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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

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

‘A lot of uncertainties’ remain as Colorado lawmakers craft state budget

By: - November 12, 2020

New members of Colorado’s powerful Joint Budget Committee met for the first time Nov. 11, marking the start to what’s sure to be an especially arduous and complex process: designing the state budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, will helm the JBC following the Nov. 6 election of the former […]

Gov. Polis extends statewide mask order for another 30 days — but no lockdown enacted

By: - November 9, 2020

More than 1,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado as of Nov. 9 — part of the grim situation that led Gov. Jared Polis to announce he would extend a statewide order requiring face coverings in public indoor spaces. “With the rate of the virus the highest that it’s ever been,” Polis said, “it’s […]

Colorado House Republicans select McKean as new minority leader

By: - November 9, 2020

State Rep. Hugh McKean, a Republican from Loveland who just won his third term in office, will succeed state Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock as Colorado House minority leader. Neville, a Republican who’s sued state officials over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, recently announced that he would not again seek the position of […]

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Denver Mayor Hancock announces ‘home by 10’ order as COVID-19 cases rise

By: - November 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to spike, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that all residents would need to be home by 10 p.m. except for essential business, under a 30-day public health order that applies starting Nov. 8. The mayor insisted the order was not a curfew, but a public health order — though […]

Colorado breaks April record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

By: - November 5, 2020

Colorado on Nov. 5 broke a record set in April for the most people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 on a single day. As of Nov. 5, 894 people were in the hospital with confirmed cases, Gov. Jared Polis said at a virtual news briefing. The previous record of 888 was set April 14 during the […]

Colorado Democrats elect Garnett as House speaker

By: - November 5, 2020

Colorado House Democrats elected Rep. Alec Garnett of Denver as the new House speaker on Nov. 5, replacing Rep. KC Becker, of Boulder, who is term-limited. Garnett faced no opposition, but the battle for House majority leader was more competitive — with Reps. Adrienne Benavidez of Commerce City, Daneya Esgar of Pueblo, Chris Kennedy of […]

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Colorado passed Prop 118. Here’s when and how workers can take paid family and medical leave.

By: - November 5, 2020

Colorado voters on Nov. 3 approved Proposition 118, establishing a wide-ranging insurance program covering paid family and medical leave for workers. But don’t expect your paycheck to take a hit — or count on the new benefits — for another couple of years. Allowing time for the state to recover from a coronavirus-induced economic downturn, the measure […]

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Colorado’s COVID-19 numbers could spur more county curfews, health officials say

By: - November 4, 2020

Rising cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 could mean Colorado counties will have to take drastic measures to avoid hospitals being overwhelmed in the next few weeks. The metrics are bad enough in several counties that they could soon move to more restrictive levels of CDPHE’s COVID-19 dial system — and may even be forced […]

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Denver allows inmates to vote in person for the first time

By: - November 3, 2020

For the first time, people in jail at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail could vote in person this election season. “I feel great,” said Isaiah Rodriguez, 19, who took advantage of the new program to vote in his first election. “I feel awesome. … It took time, but I’m glad that […]

Colorado has avoided COVID-19 outbreaks at polling centers — but election officials are prepared for the possibility

By: - October 30, 2020

No Colorado county has experienced a COVID-19 outbreak at any of its voter service and polling centers or ballot processing facilities, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases among staff at a facility within two weeks. Still, such an outbreak could […]

Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar

‘Public health disaster’ in Pueblo prompts 10 p.m. curfew as COVID-19 cases rise

By: - October 29, 2020

In an attempt to curb a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19, city of Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar announced a two-week curfew. Under the order, which applies starting Oct. 30, Pueblo residents must remain in their homes except for essential business after 10 p.m. “What we are facing in Pueblo is a public health disaster, […]

Colorado health officials allow Denver to keep gyms open at 25% capacity

By: - October 28, 2020

On Oct. 27, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the state had ordered the city and county of Denver to implement restrictions under Safer at Home: Level 3 of the COVID-19 dial system, following an increase in cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive. This won’t mean closing gyms, according to an announcement later […]