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Omicron variant sweeps Boulder County

For a growing share of Boulder County residents, the 2021 holidays brought at least one unwelcome visitor-the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, local testing sites...

 

Decreased COVID restrictions might not bring big changes

The addition of the "purple" on the COVID dial last November made the six color levels more like stepping stones between safety level precautions, rather than jumps. With the recent downgrade to...

 

Boulder County COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility & Locations

Boulder County COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility & Locations COVID-19 vaccinations are being provided to those eligible at locations around Boulder County.  Providers closely follow the Colorado...

 

To mask or not to mask while using public trails

When COVID first appeared on the public radar last year, there was a lot of inconsistent information around masks, social distancing, what you could do and what you shouldn't. Confusion caused by...

 

Information and vaccines are slow to come

The time window is open, but details have been scarce on how people 70 and over can register and get the COVID-19 vaccine. Boulder County Public Health tried to address growing public frustration...

 

Beating the odds: one woman's story of surviving coronavirus

On June 11, 2020, a beautiful flower bloomed somewhere in Japan. That same day in Colorado, Gunbarrel resident Beniko Olsen drove home with her family after 45 days in the hospital fighting for her...

 

When will I be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

On Dec. 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that residents aged 70 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than originally planned, but...

 

Receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

I started to write this article to soothe my nerves, as I sat in my car just prior to my COVID-19 vaccine appointment. I was eligible for it because of my part time work as an in-home care provider...

 

Messaging campaign targets critical gaps in COVID-19 workplace practices

Marta Venezuela Moreno is like Santa Claus on a mission, her arms full of clear plastic bags containing goodies she's giving out to families and businesses in Longmont. But instead of toys, she's...

 

Task force gives voice to those most impacted by pandemic

Those hit hardest by the pandemic are not often the most vocal, the most visible. A group of eleven people from disproportionately affected communities are sharing their experiences to bring...

 

Local hospitals try to keep up with COVID-19 while prepping for vaccines

The bad news is that more people than ever are in Boulder County hospitals with COVID-19; the good news is that patients have a better chance of avoiding the most serious or deadly outcomes compared to when the pandemic began. “We have been...

 

Vitamin D and other immune boosters may help fight off COVID-19

Chances of getting COVID-19 are as high, or higher, than they've ever been during the pandemic, but there are simple steps people can take to be prepared if the virus strikes. Research suggests that...

 

COVID survivors are vital to science and a brighter future

The spike in COVID-19 cases tied to the University of Colorado last month is troubling, but those who have recovered have the opportunity to play a critical role in saving lives, improving health outc...

 

Navigating ambiguous loss, grief, and mourning during COVID-19

Do you feel frazzled, irritable, preoccupied, angry, reactive, or just plain tired? Christine Ruth, M.Div., MS, LMFT, owner of Niwot Counseling Center says you are not alone. In her over 20-years of...

 

Get the shot, not the flu, especially this year

Locals seem to be heeding the fervent advice of health experts to get a flu shot this year. The King Soopers pharmacy in Gunbarrel went through three batches of flu vaccines by the end of August,...

 

COVID-19 strains mental health for many

Amidst the current global pandemic, physical health is often at the forefront of many people's minds. But one facet of health and wellness that people may be neglecting is their mental health. The Wor...

 

Boulder Country Club's COVID outbreak is officially over

Boulder Country Club has been moved to the list of resolved COVID-19 outbreaks by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CDPHE. The Gunbarrel club had six positive cases, including employees working in the restaurant and a...

 

4-H Dog Project engages kids with dog Bingo and online training

Thank goodness for the dog. Throughout the whole coronavirus lockdown, school closing and restrictions, kids in the 4-H Dog Project had something positive to focus on. Leaders got creative with online...

 

Schools rely on Boulder County Health for reopening decisions

St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) is leaning heavily on science and medical experts as it finalizes back-to-school plans during the coronavirus pandemic. Health guidance and community input led the district to scale back in-person learning...

 

Families can finally connect in person at senior communities

Shirley Olson walks out of the Hover Community Assisted Living Resident, a vision in blue. The 93-year-old is wearing a vest that matches the sky. Dark blue mountains and yellow stars decorate the...

 

Niwot entrepreneur pivots his medical business to supply PPE

The market for personal protective equipment, or PPE, operates like the Wild West, as Niwot entrepreneur Dave Rechberger explains it. He leveraged his contacts in the medical business and got into...

 

Boulder Country Club reopens food service after four COVID cases

Food is being served again on the patio of Boulder Country Club. The club's restaurant closed for about 11 days at the end of June when four of its kitchen staff tested positive for the coronavirus....

 

Students and families digest school district plans for fall

It's not the school year that parents and students would like, but at least it's better than last spring. That's how several families in the Saint Vrain Valley School District feel about new plans for...

 

Counting votes in a pandemic is an even more deliberate process

Counting votes is a careful process to start with, but in a pandemic there is more than politics at stake. Health concerns over the coronavirus changed the look and procedures of in-person voting and...

 

Summer travel is off to a slow start for local inns and Airbnbs

The fireplace in the great room is cold. The chatter of afternoon cheese and crackers get-togethers has been silenced. "It's just different now," said Cornelia Sawle, owner of the Niwot Inn. Business...

