The Enduring Legacy of Elijah McClain’s Tragic Death

“In summer 2020, the nation’s attention turned to the killing of a 23-year-old Aurora man. His death prompted a flood of more than 8,500 letters from outside the state of Colorado—all begging Governor Jared Polis for justice. We read every one.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Sep 1, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,454 words)

After Two Teen Suicides Last Year, How Will Summit County Address an Ongoing Mental Health Crisis?

“A tragic stretch in April 2020 shone a light on the mental health issues facing the mountain community. With the new school year set to start, area residents are continuing to heal while asking themselves how they can learn from the past.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Aug 1, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,821 words)

It’s Been One Year Since Students Started Widespread Distance Learning

“Someday, there again will be high school proms, science fairs in the gym, and nighttime football games packed with students bathed under white lights. But who will be forgotten and left further behind?”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,559 words)

Living With Depression and Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

“With mood disorders on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, people who’ve never experienced mental health issues are enduring some of the emotions I feel almost every day of my life. Maybe that’s why I can finally tell my story.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Nov 2, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,395 words)

What It’s Like to Experience Homelessness During a Global Pandemic

“Life, loss, fear, and hope in one Denver homeless encampment as the novel coronavirus upended services for some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Oct 1, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,070 words)

The Long-Forgotten Vigilante Murders of the San Luis Valley

How racist policies and disenfranchisement helped send two settlers on a killing spree in Colorado Territory.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,394 words)

Mt. Sopris: Symbol in the Sky

“Mt. Sopris is one of the most striking mountains in Colorado—and, for one writer, a connection to friends both living and gone.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Apr 26, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,894 words)

‘People Outside This Community Know About Us Because of One Moment in Time.’

The community of Columbine has rebuilt and redefined itself over the past 20 years since the high school massacre.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,216 words)

Skiing & Booze: Does Colorado Have A Drinking Problem?

One outdoor enthusiast questions the role alcohol plays in outdoor sports and in her own life, with all its risk-taking and adrenaline highs.

Author: Tracy Ross
Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Dec 1, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,361 words)

Running for Alex: How Tom Sullivan Turned Tragedy Into a Political Crusade

Six years after one man’s son was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting, he’s running for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives to prevent more gun violence. Instead of succumbing to his loss, he became, in another victim’s words, “a warrior.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Sep 1, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,448 words)