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  • Lefty's Pizza Celebrates 25 Years in Niwot

    Abigail Scott|Oct 30, 2019

    Our town is home to many noteworthy eateries offering mouthwatering dishes and a place to catch up with family, friends and neighbors. But no place has seen our town's transition quite like Lefty's Gourmet Pizza, on 2nd Avenue and Niwot Road. This pizza place has been a staple in the community, and, for the past 25 years, has outlasted even some of Boulder County's most-famed former establishments. Former astrophysicist, Lefty Harris, moved to Niwot almost three decades ago with his wife and...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Homer the Squirrel - Oct. 30)

    Oct 30, 2019

    While not quite a pet in the traditional sense, Homer the squirrel found his home and calling in Niwot. He's a naturalistic sculpture, Despite the fact that it was not a cut-into pumpkin, he started it, and by gosh, he will finish it! Pumpkin seeds, yummy!...

  • A clean sweep for Niwot

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    The Colorado state cross country meet has produced some amazing athletic achievements over the years, but few top Niwot's in the 2019 Class 4A championships, held Oct. 26 at the Norris-Penrose Center in Colorado Springs. Led by individual winners Samrawit Dishon and Cruz Culpepper, the Cougars emerged from a highly competitive field to capture both team titles and complete the first four-title sweep for a single school since 1995 (an honor Niwot shared with Lyons on the day). Afterwards,...

  • Dishon leads Niwot girls to second straight state title

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    Niwot senior Samrawit Dishon was holding on to a slim lead heading into the toughest stretch of the state cross country race when she got a boost from an unexpected source-her closest competitors. "It was kind of cool to have them both there like that," Dishon said of Eagle Valley sisters Joslin and Samantha Blair, who trailed the front-runner by just a few meters. "They were hyping each other up and talking to each other, and I thought, 'This is great. I know they're not talking to me, but I'm...

  • Niwot boys claim first Class 4A state title

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    There were plenty of emotions to go around after the Niwot boys' inspiring win at the 2019 Class 4A state cross country championships on Oct. 26, but one in particular seemed predominant among coaches, parents, and athletes alike, according to fourth-year head coach Kelly Christensen. "A huge relief is probably the best way to describe it," he said after the Cougars beat out 19 other teams to claim the top spot at the state race for the first time in school history. "It's validation for them....

  • Finkel & Garf hosts weekly Pints With a Purpose

    Abigail Scott|Oct 30, 2019

    Local Gunbarrel brewery, Finkel & Garf, is a beloved staple in the community. Sunday afternoons can be whiled away on the patio with a delicious, uncomplicated beer in hand. The father-son team that set out to create a community gathering space did so with a few things in mind. They wanted their establishment to be no-frills where beer was more of a facilitator for fantastic memories, instead of the main event. The logo features toys, because the dynamic duo behind each brew believes that we are all still kids at heart. While Finkel & Garf is b...

  • Front Range Leading Ladies launches

    Vicky Dorvee|Oct 30, 2019

    A spontaneous chorus of cheers went up as the red ribbon was cut by the Front Range Leading Ladies professional group. FRiLLs was officially inducted into the Longmont Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Niwot offices of Colorado Landmark Realtors at a gathering of more than 20 women. The organization is a revamping of the group, Take a Chair Lady, which, after 10 years was in need of modernization, FRiLL's chairperson Deborah Read Fowler explained. "We all got together and decided...

  • Niwot celebrates Halloween

    Mary Wolbach Lopert|Oct 30, 2019

    The end of October always brings great excitement and joy. From fun decorations and displays to Niwot's annual Great Pumpkin Party, there are plenty of family friendly fun festivities. Many thanks to the Niwot Business Association, the Niwot Local Improvement District, Pat Murphy, along with Charlie Nygren and Premier Mortgage....

  • Letters to the Editor (Oct. 30)

    Oct 30, 2019

    To the editor: Perhaps the recent Letter submissions regarding climate change might benefit from Googling three sources: ) "17,200 Scientists Dispute Global Warming" 2) "31,000 Scientists say no convincing evidence" - OSS Foundation. And Nolte: "Climate Experts are 0-41 with their doomsday predictions." This should clarify that there is no consensus on man-made climate effect. And even if there were consensus, consensus is not verifiable science. R. Eggers, Niwot To the editor: I was dismayed and disappointed to see a prominent and well...

