Defense Secretary orders review of Lockheed’s F-35 program, introduces Boeing as a possible contender

President Donald Trump questioned the costs of the F-35 program on Twitter. Lockheed Martin has stayed cool, releasing a statement in support of the review.

Lockheed Martin hopes its F-35 will one day be the industry standard. (Ermaleksandr/Flickr)
Lockheed Martin hopes its F-35 will one day be the industry standard. (Ermaleksandr/Flickr)

Following a tumultuous few weeks for the relationship between President Donald Trump and defense contractor Lockheed Martin, Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered an immediate review of the F-35 program.

The review will assess opportunities for cost reduction, as well as compare it to Boeing’s F-18 program, which Mattis described in the memo as a possible alternative.


Denver-based Zen Magnets is having a hard time finding a place to melt down 500 pounds of rare earth magnets

A whole lot of fuss for these little magnets.(Icosahedron Generator/Flickr)
A whole lot of fuss for these little magnets.(Icosahedron Generator/Flickr)

Denver-based Zen Magnets, a company now known for fighting and winning a case against the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), reached out to Redditors with an interesting pitch.

“Can we [Zen Magnets] rent someone’s industrial oven/incinerator for a few hours?” a Reddit user going by the name “zenmagnets” posted Thursday morning.


The Food Corridor emerges to promote local food, as an incubator for kitchen incubators

The Food Corridor helps kitchen incubators and other commercial kitchens fill their space with aspiring food businesses.

STARTUP OF THE WEEK: The Food Corridor

Working in a commercial kitchen. (Courtesy of The Kitchen Corridor)
Working in a commercial kitchen. (Courtesy of The Food Corridor)

In this series, we visit Denver-metro, Boulder and Rocky Mountain region startups. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to be considered or nominate other startups for a chance to win a free week at Galvanize. 

The local food movement is gaining momentum. And the West is on the forefront, with a higher concentration of shared kitchens and kitchen incubators than anywhere else in the United States.

What’s a kitchen incubator? Think tech accelerator, for food startups.

And The Food Corridor, based in Fort Collins, is like an incubator for incubators, having designed a platform for commercial and commissary kitchens and kitchen incubators to share their space with small food businesses.


Colorado leaders gather to speak out against religious freedom bill in advance of voting

Colorado leaders gather to speak out against HB 1031, the hotly contested "religious freedom" bill. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Representative Leslie Herod (left) and DA Beth McCann (right) gathered to oppose HB 1013, the hotly contested “religious freedom” bill. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Update: The Colorado state House rejected House Bill 1013 Wednesday afternoon–2017 marks the third consecutive year a religious freedom bill has died in committee.

Prominent Colorado leaders and business owners gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to speak out against House Bill 1013, or the “free exercise of religion” bill, just before the 1:30 p.m. vote.


Flu rates in Colorado exceed the national average with 692 hospitalized this season

New data suggests hospitalizations could already be winding down.

Nice looks seen from the Colorado State Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado; denver; mountains; skyline; kevinjbeaty;
Nice looks seen from the Colorado State Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The CDC reports flu activity is picking up across the country. And Denver County is seeing more flu hospitalizations than the national average.

The most recent data shows a downtick in flu-related hospitalizations, but the Colorado Department of Health and Environment reports it is too soon to know whether flu season has peaked.