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5280 Magazine

5280 Magazine

March 2020

Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The magazine's stories often make national headlines, and since 2005 5280 has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. Get 5280 Magazine digital subscription today.

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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
seeking fans

As anticipation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo ramps up—and excitement for the electric U.S. women’s national soccer team, which won the World Cup last year, builds—the Colorado Rapids are starting another season in Commerce City. The question among football followers on the Front Range is: Does anyone care? Several months ago, 5280 senior editor Spencer Campbell set out to learn why the Rapids have failed to thrive since winning the MLS championship in 2010. What he found was not only a story of organizational mismanagement, but also a tale of fan apathy that boggles the mind if you’ve ever spent a fall Saturday watching the passionate players (and parents) who fill grassy fields in youth soccer leagues all across Denver. Although MLS has exploded in popularity in other…

3 min.
behind the stories

Adam Cayton-Holland Comic & Writer Colorado comedian Adam Cayton-Holland’s schedule seems perpetually packed: touring, releasing comedy albums, planning the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver. So it’s borderline miraculous that he found time to pen “This Old House” (page 56), an essay that’s ostensibly about walking through the house he was born in but ends up being about so much more. “I was so viscerally affected,” Cayton-Holland says, “I had to go home and write about it.” The result is a moving meditation on memory, grief, and the power of nostalgia. Cayton-Holland’s 2018 book, Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir, won the Colorado Book Award for creative nonfiction last year. Sarah Boyum Associate Photo Editor If you’ve flipped through the pages of 5280 over the past five years, you’ve likely noticed associate photo editor Sarah…

3 min.
soul purpose

Before he and the Night Sweats stormed onto the national stage in 2015 with a foot-stomping, self-titled record, Nathaniel Rateliff was a solo artist with a softer sound. Those folksy acoustic songs earned him high-profile admirers in Colorado, such as then Governor John Hickenlooper, but didn’t garner much play outside the Centennial State. Now, after two successful albums with the Night Sweats, Rateliff returns to the role of solitary crooner on And It’s Still Alright, which was released on February 14. Before beginning the accompanying tour this month, Rateliff spoke with 5280 about the misfortunes that inspired the music, going solo again, and why he’s keeping his trademark wide-brimmed hat in his suitcase. 5280: It sounds like you’d been contemplating a solo album for a bit. Why? Nathaniel Rateliff: My producer and…

2 min.
dog days

MOUNTAIN PAWS DOG SLED TOURS PAGOSA SPRINGS During two years of volunteering at the Iditarod, owner Joy Marx learned the details of equipment setup and driving. She passes these skills on to you before your three-hour adventure through the San Juan Mountains. The trails lead mostly uphill, so you’ll gain a better appreciation of the power possessed by your team of five to eight Alaskan huskies as you control the sled on your own (with a guide following on a snowmobile). From $175 per adult, $100 per child, $30 per toddler; mountainpawsdogsledding.com ALPINE ADVENTURES DOGSLEDDING LEADVILLE This kennel houses about 130 sled dogs, including 20 former professional racing pups. Life on the trail hasn’t dulled their love for pulling, at least if their wagging tails during guided tours are any indication. You’ll drive the sled…

4 min.
positive thinking

On a Friday morning in August 2018, a group from the Steamboat Springs chamber of commerce stood outside Smartwool’s headquarters with signs that read, “We love you!” The display of affection was prompted by news that the brand’s parent company, VF Corp., planned to relocate its base of operations from North Carolina to Denver—a shake-up that would require most of the Fortune 500 firm’s brands, Smartwool included, to move to the Mile High City. John Bristol, the economic development director for the chamber, knew Smartwool employees faced a difficult decision about whether to move to Denver or forfeit their jobs and remain in Steamboat. He wanted them to stay—and to let them know his team would support them if they did. Nearly two years later, the chamber, as well as Steamboat’s…

2 min.
roll call

72% Share of Coloradans who responded to the U.S. Census Bureau’s written survey in 2010. To find the idlers (and, we assume, anarchists), federal employees spend months knocking on doors. Ten years ago, the entire process resulted in Colorado having an estimated overcount of 14,100 people, mostly college students tallied by parents and while at school, folks with second homes, and out-of-staters. 201,062 Census blocks found throughout Colorado. The bureau created 11 million of these geographical units—used to break people into easier-to-count tracts—across the United States, and each can contain up to 3,200 citizens. In 2010, nearly five million blocks, including 96,037 in the Centennial State, contained no people whatsoever. $13 BILLION The average estimated federal funding given annually to Colorado in recent years. This figure was determined by stats gathered during the…