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  • FLASHBACK: NHS celebrates 50 years

    Kristy Zado|Sep 7, 2022

    Gearing up for this week's Niwot High School 50 year celebration, we present a FLASHBACK from 1972: • Kids in Niwot were playing the first video game, PONG and hacky sack. • The cost of goods was low but there was a recession on the horizon. If you were shopping in July 1972, you probably would have been pleased with prices overall. A 5-pound cantaloupe cost the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $3.86. A rib-eye steak was $2.49 a pound, the equivalent of $17.50 a pound today. • Peter Max sneak...

  • Scott Roebuck takes top honors at Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show

    Bruce Warren|Sep 7, 2022

    The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band was on hand to provide a musical backdrop to the 2022 Why Not Niwot? Juried Art Show awards ceremony Sept. 2 in front of Osmosis Art & Architecture. The art contest, now in its 11th year, featured 36 entries in the Niwot Cultural Arts Association's annual contest featuring art about Niwot. The 24-member band directed by Debbie Benson, which is also sponsored by the NCAA and Left Hand Grange No. 9, added a bit of color to the evening with...

  • Dean Himes Inducted into Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame

    Yule Peterson|Sep 7, 2022

    On Aug. 21, Gunbarrel resident Dean Himes was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at Dougie G's Lounge (VFW Post 7945) in Thornton, Colorado. The Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1998 and recognizes musical accomplishments of Colorado country musicians. Himes was one of seven inductees honored for his significant contribution to the country and western music scene. Himes has been on the local country music scene since 1981. His signature...

  • Photo of the Week

    Sep 7, 2022

  • Lobster Fest

    Leigh Suskin|Sep 7, 2022

    On Saturday, September 3, Niwot said farewell to summer in its traditional style–festive and focused, with an eye towards helping others. Lobster Fest was better than ever–the lobster (flown in from Maine) sweeter, the butter richer, the music delightful, and every detail carefully orchestrated from the kids' favors to the sand-filled Mason jar centerpieces. Tim Stiles & The House Blend Band entertained guests and volunteers alike with songs by Steely Dan, John Denver, David Gray and Chi...

  • New faculty and staff at Niwot High School

    Gene Hayworth|Sep 7, 2022

    When the 2022-2023 school year kicked off at Niwot High School this year, the faculty, staff and students offered a warm welcome to a new registrar, a new counselor, and eleven new teachers. The faculty have accepted positions in math, social studies, French, drama, and science. Four of the new recruits took time away from their busy fall schedules to talk about their experience and their first impressions of the school. Erin Smith, an instructor in math, was born and raised in Louisville, Color...

  • Local Business Hall of Famer Carol Riggs talks about Sturtz and Copeland's past and her future

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 7, 2022

    Although she grew up in Littleton, Colorado, when Carol Riggs came north to attend CU Boulder, she found a home in East Boulder County. In the years after graduation she worked at, then purchased and grew Sturtz and Copeland Florist to where it was consistently named Boulder's best florist by The Boulder Weekly. Riggs integrated into the business community in Boulder, and settled in Niwot to raise a family. As a testament to her achievement, she was inducted into the Boulder County Business...

  • St. Vrain for the Brain 5K

    Katrina Stroud|Sep 7, 2022

    The St. Vrain for the Brain 5K, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Niwot High School track, is an annual fundraising event in which all of the profits benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. This nonprofit organization helps to fund brain cancer research, thereby supporting the development of treatments and the search for a cure. The event is organized by Niwot High School graduate MacKenzie Demmel, whose aunt, Meg Boyer, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2018. "And during...

  • NHS Volleyball opens season with victory

    Sep 7, 2022

  • Art Student of the Week: Jessi Lehman

    Gene Hayworth|Sep 7, 2022

    Niwot High School senior Jessi Lehman clearly remembers her experience as a trumpet player in middle school. "There were definitely a lot more boys in the trumpet section," Lehman said, "Pesky middle school boys. And being one of only two girls, I always had a feeling they didn't really think I should be there." But the stereotypical attitude regarding musical instruments and gender that once dominated the music scene did not have a negative effect on the senior's desire to pursue her interests....

  • NHS softball team has a mixed week of play

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 7, 2022

    Although Niwot High School's softball team has been off to a strong start and is showing a strong sense of teamwork, this week saw the girls continue to experience both the highs and the lows of growth together. Tuesday's game saw the girls winning handily over their opponents, the Mountain View Lions. They played well together as a team in the field, and showed up at the plate, with a collective batting average of .310. Second baseman Zoe Chociej continued her strong performance, going 3 for 3...

  • Niwot cross country underclassmen getting experience during early-season meets

    Jack Carlough|Sep 7, 2022

    NHS cross country head coach Kelly Christensen opted to roll with mostly freshmen and sophomore runners during Niwot’s first two meets of the season, giving them some valuable experience before the veterans take control. Not only have the Cougars’ underclassmen gotten their feet wet, but they also littered the leaderboard during their first meet of the year on Aug. 27, at the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile Invitational in Highlands Ranch. On both the girls and boys sides of the freshmen/sophomores-only race, the Cougars took first place overall and...

  • Talent and togetherness power young NHS gymnastics team

    Patricia Logan|Sep 7, 2022

    Freshmen and sophomores led the Niwot Cougars to the first victory of the girls gymnastics season last week. Coach Marisa Purcell said the meet was a "great start" for her young team that beat a smaller, injury-depleted Ft. Morgan team 170.95 to 104.45. Sophomore Maeve Flentie won all-around with a score of 35.00, sophomore Claire Vardas was second at 34.00 and freshman Kylee Schlepp finished third with 32.90 in the Class 4A meet against Ft. Morgan. Another freshman, Lilly O'Neill, took top hono...

  • Cougar football loses 32-27 in a down-to-the-wire game

    Isaac Stephens|Sep 7, 2022

    After starting off the football season with a win against Greeley Central, the Niwot Cougars followed their week 1 win with a week 2 loss to the Thornton Trojans, 32-27. Niwot's first drive consisted of run after run, including a 16-yard run by sophomore Hayden Shaw. Late in the drive, Niwot quarterback Chad Volf threw a bubble screen to junior wide receiver Mats Lehan who went 16 yards for an opening drive touchdown, starting the game with a 7 to 0 lead. The Trojans got the ball but couldn't...

  • Niwot boys tennis sweeps lone match of its week

    Jack Carlough|Sep 7, 2022

    Coming off a third-place finish in the Boulder High Panther Invitational on Aug. 26, the Niwot boys tennis team returned to Class 4A Region 5 play on Aug. 30 at Mountain View. The Cougars arrived in Loveland with a perfect 4-0 league record and it was preserved upon leaving as all seven matches ended in a sweep. Senior Luke Weber didn’t lose a point in his No. 1 singles match and in the four doubles matches, only one total point went in favor of Mountain View. Senior Ryan Gray and junior Kyle Davidson led the No. 1 doubles, sophomore Rex W...

  • Niwot Marshall Fire Fund gets boost from Brisket & Bingo

    Hannah Stewart|Sep 7, 2022

    The Garden Gate Cafe's dining room was packed Friday, Aug. 14 for Brisket & Bingo, a fundraising event hosted by The Garden Gate Cafe, A Few of a Kind Vintage + Mercantile and Deborah Fowler - DRF Real Estate to benefit Niwot's Marshall Fire Fund. "It was fun, the numbers were good, people seemed to enjoy themselves and the food," said Steve Gaibler, owner of the Garden Gate. "I think it's really important to give back to the community." The event consisted of six bingo games and a silent...

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