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  • Readers flock to the adventures of a birding Big Year

    Kristen Arendt|Dec 15, 2021

    As 2021 draws to a close, we look ahead to 2022 with hopes for a big (and better) year. However, few people likely have the same definition of a Big Year as local author and birding expert, John Vanderpoel. In May, Vanderpoel published his book "Full Chase Mode: Big Year of Birding in North America" which follows the 365 days he spent chasing a birding record in 2011, in an endeavor known in the birding world as a "Big Year." For birders, doing a Big Year is a kind of bucket list project. For...

  • Left Hand Laurel – Taz Chaudry

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 15, 2021

    Taz Chaudry is full of life, full to the brim and then some. Chaudry's passion for helping others is undeniable in all that she does. Owing to her outpouring of positive energy, Niwotian Chaudry was selected as this month's Left Hand Laurel recipient, coming to the forefront in particular for her volunteering at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC). "I believe we're all here to help each other and my purpose of being...why I'm here, is to remind people of joyful being," Chaudry said....

  • Road Warriors: Volunteer crew handles traffic during Niwot events

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 15, 2021

    Behind any community event in Niwot, there is an unsung army of volunteers, handling details and logistics that most attendees overlook. Among them is the Niwot road crew, a group that has been dedicated to keeping the town's parades and festivals pedestrian-friendly since 2014. "We started with seven, and it blossomed from there," Dick Piland said of the group he founded as Niwot Community Association president nearly a decade ago. "It was amazing. We had people calling up insisting they get...

  • Bobcats in Niwot

    Katrina Stroud|Dec 15, 2021

    On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Niwot resident Steve Herring found three bobcats lounging on Paiute Avenue. He was walking his dogs at 9 a.m. when he saw the felines, two lying together on a neighbor's front lawn, while the other sat by the shoe of a gutter. Herring watched them in awe for about five minutes, and none of the bobcats minded him or his dogs. Herring said he has heard other rumors of a bobcat appearing in the same backyard and another one walking behind Niwot High School. As of now, these...

  • Thomas Cross "Tom" Theobald

    Dec 15, 2021

    Thomas Cross "Tom" Theobald was born December 18, 1942, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Austin "Tex" Theobald and Betty Cross Theobald. Tom's early years were divided between living at a lake in southern Wisconsin with his mother, and in Colorado with his father. These early years fostered an appreciation of nature and the outdoors that stayed with him his whole life. Tom graduated from high school in Wisconsin and went on to earn a degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, putting himself t...

  • Boulder County seeks Niwot candidates for appointed committees

    Jocelyn Rowley and Bruce Warren|Dec 15, 2021

    Boulder County is seeking applications for one opening on the Niwot Business Local Improvement District (LID) Advisory Committee, a nine-member independent board that "prioritizes expenditures of the LID sales tax revenue," and makes recommendations to the county commissioners, who serve as the board of directors for the district. The Niwot LID was formed in 1992 and was authorized to collect a half-percent sales tax to pay for street, drainage and other improvements in Old Town, beginning in...

  • Drainage improvement project to impact Niwot Road

    Dec 15, 2021

    On Monday, Dec. 13, the Boulder County department of transportation began work on a drainage improvement project at the intersection of Niwot Road and Walker Avenue. To safely facilitate the project, traffic on Walker Avenue has been limited to southbound only, which means traffic will only be able to enter onto Walker from Niwot Road and not exit. A temporary traffic signal has been installed at Paiute Avenue during construction so residents and school staff and visitors can safely exit the...

  • 'Little Sir Echo" in Niwot

    Nellie Nibnose|Dec 15, 2021

    When I was small there was a catchy little ditty about an echo. Little sir echo, How do you do? Hello (hello) Hello (hello) ...which has now given me an earworm. But never mind. Several weeks ago, I was on a stroll with my good friend Glinda. As we often do, we walked through the underpass for Niwot Road. We always enjoy all the glorious mural paintings down there, and Glinda let out a lovely expletive, which showed her appreciation for the magnificent artwork. As she spoke, there it was, a...

  • Beyond the Mountain Brewery celebrates 4th anniversary

    Deborah Cameron|Dec 15, 2021

    Last Saturday, Gunbarrel's Beyond the Mountain Brewing Company celebrated its fourth anniversary. The brewery, known for a love of both craft beer and music, had both on site for the event with a pair of performances by Danny Evans and jam band The Jauntee. In honor of the milestone and in keeping with the cooler season, the taproom brewed and served a S'mores Stout as a special release Anniversary Ale. It was smooth, with flavors of chocolate, creamy marshmallow, and graham cracker nuttiness. E...

  • Front Range Community College adds STEM degree and paid apprenticeships

    Kristen Arendt|Dec 15, 2021

    On Nov. 1, Front Range Community College (FRCC) announced that the college has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a new degree—a two-year Associate of Engineering Science (AES). FRCC is the first community college in the state of Colorado to offer this type of degree. Though FRCC has previously offered an engineering pathway for students wanting to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, the process of transferring FRCC credits to an accredited four-year program was often complicated since transfer agreements d...

