Wildflower Hikes

Wildflower season has arrived in Colorado's high country, and with this year's added moisture, you can expect a good show.  The Colorado Tourism Office has put together a list of suggested wildflower hikes, from the metro area to the Western Slope.  Many Colorado State Parks also offer great places to view wildflowers, particularly those in the central mountains and the San Juans.  A number of parks are within easy access from I-70.

Hiking through wildflowers near Crested Butte.  Photo courtesy Colorado Tourism Office.

If you are interested in learning about the wildflowers you see on your hike, our library has many resources that can help you identify and understand these beauties.  Check out the two companion volumes Colorado Flora:  Western Slope and Colorado Flora:  Eastern Slope, published by University Press of Colorado.  We also have a number of other resources including information from the Colorado State University Extension, so be sure to search our web catalog for resources, including both print and digital.


Time Machine Tuesday: Oil and Gas in Colorado, 1925

Where was oil found in Colorado in the early days of the automobile?  How do different parts of the state compare in oil and gas production based on geological epochs?  A 1925 map (reprinted in 1984) from the Colorado Geological Survey answers these questions and more.  Although the early map did not use color, it instead used shading to indicate the various geological time periods (Tertiary, Cretaceous, Triassic/Jurassic, Paleozoic) and symbols to indicate oil fields, gas and oil seeps, anticlines, bitumen, deep water wells, and other relevant information.  This interesting look into the early years of oil and gas production has been digitized and is available online from our library.  Visit our web catalog for further resources.



Back to School - Time for Vaccinations

Students from preschool to college are required to show proof of vaccinations to enroll in school, so now is the time to have your child (or yourself, if a college student) vaccinated.  For everything you need to know about vaccinations, including forms, schedules, lists of required vaccinations, and more, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)'s Immunizations page.

For data and statistics on how vaccines prevent diseases, see the CDPHE's Vaccine Preventable Diseases Surveillance Report, available online from our library.


Toll Lanes on US36

Tomorrow (July 21), tolling will begin for the Express Lanes on US36. Toll rates will vary depending on time of day, number of passengers, type of vehicle, and whether or not you have an ExpressToll pass. An explanation of all the variables can be found on CDOT's "Plan Your Trip" page. For a breakdown of the rates specific to US36, check out the "US36 Express Lanes Tolling Fact Sheet."
The Colorado Department of Transportation has put together a great source with information about express lanes in general at: https://www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes. Take a look at the project page for more background information and the environmental impact statement.


Colorado's Growing Health Industry

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and its subsidiary, College in Colorado, have teamed up with three Colorado community colleges to to offer a new website for Coloradans interested in studying for health careers.  According to the website, planyourhealthcareer.org, the health industry is adding 4,000-8,000 new jobs each year, and pay is above the national average.  Whether you are a young college student or an adult going to school, the site has information on colleges and programs, advice on career pathways, financial aid information, and opportunities to connect with employers in the health industry. 

For more information on the growth of the health industry in Colorado, check out the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's Health Care brochure, and search our library's web catalog for additional resources.  Here you can also find information from Colorado's state community colleges, including catalogs of course offerings.