Fort Collins

5:00am

Mon September 29, 2014
Food

Want To Grow Your Local Food Biz? Colorado-Based Distributors Offer Help

Colorado Aquaponics grows chard in its greenhouse and uses a local distributor to get their product to more markets.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Colorado has a vibrant local food scene. Farms grow succulent Western Slope peaches and Pueblo green chiles. Sauce companies brew pungent barbeque; picklers offer gourmet preserves.

Elizabeth Mozer, who started the Lyric Cinema Café in Fort Collins, wanted to offer those local foods to her customers. She ran into difficulties, though, when she tried to track them down.

"We were running all over, trying to find things," she recalled. "It took a lot of effort, driving all over the place."

Mozer realized other businesses interested in sourcing locally were probably having the same problem. So she and her husband started LoCo Foods, to distribute local foods. Now LoCo and another new local food distributor, Source Local, are filling in the missing link between food producers and markets and restaurants.

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5:00am

Fri September 26, 2014
Tossed Out

Choice Is Key If You Want Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

Gloria Restrepo, a teacher’s assistant at Harris Bilingual Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo., helps students choose their lunch.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

Lunch time at Harris Bilingual Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo., displays all the usual trappings of a public school cafeteria: Star Wars lunch boxes, light up tennis shoes, hard plastic trays and chocolate milk cartons with little cartoon cows. It’s pizza day, the most popular of the week, and kids line up at a salad bar before receiving their slice.

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3:36pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Energy

Fort Collins Votes To Appeal Court Decision Against City Fracking Moratorium

A workover rig performs remedial work inside Fort Collins city limits Oct. 2013.
Credit Grace Hood / KUNC

5:00am

Mon September 22, 2014
Transportation

Fort Collins Get Ready: Yearlong Mulberry Detour Starts Tuesday

The current Mulberry Bridge was built in 1949 and is considered structurally deficient.
Credit City of Fort Collins

An 18-month construction project to replace the Highway 14 bridge over the Poudre River in Fort Collins may cause traffic headaches. The detour will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Work has already begun to replace the bridge, also known as the Mulberry Bridge in Fort Collins, but the yearlong traffic detour it will require has many motorists worried.

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5:00am

Mon September 22, 2014
Business

TurfToes, A Startup With CSU Accelerator Support, Wants You To Walk On Grass

Tanner Eley, left, and Braxton Norwood show off their product, TurfToes.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Braxton Norwood wants you to enjoy the feeling of grass between your toes – all day long. Norwood, a Colorado State University student and budding entrepreneur, has launched a company called TurfToes.

The company's name describes its product. They create sandals with bottoms made from artificial turf. If that sounds…scratchy, Norwood, who spent a summer working for an artificial turf company, and is somewhat obsessed with fake grass, offers a spirited pitch.

"It's crazy how much it looks and even feels like actual grass," said the clean-cut senior, whose smile conveys confident enthusiasm. "Most sandals after you wear them for a while, wear out. We like to think of our sandals as wearing in. They get better over time," he said.

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