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5280 Magazine September 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.

United States
5280 Publishing, Inc
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
generation next

A few days before we shipped this issue to the printer, I attended a virtual panel discussion in which the moderator made reference to the “twin pandemics” the United States is facing: COVID-19 and the reckoning we’re having about our inequitable and unequal society with regard to race. As I was watching, I couldn’t help but think about senior staff writer Robert Sanchez’s story, “Eyes On The Prize” (page 82), which uses the same exact phrase. Sanchez started reporting the piece while covering the protests that arose after George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, but it soon became clear his article would not just be a chronicle of the social unrest that overtook the nation this past summer. Instead, Sanchez would document how these twin pandemics set the scene for a…

1 min
the long game

When the City and County of Denver closed City Park Golf Course for construction in 2017, it planned to reopen the landmark come spring 2019. That date was pushed to fall 2019. Then spring 2020. And then, ultimately, to this fall. The main reason for the closure was to add a storm-water drainage system on the course’s western edge that will help prevent flooding in the eastern part of the city. But officials figured they could revamp the entire place at the same time. So, Denver added a driving range, a clubhouse with views of the downtown skyline, a short fourhole area for the First Tee of Denver program, and some modern flourishes, such as distinctly shaped greens, to the 18-hole course. Some complicated projects took longer than expected, but…

2 min
animal instincts

CREEPY CRAWLERS Even nightmares need romance. Starting this month, large groups of male Oklahoma brown tarantulas can be seen making multiple-mile treks across southeastern Colorado in order to reach prospective mates that have burrowed throughout the prairie. Because females prefer to make their homes in unplowed farmland, they’re most often found next to roads and highways. That means, until late October, males must dodge cars near Ordway and La Junta to reach them. A mid-September evening just before sunset is when you’re most likely to catch the parade, according to Visit La Junta, and CO 109 south of town in the Comanche National Grassland is one of the best spots to watch it. IN A RUT Come September and October, the elk near Estes Park engage in a ritual known as rutting. To…

2 min
staying power

IF YOU CANCELED YOUR TRIP TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA While nothing can replace Disney World’s Blizzard Beach, Arapahoe Springs—the on-site water complex at Aurora’s Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center—might help ease your kids’ disappointment. Through the end of the year, promo code ZJL scores you a $179 nightly rate, including a $50 resort credit, with each guest getting at least four hours of access per day to the indoor pool, outdoor pool, or lazy river (secure your slot as early as 10 days in advance; the areas are sanitized between groups). IF YOU CANCELED YOUR TRIP TO LONDON Get a taste of Old World elegance at the 128-year-old Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, where the $300 per night Palace Perseverance package grants you a room, a $100 food and beverage credit, and a…

4 min

Staci Bishop was getting frustrated. A physician assistant at the Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic in Baca County—population: 3,585—she’d scheduled a video call with a patient living roughly 20 miles away. The patient’s weak internet connection, however, was distorting visuals and sound. “We muddled through, but had the situation been more emergent, we could have had a problem,” Bishop says. If the malady had been, say, a cut that needed to be examined for infection, the patient would have been forced to drive to the clinic—potentially exposing herself to a virus that’s killed hundreds of thousands. When the seriousness of COVID-19 finally dawned on the United States in March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended switching many nonemergency visits, such as appointments with mental and behavioral health professionals and follow-ups…

2 min
sunny outlook

300 Approximate number of homes Jack’s Solar Garden will power with its 3,276 solar panels, covering five acres of the property. Kominek plans to use the other 19 acres as an experimental site for agroforestry, a method of planting crops between rows of trees or shrubs (and possibly throwing livestock in the mix) to reduce soil erosion. 40 Types of plants that will be sowed under the array. The panels’ shade can create cooler, more humid microclimates, and scientists want to know if those pockets can sustain crops prone to withering in arid Colorado. To find out, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden will monitor how tomatoes, blackberries, herbs, and more fare. $327,600 Highest possible solar power revenue Jack’s Solar Garden could generate per year. Interested buyers choose how many kilowatt-hours…