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  • Courier Crossword Corner|Sep 27, 2023

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers September 27, 2023

    Sep 27, 2023

    ACROSS 2. bread 4. Press 7. softball 10. golf 11. Schlepp 13. Clemmons 14. Trot 17. Messinger 19. Flentie DOWN 1. changes 3. spirit 5. Shell 6. Woodle 8. volleyball 9. pistons 12. parade 15. reunion 16. five 18. shutout... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Sep 27, 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]. 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

    Sep 27, 2023

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours

    Sep 27, 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...

  • Niwot homecoming parade celebrates NHS athletes and school spirit

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 27, 2023

    Fall came to Niwot a day early on Friday, Sept. 22, with Niwot's annual homecoming parade. The parade followed the usual route, winding past Niwot Elementary School, where students greeted the parade, then down Niwot Road past Cottonwood Square and onto Second Avenue. Parents and other community members eagerly waited for the event. Brady Toothaker, the parent of a junior at the high school, was excited to cheer the teams on. "We come because we just love how they get all the sports teams out...

  • Left Hand Valley Courier takes home three Colorado Press Association awards

    Staff Report|Sep 27, 2023

    Left Hand Valley Courier writers Jack Carlough, Kristin Alger and the now-retired Mary Wolbach Lopert were each honored at the 145th annual Colorado Press Association Better News Awards Dinner in Denver on Sept. 23. Lopert, one of the seven founders of the Courier who retired in 2022 after 25 years with the paper, took second place in the Class 5 Editorial's Best Humorous Column Writing category for her piece, "It's A Laughing Matter: 21 Ways You Know You Live in a Small Town." The column was...

  • Niwot's Out & About returns to celebrate small businesses

    Lisha Nouhan|Sep 27, 2023

    Saturday Sept. 23 brought the return of Niwot's annual "Out & About," a day to celebrate the small businesses of Niwot. Sponsored by the Niwot Business Association (NBA), this annual event brings out tents and stands featuring Niwot businesses and live music along Second Avenue and in Cottonwood Square. Out & About was started last year as a way to showcase the various goods and gifts from businesses in Niwot, and to bring support and awareness for Niwot's charming business community....

  • Let's Talk About...Bread

    Elise S. Marylander|Sep 27, 2023

    Ok. Why does bread have such a bad rap? Bread has been around since the beginning of time. Basically, flour and water, it is a staple in one form or another around the world. The centerpiece of any gathering, a symbol of community and hospitality, bread is a mainstay of every meal. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches at lunch and a good hunk of bread at dinner to wipe up your gravy. At what point did bread become a bad thing? Today bread is often considered a high carb, low fiber, low protein, low n...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Hayden Baldwin

    Gene Hayworth|Sep 27, 2023

    Niwot High School senior Hayden Baldwin performs in the NHS Marching Band and two of the high school choirs: Tenor/Bass Choir and Evenstar. “Out of the two,” Baldwin said, “by far my favorite has been Tenor/Bass choir.” Baldwin, Arts Student of the Week, appreciates the community he has found at the high school. “Despite not being an advanced group,” he said, “the community in that class is amazing and super fun to be around. The community and people in Orchestra and for the most part the band...

  • Niwot Trot runs into its 15th year Oct. 1

    Jessica Checkas|Sep 27, 2023

    The Niwot Elementary Parent Teacher Advisory Council (PTAC) is hosting the annual Niwot Trot for the 15th year to raise money for Niwot Elementary School. The Trot will start on Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. in Whistle Stop Park, and will likely end around 12 noon. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, with race day registration at $30. All proceeds go towards the PTAC to help improve the school. Register at The PTAC is a non-profit organization composed of...

  • New teachers at Niwot Elementary School 2023 - Part II

    Jessica Checkas|Sep 27, 2023

    This year, Niwot Elementary School has hired six new teachers due primarily to the recent retirements of previous teachers, all of whom worked at the elementary school for at least well over a decade. In addition to Hanna Sandhoff, Lyndsey Moauro, and Nina Starks, who were profiled ( in an the September 13 issue of the Left Hand Valley Courier, there are three more new teachers at Niwot Elementary thi...

  • Story Behind the Name - Farmers Ditch

    Gene Fuller and Elise S. Marylander|Sep 27, 2023

    It seems anytime you look at a map of the area, you see a reference to "Farmers Ditch." Farmers Ditch basically travels from Boulder Creek, meanders by Lake Valley Estates off of Niwot Road, and ends at the west shore of Boulder Reservoir. It was constructed in 1862 and is managed by The Farmers Ditch Company. There are several other ditches carved into the county which all have water supply and farming irrigation as their impetus. There is Star Ditch, Johnson Ditch, Hinman Ditch, Boulder &...

  • Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat west side to close Oct. 2 - March 15

    Staff Report|Sep 27, 2023

    The west side of the Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat will be closed for the City of Boulder Main Sewer Improvements Project from Oct. 2 through March 15, 2024. Trails at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat west of Heatherwood Link Trail and west of the boardwalk, including Duck Pond will be closed beginning Oct. 2. Sawhill Ponds will also be closed starting Oct. 2 through March 15 for osprey nesting season. For more information about the Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat trails closure,...

