Colorado’s 11 Greatest Moments of 2020


From the throes of a pandemic to protests to a historic election, 2020 formed our state in additional methods than we may have ever imagined. Right here, we glance again at a few of this 12 months’s defining moments.

By Madi Skahill •  

The emergency room employees at Swedish Medical Middle treats a crucial affected person. {Photograph} Daniel J. Brenner

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived at Colorado’s doorstep, native hospitals remodeled themselves to deal with these struggling the virus’ worst results. Regardless of exhaustion, uncertainty, and worry, Denver metro-area well being care employees continued to place sufferers’ wants first.

Photograph Kevin Mohatt

On Memorial Day, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for practically 9 minutes, regardless of Floyd repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe. The story of police brutality towards Black residents isn’t new, however Floyd’s homicide would impress a rustic. Protests instantly erupted in practically each main American metropolis, together with Denver, demanding extra accountability for regulation enforcement officers and extra worth be positioned on the lives of Black residents.

Aurora police
Aurora police line up in riot gear throughout a protest in summer time 2020. Photograph Robert Sanchez

Simply 17 days after protesters descended on Denver to talk out towards unequal and infrequently violent remedy of Black communities regulation enforcement, Colorado legislators responded passing the Police Integrity Transparency and Accountability Act. The invoice, often known as Senate Invoice 217,  is without doubt one of the most thorough police accountability payments within the nation, however how precisely it impacts the state stays to be seen.

Cleo Parker Robinson
Cleo Parker Robinson pictured at her studio in Denver’s 5 Factors neighborhood. Photograph Sarah Boyum

Since founding her trendy dance establishment, the Denver icon has used her artwork to honor the African American expertise—and as an agent for change. Because the nation reckoned with systemic inequity this 12 months, Cleo Parker Robinson celebrated her firm’s milestone and mirrored on the work that also lies forward.

Photograph courtesy of the Denver Public Library, Western Historical past Photographic collections

August 2020 marked 100 years because the 19th Modification was ratified, granting girls throughout America the correct to vote. The Centennial State additionally celebrated practically 130 years since our state’s voters prolonged franchise to girls—a milestone that was duly honored Coloradans’ file voter turnout within the 2020 normal election.

Smoke obscures the solar as fireplace approaches a ridge alongside Freeway 36 as a number of wildfires burn within the state Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, south of Lyons, Colo. (AP Photograph/David Zalubowski)

The Centennial State is accustomed to damaging wildfires, particularly over the past 20 years as local weather change has precipitated our summers to grow to be drier, hotter, and longer. However in 2020, the blazes have been so excessive, that three of the wildfires sparked this 12 months—the Cameron Peak Fireplace, the East Troublesome Fireplace, and the Pine Gulch Fireplace—topped the checklist of the most important wildfires in Colorado historical past.

(Learn Extra: How 2020 Has Affected the Approach We Ought to Handle Forest Fires)

Meats and Cheeses
Meats, cheeses, and extra from Goed Zuur. Photograph Joni Schrantz

Confronted with decreased eating capacities, and ultimately a ban on indoor eating, Colorado’s unbiased restaurant trade has been pummeled the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, Entrance Vary culinary professionals have impressed us—and saved us fed—with numerous artistic pop-ups, takeout choices, and extra.

Yeet Cory Gardner
Courtesy of YeetCoryGardner

Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper unseated incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado’s hard-fought contest for the U.S. Senate this previous November. And it was in no small half due to a hyperlocal satire account, @yeetcorygardner, that coined the decision to motion for ousting Gardner again in September.

(Learn Extra: Information & Outcomes from Colorado’s 2020 Election)

Fishers Peak
Fishers Peak. Photograph Cameron Davidson

As social distancing turned a necessity and Coloradans overwhelmingly took to the outside to flee the cabin fever of quarantine, we have been supplied with a much-needed reward: a brand new state park. Past simply being a brand new out of doors playground, Fishers Peak’s purpose of balancing conservation and recreation may set a brand new commonplace for parks in all places.

El Chapultepec
El Chapultepec. Photograph Lucy Beaugard

House owners of El Chapultepec introduced in early December that the beloved 87-year-old jazz membership and bar could be closing completely. Denverites mourned the closure as yet one more tragedy in a 12 months of relentless loss—and probably essentially the most poignant instance of each the challenges the pandemic posed for the hospitality trade, in addition to the altering face of Denver.

COVID-19 vaccine Colorado
Dr. Jason Murphy, proper, an emergency room doctor with UC Well being, is without doubt one of the first to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Photograph Jerilee Bennett / The Gazette through AP

The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado this month supplied a glimmer of hope in what’s been an in any other case darkish and troublesome 12 months. And whereas all keen residents will possible get vaccinated summer time 2021, that doesn’t assure the top of COVID-19 in Colorado.

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