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Articles from the December 25, 2019 edition

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  • Esperanza means hope

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Dec 25, 2019

    Colorado state minimum wage is $11.10 an hour. But by various exemptions provided by law, many agricultural workers make only $7.25 per hour. That might be enough during the long days of summer, but for those whose livelihoods fluctuate with the seasons, winter can be an economically trying time. Casa de la Esperanza means House of Hope, and this local organization is dedicated to supporting agricultural workers and their families year-round. In 1993, the first migrant laborers moved into this...

  • Kamilla Macar - Left Hand Laurel

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 25, 2019

    Retiree Kamilla Macar is anything but re-"tired." She's incredibly active, positive, outgoing, and caring. Each week, among the long list of other happenings keeping her busy, the 83 year-old will be found giving her time and energy to Cultivate, a nonprofit organization serving a variety of needs of local seniors. Macar is a person who loves to keep moving, and she's also an avid steward of the environment. For the past two years, twice a week, she's walked the mile each way between her house...

  • Capone is cooking up clean cuisines

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 25, 2019

    For Gunbarrel's Mary Capone, food has always played a central role and much of her life has revolved around the heart of the home - the kitchen. The renditions of Capone have included starting a creperie in downtown Boulder, being a cookbook author, writing gastronomic columns for magazines, owning a food manufacturing business and offering hands-on cooking classes. "My grandfather was a pretty famous restaurateur and had several Italian restaurants in our hometown," Capone said. "The rest was...

  • Doug Richards first in state in cyclocross

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 25, 2019

    Doug Richards' cyclocross skills took him to first place in Colorado in the 60+ men's division on Nov. 24 and then on to the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Washington State where he finished 20th in his division. After riding cyclocross for almost 10 years, he attributed his success this season to having worked with Coach John Mansell, who added structure to Richards' training. Richards competes as a member of the Blue Sky Velo Team and raced more than 20 times this season. "Th...

  • Jeff & Paige Winter Performances at Gunbarrel Brewing Company

    Abigail Scott|Dec 25, 2019

    Looking for a winter outing that is fun for parents and children? Look no further than Gunbarrel Brewing Company. This treasured neighborhood brewery consistently hosts a bevy of year-round, community events, delicious food trucks, and musical performances. Beat the winter blues and get the kids out of the house by attending Gunbarrel Brewing's winter concert series, featuring award-winning children's entertainers, Jeff & Paige. This husband-wife duo met when each were studying environmental...

  • Rutherford joins Warren, Carlson & Moore LLC

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 25, 2019

    Niwot's local law firm, Warren, Carlson & Moore LLC (WCM), is excited to introduce the community to their newest member of the team. Attorney Heather Rutherford has taken over much of the firm's family law practice and is thankful to have been welcomed both by the WCM family as well as the Niwot community at large. She joins attorneys Bruce Warren, Tom Moore and Laura Moore as well as paralegals Vicki Maurer and Hannah Valadez at the law firm, which was established by Warren in 1975. Rutherford...

  • Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms send holiday cheer to troops

    Karen Copperberg|Dec 25, 2019

    During the first week of December, the Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms packed and sent 25 boxes full of Christmas goodies to troops deployed overseas. Hattie Steege and her daughter Michelle added some festive flair to the boxes, which were then loaded with home-baked cookies and other holiday treats for military personnel all over the world who will be away from their families during the holidays. One of those boxes reached an Army Major, who sent the following response: Good afternoon, I sincerely...

  • Community Pet Spotlight-Iggy (Dec. 25)

    Dec 25, 2019

    Featured this week is Iggy, who resides in Niwot with companions Dawn and Jeff Server of Meadow Lake Honey. Writes Jeff, "Iggy the bee cat watches over his realm from his favorite warm spot near the barn. He enjoys chasing down voles, field mice and an occasional tomato hornworm caterpillar. We call him the bee cat because he likes to hang out with us while we work the beehives out in back. Not sure if he's got a taste for honey, but he does love popcorn."...

  • Twelve Days of Christmas for gardeners

    Carol OMeara, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County|Dec 25, 2019

    To celebrate the season, sing along with me (with apologies to the original version of the carol). In the final days of Christmas, the garden calls to me: Twelve seeds-a-sprouting – In late winter, change up your garden by starting your own seeds. You'll expand your varieties beyond the choices everyone is offered and have a garden custom fitted to your taste or pleasure. Eleven pipes- a-bursting – If you don't get your backflow preventers wrapped before the arctic blast in November, take tim...

