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5280’s 10 Best Longreads of 2018

These are the longform stories that resonated with readers in 2018.


Sponsored Content: 4 ways to keep your heart healthy

4 ways to keep your heart healthy

A Kaiser Permanente “heart electrician” explains how he helps keep hearts beating properly and talks heart health in general.


A letter from the editor of the December 2018 issue of 5280.

How to Be a True Anti-Racist

University of Colorado Denver education professor Cheryl Matias built her career helping prospective urban teachers fight racism. Now she wants to bring her ideas to the mainstream.

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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Keeping the Holidays Real

How to avoid the “holiday blues” with the gift that keeps giving (back). Hint: It’s not what you would expect.

My Father’s Final Gift

When it came to preparing for the end of his life, my father planned for the worst, knowing that would be best for me.

118 Years Ago, a Denver Teen Was Publicly and Brutally Murdered

In November 1900, Preston "John" Porter Jr. was accused of raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl, and as punishment, was burned at the stake. Now, local activists are working to commit his memory—and that of others lynched at the turn of the 20th century—to the public record.


A Blue Wave Crashes Into Colorado in the 2018 Midterms

Colorado Democrats had a lot to celebrate on Tuesday night, as the party swept every statewide race, picked up a congressional seat, and flipped the state Senate. But the shift wouldn't have been possible without a swell of support from young, independent, and female voters.

5 Ways to Spend Veterans Day Weekend in Denver

This Veterans Day is extra special, as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Here are just a few ways that Denverites can honor those who served in the armed forces this weekend.


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.

How the Can’d Aid Foundation Is Redefining Philanthropy

Five years ago, employees at Oskar Blues Brewery launched Can'd Aid to assist neighbors affected by the 2013 floods. Since then, the organization has expanded its "do-goodery" to reach well beyond local disaster relief efforts.


Weed Goes Gourmet

A Denver-based cannabis confectioner goes all in on flavor.

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