Baseball in Colorado

A new exhibit at the History Colorado museum, Play Ball!, brings in some amazing artifacts to tell the story of the nation's pastime. In conjunction with the exhibit, the two most recent issues of History Colorado's Colorado Heritage magazine include numerous articles on the history of Colorado baseball.

http://www.cde.state.co.us/Scripts/SPDirect.asp?SPF=http://www.cde.state.co.us/artemis/hedserials/hed615internet/hed6152018summerinternet.pdfThe Spring 2018 issue looks at how major league baseball came to Denver, as well as a story of how a softball league helped one rural town through the struggles of the Great Depression.  The brand-new Summer 2018 issue includes a fun article with historic photographs and stories of early Colorado amateur baseball teams. Another article explores how the museum collected baseball-related artifacts. There's also an article about girls' baseball teams.

If you're interested in the history of baseball in our state, be sure to also see They Came to Play: A Photographic History of Colorado Baseball, available for checkout from our library or on Prospector.


Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado Attorney General

A.J. Sampson, Colorado's first state Attorney General.
The Attorney General of Colorado is an elected official tasked with "represent[ing] and defend[ing] the legal interests of the people of Colorado and its sovereignty." The Attorney General's Office -- comprised of the elected Attorney General and the state's Department of Law -- serves as legal counsel for state government and also focuses on issues of consumer/public safety and representing the state's interest before the federal government.

Since Colorado became a state, thirty-eight people have served as Colorado's Attorney General, beginning with A.J. Sampson in 1877. Two Colorado Attorneys General, Gale Norton and Ken Salazar, have served as United States Secretary of the Interior.* Several others have served in Congress. One third of them served in the State Legislature. The office has been held by twenty-three Republicans, twelve Democrats, one Populist, and two elected on the "fusion ticket" of the 1890s -- a mix of votes from members of the Populist, Democrat, and Silver Republican parties.

The activities, cases, and opinions of the state Attorney General have been recorded in the office's Biennial Report. The full run of the reports from 1877 through 1966 can be viewed digitally from our library, along with more recent reports from the past decade. You can also learn more about Colorado's Attorneys General in The People's Lawyer: The History of the Colorado Attorney General's Office, published in 2007 by Attorney General John Suthers and his staff. The book examines each Attorney General in detail. You can also find short bios and photos on the History of Colorado's Attorneys General webpage from the Department of Law.

*Six Secretaries of the Interior have been appointed from Colorado: Henry M. Teller, 1882-1885, under President Arthur; Hubert Work, 1923-1928, under Presidents Harding and Coolidge; Oscar Chapman, 1949-1953, under President Truman; James G. Watt, 1981-1983, under President Reagan; Norton, 2001-2006, under President George W. Bush; and Salazar, 2009-2013, under President Obama.


New Resource for HOA Information

Colorado has 8,006 registered homeowners associations. Is your home - or a home you're thinking of buying - part of an HOA?

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has just debuted a new website dedicated to consumer information on HOAs. Part of their Take 5 to Get Wise consumer websites, the new HOA Information and Resource Center provides numerous resources such as a "before you purchase" feature; FAQs and resources for HOA boards; information on state and federal laws; reports and educational publications; how to register an HOA; and a calendar of events where you can find forums, classes, and other events relating to HOAs.  You can also sign up for a newsletter that has helpful tips for homeowners in HOAs.

For more information about the HOA Information and Resource Center, view their annual report, which is available online from our library back to 2011.


Planning for College

It's that time of year...back to school time, and time for college-bound high school students to choose classes that will help them toward their college goals.  The Colorado Department of Higher Education's College in Colorado website has planning tools for high school students that can help them plan their high school experience with their future goals in mind. The site offers a timeline for what kinds of classes to take each year of high school, along with information on SATs, the college admissions process, and tips for succeeding in high school. There's even a way to connect with peers and learn about their experiences.

College in Colorado isn't just for high school students. There's also information for current college students on financial aid, career planning, resume and interview tips, and more. And, adults looking to go back to school will also find much helpful information in College in Colorado. The site's workforce/adult page is a helpful tool for adults who are looking for a career change. Here you can take a variety of interactive quizzes, profilers, and assessments to help you find the career that is right for you...and what skills you already have that might be transferable.

So whatever your age, if higher education is in your future, check out this helpful website.


It's National Farmers Market Week!

This is the time of year for fresh produce, and Colorado has many local farmers markets that sell quality, organic fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of other homemade items such as honey. To find a farmers market near you, check out the 2018 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Never been to a farmer's market? See the Colorado State University Extension's publication Shopping at Colorado Farmers' Markets to learn what to expect.

If you're a vendor, see Tips for Farmers Market Vendors and Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendors. Our library has a variety of other publications of interest so be sure to search our web catalog.


Community Corrections in Colorado

Felonies for controlled substances and assault increased in 2017 over the previous year, while theft and forgery were slightly down, according to the 2017 annual report of the Office of Community Corrections, which was released last week. A part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), the Office of Community Corrections works to "enhance public safety by working to improve the supervision and rehabilitation of offenders assigned to community corrections across Colorado." Community corrections refers to parole, probation, behavioral health, etc. The annual report offers statistics on offender types, demographics, treatment, escapes and violations, employment, length of stay, criminal history, discharges, child support, and much more. You can find the annual reports going back to 2000 available online from our library.

