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  • 1stBank to close Gunbarrel branch

    Bruce Warren|Dec 21, 2022

    The oldest bank in the Gunbarrel-Niwot area is closing in March. FirstBank announced that the Gunbarrel branch, which opened in June, 1975, will be closing March 7, 2023, due to lack of foot traffic at the location. Kevin Classen, a Niwot resident who is president of Firstbank Holding Company, cited the changing nature of banking brought on by online banking, and Covid concerns. Customers are now able to deposit checks with their phones, and almost all merchants now accept credit cards with the...

  • Repairs begin at Abo's Pizza in Cottonwood Square

    Dec 21, 2022

  • Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks Trustees consider ebike alternatives

    Bruce Warren|Dec 21, 2022

    The City of Boulder's Open Space Mountain Parks (OSMP) Board of Trustees held a virtual hearing Dec. 14 to hear from members of the public about the city OSMP staff recommendation to change the rules about where e-bikes are allowed on city-owned open space. Karen Hollweg chaired the meeting, which included Trustees Jon Carroll, Dave Kuntz and Caroline Miller. The Trustees will meet Jan. 11, 2023, to consider making a recommendation to the Boulder City Council concerning e-bikes on open space...

  • Photo of the Week

    Dec 21, 2022

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours?

    Dec 21, 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 numbe...

  • December book review: A History of Skiing in Colorado

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 21, 2022

    Sometimes I feel like a "fake" Coloradan because I've never gone skiing. But after reading Abbott Fay's A History of Skiing in Colorado provided by Inkberry Books, I have to say that I am more intrigued by the sport. I was fascinated by the book's anecdotes, such as how Mount Werner and Hughes' Run got their names–Buddy Werner was caught in an avalanche in 1964, and Berrien Hughes suffered the first non-avalanche skiing death in 1939. But I mostly enjoyed the book's archival photos. Most p...

  • Boulder County Commissioners host state legislators

    Bruce Warren|Dec 21, 2022

    The Boulder County Commissioners met with most of the state legislators who represent parts of Boulder County over breakfast Dec. 14, and the discussion provided a hint of what we might see in the 2023 legislative session. Those attending talked about their legislative priorities for the upcoming 2023 legislative session, as well as the difficulties of legislators being limited to introducing no more than five bills. Marta Loachamin, Chair of the Boulder County Commissioners, welcomed the guests...

  • Bookstore hosts fair for adult readers

    Kristin Alger|Dec 21, 2022

    The Christmas shopping season is in full swing so what better way to shop than with food and beverages? On Thursday, Dec. 15, The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop (TWJ) hosted "Goodies for Grownups" at Cimmini's Italian restaurant in Niwot, featuring both food and books. TWJ assistant manager Alison Cave said the event was a great success and they hope to offer another book fair in the spring. "We were hoping to reignite the feeling of a book fair from elementary school," Cave said. "But for...

  • Niwot Merchants Reflect on Holiday Events

    Deborah Cameron|Dec 21, 2022

    With just a few days left until the Christmas holiday, the season of downtown carolers, visits by Santa (and for the past two years, Elsa), holiday markets full of food, crafts, art, and good cheer, horse-drawn carriages and festive parties featuring competitive gingerbread house decorating, is coming to and end as well. We asked Niwot's downtown merchants to reflect on this season, and how the events impacted their businesses. Generally, merchants were pleased at how all the activities brought...

  • Let's Talk About… Houseguests

    Elise Marylander|Dec 21, 2022

    Ok. We all love the holidays. But how did I miss the memo that says we have to stop our normal lives from November 10 through January 3? Oh, let’s just throw Halloween in too and start with the annual October costume frenzy. This means that for three out of 12 months you put your “normal” life on hold and begin a whirlwind of planning, cooking, and eating for all the visitors. Isn’t that a quarter of a year? Business earnings and projections decide corporate fates in less time than that. And yet, here I am, stopping everything trying to determi...

  • Arts Student of the Week: Aiden Sagner

    Gene Hayworth|Dec 21, 2022

    "There is a kind of closeness in the theater," the musical composer John Kander once said. "The rehearsal pianist, the head carpenter, the stage manager, the star of the show-all are family." Niwot High School student Aiden Sagner agrees with this sentiment completely. "I would describe theater as a really tight-knit community," Sagner acknowledged while describing his experience in theater at NHS. "No matter what show you are working on, everyone there is super close because everyone is...

  • Niwot Community Band goes to Denver

    Bruce Warren|Dec 21, 2022

    The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band traveled to Denver for the holiday season, performing at Denver's Christkindl Market at Civic Center Park Dec. 11. Twenty-five members of the band made the trip to the event, sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce and the German Cultural Foundation, for the first time since the pandemic. The band performed to children dancing while parents patronized street vendors with an Old World flair. Selections included "A Can-Can...

  • Niwot High School Boys basketball suffers 3rd straight loss

    Isaac Stephens|Dec 21, 2022

    Niwot High School boys basketball faced off against both the Riverdale Ridge Ravens and the Severance Silver Knights this week, losing both games, 71-45 and 66-45, respectively. Scoring 45 points in both games ties for a season low in points scored, while the defense gave up the second and third most points in a game all season (behind 84 points allowed in a win against Denver North). In Niwot's game against Riverdale Ridge, the Cougars were slow to start, scoring just five points in the first...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Dec 21, 2022

  • Answers to December 21, 2022 Courier Crossword Puzzle

    Dec 21, 2022

    ACROSS 4. funding 5. basketball 9. Christkindl 10. ebikes 12. busy 14. Denver 16. financial DOWN 1. mental 2. dance 3. fair 6. losses 7. First 8. fish 11. skiing 13. Jellyfish 15. bank...

  • Tough week for Niwot girls hoops

    Bruce Warren|Dec 21, 2022

    The Niwot High girls basketball team came out cold against unbeaten Riverdale Ridge Dec. 13, and failed to score in the first quarter, falling behind 26-0. The Cougars got on the board in the second quarter, scoring seven points, but trailed at the half, 45-7. After suffering through a 2-point third quarter while allowing another 23 points, Niwot came back to score eight points in the final quarter, but lost 78-17. The only consolation might be that Riverdale Ridge's next opponent suffered and...

  • Meet Bank of Estes Park - Niwot Branch

    Katrina Stroud|Dec 21, 2022

    One might think the Bank of Estes Park is only located in the resort community 35 miles up Highway 7 from Niwot. But the bank also serves the Niwot community, with one of its three branches located at 7980 Niwot Road, attached to the Niwot Market in Cottonwood Square Shopping Center. "Bank of Estes Park is a local community bank that started up in 1965 in Estes Park, and they opened up a second branch in Estes Park," said Vice-President and Branch Manager Terry Gushiken. "Over time, they...

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