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5280 Magazine October 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

1 min

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3 min
nowhere to go

The hardships of experiencing homelessness are myriad and obvious, but the events of this past spring and summer have only served to exacerbate those difficulties. Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social unrest, extreme heat and poor air quality from wildfires arrived in the Mile High City in August, only to be followed by a cold snap in early September. For the nearly 6,000 unhoused people in Denver, the city’s response to the pandemic—including forcibly sweeping encampments throughout the summer—fell far short. Starting this past spring, senior staff writer Robert Sanchez immersed himself in the lives of the residents of a series of Capitol Hill encampments. His affecting report, “The Block” (page 74), illuminates the unvarnished details—the struggles of finding food and fulfilling essential needs, including…

1 min
space cowboy

On any given day, you might see fifth-generation farmers, hipsters, or—if you’re lucky—the Rolling Stones browsing the racks of Rockmount Ranch Wear. They flock to the LoDo store for a fashion icon: the original pearl snap shirt. Often imitated today, the staple was the brainchild of Denverite Jack A. Weil, who, figuring snaps wouldn’t break off like buttons, added them to the rugged cowboy shirt 76 years ago. Elvis and Marilyn Monroe took to the garment, but it was 1980’s Urban Cowboy that set the uncalloused hands of the masses to snapping, says Steve Weil, Jack’s grandson and Rockmount’s president and chief creative officer. The brand’s popularity hasn’t been bucked since, thanks to its commitment to maintaining core elements (jaunty collars, those gleaming clasps) while evolving with the times (see:…

3 min
a legacy of neglect

When John Hopper was growing up in Las Animas, his mother worked at the local hospital with a man named Emory Namura. Hopper heard people mention that Namura, an administrator, was a former resident of a nearby Japanese internment camp during World War II, yet as far as Hopper could see, no such place existed. He also never learned a thing about the long-gone outpost in high school, and it was only briefly mentioned during a history class he took at Colorado State University. Hopper returned to eastern Colorado to teach social studies at Granada High School, about 50 miles east of Las Animas, in 1989, and he couldn’t shake the mystery of the facility. So he asked a few students to help interview Namura about what is officially called the…

2 min
trick… or treat?

Roll the excitement of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve into one, and you might come close to the Bardeen family’s enthusiasm for Halloween. Paul Bardeen (below, at right) invented the original pumpkin-carving kit in 1943, and his descendants still run Grampa Bardeen’s, the innovator’s Denver company, nearly eight decades later. So even though the pandemic seems hell-bent on ruining trick-or-treating, canceling Halloween was never an option. Instead, Tara Bardeen, Paul’s granddaughter and the business’ marketing manager, suggests organizing a neighborhood pumpkin walk to preserve the door-to-door ritual and sense of community it creates. Here, her instructions for pulling off a Halloween miracle on your own block. STEP 1 To encourage participation, set a time before October 31 for a neighborhood carving party via Zoom. Order your kit (for $50, you get…

3 min
in-person voting, dead at 161

After more than a century as the most popular way to exercise democracy in Colorado, in-person voting in the Centennial State has died. (To be clear: Its ghost will linger in the form of some physical polling places for early and Election Day voting.) The cause of death is disputed, with most experts pointing to obsolescence; a cadre of prominent politicians, however, maintain that something more nefarious transpired. Official in-person voting arrived in these parts in 1859, just two years before Colorado was designated a U.S. territory, but it took decades for the system to approach anything resembling a democratic process. White men made up the entirety of the electorate until the Territorial Suffrage Act of 1867 granted Black men the franchise; votes could be cast using any piece of paper…