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Month in Review | March 2023

Month in Review | March 2023



  • Earthquake strikes Turkey killing over 20,000 people. President Erdogan has been heavily criticized for his response to the disaster and has arrested over 100 contractors despite himself being caught on camera bragging about relaxing building codes.
  • February 24th marks the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine. Slava Ukraini!
  • President Biden makes a surprise visit to war-torn Kyiv in a demonstration of support to the Ukrainian resistance.


  • The U.S. military shot down multiple objects attempting to enter North American airspace in wake of a high-profile Chinese balloon making its way across the continent. It probably wasn’t aliens.
  • Train that likely should have been labeled as Highly Hazardous derails in East Palestine, Ohio leaking toxic chemicals into the environment killing wildlife and farm animals – with deep concerns for human health as well.
  • SNAP benefits to help provide food for those in need during the COVID pandemic have ended on February 28th, many food banks are anticipating increased demand.
  • Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 16 years in prison for his sex crimes.
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene calls for a “national divorce” to separate the Red and Blue states, essentially calling for the dissolution of the United States.


  • Multiple local schools across the state, including Boulder High, were evacuated after an elaborate fake gun threat.
  • Members of Dacono City Council oust long term City Manager A.J. Euckert in a surprise vote during the February 13th meeting. 
  • Black farmers in Aurora County have been stalked and harassed by their neighbors in what is believed to be a racially motivated community effort to drive them off their land.
  • Pueblo County Sheriff’s sued for the wrongful death of Richard Ward, who was killed while he was with family picking up his little brother from middle school.
  • Boulder County law enforcement used money from opioid settlements to purchase controversial surveillance equipment.
  • CBS News report reveals a New York-based hedge fund has been buying Colorado River water rights over the last five years, sparking debate over who should have access to limited river resources.
  • Adam Frisch announces he will run to unseat Lauren Boebert, Colorado’s national embarrassment, in 2024.

Small Talk

“The time is now for Democrats to take the lead when it comes to fulfilling our promise to create safer communities and pass real solutions that will cut down on gun violence in our communities today.” – Colorado Senate President Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) affirmed while introducing four new gun safety bills

“The physics of the air in our buildings and the climate in which we live affect things that can make us sick and how long they persist. Now we have conservative indications of how long coronaviruses like the one that causes COVID-19 can stick around in the air and be an infectious disease threat.” – Professor of Engineering Mark Hernandez said about CU Boulder’s research on airborne diseases

“The commissioners’ decision to approve these new positions is a first step in building the capacity required to advance our wildfire mitigation efforts.” – Boulder County Commissioner Claire Levy on adding twelve new wildfire mitigation staff positions

“[We need] more flexible zoning to allow more housing, streamlined regulations that cut through red tape, expedited approval processes for projects like modular housing, sustainable development, and more building in transit-oriented communities.”Governor Polis on Colorado’s efforts to create more walkable cities

By the Numbers:

13Number of Bills introduced that have been signed into national law by Colorado’s Joe Neguse, the most out of all U.S. House members.

566,000Coloradans who have life-threatening food allergies according to research supporting a new state law that would cap the price of life-saving epi-pens.

10%Percentage of staff to be let go by NPR. The national radio broadcast announces it will have to slash budgets and fire about 100 people due to a drop in revenue.

$55,000Grant money awarded to the City of Erie by the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to help fund equitable business ownership, one of only six cities to be awarded this grant.

6.4%Last month’s consumer price inflation shows signs of slowing, but is still well above the Fed’s target of 2%.


Austin Clinkenbeard
Austin Clinkenbeard has been traveling the world with his wife for the past several years exploring food, history and culture along the way. He is a passionate advocate for stronger social science education and informed global travel. Austin holds degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from San Diego State. When he’s home there’s a good chance you can catch him cooking allergy friendly food. You can follow along Austin’s travel adventures and food allergy journey at www.NowWeExplore.com.

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