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  • Biff Warren inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 21, 2022

    Niwot attorney, co-founder of the Left Hand Valley Courier, longtime Niwot resident and (extremely) active community member, Bruce "Biff" Warren, received yet another honor this week. Partner and founding attorney at Warren, Carson & Moore LLP, Warren was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame. "A couple of people showed up in my office one morning, without an appointment," Warren said. "It was Dennis Paul, who is president of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame, and Jeff...

  • Planes collide in mid-air over Niwot Road - 3 dead

    Bruce Warren|Sep 21, 2022

    A loud crash interrupted a quiet Saturday morning in Niwot when two airplanes collided in mid-air and fell to the ground, resulting in the deaths of the two pilots and one passenger. The victims were identified as 22-year-old Daniel Wilmoth, Samuel Fisher, 23, and 69-year-old Henry Butler. Two were found dead in one of the airplanes and one was found dead in the other. The Boulder County Sheriff's office reported receiving multiple calls shortly before 9 a.m. from area residents who heard the...

  • Story Behind the Name: Canar Field

    Leigh Suskin and Kathy Trauner|Sep 21, 2022

    If you're raising some young baseball players, or just have a love of the game, you probably know Canar Field at the Niwot Youth Sports complex known as Hangge Fields at Monarch Park. It's the largest of the six fields, often used for "senior" players between 13 and 15 years old. Jason Canar of Longmont remembers when Canar Field was christened back in 1986, and the field still holds great meaning for him. "I'm incredibly proud, just to have it have that name," he said. Canar Field wasn't named... Full story

  • Photo of the Week

    Sep 21, 2022

  • Photo of the Week – Yours?

    Sep 21, 2022

    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 is fair game. 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 addre...

  • Brewers' cooperation a recipe for success

    Sep 21, 2022

    It is not uncommon to see similar businesses in fierce competition with each other. All it takes is 15 minutes of TV to see the competition between grocery stores, car companies and yes, even lawyers. But the world of independent brewers is a bit different – congenial and downright cooperative. That spirit of cooperation was on display at a recent Thursday night Rock & Rails concert when there was a problem with one of the beer lines. "Dan (Hawk) came up to me and told me that one of the tap l...

  • Business Profile: WISE BUYS ANTIQUES

    Maria Karagianis|Sep 21, 2022

    Tim and Carrie Wise Founding members of the Niwot Business Association, Tim and Carrie Wise, owners of Wise Buys Antiques on 2nd Avenue in Niwot, have been involved for the past 40 years in just about every improvement to the community – from chairing the Local Improvement District to helping to build the Children's Park, to bringing a caboose and building a band-stand at Whistlestop Park. "We're having fun," said Carrie. An exuberant woman with a glowing smile, she grew up in California's S...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Sep 21, 2022

    Niwot’s Left Hand Grange No. 9 was founded in 1873 and is now the oldest active Grange in Colorado. In 1945, Left Hand Grange, Inc., a non-profit corporation, purchased the present building at 195 Second Avenue, formerly Nelson Hall, for $750, and it has served as the home of Left Hand Grange No. 9 ever since. While initially providing an outlet for farmers and country folks to interact socially, to share ideas and resources, and to stay in touch with local politics, these days Left Hand G...

  • Art Student of the Week: Hannah Rudolph

    Gene Hayworth|Sep 21, 2022

    Niwot High School student Hannah Rudolph has an energetic optimism that drives her to succeed. She is an artist, a singer, and a cheerleader. She plays guitar and she played flute for three years in middle school. She is also the only student in the history of Niwot High School who has performed in all five choirs: Chamber Singers, Evenstar, Tenor/Bass choir, Treble choir and Sedalia. Laura Walters, the Choral Music Director at NHS, selected Rudolph as Art Student of the Week. "Hannah is a...

  • Shine Prom offers formal prom to special needs students

    Sep 21, 2022

    Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot sponsored the Shine Prom again on Sept. 17, as part of the church's ministry to special needs students. Niwot High cheerleaders and others lined the entrance to the building as students, along with their partners, arrived, decked out in formal dresses and suits....

