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  • Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

    Deborah Cameron|Nov 17, 2021

    The Niwot and Gunbarrel areas have their share of exceptionally talented chefs, some of whom have just opened or expanded restaurants in the past year. Each has expressed appreciation for working out of this community and serving those who live here. As a thank you, they've provided some of their favorite recipes as a gift for readers who might want to try something new for their Thanksgiving meal. Potato Jurasien Pie from Christine Carr of TipTop Pies This recipe is not only decadent and...

  • Left Hand Laurel – Liz Stroh-Coughlin

    Vicky Dorvee|Nov 17, 2021

    More than 550 lions, tigers, bears, and other carnivores call 800 acres on The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) just outside of Keenesburg their forever home. It's the first and longest operating facility of its kind in the world. Niwot, where Liz Stroh-Coughlin lives, is just 45 minutes from this incredible zoological non-profit facility. A Colorado native who lived in Los Gatos, Calif for 32 years, Stroh-Coughlin decided to make Niwot her family's home two-and-a-half years ago when she and her...

  • Little Shops at Niwot are holiday ready

    Kristen Arendt|Nov 17, 2021

    October 2021 marked the one year anniversary for the Little Shops at Niwot (7960 Niwot Rd., Suite D-15), a unique small business collaboration that began life last year as the Little Holiday Shops at Niwot. And though the storefront has rebranded and moved across the shopping center, the business, which functions as a type of co-op for local artists and vendors, has continued to see success. "When you think about it, there were a lot of pop-up vendors who lost their opportunity to do farmer's...

  • Headline Niwot artist Ana Maria Hernando hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens

    Hannah Stewart|Nov 17, 2021

    When she was five years old, Ana Maria Hernando knew she wanted to be an artist. "I just love drawing and painting and I love the sensation of being lost in creating," she said. Hernando was born in Argentina, studied at the National School of Fine Arts and eventually moved to Berkeley, Calif. to continue her studies. Now living in Niwot, she has been a Colorado resident for more than 20 years. Since then, Hernando has been a professional artist, dabbling in painting, sculpture, poetry,...

  • Change coming to Niwot restaurant

    Bruce Warren|Nov 17, 2021

    The Italian restaurant in Niwot, currently known as Pinocchio's Incredible Italian, will soon have a new name according to Kelsey DeBoard, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Joe. "I think the name is going to be a family name," Kelsey DeBoard said. "The family name is Cimmini," she said, but there's an argument among family members as to whether it has one "m" or two. The name change and rebranding comes about as a result of the recent SEC Consent Decree involving Pinocchio's founder...

  • How art can heal depression

    Mary Wolbach Lopert|Nov 17, 2021

    There's a meme which depicts two paths as to what your road of life may look like. One path shows a straight line going up at a steep angle labeled "What you thought your life would be like." The other path shows lots of spaghetti-like lines with the caption "What your life is really like." Gunbarrel resident Mike Hamers knows these two sides very well. What he's learned is when the road of life gets complicated, a map, dictated by the healing power of art, showed him the way home. The Kenosha,...

  • 2021 Niwot Holiday Gift Guide

    Deborah Cameron|Nov 17, 2021

    When it's time to purchase holiday gifts this year, you can always pull out your keyboard and order gifts from Amazon or purchase something from a chain retailer at the mall. But local stores here have a lot to offer. When you buy from area retailers you'll find gifts you can't get anywhere else in the world, and the money you spend stays in the community, something that's needed by many as they recover from the lingering impacts of the pandemic. Local food restaurants and purveyors Niwot and...

  • 'Enchanted Evening' to bring holiday magic to Niwot

    Nov 17, 2021

    The 2021 holiday shopping season is just around the corner and, conveniently, you don't have to go much farther than that to start it off right. On Friday, Nov. 26, the Niwot Business association kicks off three weekends of downtown festivities with the 21st edition of Enchanted Evening, featuring Christmas traditions gone-by. "Niwot really comes alive during the holidays," NBA Vice President and event co-organizer Deborah Read Fowler said. "We're so excited for the tree lighting, Santa, the par...

  • The 'Gales of November' come to Niwot

    Nov 17, 2021

    On the night of Sunday, Nov. 14, westerly wind gusts up to 56 miles per hour battered parts of Boulder County, including these unfortunate trees near the intersection of Niwot Road and Peppertree Drive. It also made a mess on Murray Street, as the La Musette food truck was nearly surrounded by tumbleweeds....

