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5280 Magazine

April 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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what have we learned?

IT WAS COLD and starting to snow when I visited the Columbine Memorial on a Sunday afternoon this past winter. Perched atop a hill just northwest of Columbine High School, in Robert F. Clement Park, the monument feels exceedingly small given the magnitude of the events of April 20, 1999, and the place they hold in our collective consciousness. My colleague Lindsey Koehler and I were the only ones there that day. We split up, separately reading the short remembrances of the 13 people who’d been murdered nearly two decades earlier, before taking in the plaques that are embedded in the outside border of the memorial. It was very quiet. We didn’t talk, really. There wasn’t much to sayWhen our editorial team started thinking about creating this special issue, though,…

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behind the stories

BENJAMIN RASMUSSENPhotographerNo matter where Denver photographer Benjamin Rasmussen’s imagery appears, it contains an aura of quiet contemplation. As such, he was a natural choice to photograph Columbine High School for this issue’s “People Outside This Community Know About Us Because Of One Moment In Time” (page 92). Says Rasmussen: “We wanted to both respect the trauma experienced by this community and the new life that has since stirred.” The experience moved Rasmussen, who recently photographed survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, for Rolling Stone. “It was really powerful,” he says, “to see how a community that has been so deeply impacted by violence can heal and grow.”LINDSEY B. KOEHLERDeputy EditorAs does almost every American, deputy editor Lindsey B. Koehler remembers with clarity where she was when the Columbine…

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hurricane force

(iStock)(Matt Dirksen/Courtesy of Colorado Rockies)Located almost a thousand miles from the nearest ocean, Fort Collins isn’t in danger of being devastated by hurricanes anytime soon. Nevertheless, research conducted in the northern Colorado city has been giving those who live on the East Coast an idea of how wet and windy their summers might be for more than three decades. In 1984, Colorado State University tropical meteorology professor Bill Gray found that hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean declined during El Niño years. Recognizing such patterns, along with fancy statistical modeling, allowed him to do something considered far-fetched at the time: forecast the severity of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June through November. He released his first report that year, and although Gray died in 2016, CSU professors Phil Klotzbach…

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think outside the bin

1 VESSEL WORKSBoulder alone sends an average of 44 million plastic-lined to-go coffee cups to landfills every year. (Stacked end to end, that’s enough Starbucks Ventis to stretch across the country and then some.) Now, that city has a more sustainable option, courtesy of Vessel Works, which debuted there five months ago. At seven coffeeshops, including Trident Booksellers & Café, customers can check out stainless-steel cups for free using the company’s app; users must return them to participating cafes or streetside kiosks within five days (otherwise, they’re out $15). Vessel Works picks up, sanitizes, and redistributes the cups to its partners, who pay a peruse fee similar to the price of each paper version—minus the cost to Mother Earth.(Sarah Boyum)2 SCRAPSChristi Turner only realized there was a gap in Denver’s…

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fill-up stations

(Courtesy of Claire Oswald Photography)ECOMOUNTAINWhere: Lone Tree and SunnysideDon’t Miss: The mix-yourown cleaning product station with recipes for all-purpose spray, dish soap, and moreHOMEFILLWhere: RiNo and SpeerDon’t Miss: Fort Collins–made Cotney Peak’s almond cocoa butter lotion and Boulder Clean laundry detergentJOY FILLWhere: BerkeleyDon’t Miss: Juniperseed Mercantile’s cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen balm, crafted in Littleton with ingredients like organic avocado oilREFILL REVOLUTIONWhere: BoulderDon’t Miss: Aspire Colorado’s peppermint or wintergreen tooth powder, made in GoldenZERO MARKETWhere: Aurora and a spot inside the forthcoming Edgewater Public MarketDon’t Miss: Centennialbased Mountain Crow’s loose-leaf tea blends…

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the clean team

34Street sweepers, most of which cost more than $200,000, in Denver Public Works’ (DPW) armada. This includes the first electric sweeper in the United States; the Italian-made ride is smaller and only used to tidy up the protected bike lanes downtown.72,966Cubic yards of dirt and debris picked up by DPW street sweepers in 2018. That’s enough to fill Coors Field nearly twice over.164,654Miles driven, at about five mph, by Mile High City sweepers in 2018. On average, an operator will trek between 30 and 36 miles a day from April through November, when scheduled cleaning occurs. DPW does intermittent pavement scrubbing during the winter, weather permitting.$8 MILLIONAmount collected by the City and County of Denver in 2018 from street-sweeping tickets. For those who haven’t suffered such citations: The government decrees…

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