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  • Left Hand Laurel: Vicki Maurer

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 26, 2020

    Vicki Maurer's approach to life and volunteering is probably best put in her own words: "We do what we have to do and get it done." Maurer has been involved with many community organizations over the years, from Niwot Youth Sports to the Left Hand Valley Courier to the Niwot Cultural Arts Association. Appreciation for her efforts is widespread. "She's really easy to work with, enthusiastic about the town...and fantastic at what she does," said Michelle Henzel, treasurer of the NCAA. "Vicki is...

  • How Gunbarrel Got Its Name

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Feb 26, 2020

    In 1859, gold drew 100,000 people into the Pike's Peak Region in pursuit of their fortune. Thirty-nine-year-old Alonzo N. Allen was among them, and he was quick to realize that prospecting was a hard way to make a living. The version of the story relayed by Dorothy Large ("Old Burlington") says Allen was actively seeking a place to homestead. The oral history from "They Came to Stay" places Allen on a hunting mission. Scouring the area for his dinner, Allen climbed to the top of a hill north of...

  • More wine than winter at the 6th annual Niwot celebration

    Feb 26, 2020

    The guest of honor was a no-show, but that didn't deter the hundreds of thirsty shoppers who descended on Niwot on Feb. 22 for the 6th annual Let's Wine About Winter store-to-store tasting event and fundraiser. Mild temperatures and melting snow were the order of the day, as ticket holders made their way through three dozen local businesses offering food and beverages, as well as some sweet deals. That included the "Seesters," seen here on 2nd Avenue taking a much needed time...

  • Wooden Clogs and Bike Cogs: Obituary of a bike commuter

    Feb 26, 2020

    In the sixth grade, my social studies teacher had our class do a report and presentation on a European country. My partner and I chose Denmark. I don't remember much about the report, which I'm sure was excellent or blatantly counterfactual, but I do remember very enthusiastically wearing wooden clogs during our presentation…naturally. I realized then that the Danes weren't afraid of doing, or in the case of footwear, wearing…something hard. Also, bikes. Apparently, the Danes love bikes. At the time, I considered myself a "biker." I had a sup...

  • Even on Easter Island, everyone reads the Courier

    Feb 26, 2020

    We'd love to see where you take the Courier. Send your photos from your neighborhood park, the Great Sand Dunes, the mountains, or where in the world you may be traveling to [email protected]....

  • Using technology to boost Mobility for All

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 26, 2020

    For many of us, hailing an Uber for a ride home from the brewery or buying a bus ticket to Coors Field takes just a few taps on a screen, but for those with financial or other special needs, fluency with mobile phone apps isn't always the norm. To help make multi-modal transportation an easy option for those unfamiliar with mobile technology, Boulder County's Mobility for All (M4A) program is offering free training workshops to help all users "feel confident using smartphone apps that help you...

  • Niwot High's new football coach expects more than wins

    Pattie Logan|Feb 26, 2020

    Niwot High's new head football coach, Nik Blume, doled out pizza and enthusiasm when he met with the players and their parents last week, sharing his "full tilt" approach to coaching. He won't officially be on staff until the end of the semester, but he's already laying the groundwork for next season. Blume told the players that weightlifting will start this spring. "That's non-negotiable for me. If you don't like weights, this might not be for you," he said. "You have to be physically prepared...

  • NHS starts new tradition of 'Wish Week'

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 26, 2020

    Niwot High School students are no strangers to helping the community. Whether it's individual teams having Breast Cancer Awareness Games for their sports or or other groups' fundraisers, students have plenty of opportunities for philanthropy. After being inspired by one student's personal involvement with the Make-A-Wish organization, as well as seeing other schools' participation, Niwot High School will have its very first "Wish Week." Starting on March 2, the student council will have a...

  • It's a laughing matter

    Mary Wolbach Lopert|Feb 26, 2020

    It's been a long time since my friend Sadie and I have connected. When I was writing this column on a regular basis, Sadie and I would often talk about kids, husbands, work, and dealing with the ups and downs of life. But kids grow up, and husbands retire and decide to dedicate their lives to fixing the house, sometimes where "fixing" isn't really needed. Like a lot of people "our age," both of us have been lucky enough to be able to travel. It was the subject of travel that made us realize...

