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  • Local spectacle of lights provides sustenance

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 8, 2021

    Niwot's largest and most enchanting holiday display is officially switched on for the season. The annual eye-popping tradition that is Chuck Rodgers' yard atop the hill on 79th Street just south of Highway 52 will be glowing every night until Jan. 6. For over 30 years, the joyful and extravagant display has rung in the holiday season like none other in the area. It's also the perfect COVID-free, no-charge family holiday highpoint. Amongst the thousands of lights, hundreds of inflatable and...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Robert, Dec. 8)

    Dec 8, 2021

    Meet Robert. This sweet senior is an expert at making all of those around him feel right at home! Robert adores being with people of all ages and is happiest when he is with those that he cares about most. This social, 8-year-old fellow enjoys taking leisurely walks, curling up on the couch and generally being involved with what is going on around him. Call (303)772-1232 for more information about Robert or come in for a visit with this delightful dog today!...

  • Unseasonably dry weather impacts more than just the early ski season

    Kristen Arendt|Dec 8, 2021

    As the Christmas carol goes, it's beginning to look a lot like ... well ... not exactly Christmas. Or at least not a wintery December, as Niwot has yet to see any significant snow accumulation this season.. That, along with unseasonably warm temperatures, has residents wondering if winter will ever show up. And while Colorado's warm weather and dry conditions could easily change at the drop of a hat (as the saying goes, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes) the longer-term consequenc...

  • Spelling bee returns to Niwot Elementary

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 8, 2021

    Her winning word may have been 'mystified', but fifth grader Sylvia Madry was anything but as she outlasted 11 other contestants to take first place in the 13th annual Niwot Elementary spelling bee, held Dec. 1. The repeat champion correctly spelled a total of 14 words, including 'technique', 'drudgery', and 'permanence', but it was the first round word she found most memorable afterwards. "My favorite word was 'mink', because the definition was hilarious," she said. For the win, Madry received...

  • Creekside Nursery's Christmas tree lot brings holiday cheer

    Deborah Cameron|Dec 8, 2021

    Families in search of a live Christmas tree have their pick of options, but each December many find themselves at Creekside Nursery's Christmas Tree lot at 95th Street and Niwot Road. "We draw new people every year, but we've also had a lot of repeat customers, some even from out of state." said co-owner and Niwot High graduate Shannon Von Eschen, who spoke between helping shoppers at the end of a busy weekend day. The lot provides a range of both Colorado native varieties as well as those from...

  • Front Range Community College reaches the community through the stars

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 8, 2021

    On a chilly Thursday night, the courtyard behind Front Range Community College's (FRCC) classroom building was dark and still. But voices could be heard; behind a massive tree, a white dome hid, and in it, a group of students and community members learned about the stars. "The college needs to be connected to the community," said Anthony Smith, an astronomy professor at FRCC, and host of that night's event. "That's why I'm really happy we're finally actually doing some PR and some outreach. I...

  • Niwot Holiday Market draws shoppers looking for unique gifts

    Dec 8, 2021

    The seasonal festivities continued in Niwot on Dec. 4-5, with the first of two weekends of the Niwot Holiday Market, a shopping fair with more than 30 pop-up vendors in Cottonwood Square and on 2nd Avenue. Items on sale ranged from homemade lotions, to specialty foods, to clothing, and more. The fun continues on Dec. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Drought in Colorado

    Sharon Bokan, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County|Dec 8, 2021

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the latest first measurable snowfall (0.5") in Boulder was November 26, 1910 (although the records prior to 1948 are suspect). The latest first snowfall since 1948 (considered to be more accurate) is November 17, 2016. Either way we are past both dates. On average, Boulder receives 18 inches of precipitation per year. While Boulder has received 20.2" of precipitation thanks to a very wet 2021 spring, since August, Boulder...

  • Niwot High Arts Student of the Week-Tessa Whittaker

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 8, 2021

    Senior Tessa Whittaker hasn't been a Niwot High student for long, but she's making up for lost time in the school's vocal music department, according to choir director Laura Walters. Though a recent transfer, the talented singer has quickly become "an amazing leader" that other students look to for guidance. "Tessa is always upbeat and brings such a positive energy to her choirs," Roberts wrote in an email interview. "In one of the choirs, she took the initiative to create a group chat so...

  • Niwot girls win two out of three to open the season

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 8, 2021

    It's still early in the 2021-22 winter sports season, but it's not too early for the Niwot girls basketball team to have a better record than it did in its 2020-21 campaign. Behind an impressive performance from freshman guard Rose Pacheco, the Cougars went 2-1 in three games at a season-opening tournament, equaling their win total from the past two seasons combined. After the team's 45-34 victory over Middle Park in the tournament finale on Dec. 4, third-year varsity veteran Carly Toothaker...

  • Death Notices (Dec. 8)

    Dec 8, 2021

    Margaret “Lin” Folsom Former Niwot resident, Margaret “Lin” Folsom, age 86, died Nov. 8, 2021, A Celebration of Life will be held on Feb. 19, 2022, at the Seafarers Memorial Park Bldg., in Anacortes, Wash. from 2 pm - 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to N.A.M.I., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. To share memories of Lin, please sign the online guestbook at Lois Ann Veneziano Lois Ann Veneziano, age 85, of Gunbarrel died Nov. 23, 2021 in Boulder. Services will be held Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at 11 am a... Full story

  • Obituary (Marcelle M. Hawley)

    Dec 8, 2021

    Marcie Hawley of Niwot died Saturday, November 27, 2021. She was 96. She was born March 27, 1925, in Scott City, Kan., to Orland and Bernice Easley. The family lived in Hutchinson, Kan., until 1944 when her father purchased the University Hill Grocery on "the Hill" in Boulder. Marcie attended CU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1946. She married Robert W Hawley on June 9, 1946, in Boulder. After raising three children, and a few relocations, she started her career at the age of 50 in... Full story

  • Niwot boys stumble in home tournament

    Dec 8, 2021

    The 2021-22 season of Niwot boys basketball debuted on Dec. 2 to mostly positive reviews from third-year coach Clayton Wittrock, after the Cougars posted a 42-32 win over Denver West in the first of three back-to-back-to-back games at home. Behind notable performances from senior Rowan Granat and newcomer Jack Jarvis, Niwot showed signs of improvement on both sides of the court, giving Wittrock a reason to believe that the woes of the past might be receding. "Going into the half, we were just...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week-Madison Tajchman

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 8, 2021

    The 2021-22 Niwot girls basketball team is on the path to redemption after posting just two wins during the prior two seasons. Helping lead them there is senior captain Madison Tajchman, a second-year varsity guard and natural leader, according to Cougars' new head coach Jon Hill. "Maddi represents our program and Niwot as a whole in a positive light, and is probably our biggest voice, along with Carly [Toothaker]," Hill said after a recent win. "She's an amazing student, on and off the floor....