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  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Crosswordlabs.com|Aug 23, 2023

  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers August 23, 2023

    Aug 23, 2023

    ACROSS 2. Law 4. Woo 6. Theobald 9. Nalani 11. Prok 12. Magdovitz 13. golf 19. drum 21. Grizzlies 22. mathematics 23. Culpepper 24. queen 26. bluegrass DOWN 1. blowout 3. pollinator 5. mead 7. RainDance 8. Bounds 10. honey 12. Messinger 14. fire 15. three 16. Sunset 17. Shaw 18. circular 20. Jared 25. clown...

  • Content and Comments

    Aug 23, 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]....

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Aug 23, 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

    Aug 23, 2023

  • Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele

    Aug 23, 2023

    Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele Oct. 16, 1950 - Aug. 7, 2023 Robert "Bert" Merrill Steele passed away peacefully on August 7, 2023, in Niwot, Colorado, at the age of 72. Born on October 16, 1950, in Fort Collins, Colorado, he leaves behind a legacy that will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and community. A true grocer at heart, Bert found comfort and joy in his work and his community. He held a deep affection for his family, his roots, and a hard day's work that came along with...

  • Editorial

    Bruce Warren|Aug 23, 2023

    Niwot recently lost two men who left incredibly large shoes to fill. Both men died unexpectedly in their early 70s, while still very much active in their businesses. Art Stapp was Stapp Interstate Toyota, once located in south Longmont, and now located east of town off I-25. Bert Steele was The Niwot Market, in Niwot’s Cottonwood Square Shopping Center. Though their businesses were very different, each, in his own way, left an indelible mark on our community. There were many similarities, though you might not think so at first glance. Both ran...

  • Let's Talk About...Going Back to School

    Elise S. Marylander|Aug 23, 2023

    Ok. It's that time again. Some dread it, others can't wait for it. I am talking about going back to school. As a parent, you might be happy to see some structure begin and a quiet house for a few hours. For kids, you might be looking forward to seeing your friends again and getting on with this thing called "education." Personally, as a parent, I missed my kids when they went back to school. Of course, I got over it in about a week. As a kid, it was my worst time of year. Let me explain. My birt...

  • All the buzz about the Honey Bee Harvest Festival

    Special to the Courier|Aug 23, 2023

    The 3rd Annual Niwot Honey Bee Harvest Festival is a family friendly community event that celebrates the crucial role played by honey bees, the 900-plus species of Colorado native bees, and other pollinators' role in pollinating crops and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. The event is sponsored by the Niwot Business Association (NBA) with additional funding provided by the Niwot Local Improvement District. Event co-planners are Niwot residents Victoria Keen, Dawn Server of Meadowlake Honey, and D...

  • Left Hand Laurel Michelle Law

    Maria Karagianis|Aug 23, 2023

    Niwot resident Michelle Law, who was born in Illinois, raised in Ohio and moved to Colorado in 1997, is this week's Left Hand Laurel for her work as the Scout Leader and Advancement Chair of Troop 161-G, a scout troop established in 2021 when the organization simply became known as "Scouts." "The biggest thing I see," said Law, who has been involved with scouts from the time she was a little girl, "is you start as an 11-year-old fifth-grader and mature into a competent young adult." Law...

  • Bluegrass for Bert

    Bruce Warren|Aug 23, 2023

    Hundreds of people turned out for the Celebration of Life for Bert Steele on Aug. 20 at the Knaus Farm on Nimbus Road, with a bluegrass band providing background music both before and after remarks and remembrances by family and friends. The much-loved principal owner of The Niwot Market died Aug. 7 after a short illness. But the tributes to Steele, focusing on how he treated people and how he served the community, haven't ended. On Saturday, Aug. 26, Bluegrass for Bert will be held in...

  • From Niwot to Nashville and back - The Nalani Effect headlines Rock & Rails

    Deborah Cameron|Aug 23, 2023

    This week's Rock & Rails headliner is possibly the first performer in the series to have ever set foot on Whistle Stop Park's gazebo stage. Nalani is a Niwot High School graduate with deep area roots and fond memories of the concert series. "Rock & Rails is my home," Nalani said. "I remember when they built the gazebo and feeling that it was an anchor point for a community space. I just stood up on it, with my arms wide open, and wondered what the space would be like with the crowd, vendors,...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Aug 23, 2023

    The beginning of autumn is a time of celebration at The Grange. The community will come together to revel in the season's harvest and the joy of dancing, singing, and learning together. Community Dance Lessons Tuesdays, September 5 through December 12, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Teacher-choreographer Lindy Bartruff invites all ages and levels to the Lindybdance Fall Celebration featuring line dance classes and social dance workshops for $10/person or $15/couple. Join in fun and free dance samplers and be...

