More than 8,000 children at the center of abuse and neglect cases in Colorado in 2018 did not receive a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate. The organization is seeking volunteers in 2020. (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado has a big shortage of volunteers to speak up for foster kids in court

That gap has sparked Colorado court appointed special advocates to make a plea for more volunteers -- they want 2,020 new ones in 2020

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Paycheck Protection Loans still available to Colorado small businesses as changes make them more tolerable

A congressional fix extends the period businesses have to use their money and still have their loans forgiven. It also lets owners use more money on rent and addresses employees who don’t return to work

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Ute tribes reimagine Bear Dances, a key ceremony of renewal, as coronavirus locks down reservations

As the state eases restrictions, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute tribal councils have voted to maintain strict protective measures for southwest Colorado reservations. That has forced cultural traditions to be observed at a distance.

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GOCO transition to new strategy for grant distribution opens coming year for coronavirus relief

The lottery-funded trust hopes to streamline its grantmaking process to allow larger-scale projects and equitable distribution of funds. GOCO set up the coming year as a transitional period and the fund plans to use the year to distribute more than $15 million in COVID-19 relief to its partners and Colorado communities.