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  • Courier Crossword Corner|Oct 4, 2023

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  • Courier Crossword Corner Answers October 4, 2023

    Oct 4, 2023

    ACROSS 2. bait 6. crayfish 7. desert 8. Wibby 9. softball 11. Grange 12. tennis 13. mushroom DOWN 1. Polis 3. Thirsty 4. golf 5. serving 9. setter 10. fun... Full story

  • Content and Comments

    Oct 4, 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

    Oct 4, 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...

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    Oct 4, 2023

  • Niwot Trot raises funds for Niwot Elementary

    Bruce Warren|Oct 4, 2023

    The Niwot Trot returned to the streets of Niwot Oct. 1 with a 5K course winding through residential areas and looping back to the starting line, and finishing line, at Whistle Stop Park. Hundreds of runners and walkers participated, raising money for the school’s PTAC to support salaries for paraeducators. Some students manned aid stations along the route, providing water as well as encouragement to the participants....

  • Oktoberfest returns to Niwot

    Kristin Alger|Oct 4, 2023

    After a two-year hiatus, Oktoberfest returned to Cottonwood Square on Saturday, Sept. 30. The festivities kicked off at 11 a.m. with a Nerf Animal Shooting Gallery for kids and adults alike. The inflatable animals included bears, deer and wild boar that could be "shot at" with a Nerf bow and arrow. The shooting gallery was run by the Niwot Rotary Club. Music started at 12:30 p.m. with the aptly named Wurst Case Scenario playing some fun German themed "Weird Al Yankovic" style music. The...

  • Crayfish invasion in Niwot?

    Vicky Dorvee|Oct 4, 2023

    If you tread on Niwot trails regularly, this year you're likely to have frequently sighted some fun small critters – crayfish and Woodhouse's toads. The word "fish" in "crayfish" speaks volumes as to why they drew the most attention when whatever body of water they crawled out from wasn't even in sight. Media reports of the "invasive Rusty Crayfish" in Colorado hit the headlines just as the numbers of Niwot crayfish sightings hit a high. Boulder County Senior Wildlife Biologist Mac Kobza e...

  • Area brewers medal at 2023 Great American Beer Festival

    Deborah Cameron|Oct 4, 2023

    Niwot and Gunbarrel-connected brewers were well represented in the slate of this year's medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival. Out of the 40 medals that Colorado brewers took home this year, 11 winners came from Boulder County. No brewer in the state won bigger this year than Wibby Brewing, whose founder and brewmaster, Ryan Wibby, grew up in Gunbarrel. Wibby Brewing was named Brewery of the Year in the 5,001 - 15,000 barrels per year category. The brewer also received a gold medal...

  • Arts Student of the Week Abby White

    Gene Hayworth|Oct 4, 2023

    “Music,” Abby White says, “is important to so many aspects of life. It uses so many different parts of your brain in different ways than you would get from academics. And that has really helped me in my academic success. And I think it’s just good for your soul. “Music makes us happier. And it’s something that you can really work hard on. It’s difficult, but it gives you such a sense of accomplishment when you’re able to perform something at a high-level or like get through a hard passage....

  • Governor Polis coming to Niwot

    Staff Report|Oct 4, 2023

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis is scheduled to appear in Niwot on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Whistle Stop Park. Polis will be on hand for a ceremony to celebrate the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) obtaining several grant awards to help fund the Colorado Highway 119 Project. CDOT has been working in conjunction with Boulder County Public Works and RTD, to redesign bus lanes on the Diagonal Highway, and to construct a pedestrian/bikeway in the median of the highway to connect Boulder and Longmont. The Niwot Business...

  • Familiar Faces - House Blend Band is a Love Story

    Gene Fuller|Oct 4, 2023

    Michael Tomich and Patty Machen have owned The Old Oak Coffeehouse since 2017. In 2019, they also formed The House Blend Band. The original three-piece band started small, performing inside the coffee house. But soon, they had to move outside to perform because there was not enough room inside for the band and the audience. The band would eventually grow to the current eight members, and often features additional cameo appearances by Old Oak Coffeehouse staff members. The House Blend Band...

  • St. Vrain Band Night Oct. 4 in Longmont

    Staff Report|Oct 4, 2023

    High school marching bands from all the St. Vrain Valley District high schools will come together Wednesday, Oct. 4, not to compete against each other, but to showcase their 2023 field shows in support of everyone's dedication to the art form. This annual event is considered to be the highlight of the marching band season by students, staff, family, and friends. Unlike many other opportunities where high school marching bands perform, this performance is entirely dedicated to audience members...

