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  • Funding Request for the Diagonal Bikeway does not include some Niwot underpasses

    Leonard Sitongia|Oct 26, 2022

    The third round of funding requests from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Transportation Improvement Projects (TIP) is in the works. This round includes a proposal for another segment of the Regional Transportation District (RTD), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a bikeway on Colorado State Highway 119 (the "Diagonal"). This is part of the safety and transportation improvements plan for the highway between Boulder and Longmont. The design is laid out in segments and each is funded...

  • Farmers Insurance welcomes new owner

    Gene Hayworth|Oct 26, 2022

    Niwot's local Farmers Insurance office is under new ownership. As of Oct. 1, 2022, Lindsey Cumberland became the new owner of the Leigh Suskin Agency, located in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center. Cumberland has been licensed in health and life insurance since 2009. "I did that to help pay for college," she said, "and then took a little bit of a break. My husband and I moved here from the western slope and then I started back in the P&C [property and casualty] world in 2020." That was the year C...

  • NHS Key Club hosts haunted house at former feed store building

    Kristy Zado|Oct 26, 2022

    Get ready for Niwot's Great Pumpkin Pumpkin Party on Saturday, Oct. 29 - the former feed store located at 291 2nd Avenue is turning into a haunted house. Local kids can visit the haunted house and find surprises galore. NHS Key Club is putting on the dog at the feed store, and they have $500 to spend to go all out on decorations and scary props. The new feed store owner graciously offered the building to the Niwot High School Key Club for this scary purpose. Kids from 2nd grade through 6th...

  • Photo of the Week

    Oct 26, 2022

  • Photo of the Week – Yours?

    Oct 26, 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...

  • Comments due Oct. 26 on Diagonal bikeway plan

    Staff Report|Oct 26, 2022

    Boulder County announced that it has applied for a DRCOG (Denver Regional Council Of Governments) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) grant to fund CO 119 and Niwot Road transportation improvements. “The grant would help fund intersection safety queue bypass lanes, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stop platforms, Park-n-Ride improvements, an underpass at Niwot Road, and the commuter bikeway segment from Niwot Road to Airport Road.” “Grant applications are currently being evaluated, and DRCOG staff seeks input to ensure the public's prior...

  • Niwot's 2022 Great Pumpkin Party

    Deborah Cameron|Oct 26, 2022

    This Saturday, Oct. 29, ghosts, ghouls, monsters and witches of all ages will be descending on 2nd Avenue and Cottonwood Square for the community's annual Great Pumpkin Party. The colorful harvest event features trick or treating with kids, adults and pets in costume, a haunted house, live music, games, hayrides and an appearance by Stinky the Donkey. Pat Murphy of Niwot Group at Compass also advises anyone planning to attend – "Watch out for witches, they're going to be around." In addition to...

  • A Library District for Boulder and beyond?

    Katrina Stroud|Oct 26, 2022

    The Boulder Library Champions has advocated for 20 years to establish a new library district, and it may finally happen this November. Proposition 6C includes restored and improved literacy programs, including partnerships with schools to reach underserved students and students who fell behind during the pandemic; additional free and safe public spaces for community meeting, workshops, and programs; updated and improved collections of books and materials, including bilingual materials and e-books, movies, and music; extended hours at all...

  • Wildfire risk is on everyone's mind

    Kristy Zado|Oct 26, 2022

    Hair is flying these days, but lately it’s because of static electricity instead of wind. In Boulder County last Wednesday, the humidity was as low as 9% in North Boulder and 11% in other areas. Posts on social media were calling on the community to be watchful because the lack of moisture and relative low humidity denote very dry air. Dry air creates the static electricity that can be seen around the community. Even pet’s fur and horse’s tails were creating halos of static last week. Then, a grass fire broke out near the Calwood burn scar...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week Eric Walker

    Jack Carlough|Oct 26, 2022

    Thanks in part to a position change, Eric Walker has been a valuable producer for the 12-3 Niwot High School boys soccer team, which begins Class 4A state playoff action on Oct. 27. Cougars head coach Stephen Dimit moved Walker from center back to striker and the senior responded by becoming one of Niwot's leading scorers. His six regular season goals were third-most on the team, behind juniors Javier Alvira (9) and Josh Ary (10). "After a few games, just getting the experience up there (at...

  • Arts Student of the Week Sophie Arnett-Simon

    Gene Hayworth|Oct 26, 2022

    In seventh grade, Sophie Arnett-Simon traveled with her family to New York City for spring break. While they were there, they saw "Wicked" on Broadway. The moment the show started, Arnett-Simon knew that was what she wanted to do in life. For a few years she convinced herself this dream was impossible, but now she is fully engaged in musical theater at Niwot High School, studying advanced drama and preparing for her role as Tim in the NHS fall production of "Noises Off," a play by Michael Frayn....

  • Vote Early Day at Avery Brewing Company

    Elise Marylander|Oct 26, 2022

    Avery Brewing Company and Boulder County Elections are hosting a Vote Early Day on Friday, Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Avery Brewing Company, 4910 Nautilus Court in Gunbarrel. Avery is the site of the only 24-hour voter drop box in Gunbarrel. Vote Early Day is a nationwide event that encourages early voting to avoid long lines, work and school issues and voter registration issues that might impede access to voting. Early voting opens in Colorado on Oct. 24 and can be done by mail or by dropping off your ballot at a designated drop box....

