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  • Holiday Market opened in Niwot Dec. 3

    Bruce Warren|Dec 7, 2022

    The Holiday Market opened in Niwot Dec. 3, with live music on the streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as crafts and art vendors throughout town and in the Left Hand Grange. The Holiday Market featured multiple craft vendors at the Grange, including the Women's International Club Niwot (WINC), which previously put on the craft fair. This year the event is sponsored by the Niwot Business Association, and organized by NBA Vice-President Deb Fowler. "We've had over 740 people, which is a new...

  • Parking lot open for business

    Staff Report|Dec 7, 2022

    The new parking lot in Niwot was officially dedicated in a brief ceremony Dec. 2, with Niwot Business Association president Eric Bergeson presiding. Bergeson noted that the project had been long in the works and thanked all those who saw it through to completion. While the parking lot has been open for several months, glitches with the functioning of the two charging stations delayed the official ribbon cutting. Bergeson also noted that approval has already been obtained for expansion of the...

  • Vandals strike bookstore

    Bruce Warren|Dec 7, 2022

    Sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, vandals threw a large rock through the bay window of Inkberry Books in Cottonwood Square. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the store, but "glass was everywhere" according to Gene Hayworth, who co-owns the bookstore with his partner, Keith Waters. "Dawn Dunlop from Garden Gate saw it when she came to work Saturday and called," Hayworth said. The Boulder County Sheriff is investigating. "Keith talked to Officer...

  • Photo Of The Week

    Dec 7, 2022

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours?

    Dec 7, 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...

  • Death Notice

    Dec 7, 2022

    John R. “Jack” Olsen, former Niwot resident and attorney, died Nov. 25, 2022, at age 76. Olsen, who played basketball in college, served as an assistant basketball coach at several area high schools, including Niwot High School, where he was on the girls basketball coaching staff for several years....

  • RTD Releases report on outcome of Zero Fare month

    Leonard Sitongia|Dec 7, 2022

    Regional Transportation District (RTD) customers didn't have to pay to ride buses and trains for the month of August as part of the Zero Fare for Better Air initiative. The initiative was part of the Colorado's Ozone Season Free Transit Grant Program, in which many transit organizations throughout Colorado participated. RTD spent $10.3 million on the effort and will be reimbursed for 80% of that cost by the State. This is detailed in RTD's official report to the Colorado Energy Office that was...

  • Home on the Grange

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 7, 2022

    Holiday markets, bake sales, and here comes Santa Claus again Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Here's another chance for children to spend time with Santa at the Grange. In addition to Father Christmas' presence, there will be fabulous festive gifts for sale from a multitude of artists and vendors, and bake sales to enhance your holiday table. Holiday treats handmade by members of WINC (Women's International Niwot Club) include British mince pies, large cakes, scones, and more. All of the...

  • Window Decorating Contest still open

    Kristin Alger|Dec 7, 2022

    It's not too late to vote for your favorite Niwot holiday window. The annual window decorating contest deadline has been extended to Sunday, Dec. 11, to make sure everybody has time to admire all of the holiday-themed decor. If you haven't voted yet, just stop by one of the participating businesses and pick up your ballot. Make your way around town to see all the entries and have your ballot stamped by at least six businesses, then pick your favorite. Turn your ballot in to any of the...

  • December art in Niwot

    Deborah Cameron|Dec 7, 2022

    Niwot is filled with art for the holidays. This past Saturday, Open Studios Pop! Gallery at the former Niwot Rental and Feed store on 2nd Avenue was open to the public in a holiday showing. The space showcased between 20 and 30 artists in a variety of mediums, and artists with work on display are available, in turns, to speak to gallery visitors. Megan Morgan and Terri Ficken were two of the artists available for the weekend shift. Morgan showcased her work as a variety of subjects portrayed on...

  • New Book Fair for adults

    Katrina Stroud|Dec 7, 2022

    Do you miss the Scholastic Book Fair that showed up at your school every year? The time when you got to see all the newest children’s books, comics, and toys? It’s one of those happy childhood memories that makes us wish that there were more book fairs for adults like us. The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop has a surprise for you: they are hosting the “Goodies for Grown-ups” at Cimmini’s restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5-7 p.m. Hundreds of books of multiple genres will be featured at the book fair including titles from best-selling...

  • The 2022 Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

    Deborah Cameron|Dec 7, 2022

    Festive crowds flocked to Niwot Wheel Works at 3 p.m. sharp Dec. 3 to deliver gingerbread house creations that were part of this year's gingerbread house decorating competition. This year, 50 houses were picked up from Saturday's Niwot Christmas Market at the Left Hand Grange to be decorated. Approximately 30 of the entries were returned, the plain houses made beautiful by icing, candy and creativity. They will be judged by baker Joan Grunzweig, owner of local business Joan's Petite Sweets and...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Mya Wells

    Gene Hayworth|Dec 7, 2022

    Arts Student of the Week Mya Wells has fond memories of the music that surrounded her during her childhood in California. "My mom was born in Mexico. In the morning she'd sing mariachi songs while she made me breakfast, forcing me to dance with her," Wells recalled. Those early experiences inspired her to become a musician. "It just came very naturally to me," she said. Later, when Wells attended Westview Middle School, she took up violin. "Everyone had to choose an instrument. So I said, 'I...

