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Fighting for native rights: Ever resilient, Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund turns 50

John Echohawk, executive director and founding member of the Native American Rights Fund, has worked in law for half a century protecting the rights of native people and tribes in court. Now 74 years old, he plans to work as long as he is in good health NARF, a nonprofit legal firm specializing in federal Indian law, was established 50 years ago. This area of law refers to “a complex body of law composed of hundreds of Indian treaties and court decisions, and thousands of federal Indian statute

CSU team licenses RNA testing platform for COVID use –

FORT COLLINS — A Colorado State University research team has entered an agreement with Quara Devices Inc., which does business as Edoceo Devices, to license its viral RNA-testing platform. According to a news release from Edoceo, the CSU technology advances the biotech company’s goals to develop and commercialize portable COVID-19 tests. Edoceo’s state of incorporation is in Wyoming, but its business office is based in Boulder. CSU researchers Brian Geiss, Chuck Henry and David Dandy developed

1908 Brands expands Pasta Jay’s sauces to Safeway, Costco

BOULDER — The popular pasta dishes of Italian eatery Pasta Jay’s Inc. can now be replicated at home for Safeway and Costco shoppers. The Boulder staple of more than 30 years will sell its pasta sauce in 100 Costco Wholesale Corp. (Nasdaq: COST) and Safeways, a subsidiary of Albertsons Cos. Inc. (NYSE: ACI). All four flavors — Classic Marinara, Creamy Tomato, Tomato Basil and Tomato Marsala — are currently on Safeway shelves, said Steve Savage, founder and CEO of 1908 Brands, Inc. 1908 Brands,

Pandemic accelerates Boulder-grown telemedicine companies

With efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus and not overwhelm the medical system, many Colorado and U.S. practices are embracing telemedicine, leading to a boomtime for some Boulder-area businesses in that sector. Around 76% of U.S. hospitals utilize remote technologies to communicate with patients and health care professionals, according to a 2020 to 2026 forecast of the telemedicine market by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence that was released in April. The study forecasts that the industry will experience an 80% growth in 2020 compared to last year.

A vision for change: Boulder’s North Broadway comes of age with affordable housing, mix of uses

Former Boulder City Council member Lisa Morzel still resides in the adobe home she built herself in 1977 in north Boulder. She remembers a time when the busy axillary streets didn’t have sidewalks or streetlights, and warehouses stood in place of today’s houses. While Morzel still sees many of the same faces from when she first planted roots on her $30,000 housing plot, the region is less “funky.” North Boulder was more rural in nature up until the ’90s, with chicken farms and horse stables pre

An industry transformed: From 3-D walk-throughs to Zoom consultations, Boulder County’s residential real estate agents adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

A normal day before the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado for Realtor Jennifer Fly consisted of driving homebuyers to 20 or more houses in her car. The pandemic leaves no room for carpooling, just one of many of the normal practices now axed from the residential real estate industry’s toolbox. Fly serves as vice president for Colorado Landmark Realtors, a firm with offices in downtown Louisville, Niwot and Boulder. She said that Landmark immediately moved showings online when the pandemic began, wo

Boulder County NAACP adds corporate membership to its offerings

The Boulder County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has implemented a program to promote diversity in the workforce. It has added a corporate membership. Its corporate membership offers four levels of commitment to business owners ranging from annual payments of $1,000 to $10,000. Various perks include the business name listed in the NAACP business directory, event entries and memberships for company employees. For the Henry Moskowitz membership at $5,00

New day on horizon for former StorageTek land in Louisville

LOUISVILLE — At least 15 years of uncertainty for the former Storage Technology Corp. site in Louisville soon could come to an end. Entitlement of a 430-acre parcel in Louisville commonly known as the Phillips 66 property will soon occur, potentially bringing parks, hotels, housing and corporate offices. Brue Baukol Capital Partners LLC, a Denver-based real estate developer and investment firm, is closing in on securing the land for a multi-purpose campus known as Redtail Ridge. The firm prese

Music venues’ low notes could stretch into 2021, beyond

Music and live performances venues were among the first Boulder County businesses to feel the strain from restrictions on group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Without a reopening date to look forward to, venues are surviving on a downbeat revenue stream. On March 13, Gov. Jared Polis urged the cancellation of events with more than 250 people, followed by a wave of cancelled concerts, conventions and festivals. The statewide shelter-in-place order went into effect March 26, forcing con

