Position: Denver Correspondent

Email: jhanel@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (303) 839-1765

About: Joe Hanel has been the Herald's Denver correspondent since 2005. He covers state government, federal courts and politics. He joined the Herald in 2004 as a freelance reporter from Washington, D.C., where he attended graduate school at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Joe has lived in Colorado since childhood and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to the Herald, Joe was graphics editor at the Greeley Tribune, news editor at the Daily Times-Call in Longmont, and a page designer at the Rocky Mountain News. Read More Hide

Some legislators carry concealed arms

DENVER — When state representatives debate gun-control bills in the House today, some of them will come armed with more than a quick wit and a law degree.They’ll be packing heat.For years, the...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: MT - News

La Plata rancher elected to oil and gas leadership post

Hesperus rancher Tom Compton was elected vice chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this morning.Compton has served on the nine-person commission since 2007, when the...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Purple Mountain Politics

Four Corners legislators cheered by session

DENVER – Southwest Colorado’s lawmakers agree the 2014 legislative session was a good one for the region. It’s a different story from last year, when Republicans left the state Capitol complaining...

DATE: May 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air fleet soars at 2014 legislative session

DENVER – Before this year, people around the Capitol knew Steve King as a rank-and-file Grand Junction Republican senator with perfect hair. This year, though, King stepped from his seat in the...

DATE: May 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot bills close session

DENVER – Nostalgic musings mixed with debates over mining and marijuana at the Capitol on Wednesday as the Legislature adjourned for the year. By law, the annual session is limited to 120 days, and...

DATE: May 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Effort to protect ski-area water rights dies

DENVER – The ski season is over and so is the Legislature’s latest effort to keep the U.S. Forest Service from claiming ski resorts’ water rights. Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, wasn’t expecting...

DATE: May 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County salaries: Legislature will set commissioners', elected officials' raises

DENVER – County elected officials will not be getting a raise anytime soon. Senators killed a bill to ask voters to let county commissioners set salaries for themselves and other officials, like...

DATE: May 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

New rules on uranium processing pass House

DENVER – New regulations on uranium processing passed the state House on Monday, despite a plea from Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, that they would destroy hope in the mining towns in his district....

DATE: May 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oprah? Christmas? No, it’s state Legislature

DENVER – It’s Christmas in May for some Coloradans, as the Legislature is poised to approve tens of millions of dollars worth of tax benefits in the last days of its yearly session. Want to launch...

DATE: May 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senate sinks bill to prevent wildfires

DENVER – Senators killed the only remaining wildfire-prevention bill of the year Friday afternoon, when the sponsor gave up on finding enough votes to pass it. House Bill 1009 would have increased...

DATE: May 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot-access plan gets killed

DENVER – Western Slope legislators’ latest plans to make it harder to amend the state constitution met a familiar fate Wednesday. Legislators, especially those in Western Colorado, have complained...

DATE: April 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers want to give up power over county salaries

DENVER – Fed up with the politically unpalatable task of setting county salaries, state legislators took steps Wednesday to turn the task over to county leaders. Legislators want to ask voters to...

DATE: April 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News