  • Rock & Rails closes out a successful season

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 21, 2022

    Rock & Rails' second complete season following pandemic interruptions was a notable success. A full slate of musical acts played each Thursday between Jun. 2 and Aug. 25 and included 26 musical groups split between main stage and opening acts. Talent included long time performers who return each year, new performers, Colorado Music Hall of Fame members and newly appointed Colorado Country Music Hall of Famer, Gunbarrel resident Dean Himes. Business numbers also point to a strong season....

  • Inkberry Books hosts comedy night

    Sep 21, 2022

  • Niwot Historical Society back to pre-COVID-19 lectures

    Leonard Sitongia|Sep 21, 2022

    The Niwot Historical Society (NHS) held its first public lecture with a live audience since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 18 in the Left Hand Grange No. 9. The lecturer was Larry Dorsey, well-known railroad historian, trustee of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden and past chair of the Superior Historical Commission. Dorsey gave one of the first lectures to the Society in 2011. In total, he has given six lectures about Colorado railroading. Two are presently viewable on the...

  • Niwot mural artist Brent Learned depicts the Sand Creek Massacre

    Vicky Dorvee|Sep 21, 2022

    This is the third in a series of stories centered on the four artists painting murals as part of the Cottonwood Square Shopping Center-Jerry Sinor Building mural project. You might feel shocked and outraged. The powerful image of the latest mural in the breezeway of the Cottonwood Square Shopping Center is intended to do just that. The mural might also make you want to learn more and ensure that the level of hate, ignorance, and greed that led to this horror never happens again. The mural...

  • The Grand Finale Marshall Fire Fundraiser

    Katrina Stroud|Sep 21, 2022

    On Dec. 30, 2021, the devastating Marshall Fire destroyed neighborhoods and shattered families. In response, local community members created the Niwot Small Town Big Heart Marshall Fire Fund, working through the Community Foundation Boulder County. Multiple festivals and charity events took place over the course of 2022 and the fundraiser has currently raised $93,436. Now comes the Grand Finale Fundraiser, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 4-8 p.m. at the 1914 House restaurant....

  • September Book Review: "Wise Inside"

    Hannah Stewart|Sep 21, 2022

    This book is not a casual read. It is a quick one, sitting at just over 100 pages, but it definitely shouldn't be rushed. This month, Inkberry Books lent me Danae Shanti's book Wise Inside, and I honestly didn't know what to make of it at first. Initially, especially based on the cover, I thought it would be some chakra-inner-self type of book, and there are elements of that. Reading the first few chapters, I had the impression that it was more on the self-help side of literature, and there are...

  • House Blend Band closes with Age of Aquarius

    Bruce Warren|Sep 21, 2022

    The House Blend Band, created by Old Oak Coffeehouse owners Michael Tomich and his wife, Patty Machen, closed out the summer concert season on a beautiful summer night in downtown Niwot with another stellar performance featuring family members, guest artists, and the baristas who work at Old Oak. A crowd of several hundred people, young and old, brought lawn chairs and enjoyed the music, together with the spaghetti house special from Old Oak on a warm evening, where the threat of rain resulted...

  • Niwot girls take first in St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational

    Jack Carlough|Sep 21, 2022

    Homecoming week took a hit on the Niwot cross country team. According to head coach Kelly Christensen, his Cougars were far from 100% when they lined up for the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 17. But even without four top runners, the Niwot girls team squeaked out a first-place finish at Lyons High School. An encouraging takeaway for Christensen was that a few underclassmen, on both the girls and boys’ sides, were able to keep a shorthanded Cougars team competitive. Sophomore Bella Nelson led the Niwot girls with a third-place f...

  • NHS Softball Prevails twice, then falls to Frederick on Saturday

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 21, 2022

    This week, NHS softball showed that they are willing to make a sustained and focused effort no matter what, even if positive results aren't always assured. On Tuesday, the team came out ahead against the Skyline Falcons by a score of 20 to 4, and prevailed again on Thursday against the Severance Silver Knights, 3-2 in 7 innings. The Severance victory included an RBI from pitcher Anne Booth, two RBI from catcher Selene Amaya, and a sixth-inning rally by Severance that closed Niwot's lead to a...