  • Book review: "Musical Chairs"

    Hannah Stewart|Aug 23, 2023

    When I first received James Mitchell's "Musical Chairs: A 76-Year-Old's Quest to Learn Every Instrument in the Orchestra," I honestly wasn't sure how well I would like it. I'm no musician, so I don't have that in common with the author, and I would have never imagined that the musical journey of learning 11 instruments would be a story that I'd find so engaging. Full disclosure, I had to look up how many individual instruments are in an orchestra, and the internet said "at least 15." So, for...

  • Nicholas 50th Anniversary

    Aug 23, 2023

    Nong and Mike Nicholas of Niwot will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 30, 2023. The couple met at an Air Force base in Thailand, where Mike was serving as a pilot, and they later were married in New York. They came to Colorado in 1973, but relocated four years later after Mike joined the U.S. Foreign Service. The couple then spent time in Washington D.C., Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines before Mike's (semi-)retirement in 1998. During this time, Nong held various...

  • Fan Favorite FACE Rocks Niwot

    Kristin Alger|Aug 23, 2023

    If it's not one thing, it's another... Through much of June and July, rain, hail and thunderstorms were the Thursday night concern. But now that we're in August, high temperatures have finally come to roost. However, judging by the number of chairs set out to save a space at Rock & Rails, the heat wasn't about to put a dent in enthusiasm for the evening. Legitimate By Friday was Thursday's opening act. No strangers to the Rock & Rails stage, the band has performed six times at the event. Band...

  • Guilty plea in the Tally Ho Fire

    Gene Hayworth|Aug 23, 2023

    On Friday Aug. 11, Helena Syrovatkova, the woman accused of starting the Gunbarrel Tally Ho fire in 2022, pleaded guilty to charges of “firing woods or prairie” for causing a fire, through criminal negligence, that resulted in damage to the yards and fences of eight residential properties as well as open space grassland. As part of a plea agreement, the original offense was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a petty offense, which charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 days in jail and a fine of up to $300, in addition to the possibility that pro...

  • County Circular Economy Funding Program will provide grants for Zero Waste Projects

    Leonard Sitongia|Aug 23, 2023

    Boulder County announced that $100,000 is available to be awarded as grants to help launch or grow circular economy projects. The application deadline is September 6. "Circular Economy" is the county's rebranding of "Zero Waste." This grant program was formerly known as the "Zero Waste Funding Program." In 2005 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) created the Sustainability Initiative to support the reduction of the environmental footprint of county employees, residents and businesses. In...

  • RISE music concert at Whistle Stop Park

    Jessica Checkas|Aug 23, 2023

    The annual Jared Music Foundation RISE Concert fundraiser comes to Whistle Stop Park Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. The concert will begin with Mojomama, a funky blues Rock & Rails favorite, followed by Soul School, a crowd-pleasing multi-genre band that plays anything from soul to country to pop. Donations will provide young musicians from Boulder to Niwot to Longmont with scholarships and instruments to continue pursuing their love of music. The concert is free. Dancing is encouraged. Food...

  • Why Not Niwot? People's Choice voting ends Aug. 31

    Bruce Warren|Aug 23, 2023

    Get your votes in soon for the People’s Choice Award winner for Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show. The jury is no longer out as the distinguished panel of judges has already selected the first, second and third place winners of the Niwot Cultural Arts Association’s celebration of art about Niwot, but patrons of the arts can still help select the People’s Choice winner. Voting will end Aug. 31, as the awards ceremony and artist’s reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. in front of Osmosis Gallery and the...

  • Comedy Night at Inkberry Books

    Aug 23, 2023

  • Niwot Cheer squad takes first at CSU cheer competition

    Scott Barto and Bruce Warren|Aug 23, 2023

    Coach Christina Ayers took her Niwot High School cheer squad to Colorado State University July 6-9 for a cheer camp, and they came home with first-place and second-place awards. "We attended the UCA Varsity Summer Camp at CSU this summer," Ayers said. "During the camp, the team won the Spirit Bananas on the first night, and during the showcase, came in first in the Camp Dance and second in the Game Day Routine." "Our objective this camp was to unite our team and continue forward with our...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Lily Sykes

    Gene Hayworth|Aug 23, 2023

    According to Lily Sykes, Arts Student of the Week, "Music is a beautiful mix between emotion and mathematics." Sykes believes that is what draws her to it. "Music theory is fundamentally based in mathematics, and playing an instrument is a very mathematical process: press the right buttons, use the right muscles," Sykes said, "and the right sound will come out. However, this is not the magic of music. While making the right sounds is very methodical and important, true music goes beyond playing...

