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 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 27, 2020

Responsible summer recreation: know before you go

In most years, Memorial Day marks summer rolling into full-swing on the Front Range. But this year, the three-day weekend...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 27, 2020

Twin Lakes group asking for Open Space designation for neighborhood fields

The fields south of Twin Lakes Open Space are quietly doing their thing; growing green grass, hosting nests for meadowlarks,...

 
 By Jack Carlough    News    May 27, 2020

Gunbarrel 11-year-old is the talk of the town

Staying occupied has been a challenge for many during quarantine, but not for 11-year-old Simon in Gunbarrel. Simon has...

 
 By Emily Long    News    May 27, 2020

Black Cat Farm experiments with organic pasture cropping

According to Eric Skokan, owner of Black Cat Farm, one of the best resources Boulder County has to offer "is the total...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 27, 2020

Twin Lakes owls had to find a new nest this spring

They were the unofficial, fuzzy, wide-eyed mascots of the fight to preserve the fields south of the Twin Lakes Open Space....

 

Niwot Tavern hosts musical fundraiser

There was much excitement in Niwot over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. In addition to many joyous graduation celebrations...

 

Community Pet Spotlight (Teddy Bear, May 27)

Meet Teddy Bear. He is an 8 year old Samoyed mix, from Oklahoma, via a rescue organization in Lakewood. Teddy Bear is a...

 
 By Courier Staff    News    May 20, 2020

A Gift to the Community

The limited printed edition of the May 20, 2020 issue of the Left Hand Valley Courier is brought to you by our faithful...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 20, 2020

'The excruciating hour' and other adventures in online schooling for young kids

When historians write the history of the coronavirus pandemic, they might want to add this description of online learning...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 20, 2020

Safe housing for seniors gets more attention during pandemic

Three out of every four COVID-19 deaths in Boulder County have been in a long-term care facility. Each of the more than 40...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 20, 2020

Indigo Education Company founder Sheri Smith pitches for $250,000 investment

Growing up in rural Michigan in a lower middle class family, Sheri Smith recalls her childhood perception that education was...

 
 By Courier Staff    News    May 13, 2020

Courier reporter wins Colorado Press Association award

Congratulations to the “Courier’s” own Jocelyn Rowley for her win in the 2019 Colorado Press Association’s Better...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 13, 2020

Animals finding permanent homes as Longmont Humane Society slowly reopens

The day before the Longmont Humane Society re-opened on Saturday, there were a suspicious number of animals already on hold f...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 13, 2020

Left Hand Laurel - Diane Zimmermann

She howls, sews masks, plots to honor grads, helps kids learn, gets them moving, organizes the occasional birthday car-parade...

 
 By Jocelyn Rowley    News    May 13, 2020

Niwot LID debates small business relief

On Tuesday, May 5, the Niwot LID advisory committee gathered via videoconference for its first monthly meeting since March....

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 13, 2020

To the Rescue: Local organization helps animals during tough transition

There is just a hint of green in the fields where the small herd of horses stand basking in the sunshine. Longs Peak looms...

 
 By Jocelyn Rowley    News    May 13, 2020

Boulder County offers grants to small businesses

Last week, the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners launched the Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant...

 

NBA launches Niwot gift card initiative

In April, the Niwot Business Association had record attendance for its first ever Zoom meeting, due to the effects of the...

 

Community Pet Spotlight (Layla-May 13)

Meet Lalya. Layla is a 16 year old Welsh Pony who saved the heart of her guardian, Lady Cat Powers. On Aug. 17, 2008 Lady...

 
 News    May 6, 2020

Left Hand Valley Courier selected for Facebook Journalism Grant

The Left Hand Valley Courier has been selected to receive the Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 US Local News Relief...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    May 6, 2020

Inspirational messages in a field of grass stop people in their tracks

The idea was hatched over dinner as Jeff and Cheryl DeLong sat out on their back deck in Niwot. Jeff said he thought it...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 6, 2020

Candidate Singer has big dreams for commissioner seat

Even as a student at Fairview High School, Jonathan Singer volunteered for Boulder County. "I've been sort of bitten by the...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    May 6, 2020

Sunset Middle students use passion for 3D printing to help during COVID

When Krista Chiaravalle was first asked to leave her biology teacher position at Niwot High to join Sunset Middle School's...

 
 By Emily Long    News    May 6, 2020

Ollin Farms rehabilitating Boulder County land with an agricultural grant

Mark Guttridge speaks and walks quickly while casually throwing out phrases like "ultraviolet spectroscopy," "collaborative...

