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  • Bus-van accident claims the life of Craig "Lefty" Harris

    Bruce Warren|Oct 5, 2022

    A motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the Diagonal Highway and Niwot Road claimed the life of long-time Niwot resident and businessman Craig "Lefty" Harris. According to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), the accident occurred at approximately 7:22 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 when an RTD bus collided with a Honda Odyssey van driven by Harris in the Longmont-bound lane of the Diagonal. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CSP. The bus driver, a 76-year-old woman, was...

  • Dancing Under the Stars finished up the summer season with record numbers

    Kristy Zado|Oct 5, 2022

    People who looked forward to Friday evenings on the makeshift dance floor in Cottonwood Square will be looking for something else to do until next June. "The final Dancing Under the Stars (DUTS) event for 2022 saw record numbers," Catherine McHale said, referring to the Sept. 23 closing night. McHale is the organizer of DUTS and the director and owner of Power & Purpose Marketing. She is also Niwot's Economic Development Director and is focused on improving economic development and marketing...

  • Records fall at 15th Annual Niwot Trot

    Jessica Walker|Oct 5, 2022

    After a three year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, downtown Niwot hosted a packed and fast crowd of runners, joggers and walkers for the 15th annual Niwot Trot 5K on Sunday, Oct. 2. The starting horn blared at 9 a.m. sharp and a sea of elementary school children sprinted down Murray Street from the starting line just in front of the Niwot Post office. The course is a flat and fast 3.1 miles, which winds runners down Murray, then curving around east on Neva Road before sending them north on to...

  • Photo of the Week

    Oct 5, 2022

  • Photo of the Week - Yours?

    Oct 5, 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. 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...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 5, 2022

    The Springhill Subdivision in Niwot held their neighborhood get-together at Fritz Family Brewing on Saturday, Sept. 17. The neighborhood was happy to reconnect after a summer of vacations and the weather was perfect at about 79 degrees. Lunch was catered by Niwot Market, and beer and soft drinks were flowing at Fritz. Bartender Adam kept everyone’s beer mug filled with their 15 rotating beers, including ales, IPA’s, and Kolsch’s. Niwot Market delivered scrumptious fixings like pulled pork and chicken in addition to crowd favorites like pigs...

  • Candlelight vigil for Lefty

    Oct 5, 2022

  • Spotlight on The Niwot Tavern

    Kristin Alger|Oct 5, 2022

    When you buy a business, you expect a reasonable number of "hiccups." But owners, Tara Shaheen and Stacy Szydlek, who were part of Niwot Tavern restaurant staff, got more than they bargained for. "We bought the restaurant in January of 2020," said Shaheen. "In February, there was a fire in the kitchen and in March, well you know, everything shut down." But despite some tough going, the restaurant has not only survived, but thrived. Szydlek said that the former owners, Tony Santelli and Bob Russe...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Paige Hahn

    Gene Hayworth|Oct 5, 2022

    When you listen to Paige Hahn talk about her daily schedule, it is easy to get the impression that this dynamic Niwot High School junior never sleeps. Her coursework in the high school International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) includes IB History of Europe, IB Math, IB English, IB Spanish and IB Biology, in addition to her contributions to technical theater. It was Jason Watkins, technical director for theater at NHS, who nominated Hahn for Arts Student of the Week. "Paige is the current...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Oct 5, 2022

    Upcoming Events at the Grange Open Stage community music If you enjoy folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and light rock, the Left Hand Grange's Open Stage is the place for you. Be an audience member or perform for the community. Feel free to use the musical instrument of your choice (your voice, harmonica, guitar, or banjo, for instance) and present your original music or a cover of someone else's. All are welcome. Sound equipment, microphones, and a piano are provided. Open Stage will be...

  • Niwot Historical Society presents the history of Haystack Golf Course

    Leonard Sitongia|Oct 5, 2022

    Niwot Historical Society President Kathy Koehler presented the second lecture in the current season of the "Niwot Now & Then" series at the Left Hand Grange on Oct. 2. The presentation, "The History & Story of the Haystack Mountain Golf Course," was created by Koehler through a massive effort to gather interviews, photographs, drone video, documents and artifacts related to the well-known local golf course, which closed last year. Asked why she did this work, Koehler responded in a way...

  • Local journalism up for discussion

    Bruce Warren|Oct 5, 2022

    Local journalism has been hit hard by consolidation, social media, and the pandemic. Longmont city councilman Tim Waters is moderating a two-part series on the past, present, and future of journalism, reporting and accountability. The first presentation, entitled "The Big Picture," will take place at the Longmont Museum on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m., featuring Left Hand Valley Courier reporter Maria Karagianis, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Boston Globe before she retired and moved...