Tentative steps: Caution abounds for Boulder County small businesses reopening as COVID restrictions ease

As Boulder County retailers and personal services open doors up to the public, safer-at-home restrictions present new challenges for cash flow. Gov. Jared Polis moved the state into the safer-at-home order on April 27, allowing for curbside retail and real estate showings. It’s the second phase of the previous COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate, which permitted only critical businesses to operate in public. In the first week of May, retail, non-critical offices and personal services providers go

Food demand — and donations — spike at food banks across region

While the COVID-19 pandemic has spiked demand at food banks in Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley, financial donations and volunteers also have increased to help meet the new challenges. Community Food Share, one of five Feeding America partners in the state, serves Boulder and Broomfield counties. It supplies food to local households through its onsite and mobile pantries and via 40 nonprofits. Julia McGee, director of communications for Community Food Share, said those seeking the orga

Bobo’s launches new brownie bar to benefit There With Care

While Bobo’s Oat Bars strives to stay true to its roots and make snacks that taste good, it also has been working to make snacks that do good. Bobo’s, trade name for Simply Delicious Inc., this year worked with There With Care, a Boulder nonprofit organization that assists families with critically ill children, to create a limited-edition oat bar flavor. It’s called the “There With Care Chocolate Almond Brownie Bar.” On the packaging is the signature logo of Bobo holding a baking sheet and wear...

Boulder-based Bobo’s bakes up investment, expansion

Beryl Stafford and her 14-year-old daughter decided to bake on a rainy afternoon in their Boulder home. She never predicted 17 years later their homemade oat bars would be stocked in grocery stores around the country and found in thousands of American households. In 2003, her daughter, Alexandra Kammer, who’s nickname is Bobo, picked out a recipe for “gooey oat treats,” made them and shared them at school. Stafford began taking the bars to local businesses. They instantly became a hit, and Staf

Boulder candy company rides natural, organic wave

Jeremy Vandervoet was the director of confection and snacking marketing for Nestle S.A. when he left to join a small candy startup in Boulder. It was 2016, and he was on a mission to acquire brands for Nestle. That’s when he met Chris Mears, Little Secrets LLC founder and CEO. “We had done a lot of consumer research, and we knew that — and Hershey’s and Mars kind of knew the same thing — this (premium products) is the future of chocolate,” Vandervoet said.

Parents of man shot in the back by cops standing outside home refute assertions son knew they were officers

AURORA | Aurora police doubled down on claims that a 22-year-old man shot by police inside of his home earlier this month knew officers were on his porch, though his parents and attorney remain adamant the man thought the commotion in front of his home was caused by a former roommate who had returned to exact revenge. Deputy Aurora Police Chief Paul O’Keefe said at a press conference Friday that police believe “with a pretty high degree of certainty” that Aurora resident Andy Huff knew police w

People’s Building in Aurora rounds out as inclusive square dance every month — VIDEO

AURORA | East Colfax is filled with sounds of hoedown music and skipping feet as dancers do-si-do. Once a month, The People’s Building holds an LGBTQ inclusive community square dance. Gender neutral names are used by well-known caller, Larry Edelman, instead of “gents and ladies.” The dances are free with a $10 suggested donation with a live band and refreshments for sale. The People’s Building is located at 9995 East Colfax Ave in Aurora. To see when the next all-inclusive square dance is vi

SEW CLOSE TO HOME: Aurora area refugees find a skill and a place in America

Pawku Ju locks a practice sheet into her sewing machine, takes a deep breath and timidly steps on the pedal. It’s her second day at the We Made This class, a refugee resettlement program based in metro Aurora. She examines the crooked stitches, laughed and said it was “really bad.” Pawku is one of many refugee women who have entered the program, which has worked with a variety of refugees since 2009. In the program, students learn how to use sewing machines, speak and write English, master per

RECIPE FOR RECOVERY: Treasure House leaves a trail of hope for area addicts

On Nov. 14, 2000, Angelia Anderson snuffed her last cigarette, made up her mind to beat her crack cocaine addiction and walked inside the Victory Outreach recovery center in Denver. It was the moment that’s led to staying clean for 19 years and a life dedicated to helping others suffering from addiction, homelessness and domestic abuse. Neither Angelia’s journey to that defining moment, nor her trials since then have come easy. After high school in 1980, Angelia lost her grandmother. Devastate
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