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  • Courier Crossword Corner August 30, 2023|Aug 30, 2023

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers August 30, 2023

    Aug 30, 2023

    ACROSS 2. Woo 5. ROTC 6. Alabama 8. Bert 10. length 11. coins 12. Denver 13. Kaus DOWN 1. Volf 2. welcoming 3. Nalani 4. bartender 7. finesse 9. chicken 14. stuffed... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Aug 30, 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

    Aug 30, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Aug 30, 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...

  • Pete Dawson

    Aug 30, 2023

    Pete Dawson, age 72, of Estes Park, formerly of Niwot, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on August 20, 2023. Pete was born on December 31, 1950 in Neenah, Wisconsin where he lived with his parents Paul and Lillian, his older sisters Gail and Kathy, and his younger brother Joe. The family moved to Boulder in 1960. Pete graduated from Fairview High School in 1969 and his high school years were filled with many achievements. He was a state medalist in golf, lea... Full story

  • Hazel Miller headlines Rock & Rails finale

    Bruce Warren|Aug 30, 2023

    Hazel Miller, who has performed at every Rock & Rails summer concert series since its inception in 2006, will bring her powerful voice and a blend of jazz, blues, R&B and popular music to Niwot Aug. 31. Miller will appear with her band, The Collective, to bring a soulful end to the 2023 summer concert series at Niwot's Whistle Stop Park. For the past several seasons, Miller has been the featured performer at the final concert. Miller has played almost every venue and event in Colorado over the...

  • Bluegrass for Bert brings out the community

    Bruce Warren|Aug 30, 2023

    The Niwot community turned out to honor the life and memory of Bert Steele Saturday, Aug. 26, in Cottonwood Square shopping center. What was originally planned to be a "thank you" to the Niwot community for supporting local retail businesses, and helping the merchants survive the pandemic shutdown, morphed into a tribute to the late Bert Steele, who brought The Niwot Market to life over 20 years ago. Stacy Szydiek, co-owner of The Niwot Tavern, spearheaded the effort to put the afternoon and eve...

  • History of coins featured in Now & Then Lecture Series

    Jessica Checkas|Aug 30, 2023

    The Niwot Historical Society's first lecture in its annual Now & Then Lecture Series, Aug. 23, featured Daryl Mercer and the history of coins, particularly in Colorado. The Now & Then Lectures were started in 2011 by Laura Skaggs and have continued for 12 years, bringing interesting new historical insights to the history lovers in Niwot. The Now & Then Lectures are now organized by Kathy Koehler, who has been the president of the Niwot Historical Society for several years. The lecture series...

  • Let's Talk About...Chicken

    Elise S. Marylander|Aug 30, 2023

    Ok. How often have you opened the refrigerator looking for inspiration for dinner, then you grab some salad makings, spot some Tupperware, and exclaim, “How old is this chicken?” Chances are you have leftover chicken something. Perhaps chicken tikka masala, chicken shawarma, orange chicken, chicken piccata, chicken saltimbocca, or an old chicken pot pie. Why is chicken so prevalent in our diets? When did that happen? Chicken started as an inexpensive alternative to steak. It soon became a diet f...

  • Familiar Face - Michael Brennan

    Maria Karagianis|Aug 30, 2023

    Talk about an interesting life. Michael Brennan has done it all – from being a "ski bum" and working in a sawmill in Telluride, to living in London during the Beatles era, to having assisted as a Yale-educated physician's assistant at 7,500 open heart surgeries at the biggest medical facility in Maine for 25 years. He is now a Niwot Familiar Face as a bartender for the past two years at The Wheel House. This is a story you couldn't make up. "Pure luck," he said of his fascinating life. "It w...

  • Nalani and Wendy Woo keep the crowd on their feet

    Kristin Alger|Aug 30, 2023

    A beautiful evening greeted concert-goers at the penultimate Rock & Rails concert of the season on Aug. 24. Although gray skies threatened, nothing more than a brief dash of rain fell, making for a perfect summer evening. Rock & Rails veteran Wendy Woo opened the evening. A Boulder native, Woo's parents were founding faculty members at Naropa University in Boulder. Influential beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey would be regulars in the living room – a fact s...

