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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

Tameiya Sadler (C) #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes and her teammates celebrate their 92-78 victory over the LSU Lady Tigers in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Series at T-Mobile Arena on November 06, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Why the CU Women’s Basketball Team is Colorado’s Best Shot at Glory In March Madness

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Buffs. But the veteran group, led by head coach JR Payne, still has all the makings of a team that could make a deep NCAA tournament run.

Todd Helton

An Ode to Beltin’ Helton

One Rockies fan details what made watching the legendary first baseman so special, as well as why it means so much to finally see him get his due.

Secretary of State Jena Griswold

Secretary of State Jena Griswold Discusses Colorado’s Important Year of Voting

Coloradans will vote three times in 2024. Here, Griswold breaks down what to expect amid controversy surrounding former President Donald Trump and election security.

Child with Nuggets necklace

How Will Denver Nugget Fans Change Now That They’re Defending Champs? Hopefully Not At All.

Long-suffering Denver Nuggets fans no longer have to endure the agony of defeat. But can they handle the glory of winning?

Denver mayoral candidate Mike Johnston answers questions during a debate in the studios of Channel 7 News on May 23, 2023. The debate featured both Johnston and his opponent, Kelly Brough.

Is This Finally Mike Johnston’s Political Moment?

The former state senator has long been considered a rising star in Democratic politics. After failed bids for Colorado governor and the U.S. Senate, he’s now running for another prominent office: Denver mayor. His success could be determined by whether or not he’s able to convince some Mile High City voters he’s progressive enough.

Candidate for Denver Mayor Mike Johnston

10 Burning Questions for Denver Mayoral Candidate Mike Johnston

The former state senator addresses where he stands on affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, and more ahead of the runoff election on June 6.

Candidate for Denver Mayor Kelly Brough

8 Hard-Hitting Questions With Denver Mayoral Candidate Kelly Brough

The former CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce addresses where she stands on affordable housing, homelessness, public safety, and more ahead of the runoff election on June 6.

Nikola Jokic exits Ball Arena past an MVP sign.

8 Things Every Bandwagon Nuggets Fan Needs to Know

So you just realized Denver has a decent NBA team? We won’t hold it against you. But at least get up to speed before the playoffs.

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.

A photo illustration of Jena Griswold smiling, surrounded by "vote" stickers and ballots

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.

Star Bar

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.

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