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5280 Magazine

June 2020

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4 min.
summertime blues

June is typically a magical time in Colorado: The sun warms Denver and parks and patios are full of families and friends; Coors Field is redolent with the smell of hot dogs and sunscreen; and the snow recedes as residents soak up our wildlands while camping, hiking, cycling, and fishing. This June will be different. If April was the cruelest month in the COVID-19 pandemic, June might be the most uncertain. ¶ The city and state relaxed stay-at-home orders weeks ago, but it’s still unclear how safer-at-home rules might affect the spread of the virus—and ultimately our daily lives. Distance learning has ended for the academic year, but it seems premature to assume that students and staff will return to schools in August. Many office employees have decided to continue…

1 min.
scrambling man

When two trails diverge, Kyle Richardson doesn’t take either. He scurries up the rocks next to them. That’s because the 24-year-old is a burgeoning star of rock scrambling, a cross between trail running and vertical climbing done mostly without the aid of a harness or ropes. Richardson, a longtime runner, first encountered the niche sport while a student at the University of Colorado Boulder. The college town had become an epicenter for scramblers thanks to the preponderance of climber-friendly, 50-degree-angled slabs in the Flatirons. After mastering the precise footwork and handholds needed to escape precarious positions, Richardson started setting speed records on experts-only scrambling routes across the state. His most impressive feats have come on his home turf, though, where in fall 2019 he achieved the fastest round trips on…

2 min.
object evolution

As part of its $150 million renovation of the Martin Building, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) held a ceremony in 2019 to install a Haida pole by famed carver Dwight Wallace. To ensure the event honored tribal customs, curators asked Wallace’s descendants to help plan the occasion—but local institutions haven’t always respected Native Americans’ wishes. Here, we highlight key moments in museums’ journeys toward enlightenment. 1925 The DAM begins collecting American Indian art, becoming one of the first U.S. museums to focus on artistry instead of ethnography. But it continues to make gaffes, like showing stolen Zuni carvings known as war gods, or Ahayu:da. 1968 The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) accepts 500 boxes of tribal objects, the foundation of its Native American collection, from a private collector. Gordon Yellow-man, a Cheyenne…

3 min.
storm chaser

By late March, it looked like Governor Jared Polis’ plan to shutter the state was working: The novel coronavirus’ spread appeared to have slowed. Hospitals were adding ventilators. More people were getting tested. Polis had extended the stay-at-home order to April 26 but remained optimistic about reopening Colorado come May. The problem was, he wasn’t sure how, stating that “until there’s a vaccine or cure, things won’t return to the way they were in January or February.” The fear was that lifting all restrictions could lead to another surge of the virus that would overwhelm hospitals. To help devise a plan to gradually reopen the state, Polis created the Innovation Response Team (IRT), a public-private consortium of more than 200 representatives in fields ranging from IT to academia. And to lead…

1 min.
scooter saga

Despite all the fist-shaking when electric scooters appeared on Denver’s streets in 2018, the city’s decision to let the vehicles stay led to a startling revelation: We use them. An average of 4,832 rides take place each day, according to a 2019 Denver Public Works (DPW) survey. Won over by the high usage, officials will integrate scooters into Denver’s public transportation plan this summer by signing at least one operator to a long-term license, forcing the others to, well, scoot. The move will allow DPW to more closely regulate the two-wheelers by holding the companies responsible for, say, blocked sidewalks. Advocacy groups like the Denver Streets Partnership also hope chosen operators, along with the city, will subsidize rides for low-income residents—though DPW has made this a recommendation, not a requirement.…

2 min.
comfort zone

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD With future excursion plans in limbo, Atelier Interior Design’s Katie Schroder decided to catch up on printing and displaying photos from her previous vacations. “I find I’m really treasuring things I can look at from past travels,” she says. Leave end tables and other surfaces open for functional items like lamps and coasters, Schroder says. Instead, hang small photos in gallery-style groupings to help them fill a space. For a budget-friendly option, we love Denver-based Artifact Uprising’s Polaroid-reminiscent prints [1] charmingly displayed with twinkling lights. Prints from $9 for 10, artifactuprising.com SHELF LIFE The design gurus at Studio Thomas use a formula they call “the five elements” [2]—wood, metal, texture, reflection, life—to balance entire rooms, but the combination also can transform smaller spaces, like that bookshelf you’ve…