  • Cougar softball breaks five-game winning streak with a tie, a win, a loss and a win

    Deborah Cameron|Oct 4, 2023

    The Niwot girls softball team faced some challenges after coming off of a strong homecoming week of play. Two days after an exciting win against the Severance High School Silver Knights, the Cougars traveled north on Sept. 25 to play the same team a second time in an away game that was a make up for a rainout earlier in the season. The emotional and challenging game saw the Cougars fall behind early before rallying back to tie the score in the top of the 7th inning. Neither team was able to...

  • Student Athlete of the Week Kyle Davidson

    Jack Carlough|Oct 4, 2023

    Kyle Davidson is enjoying a successful final chapter of his Niwot High boys tennis career with his partner Sebastian Moy. The Cougars senior won six of his last seven regular season No. 1 doubles matches, according to MaxPreps, and continued that momentum with a dominant 6-1, 6-0, match victory in the first round of the Class 4A team state championships on Sept. 27. Despite feeling under the weather, Davidson still had enough strength to help Niwot advance past George Washington High School. "I...

  • NHS dominates at JV golf invitational

    Scott L. Malan|Oct 4, 2023

    As Niwot High School golf Coach Ed Weaver prepared his two 4A state tournament qualifiers, Emmett Shell and Drew Stapp, to step into the limelight for their biggest event of the season on Oct. 2 and 3 in Montrose, he was also gazing optimistically into the future following his underclassmen’s dominant showing at last week’s Niwot JV (Junior Varsity) Invitational. The Cougars were stingy hosts at the Twin Peaks Golf Course, grabbing the top two team finishes and five of the top six individual rounds in the event, which featured 128 golfers on 34...

  • Boys and girls NHS cross country win titles in the desert

    Scott L. Malan|Oct 4, 2023

    The Niwot High School cross country team showed Friday evening, Sept. 29, that Colorado isn’t the only state where the Cougars’ dominance will be felt in 2023. Coach Kelly Christiansen led his team into the Arizona desert, and the Cougars ran away with both the boys’ and girls’ coveted Sweepstakes titles in the Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival in Mesa, AZ. The event, one of the premier invitationals in the country, included 248 teams and nearly 6,000 athletes from five states. Thirty-one different races were held during the evening...

  • Girls volleyball comes back strong

    Savvy Rafkin|Oct 4, 2023

    The Niwot High School girls volleyball team went back to its usual routine after last week's match against the most competitive team in the conference. The Cougars swept Northridge High School (25-9, 25-11, 25-20) and Fort Morgan High School (25-12, 25-16, 25-10) after a tough loss to Thompson Valley High School last week. Such success was of little surprise to head coach Tony Engel, who was confident in the Cougars' serving abilities and discipline. On Thursday's game against Fort Morgan, the...

  • Niwot boys tennis team's state championship run falls short in quarterfinals

    Jack Carlough|Oct 4, 2023

    For the second straight season, Niwot High School was eliminated in the Class 4A boys tennis state tournament quarterfinals. This year, it was No. 2 seed Colorado Academy that delivered a 6-1 defeat of the No. 7 Cougars on Friday, Sept. 30. Niwot's lone victory came courtesy of sophomore Oskar Hansen at No. 2 singles. In the No. 1 singles match, Niwot senior LiChen Liao, who forfeited his first-round match two days prior due to a sprained ankle, lost in a third-set tiebreaker. Each of the...

  • Niwot falls to Thompson Valley, 44-14

    Isaac Stephens|Oct 4, 2023

    Niwot High School football lost for just the second time this season, as the Thompson Valley High School Eagles overtook the Cougars 44-14 Sept. 29. Niwot is now 3-2 on the year at the season's midpoint, still with good odds of competing for a playoff berth. Niwot started the game on defense as Thompson Valley was able to return the opening kickoff over 90 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles kept their momentum going with a two-point conversion that gave them an 8-0 lead. The Cougars struggled to...

  • Niwot boys soccer dominates Severance

    Isaac Stephens|Oct 4, 2023

    Niwot High School boys soccer split their games this week, crushing Severance in a 9-1 victory while falling just short of Skyline in a 2-1 loss. Niwot is now 5-3-1 on the year. The Cougars have a +11 goal differential this season, as they have dominated in their easier games and played close against top-ranked teams. Niwot’s victory against Severance was a dominant one. Niwot knocked down four goals in the first half, with most coming back-to-back in the earlier minutes. Severance was able to g...