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The First Wave: Inside Colorado’s Initial Response to COVID-19

During the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado hospitals transformed themselves to treat those suffering the virus’ worst effects. Despite exhaustion, uncertainty, and fear, Denver metro-area health care workers continued to put patients’ needs first. Here, we asked them to explain the things they saw and how they coped throughout the early days of that experience.

5280 August 2020


Front Range County Jails Have a Suicide Problem

Far too many Colorado jail inmates are dying from suicide, a cause of death critics say can be prevented with reasonable health care services. The problem? Private correctional health care firms may have a goal other than providing adequate care.

Denver’s Top Doctors 2020

For more than 25 years, 5280 has asked physicians in the Denver area whom they would trust to treat themselves or a loved one. The following 339 doctors—in 98 specialties—were nominated by their peers this year.

How Colorado Women Won the Right to Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women across America gained the right to vote—something Colorado women had already been doing for 27 years.


Students Give DPS a Lesson on Black History

A group of students is leading the movement to weave Black history into Denver Public Schools’ white-centric curriculum—including changes that will be implemented this month.

From the Editor

Heroes Among Us

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s August 2020 issue.


How the COVID-19 Pandemic Helped Coloradans Enjoy Their Porches More

We asked some of the people photographer Jennifer Olson captured for the #frontstepsproject how staying home more allowed them to appreciate the outdoor spaces.

How to Help Your Kid Deal With School Stress

Three techniques from Denver’s Asset Education to help your back-to-schooler relax this year.

This Podcast From Two Denver Educators Teaches Lessons About Inclusivity

Gerardo Muñoz and Kevin Adams cover some tough topics on Too Dope Teachers and a Mic. That’s exactly why their listeners love them.

New Programs Intend to Help SAR Volunteers Heal

Backcountry missions pile life-altering stress on the rescuers.

Winter Counts Is a Page-Turner—and an Eye-Opener

David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s debut thriller novel reveals problems on U.S. reservations.

A Lakewood Company Is Using UV Light to Make Traveling Safer During COVID-19—and Beyond

Puro UV Disinfection Lighting’s technology kills 99.9 percent of existing pathogens—including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Where to Shop, See Art, and Sip Hot Cocoa According to the Brain Behind Babe Walls

Alexandrea Pangburn, the creator of a new mural festival for women and non-binary artists, reveals her local sources of inspiration.

Eat and Drink

HiRa Cafe & Patisserie Brings Ethiopian Cake-And-Coffee Culture to Aurora

Pair pastry chef Hiwot Solomon’s Black Forest cake, cookies, and tiramisu with house-roasted, single-origin Ethiopian coffee at the cheery spot.

4 Front Range Asian Restaurants to Try Right Now

These new spots enhance the already stellar Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese dining scenes in Denver and beyond.

5280’s Restaurant Critic Looks Back on Meals Past

Writer Scott Mowbray pines for the pre-coronavirus communion and showmanship that came with dining out.


These Crazy Items Were Found Inside Used Books

Denver booksellers reveal some of the strange ephemera they’ve found between pages.

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