  • Niwot forensics team builds on past toward the future

    Hannah Stewart|Feb 26, 2020

    Over the years, speech and debate kids have often joked, "We don't cut up dead bodies, but we might quote them." First founded in Wisconsin in 1925, the National Speech & Debate Association, formally known as the National Forensics League, sought to motivate high school students to participate in speech and debate activities. Six years later, in 1931, the first tournament was held at Ripon College with 49 schools participating from across 17 states. Students are able to participate in a variety...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Morgan, Feb. 26)

    Feb 26, 2020

    Meet Morgan, a sweet and gentle 11-month-old kitty that's looking to get off to a great start with a new, loving, forever family. This young kitty likely will fit in well with another cat as well as with a polite, kitty-savvy dog. Morgan is social, chatty and will enjoy being part of your active cat-loving household. Come in for a visit with this lovely young girl today! Morgan and lots of other great cats are available for adoption at the Longmont Humane Society....

  • Reviving Niwot history in Whistle Stop Park

    Special to the Courier|Feb 26, 2020

    In 1873, the year the Colorado Central Railroad completed its track, one of the first buildings erected was the Depot. Two years later, the official plat of the town of Niwot was filed on March 30, 1875, by Porter Hinman and Ambrose Murray. Niwot is rejuvenating its history with a rendition of The Depot at Whistle Stop Park, to serve as the concessions building for Rock & Rails summer concerts. This new Depot will save volunteers many hours currently spent setting up and tearing down the beer...

  • Death Notice (Jerry Dean Brooks)

    Feb 26, 2020

    Retired Niwot High School teacher Jerry Dean Brooks died Feb. 14, 2020, in Las Animas Colo., at age 81. A graveside service will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Las Animas-Bent County Cemetery followed by a celebration of Jerry’s life at the John Rawlings Museum Grand Hall. There will also be a celebration of life reception on Sunday, March 1 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Howe Mortuary at 439 Coffman St. in Longmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Valley Hospice in care of Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box...

  • Reminder to Vote by March 3 (Super Tuesday)

    Feb 26, 2020

    If you haven't already mailed in your paper ballot, or dropped it off in Longmont or Boulder, the voter service centers in this area are open for voting in the Presidential Primary on Monday February 24 through Friday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Boulder County; Monday March 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday March 3, Election Day, from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m. All locations have the same hours. Two places in Longmont are the BOCO Clerk and Recorder''s Longmont...

  • Rotary Club of Niwot honors Students of the Month

    Special to the Courier|Feb 26, 2020

    Recently, three Niwot High students were recognized by the Rotary Club of Niwot for their outstanding achievements in and out of the classroom. The three were introduced at a recent Rotary Club breakfast by principal Eric Rauschkolb and received a plaque noting the award. They are now eligible for a scholarship from the RCN. Natalia Storz - December Natalia has excelled in the classroom, and she has also demonstrated many personality traits that have exemplified her selflessness and commitment...

  • Lopez and Torres bow out at state wrestling championships

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 26, 2020

    Niwot seniors Jovani Lopez and Daniel Torres accomplished much more than they thought possible during their four-year high school wrestling careers, but in the immediate aftermath of grueling losses in the 2020 Class 4A state championships, it was hard for them to accept falling short of their ultimate goals. "It was a good experience," Lopez said, though without much conviction. Minutes before, he had lost a close third-round match in the heavyweight consolation bracket, putting him out of...

  • Codevilla captures two titles at Class 4A state championships

    Jocelyn Rowley|Feb 26, 2020

    There weren't very many Cougars in the pool at the 2020 Class 4A swim and dive championships, but what the Niwot state squad lacked in competitors, it more than made up for in impressive swims. Chief among them were Mary Codevilla's stunning performances in 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, which brought the talented sophomore two individual state titles and helped catapult the youthful Cougars into ninth place overall. Afterwards, head coach Sarah Stamp said that she was "thrilled" with the...

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