CDPS also recently released a new research and statistical report, Community Corrections in Colorado: Program Outcomes and Recidivism. The also recently updated their Community Corrections Standards. Other community corrections reports available from our library include:
For additional resources visit our web catalog.


Exotic and Prohibited Wildlife in Colorado

Coloradans love their pets, there's no doubt about that. But did you know that there are some animals that Colorado law prohibits keeping as pets? Wildlife species (unless in the care of a licensed rehabilitation center) cannot be kept in homes or as pets. Wildlife are a "public resource" so cannot be owned by individuals, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW), and it's for the animal's own good. Wild animals just aren't wired for domestic living like dogs, cats, and other common pets. Wildlife can carry disease, and they can become frightened, destructive, and even harmful to humans. It is best to leave wildlife in the wild, where they know by instinct how to survive. Even baby animals that appear cuddly can be problematic.

The State of Colorado also prohibits ownership of some exotic species. Monkeys and other primates, exotic pigs, certain kinds of frogs, exotic bovids such as wildebeest and ruminants like oryx, for example, are illegal to possess in Colorado. The reasons certain species are prohibited varies; some are due to the threat of the spread of disease, while others can have damaging effects on native habitat and wildlife populations. American bullfrogs, for example, are not native to Colorado but somebody brought them here and, whether through escaping or being released into the wild, the frogs a have since become significant predators to Colorado's native leopard frog. Piranhas are another species that have been brought to Colorado and let loose, causing problems for native fish species. See this information from CPW on you should never turn a pet or lab animal loose.

For a list of prohibited pets and wildlife in Colorado, as well as more information on why wild animals should stay wild, see the CPW's Exotic Pets and Prohibited Wildlife brochure and visit their "Don't Domesticate" webpage. Here you can also find information about why you shouldn't feed wildlife or try to assist an injured animal in your home. Rehabilitation facilities exist for this purpose. They and other similar entities can find information on obtaining special licenses by clicking on this link. Finally, animal mport requirements can be found on the Colorado Department of Agriculture's website.

Photos courtesy Colorado Parks & Wildlife


Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Biographies

Genealogists and others looking for biographical information on Coloradans from earlier than 1927 should view volumes 4 and 5 of the State Historical Society's History of Colorado, which has been digitized by our library. These final two volumes of the five-volume set are filled with hundreds of biographies on Coloradans. While many of these biographies do tend to feature the wealthier members of society, there are also many middle-class persons featured. Glancing through, I found biographies of teachers, insurance salesmen, and engineers mixed in with businessmen, politicians, and pioneers. Many women are also included, such as Dr. Mary Elizabeth Bates, the first female intern at Cook County Hospital in Chicago who practiced for more than thirty years in Denver, and Fannie Ellen Arnett, postmistress of the town of Peetz in Logan County.

Besides the History of Colorado, our library has many other resources where you can find biographies of Coloradans. Colorado Magazine contains numerous biographies, including the tales of many early settlers. They also published a series of biographies on Colorado first ladies.  For bios of Colorado governors, head to State Archives.

We also have in our collection numerous biography books from the University Press of Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society, and the state universities. Colorado Profiles from University Press of Colorado provides short bios on many colorful Coloradans. We also have standalone biographies on such individuals as Wayne Aspinall, Arthur Carhart, Herndon Davis, S.R. DeBoer, Thomas Hornsby Ferril, Irene Jerome Hood, William Henry Jackson, Enos Mills, George Norlin, John Otto, Thomas M. Patterson, Helen Ring Robinson, Henry M. Teller, Horace Tabor, Thomas Walsh, Edward Wynkoop, and many others. Also, be sure to check out the biographies of famous Coloradans featured in the Colorado Virtual Library.


Mindsource Brain Injury Network

If you're looking for resources and information on brain injuries, the Colorado Department of Human Services has a new website that may be of help. The MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network, mindsourcecolorado.org, is a site for Coloradans with brain injury and their families and caregivers. "MINDSOURCE manages the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, provides training and technical assistance regarding brain injury for public and private entities, and manages the federal traumatic brain injury grant." Visit the site for resource links and training information; grant programs; state reports; and a newsletter.

For further Colorado resources on brain injury search our library's online catalog or see our recent blog post.


The Colorado READ Act

The Colorado READ Act (Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act) is a law passed by the State Legislature in 2012 (House Bill 12-1238). "The READ Act creates a system to identify students experiencing challenges with reading, to engage parents in the development of reading improvement plans and to provide quality support for those most at risk," according to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). As an early literacy program, the READ Act is intended to help struggling readers in the primary grades.

As back-to-school time nears, parents may have questions about the program and how it may benefit their child. CDE has set up a helpful Information for Parents webpage. Here parents can find videos and fact sheets about the program, as well as ideas on promoting early literacy at home. 

Educators and others can learn more about the READ Act on the program's website. You can also access the program's annual legislative reports from our library. Finally, see this Issue Brief from the Colorado Legislative Council for legislative information on the READ Act.

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