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  • County Commissioner Forum at Shepherd of the Hills

    Leonard Sitongia|Oct 19, 2022

    The October monthly town hall meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Gunbarrel the evening of Thursday, Oct. 13. All three Commissioners were present and around 15 citizens from the Gunbarrel area were in attendance. The Commissioners started the meeting with some brief remarks, then opened the floor for questions. All of the commissioners are currently working on the annual budget process and on the ballot issues in the upcoming election. In addition, each commissioner has an...

  • The future of journalism

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    Tim Waters, a Longmont city councilman, hosts a podcast called "The Backstory." On Oct. 9, Waters took his show on the road to the auditorium at the Longmont Museum, where a crowd of 50, including Niwot historian and former Courier columnist Anne Dyni, attended in person, in addition to an online audience. The topic was the future of journalism in the age of social media, and Waters assembled an impressive panel of journalists, including Dana Coffield, co-founder of the Colorado Sun, Melissa...

  • NUMC to host Trunk or Treat

    Staff Report|Oct 19, 2022

    The Niwot United Methodist Church in Gunbarrel is hosting its second annual Trunk or Treat event open to the community on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot. "Last year was a big success," Pastor Emily Kintzel said. "Everybody loved visiting the spookily decorated trunks and getting treats. The church enjoys welcoming the community to this fun event." Janet Gates of Niwot, one of the organizers, said, "Bring your kiddos for fun and treats." The Halloween-themed event...

  • Photo of the Week

    Oct 19, 2022

  • Photo of the Week – Yours?

    Oct 19, 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...

  • Left Hand Laurel: Derek Curd

    Maria Karagianis|Oct 19, 2022

    This month's Left Hand Laurel is Derek Curd, a mentor for students at Up-A-Creek Robotics. Curd, a hardware engineer, relocated from the Bay area 18 years ago with his family. Curd is adored by his students on the St. Vrain Valley School District robotics team which, this past April, became the first Colorado team to win the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition World Championship. Violet Oliver, a Niwot High School junior and member of the...

  • Fritz Family Brewers participated at GABF

    Oct 19, 2022

  • Crafting something new

    Hannah Stewart|Oct 19, 2022

    After 25 years as a kindergarten teacher in Boulder, Mindy Upton changed industries and moved to Niwot. She just opened up a craft space called Blue Sky Craft Studio on Niwot Road and it's already drawing attention. "This space came up and it was just perfect," said Upton. "I've always loved Niwot and felt so at home here." She describes the transition from kindergarten to studio as "epic." She has had to downsize from two classrooms and a barn to one studio, but she has brought the most...

  • House District 12 candidate interviews

    Katrina Stroud|Oct 19, 2022

    Tracey Bernett (Democrat): Background: Bernett received an engineering degree from Cornell University and a Harvard MBA. She helped lead the effort to revitalize the Butterfly Pavilion, and also led the OUR Center's homelessness prevention efforts during the Great Recession, helping more than 16,000 area families get back on their feet. Schools/Mental Health: "I believe you need to have a partnership with the local law enforcement and with the school, and recognize that every school has...

  • Art Student of the Week: Kaitlyn Duncan

    Gene Hayworth|Oct 19, 2022

    Discipline is a trait Kaitlyn Duncan developed at an early age. Duncan, the Niwot High School Arts Student of the Week, is a section leader in the Niwot Band flute section. Growing up, she tried to take advantage of as many opportunities as she could to better herself, not only playing the flute, but also becoming a leader in general. As a result she practiced hard, taking flute lessons and working on her management skills. She has developed those skills as part of another of her interests,...

  • The Importance of Voting

    Katrina Stroud|Oct 19, 2022

    Since the birth of our nation, voting still remains a privilege. The Constitution itself denied voting rights for women and enslaved people. Jim Crow laws suppressed the vote in Black communities, and language barriers were exploited among immigrants. Constitutional amendments were passed to expand the right to vote, and legislation during the civil rights movement removed some barriers to voting. Even today, ballot drop boxes and polling places are located hundreds of miles away from Native American Reservations, and recent legislation in...

