By Robert Sanchez | October 2019
Ten years ago in October, the country was captivated by a bizarre spectacle in Fort Collins that was colloquially dubbed the Balloon Boy Hoax. Although Richard Heene, the so-called Balloon Boy’s father, pleaded guilty to charges related to the prank, it was never fully clear whether it was the scam that police made it out to be. For the first time, we reveal the true story.
There was a time when the words “active shooter” weren’t part of our lexicon. That was before Columbine.
By 5280 Staff | April 2019
In April, 5280 published a special edition of the print magazine and built an ancillary website dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Columbine. Through this project, our writers penned longreads on the media’s coverage of the tragedy and how outlets have approached other school shootings in the years since, on the mental health issues plaguing America’s adolescents, and on the legacy of Littleton, a suburb that was beset by violence and grief and has redefined itself over the past two decades.
By Robert Sanchez | January 2019
When a nine-year-old Denver boy died by suicide in 2018, the tragedy gained national attention. In the immediate aftermath, however, the full story wasn’t told. Why did this exuberant and loving young child die? And did the institutions that were supposed to help and support Jamel Myles and his family let them down?
By Natasha Gardner | February 2019
Forget political stereotypes: This history-making legislator is unapologetically progressive, is insistent that state government can be bipartisan (even now), and wants to transform the criminal justice system. And that’s just the start of her ambitions.
By Spencer Campbell | June 2019
The Highlands Ranch 21-year-old has been the future of American soccer for almost a decade. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France was her best chance yet to turn prophecy into gospel.
By Kasey Cordell | March 2019
Denver journalist-turned-novelist Peter Heller’s books—including his newest, The River—tend to be dark. The author himself, though, is anything but.
By Callie Sumlin | September 2019
Regenerative agriculture—which aims to help heal the earth through restorative farming and ranching practices—is taking root in Colorado. But does it stand a chance against big ag?
By Jay Bouchard | December 2019
He’s one of the most influential social and political figures in the country’s history, but most people don’t know who Tim Gill is. A quarter century after the Colorado tech millionaire became a philanthropist, we take a closer look.
By Kelly Bastone | August 2019
Colorado is in the midst of a trail-building bonanza. But research has revealed an inconvenient truth: The humans recreating on these trails are negatively impacting wildlife populations throughout the state. Is there a way to spend time in the backcountry responsibly without endangering the state’s fauna?
By Robert Sanchez | December 2019
How history forgot Felipe and Vivián Espinosa, two of the American West’s most brutal killers—and the complicated story behind their murderous rampage.