School softball coaches that she can contribute at the varsity level. Bitterman was used sparingly as a pinch hitter last season but made the most of her limited opportunities, going 4-for-11 at the plate with three RBIs. She is now using her final high school summer to sharpen her swing while also becoming a more solid defender. "I like to hit a lot, so I've been trying to streng...

  • Paw-Ty in Niwot

    Special to the Courier|Jul 12, 2023

    Grab your leashes and your best (four-legged) friend for the inaugural Pampered Pooch event in Niwot on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local businesses and fellow dog-lovers will have give-aways and canine-themed fun for your pet, including Good Boy Dog Beer, snuffle balls, pet food samples, pup-acinos, dog pool cooling area, stylish bandanas, Barkuterie! (Charcuterie for dogs) and other dog-friendly pooch-tivities and swag. You can pick up a map from one of Niwot's local businesses to follow the trail to pup fun and prizes. Four-foot...

  • Spear Lodge Man comes back to life

    Special to the Courier|Jul 12, 2023

    Jeff and Cindy Wolcott hosted approximately 40 visitors on Friday, July 7, at their home just east of Niwot where Jeff Wolcott has been working with Dustin Wolf to restore the iconic tree carving, Spear Lodge Man. The sculpture, also known as Biitoheinen in the Arapaho language, was carved by Dustin's late father, Eddie Running Wolf, from the stump of a willow tree along Niwot Road near its intersection with 2nd Avenue. Although the willow tree died when the Hinman Ditch no longer ran next to...

  • Wompost composts at Rock & Rails

    Katrina Stroud|Jul 12, 2023

    Niwot’s annual Rock & Rails is partnering with an eco-friendly compost and delivery service known as Wompost this summer. Wompost is a women-owned business founded by Carolyn Pace in 2018. Pace was frustrated that there was no composting pickup service in Aurora, so she decided to launch her own business as the one and only employee at first. Now, Wompost provides services not only in Aurora, but also in south Denver, Greenwood Village, Centennial, Englewood, Cherry Hills, Southglenn, Littleton, and Commerce City. They do not normally s...

  • Local acts wow the crowd at Rock & Rails

    Kristin Alger|Jul 12, 2023

    Two local acts, and first timers at Rock & Rails, got the crowd going at the weekly concert Thursday, July 6. Although rain threatened the event earlier in the day, the clouds parted just before the opening act, providing a perfect night for music, dancing and food. Dechen Hawk started the night with his indie soul ballads. Having moved to Boulder when he was five, the "adopted Colorado native" says he has always loved music. But when his father was diagnosed with brain cancer when Hawk was 14,...

  • Golf tournament raises over $5K for animals

    Bruce Warren|Jul 12, 2023

    Niwot High School golfer Mina O'Dell wanted to do something to help animals and settled on a charity golf tournament as the best avenue. Her efforts paid off when she delivered a check to the Longmont Humane Society on June 30 for $5,120. The tournament, held at Twin Peaks Golf Course June 24, was a 4-person best-ball scramble. "We all had so much fun golfing and laughing," O'Dell said. "After playing 18-holes of golf, we served an all you can eat taco bar lunch catered by Marco's Tacos. The...

  • Niwot's Coach Mo building well-rounded athletes through REAL Training

    Jack Carlough|Jul 12, 2023

    Clocking the fastest times is far from the ultimate goal at REAL Training. Under longtime director and founder Maurice Henriques, the track and field club's primary focus is helping young athletes develop character and a work ethic that can be used throughout life. Henriques, often referred to as "Coach Mo," is using this summer to instill those values into his REAL athletes, who hail from high schools across the Front Range, including Niwot. "REAL" is an acronym for Responsibility, Education, A...

  • 4th of July parade highlights

    Jul 12, 2023

  • 4th of July parade highlights

    Jul 12, 2023

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