  • Niwot wrestling still searching for identity in early-going

    Jack Carlough|Dec 7, 2022

    While the Niwot boys wrestling team hasn’t found much success yet, there are still plenty of opportunities ahead. The Cougars currently have only two seniors in Charlie Kidd and Vithal Arya, three juniors and 21 underclassmen. Early struggles are to be expected, and Niwot indeed scuffled on Dec. 3 at the Fort Lupton Invitational, placing last out of the eight teams competing. Sophomore Ryder Evans was the bright spot for Niwot as he nearly took the 126-pound championship match. “He was actually up 14-1 and made a mistake,” Matthews said....

  • Niwot Boys Basketball starts off the season with back-to-back wins

    Isaac Stephens|Dec 7, 2022

    The Niwot High School boys basketball season has officially tipped off with a two-game weekend resulting in two wins: a blowout 73-13 win against Regis Groff, and a thrilling 86-84 overtime win against Denver North. The Cougars jumped out to an 11-0 lead against Regis Groff, with Jackson Carano scoring first off a feed by Jerek Funkhouser. Point guard Jack Jarvis, a sophomore, got into the act quickly, feeding Funkhouser and Julian Lettow for baskets. Lettow returned the favor with an assist to...

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Jerek Funkhouser

    Jack Carlough|Dec 7, 2022

    It was only game No. 1, but when Jerek Funkhouser scored 27 points in Niwot High School's season opener on Dec. 1, it was a great omen for the Cougar boys basketball team. The senior's career-best output, part of a 73-13 home blowout of Regis Groff, was aided by an all-in team effort on offense. "It was just awesome to see that our offense is playing for each other this year," Funkhouser said. "Most of our buckets were off just easy cuts to the basket and within the offense. It's awesome to see...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Dec 7, 2022

  • NHS boys soccer reaches playoffs again, goes 14-4 on season

    Chris Teta|Dec 7, 2022

    Coach Stephen Dimit's Niwot High School boys varsity soccer team took its 2022 regular season record of 12-3 into the playoffs again where they bested D'Evelyn High School by a score of 3-0 in the first round, and Steamboat Springs High School by a 3-2 margin in the second before falling to a very strong Northfield High School team 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Despite that disappointing loss it was a great season for the Cougars as they won their conference (4A/3A Longs Peak) decisively with a...

  • Jamieson Legh, Rowan Lavigne lead Niwot girls swimming at Lightning Invite

    Jack Carlough|Dec 7, 2022

    New Niwot High School girls swimming head coach Ella Thramann has both veteran influencers and young talent helping her navigate the early days of her first season. On the older side, seniors Jamieson Legh and Rowan Lavigne, in particular, are helping make Niwot's head coaching transition a bit easier. Both have been integral in creating Thramann's team-first culture focus. "A lot of the girls come into swimming and they're scared that they are, one, not going to be as good as the others and,...

  • Answers to December 7, 2022 Courier Crossword Puzzle

    Dec 7, 2022

    ACROSS 1. Art 3. Mariachi 5. Zero 8. Soccer 10. Choir 11. Window 12. Jellyfish 14. Parking 15. Funkhouser 16. Grange 17. Air DOWN 2. Recreational 3. Music 4. Jarvis 6. Buell 7. Youth 9. Gingerbread 10. Cimminis 13. Inkberry...

  • Tannenbaum Charity Trail Silent Auction

    Bruce Warren|Dec 7, 2022

    A baker's dozen small Christmas trees are on display near the baked goods in Niwot Market as part of the Niwot Business Association's effort to raise money for charities during the holidays. Niwot businesses decorated and donated miniature trees as part of the Tannenbaum Charity Trail Silent Auction. Each tree was donated by a local business, which chose a charity to receive the funds from the highest bid. The trees are on display until 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Niwot Market, where bidders can write...

  • Cougar girls basketball opens season

    Bruce Warren|Dec 7, 2022

    The youth of the Niwot High School girls basketball team showed in the opening games of the 2022-23 season, as Niwot lost to Regis Groff and Denver North. The Cougars stayed with the more experienced Regis Groff squad for most of the game, but came out on the short end of a 50-46 score on Dec. 1. The teams traded baskets during the first half, with Regis Groff holding the lead at the end of the half, 18-16. Sophomore Thalia Almarez opened the second half with a 3-pointer, giving Niwot a 19-18...

  • NYS rec basketball evaluations bring out local youth talent

    Jessica Walker|Dec 7, 2022

    Niwot Youth Sports boys and girls recreational basketball started the season a bit early this year by bringing out players for pre-season evaluations at Flagstaff Academy this past week. Evaluations ran from Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4. New NYS basketball commissioner Micah Hayes and his volunteer coaches were able to use these days to get a first look at their players and help them make competitive and well-matched teams for each division. The Niwot Youth Sports basketball program is...

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