 

Playgrounds and other recreational sites can open with limits

The swings at Lefthand Valley Grange Park in Niwot remain still except for the occasional gust of wind. Yellow caution tape prevents little feet from reaching to the sky, a stark reminder of the conce...

 

A COVID-19 Odyssey

When longtime Gunbarrel resident Lori Highfill left Colorado on Saturday, March 14, for a week's vacation in her home state of New Jersey, she never thought that it would turn into a two-month...

 

Back to business? Local restaurants navigate new state regulations

When the state of Colorado issued its Safer at Home” guidelines allowing in-person dining at restaurants last week, Edward Vanegas was thrilled. He immediately went to the Next Door app to tell his...

 

Niwot Historical Society calls on Niwot community to help preserve local COVID-19 history

Though difficult to comprehend in our current environment, the events of COVID-19 mark an unprecedented moment in our shared human history. Focusing on local historic impacts, the Niwot Historical...

 

Coronavirus affects Boulder County's Latinx community differently

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, lay people and experts alike have said that this is a virus that does not discriminate based on age, sex, race or class. But just by looking at the number...

 
 By Adrian Card    COVID-19    May 13, 2020

Food systems and priorities in the time of COVID-19

Eating at home more lately? You are not alone. Consumer food demand has pivoted abruptly over the past two months from about 50% of meals consumed outside of the home to virtually none. My...

 

Some wear masks on the trail, others don't. Who is right?

I was walking my dog on the LoBo Trail through Niwot, wearing a homemade blue-cotton mask, when a group of three runners came toward me. None wore masks. One coughed about 25 feet in front of me. I...

 

Stimulus scams target elderly

In an increasingly digital age, when it's easier than ever to connect with millions of people, it has also become easier to take advantage of others. Gone are the days of snake-oil salesmen; instead,...

 

Living in a New World

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to hit not only the United States, but the entire world, I know that it is affecting everyone's mental health. It's hard not to focus on anything but w...

 

Financial planning is more than just money, it's also a mindset

In light of social distancing, numerous businesses have limited operations or closed entirely. However, this means more than simply missing out on shopping and dining opportunities; for some, it also...

 
 By Emily Long    COVID-19    April 8, 2020

Tired of Netflix? These local creators are offering content online

Can you imagine how we would all be feeling if this had happened in the '80s? The question came up in a friendly Zoom conference happy hour recently. How would we have coped in the pre-internet era?...

 

Small businesses loans are a mix of hope and frustration

He was number 1,200 in the cue for the Small Business Administration helpline. Two and a half hours later, Michael Tomich got through to a real person who pointed him to a specific loan application...

 

NCA coronavirus postponements

The stay-at-home order for Colorado due to the coronavirus has put the Niwot Community Association’s plans on hold. The group met April 1 by teleconference to discuss what should be done about the April annual meeting, the May Clean Up Day and the...

 

Additional COVID-19 information and resources

For more information concerning the pandemic response at the local, state, and federal level, visit the following sites:...

 

A bear 'hunt' engages kids and connects the community

An unusual number of bears are showing up in local neighborhoods this spring. Desperate measures are being taken as families enlist their children to hunt a variety of species such as Teddy, Panda...

 

Locals answer the call to make face masks

Two pieces of blue-floral cotton, thread, elastic, experienced hands and a caring heart. That may be all that separates sickness from health and life from death for cancer patients and workers at a...

 

Beat that quarantine boredom

It seems like everywhere you look there are articles about maximizing your experience during this COVID quarantine. But when you’re not usually working from home and trying to maintain some semblance of your formerly busy life, boredom is sure to...

 

Many local businesses still considered essential

The statewide shutdown ordered by Governor Jared Polis on March 26th in order to stem the spread of COVID-19 exempted several businesses still considered "essential," allowing them to remain in...

 

Update from Mountain View FPD

Weld County as well as Boulder County 911 dispatchers are screening patients who call 911 with fever, shortness of breath or any other upper respiratory symptoms. Part of the screening process also...

 

Niwot's places of worship suspend services

In small towns, churches are much more than simply places of worship to gather on Sunday mornings. They provide a space for neighbors to socialize, for newcomers to meet people, and for those without...

 

Local restaurants trying to survive with new business models

It's not the way Leland Oxley expected to launch his Gunbarrel restaurant, Motherlode. In less than two weeks he opened the new restaurant, closed down the dining room, started a carryout and...

 

Niwot Market weathers coronavirus storm

On March 12, escalating efforts by state and school officials to stop the spread of COVID-19 touched off a "panic buying" spree at Niwot Market that left several shelves bare and sent some longtime...

 

Niwot businesses are changing hours and services due to coronavirus

Niwot businesses are staying nimble as each day brings new developments in the fight against the coronavirus. A new page on the business community's website, Niwot.com/COVID-19, has the latest...

 
 By Emily Long    COVID-19    March 25, 2020

Video conferencing in a pandemic

It turns out having a big birthday during a global pandemic is a bit of a bummer. March 20, 2020, was a milestone birthday for me: 40. I had been planning to celebrate at a nice restaurant perched on...

 

Strategies to cope with anxiety as daily life is turned upside down

It happened so fast. Our minds are reeling as we try to cope with a shocking new reality that upended the way we live our lives. But there are many small, manageable things we can do to keep from being overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, loneliness, loss a...

 

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