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  • Courier Staff

    Dec 28, 2022

    The past year has been especially challenging for the Left Hand Valley Courier, but we’ve emerged stronger than ever. On April 1, 2022, we celebrated 25 years as your local newspaper - providing news coverage you can’t get anywhere else. Within two weeks, we experienced the loss of four key staff members - senior editors Mary Wolbach Lopert and Karen Copperberg retired after 25 years, editor Joceyln Rowley took a full-time position with a Loveland newspaper, and we mourned the unexpected death of advertising director Ann Whitehill. We...

  • Jason Champion earns Eagle Scout rank

    Bruce Warren|Dec 28, 2022

    Jason Champion was awarded the prestigious Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony at the Left Hand Grange Dec. 12. Champion, a member of Troop 161 B of the Boy Scouts of America, has been involved in scouting for the past six years. His Eagle Scout project was to make improvements to Whistle Stop Park in Niwot, where Champion has volunteered for several years as a member of the Gargoyles, who man the recycle and compost stations at the Rock & Rails summer concert series and retrieve traffic control...

  • Let's Talk About... Christmas Cookies

    Elise Marylander|Dec 28, 2022

    Ok. The holidays are almost over but can we just review one small aspect? I know every family has its traditions. And one of those is often the making of Christmas cookies. You know, the ones where you use cute cookie cutters on sugar cookies, decorate them and then give them to all your friends on a pretty plate with a red bow? It means, although I happily exchange cookies, I have discovered: I fail at making Christmas cookies. Let me explain. I have a friend who makes the kind of angels,...

  • Photo of the Week

    Dec 28, 2022

  • Photo of the Week Could Be Yours?

    Dec 28, 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...

  • Bruce (Biff) Warren

    Dec 28, 2022

    I moved to Niwot in 1975 from Nebraska (did you know that Niwot used to be in Nebraska Territory?), and I knew it was the right place when I went to a Niwot High School football game....A lady in the stands recognized me... because she used to babysit me....in Nebraska. Since then I've been an attorney, a volunteer firefighter, a coach, a swimming instructor, a Sunday School teacher, a band member, a sportswriter, and now an editor. My wife Susan and I have three children and one bonus son,...

  • Vicky Dorvee Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    Write a profile our editor said. Really? Ugh, here ya go: I've had a pretty unremarkable, but incredibly satisfying life. Forty years ago the mountains called and I answered by moving from Wisconsin to Boulder. I've been grateful to call Niwot home for 30 years now and it's where we raised two wonderful daughters. That stuff and the rest of what I could list as the facts of my life would straight up make your eyes snap shut. I'm not an artist or a musician or a rocket scientist or an athlete....

  • Vicki Maurer Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    A third generation Coloradoan, I was born in Longmont and grew up in Southmoor Park where my parents (Courier carriers Otto and Arlene Ahlgrim) reside today. Graduating from Niwot High School in the 1980s, I saw Niwot as a sleepy farming community with a few subdivisions housing mostly IBM employees. In November of 1980, I was hired at the only law firm in town, the Law Office of Bruce W. Warren, and have been fortunate enough that even though the firm has evolved to Warren, Carlson &...

  • Hannah Stewart Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    Born and raised in Colorado, I spent much of my childhood reading, crafting stories and consuming a ton of media-books, film, radio, you name it. At Niwot High School, a stint as an extemporaneous speaker (we had to write seven-minute speeches without the internet) sparked an interest in journalism. I followed this spark at CU, where I majored in communication and minored in both journalism and Spanish. After graduating CU, I stumbled across a reporter's position with the Courier and this...

  • Gene Hayworth Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    I am the proprietor of Inkberry Books, and hold an accredited MLS from Syracuse University as well as an MA in English Literature from the University of Rochester, and a BA in English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I published my first book, Fever Vision: the life and works of Coleman Dowell, with Dalkey Archive Press in 2007. In 2010 I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach business librarianship at Humboldt Universtät in Berlin, Germany. My translation of the...

