Published on Saturday, July 14 2012 17:16
Niwot Gateway Sign Dedicated June 21
With the installation of an eye-catching gateway sign, Niwot takes another step to increase its visibility to travelers along the Diagonal. The dedication ceremony at the first Rock N Rails concert on June 21 marked the final step of a long and sometimes challenging, but ultimately rewarding, process.
When the LID was first approved, Niwot’s business owners started talking about how to use some of the funding to bring more attention and visibility to Niwot.Read more: Niwot Gateway Sign Dedicated June 21 2012
Published on Thursday, May 31 2012 14:28
BY DONNA CURRIE
When Steve and Leslie Kaczeus’ new brewery, Bootstrap Brewing, opens in June, it will be Niwot’s first brewery and what the couple hopes will be a destination location, drawing people from Niwot, Longmont, Boulder, and beyond.
The couple lives in Niwot. “We get to walk to work,” Steve said, but it’s not just proximity that made them choose Niwot for the business. Both Steve and Leslie said that the community in Niwot has been very welcoming.
Starting a brewery is not an easy task. Steve had been home brewing beer since 1993, but “got serious the last four years.” The couple went to a craft beer conference where they fell in love with the culture surrounding beer brewing.
In the high-tech industry where they had both worked, competitors kept secrets. In the brewing world, breweries shared information freely.
Photo by Donna Currie
Leslie and Steve Kaczeus are eager to open their new brewery in Niwot.
Published on Thursday, May 31 2012 14:26
Niwot Signing In
BY BRUCE WARREN
The Niwot gateway sign between Niwot Road and Second Avenue on the Diagonal Highway is in the final stages of completion. The $22,000 project has been two years in the making, with funding provided by Boulder County Economic Development grants and the Niwot Local Improvement District.
Niwot Business Association member Tim Wise, co-owner of Wise Buys Antiques, spearheaded the project, which incorporates the Niwot “Vintage Colorado” logo created by Gene Malowany for the NBA, and a bent-rail railroad tracks design by Anne Olson Postle and Tucker Huey of Osmosis Architecture.
Wise had to navigate through a minefield of required governmental approvals, including CDOT, Boulder County Transportation, Boulder County Land Use, Boulder County Attorney, and Boulder County Commissioners offices, as well as RTD and Burlington Northern Railroad considerations.
Kathy Sandoval of Boulder County Transportation was particularly helpful to the process. Once approvals were in place, Jeff and Cynthia Lambert volunteered to provide an interest-free loan for the up-front costs until the LID funds could be disbursed.
Hutch Montesson of M-Squared Garden and Home served as the general contractor on the project.
The sign will be dedicated June 21 at the first Rock N Rails Concert. Many volunteers contributed to the project and will be recognized at the dedication.
Photo by Kim Glasscock
Members of the sign crew and Niwot Business Association liaison to the project Tim Wise (left) took a moment to pose in front of the newly installed sign. The group included (from left to right) Wise, Greg Barnard of Longmont Welding, Dudley Biddle of Biddle Construction, Pat Dougherty of Longmont Welding, Armando Gutierrez of Gutierrez Concrete Designs, Jose Yanez of Gutierrez Concrete Designs, Miguel Moralaz of Gutierrez Concrete Designs and lead contractor for the sign project Hutch Monteson of M Squared Garden and Home.
Published on Thursday, May 31 2012 14:22
Rock N Rails Summer Concerts
This year, audiences at the Thursday evening summer concert series may notice a few changes to the familiar scene in Whistle Stop Park. Started as a local effort by NBA volunteers, and then operated for several years by Boulder Creek Events, Rock N Rails is back under local management.
Liz Darling of Ni-Wot Prairie Productions said, “We’re excited to be bringing it back to Niwot. We’re going to be utilizing local vendors and raising money for Niwot activities and Niwot organizations.”
The town of Niwot itself will be center stage during the first concert of the season. At the June 21 show, the new Niwot gateway sign along the Diagonal highway will be dedicated, including recognition of the contributions of community volunteers and Boulder County in making the sign a reality.
Organizers of the concert series have made a few changes to improve the parking situation. A bike valet service will be available to encourage people to ride their bikes to the concert. For those who drive, pedi-cabs will offer rides from the Excel Electric parking lot and Cottonwood Square.
At the drink tent, patrons will now be able to use a credit card to purchase their drinks, and youthful-looking music lovers will be able to show their IDs at the wrist-band station and avoid getting carded each time they return for a refill.
Read more: Rock N Rails Summer Concerts June 2012
Published on Thursday, May 31 2012 14:17
Courier Duck Heartened And Hopeful By Community Outpouring
BY NELLIE NIBNOSE
In an exclusive interview via Skype, the Courier duck wanted to thank those who submitted suggestions for a name in the Courier’s Name the Duck Contest. A big shout out goes to Andrea Forssander, the Lackey Family, Elizabeth Schmidt, Kip Sunset and Barbara Segal for their wonderful, creative and mostly family-friendly names.
But please don’t stop there. Le canard is in constant communiqué with ICE, the TSA and other non-essential government offices in both Florida and Colorado concerning the status of the situation.
Photo by Nellie Nibnose Productions
The Courier Duck is escorted by Courier staffers Liz Emmett-Mattox and Karen Copperberg during the halcyon days of Nostalgia Day 2011. Please help name our duck. Remember, leave no duck behind. Duck Race proceeds on Nostalgia Day will benefit The Children’s Park project