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Erin Skarda

5280 Contributor

Erin Skarda is a Denver-based writer and the former 5280 digital editor. Before moving back to her hometown of Denver in 2012, Erin worked at various national media outlets in New York City. Most recently, she acted as homepage editor at TIME, where she coordinated the site’s editorial content and photography, edited articles, and honed her headline-writing skills. She holds a master’s degree in publishing from New York University, with a focus in digital and print media, and a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University. Erin has a passion for animals, yoga, travel, and the great outdoors, and currently resides in Golden with her husband, son, daughter, dogs, and cat.

Articles By Erin Skarda

Estes Park in winter

First-Timer’s Guide: Estes Park

There’s something for everyone in this Rocky Mountain town, from best-in-class outdoor recreation to delicious eats to historic haunts.

La Diabla

The Ultimate List of Denver’s Top Tacos

We’ve got what you want: 54 of the city’s best tacos.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden Is Inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States

Despite warnings that armed protests could be staged at state capitols throughout the U.S., in Colorado, those concerns did not come to pass.

Jason Crow

Chaos Erupts at the U.S. Capitol As Congress Meets to Certify the 2020 Election Results

In Denver, a crowd of around 700 demonstrators gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to protest the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

5280’s 10 Best Longreads of 2020

There were no lack of big stories to cover this year. From experiencing homelessness in a pandemic to Denver’s new generation of Black leadership and the big tech company making a move to Colorado, here are the long-form stories that captured readers’ attention.

Ohana Yoga + Barre

How 2020 Has Affected the Way We Exercise

With reduced capacities and decreased revenues devastating local gyms and fitness studios, many are going online to build community—and attempt to save their businesses.

childcare setting during COVID-19

How 2020 Has Affected the Way We Think About Childcare

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 10 percent of childcare centers have closed throughout the state, further exacerbating an already fraught (and financially untenable) situation for families.

Gray Wolves Reintroduction

Howl About That: Coloradans Vote to Reintroduce the Gray Wolf

This is the first time voters had a direct say in reintroducing one of the most controversial canids in the United States.

Colorado election 2020

What We’re Watching in Colorado on Election Day 2020

It’s safe to say that this election will be unlike any other. Here are six storylines we’re watching as the results unfold.

I voted sticker 2020

We’ve Got an “I Voted” Sticker for You

Voting by mail is great and all, but what about those quintessential “I Voted” stickers? Download one here.

When Will Sen. Cory Gardner & John Hickenlooper Debate?

After a lot of back-and-forth, the candidates have agreed to three debates and one candidate forum to take place throughout October.

“This Is Not a Free-for-All”: Gov. Polis Clarifies What Safer at Home Means for Colorado

No, this isn’t a “grand reopening.” Yes, you still have to stay home whenever possible. And more details on the second phase of the state’s coronavirus response.

From Stay at Home to Safer at Home: Colorado Enters Phase Two of Coronavirus Response

Gov. Jared Polis shared some good news and outlined how the state will phase out its stay-at-home order in the coming weeks.

Daily Update: The Latest on COVID-19 in Colorado

We’re keeping track of the biggest news as the coronavirus outbreak grows more severe in Colorado.

COVID-19 Update: Here’s What Happened in Colorado This Weekend

The news surrounding coronavirus in Colorado has been constant and, at times, overwhelming. Here are the stories we’re following right now.

Bernie Sanders

Sizing Up the 2020 Colorado Democratic Presidential Primary

According to local experts, Bernie Sanders is poised to win Colorado’s Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday. But there is still plenty to watch for as the returns come in.

5280’s 10 Best Longreads 2019

From the bizarre saga of Balloon Boy to profiles of notable Coloradans, these are the long-form stories that captured readers’ attention this year.

John Hickenlooper

Colorado’s 2020 Senate Candidates: John Hickenlooper

Colorado’s former governor shook up the Senate race when he dropped his bid for president and launched a campaign to unseat Cory Gardner.

John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper’s Running for Senate. His Opponents Are Not Impressed

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is officially running for U.S. Senate. Here’s what the 11 Democrats already in the primary race—as well as Sen. Cory Gardner—have to say about that.

Colorado Senate Race

Your Complete Guide to Colorado’s 2020 Senate Election

Colorado’s political landscape has changed drastically since Cory Gardner was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. Here’s who he’s up against in 2020.

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