  • Voting to retain judges: How to decide

    Elise Marylander|Oct 26, 2022

    This year, Boulder County voters face the often puzzling question of whether to vote to retain a variety of judges from the Boulder County Courts, the 20th Judicial District Court, and the Colorado Court of Appeals. In total, fourteen judges are on the Boulder County ballot. Fortunately, there is information available from the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation (OJPE) to help voters make informed decisions regarding whether to retain a specific judge. The OPJE is a non-partisan agency charged with evaluating all people being...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Oct 26, 2022

    Upcoming events at the Left Hand Grange No. 9 Senior Health and Recreation classes on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon Bo Fan, also known as Mala, continues to share her medical knowledge with seniors at the Grange on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Fan, former owner of Niwot's Fan's Chinese Cuisine and the Niwot Conoco Gas Station, studied at a medical college for 6 years and has been a licensed practical nurse for 20 years. Through her fun and informative presentations, Fan's goal is to impart her expertise...

  • Sheriff's gun storage request at NHS moves to school board agenda

    Bruce Warren|Oct 26, 2022

    On the same day the Courier’s coverage of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department request to store long rifles at Niwot and Lyons High Schools came off the press, the St. Vrain Valley School Board held a study session that included further discussion of the issue. On Oct. 19, the board’s study session included a renewed request by the Boulder County Sheriff to store long guns at the two schools due to the time it would take to respond to an incident at the district’s two most rural high schools. The matter was first presented several years a...

  • Grass fire at Lakeridge Trail

    Elise Marylander|Oct 26, 2022

    A small grass fire broke out Oct. 20 north of Boulder in the Lakeridge Trail area at about Nelson Road and Highway 36. At approximately 2 p.m., fire crews and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the area. Fire crews requested air assistance due to the dry, hot weather and the proximity of the fire to homes in the area, including the Lake of the Pikes neighborhood. The 19-acre fire was on private land and has been contained. An Evacuation Warning was issued for the area. Mountain Ridge Drive, Lakeridge Trail, and H...

  • NHS Fall Fest a big hit with local children

    Bruce Warren|Oct 26, 2022

    Niwot High School got a head start on Halloween with the school's first annual Fall Fest after school on Friday, Oct. 21. Children of all ages enjoyed a variety of booths sponsored by an array of NHS clubs and organizations, including corn hole, face painting, crafts and trunk or treat vehicles. The Student Council organized the event and invited the community to attend the free event. Principal Eric Rauschkolb was on hand to welcome participants, as were Athletics and Activities Director Joe...

  • Chilly Sunday brought heated competition to NYS Flag Football

    Jessica Walker|Oct 26, 2022

    For the first time this season, cold and cloudy weather settled in at Niwot High School on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, for the last week of regular season games for NYS Flag football. Temperatures hovered around 50 degrees for the first game kick offs. The All-Pro division had a bye week, due to the school holiday weekend, and the Rookie division Vikings scrimmaged each other as they continued to work on football fundamentals. Despite the chilly temps on the field, there was plenty of heat as...

  • Niwot cross country cruises in Class 4A Region 3 championships

    Jack Carlough|Oct 26, 2022

    The final hurdle the Niwot High School cross country team had to clear before the state meet came in the form of the Class 4A Region 3 championships on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada. In need of a top-four regionals team finish to qualify for State, both the Cougar girls and boys took first place with relative ease. Niwot was led by a first-place freshman on each side — Rocco Culpepper for the boys (16 minutes, 7 seconds) and Addison Ritzenhein for the girls (18 minutes, 41 seconds) — and 13 total Cougars pla...

  • New Courier Crossword Corner

    Oct 26, 2022

  • Niwot Boys Soccer Claims 3A/4A Longs Peak League Title - Playoffs Up Next.

    Galen Scheidenhelm|Oct 26, 2022

    The good times keep on rolling for Niwot High School boys soccer. Continuing a streak of dominance spanning the last five weeks, Niwot boys soccer came up with its ninth and tenth straight victories to secure their second Longs Peak League 3A/4A title in three years. Niwot's final week of regular season play started with a Tuesday night road trip to Roosevelt High School in Johnstown (3-11-1 / 1-7-1), where the Cougars comfortably dispatched the Roughriders, 5-0. Niwot Head Coach Stephen Dimit...

  • Answers to October 26, 2022 Courier Crossword Puzzle

    Oct 26, 2022

    Across 3. costume 8. parade 10. blaze 14. trunk 15. striker 16. donkey 18. hurdles 19. Avery 21. intersection 24. wildfires 25. feed 27. Wicked 29. bikeway Down 1. house 2. mariachi 3. Cumberland 4. autumn 5. party 6. cross 7. heart 9. dance 11. median 12. online 13. health 17. Key 20. vote 22. Rams 23. ojpe 24. Walker 26. library 28. dog...

  • Niwot FB loses 43-3 to Mead, dropping to 3-5 on the season

    Isaac Stephens|Oct 26, 2022

    Niwot High School took on a big game this Saturday against the 2-5 Mead Mavericks. It was the final home game of the season for the Cougars and also their Senior Night. Seniors Kevin Chen, Matt Hansen, and Raiden Stahly were all celebrated before the game alongside cheer and marching band seniors. Stahly did double-duty by singing the National Anthem before the game. Niwot struggled to get their offense going as they started sophomore Weston Domich at quarterback with Chad Volf still on...