  • Would Frasier buy wine at King Soopers?

    Kristy Zado|Oct 19, 2022

    When grocery and convenience stores started stocking full strength and craft beers in 2019, it wasn't clear how Colorado's beer market would respond. The numbers were initially reported to be up by 20% and a new monthly record was set at 9.8 million gallons sold in January of 2019. That was a 1.6 million gallon increase from the previous year. (Ben Markus, CPR News, May 14, 2019) If Proposition 125 passes this November, Colorado's grocery and convenience stores will be allowed to add wine to...

  • Courier writers receive Colorado Press Association Awards

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    The Colorado Press Association announced the winners of the 2021 journalism awards, which included two Left Hand Valley Courier writers. Mary Wolbach Lopert, senior editor, columnist and co-founder of the Courier, received a first place award in Best Humorous Column Writing for "It's a Laughing Matter." Lopert wrote the column periodically throughout her 25-year career with the Courier, often drawing upon her personal experiences with friends and members of her family. Lopert retired from the...

  • 1914 House hosts Grand Finale for Marshall Fire Fund

    D. Jones|Oct 19, 2022

    Many Niwot residents and long-time customers of 1914 House gathered on Oct. 5 for the Grand Finale fundraiser event for the Niwot Small Town Big Heart - Marshall Fire Fund. The event put the fund over the goal of raising $100,000 for victims of the Marshall Fire. The event was sponsored by 1914 House, the Slifer Smith and Frampton Niwot office, Seven Wealth, and DRF Real Estate. Guests enjoyed a welcome cocktail, great food, live music by Tim Stiles, and an opportunity to participate in an...

  • Sonex failed to transmit required signal per NTSB report

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on October 8 sheds new light on the mid-air collision Sept. 17 of two airplanes near Niwot. Investigator in Charge Michael Folkerts wrote, “On September 17, 2022, about 0853 mountain daylight time, a Cessna … and a Sonex Aircraft Xenos, … were destroyed when they were involved in a mid-air collision.” The flight instructor and student pilot aboard the Cessna, identified by the Boulder County Coroner as Daniel Wilmoth, 22 and Samuel Fisher, 23, respectively, and the...

  • Una Vida and Inkberry team up for book launch

    Hannah Stewart|Oct 19, 2022

    Last week’s book review, Hidden Buddha: Lama Rinzen in the Hungry Ghost Realm, was officially released Tuesday. To celebrate, author Jim Ringel, Inkberry Books and Una Vida Meditation & Movement are hosting a joint celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. This is the second in the Lama Rinzen Mystery series, and the first book, 49 Buddhas, won awards for Best Visionary Fiction, Best Religious Fiction and Best Cross Genre Fiction. What sets the series apart, says Ringel, is that his mysteries often lead to more questions and the solutions a...

  • NBA discusses budget priorities

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    Niwot Business Association President Eric Bergeson of The Wheel House led a discussion among NBA members regarding what projects should be a priority for the NBA in the coming year. Bergeson noted that the NBA was working with the Niwot Cultural Arts Association and Cottonwood Park West Homeowners Association to expand and enhance the sculpture park along Niwot Road. He noted that the Niwot Future League had met with Jim Fudge, president of the HOA, about a possible opportunity to return the...

  • NHS hosts Niwot Community Fall Fest

    Katrina Stroud|Oct 19, 2022

    The Niwot High School Student Council, led by students Jamie Williamson and Sadie Warren, with the assistance of faculty advisor Leah Messinger, is hosting the Niwot Community Fall Fest. It will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the Niwot High School front parking lot. This event will be open to the public and there will be plenty of fun activities for elementary school-aged kids. Many NHS clubs and sports teams will be setting up tables with their own activities such as pumpkin painting, face painting, spikeball, cornhole, and...

