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Industry association: There’s green in those green spaces

The outdoor industry accounts for $646 billion in retail sales and services, $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues and 6.1 million American jobs, according to the Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association. The industry shows no sign of a slowdown. Colorado established itself as a major outdoor-industry hub in the aftermath of World War […]

From wartime work to peaceful play

Everyone in Colorado knows why people from other states continue to move here. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with lots of hiking and biking trails, places to mountain climb or boulder, many areas for water sports, camping and fishing. But how did Colorado become one of the major outdoor industry hubs in the […]

Outdoor startups embrace small Colorado towns

Small mountain towns in Colorado are increasingly home to incubating manufacturing startups in the outdoor industry, and none seems to be doing a better job of it than Steamboat Springs. While famous for being the home to more Winter Olympics athletes than any other in the nation, it also is home to an incredible assortment […]

Manufacturers picky about where they make camp

We all have reasons — sometimes leaking into rationalization — for being where we are. But whether it’s love, location or incredible luck or lucidity, here are some of our favorite reasons for outdoor manufacturers to be where they are in Colorado — which, of course is always a good place to continue to be, […]

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  • This California startup wants to make online cannabis shopping easier for Coloradans

    BOULDER  — An online cannabis marketplace that launched in California is expanding to Colorado to cover the Denver and Boulder markets. Jane Technologies Inc. is an online marketplace where cannabis consumers can search for very specific parameters with the ability to see available inventory in real-time. Customers order the cannabis online and pick it up at the dispensary. “You can get as specific as you want,” CEO Socrates Rosenfeld told BizWest,  “whether you’re looking for a particular strain or gluten-free edible muffins. Or you can get as broad as you want, searching for sleep, pain relief, energy, morning time, night time. You can search for wax, teas, lotions or search by brand.” Rosenfeld added that the search is guaranteed to be in real-time: Jane’s software plugs directly into a dispensary’s point-of-sale system, promising a live look at the store’s menu. In addition to being an easy way to search and buy cannabis for customers, Rosenfeld said the goal was to provide a service and make business easier for retailers. “We’re a marketplace,” Rosenfeld said. “We don’t operate retail stores, hire employees, grow the product or inventory. We don’t have a footprint in the community like a dispensary does. So as stakeholders in this industry, we need our dispensary partners to be very successful. We’re looking for dispensaries that want to reduce wait times, are tired of uploading menu items and want the flexibility of new ways of reaching customers. Their reputation is our reputation.” Rosenfeld said Jane has no cost to dispensaries to list their products and charges a flat gratuity fee on purchases. Jane only makes money when the product is sold. Jane doesn’t charge consumers to use the marketplace. For its Colorado debut, Jane partnered with Boulder dispensary Green Dream, as well as Denver dispensaries Ballpark and Mr. Nice Guys Wellness Center. The plan is to expand into other dispensaries in the Front Range as well. Rosenfeld’s own life experience inspired the start of Jane. At age 29, the U.S Military Academy alumnus left the Army after a career of flying Apache helicopters. He discovered the health benefits of cannabis while studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I never consumed cannabis a day in my life until I got out,” he said. “I was 29 years old and cannabis was the only thing that got me back to balance. It gave me a sense of wellbeing and I started to appreciate the plant. It became a passion of mine.” The company formed and started in Santa Cruz and launched in a dozen stores seven weeks ago, but Rosenfeld said launching in Colorado as soon as possible was a priority for him. “Once we proved we were onto something, we wanted to bring it to Colorado,” he said. “The people in Colorado in the industry are so educated; it’s the most progressive state we know of. They’re willing to try new software to provide a better shopping experience for customers. Colorado is the epicenter of the cannabis industry. […]

  • Boulder company sued for wrongful death of teen exposed to brain-eating amoeba at waterpark