  • Short-Term and Vacation Rentals undergoing rule changes

    Scott L. Malan|Sep 27, 2023

    The complexity of the issues and passion of public opinion, both pros and cons, regarding regulation of Short-Term and Vacation Rentals were on full display Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Boulder County Planning Commission hearing. After three hours of staff presentation, commissioners’ questioning and public comment, the Commission opted for more time and more information before advancing its recommendations for changes to the current regulations, if any, to the Boulder County Commissioners. The five members of the Planning Commission who p...

  • Cougar softball enjoys a three game sweep during homecoming week.

    Deborah Cameron|Sep 27, 2023

    The capabilities of the Niwot Cougar girls softball team were on full display during homecoming week. The week's schedule kicked off with a win against the Northridge High School team that Niwot hadn't prevailed against since the 2021 season. Their matchup with Northridge earlier in the season resulted in a hard fought 5-4 loss but last Tuesday, the Cougars prevailed 8-4. Seniors Autumn Rutherford and Anne Booth continued to show their strength at the plate, going 4-4 and 3-4, respectively. The...

  • NHS girls volleyball puts Severance away in three sets, falls to Thompson Valley

    Savvy Rafkin|Sep 27, 2023

    Niwot High School's volleyball team is proof statistics and records do not tell the complete story. Before Wednesday night's game on Sept. 20, Niwot had a split record. Facing Severance High School with three wins and three losses, a victory would be a nice way to start fresh. And with a 3-0 sweep of the Silver Knights, the Cougars did just that. Walking in with a record that tied Severance High's record at the time, the numbers would suggest a close match. But when broken down, head coach Tony...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Emmett Shell

    Jack Carlough|Sep 27, 2023

    One rough day is all it takes to destroy a golfer's state championship hopes. Emmett Shell learned that lesson last year when he missed the state cut at regionals despite qualifying the prior season. Now another year wiser, the Niwot High School golfer wasn't about to squander another opportunity to compete at the state tournament. Playing cautiously, Shell shot a 2-over-par 74 at the 4A Region 3 meet on Sept. 21 to finish sixth individually, well within the state cut. "This was meaningful in...

  • Niwot High boys golfers headed to State

    Scott L. Malan|Sep 27, 2023

    Don't blame the Niwot High School Cougars for wanting more from their performance in last week's 4A Region 3 golf tournament at Greeley's Boomerang Links Golf Course. But compared with their results from a year ago, the Cougars can take pride in qualifying two players for next week's 4A State Tournament. Coming off a disappointing showing a year ago at the regional event, senior Emmett Shell earned his way back into the state competition after his one-year hiatus. Shell cruised to a two-over...

  • Niwot High gymnastics showcase at Senior Night

    Scott L. Malan|Sep 27, 2023

    In any sport, a bye week can be a curse or a blessing. If momentum is running high, a bye can be a buzz killer. But on the other hand, a week without competition can be a blessing when long weeks of practice and competition have taken a physical and mental toll. For the Niwot High School gymnastics team, this week's bye may be the blessing Coach Marisa Purcell and her team need. After hosting their final home meet of the season on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20, in an event that saw their top...

  • NHS baseball alums gather for homecoming

    Bruce Warren|Sep 27, 2023

    The Niwot High School baseball program has been around for 50 years, and it's been 25 years since the Cougars began a run of five state Class 4A titles in eight years. Saturday, Sept. 23, as part of Niwot High's homecoming week, former players and coaches gathered at the baseball field for a barbeque hosted by NHS Baseball Coach Ken Rosales, and Niwot Baseball, Inc. Approximately 45 alumni, current and former coaches, spouses and fans gathered to see the newly refurbished infield, and take some...

  • Niwot Football wins homecoming game

    Isaac Stephens|Sep 27, 2023

    Niwot High School football came out of a bye week with a 29-15 victory against the Eagle Valley Devils for their homecoming game, only the second varsity football game played on the Cougars' home field. Niwot took the lead on the first play of the game, and never looked back as they posted their third win of the season, giving the Cougars a 3-1 record heading into the middle of the season. Niwot started the game off with a bang, scoring on a 90-yard kickoff return by Eric Dillion, giving Niwot...

  • Niwot High soccer crushes Roosevelt, falls to Northridge

    Isaac Stephens|Sep 27, 2023

    Niwot High School boys soccer was able to bounce back from a tough week with a win at home against the Roosevelt High School Rough Riders this past Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Cougars dominated in their win as they easily got past Roosevelt with a 3-0 victory. Niwot had more trouble on Thursday, Sept. 21, as they fell to the Northridge High School Grizzlies, 2-1 at Northridge. Niwot is now 4-2-2 on the year, an impressive start given their strength of schedule. Niwot's Tuesday match with Roosevelt wa...

  • Niwot boys tennis seeded 7th at State

    Bruce Warren|Sep 27, 2023

    Coach Aimee Hites was happy with the way her Niwot boys tennis squad finished out the regular season, and even happier with the Cougars' No. 7 seed for the state playoffs. "I really like our seed," Hites said. "I'm happy to be on the other side of Kent Denver," which is the No. 1 seed in Class 4A. In the final week of the regular season, the Cougars lost to Kent Denver, 5-2, with Niwot wins coming from LiChen Liao at No. 1 singles and Charlie Kirtland at No. 3 singles. Niwot followed with...