Joe Hanel

Position: Journal Denver Bureau

2014 good for Four Corners in Legislature

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 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senate kills remaining wildfire prevention bill

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 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roberts’ ski water bill 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 salary plan fails in Senate

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

Senate kills ballot petition plans

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: May 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bills promise faster Internet speeds

DENVER – For the past four years, attempts to reform Colorado’s telecommunications laws for the digital age have moved slower than an Internet connection in Silverton. But it appears an upgrade is...

DATE: May 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legislators want to give up power over salaries for county officials

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: May 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot tour raises open meetings concerns

DENVER – State legislators asserted the right Wednesday to exclude the public from some of their meetings, a move that an open government advocate said was a violation of Colorado’s sunshine laws....

DATE: May 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Board seizes Red Arrow bond for mine

DENVER – A troubled Mancos gold mining company was dealt another blow Wednesday, losing the bond for a mine it owns near Silverton. Red Arrow Gold Corp. has already been sanctioned for building an...

DATE: April 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Battle over ski water rights heats up

DENVER - Durango Mountain Resort is getting ready to sue the U.S. Forest Service over access to its water rights - rights it needs for future development on the mountain. The dispute comes at the...

DATE: April 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: DS - News

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