Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 10

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Greetings to you. Today’s news includes a brief history of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the looming defeat of ColoradoCare, people complaining about a train and more of the stuff we care about in Denver.

Remember Dave Matthews? Remember Tim Kaine?

They are involved in a “special concert” for Hillary Clinton’s campaign at the National Western Center today. Doors at 10:30 a.m., show at 1:30 p.m., no word on whether Kaine brought his harmonica. (Denverite)

It’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Colorado in the early 1900s became the first state to honor Columbus Day, as Patty Calhoun reports. People protested for decades to end that tradition in Denver, arguing correctly that Christopher Columbus’ arrival marked the beginning of centuries of murder and oppression of the people who already lived in the Americas. That anti-Columbus campaign resulted in mass arrests in Denver as late as 2007. Now Denver and Boulder are joining cities around the country in officially establishing Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same date as Columbus Day, which itself remains a state and federal holiday. (Westword, NPR)

ColoradoCare is not polling well.

The Affordable Care Act didn’t get much love at the presidential debate last night, with Donald Trump calling for repeal and Hillary Clinton saying that premium hikes demand a fix. Neither candidate, however, showed support of a single-payer (i.e. universal) replacement — and apparently Colorado voters agree. A recent poll found only 30 percent of voters here support the creation of a single-payer Colorado system. (RMPBS)

Councilman Albus Brooks is taking heat from some constituents.

At a community meeting, he faced criticism and concerns about topics including homelessness and the I-7o rebuild. He also laid out his own priorities: Youth employment, housing and economic development in Five Points. (Westword)

RTD is trying to quiet down the A Line.

One hotel reports it has lost a lot of business because the airport train blows its horn at all hours of night. Another guy who lives four miles away says that his neighbors don’t mow their lawns at 2 a.m., ergo a train should not make noise at night, ergo it should be replaced by a bus at night. RTD is trying to get permission from the feds to create quite zones. (CBS4)

Twitter has new offices in Boulder.

The new space has “crisp kombucha” and no cubicles, and a big, weird tree/nest thing. It also doesn’t have nearly as many employees as it was once meant to house, which may be related to the fact that nobody wants to buy Twitter. Or maybe not. (5280)

Andrew Kenney

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email