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Boulder company is named in a federal lawsuit seeking damages for the wrongful death of a teenager exposed to a brain-eating amoeba at a North Carolina waterpark. Recreation Engineering and Planning Inc., of 485 Arapahoe Drive, is a co-defendant with the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. Lauren Seitz, an 18-year-old from Westerville, Ohio, died on June 19, 2016 after coming into contact with Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that can cause a deadly brain infection. The lawsuit alleges that the water park that Seitz visited on a church trip, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, as well as the firm that designed the $37 million park, Recreation Engineering and Planning, were negligent and reckless for there being amoeba at the park. The lawsuit says that Seitz came into contact with the amoeba on June 8, 2016, when her church group went whitewater rafting at the park. Seitz was thrown overboard from the raft, causing her head and nose to be submerged in the water. After returning home to Ohio, Seitz started experiencing symptoms on June 14 and was hospitalized on June 16. On June 18, she was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis, an infection and inflammation of the brain, caused by the Naegleria fowleri. Eleven days after visiting the center, on June 19, Seitz died. The lawsuit goes on to say that the amoeba is well-known by waterpark operators, owners and designers, and has a mortality rate of 98 percent. The amoeba can be treated with chlorine  and can be avoided by keeping the head and nose out of water that contains it. The defendants are accused of negligence, by not properly chlorinating the water and not keeping it at a proper temperature, by failing to use a filtration system that could rid the water of the amoeba and by failing to warn visitors of the risks of infection and by not providing them with nose plugs or face masks, according to the complaint. According to the lawsuit, all 11 water samples of the U.S. National Whitewater Center collected by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services contained Naegleria fowleri. In addition to the claims against the whitewater center, Boulder-based Recreation Engineering and Planning is accused of poor design of the park, including channels that are shallow enough to foster the growth of the amoeba and a filtration system 50 times larger than what is recommended for protecting against it. The lawsuit, filed exactly one year after Seitz’s death, is ongoing. The amount the family is seeking will be determined at trial.  

  • Centers for Gastroenterology plans move within Greeley

    GREELEY — Centers for Gastroenterology has signed a lease for a 4,000-square-foot, build-to-suit medical office building within the Mountain Vista Office Park, relocating within the city of Greeley. When the building at 8225 W. 20th St. is completed this October, the health-care provider will move from 7251 W. 20th St. It also operates clinics in Fort Collins and Loveland, as well as Wyoming and Nebraska. It also provides hospital services for McKee Medical Center, Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital. The centers provide services in the diagnosis, management and endoscopic treatment of diseases affecting the digestive system. J&J Property Management in Greeley, led by Larry Buckendorf, is in the process of acquiring the land from DS Investments LLC where J&J Construction/Journey Homes, another company with which Buckendorf is affiliated, will construct the building. Stuart Thomas of Cushman & Wakefield’s Healthcare Practice Group represented the tenant, and Jake Hallauer and Ryan Schaefer of Chrisland Real Estate Cos. represented the landlord in the lease transaction. “Centers for Gastroenterology will be a great addition to this professional office park,” Hallauer said. “The momentum in this location has picked up since the beginning of 2017, and we believe we will continue to see more activity in the area given the other medical, commercial and residential development in west Greeley.”    

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  • Cheyenne hospital explores affiliation with larger health-care system

    CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is moving ahead with plans to affiliate with a larger health-care system. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that representatives from three health-care systems — Centura Health, HCA/HealthONE and UCHealth — went to Cheyenne  earlier this month and told hospital leaders about their operations and how they could meet CRMC’s expectations in a partnership. CRMC is seeking a management-services agreement that will aloow it to offer better care for patients and handle the rising costs of health-care in general.  

  • Craft brewers concoct special beer for Longmont Startup Week

    LONGMONT — Craft brewers in Longmont have joined forces to brew up something special for Longmont Startup Week that will take place in late July.  The beer, called The Wannapreneur, was created as a way to celebrate and give back to the Longmont startup community.  A portion of every Wannapreneur sold will be donated to the Longmont Ignite! Fund, a fund established by community members to make grants available to early stage startups in Longmont. The breweries include 300 Suns, Oskar Blues, Left Hand Brewery, Open Door Brewery, Skeye Brewing, Shoes & Brews, Wibby Brewing, The Pumphouse, Grossen Bart, and Bootstrap Brewing.  St. Vrain Cidery is part of the collaboration, however due to liquor licensing, is not able to serve The Wannapreneur.  To sign up for The Wannapreneur Keg Tapping and Opening Party, or to learn more about Longmont Startup Week, visit http://longmont.startupweek.co.

  • Stantec enters deal to acquire Denver-based RNL Design

    DENVER – RNL Design, the Denver-based architecture firm whose high-profile portfolio includes the 41-story Spire condo tower and the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Research Support Facility, has agreed to be acquired by a global Canadian firm. The Denver Post reports that Stantec will add RNL’s five offices and 134 employees in Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and Phoenix to a global network that includes more than 400 locations and 22,000 workers worldwide. The terms of the deal, announced Thursday and expected to close in late July, were not disclosed. RNL was founded in 1956.