  • NHS grad Skyler Messinger is Rockies Minor League Player of the Month

    Bruce Warren|Aug 23, 2023

    Skyler Messinger, a corner infielder for the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class A California League, was named the Colorado Rockies' Minor League Player of the Month for July. In 22 games during July, Messinger hit .326, with a .414 on base percentage and a .744 slugging percentage. His production included 10 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 28 RBIs and two stolen bases. "At the end of May I made a pretty big swing change," Messinger said. "My last year at Texas I hit with a really wide stance and...

  • Seniors give Cougar football a ton of experience

    Bruce Warren|Aug 23, 2023

    When Niwot opens its football season on the road at Greeley Central High School on Friday, Aug. 25, the Cougars should have at least 16 seniors suiting up, the most in Coach Nik Blume's four-year stint as head coach. Collectively, they should weigh far more than a ton, with some players checking in at 275 pounds. For perspective, the Cougars had only three seniors last season, when they finished 3-7. "We averaged 30 kids in the weight room and 30 kids at summer practices this year," Blume said. "When I started four years ago, we were lucky to...

  • NHS grad Walker Bounds to coach Cougars' boys basketball program

    Jack Carlough|Aug 23, 2023

    Walker Bounds was met with a "dream opportunity" when Niwot High School Athletic Director Joe Brown reached out to him regarding the school's vacant boys basketball head coaching position. The 2016 Niwot graduate played three varsity seasons for the Cougars and has long seen the program's potential for success. "​​Being a Niwot kid, growing up in Niwot and being around the program my whole life, it just meant a little more in the sense that it felt like I was coming home," Bounds said. "It was...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Sawyer Bennett

    Jack Carlough|Aug 23, 2023

    Although challenging, Sawyer Bennett learned a lot about his golf game while navigating the monstrous RainDance National Resort & Golf in Windsor on Aug. 15. The Niwot High School sophomore admitted that he was plagued by "careless mistakes" but he nonetheless held his head high after shooting a seven-over-par-72 on the longest course in North America. His 79 strokes placed him in a five-way tie for 10th individually at the Second Annual Resurrection Christian Invitational. "It's a test of your...

  • NHS boys golf chipping away

    Scott L. Malan|Aug 23, 2023

    Walking away from last Tuesday’s Second Annual Resurrection Christian Invitational at RainDance National Resort & Golf Course in Windsor, the Niwot High School boys golf team had every right to feel good about its third-place finish -- highest among the Class 4A schools participating. But the Cougars also couldn’t be blamed for lamenting the one that got away. The Cougars’ three-player total of 238, which was 20 strokes ahead of the nearest 4A competitor, Mead High School, was just four strokes behind the first-place total of 234 posted by th...

  • Niwot cross country team running strong

    Scott L. Malan|Aug 23, 2023

    Five girls 4A state championships in the past five years. Two boys state championships and two runner-up finishes in the last four. To say that the Niwot cross country program is a championship machine may be an understatement. In his eighth year as head coach, Kelly Christensen has found a formula that other coaches around the state would love to steal. Christensen says it’s not that complicated. “The right kids are coming to Niwot and the families are super supportive. They drink the Kool-Aid,” Christensen says with a smile in his voice. “It...

  • Niwot boys soccer wins home opener

    Isaac Stephens|Aug 23, 2023

    The Niwot High School boys' soccer season officially started with a blowout 5-1 win at their home opener against the Pueblo West High School Cyclones last Thursday, Aug. 17. Niwot soccer has set itself a high bar as they are coming off a 14-4 season with some playoff success. This first win seems to have set the pace with hopefully a lot more success to follow. Senior Bo Gardner led the team in goals with two against Pueblo West. Senior Josh Rodriguez, senior Jett Fiener, and junior Naveen...

  • NHS varsity softball finishes opening week with a win and a loss

    Deborah Cameron|Aug 23, 2023

    Niwot High School's softball field was mowed in stripes and the seats on the hill above the Cougars' dugout were packed for the first varsity game of the season last Tuesday, Aug. 15. Although NHS classes hadn't started yet, Principal Eric Rauschkolb and Athletic Director Joe Brown were on hand to talk with students and wish the girls well. "We're looking forward to a fun season and to learn expectations of the players as we go through," said Brown during the earlier part of the team's first...

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