Table of contents 5280 December 2014
James Eklund has one crucial, nearly impossible task: overseeing the state's first comprehensive water plan.
Legendary writer and nature photographer John Fielder reflects on preserving the delicate balance between Colorado's ecology and economy.
The Centennial State has become ground zero for the battle over fossil-fuel extraction. Here's why.
We hate to break it to you, Colorado, but very few of us are as eco-friendly as we profess to be. Here are 40 ways to change that.
From our electricity bills to how much coal we mine, here’s an inside look at how the state uses power.
A 30,000-foot view of the unremitting changes affecting our land.
After more than a generation of mistreatment, Metro Denver's urban waterway is starting to return to health.
For decades, Crowley County’s farmers sold off their water, gallon by gallon. No one could have anticipated what would happen next.
Colorado's ag industry has a more profound connection to our land than maybe any other commercial sector. It’s a relationship that, in the case of those who grow the state’s iconic Palisade peaches, has roots creeping back over a century.
From the Editor
A letter from the editor of our December 2014 issue.
Lockheed Martin's Orion space craft launches this month, and will eventually head to Mars.
Extraterrestrial missions bring an extra boost to the south Denver economy.
Spaceport Colorado could open new doors for tourism, transportation, and research.
Whether it was tight political races, gay marriage, marijuana, or the Super Bowl, Colorado found itself in the national spotlight in 2014. Here, a look at some of our best (and worst) headlines.
Aspen environmentalists give Colorado’s forests an annual checkup.
A greener way to work.
Dr. Dennis McGuire on how perceptions of adults with Down syndrome have changed—and what Denver is doing to help.
After the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association slashed the Nordic combined ski team’s budget, two Colorado brothers lead the hunt for survival.
ICEDot calls for help when you can’t.
A Boulder puzzle maker brings his unique jigsaws to the Pearl Street Mall.
Four Colorado ski resorts beef up the on-mountain family experience.
One season, 24 resorts: one dad’s quest to show his sons Colorado’s ski country.
’Tis the season for carols and classical music—courtesy of these precious instruments from local makers.
Wonderbound’s winter ballet is more than a feast for the eyes.
In Colorado, we love our hot sauce. And with winter in full swing, there is no better time to turn up the heat. Dot, drizzle, or douse your dinner with these recently released, flavorful varieties.
Outfit his, her, and their winter closets with these ribbon-ready gift ideas from Colorado companies.
After years of being shuttered, one of Colorado’s best snowcat skiing operations is back on track.
Eat & Drink
If it’s a long-term relationship Gozo is after, there is much work to be done.
A twist on the Cubano sandwich packs a flavorful punch.
This sophisticated winter cocktail from barman Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham is a cinch to make.
Pie Bird serves tarts that are both savory and sweet.
The secret to getting folks to eat more greens: Char ’em.
Cocktailpunk’s Raymond Snead tells us how it's done.
Our state’s landscape appears in so many insignias, the Rocky Mountains should start collecting royalties.