Colorado Road and Community Safety Act

SB13-251, known as the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, went into effect on August 1.  According to the Colorado Department of Revenue,

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver’s license, instruction permit or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S. beginning August 1, 2014.

You can find everything you need to know about the act at this webpage from the Department of Revenue.  The page includes a listing of DMV locations participating in the program; scheduling information; FAQs; forms; fact sheets; rules; and more.  Also on this webpage you can find a link to the new Spanish-language version of the Colorado Driver Handbook, which has just been released for the first time.

Image of the new driver's license courtesy of Colorado Department of Revenue.


Colorado Innovation Week

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed August 25-29, 2014 as "Colorado Innovation Week."  According to the Governor's press release, "The four pillars of the Colorado innovation ecosystem are talent, ideas, capital, and entrepreneurship."  Hickenlooper says, "Innovation Week is a catalyst for bringing together many of the brightest thinkers and innovation leaders from around the world to inspire great ideas, cultivate relationships and advance Colorado's robust economic growth and foundation as the nation's premier innovation hub."  Central to the Innovation Week festivities is the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), which just yesterday released the brand-new State of Innovation 2014 report.  COIN will be hosting an Innovation Summit during this week.  For more information and resources visit COIN's website, http://www.coloradoinnovationnetwork.com/


State Website Redesign

Many of Colorado's state agency websites have recently been redesigned to reflect the new Brand Colorado logos and designs.  The State of Colorado's main homepage, www.colorado.gov, is currently undergoing a redesign and is seeking the public's input.  Simply go to the homepage and at the top of the screen you will see a link to a survey.  This survey will give the State Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), which oversees the website, important information on what web features are important to Coloradans.  Whether you use the state homepage every day or once a year, make your voice heard so that the site includes the links, features, and design concepts that are important to you.


Coping with Highway Construction

Every driver has experienced the delays and frustrations associated with highway construction.  Local businesses can also be affected as access to their business becomes difficult.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is trying to make it easier on drivers and business owners by posting notices and offering tips at their webpage, Coping with Construction.  Here you can find information on public meetings; right-of-way information for businesses; advanced notice of parking changes, lane reconfigurations, etc.; FAQs; and more.  The page also includes a link to other CDOT resources aimed at easing the impact on drivers, including www.cotrip.org, CDOT's official site for posting road closures, weather alerts, and other up-to-date transportation information.  There are also links to CDOT's Facebook page and specific construction project websites.


College and University Histories

Many of Colorado's state-funded public universities and colleges have produced histories of their schools.  Many of these are large commemorative editions, so are not online, but they can be checked out from our library.  Colorado university histories that can be found in our library's collection include:

Colorado State University
Community Colleges
  • The Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System: A Silver Anniversary History
  • Pikes Peak Community College Memories: 20 Years of Excellence and Opportunity
Fort Lewis College
  • Rich Heritage, Shining Future: Fort Lewis College 1911-2011
University of Colorado
  • One Hundred Years Ago: The University of Colorado First Commencement
  • History and Facilities of the College of Music, University of Colorado Boulder
  • The Road to Independence and Beyond: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Colorado at Denver, 25 Years: From Arapaho Camp to Denver's Urban University
  • The University of Colorado School of Medicine: A Millennial History
  • The University of Colorado School of Medicine, a Centennial History: 1883-1983
  • Becoming a Presence: The History of the University of Colorado School of Nursing, 1898-1998
  • A Legacy of Innovation: History of the University of Colorado College of Nursing (DVD)
  • Sixty Years on a Cutting Edge: University of Colorado, Department of Surgery, 1950-2010
University of Northern Colorado
  • Shaping Educational Change:  The First Century of the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley