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Shane Monaghan

Shane Monaghan is the former digital editor of 5280.com and teaches journalism at Regis Jesuit High School.

Articles By Shane Monaghan

Brittany Pettersen speaks at a microphone in front of a Colorado flag.

Meet Brittany Pettersen, One of Colorado’s Newest Representatives

We chatted with the lifelong Coloradan about how her experience as a state legislator will help her in her new role, why the debt ceiling keeps her up at night, and what she loves about her home state.

A portrait of Yadira Caraveo, the first Latina Congresswoman from Colorado

Meet Dr. Yadira Caraveo, Colorado’s First Latina Congresswoman

We chatted with the newly elected representative about the dysfunction surrounding the vote for speaker of the House, the challenges of serving the Centennial State’s new 8th Congressional District, and her legislative priorities.

Red and green Christmas lights covering the facade of a house.

Where to See the Best Home Light Shows in the Denver Area

Every winter, a select few Coloradans spend weeks transforming their homes into over-the-top holiday displays that put even Santa’s workshop to shame.

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Jena Griswold Has Transformed the Traditionally Staid Role of Secretary of State

During Griswold’s first term as Colorado’s chief election official, the office has become both more prominent and more controversial. Voters will now decide if they want to give her audacious approach another term.

Joe Schroeder Avalanche National Anthem Singer

Avalanche National Anthem Singer Jake Schroeder on the Gig of a Lifetime

Schroeder has sung the “Star Spangled Banner” at more than 1,000 Colorado Avalanche games. Ahead of his final performance at the end of this season, he reflects on how the role changed his life for the better.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine at Denver Public Library

Inside Denver Author Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Much Anticipated Debut Novel

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut collection of short stories, Sabrina & Corina, was a finalist for National Book Award in 2019. The Denver writer’s first novel, Woman of Light, due out this month, aims to build on her burgeoning literary legacy by reclaiming Indigenous Chicanas’ place in the history of the American West and Colorado.

Prominent Coloradans Reflect on the Lasting Impacts of COVID-19

Two years after the virus upended our lives, politicians, health care officials, and more consider what the state has gone through and how much everything has changed.

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17 of Denver’s Best Dive Bars

Prime people watching, cheap drinks, a no-fuss ambience—no matter what you’re looking for in an unpretentious watering hole, these favorite spots in the Mile High City and beyond are sure to quench your thirst.

The Lumineers’ New Album, Brightside, Brings the Heat

Wesley Schultz, one of the Denver band’s co-founders, explains how the group was able to be more spontaneous on the forthcoming record.

Denver’s Trash Pickup Schedule Changes This Week

The new routes begin on January 3, resulting in different pickup days for 70 percent of residents.

Your Guide to Surviving DIA During the Holidays

Traveling out of Denver’s main airport hasn’t been easy in recent months—and the holidays promise to make it even more challenging. Use our expert tips to make your trek more bearable.

All Adults in Colorado Are Officially Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Shots

Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order that formalized the new policy on Thursday morning, as ICU bed capacity surged to 95 percent across the state.

Vail Employees Really Should Wear Tuxedos

Aspen just debuted a custom uniform for its staff. So we imagined what workers at other resorts would wear to reflect their employers’ most recognizable traits.

Why Ghost Stories Have Such an Enduring Appeal

Do ghosts exist? One writer puts his belief to the test during a paranormal investigation—and finds that tales about spirits force us to grapple with more than just whether they’re real.

Nikola Jokić Week: Unraveling Our Reluctant MVP

As the Denver Nuggets kick off their 2021–22 season, we’re dedicating the week to exploring the identity of the city’s Serbian superstar.

Nikola Jokić Week: Serbian Superfans

We spoke with the hosts of the Nuggets Serbia podcast about Jokić’s celebrity in his home country.

An Inside Look at How Colorado Hospitals Are Currently Managing Capacity Concerns

How do medical facilities actually supervise the flow of patients? And what does their history of handling an influx of sick people say about prospects for managing both the Delta variant and flu this winter?

Local 46 Is Set to Stay Open Past Its Original October Closing Date

The beloved Berkeley bar plans to keep operating at least through the new year after the building’s new owners extended an opportunity to stay open.

9/11 Stair Climb

The Colorado Origins of the Worldwide 9/11 Stair Climb

Every year, from Red Rocks to Japan, swaths of people climb stairs on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks to honor first responders. It’s a tradition that began in the Centennial State.

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Your Questions About the Delta Variant, Booster Shots, and Vaccines for Kids, Answered

Infectious disease expert Dr. James Neid explains what to make of this current stage of the pandemic.

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