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Jay Bouchard, Digital Assistant Editor

Jay writes and edits stories for 5280.com and assists the digital team with social media and online strategy. He studied English and political science at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and went on to earn a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Before coming to 5280, Jay was an editorial fellow at Outside magazine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he covered topics including South American kayaking, marathon training, and the climbing season on Mt. Everest. Born and raised in New Hampshire with roots in the west, he is an avid skier, a neurotic Chicago Cubs fan, and a connoisseur of gas station hotdogs.

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Walker Stapleton’s New Beard Is Incredible and He Knows It

After November’s election, Walker Stapleton grew a beard that lit social media on fire. What prompted the former state treasurer and once-gubernatorial hopeful to change his look? And why don't more Colorado politicians sport facial hair?  

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Is Overcrowding the New Normal at Colorado Ski Areas?

So many people are skiing and snowboarding in Colorado that last weekend, parking lots at multiple resorts hit capacity, and cars were turned away. Is it the tragedy of the commons, the mark of booming business, or both?

Stock Show Artist Paints a Realistic Image of the Rural West

Terry Gardner, the featured artist at the Coors Western Art Exhibit—part of the National Western Stock Show, beginning January 12—doesn't want to "glorify" the West. Instead, he produces raw, sometimes melancholic, paintings that highlight the most urgent issues facing rural Colorado.

Electric Scooters Are Leaving Denver Sidewalks

On Monday night, Denver City Council approved an ordinance requiring electric scooters to be ridden in bike lanes or on roads rather than on sidewalks, bringing clarity to what has been a confusing several months for scooter riders, city officials, and pedestrians.

So Long, 3.2 Beer. We’ll Miss You.

On January 1, full-strength beer will be sold in grocery and convenience stores across Colorado for the first time. It’s the end of an era—just ask my dad.

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Nearly 300,000 Acres of Public Land Are Inaccessible in Colorado

According to a recent report, millions of acres of federal public land across the West are “landlocked” by private property holdings. And here in the Centennial State, there are unique barriers to opening up more land for recreation.

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Amazon’s 4-Star Store Is Now Open in Lone Tree

The multibillion dollar company still hasn’t announced where it will open its new headquarters, but it is unveiling a brick-and-mortar store in the Park Meadows mall on Thursday, November 1.

Can Walker Stapleton Win the West?

For the Republican candidate, the path to the governor's office is through Colorado's rural communities. Will his appeal to conservative voters be enough?

Can Colorado Burn Its Way Out of a Wildfire Crisis?

This year has been one of the most active fire seasons in Colorado history, featuring some of the largest, most intense wildfires the state has ever seen. Now, land managers hope prescribed burns can counteract the disturbing trend before it’s too late.

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What Grandoozy Looked Like in 10 Photos

We spent the weekend taking in all Grandoozy had to offer—from the near-constant music to the food, drink, and general zaniness of Denver's new music festival. Here are a few photos snapped along the way.

Does VF Corp’s Move to Denver Impact Our Outdoor Alliances?

Steve Rendle, CEO of VF Corp—the parent brand of the North Face, JanSport, and Smartwool—says the company was planning to move its headquarters from North Carolina long before the Confluence Accords were ratified last month.

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