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As another year draws to a close, we’re looking back at the long-form stories that graced the pages of 5280 in 2015. Take a look at what piqued readers’ interest throughout the year, and discover a new piece of journalism to share with your friends and family.
By Chris Outcalt | April 2015
Our most popular long-read of the year looks at the immigration debate from another perspective. Twenty years ago, the state of Colorado granted José Espino-Paez a second chance. But no one told him that the federal government wouldn’t honor the same deal.
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—Photo by Dana Romanoff
By 5280 staff; edited by Natasha Gardner | November 2015
Tonight, more than 6,000 people in the metro area won’t have homes of their own to sleep in. Even more are on the verge of homelessness because of rising housing costs and a surging population. Think it couldn’t happen to you? 5280 staffers spent a year researching and reporting for this long-form package, which takes an in-depth look at homelessness in our city.
—Photo by Jerilyn Forsythe
By Lindsey B. Koehler | August 2015
Twenty-five years ago, the University of Colorado football team was celebrating a piece of the NCAA national championship. Today, the program can’t buy a win. How did the Buffs lose their swagger—and will they ever get it back?
—Photo illustration by Sean Parsons
By Robert Sanchez | October 2015
Finding affordable housing in Denver has never been more difficult. This white-hot market is dividing our city—and one student and a young investor are at ground zero of the monumental transformation.
—Photo by Matt Nager
By Patrick Doyle | May 2015
Michael Bennet’s brand of politics—moderate and pragmatic—is what many believe Congress needs. So why isn’t he more excited about being there?
—Photo by Benjamin Rasmussen
By Chris Outcalt | June 2015
When a young writer reached out to Kent Haruf, Colorado’s most celebrated novelist generously offered his time—despite having recently learned he had a fatal illness. In his final months, the author spoke to Chris Outcalt about reading, writing, and the meaning of life.
—Illustration by Jason Seiler
By Daliah Singer | September 2015
Stigma, silence, and fear have long dominated the issue of suicide. None of these will help reduce Colorado’s tragically high rate. But as I learned by working through my own family’s tragedy, the voices of those who have survived just might.
—Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi
8. Rocket Man
By Robert Sanchez | July 2015
How Eric Coffman overcame a devastating accident and became the coolest spaceship designer you’ve ever heard about.
—Photo by Matt Nager
By Kasey Cordell | July 2015
Ten years ago, Littleton native and Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Jr. died in Afghanistan so that one of his teammates might live.
—Courtesy of Patsy Dietz-Shipley and Cindy Dietz-Marsh
By Natasha Gardner | September 2015
Mutual mistrust between citizens and the police has rarely been higher in America, and Denver is no exception. What’s being done on both sides of the thin blue line to remedy this—and is it enough?
—Photo by Jeff Nelson