 
 News    May 6, 2020

Community Pet Spotlight (Giddy the Kitty-May 6)

Aegidien ( "Giddy the Kitty") turns 13 years old last month and is enjoying a quiet quarantine in Gunbarrel. He was born in...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    May 6, 2020

Local jeweler makes hopeful necklace

Jeanette McPherson first started making jewelry out of necessity instead of desire. From 1998 – 2000, McPherson owned...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    May 6, 2020

Letters From the Family Pets

Every wonder what your family dog or cat might be thinking of present circumstances? Here's one writer's take on her family...

 

Words of hope in an unlikely place

As the struggle against the global coronavirus pandemic continues, a Niwot resident living near the LoBo Trail has left a...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 29, 2020

Virtual Boulder County Farmers Market: Fresh farm produce to go

With spring well under way, Boulder County's local farms are beginning their first round of harvests with lots of spinach and...

 
 By Kristen Arendt    News    April 29, 2020

Familiar Faces: Alison, Seth and Bert Steele

Niwot Market has long been a staple of the Niwot community. But in recent weeks, with grocery stores and grocery store employ...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 29, 2020

Candidate Levy brings a wealth of experience to commissioner race

One Friday morning, Claire Levy sat in her basement, sewing masks for health care workers in Boulder County. She lives in...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    April 29, 2020

The scramble for small business loans goes on

Timing and relationships have been key to the success of several local small businesses that received loans in the first...

 

Community Pet Spotlight (Al-April 29)

Meet Al - Al is thought to be a Norwegian Forest Cat, about seven years old. Al decided that he would live at Niwot Rental...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 29, 2020

April book review: 'The Inevitable Past' inevitably hard to put down

Inkberry Books has partnered with the Left Hand Valley Courier again to bring you a riveting historical fiction account of...

 
 By Jocelyn Rowley    News    April 29, 2020

Niwot parking proposal moves ahead

The Niwot Business Association's application to develop up to a 50-space multimodal parking facility on vacant land between...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    April 29, 2020

Grow and Give offers free on-line vegetable course

Gardeners are good at sharing with others. We offer advice, give seeds and seedlings or leave zucchini on doorsteps of...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 22, 2020

Candidate Loachamin hopes to make history and change in Boulder County

In school, students are taught the basics of government; there's a president for the country, governors for states and...

 

The story behind the place: Lagerman, Nelson, and Ryssby-Swedish Legacies

The Homestead Act of 1862 turned the American West into a promised land for religiously and socially repressed Swedish...

 
 By Emily Long    News    April 22, 2020

Groundbreaking on Jack's Solar Garden imminent

Here is a ray of sunshine in these dark times; a ray of sunshine, shining on a solar panel, producing energy locally in...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 22, 2020

Vapor Distillery makes and donates sanitizer to community

It can prove difficult to spot a silver lining amidst the current global pandemic. Daily news bombards us with rising...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    April 22, 2020

2nd Ave Hair says goodbye to Niwot after 24 years

The quiver in Nancy Armstrong's voice tells the story. She knows it's time. But she is still struggling with her choice to cl...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 22, 2020

Local nonprofits get creative to stay afloat

Our local nonprofits do tremendous work in supporting the Boulder County community. However, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    News    April 22, 2020

Niwot park and ride to receive renovation

Buses are a common sight for those living in Boulder and Longmont, but they are easily forgettable since they seem to simply...

 
 By Jocelyn Rowley    News    April 22, 2020

1950s artifacts donated to Niwot Historical Society

Last week's surprise winter storm might have seemed out of place in April, but as a recently donated artifact to the Niwot...

 

Returning to our roots

It has been a source of immense frustration to me for many years that I can't be a hunter-gatherer. And it all began with a...

 

It's all just ducky

Just because it's been the snowiest winter on record, it doesn't mean that spring isn't right around the corner. April snow...

 

Community Pet Spotlight (Nolan, April 22)

Meet Nolan, canine companion to Sam French. French writes, "He is a 3-year-old yellow lab/German shepherd mix. He is...

 
 By Abigail Scott    News    April 15, 2020

Upside down and rightside up living during COVID-19

I always figured if I made it through a Colorado winter living in my built-out Dodge ProMaster cargo van, then everything...

 
 By Patricia Logan    News    April 15, 2020

Bees and their keepers are busy this time of year

It's tempting to start waging war on those early dandelions, but before you dig in, keep in mind that bees are counting on...

 
 By Emily Long    News    April 15, 2020

New business teaches financial literacy to kids

When Lorne Jenkins was eight years old and his sister was five, they were constantly asking their mom, Ellen Ross, if they...

 

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