  • Elise Marylander Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    Growing up in a big Air Force family, it was normal to move regularly, explore a new area and make new friends. However, I have lived in the Niwot area for thirty years, the longest I've ever been in one place. I continue to explore the area and I have made many friends. I never get tired of looking at the Flatirons. I attended UCLA where I earned my bachelor's degree in English and then Loyola Law School where I earned my Juris Doctorate and met my husband. My family moved to Colorado from Los...

  • Kristin Alger Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    Well, I'll start by saying that I interview other people, so I don't have to talk about myself...So this is a little rough, but here goes. A Colorado native, I grew up near Red Rocks and have lived in Denver, Colorado Springs and Durango. A five-year stint in Detroit made me realize how fabulous our state (and its weather) is and I returned, settling in Niwot where my dad and step-mother still reside. I always thought I'd be here for a few years before returning to the "big city." That was 17...

  • Leonard Sitongia Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    I grew up close enough to the ocean to have salt water in my veins, but the stars brought me to Colorado in 1981. Grad school in astrophysics didn't bring the stars any closer but I learned a lot about the universe. I worked in a few observatories and labs, retired, and moved from the Boulder foothills to Niwot in 2014. I dove headfirst into the balmy waters of Niwot and found myself in a sea of different kinds of stars: the people who volunteer to make this a great community. I volunteer for...

  • Jessica Walker Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    I'm Jessica (Tennant) Walker, and I grew up in Niwot. I'm a proud Niwot High School alumnus, class of '99! My husband and two children and I moved back to Niwot five years ago. My folks still live in Niwot and were very involved in the community, coaching youth sports, volunteering for the Niwot Community Association and the Niwot High School Education Foundation, among other things. They set a good example of how important community is. I'm involved with coaching and on the board of directors...

  • An Ode To Niwot Holiday Windows

    Carissa Brandes|Dec 28, 2022

    Windows were decorated with glitter and flare, In hopes that Niwotians would cast a vote there. Snowflakes, soldiers, gingerbread houses galore, Each window decked out for all to adore. But one stood out from all the rest. Voted this year's winner, it was simply the best. This display showed Santa working hard in his shop, Just around the corner from Whistle Stop. Porchfront Homes has been crowned first place- Hooray! Your décor was quite the showcase. Second place was a tricky one indeed, As...

  • Health & Wellness Preview

    Dec 28, 2022

    The Courier’s annual Health & Wellness feature will be published on Wednesday, Jan. 14, in our next print edition. Six thousand copies will be delivered to nearly every home and business in Niwot and Gunbarrel. If you have a product or service to offer related to exercise, massage, skin care, diet, or another health and wellness focused service or product, contact Alyson Bell, Advertising Director for the Courier, at [email protected] to participate....

  • Arts Student of the Week: Greta Stauch

    Gene Hayworth|Dec 28, 2022

    Greta Stauch has a passion for choral music. The Niwot High School sophomore describes the music as "a group of people attempting to blend their voices into one sound with as much beauty as possible." Succeeding in choir, she said, "requires a deep understanding of vocal technique as well as music as a whole. Sight reading and music theory skills play a large part in contributing to a strong choral group." Laura Walters, the Choral Music Director at Niwot High School, selected Stauch as the...

  • An unexpected Christmas tradition

    Hannah Stewart|Dec 28, 2022

    In 1956, Robert Hersh lost his two front teeth just before Christmastime. Now, 66 years later, his granddaughter Ella is missing those same teeth. Hersh made his local paper in Westchester, New York, alongside two of his Woodside School peers, and the family has held onto a copy of the clipping. When Ella, an 8-year-old student at Niwot Elementary School, noticed her teeth were loose, the family was excited. "When Ella was missing her two front teeth, both of my parents sent me photos of [the...

  • Maria Karagianis Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    I am a writer, public speaker and social entrepreneur who moved last year to Colorado from Boston with my husband Tim O'Neill, a retired attorney. I am also a mother of two daughters and grand-mother – "Yiayia" as we say in Greek – to five. I started my journalism career at the Boston Globe, where I was part of a team of 30 editors, reporters and photographers awarded the Pulitzer prize gold medal for coverage of Boston's school desegregation crisis. I was assigned later by the Globe as a...

