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5280 Magazine February 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

1 min
risky business

The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) faces a dilemma: With COVID-19 restricting resort capacities, Centennial Staters are spending more powder days in the backcountry. While mountain towns crave the dollars adventurers drop when they visit, CTO director Cathy Ritter says the agency isn’t encouraging anyone—rookies or experts—to venture into avalanche territory. Instead, the CTO launched a multiplatform campaign to teach those already headed off the groomed path about avalanche forecasts, classes, and responsible recreation. All that education hasn’t rid the backcountry of accidents, though—at press time, four off-piste skiers in the state had died in avalanches this season. A Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) report may explain, in part, why: Last winter, those with intermediate or advanced training were caught in more snowslides than beginners, likely because they felt confident enough…

3 min
gone tomorrow

In one week this past June, Coffee at the Point sold some $5,000 in gift cards to groups looking to back a Black-owned business. Around the same time, Dianne Myles experienced a massive uptick in inquiries for her video production company, Dope Mom Life. The Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC), meanwhile, fielded dozens of calls from corporations, community associations, and nonprofits looking to help the enterprises the chamber represents. All three entities trace the sudden rise in interest to the summer’s protests against police brutality and racial injustice, which ignited a wave of social consumerism. “We were definitely grateful and appreciative of that,” Coffee at the Point owner Ryan Cobbins says. But Cobbins and others also wondered if the extra support would disappear as quickly as it arrived. Sure enough,…

2 min
the liner notes

When Denver indie rocker Jeff Cormack (pictured), who records under the name South of France, released his first album, Another Boring Sunrise, in 2012, Pitchfork critics loved it. Cormack didn’t. “Half the songs on there don’t feel like me,” Cormack says. “They were just thrown in there to fill space.” So Cormack, 33, hit pause on South of France and focused on becoming a more accomplished producer and songwriter by learning from some of his favorite musicians. Nine years later, South of France is dropping a second album, Remember That Cool Thing We Did, this month. Here, Cormack shares the post-2012 projects that influenced the album’s sound. ROUGH TRADE Writing and pitching songs for artists on the Rough Trade Publishing label from 2013 to 2017 allowed Cormack to collaborate with Angel Lopez,…

2 min
gifts that keep giving

BOOKBAR Begin your spree at a Tennyson Street shop already adept at spreading the love: 10 percent of book sales at this independent bookstore and wine bar go toward BookGive, a Denver charity co-founded by Nicole Sullivan, Book-Bar’s owner. BookGive uses the funds to donate free tomes to the community, ensuring your bookworm’s adoration for literature breeds a new generation of bibliophiles. bookbardenver.com THE PERFECT PETAL Whenever Ford-Buerger needs a last-minute present, she turns to this West Highland florist, “because it stocks gorgeous giftable items along with the stunning blooms,” she says. Pairing a candle, hand-poured in Denver’s Rosy Rings Studio, with a bouquet of surprising flora (like lush magnolia leaves) makes your gift feel a tad more thoughtful than 11th-hour grocery store carnations. theperfectpetal.com LARIAT BookBar’s Sullivan often pops by her Tennyson Street neighbor…

3 min
cardboard cory paper-based political stand-in dead at 3

Best known as the two-dimensional face of a protest campaign that helped unseat U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, Cardboard Cory died January 3, 2021, the same day John Hickenlooper officially took office. “People were always happy when Cardboard Cory showed up for them,” says Boulderite Katie Farnan, who helped create the flat figure. “He fostered a kind of joyful activism in our state.” Cardboard Cory’s dark-horse political career began during a February 2017 town hall at Denver’s Byers Middle School. The event’s organizers, which included Farnan and ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii, planned to erect an empty podium to symbolize Gardner’s inaccessibility. Before the event, though, the group found a folded-up cutout of Gardner in ProgressNow’s basement. (No one is exactly sure what it was originally used for.) They duct-taped the…

1 min
the flavor of love

Even though she was raised in Denver, Pamela Richard grew up eating Southern tea cakes. Her Louisiana-born grandmother would make the soft, chewy, cookielike treats for all the grandkids. “It’s amazing how food is a connection to the past,” Richard says. After earning an MBA and working in the nonprofit sector, she was let go from her job in 2017; it was then that those memories inspired Richard to change her life’s course and begin baking tea cakes under her own brand, Miss Peabody’s Southern Tea Cakes. She is Miss Peabody, after all: the smiling girl in pigtails and glasses on her labels with a nickname her grandmother gave her, thanks to Richard’s eyewear (a reference to the spectacled 1950s cartoon dog, Mr. Peabody). These days, Richard is baking far…