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Inside the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s Bold Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

How the Ute Mountain Ute tribe’s race to protect its sovereign nation from the COVID-19 pandemic transformed its southwestern Colorado reservation, members, and leadership—forever.

Marshmallow Mascots, $2 Beer, and the Future of Minor League Baseball

The Rocky Mountain Vibes just finished their first season independent of Major League Baseball. One writer went to see if that changed how he and the Colorado Springs community views the team.

‘Every voice, every letter, mattered’

Thousands of Americans wrote Gov. Jared Polis demanding justice for Elijah McClain. A year later, the letter writers react to the indictments handed down last week.

The Enduring Legacy of Elijah McClain’s Tragic Death

In summer 2020, the nation’s attention turned to the killing of a 23-year-old Aurora man. His death prompted a flood of more than 8,500 letters from outside the state of Colorado—all begging Governor Jared Polis for justice. We read every one.

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Could a Proposed Wyoming Nuclear Reactor Hint at Colorado’s Energy Future?

The Bill Gates–backed project has the potential to provide a blueprint for the expansion of nuclear power throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Is It Just Us Or Are Those All-Star Game Jerseys Really Ugly?

We asked Paul Lukas, uniform guru and founder of Uni Watch, to give us his well-informed opinion.

How to Catch a Ball at the All-Star Week Home Run Derby

We’ve mapped the hot zones where you might expect to glove a dinger.

Former Rockies Favorite and Two-Time All-Star Vinny Castilla Gets Nostalgic

We spoke with the one-time third baseman about playing in the 1998 All-Star Game and what he’s excited for this time around.

What Community Newspapers Meant to One Colorado Reporter’s Career

On Monday, the Colorado Sun and the National Trust for Local News announced they had acquired 24 community newspapers in the metro Denver area. Here, 5280 senior staff writer Robert Sanchez recalls what a thrill it was to work for two of them as a teenager growing up in Parker.

It’s Been One Year Since Students Started Widespread Distance Learning

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged across Colorado, hundreds of thousands of the state’s schoolchildren were stuck at home, learning in basements and at kitchen tables. What does this past year mean for their futures—and for the future of education in the Centennial State?

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With the Nolan Arenado Trade, Colorado Rockies Fans Got What We Deserve

On Monday, the Rockies officially sent the superstar third baseman and $50 million to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Austin Gomber and four lightly touted prospects. It’s time for fans to make a stand.

How 2020 Has Affected the Way We Use Office Space

COVID-19 shutdowns closed offices across the Denver metro area. How will office space transform when(ever) employees finally return?

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How 2020 Has Affected the Way We Deliver Justice

COVID-19 concerns put jury trials on hold across Colorado, creating a backlog that prosecutors and defense attorneys worry could stretch well into 2021.

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Why Did Palantir Technologies Move Its Headquarters From Silicon Valley to Denver?

The secretive and controversial data-mining firm moved its headquarters to LoDo earlier this year. And while some city and state government officials lobbied for the relocation, others are furious. Here’s why that should matter to all of us.

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What It’s Like to Experience Homelessness During a Global Pandemic

Life, loss, fear, and hope in one Denver homeless encampment as the novel coronavirus upended services for some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

How Twin Pandemics Transformed Denver’s Black Leadership

The confluence of COVID-19 and this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests brought a new generation of Black leaders to the forefront of Mile High City politics and activism.

Elijah McClain Remembered With Violin Strains, Pepper Spray

On a night that was meant to celebrate the life of the young man who died last year while detained by the Aurora Police Department, a protest turns tense.

Q&A: DPS Board Member and Protest Organizer Tay Anderson

“Where we’re at right now is frustration. We shouldn’t have to be here.”

Small Rally in Castle Rock Opens Dialogue on Race, but Not Without Tensions

Law enforcement officers and residents of the Douglas County community gather in the wake of nationwide protests against police violence against black residents.

Denver’s Fifth Night of Protests Leaves a Powerful and Peaceful Message

“Denver can be an example for the whole country,” said one protester.

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