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5280 Magazine

May 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.
quarantine chronicles

As I write this on April 7, there already isn’t much to say about COVID-19 that hasn’t been said. But what I can say with certainty is that the pandemic we’re living through has been difficult on local media companies, especially those, like 5280, who derive the bulk of their revenues from advertising. On top of that, magazines and their websites exist in a unique spot in the media ecosystem. We don’t deliver news as a commodity; we provide information via a distinctive voice, with a point of view, and as an experience. That’s why readers develop lasting relationships with magazine brands in ways they don’t with other journalistic enterprises. ¶ In a world in which life-or-death information changes from hour to hour, lifestyle journalism can struggle to find its…

3 min.
behind the stories

Natasha Gardner Articles Editor After 13 years at 5280, Natasha Gardner knows stories can change during the reporting process. But the arrival of the novel coronavirus in the Centennial State transformed “The Most Important Questions Every Seller And Buyer Should Be Asking Right Now” (page 80), her report about Denver’s real estate market, dramatically. “In January, the conversations focused on the strength of the market,” Gardner says. “By March, we were talking about keeping people safe, scenarios for economic recovery, and how the local real estate market was adjusting.” Another big change for Gardner? Working from the relative safety of her own house. “Home seems more important than ever now”, she says. Seth K. Hughes Photographer Seth K. Hughes is a gifted photographer of the West’s wild places, and his ability to juxtapose a person…

1 min.
losing touch

Even if the most optimistic projections become reality, you’re likely reading this while still sequestered at home in your jammies, wondering how long Jack Nicholson spent at that creepy hotel before he started going after bathroom doors with an ax. First of all, good for you: Although you should probably put on real pants soon and, ideally, stop fantasizing about tormenting your family, social distancing—keeping space between you and others—is the best way to slow COVID-19’s spread. Second, yes, isolation really sucks. Back before this pandemic, you probably welcomed a day free of co-workers, friends, and even (if we’re being honest) your significant other. After a month-plus of me time, however, you’d trade your secret cache of TP for just one awkward fist bump from Darren the HR guy. “Something…

2 min.
all the feels

KISS POOR HEALTH GOOD-BYE True love isn’t a fairy tale. It’s science. One theory says humans are attracted to people who have different major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes than they do. (Diverse MHC genes correlate with greater health in offspring.) The intimacy that kissing fosters is our evolutionary way of getting close enough to another person to sniff their natural odors and determine whether our MHC genes are compatible—i.e., physiological kismet. Whatever its origins, locking lips has been linked with a reduction in cholesterol and stress. “It’s fun to teach my college students that it’s good for you to be really physically affectionate with your partner,” says Colorado State University’s Meara Faw. ABOUT FACE Since the onset of the novel coronavirus, we’ve been commanded to stop touching our faces with our possibly germ-riddled…

3 min.
full disclosure

People are always telling Nadia Bolz-Weber their darkest secrets. That’s probably because the Lutheran pastor advocates for a version of Christianity that finds grace in vulnerability—rather than one that promotes fear of “an angry, capricious God with a killer surveillance system,” she says. After sharing that message as the pastor of North Capitol Hill’s House for All Sinners and Saints church and in three New York Times bestselling books, Bolz-Weber, 51, is doing the same with a podcast, The Confessional. During each episode, she probes guests about their most disgraceful moments to help show how comforting it feels to come clean. 5280 spoke with Bolz-Weber ahead of The Confessional’s April 21 debut about why it’s important to air our wicked deeds, the transition to podcasting, and the toxicity of social…

4 min.
party favorites

Early last summer, the candidates running in Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary included a former U.S. attorney, a diplomat, a neuroscientist, and a Baptist preacher, not to mention the usual collection of veteran state legislators. Eight of the 15 hopefuls were women, five were people of color, and one was openly gay. The opportunity to unseat Republican incumbent Cory Gardner in the general election had attracted a large, diverse field. Colorado Dems appeared poised for wide-ranging debates about what issues would guide the party—not only in the June 30 primary and November general election, but also in future years. That all changed in August when former Governor John Hickenlooper said he would seek the nomination just one week after ending his ill-fated presidential run. The very next day, Hickenlooper announced he’d received…