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Jay Bouchard

5280 Contributor

Jay Bouchard is a Denver-based writer and a former editor on 5280‘s digital team. He studied English and political science at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Previously, he worked as an editorial fellow at Outside magazine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he covered a breadth of topics including the climbing season on Mt. Everest. He now works as content manager for the LOR Foundation.

Articles By Jay Bouchard

Camping Yurts Are Coming Back to State Forest State Park

It’s been two years since the park’s previous yurt operator quit paying its bills and stole guests’ reservation fees.

11 Important Colorado Bills That Passed During the 2024 Legislative Session

The state’s regular session wrapped without much drama. These are the most noteworthy bills that passed—plus a few that didn’t make it across the line.

No, the “State of Colorado” Isn’t Buying the Stanley Hotel—Well, Not Really

The potential sale of the historic Estes Park lodge is complicated and somewhat mysterious, involving up to $475 million in bonds and plans for a massive film center. Here’s what we know so far.

Colorado Avalanche's Nathan Mackinnon advances the puck against the Winnipeg Jets.

5 Things Every Colorado Avalanche Fan Needs to Know Before the NHL Playoffs

The Avalanche begin another pursuit of Lord Stanley this weekend against the Winnipeg Jets. Here’s what you need to know.

A fan wearing a white Nikola Jokić jersey gets emotionally as he watches the Denver Nuggets clinch an NBA Finals berth for the first time in franchise history.

7 Things Every Nuggets Fan Needs to Know Before the NBA Playoffs

The Nuggets are one of the favorites to win it all again. Here, a breakdown of how they arrived and what it will take to go back to back.

CSU classroom during COVID

Meet the First College Graduates of the COVID-19 Era

College is often touted as the best years of your life. But what was it like for freshmen in 2020? We spoke with four students to find out.

5 Things We Learned From the World’s First Psychedelic Hotline

The informational phone line, a free service provided by Colorado Springs nonprofit Unlimited Sciences, offers guidance to people interested in using psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and other psychedelics.


Should We Increase Registration Fees for SUVs? And Other Things Being Debated In Colorado’s 2024 Legislative Session

From property taxes to education, here’s an early look at what bills might be passed into law as the Colorado General Assembly gathers this week.

Denver’s first tiny home micro-community at 38th and Peoria streets

Mayor Mike Johnston Met His House1000 Goal—But What’s His Plan for Denver’s Homelessness Crisis in 2024?

Under Mayor Mike Johnston, the city moved more than 1,000 people off Denver’s streets and opened its first tiny home micro-community before the new year. But there’s more work to be done.

Fans line up outside of Empower Field in Denver for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.

From Deion to Taylor, These Were Among the 7 Biggest Economic Drivers in Colorado in 2023

Below, the biggest boosts to Colorado’s GDP last year. Plus: here’s how they compare to events of the past.

The Oversimplified Guide to Judging Cattle

A local livestock judge teaches us the basics of bovine beauty ahead of this month’s National Western Stock Show.

The 10 Best Gifts for Denver Sports Fans

Beyond game tickets and jerseys, here are 10 creative ways to mark the holiday season for the Mile High City sports fan in your life.

Ski Slope Etiquette 101: Basic Rules for Skiing and Snowboarding in Colorado

There’s plenty of snow out there for all of us, and the sooner we can all get along, the sooner we can enjoy it. In other words, here’s how not to be an A-hole.

Portrait of author Ben Goldfarb

Salida Author Ben Goldfarb’s New Book Explores The Intersection of Roads and Wildlife

Local journalist Ben Goldfarb has spent years mapping the impact highways have on the natural world. His new book offers a window into a less deadly future.

A Beginner’s Guide to Sailing in Colorado

Despite the fact that you’ll never lose sight of land, there is a surprisingly robust sailing community in the Centennial State.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 19: Kris Bryant (23) of the Colorado Rockies looks on during Big League Weekend featuring the Colorado Rockies versus the Kansas City Royals on March 19, 2023 at Las Vegas Ballpark in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

A Bullish Case for Kris Bryant: Why He’ll Prove You Wrong in 2023 

With a healthy season, KB could regain his MVP form, have a career year at the plate, and—let’s get crazy—maybe even smack 40 home runs for the Rockies. 

Echo Mountain under the lights

Night Moves: Skiing After Work, Just 45 Minutes From Denver

Echo Mountain is small, cheap, and accessible. And when the lights are on, it offers a vibe you can’t find anywhere else on the Front Range.

How Colorado Ski Patrollers Are Grinding to Keep Their Slopes Safe—and Their Profession Viable

To find out what it takes to don the red-and-white jacket, we send one writer to try out for ski patrol. What he found was long days, low wages, passionate professionals, and signs of change on the horizon.

The Best Ski Run at (Almost) Every Mountain in Colorado

From tight trees to fast chutes to wide-open bowls, these are the best ski runs in Colorado.

Sorry, Detroit: Denver Is the Real Hockeytown Now

The Motor City may have the trademark. But we have the goods—aka, the Denver Avalanche and the Stanley Cup.

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