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Articles from the July 28, 2021 edition

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  • Niwot Real Estate becomes The Niwot Group

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 28, 2021

    After nearly five decades of buying and selling property in Niwot and surrounding communities, independent realtor Pat Murphy is bringing in a new partner to help her navigate today's increasingly complex housing market. Earlier this month, Niwot Real Estate and its four agents officially joined Compass, a nationwide real estate technology company. "With all the new tech and regulations, we were no longer doing what we love," Murphy said of the change. "I love helping people and finding people...

  • Fritz Family Brewers opens Niwot taproom

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 28, 2021

    After months of renovations, upgrades, and minor bureaucratic hassles, the beer is finally flowing at Fritz Family Brewers in Niwot. On July 23, owners Kelly and Cory Buenning opened their doors at 6778 79th St. for a grand opening celebration, and settled in to meet their new neighbors. "We're excited to finally be open," Kelly Buenning said. "We thought it was a long time coming...but it was actually pretty fast considering the remodel that we did." Indeed, the Buennings didn't just update...

  • National Night Out returns to Niwot

    Kim Glasscock|Jul 28, 2021

    Ever want to see the inside of an emergency vehicle, check out a fire engine pumper or watch K-9 officers and their human handlers strut their stuff? Maybe you'd also enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers, a free bike inspection from Niwot Wheelworks and rollicking music from the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band? If so, bring the family to the outdoor National Night Out (NNO) event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3 on Murray Street in downtown Niwot. Sponsored by the Niwot...

  • Left Hand Laurel – Jeff Lally

    Vicky Dorvee|Jul 28, 2021

    Gunbarrel-based nonprofit Cultivate is focused on meeting the needs of our community's seniors. How this plays out is by way of seven programs: Carry-out Caravan (shopping/delivery), Fix-It (home repairs and upgrades), VetsGo (medical appointment transportation), YardBusters (outdoor clean up), SnowBusters (shoveling), RSVP (AmeriCorps Retired Senior Volunteer Program), and File of Life (documents for emergency preparedness). In honor of his volunteerism with the organization, Cultivate wanted...

  • Wanda Fisher retires from Bank of Estes Park

    Deborah Cameron|Jul 28, 2021

    Things are changing at the Bank of Estes Park in Niwot. Long term vice president and Branch President Wanda Fisher is retiring after 27 years. "It's been a long time. A lot of my customers through the decades have started to ask, 'How long have you been here?' I tease and always say it's been like 400 years," Fisher said jokingly.Wanda Fisher retires from Bank of Estes Park What's not as much of a joking matter is how much she'll miss the Niwot community members she's gotten to know. "One of...

  • Niwot Barber Shop's Alivia Bell is grateful for community support

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 28, 2021

    It's been just over a year since Alivia Bell of Niwot Barber Shop was seriously injured while riding her bike in Longmont, but thanks to the support of her clients, neighbors, and friends in Niwot, the experienced stylist is now back behind the chair and doing what she does best. "I love cutting hair, it's my passion," Bell said from her cozy two-chair shop in Cottonwood Square, where she has been working for close to 15 years. "And I just love to be able to help serve in some way, to...

  • How Does Niwot Work? - Part 21

    Bruce Warren|Jul 28, 2021

    "Sheriff Joe" has a very different connotation in these parts than in Arizona. Joe Pelle has served as Boulder County Sheriff for over 18 years and is in what appears to be his final term, which expires in 2022. Pelle is a former Niwot resident, and his wife Stephanie Pelle worked in the Niwot Post Office for many years. As a result, many Niwot residents are on a first-name basis with the sheriff, which is comforting considering that the Boulder County Sheriff's Department is the law enforcement...

  • Death Notices (July 28)

    Jul 28, 2021

    Author Anita Solick Oswald, who has been featured at Inkberry Books in Niwot, passed away on July 15, 2021, at age 72 from cancer. Memorial plans are in process and will be shared on her facebook page at Anita Solick Oswald. Donations in her honor should be directed to the OFF THE STREET CLUB in Chicago. Matthew Robert Beam, former NHS student and athlete, died unexpectedly at age 36 on July 18, 2021, in Denver. Services were held July 26, 2021. See to leave... Full story

  • Friday night car show: A hidden gem

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 28, 2021

    Niwot resident Brian Foster was looking for a "project car" when he spotted something special in an out-of-the-way garage in eastern Colorado. "It was just wasting away in somebody's backyard," he said. Underneath a minor coat of rust was a 1973 Chevrolet Camaro, one of the earliest models of what would become the classic American muscle car of the 1980s. "I knew when I saw it that they're a rare vehicle," the longtime mechanic said. "A lot of them were turned into race cars, and they sent them...