  • Longmont Meals on Wheels expands to include pet care

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 15, 2021

    Meals on Wheels ((MOW) provides so much more than hot food to its clients in Longmont and Niwot. The organization also provides wellness checks, and because of those checks, they were inspired to start an emergency pet assistance program. "A few years ago we had a few clients over the course of a couple years who did not want to go to the hospital on paramedics' suggestions," said Katherine Wiser, the Longmont MOW development and communications director. "And the reason was that they didn't know...

  • December book review

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 15, 2021

    Grief is a difficult thing. On one hand, we're often told to go through the stages, heal and move on. But on the other hand, it's not clear how long those stages "should" last, and we can be pressured to feel as though the healing is complete before we're ready. What I love about Niwot resident Ellen Haswell's book, "A Little Book of Words for Those Who Grieve,'' is that the whole book takes you through the process, and while it's a short read, it feels like you can take your time. With only 59...

  • Running Lane Nationals: Niwot Cross Country Shines in Huntsville

    Sarah Perkins and Cayden Justice|Dec 15, 2021

    We are proud to introduce The Green and Black, Niwot High School's own student produced newspaper. This newspaper began as an IB CAS project in 2020, and has grown into so much more. Now with over 50 student staff members, The Green and Black is a reflection of what students at Niwot are passionate about - our voices reflect our ideas about our school, our communities, and the world that we live in. You can view all of our content, including full monthly issues, on our website thegreenandblack.c...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Dec. 15)

    Dec 15, 2021

    Meet Kody and Kenny! These 2 handsome Lab mixes are nearly identical brothers! These pups are both about 11 months old and just the sweetest little pups you could ever imagine. They are gentle with people/kids and other dogs alike. They can be adopted together or separately. These sweet boys love attention and really just want a loving home to call their own. If you are interested in these pups or any other animals in our foster care, please visit farfels.com or call (303)443...

  • A sweet competition helps kids in need

    Dec 15, 2021

    On Dec. 12, Niwot Wheel Works hosted the 2nd annual Gingerbread House decorating contest, sponsored by local realtor Deborah Read Fowler. The 2021 contest attracted a total of 44 entries. On Dec. 11, each contestant received a plain, pre-made house, baked and assembled by professional baker Joan Grunzweig of Joan's Petit Sweets, a former runner-up in the Good Housekeeping national contest. The participants then had about 24 hours to decorate their house for the official competition. Grunzweig...

  • Niwot Jewelry welcomes little Santas

    Dec 15, 2021

    On Saturday, Dec. 11, Niwot Jewelry (300 2nd Avenue) opened its doors to young shoppers looking for that special something to put under the tree for mom. Items on offer included necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, priced for the littlest of shopping budgets....

  • Walking in a Flagstaff wonderland

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 15, 2021

    The holiday spirit was in overdrive at the inaugural Festival of Lights, a dazzling open-air celebration held at Flagstaff Academy (2040 Miller Drive, Longmont) on Dec. 9. The event featured 20 original light displays created by staff, students, and families using their cars and a variety of decorating styles, ranging from simple and understated, to seasonal mayhem. For Flagstaff Executive Principal Katie Gustafson, the cheerful event was a positive way for the school's community to reconnect af...

  • Arts Student of the Week-Evelyn Mason

    Dec 15, 2021

    Evelyn Mason is a naturally gifted musician who has been playing piano and violin since a very young age. Now a junior at Niwot High, she is the longtime concertmaster for the school’s symphony orchestra, and is a “good role model for her peers”, according to director Keynes Chen. “She has consistently performed at an exemplary level,” he wrote in an email. “Her leadership contribution to our orchestra program is well noted by everyone, and she has earned the respect and love from her peers through her passion, high spirit, friendlines...

  • Student-Athlete of the Week: Rowan Osgood

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 15, 2021

    The Niwot girls swim team has faced its share of challenges over the past few seasons, from lack of a home facility, to a coaching turnover, and, of course, the myriad complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with a new St. Vrain Valley district pool set to open next month, plus a more conventional schedule in 2021-22, senior Rowan Osgood is excited for her best swim season yet. "I absolutely think there's more stability this year," the third-year veteran said of her Niwot swimming...

  • Niwot window decorating contest winners

    Kristina Burgoon, Special to the Courier|Dec 15, 2021

    Thank you to all who participated in this year's Holiday Window Display Competition! All of the beautiful displays helped to usher in an abundance of holiday cheer! Walking the streets of this little town was made that much more magical with all of the twinkling, festive décor. The votes have been tallied (and the list has been checked twice!) and the winners are: - 1st Place: Few of a Kind Vintage + Mercantile - 2nd Place: Belle Terre Floral - 3rd: Fly Away Home Decor And let's not forget...

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