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Barbara Urzua

Assistant Editor

Barbara Urzua oversees the fact-checking department for 5280 and writes for Before joining the 5280 team, Barbara worked for 303 Magazine, where she covered arts and culture. Barbara was born in Santiago, Chile, although she has lived in Colorado since she could walk. She studied journalism at the University of Denver. When not frantically fact checking, Barbara can be found attempting to visit all 50 U.S. states, figuring out how to budget for endless concert tickets, or simply scrolling through miles of social media feeds.

Articles By Barbara Urzua

The 10 Best Colorado Gifts for Less Than $50

We scoured the state for some of this year’s hottest holiday goods, all for less than $50.

A photo of Cheyenne and Arapaho representatives constructing a tipi as part of the exhibit's display. Photo by Barbara Urzua

History Colorado Center Unveils Sand Creek Massacre Exhibit

A decade after History Colorado Center launched a controversial exhibit on the Sand Creek Massacre, the museum is giving it another go. This time, though, it has the support of Indigenous tribes.

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6 Must-See Films With a Local Twist at This Year’s Denver Film Festival

The Denver Film Festival returns for its 45th year, and with it comes an impressive selection of flicks that are created by locals or feature Colorado stories.

Artist Jeffrey Gibson Explores Indigenous Kinship Philosophy at the Aspen Art Museum

The flag spinning performance, sculptures, and other digital media at Gibson’s “The Spirits Are Laughing” forces us to consider our relationship with the land.

Why Stopping the Time Change Might Actually Be Good for Us

Local #LockTheClock advocate Scott Yates breaks down why the twice-yearly time change might not be so good for us after all.

How the Youth-Led Podcast Generation Collaboration Is Driving Social Discourse

Together with Youth on Record and Colorado Young Leaders, high school students are featuring youth voices and encouraging intergenerational conversation through a new podcast.

A box is checked with red ink in front of an out-of-focus American flag

Your (Not So) Silly Questions About This Year’s Elections, Answered

With the Colorado general election almost upon us, we’ve rounded up a list of questions you might have about the judges, regents, and board of directors on this year’s ballot.

A Women-Driven Workspace Opens in Denver

When founder Kate Bailey learned of the dismal statistics surrounding women in the workplace, she decided to open a space where women can work, learn, and network.

How to Make the Most of 2022’s Historically Spicy Pueblo Chile Season

As chile vendors start to set up along thoroughfares across the state this month, we asked two pros for tips on bringing one of the region’s most iconic ingredients into your home kitchen.

Intueat Gives Diners the Chance to Experience New Cuisines, Polished Meals at Home

The chef-driven platform offers accessible plates for as little as $50 per person.

What Coloradans Need to Know About Monkeypox

Last week, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency. We posed questions to local doctors and health officials to determine if you need to be concerned.

Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf Officially Recognizes Denver Union

After a successful contract was ratified between Meow Wolf and members of the Meow Wolf Workers Collective in Santa Fe, Convergence Station employees in Denver are hopping on board.

Inside Colorado’s Battle Against Rare Diseases

One in 10 Centennial Staters has a so-called orphan disease—the local medical community is trying to help them.

Uproot Teas Wants to Change the Way We Consume the Brew

Cindy Li, founder of Boulder-based Uproot Teas, is committed to selling loose-leaf teas sourced directly from farms that pay their employees an equitable wage.

Colorado Public Radio’s May Ortega Launches a Podcast Highlighting the Everyday Lives of Latinos

The podcast—two-and-a-half years in the making—focuses on the lives of people in the Latino, Hispanic, and Chicano communities. 5280 caught up with Ortega to learn more about ¿Quién Are We?

How One Local Educator is Encouraging “Curly Girls” to Join STEAM Fields

Analise Harris, an ex-special education teacher and current professor at Community College of Denver, founded the nonprofit Curls on the Block to inspire curly-haired girls to become entrepreneurs.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

How to Assemble a Costume for the Colorado Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye: The Colorado Renaissance Festival returns to Larkspur this weekend. We gathered costume ideas and medieval fashion inspiration from local thrift shops, cosplayers—and the queen herself.

Meet the Java Pros Behind Gabee Coffee

South Korea natives Ho Young Chae and Hyo Jung Kim are brewing award-winning beans and infusing lattes with flavors inspired by their homeland at Gabee Coffee in Boulder.

Can Dr. Morgan Medlock Mend Colorado’s Fractured Mental Health Care System?

The new director of the state’s Behavioral Health Administration promises to transform mental health care for Colorado’s most vulnerable.

An Augmented Reality NFT Art Exhibition Opens at the Denver Pavilions

After a successful debut in San Francisco, a first-of-its-kind NFT art exhibition, which will allow visitors to view digital art through an augmented reality headset, is coming to Denver.

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