5.25.2017

Developmental/Remedial Education

The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) has just released a new publication, Legislative Report on Developmental Education for the High School Class of 2015As defined by the report, developmental education "includes traditional remedial education, assessment of a need for remediation education, and participation in Supplemental Academic Instruction."  The purpose of the report, which was mandated by the Legislature, is "to inform the ongoing dialogue regarding preparation for college and the effects of developmental education."  According to the report, 36.1% of -- or more than 1 in 3 -- 2015 high school graduates who went on to attend college were placed into developmental education in at least one subject. 

The new report is the latest in the series of annual statistical reports on remedial education; past years' reports are available online from our library.  So what do these statistics mean?  CDHE has prepared a quick video entitled Understanding Remedial Rates in Colorado that provides some helpful information.   


5.23.2017

Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado Conservation Commission

"It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals -- not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening."  -- Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
After decades of mining, logging, extracting, and building, Americans in the first decade of the twentieth century began to realize that the American wilderness was a finite resource.  The "Conservationist President" Roosevelt and other conservationists like John Muir helped to call Americans' attention to the rapid loss of America's wilderness.  Numerous National Parks (including Colorado's Mesa Verde) and National Monuments were designated during Roosevelt's presidency (1901-1909).

In 1906 President Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, the first federal law passed for the purpose of protecting natural and cultural resources, including archaeological sites.  The designation of Mesa Verde as a National Park in 1906 was a direct result of the Act, as were such sites as Devil's Tower in Wyoming; Chaco Canyon in New Mexico; Arizona's Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon; and Washington's Mount Olympus, among others.  Colorado's U.S. Senator Thomas Patterson was among the sponsors of the Antiquities Act (you can check out his biography, Tom Patterson:  Colorado Crusader for Change, from our library).

Amidst the legislation occurring at the federal level, the state government here in Colorado was also working to address environmental concerns. Governor Henry Buchtel established the Colorado Conservation Commission following a 1908 White House governor's conference called by President Roosevelt.  Governor John Shafroth (whose biography, Honest John Shafroth:  A Colorado Reformer, can also be checked out from our library) expanded the Colorado Conservation Commission, and in 1910, the commission issued a report to Governor Shafroth which is now available online through our library.  The report includes the official proceedings of the commission; resolutions they adopted and state legislation they suggested; and several essays from local notables advocating for conservation.  This publication is a significant primary source document that can be useful to students, historians, and policymakers who are researching the history of the conservation movement in Colorado and the United States.

Roosevelt's Colorado hunting license, reproduced in the 1905 Report of the State Game & Fish Commissioner.

5.22.2017

Job Hunting for People with Disabilities

Many Colorado businesses offer opportunities for persons with disabilities to become employed, a situation which can greatly enhance the person's life.  If you or someone you know is disabled and looking for employment in Colorado, be sure to view A Job-Hunting Guide for Colorado Citizens with Disabilities, produced by the Colorado Career Web of the Community Colleges of Colorado and available online from our library.

State publications of possible interest to employers include Colorado's Disability Program Navigators and Systems Change Employment Initiatives:  An Evaluation Report and Final Report on Employment and Community Participation Recommendations.  For further resources visit our library's online catalog.


5.18.2017

New Senior Financial Fraud Hotline

Senior citizens are frequently targeted as victims of financial fraud.  So to help curb this worrisome trend, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' Division of Securities has recently established a new hotline that seniors and/or their relatives or caregivers can use to report fraud and scams directed at the elderly.  The number for the hotline is 720-593-6720.

Several state agencies have set up websites that can help seniors -- and anyone -- who has been victimized by fraud, or to help educate the public on how to avoid becoming a victim.  If you are a senior or caregiver be sure to check out the following state websites and publications:



5.16.2017

Time Machine Tuesday: The Arkansas River Compact

The Arkansas River Compact is an agreement between the states of Colorado and Kansas to avoid disputes over water usage rights and to "equitably divide and apportion" the waters between the two states.  The agreement, signed in 1948, further specifies the use of the waters in John Martin Reservoir.  You can read a copy of the compact at the Colorado Division of Water Resources website, along with other compact documents.

After the compact was negotiated and signed by the compact commissioners in 1948, they forwarded their recommendations to the governors and legislatures of the two states for review ratification.  Our library has digitized the report sent to the Colorado lawmakers, which you can read here.  The commission included nine members, four from each state along with a federal representative, Gen. Hans Kramer, a retired Army Corps of Engineers Officer, to serve as chair. (Read President Truman's letter appointing Gen. Kramer to head the compact negotiations here.)  Colorado's representatives included former state Attorney General Gail Ireland; Charles Patterson of the Colorado Water Conservation Board; Henry C. Vidal; and Harry B. Mendenhall.  The Colorado and Kansas legislatures approved the compact in 1949 and on May 13 of that year, it was approved by Congress.

The need for the Arkansas River Compact came after a long history of disputes and lawsuits between the two states.  The Colorado Water Conservation Board has put together a helpful timeline of the events leading up to the development of the compact.

For further resources on the Arkansas River, interbasin compacts, and water usage rights in Colorado, search our library's online catalog.

5.15.2017

Colorado's Left Lane Law

It's a frustrating situation:  you're driving down the highway and come upon a slow-moving vehicle in front of you, so you wish to pass.  But you can't...someone is driving slowly or "hogging" the left lane, impeding your ability to pass the other vehicle.  It happens every day, but it's illegal.  Since the passage of Colorado's Left Lane Law in 2004, law enforcement officers have the ability to cite a driver for impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane.

 
The above excerpt of the Left Lane Law is from the Colorado State Patrol publication Colorado's Left Lane Law:  Understanding How the Left Lane Law Affects Your Driving, available online from our library.  The full text of the law can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, which are also available online.  Original legislation for the law can be found here.  For more information on this and other Colorado traffic laws see the official Colorado Driver Handbook.


5.11.2017

Colorado Farm to School Program

Colorado's Farm to School program was started in 2010 with funding from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Under the motto "growing local markets, nutritious food, and healthy children," the program works to provide locally-sourced food products to school lunchrooms.  The program works with both schools and with agricultural producers to bring the two together.  The program's website includes many helpful resources, including how students, parents, and the community can get their local school involved.

Additional resources on the program and its benefits can be found in our library, including the program's biennial legislative report and the Colorado State University study Understanding the Effectiveness of Farm to School Programs Through Food Service ProfessionalsFor more resources on agriculture and local foods search our library's web catalog.

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