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5280 Magazine November 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
fraud alert

As if 2020 weren’t already the worst year in recent memory, we’ve got one more thing to add to the running list: Consumer scams are up. We’ve seen the best of people in the form of medical professionals and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’ve also seen the worst of humanity as con artists have come out en masse to prey on us during this uniquely difficult time. Which is not to say that these shysters weren’t around before 2020—they were, and they’ve been steadily ramping up their schemes as more of our lives are conducted on the internet. The unfortunate truth is that if you’re online, getting scammed in one way or another is a question of when, not if. The best way to avoid being ripped…

4 min
full spectrum

Five years ago, Narkita Gold left a successful public relations position in Nashville, Tennessee, for an opportunity to redefine herself in Denver. Unable to find a job initially and living far from family, Gold began to examine her identity: “I started to ask myself big questions like, Who am I? What’s my purpose here? What does it mean to be me? I wondered if other people like me were asking similar things. So I started asking them.” The resulting photography series, Black in Denver, pairs colorful portraits with interviews about individuality and purpose in the hope of dispelling the racist narrative of Black people existing as a monolith. Before exhibiting her work at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities this month (November 19 to December 27), Gold, 32,…

1 min
relationship goals

JEFFERY BOLLING SAYS ‘I DO’ TO HIS FAVORITE PROPOSAL TRADITIONS 1. “You can have a beautiful window and leave it as is,” Bolling says. “But if you did put a trim on it and add curtains, it makes it a little more finished.” 2. “What can I say; I’m old and like the tradition,” he says. 3. Diamonds are impervious to perfumes, acids, and other forms of wear. Other stones, not so much: “There’s no way a sapphire is going to look as good as a diamond in 20 years,” Bolling says. 4. Bolling always tells customers to purchase a simple ring then come back after the “OMG, yes!” to design another ring together. “That way, they can get exactly what they want,” he says. 5. The vintage-inspired, eight-sided emerald is…

3 min
out of range

When Jonathan Hill became a Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) ranger in 2015, he was excited about working outdoors instead of behind a desk. But he was ill-prepared for at least one of the realities of the job: responding to overdoses in the green spaces he patrolled. “All I could do was perform rescue breaths and wait for the paramedics to arrive,” Hill says. “It was agonizing.” In the years since Hill joined, DPR has improved rangers’ training so they feel more prepared to confront America’s opioid epidemic. “Someone may decline services a thousand times over,” says Joshua Glover, park ranger supervisor for DPR’s downtown district, an area that includes Civic Center, Sunken Gardens, and Lincoln parks. “Because the rangers have a good relationship with the people who hang out…

3 min
roll call

U.S. SENATE (2014) “Cory Gardner’s upset win over Mark Udall served as a test case for disinformation campaigns and extreme technological microtargeting. Cambridge Analytica—a data firm that harvested millions of Facebook users’ data without consent, which it then used to deliver misleading ads to specific people—was likely involved with efforts to boost Republican turnout in Colorado that year. Those tactics were expanded upon during President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, and both elections seeded the groundwork for potentially decades of extremism in Colorado’s GOP. Currently, there are several extreme—even conspiracist—candidates poised to win elections this November.” —Trish Zornio, science and policy columnist for Colorado Newsline and former 2020 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate COLORADO WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE REFERENDUM (1893) “Colorado became one of the first states to grant women franchise, which nearly doubled our…

1 min
helping hands

Front Range foodies should feel grateful for Raquela “Rocky” Serber. After all, the 35-year-old chef-owner of Elita Specialty Market & Kitchen is here to help you cook Thanksgiving dinner. Community means everything to Serber, who grew up in Mexico and overcame more tragedy than most: Her mother died when she was seven; her father was murdered when she was nine; and she’d lived in 11 homes by age 10. At Elita, her six-month-old butcher shop and cafe inside Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, the Johnson & Wales graduate marries the cooking of her childhood with the Mediterranean flavors she grew to love through her Tunisian aunt and her six years of living and catering in Israel. Her butchers case is filled with local and sustainable meats (turkeys start at $8.50 per pound);…