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5280 Magazine

5280 Magazine

December 2019

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


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5280 magazine

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Geoff Van Dyke DEPUTY EDITOR Lindsey B. King ART DIRECTOR David McKenna EDITORIAL FEATURES EDITOR Kasey Cordell MANAGING EDITOR Jessica LaRusso SENIOR STAFF WRITER Robert Sanchez ARTICLES EDITOR Natasha Gardner FOOD EDITOR Denise Mickelsen SENIOR EDITOR Spencer Campbell ASSISTANT EDITORS Shane Monaghan, Angela Ufheil ASSISTANT FOOD EDITOR Patricia Kaowthumrong RESEARCH EDITOR Kim Habicht FASHION EDITOR Georgia Alexia Benjou CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Julie Dugdale, Daliah Singer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kelly Bastone, Scott Mowbray EDITORIAL INTERNS Maya Chiodo, Caitlin Foster, Katie Ketchum, Jesse Klein, Lily O’Neill, Madi Skahill DIGITAL DIGITAL EDITOR Erin Skarda DIGITAL ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jay Bouchard ENGAGEMENT EDITOR Victoria Carodine DIGITAL CONTRIBUTORS Katie Coakley, Christine DeOrio, Amanda M. Faison, Shauna Farnell, Georgia Perry, Meredith Sell, Morgan Tilton, Lisa Wirthman ART&PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO EDITOR Charli Ornett ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTORS Amanda Croy, Sean Parsons ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Sarah Boyum CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS David Clifford, Aaron Colussi, Owen Freeman, Lars Leetaru, Paul Miller, Matt Nager, Benjamin Rasmussen, Jason Schneider 5280 PUBLISHING, INC. CEO…

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[FROM THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR] Wild West When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, he notoriously called Mexicans and Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” and his relentless calls for a border wall and bigoted rhetoric unleashed a long-hidden strain of prejudice in America. Trump’s racist views, of course, are not without precedent in this country’s history. Indeed, as 5280 senior staff writer Robert Sanchez describes in “This Land Is My Land” (page 112), when the Colorado Territory absorbed part of New Mexico in the 1860s, the government treated its new citizens—most of whom were Hispano—“as a necessary nuisance.” Sanchez continues: “It’s difficult to overestimate the level of disenfranchisement the valley’s Hispano residents felt in the early days of Colorado’s existence… the white Protestants now immigrating into the territory were akin to an…

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School daze: DPS’ superintendent on the lessons she learned during her rough first year. PAGE 28 HIGH TIMES Between gold rushes and oil strikes, Denver has experienced its fair share of booms. But the 2010s might have been the most promising and transformative era in the history of the Mile High City. To bid adieu to the decade so many of us will be sad to see end this month, we looked back at 10 major trends that defined the period of prosperity. AAron Ontiveroz/the Denver Post via Getty Images; Photo illustration by Sean Parsons. Source photos: Getty Images (plane, marijuana, Union Station); Steve Neuf/the Denver Post via Getty Images (Vince Lombardi trophy); Jeff Gross/Getty Images (Missy Franklin); Rok Rakun/Pacific Press/Alamy Live News (Mikaela Shiffrin); Rod Lamkey/Getty Images (Tom Sullivan); Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images…

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a decade in denver

SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF APOCALYPSE Four of the six warmest years in Colorado history occurred between 2012 and 2017, and the state is in a near-constant state of drought. Add in a rash of Hollywood-type events—the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, the 2013 Front Range floods, the 2019 bomb cyclone—and it’s apparent weather in Colorado has gone from “unpredictable” to “un-f@*%ing-believable.” WELCOME TO A MORE COLORFUL COLORADO Crisanta Duran (first Latina speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives), Jared Polis (the state’s first openly gay governor), and Joe Neguse (the Centennial State’s first black congressman) made Colorado politics more vibrant. Plus, the most diverse Colorado General Assembly ever was sworn into office in 2019; it includes a record number of female, African American, Latino, and LGBTQ lawmakers. RAGS TO RICHES Colorado limped into the 2010s…

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the rookie

Susana Cordova took over as superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS) a year ago this month—just in time to lead the district through its first teacher strike in 25 years. What started with educators pleading for a higher base salary that wasn’t tied to a complicated bonus system turned into tense negotiations, which eventually devolved into a three-day walkout in February that drew national attention. With the tumultuous moment behind her, the 30-year DPS veteran—a district alumna who rose from teacher to principal to administrator—can now focus on actually running the 15,000-employee, 90,000-student system. To mark the beginning of her second year, Cordova spoke with 5280 about what she learned from the strike, school safety, and how she plans to better integrate classrooms. 5280: What was it like to immediately step…

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jim deters 2.0

Jim Deters admits that he sometimes refers to Gravity Haus as Galvanize, and to be fair, the two concepts are similar. Galvanize is a company Deters co-founded in 2011 as a hub for tech entrepreneurs. Gravity Haus, which Deters will debut in Breckenridge this month, also aims to be an epicenter, but for the outdoorsy set. The other big difference? Deters believes he’s learned enough from Galvanize’s failures to ensure that Gravity Haus succeeds A coding school, co-working space, and startup incubator, Galvanize has grown to eight locations around the country, raised more than $167 million in venture capital, and currently employs 336 people. As Galvanize took off, Deters didn’t hide his ambitions: In May 2017, he told the Denver Business Journal it could become “the people’s MIT.” Just four months…