  • Introducing the Niwot Cheer Team

    Isaac Stephens|Sep 21, 2022

    Led by their five captains, Paris Stephens, Makenna Noterman, Fernanda Laguna-Perez, Jordan Tajchman, and Aditi Patel, Niwot Cheer is gearing up for a big season. With a total number of 17 cheerleaders, including Hannah Rudolph, Isaac Lopez Romero, Jenna Johnson, Nadia Pai, Olivia Marcellus, Rue Brown, Asher Trujillo, Ashley Lovato, Clara Rhea, Elizabeth Sullivan and Estela Mendoza, Niwot is looking to not only bring school spirit to sports contests, but to also compete at a high level in the...

  • Young NHS gymnastics still finding their footing

    Patricia Logan|Sep 21, 2022

    The team scores for Niwot High School gymnastics are trending down over the first few weeks of the season, but team chemistry is trending up, according to head coach Marisa Purcell who believes that is an important piece of her team's long-term success. Purcell was encouraged to see her gymnasts holding hands while they supported one of their teammates on the balance beam during last week's home meet against Rocky Mountain High School, a district team from Poudre Valley. "They were really in...

  • Niwot wins 2-1 in OT against Silver Creek

    Bruce Warren|Sep 21, 2022

    Niwot boys soccer coach Stephen Dimit described the setting for Niwot's first cross-town rivalry soccer game under the home lights on Friday, Sept. 17. "It was a cool environment, a cool atmosphere." The Cougars took on the Raptors around 7 p.m. "We kind of knew we needed to be at our best," Dimmit said. "There are so many connections, they play together in the spring." The game featured an aggressive push by Niwot to keep the ball in the Silver Creek side of the field. The strategy seemed to...

  • Charlie Kirtland's resiliency highlights strong week from Niwot boys tennis

    Jack Carlough|Sep 21, 2022

    Being a freshman on varsity comes with its challenges. Instead of typically facing opponents of a similar age in middle school, there's a chance that someone four years older stands on the opposite side of the court. Charlie Kirtland is currently experiencing the ups and downs of being a freshman on the Niwot High School boys tennis team. He entered the season looking to claim Niwot's No. 3 singles spot and after impressing in his varsity debut against Dawson School in mid-August, he hasn't...

  • Boulder evaluates allowing ebikes on open space trails

    Leonard Sitongia|Sep 21, 2022

    The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) is evaluating the use of electric bicycles on some of the trails in their system. Ebikes are currently prohibited on all OSMP trails, although they are allowed in Boulder city limits on multi-use paths that are managed by other departments in the City of Boulder. The stated objectives of the project are to improve access to trails for a wider range of ages and abilities, to provide a consistent experience across interconnected...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Gavin Burrage

    Jack Carlough|Sep 21, 2022

    Outside linebacker Gavin Burrage wasn't going to allow Niwot football to lose its first-ever game played on campus. Going up against Skyview, Burrage's barrage held the Wolverines to only one touchdown in a historic 15-6 win on Sept. 9. "I thought it was our team's best game," Burrage said. "The energy was really high, we were all performing our best and it was just a great game for me." Including Burrage, two other juniors on Niwot's defense have stood out, not only in the Skyview game, but...

  • Pumpkin Walk - all October long

    Staff Report|Sep 21, 2022

    The Niwot Business Association is sponsoring the Pumpkin Walk for the second year in a row. Niwot realtor and NBA Vice-President Deb Fowler, who is spearheading the event said, “As we approach the colder months, it is even more critical to ensure we support the local restaurants and stores so they continue to stay in business.” The concept is simple - you check in and pick up your pumpkin pass and empty swag bag, one per household, at DRF Real Estate - Slifer Smith and Frampton. located in Suite E behind (not next to) The Old Oak Cof...