In July, a tweet showing Denver landlords discussing how much to hike rents on their tenants blew up on social media. For Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, it’s just more evidence of a rental market gone mad.
Also called oshá, the plant is sacred to many Native American and Indigenous people, who don’t want it commoditized by the American herbal products industry. Because it often grows on public lands, the U.S. Forest Service has been put smack in the middle of the fight.
The Denver Zoo has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to replenish an ailing population of boreal toads in the state by breeding adult toads then releasing their tadpoles into the wild. Over several months, 5280 followed along to document the zoo’s journey to conserve the Centennial State’s only high-elevation amphibian.
Alex Sullivan was killed in the 2012 shooting, along with 11 others. His father, Tom, subsequently began a career in state politics focusing on issues related to gun violence and safety. In an interview, Sullivan talked about losing his son, the challenges of passing gun-violence legislation, and whether or not Alex would approve of Tom’s musical tastes.
Six months after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history ripped through the Boulder suburbs, we checked in with those who experienced the tragedy. They told us what they’ve learned—and what they think other Centennial Staters should know.