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Stories That Prove There Were Bright Spots During 2020

Between COVID-19, a crazy election, and uncontrollable wildfires, 2020 didn't produce much good news. But that doesn't mean nothing positive happened. Here, we rounded up 10 heart-warming pieces the 5280 team produced this year.

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The “Sweetheart Couple” Behind Loveland’s Valentine Remailing Program

By Allyson Reedy | February 2020

Ted and Mabel Thompson. Courtesy of the Loveland Museum Collection

Since 1947, lovers from all over the world have sent their valentines through Loveland to get a coveted postmark hand-stamped onto their envelopes. But the late couple behind the program have their own reigning legacy in the town.

This Colorado Doggo Has Hit More Than 5,000 Summits

By Hudson Lindenberger | May 2020

Courtesy of Cap Dashwood

With her human companion, Cap Dashwood, by her side, Chaela Choani-Meré has hiked every day for the past two years—and the duo isn’t slowing down yet.

Colorado Hospitality Industry Rallies For Their Own Around Mental Health

By Allyson Reedy | May 2020

A stellar Slow Food Nations panel on mental health issues in the hospitality industry led by (from left to right): Alexandra Palmerton (CHOW), Patrick Mulvaney (I Got Your Back), Zander Tekus (chef from Aspen), John Hinman (Hinman’s Bakery), and Katherine Miller (James Beard Foundation). Photo by Lucy Beaugard

The Culinary Hospitality Outreach & Wellness program (CHOW), as well as other initiatives by local restaurant groups, are here to help during this stressful time.

These Coloradans Have Found the Silver Linings in Staying Home

By Jenny McCoy | May 2020

Jim Kotch and his mom. Courtesy of Jim Kotch

Eight Coloradans share the things—big and small—that they’ve learned to appreciate about lockdown life.

Finding “Frontline Mike”: Two Strangers Share a Moment of Grace During the Protests

By Spencer Campbell | June 2020

Photo by Spencer Campbell

When a protester found herself temporarily blind and wracked with pain after being pepper sprayed during the George Floyd demonstrations, a stranger came to her rescue. The morning after, she set out to find the mysterious “Frontline Mike.”

11 Reasons to Love Denver

Edited by Spencer Campbell | July 2020

Von Miller. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Courtesy of the Denver Broncos

From our community’s thoughtful response to the COVID-19 pandemic to its inspirational Black Lives Matter protests, we’ve never been prouder to be Denver residents.

Why is This Woman Carrying a Green Box to the Top of Colorado’s Fourteeners?

By Maya Chiodo | August 2020

ShelterBox Britt Woodrum Fourteeners Project Mt Shavano
Brittney “Bert” Woodrum on the summit of Mt. Shavano with a ShelterBox strapped to her back. Courtesy of ShelterBox and Brittney Woodrum

Brittney Woodrum is summiting all 58 of Colorado’s fourteeners to help raise awareness for ShelterBox—and all of those impacted by the natural disasters that didn’t stop just because of COVID-19.

Have You Met Colorado’s Most Adorable Elected Official?

By Patricia Kaowthumrong | October 2020

Parker the Snow Dog, the honorary mayor of Georgetown. Photo by Dustin Schaefer

Say hello to Parker the Snow Dog, famously known as honorary mayor of Georgetown.

Meet Tofu, the Denver Turkey Lifting Spirits During the Pandemic

By Jenny McCoy | November 2020

Tofu the Turkey
Tofu the turkey, in all his glory. Photo by Jenny McCoy

The 56-pound people-loving bird has been an unexpected source of joy during these turbulent times.

Time Magazine’s First-Ever Kid of the Year Is a Wunderkind from Colorado

By Greg Glasgow | December 2020

Gitanjali Rao
Gitanjali Rao of Colorado is pictured on the cover of Time Magazine.

Gitanjali Rao developed Kindly, a program to combat cyberbullying—but that’s not the only innovation the 15-year-old from Lone Tree has dreamed up.

The Year That Changed Everything

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