3.02.2015

Liquor Licenses

Today the state House passed HB15-1204 on second reading; if passed on third reading tomorrow, it will move to the Senate.  This bill creates a new type of liquor license in Colorado - the Distillery Pub license.  This license is similar to the State's current Brew Pub license, but concerns the production of spirits rather than of beer.  Similar to the Brew Pub license, the new license requires an establishment to serve meals, with at least 15% of its gross income from the sale of food.

Colorado has a number of different types of liquor licenses, and for those opening a new establishment, it can be confusing to decide which type of license best fits your business.  The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a very helpful website with answers to many common liquor licensing questions.  You can also download lists of all currently licensed establishments, recently expired licenses, new licenses, special events permits, tasting rooms, and more at their liquor license webpage.  The lists are updated monthly.  The Department of Revenue also produces an annual report of violations and enforcement actions against licensed establishments; it is available online from our library.

2.26.2015

How to Become a Notary Public

Are you interested in becoming a notary?  Notaries are overseen by the Colorado Secretary of State's office.  Their website has all the info you need to apply to become a notary in the State of Colorado.  The website includes training and testing information, laws and rules, a notary handbook, a sample notary journal, statistics, and more.  Anyone can also use this site to find out how to verify a notary public.  The site also links to a "become a notary" page which includes a list of documents which must be filed with the Secretary of State's office in order to become a notary.  Part of the documentation required is a training certificate.  There is also an exam that must be completed.  This exam is available to be taken online.

2.24.2015

Chain Laws

A bill being heard in the legislature today could change chain laws for mountain driving, and should this law pass, drivers will need to be aware of the new requirements.  House Bill 15-1173, which is being heard in the House on Second Reading today, would require ALL vehicles traveling on the I-70 Mountain Corridor during wintertime to carry traction equipment.  According to the bill summary,

The bill requires all motor vehicles driving on interstate 70 between Morrison and Dotsero during the snowy season to:
  • Have tires with the mountain-snowflake symbol and a tread depth of 1/8 inch; or
  • Have tires with the M+S or M/S symbol and a tread depth of 1/8 inch;
  • Carry tire chains or an equivalent traction device.
The penalties for a violation are a $100 fine and $32 surcharge. The department of transportation is instructed to erect signs at appropriate places, notifying the public of this requirement. The bill also rewrites the chain law to clarify its provisions.

For information on Colorado's chain laws as they stand today, head to the Colorado Department of Transportation's Travel Center webpage.  Here you will find information sheets on chain laws for commercial vehicles (in the Commercial Vehicles box) and passenger/small commercial vehicles (under the heading Other Information, on the right).  This website also includes information on road conditions; alternative transportation methods; lane closures, construction info, and cone zones; maps of rest areas and welcome centers; travel alerts; tourism; tolling; tunnel information; express lanes; trucker information; and much more.

Photo courtesy CDOT

2.23.2015

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

Under Colorado law nearly 40 different professions are required to report cases of child abuse and neglect.  However, many people in these professions have reported not receiving the proper training on mandatory reporting.  To find out if you are in one of the professions that is required to report, see the list posted at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)'s website.  If you find your profession in this list and feel that you need additional training, you can access a free online training course from CDHS.

For more resources on this topic see the following resources, available from our library:

2.19.2015

Feeding Birds in Winter

Winter can be hard on everyone, including our feathered friends, who sometimes have a hard time finding food during the winter months.  February has been designated National Bird Feeding Month to bring awareness to birds' needs.  To find out how you can help the birds in your backyard, and learn more about them in the process, check out the following publications available from our library:
  • Attracting and Feeding Birds in Winter
  • Denver's Winter Birds
  • Feeding Birds 
  • Guide to the Winter Birds of Colorado 
  • How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard
You can also learn more about Colorado's birds at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife's Winter Wildlife Viewing webpage.


Photo courtesy Colorado Parks & Wildlife.