  • Dr. Banjo's stringed discourse delights

    Vicky Dorvee|Oct 30, 2019

    Hot Rize band member Pete Wernick (aka Dr. Banjo) entertained and educated a full-house audience at the Left Hand Grange hall Wednesday night Oct. 23, during his lecture on the history of the banjo. Wernick, who calls Niwot home, shared the chronological path banjos have taken as well as his own musical journey as part of this season's Niwot Historical Society's lecture series....

  • Niwot artisan crafts fine leather bags

    Vicky Dorvee|Oct 30, 2019

    A frustrating quest to find the ideal elegant, simple, and convertible bag led Ann Whitehill to the conclusion that she would need to create it herself. So Ann Whitehill Studio, maker of fine leather bags and portfolios was born in 2013. Her handmade bags are beautiful, functional, extremely durable, and meticulously crafted completely by hand. Because Whitehill loved traveling, commuting by bike and creating art, the bag needed to be large enough to hold a lot of gear and had to be incredibly...

  • Niwot alumni team up to aid businesses

    Hannah Stewart|Oct 30, 2019

    The U.S. Small Business Administration states that within the first five years, 95% of small businesses will fail. Such failures aren't necessarily due to a lack of product; instead, many of those "failures" occur at the beginning stages of execution. This irony is not lost on two Niwot High alumni, Evan Clark or Sandeep Kaushik, since their own business is also navigating these dangerous developmental stages. The hope is that with their knowledge and experience, they will be able to help...

  • Familiar Face - Sue Prahl

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    It's 6 p.m. on a Friday night in late October, and the unseasonably warm afternoon is quickly giving way to an autumnal chill as the sun slips behind Longs Peak to the west. At Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont, Niwot High Game Manager Sue Prahl grips her handheld radio as she scans the grounds, looking for the game's officials, or "black and whites," as she calls them, due to their striped uniforms. There's still an hour to go before kickoff in the upcoming football game between Niwot and...

  • Niwot drops final league match to Longmont

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    On Oct. 24, the Niwot volleyball team closed out Northern League play for 2019 with a three-set loss to the Longmont Trojans (11-25, 22-25, 17-25) in a match head coach Daisha Agho called "frustrating." "I'm disappointed that we weren't able to come out with the usual fire we usually have, and the excitement we usually have. They played scared tonight, and I'm not sure why...they were very uncharacteristic tonight and not at all like my Cougars." Niwot struggled on both offense and defense...

  • Incorporation study nears completion

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    The informal committee preparing a report on the feasibility of incorporating Niwot is set to release its findings in the coming weeks, according to Mary Coonce, co-owner of Porchfront Homes and member of the study group, along with local residents and business owners Tony Santelli, Cotton Burden, Robert Discipio, Ron Bernal, Lane Landrith, and Anne Postle. “The committee is very close to finalizing the data,” Coonce wrote in an email response to questions about the status of the study. “We want to be certain our data is solid prior to relea...

  • Broncos nutritionist to speak at Niwot High (Nov. 5)

    Jocelyn Rowley|Oct 30, 2019

    Denver Broncos team nutritionist Bryan Snyder, RD is giving a presentation on athlete diet and fitness in the large gym at Niwot High School (8989 Niwot Rd) on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A former basketball player at CU-Colorado Springs, Snyder has been the Broncos full-time Director of Nutrition for more than a decade. He is a registered dietitian with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), as well as a member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA). His...

  • Death Notices (Oct. 30)

    Oct 30, 2019

    Janet M. “Jan” Tornow, retired beloved Niwot Elementary School Clerk, died Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019 at age 81. Services have been held. Memorial contributions can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Bethlehem Lutheran Church directed to Aspen Center for Childhood Development, 1000 15th Ave. Longmont, CO 80501. Former Niwot resident Beverly Ann Newton died Thursday Oct. 17, 2019 at age 88. Services were in Loveland with inurnment at Foothills Gardens of Memory.... Full story