  • Niwot girls struggle in early weeks of the season

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 25, 2019

    The Niwot girls basketball team fell to 1-5 after dropping the home-opener to Erie 62-25 on Dec. 19. Afterwards, a clearly frustrated Coach Terri Ward had just one thing to say about her team's desultory performance: "We're ready for a break." The Cougars will get that break over the next two weeks for the winter holidays, and hopefully it will give them time to regroup. Currently on a four-game skid, Niwot has averaged just 25.3 points per game so far this season and is shooting 26% from the...

  • Niwot boys stun Erie in home opener

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 25, 2019

    It wasn't quite a Christmas miracle, but Niwot's upset win over the 10th-ranked Erie Tigers on Dec. 19 certainly had fans rejoicing. Led by senior guard Cooper Sheldon, four Cougars scored in double-digits in the 61-48 victory, while an aggressive effort on defense held one of the highest scoring teams in Class 4A to their lowest point total of the season. For first year head coach Clay Wittrock, it was the breakout game he has been eagerly anticipating. "We finally found a way to calm down,...

  • Niwot alum starts company embracing individuality and discouraging bullies

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 25, 2019

    Every year, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators holds contests for up and coming illustrators. In 2017, the Rocky Mountain Branch recognized then-Niwot High School senior Anya Berlova for her artwork and published it in their annual calendar. Drawing on her love for artwork and her interest in business, she knew she wanted to find a way to combine these passions. Thanks to the support of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, Berlova has created...

  • Ring in the New Year in the Left Hand Valley

    Dec 25, 2019

    Our community knows a thing or two about how to throw a party. We may be small, but we are lively, as seen by the turn out at each Rock & Rails, First Friday or Dancing Under the Stars event. This New Year's Eve, close out the decade in style with friends, family, and neighbors by attending any of these awesome events around Boulder County. This Dec. 31, The Niwot Tavern will host a celebration unlike any other. Join beloved bartenders Tara and Stacy as they pour sparkling glasses of champagne...

  • Lopez takes seventh at NCCT

    Dec 25, 2019

    Niwot's Jovani Lopez (far left) took seventh overall out of 35 competitors in the 285 lb. bracket at the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the University of Northern Colorado on Dec. 21. It was the third podium appearance in three tournaments for the senior, who took first in the heavyweight division at the Mike Stanley Invite on Dec. 7 and again at the Frank Palmieri Invitational on Dec. 14....

  • Codevilla honored at Coaches Invite

    Dec 25, 2019

    Niwot's Mary Codevilla was named the Athlete of the Meet at the Coaches Invite, held at the VMAC on Dec. 21. The sophomore All-American took first in the 100 meter breaststroke, with a time of 1 minute 3.16 seconds, and first in the 200 freestyle (01:50.78). "It was a great way to kick off her high school season," Niwot head swim coach Sarah Stamp said of her performance. "Mary won her two individual events in a very stacked field of swimmers. She also broke the school records in both of these...

  • Niwot Nifties share holiday cheer with Eagle Place residents

    Dec 25, 2019

    Earlier this month, members of the Niwot Nifties 4H Club created and delivered holiday gift bags for residents of the Eagle Place senior living community in Niwot. An annual tradition for the Nifties, each member contributes an item for all 12 of the bags, and club funds are used to add gift cards to Niwot Market. Back row, from left: Zach Shepherd, Harrison Falborn, Harrison Campbell - Beig; front row, from left: Francesca Fowler, Hazel Campbell- Beig, Beryl Campbell - Beig....

  • Student of the Week: Davita Bird

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 25, 2019

    Davita Bird has always been interested in how things work, so at the suggestion of her mother, an engineer at Seagate, she started exploring the world of computer programming as a curious seventh grader at Flagstaff Academy. Now in her senior year at Niwot High, that curiosity has blossomed into a passion that has her expanding the frontiers of technology. "Computers were always the maximum 'how is this doing anything?' for me," she said. "Without the programming, it's just a hunk of metal. We...

  • Trooper Tips from the Colorado State Patrol

    Special to the Courier|Dec 25, 2019

    One of the things about living in rural parts of Colorado means often having to travel on two lane roads. Where it is sometimes a lot more pleasant than driving on a big highway, it can have its drawbacks. One of those is not having a passing lane you can access the entire time you are traveling that roadway. In Colorado, there are 11 state statutes that talk about the proper way to pass another vehicle. I'm going to hit on a few of them this month. Passing on the left in an unsafe manner. This... Full story