  • Niwot author honored with Colorado Book Award

    Deborah Cameron|Jul 28, 2021

    Niwot-based author R.L. Maizes' latest book, Other People's Pets, has something new to celebrate. On June 26, her latest book was named as the winner of the 2021 Colorado Book Award for General Fiction. The novel tells the story of an animal-loving young woman who was raised by her burglar father and turns to robbery to pay for legal fees after he is caught. She justifies her way of life by taking care of the pets in the homes she robs. As the story progresses, page by page it delves into what...

  • Running into the new school year

    Hannah Stewart|Jul 28, 2021

    This August marks the 36th annual Sunrise Stampede organized by the St.Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation. Founded in 1986, the race was first organized by the Longmont Sunrise Lions Club and sponsored by Mountain Bell as a way to support students. The Education Foundation partnered with the Stampede for the first time in 2016, updating the race route to one that starts and ends at Silver Creek High School. As for the 2021 race, students, families and the planning committee alike seem to...

  • NHS alum and Olympian Elise Cranny's family bracing for week ahead

    Jack Carlough|Jul 28, 2021

    Niwot High School alum Elise Cranny will take the world's center stage on July 30 at 4 a.m. MST when she competes for Olympic gold in the women's track and field 5,000 meter event. Cranny, who graduated from Niwot in 2014 with multiple Colorado state titles in cross country and track before running at Stanford University, won the Team USA 5,000m qualifying race in June with a time of 15:27.81. Her family watched from the sidelines at Hayward Field in Oregon as Cranny punched her ticket to...

  • Friday night dinners return to Niwot Market

    Jul 28, 2021

    The summer tradition of Friday Night Dinner at Niwot Market was halted in 2020 due to the pandemic, but Bert Steele has brought them back in 2021, albeit on a monthly rather than weekly basis. The dinners are served on the Market's front patio, and feature multiple courses, prepared using fresh ingredients from the shelves. The cost is $25 per plate for adults, and $13 for kids. Unfortunately, the next date, Aug. 6, is already sold out, but there are still spots available in September. For more...

  • Trooper Tips: Drive by example

    Master Trooper Gary Cutler, Colorado State Patrol|Jul 28, 2021

    The old proverb simply states, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." It means trying to do what someone else does, or think like someone else thinks is a compliment to that person. Parents, you should feel flattered, because your kids spend a large amount of time watching your actions and then imitating them. People often imitate or follow along with others without thinking about their actions, sometimes when doing unsafe acts. So, when you are in your vehicle with your kids, remember...

  • Lawns browning from heat

    Carol OMeara, Colorado State University Extension, Boulder County|Jul 28, 2021

    What a difference a high pressure ridge makes. After a cool, rainy warmup to the season, gardeners are shocked to face scorching hot temperatures that broil our gardens and lawns. The high pressure system parked overhead is pulling the heat up from the south and there is nothing our plants can do but weather the heat. When the heat switched on, lawns stressed, with Kentucky Bluegrass going dormant to escape the near-hundred degree temperatures. Brown spots in yards are blooming faster than the...

  • It's a laughing matter

    Mary Wolbach Lopert|Jul 28, 2021

    I am not a princess. Really - despite any rumors you’ve heard to the contrary. My problem is that I’m just not a handy person. I don’t sew, decoupage, scrapbook, paint, refurbish or generally do crafts. Oh sure, when I was little, during the holiday season, my mother and I would make little things. One year I remember making a kaleidoscope, which consisted of a decal gingerly placed at the bottom of a baby food jar with some glitter. Hey, it was the mid-1950s - that was as high tech as it got. When things need to be done around the house, I usu...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Taylor James

    Jocelyn Rowley|Jul 28, 2021

    The Niwot track and field program has produced its fair share of talented athletes, most notably Elise Cranny, who will be representing the U.S. in the 5000-meter Olympic race on Friday, July 30. But Taylor James stands out even in that elite group. During a storied track and cross country career at Niwot, the versatile performer earned seven individual state track titles, a handful of relay titles, a runner-up title in cross-country, and set at least two Class 4A records. For longtime Niwot tra...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (July 28)

    Jul 28, 2021

    Meet Wilbur! Wilbur is a 10-year old Dachshund/Beagle mix. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him! Willbur is about 25 lbs. He loves people and dogs alike. Wilbur is super social and likes to snuggle with kiddos and play with other four-legged creatures. He is looking for a loving family who would like to adopt a senior pup into their home. Currently, he is being fostered through Farfel's Farm Rescue in Boulder. The lucky adopter of Wilbur will receive a FREE TRIAL DAY from Bowhaus Dog...