  • Locals march on Veterans Day

    Nov 17, 2021

    On Thursday, Nov. 11, Longmont's annual Veterans Day parade made its way down Main Street to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Starting at 11:11 a.m., the parade featured marching bands from seven local high schools, including Niwot High, as well as marchers from local car clubs, chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, fronted by Niwot's own Patty Strecker. It was the first time since 2018 that the...

  • Local equestrian crowned grand champion

    Nov 17, 2021

    Isabella Steiner, a senior at Niwot High School, is shown competing with her horse Hazel. Isabella has been named 2021 Grand Champion of the Children's Jumping Division for the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association. She will be competing in Las Vegas later this month for a national title from the United States Hunter Jumper Association....

  • Niwot High econ team conquers Stock Market Challenge

    Jocelyn Rowley|Nov 17, 2021

    November has been a busy month for Niwot High athletics, but the playing field isn't the only place where the Cougars have been winning trophies. On Nov. 5, a team of six seniors and two juniors from Mr. Benson's AP Economics class took on 32 other Colorado high schools in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge, held at the University of Denver. For 60 minutes, the aspiring wolves of Wall Street bought and sold stock in simulated transactions, trying to grow an initial $500,000...

  • Bumped: Niwot's Class 4A title bid ends in semifinals

    Jocelyn Rowley|Nov 17, 2021

    Going into its semifinal match at the 2021 Class 4A state championships on Nov. 13, the No. 6 seed Niwot volleyball team seemed well-nigh unbeatable. Behind seniors Zoe Gibbs and Morgan Daugherty, the Cougars efficiently dispatched three straight opponents in the early rounds at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds among them. After that, a trip to the championship finals seemed inevitable. Until it didn't. Niwot finally hit the wall against Longs Peak League foe...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Morgan Daugherty

    Jocelyn Rowley|Nov 17, 2021

    On Nov. 13 at the Class 4A state championships, senior Morgan Daugherty played her final match in a Niwot volleyball uniform, ending a short but highly impactful career. In two seasons for the Cougars, the left-handed six-footer provided a powerful threat as an opposite side hitter, ending with 337 kills and 47 blocks, second only to fellow senior Zoe Gibbs. Earlier that week, Daugherty signed a letter of intent to continue her playing days at the South Dakota School of Mines, becoming Niwot's...

  • Arts Student of the Week-Lucas Haratsaris

    Jocelyn Rowley|Nov 17, 2021

    November is turning out to be eventful for Niwot junior Lucas Haratsaris, a talented saxophonist in the school's advanced jazz band. On Nov. 13, he submitted an audition for the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, which band director Wade Hendricks described as "incredibly challenging to get into." He followed that up on Nov. 15 with a day of rehearsing and performing with the Combined League Honor Jazz Band, a group composed of the upper quadrant of Colorado band students. To top it off, after...

  • Four Niwot High athletes commit to collegiate programs

    Nov 17, 2021

    On Nov. 10, Niwot High seniors (from left) Morgan Daugherty (volleyball), Zane Bergen (track and cross country), Zoe Gibbs (volleyball), and Mary Codevilla (swim and dive), signed letters of intent to compete in their sports at the next level. Bergen will be the fourth Niwot runner moving west to Stanford, while Codevilla, defending state champion in two swimming events, is headed east to Notre Dame. Teammates Daugherty and Gibbs are both heading north of Niwot-Gibbs to UNC in Greeley, and...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Nov. 17, Vidalia)

    Nov 17, 2021

    Meet Vidalia. This petite one-year-old kitty is affectionate and social and will make a delightful addition to your cat-loving household. Vidalia has a curious personality and will likely get along well with another cat given time as well as a polite dog in her new home. Learn more about Vidalia at or come in for a visit with this adorable young cat today!...

  • Obituary: William (Bill) Thurmes

    Nov 17, 2021

    William Nicholas Thurmes, 63, of Boulder, Colorado, died October 15, 2021. Bill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 17, 1958 to John and Theresa Thurmes. He grew up in North Saint Paul and graduated from Hill-Murray School. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1986. While attending the University of Colorado, Bill met his future wife, Glenna, whom... Full story

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