  • Niwot football wins season opener 14-7

    Isaac Stephens|Aug 30, 2023

    The Niwot High School football season started strong with a narrow 14-7 victory against the Greeley Central High School Wildcats. Niwot found a lot of success on offense with a wide variety of passing and rushing plays. Quarterback Chad Volf dominated success on the ground which helped open up the Cougar air attack. On the defensive side of the ball, Niwot shut Greeley down, only allowing one score, while also holding them off at the end of the game. To start the game, Niwot was on defense,...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Jenna Hobson

    Jack Carlough|Aug 30, 2023

    Switching high schools often comes with its challenges but for Jenna Hobson, her transition from Boulder to Niwot High School was made easier thanks to a "welcoming" softball program. Now in the midst of her third and final varsity softball season at Niwot, the senior looks back fondly on her time with the Cougars. "We've been talking about senior night the whole season," Hobson said. "I'm so sad to leave everyone. They're my best friends. You don't know them and then they're the people that...

  • Niwot boys soccer beats Wheat Ridge 1-0

    Isaac Stephens|Aug 30, 2023

    The Niwot High School boys soccer season has started off hot, as the Cougars are 2-0 now after the second week of the season. Niwot beat the Wheat Ridge Farmers 1-0 last Thursday. Niwot was much stronger than the score would indicate as they maintained possession throughout most of the game, getting solid shots on net all during the game. Josh Rodriguez was able to kick Niwot off to an early lead with a goal assisted by Bo Gardner halfway through the first period. Niwot got good shots off all...

  • Reloaded Niwot girls volleyball set for new season

    Jack Carlough|Aug 30, 2023

    While it hasn't come simply by chance, Tony Engel enjoys a luxury that not every high school head coach possesses. For the third consecutive year, over 75 students tried out for Engel's Niwot High School girls volleyball program, giving him more than enough talent to replace the six seniors he lost following last season. The only downside is that Engel was forced to make cuts with roughly 50 total roster spots available within Niwot's varsity, junior varsity, C and D teams. "This year was by...

  • Niwot boys golf finding equilibrium

    Scott L. Malan|Aug 30, 2023

    The beauty of golf is that it rewards a balance among strength, finesse, and mental acumen. When all aspects are clicking, the game can seem easy. But when the scales are out of balance, golf can be one of the most frustrating sports. Niwot High School golf coach Ed Weaver has spent this season coaxing his players to find that equilibrium. And he knows he hasn't finished delivering the message. "Length is our strength and length is our nemesis," Weaver explained while discussing the host...

  • Niwot cross country running steady

    Scott L. Malan|Aug 30, 2023

    “Go out steady . . . gradually pick up the pace . . . and sprint to a strong finish.” Sounds like a great strategy for an individual cross-country runner. It’s also the approach Niwot Coach Kelly Christensen uses to sketch out the blueprint for his team’s entire season. “We kind of travel to the beat of our own drum,” Christensen said. “We take a slower approach to our season than you might normally see. We’re a team that goes very late into June with our track athletes and a lot of the other teams don’t. While we’re still racing track in lat...

  • "Street Life City View" by photographer Kenneth Wajda at Inkberry Books

    Gene Hayworth|Aug 30, 2023

    "Street Life City View," the new exhibit by photographer Kenneth Wajda, opens at Inkberry Books on Friday, Sept. 1. According to Wajda, the images in the exhibit are representative of a genre called "Street Photography." "When I'm between assignments in cities across the U.S.," Wajda said, "I take to the street and look for stories that are waiting to be found, lives that need to be documented, and pictures that need to be made. There's something satisfying about going out with no photograph in...

  • Boulder County Commissioners to meet in Niwot Oct 12

    Staff Report|Aug 30, 2023

    The Boulder County Commissioners will hold an in-person Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Oct 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Left Hand Grange No. 9, 195 2nd Avenue in Niwot. The stated purpose of the meeting is to meet with representatives and constituents to discuss issues of concern for the local community. In a press release, Commissioner Claire Levy said, “We are specifically seeking input on our plan to implement a local minimum wage of $15.69/hour (the state minimum wage will be $14.42 as of 01/01/2024) for unincorporated Boulder County e...

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