  • Oktoberfest in Niwot

    Kristin Alger|Oct 5, 2022

    Despite rain, hail and some chilly temperatures, Fritz Family Brewers' First Annual Fritztoberfest went off without a hitch on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event, which ran from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m., featured a stein-holding competition, an El Herradero food truck and a traditional German "oompah" band, Denver's Thirsty Five. Over one hundred people attended and sampled Fritz's numerous German-themed brews including Fritztoberfest Marzen Bier, brewed specially for the event....

  • NCA to restore underpass mural

    Bruce Warren|Oct 5, 2022

    The Niwot Community Association is seeking 8-12 volunteers to help with the restoration of the underpass mural on Niwot Road where the LoBo trail crosses near Centrebridge. On Saturday, Oct. 8, the NCA is organizing a restoration project to repair and restore the mural which was created several years ago. The work will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to wrap up by 12 noon. The project includes peeling away paint that is separating from the walls, applying primer to the affected areas, and...

  • Cougars softball - 2 wins, 1 loss, and a barbeque

    Deborah Cameron|Oct 5, 2022

    The Cougars girls softball team played three games last week, enjoying two wins by a large margin over the Thompson Valley Eagles and Mountain View Mountain Lions, before suffering a tough loss to the Riverdale Ridge Raptors. "We definitely had a change of mindset throughout the week. We've been competing and having more fun, no matter what happens," said second baseman Zoie Chociej, summing up their play after the end of the third game. She spoke in between bites, enjoying an impromptu...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Anne Booth

    Jack Carlough|Oct 5, 2022

    Niwot softball's power-hitting pitcher Anne Booth reached a difficult milestone during the Cougars' loss to Riverdale Ridge on Sept. 29. In only her junior season, Booth recorded her 100th career hit on a double, and although it's more of an individual accolade, she was sure to mention her fellow teammates, a few of whom have also racked up some large numbers. "It's really cool to finally see with the stats how much work I've been putting in, and the team as well," Booth said. "A lot of our othe...

  • Terri Ward talks basketball

    Kristy Zado|Oct 5, 2022

    Team USA beat China, winning the 4th Straight FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Gold Medal this week. We caught up with former Niwot High girls basketball coach Terri Ward to chat about her experience at the Training Camps which were finishing up as players were heading to Australia for the FIBA World Cup. Ward had just returned from Las Vegas where she was working with the Women's National Basketball Team from Sept. 2 to Sept. 12. She has a long history in the world of women's basketball. Ward,...

  • Niwot overcome by Thompson Valley 50-7

    Isaac Stephens|Oct 5, 2022

    The Niwot High School football team is now 3 - 2 on the season, but unlike last week's win over Battle Mountain, the Cougars were the team on the short end of a lopsided score. Niwot lost 50-7 in a game that was filled with both offensive and defensive struggles. Niwot started the game receiving the kickoff, but a dropped kick return put the ball inside of the Cougars' own 10 yard-line. It didn't get much better as the offense went three and out and had to punt from their own 10 yard-line....

  • Niwot Boys Soccer grounds the Falcons 1-0

    Bruce Warren|Oct 5, 2022

    After taking down two top-10-ranked teams in two weeks, the Niwot Cougars took on cross-town rival Skyline, and came away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Niwot entered the game against 6th-ranked Skyline as the No. 10 team in Class 4A, finally breaking into the top 10 rankings after beating then Top-10-ranked Silver Creek (6th) and Northridge (5th) in successive weeks. The Cougars went on to beat Severance, 7-0, on Sept. 27, before taking on Skyline Sept. 29. The Falcons entered the game with a...

  • Niwot boys tennis knocked out by Kent Denver in second round of state dual tournament

    Jack Carlough|Oct 5, 2022

    While Niwot boys tennis head coach Aimee Hites believed her No. 8 seed Cougars were capable, drawing No. 1 Kent Denver in the second round of the Class 4A state dual tournament was a challenge. Niwot (10-5, 8-0 4A Region 5) traveled to Kent Denver, a private co-ed school in Cherry Hills known for its tennis programs, on Oct. 1 for the second round of the state team tournament. After a hard-fought match ended with Niwot on the short end of a 4-3 final score, the Sun Devils moved on in the...

  • Niwot cross country girls leave Arizona with Desert Twilight win

    Jack Carlough|Oct 5, 2022

    As is typical this season, Niwot cross country’s depth on the girls’ side delivered another meet win. All eight Cougars girls who traveled down to Mesa, Ariz., for the Desert Twilight XC Festival on Sept. 30 finished within the top 20 to secure the team victory. The strong showing marked the third consecutive first-place finish for the Niwot girls — the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational and the RE-IJ District Meet being the others. In the 5,000-meter Desert Twilight race that included 21 total teams and 174 girls, not only did the Couga...

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