  • Alyson Varvel Bell Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    I was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, grew up in Homer, Illinois, lived in Ohio for a couple of years and moved to Colorado in 1994. I have called Niwot home for 22 years and have raised three children here. My youngest son is in his final year of middle school, my middle son is in his second year of college at CSU, and my eldest son graduated from college, moved to Boston, and recently got married. I have helped build our company Tool Studios in downtown Niwot over the past 21 years as the...

  • Kristy Zado Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    I am a long-time Colorado transplant by way of Chicagoland. I graduated from the University of Colorado with an English and Applied Arts degree and an MBA from Colorado State University. I consider myself a renaissance woman, who is a former expat, having lived in Kyoto, Japan, for six years. I reside in unincorporated Boulder County, own horses and love animals of all kinds. I also enjoy being mom to a 12-year-old daughter and wife to Justin Zado, a Niwot High School alum. You can catch me...

  • Leopold brothers take first place in Water '22 Student Showcase

    Jessica Walker|Dec 28, 2022

    Niwot Elementary School third-grader Oskar Leopold and his brother, kindergartener Teddy Leopold, won first prize in the Water Education Colorado's "Water '22 Student Showcase" competition awarded earlier this fall. They competed in the kindergarten through fifth grade category. Their task was to show how water interacts with and affects us all as Coloradoans. Their efforts earned them a $1,000 prize in this 18 and under student contest. They were also recently featured on a social media and...

  • NHS girls basketball still looking for first win

    Bruce Warren|Dec 28, 2022

    With three minutes to go in the first half against Longmont High School, the Niwot High School girls basketball team was matching the more experienced Trojans point for point. Niwot junior Molly Slupik made a layup to even the score. But with the teams tied at 18-18, the wheels fell off for the Cougars. Longmont went on a 12-0 run to take a commanding lead, and the outcome was no longer in doubt. Turnovers by Niwot and hot shooting by the Trojans from 3-point range put Longmont up 30-18 before S...

  • Niwot girls swim and dive takes Class 4A crown at Rex Memorial Coaches Invite

    Jack Carlough|Dec 28, 2022

    The Niwot High School girls swim and dive team entered winter break on a high note by topping the Class 4A field at the REX Memorial Coaches Invite on Dec. 17. Niwot placed 12th overall, but the team's 244 points were the most amongst the 13 Class 4A schools competing, which included local foes Longmont High School and Silver Creek High School. Jamieson Legh was once again the Cougars' standout as the senior took second in the 100 butterfly (55.87 seconds) and third in the 50 freestyle (23.99)...

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Rose Pacheco

    Jack Carlough|Dec 28, 2022

    The term downhill guard doesn't suit many better than it does Rose Pacheco. Her ability to drive towards the hoop may appear reckless at times, but it frequently results in two points for the Niwot High School girls basketball team. Through the first seven games of her sophomore season, Pacheco is averaging a team-best 11.3 points per game. Pacheco's success remains one of the few bright spots of what has been an otherwise difficult 0-7 start for the Cougars. Still, she remains optimistic that N...

  • Courier Crossword Corner

    Dec 28, 2022

  • Answers to December 28, 2022 Courier Crossword Puzzle

    Dec 28, 2022

    ACROSS 2. Legos 4. Legh 7. Suicide 8. Gymnastics 10. Water 11. Profiles 13. Porchfront 15. Point 17. Choir 19. Basketball 21. Annually DOWN 1. Downhill 3. Thramann 5. Evenstar 6. Win 9. Champion 12. Seniors 14. Cookies 16. Wrestling 18. Ella 20. Kylee...

  • Jack Carlough Profile

    Dec 28, 2022

    Deciding on a college major was easy for me. Sports have always been at the center of my life and with my baseball career coming to a close after graduating from Silver Creek High School, I knew that I needed to continue being around athletics, just in a slightly different capacity. Writing was - and still is, of course - another passion of mine, which made pursuing a sports journalism career an obvious next step. In the spring of 2022, I emerged from the University of Colorado Boulder with a...

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