  • Youth runs wild for Niwot cross country in Longs Peak League Meet

    Jack Carlough|Oct 19, 2022

    A whopping seven Niwot cross country underclassmen — girls and boys combined — had a top-10 finish in the Longs Peak League Meet on Oct. 12. On the boys’ side, Cougar freshman Rocco Culpepper led all runners with a time of 15 minutes, 18.9 seconds which was about 23 seconds ahead of Severance’s Caden Schweer. Niwot seniors Carlos Kipkorir Cheruiyot and Jeremy Gillet finished third and fourth, respectively, while sophomore Keegan Geldean (fifth), senior Frederick Ambrose (sixth) and sophomores Christopher Wood (seventh) and Gavin Engtrak...

  • Niwot boys tennis' Luke Weber finishes runner-up in No. 1 singles state tournament

    Jack Carlough|Oct 19, 2022

    The face of Niwot High School boys tennis picked up his final piece of high school hardware on Oct. 15 in the state individuals tournament. Senior Luke Weber cruised through the Class 4A No. 1 singles bracket, defeating Cheyenne Mountain’s Andrew Ballenger in the first round (6-1, 6-0), Evergreen’s Sam Billups in the second round (6-0, 6-0) and D’Evelyn’s Aswaanth Karuppasamy (6-4, 6-2) to advance to the finals. Unfortunately for Weber, he was met by defending No. 1 singles state champion Nathan Gold of Kent Denver, who picked up the 6,0, 6-0 f...

  • Young NHS gymnasts keep improving

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    The Niwot High gymnastics team may be short on experience, but it hasn't been an obstacle so far as the Cougars defeated Broomfield in a dual meet Oct. 12 by a score of 171.90 to 169.85. "We have a really young team," Head Coach Marisa Purcell said. We have two seniors, and one of them is injured. So we have mostly freshmen and sophomores." While Purcell was happy to win the dual meet, her focus is on Regionals, where the top three scores get averaged. She has about 10 athletes competing at the...

  • Niwot Volleyball continues to roll

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    The Niwot Cougars continued their winning ways with victories over Frederick High School and Mountain View High School Oct 11 and 13, respectively. Niwot is now 10-4 overall, 7-1 in the Longs Peak League, and was ranked eighth in Class 4A coming into the week. "We came into this match a little beat up," Head Coach Tony Engel said after the Frederick victory. "Grace Demmel, our senior middle, was hurt and we need her to be fresh for us in a couple weeks." With Demmel injured, other Cougars had...

  • Niwot falls to 3-4 on the season after a 28-7 loss

    Isaac Stephens|Oct 19, 2022

    Niwot High School squared off against George Washington High School for the seventh game of the season. Going into the game with a record of 3-3, the Cougars were looking for a win to put them over the .500 mark. The ball did not fall their way, however, as they lost to George Washington 28-7. Even though the score was lopsided, the game was still great to watch. Niwot sophomore running back Charlie Shaw replaced Chad Volf as quarterback due to Volf's recent injury. Volf had started every game...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Hannah Waldron

    Jack Carlough|Oct 19, 2022

    Hannah Waldron has erupted during her senior season for the Niwot girls volleyball team. The four-year varsity player recorded her first-ever 10-kill game against Roosevelt on Oct. 5 and then proceeded to have back-to-back 14-kill performances against Frederick and Mountain View. She believes that much of her recent success can be credited to her teammates, including sophomore Anne Haley, who leads Niwot with 346 assists. "My connection with Anne has been just really on fire," Waldron said....

  • Ballot issues - Alcohol

    Bruce Warren|Oct 19, 2022

    Proposition 124 - Increase Allowable Liquor Store Locations Citizens Proposition 124 would allow retail liquor stores to apply to state and local governments to open additional locations on a phased-in schedule, with no limit on the number of permissible locations after 2037. A “yes” vote on Proposition 124 allows retail liquor stores to apply for and, if approved, increase the number of locations over time, with no limit on the number of locations after 2037. A “no” vote on Proposition 124 retains current law that limits retail liquor stores...

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