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5280 Magazine

June 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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caring for elderly parents

In January 2014, my Mom and Dad gave me their “Durable Power of Attorney.” This allowed me to manage their finances. They also signed Advanced Medical Directives which gave my sister and me authority to make medical decisions for our parents if they could not. Dad was 89. His eyesight, memory, and judgment were failing. His beloved garden was showing neglect. Mom was 86. Her arthritis had become so disabling that she used a walker, slowly. Stairs were impossible. After signing the legal papers, Mom and Dad pointed to a pile of papers, magazines, newsprint, newsletters, solicitations, envelopes, invoices, notices, and bank statements. I gathered the entire mess into file boxes and began my journey into “elder parent care.” I took over the bills, maintenance of their home, and managed their taxes, insurance…

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5280 magazine

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Geoff Van Dyke DEPUTY EDITOR Lindsey B. Koehler 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 ASSOCIATE FOOD EDITOR Callie Sumlin ASSISTANT EDITORS Shane Monaghan, Angela Ufheil RESEARCH EDITOR Kaelyn Lynch FASHION EDITOR Georgia Alexia Benjou CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Julie Dugdale, Daliah Singer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kelly Bastone, Scott Mowbray EDITORIAL INTERNS Liam Adams, Chloe Barrett, Kim Habicht, Laura Kokernot, Mary Murphy, Meredith Sell DIGITAL DIGITAL EDITOR Erin Skarda DIGITAL ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jerilyn Forsythe DIGITAL ASSISTANT EDITOR Jay Bouchard ENGAGEMENT EDITOR Victoria Carodine DIGITAL CONTRIBUTORS Terri Cook, Christine DeOrio, Amanda M. Faison, Haley Gray, Kiran Herbert, Rebecca L. Olgeirson, Lisa Wirthman ART & PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO EDITOR Charli Ornett ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTORS Amanda Croy, Sean Parsons ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Sarah Boyum CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS Bomboland, Michael Hirshon, Seth K. Hughes, Jimena Peck, Matthew Stacey, Studio Muti, Rebecca…

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back in black

On my second day visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with two colleagues, ranger Steve Kay took us to the North Rim. It was a bluebird April morning, and after checking in at the rustic ranger station, we wandered down to the edge of the canyon. There, we settled on a rocky ledge and gazed into the depths of the ancient gorge. Looking at the Black Canyon, it’s difficult to comprehend why it’s the least-visited national park in Colorado, and one of the least visited in the entire country. Part of that is likely because it’s only 20 years old—too young to have built the reputation of, say, Yosemite or Yellowstone. And part of the reason could be that it’s hard to get to. Sitting there with my…

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behind the stories

SETH K. HUGHES Photographer A photographer and filmmaker who uses Denver as his home base, Seth K. Hughes thrives on travel and adventure. “My goal is to tell inspirational stories that encourage others to enjoy and protect our natural wonders,” he says. So when Hughes began photographing Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (“Sheer Beauty,” page 66), he wanted to capture the full experience—large, dramatic landscapes and up-close details. He also hoped to catch the light and shadow of the place just right. “The Black Canyon is a vast, enthralling environment,” he says. “We were up early shooting at sunrise, resting at midday, and then out again for sunset and the blue evening twilight.” Find more of Hughes’ work in Elevation Outdoors and Backpacker. HALEY GRAY Writer Boulder freelance journalist Haley Gray shed her…

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back to the battlefield

Returning to the places where they once served often allows military veterans to heal from the emotional traumas they experienced during war. That’s why, since Denver resident Timothy Davis started the Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) 15 years ago, the nonprofit has helped more than 6,000 former service members complete pilgrimages to sites like Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima as well as battlefields in Vietnam. “We have a responsibility to honor the sacrifices these veterans made to serve our country,” Davis says. This month, TGGF will send 62 U.S. veterans of World War II back to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied Forces invaded continental Europe on June 6, 1944. Thirty members of the group will travel aboard the Queen Mary II, an ocean liner that…

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just the facts

During the 2016 election cycle, Vanessa Otero, a Boulder patent attorney, created a diagram depicting the political leanings and veracity of national news outlets to show friends how partisan newspapers, websites, and TV stations fuel polarization. Three years and five iterations later, her Media Bias Chart has been shared millions of times on social media. Before her new company, Ad Fontes Media, releases a Colorado version of the chart this summer, Otero spoke with 5280 about how the public can parse partiality to ensure they’re getting the truth (or at least the version with the fewest alternative facts). ADJECTIVELY SPEAKING Strong descriptors, such as “obvious” and “preposterous,” indicate less-than-objective feelings, especially when used to cast characterizations of prominent figures. In March, for example, Slate published a story about Attorney General William Barr’s…