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5280 Magazine

5280 Magazine

July 2021

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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United States
5280 Publishing, Inc
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
in the line of fire

Faulty power lines ignited the Camp fire on November 8, 2018, but high winds, drought-dried foliage, and an unreliable warning system all caused the inferno to erupt into California’s deadliest wildfire. Eighty-five civilians died, 13,900 houses burned, and nearly all residents of Paradise, a town in California’s Butte County, lost their homes. Between 2018 and 2019, county homelessness increased by 16 percent. No U.S. wildfire since has reaped such a death toll, but the incineration of entire communities continued this past fall in Oregon, California, and Washington. Given the similarities between those towns and some in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where homes abut dry forests thick with foliage, experts say the Centennial State could be next. “There’s every reason to believe that in the next five years, a town in Colorado will…

3 min
on yesterday’s path

UPPER PINEY RIVER From Piney Lake just outside the Eagles Nest Wilderness, the established Upper Piney Trail heads northeast along the Piney River until it makes a sharp bend southeast. Not ready to end your quest north? A single 2013 U.S. Forest Service map shows the trail heading all the way up the valley. A web of bushwhacked trails, including this route, leads to views of the Spider, an impressive 12,692-foot peak at the head of the valley. You can hike about half a mile all the way to its base. WEEHAWKEN EXTENSION Today’s maps show the switchback-laden Weehawken Trail, an out-and-back starting at the Weehawken trailhead near Ouray, petering out after 3.6 miles. According to USGS maps from 1948, though, an unmaintained trail continues for nearly another mile, revealing views into a…

2 min
where we’re eating

SOULFUL FARE Randall’s Cole The fourth time’s apparently a charm for Randall Borne, the chef-owner behind Randall’s, which reopened off York Street and Bruce Randolph Avenue in January. The Louisiana native launched his eponymous Creole and Cajun restaurant as a food trailer in 1994 and occupied two brick-and-mortar locations at different times in Cole and Five Points, respectively, before closing his doors in 2018. Borne revived the spot this year to please fervent fans, who longed for his Southern specialties (think: spice-crusted pork chops and seafood-loaded gumbo) and community-centric ambience. The latter is evidenced by the continuous hum of regulars trading stories in the dining room, a space adorned with a striking floor-to-ceiling mural of Louis Armstrong by local artist Kiana Gatling. This summer, live music also will return to Randall’s, which hopefully…

2 min
crunching the numbers

Daniel Lee (left) and Matt Jung’s quest to produce the perfect vegan kimchi started at nearly 11,000 feet. When the friends began making the fermented Korean side dish together in 2020 during a stint at (now-closed) Vesta, they would hike to an alpine snowfield carrying up to 150 pounds of seasoned napa cabbage in containers to bury. Why? Because the high country’s thinner air, consistently cool underground temperature, and arid soil mimic the conditions of Korean onggi, the clay pots traditionally used to ferment kimchi. “It’s the perfect environment for healthy microbes and probiotics to thrive while preventing the growth of unwanted bacteria,” Jung says. Weeks later, when the duo would return to unearth their buried treasure, they were greeted with crisp kimchi kissed with the perfect combination of heat…

1 min
code words

CONCENTRATES: Broadly refers to any cannabis product that has been made through a process where extraneous plant matter is mostly removed, leaving behind only aromatic oils called terpenes and cannabinoids, like cannabidiol (CBD) and THC DABBING: The method of flash-vaporizing cannabis concentrates—typically extracted oils of varying consistencies—on a hot surface and inhaling them to get high DAB RIG: Also called an oil rig, this is a water pipe—essentially, a sophisticated glass bong—that has attachments specifically designed for dabs of marijuana concentrate DABBER: Sometimes called a wand, this is a small tool used to pick up a dab of concentrate and place it on the heated surface of a dab rig VAPE PENS: Much like e-cigarettes, these are portable, pen-shaped vaporizers that are typically refillable with cartridges of concentrates DABS: A catch-all word for any concentrate…

3 min
a very colorado ritual

There was no escaping it for the 17-year-old. Weed was everywhere at her Pueblo-area high school. It was in the school parking lot. It was there during free periods. It was at every party. It was everywhere she went. “As a parent,” says LaFonna Pacheco, the young woman’s mother, “it was like pushing the ocean back with a broom. Kids with medical marijuana cards were pushing shatter in her face.” It’s not just parents who say they’re struggling to keep high-THC concentrates away from their kids: School districts are battling too. Their biggest fight? In what has become a rite of passage in Colorado, high school seniors turn 18, apply for medical marijuana cards under bogus pretenses, purchase two ounces per day, and then sell legally purchased cannabis to other students.…