Colorado Climate Plan

The State of Colorado has just issued a new Colorado Climate Plan which is now available online from our library.  The plan is a "statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado's level of preparedness," according to the Governor's press release.  The report builds on another study, also available from our library, entitled Climate Change in Colorado, a Colorado Water Conservation Board report from 2008.  The new 2015 plan includes information relating to water, public health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and more.  The plan was mandated by HB13-1293.

Our library offers numerous other resources on climate change in Colorado.  To find resources, search the term "climate change" in our web catalog.


Local Food for the Holidays

The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages Coloradans to buy local this holiday entertaining season.  Their website includes resources such as a winter farmer's market list, a Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, and Colorado Market Maker, an online database for locating Colorado food products.

Farmer's markets aren't just for summer.  The Colorado Winter Farmer's Market List is a directory, divided by county, that lets consumers know where they can buy farm fresh products all year long.  Items for sale at these locations include not only food products, but great gift items like homemade soaps and lotions, wine, and arts and crafts.

The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide is a similar list but includes additional products such as mail-order gift baskets.  It is divided by type of gift rather than by location.

Colorado Market Maker, www.comarketmaker.com, is a database where you can find restaurants using locally produced food products; food banks; food retailers; production plants; tourism resources; wineries; and more.  You can also search for farmers and ranchers if you are looking to buy specific products.  This resource is primarily aimed at producers to find places to market their products, but consumers can also use the site to get ideas of where to buy these products.

Happy Thanksgiving!


People and Wildlife

There are many laws and rules about how people can interact with wildlife.  Many are protected species; for example, you cannot kill birds on your property.  Coloradans are also prohibited from taking in wildlife as pets (the exception is if you are involved in a rescue organization).  "In general, it is illegal to own wildlife in Colorado. You just cannot remove a wild animal from the woods and take it home.  As a public resource, wildlife belongs to the state of Colorado, to all citizens," writes Colorado Parks and Wildlife on their webpage Exotic Pets and Prohibited WildlifeThis page is a helpful resource that discusses the reasons why wildlife cannot be taken in as pets and also lists what kinds of animals are legal as pets in Colorado.

Another issue regarding people and wildlife is the issue of development and habitat.  Our library collection contains a number of publications from Colorado Parks and Wildlife regarding humans and wildlife.  See the following for information:
Finally, CPW's webpage Living with Wildlife offers a wealth of resources including information on specific species; avoiding vehicle collisions with wildlife; helping animals during winter; the hazards of junk food to wildlife; and how development affects wildlife habitat.


Time Machine Tuesday: Film and Television in Colorado, 1980

One of the seemingly perennial issues at the Legislature and in tourism circles recently is how to attract more film and television production to Colorado.  This issue is nothing new, however.  Back in 1980, the Colorado Motion Picture and Television Advisory Commission submitted a report to Governor Lamm which outlined the challenges of bringing more filming - and accompanying revenue - to Colorado.  "Due to the downturn in filming, the commission has been the target of some people's frustrations," writes the Chair.  Further, the report explores the the era's trend away from filming on location, which Colorado provides excellent scenery for, in favor of lower-cost studio productions in Los Angeles; or filming on location in countries such as Canada and Australia which provided broader incentives.  Finally, the report outlines the commission's recommendations and their goals for the future, reporting to the Governor their plans for the extra appropriation of funds he had advocated for. 

Since Colorado is still working to attract filming to our state thirty-five years later, this document is still a relevant look at a significant part of Colorado's tourist economy as well as a helpful resource for anyone researching the history of film in Colorado.

For further resources on Colorado film and television, see the following more recent publications available from our library:


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

November is National COPD Month. COPD (or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term respiratory disease related to emphysema and bronchitis.  Symptoms include persistent coughing, mucus, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath.  It is frequently caused by smoking, air pollution, and other external sources.  You can find out what Colorado state agencies are doing to address COPD in the following publications, available from our library: