Jason Wagner, Fort Lewis College engineering and physics shop manager, operates the college’s water jet cutter using 50,000 pounds of pressure to cut plastic face shields and hoods for the powered air-purifying respirator the MakerLab designed and put into production Tuesday. (Jerry McBride. The Durango Herald)

Colorado’s efforts to scale up PPE production are being tangled in federal red tape, certification process

Makers of products ranging from snowboards to garments are now producing personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus. But some say they can’t get their products into the state’s pipeline.

Business Primary category in which blog post is published
Business Primary category in which blog post is published

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

Culture Primary category in which blog post is published

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

As Colorado eases coronavirus restrictions, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute tribal councils have voted to maintain strict protective measures

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

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.