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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

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Officers, paramedics charged in McClain’s death post bond

By: - September 2, 2021

Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics who were indicted on manslaughter charges in the death of Elijah McClain turned themselves in to the Glendale Police Service on Wednesday, the service confirmed. “They were processed, posted bond and released,” Capt. Michael Gross of Glendale Police told Newsline in an email. Each of the five people […]

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Charges filed in death of Elijah McClain, with investigations still unfolding

By: - September 2, 2021

Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old massage therapist and self-taught violin player, died in August 2019 after being violently detained and injected with ketamine, a powerful tranquilizer, on his way home. McClain was never suspected of committing a crime — the Aurora police officers who contacted him were responding to a 911 call about someone who looked […]

flower chain with names of people lost to overdose

Overdose Awareness Day draws attention to deadly toll of substance use

By: - September 1, 2021

A wall at Harm Reduction Action Center’s Denver office is nearly covered with framed photos of people lost to drug overdose. In front of the wall sits a table with roses, tissues and hand sanitizers. It’s Aug. 31, Overdose Awareness Day, and HRAC is hosting its annual event to mourn lives lost, pass out free […]

Restaurants consider higher pay, new wage models to attract workers

By: - August 31, 2021

After 20 years working in the restaurant industry, Cliff Blauvelt is ready to start his own business: Bodega Denver, a fast-casual establishment specializing in sandwiches. If all goes well, the business will open in March 2022 — two years after COVID-19 sent shock waves through Colorado’s restaurant industry as businesses were forced to close and, […]

Wayne Williams

Mesa County hires Wayne Williams, former secretary of state, to supervise elections

By: - August 30, 2021

The Mesa County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to have former Secretary of State Wayne Williams supervise county elections. The board had already approved a resolution establishing its intent to hire Williams, a Republican now serving in a nonpartisan elected role on Colorado Springs City Council. The vote Monday effectively ratifies Williams’ contract […]

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Plans for opioid settlement money announced by state and local leaders

By: - August 27, 2021

Colorado could soon receive $400 million from settlements with drug companies, and the state has a plan — or at least a proposed framework — for using those funds to fight the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Thursday. Under the framework, 60% of Colorado’s settlement proceeds will be distributed to 19 regions of […]

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Mesa County commissioners vote to replace Dominion voting equipment

By: - August 24, 2021

The Mesa County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to replace Dominion Voting Systems equipment, which the Colorado secretary of state recently decertified after a leak of system passwords and hard drive images. Commissioners voted to extend through 2029 the county’s previous agreement with Dominion for voting equipment, software and technical support, at a new […]

American Rescue Plan task forces seek public input on how to spend $850 million

By: - August 20, 2021

Big decisions lie ahead for two Colorado task forces, comprising state lawmakers and government officials, that convened for the first time this week. Over the next several months, task force members will determine how to spend $850 million in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act. And they’re asking for the public to weigh […]

Hosnah Safi

Afghan Americans rally in Denver for friends, family stuck in Afghanistan

By: - August 20, 2021

After Thursday’s storm clouds broke over the Colorado Capitol in Denver, about 200 protesters gathered with signs and flags to call for resources and raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. “We’re here to show solidarity to those who have been stripped to the bones of their humanity for far too long,” said Samiya […]

Tina Peters

Outside supervision of Mesa County elections ordered amid investigations of clerk

By: - August 18, 2021

Amid a state investigation of the Mesa County clerk’s office, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold appointed a supervisor and advisory committee to oversee elections in the county. “As Secretary of State, my top priority is to ensure all election security protocols are followed and to safeguard Coloradans’ right to vote and we will continue […]

Gov. Polis seeks vaccine requirement for health care workers

By: - August 18, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday formally asked the state Board of Health to implement emergency rules requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all workers who serve vulnerable populations and staff facilities where people receive essential medical care. Under the governor’s proposal, those people would need to receive their first shot by Sept. 30. “These are settings […]

Afghan allies caught in immigration backlog as lawmakers, aid workers call on Biden to defend them

By: - August 17, 2021

Aid workers and politicians sounded the alarm over a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as Taliban forces took control of the country’s capital, following the withdrawal of most U.S. troops. Video of Afghan people clinging to U.S. planes leaving the capital, Kabul, Sunday ignited public anger at U.S. military leaders and the Biden administration — as […]