- On Oct. 18th, President Joe Biden made a pledge to Congress promising that, if Democrats can hold on to their majority, the first bills he will sign into law in 2023 will protect abortion rights.
- On October 6th, President Biden pardoned all people federally convicted on marijuana charges. He also announced an investigation into the drug’s federal classification.
- On October 13th, it was reported that the January 6th panel plans to subpoena former President Trump in regards to his actions during the Capitol riot.
- Angela Lansbury, star of the beloved mystery show Murder, She Wrote, passed away on October 11th at the age of 96.
- Nury Martinez, the Los Angeles city council president, was called on by President Biden to resign after audio of her making racist remarks was leaked.
- Uvalde, Texas suspended its entire police force on October 7th amid protest of its response to the May 24th mass shooting.
- The approved $1 million from Denver’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has begun to be distributed. The ARPA will distribute the money in 3 stages to around 4,000 individuals experiencing food insecurity as a result of inflation and the COVID pandemic.
- FEMA has awarded $3.4 million dollars to the state of Colorado to support Marshall Fire Recovery efforts.
- CU Boulder has expanded its parental leave policy with benefits to employees kicking in immediately.
- A Longmont man named Sammy Valdez that has been suspected in connection with a Lafayette fentanyl overdose has begun his trial.
- On Thursday October 6th, Yellow Scene was the first publication to report on the disappearance of Chloe Campbell. Previously listed by police as a runaway, Boulder Police Department was flooded by calls the following day which ultimately caused them to escalate the case on Saturday, October 8th, and formally investigate it. This resulted in Campbell being found and returned to her family on October 10th.
- On October 18th, an amber alert was put out for A’myah Gordon, a 10-month old from Aurora. She was last seen in the 14900 block of East Alameda Parkway in Aurora.
- Denver’s So Many Roads, a Grateful Dead-themed bar, has been ordered to close for the month of November in response to reports of employees dealing cocaine and other substances.
“Yeah, we’re back. That was checking off boxes. That was me two years ago, which is obviously I’m still me, but that was the mentality I was in. I’m back. Everybody knows I’m going to go get this bucket, and everybody has the belief that I’m going to go get this bucket.”
– Jamal Murray on his return to the Nuggets after receiving knee surgery.
“It’s moved from spur of the moment, ad hoc, to an organized, well-funded, premeditated effort to make charges of election fraud.”
– Larry Jacobs, a professor of political history, elections and voting behavior at the University of Minnesota, in regards to election deniers reportedly increasing efforts to sabotage upcoming elections.
“We know that the last few years have been challenging. Some of the toughest years in our history. But we’ve never kept our eye off of keeping Colorado moving forward.”
– Governor Jared Polis during his contentious debate with opponent Heidi Ganahl.
“About eight or nine years ago, KeHE said that we want to be more closely connected to the natural foods community and the epicenter of the natural foods industry.”
– Organic food company KeHE Distributions, LLC executive director of brands Ben Friedland in regards to doubling down on making Boulder its home with the opening of a new innovation center on 14th and Canyon.
“It can give exposure to the beauty and unique characteristics of Boulder to a broad audience. We want to continue to attract attention from the movie business.”
– President and CEO of Boulder Chamber of Commerce John Tayer in regards to a film titled “Elevation” starring Anthony Mackie and Morena Baccarin filming scenes in Boulder
By The Numbers
- The United States reached a record $31 trillion national debt.
- Longmont City Council Race candidates Mitzi Nicoletti, Sean McCoy, and Gary Hodges, all competing for the same seat, have collectively raised $13,000 in campaign donations.
- President Biden has announced that he will release 15 million barrels from the oil reserve.
- A new law will take effect next year that allows companies to receive tax credits if their employees reduce their transportation to and from work, with companies being eligible for 50% returns.
- As of June, 15 cities and other local U.S. jurisdictions have decriminalized possession of psilocybin or deprioritized the policing, prosecution, or arrest of users.
- COVID rates are down in Colorado. As of October 17th, there have been 155 new cases with a weekly average of 62.