Wildfire Preparations

Colorado, primarily east of the continental divide, has had little precipitation; as a result, Governor Owens and the legislature are preparing for an active wildfire season. Owens has signed Executive Order D 003 06 making $358,000 available from disaster emergency funds. Senate Bill 96 has passed the Senate and will fund additional money for a wildfire preparedness fund. For those who live in high risk zones, much information is available for wildfire mitigation. A search of CoSPL’s catalog using the terms fire or wildfire results in titles on preparing your property, and historical accounts of past wildfires, all available in paper and/or online.

In addition, here are some online resources from Colorado state government:

Wildfire Awareness Information, Colorado Division of Emergency Management
Colorado Fire and Drought Information, Office of the Governor
Colorado Wildfires, 2002; Natural Hazards Center, CU Boulder
Drought and Fire Resources, CSU Extension
Colorado State Forest Service web site


Biographies...In State Documents?

Believe it or not, CoSPL's collection contains a variety of biographies. We have many "real" published books, including those published by the University Press of Colorado and the Colorado Historical Society, and many of these are biographies. Do a keyword search in our catalog for biographies on important Colorado historical figures such as Hiram Bennet, Saco R. DeBoer, William Hamill, A.E. Humphreys & sons, William Henry Jackson, John Otto, Charles Christopher Parry, Thomas M. Patterson, Josephine Roche, John Shafroth, Horace Tabor, Henry M. Teller, Dr. James J. Waring, Edward Wynkoop, and more. There are also several memoirs of ordinary Coloradans, such as On Colfax Avenue, a Victorian Childhood. Additionally, the collection includes some collective biographies such as the University Press book Colorado Profiles, and one of our more unique titles, Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly 1876-1980. Published by the Colorado Legislative Council, this publication includes a short bio and photograph of each President of the Senate and Speaker of the House from the state's beginnings. This is a valuable resource because while some of these politicians ascended to more well-known political positions, others remained in relative obscurity and otherwise may be difficult to find information on. Another collective biography is the online resource Colorado Governors, produced by the Colorado State Archives with short bios on each Colorado state and territorial governor.


Healthy Kids

Governor Owens recently vetoed HB1056 which would have required that 50% of items offered in school vending machines meet acceptable nutritional standards. His decision is not the issue here, but it does open up discussion about children’s health. CoSPL has a number of titles on children’s health in Colorado:

Bigger Kids?

How Healthy are Colorado Children?: Key Findings From the 2004 Colorado Child Health Survey, 2005

Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools: Making the Connection Between Health and Learning: a 2010 State Plan for Coordinated School Health, 2005

Colorado Early Childhood Hearing Screening Guidelines, 2001

Addressing the Crisis of Oral Health Access for Colorado’s Children, 2000

In addition, the following web sites offer more information on the topic:

Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools
Child, Adolescent and School Health

Coexisting With Wildlife

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, between 8,000-12,000 bears around the state will be awakening from their winter hibernation within the next few weeks. Adult male bears will come out first. Initially, they will drink lots of water and then look for food - and will eat anything they can find! In Colorado, we only have the American Black Bear which usually avoids humans, but their need for food may bring them in contact with us in open spaces and parks in the foothills and elsewhere.

Bears are not the only wildlife species we may encounter and, in the spring, they may have their young ones close by or be young males hunting on their own for the first time. Recently, a young boy was attacked by a young mountain lion on a trail near Boulder. Depending on the location, other species to look for are coyotes, moose, beaver, Canada geese, and deer. Early spring is stressful for wildlife and human contact adds to the stress.

People and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of the wildlife. The rules are simple: leave the animals alone and, especially, do not intentionally, or inadvertently feed them. More links to Internet sites and print publications on the topic are available in the resource list "Wildlife in Colorado: Resources from Colorado State Government Agencies".


New to the Collection

Check out these resources new to CoSPL's collection:

-Early in 2006 the Colorado Legislature faced several complaints on ethics that made headlines and ultimately led one Senator to resign. For information on the rules that must be followed by Colorado Legislators, refer to the newly-published 2006 Colorado Legislator's Handbook (GA4.9/553). The Colorado Legislative Council publishes a new edition each year. Past years' handbooks can also be found in CoSPL's collection.

-A new CU financial audit has been published for FY2004-05 and recently added to CoSPL's collection (GA2/100.10/1710/2005). This includes financial info on the entire school; CoSPL's collection also includes the CU Athletic Department audit, which made headlines when it was released in November 2005.

-One of CoSPL's most frequently requested documents via the Prospector system is the Colorado POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Manual for 2005, which is published by the Department of Law. The newly released 2006 edition has recently been added to CoSPL's collection.


Safe Schools

A new title in our collection on gun violence, Project Safe Neighborhood, Final Report, brings to mind that 7 years ago this month the Columbine shootings took place. Since then, there have been ongoing efforts in school safety, as illustrated by the following reports in our collection from various state agencies:

Child Abuse: Information for School Employees, 2006

Reference Guide for School Personnel Concerning Juveniles Who Have Committed Sexually Abusive and Offending Behavior, Dec. 2003

Colorado School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual, 2004

Safe Schools: An Overview of Requirements, 2003

School Resource Guide Regarding Sex Offender Registration Information, 2003

In addition, check out CU Boulder's Center For the Study and Prevention of Violence web site, specifically the Safe Communities – Safe Schools Overview, where you will find titles on such topics as bullying, effective programs, statistics, etc, most of which are also available in hardcopy. Searching our online catalog will bring up all of the above, and more.


Reaching for Higher Education

Making decisions regarding educational choices after high school graduation is never easy. However, the Colorado Department of Higher Education has a mission to ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable to all Coloradoans. Assistance in planning for students and their families is available at CollegeInColorado and a "Students and Parents" web page with links to financial assistance, admission standards, extended campus, student exchange, etc. The former Colorado Student Loan Program is now College Access Network dedicated to help navigate college financing.

Check out comparable degrees and enrollment for public colleges and universities by searching the public higher education database. The Division of Private Occupational Schools provides standards and works to foster and improve private occupational schools. They provide a list of approved and regulated post-secondary schools in cosmetology, massage therapy, real estate, and truck driving.

Search the State Publications Library online catalog for additional information such as the College Guide 2005-2006 (HED1/10.36 2005) which helps students plan, apply and pay for college. For guides to non-Colorado colleges and universities check your local library catalog through the Colorado Virtual Library.


Doing Business in Colorado

Several state agencies publish resources on Colorado business. These agencies include the Office of Economic Development & International Trade and the Department of Regulatory Agencies, among others. OED publications include general business resource guides, resources on the Colorado economy, and resources on specific businesses. Examples that are in our collection include:
-Colorado Business Resource Guide, GOV34/1.8/G94/2005
-Colorado's Economic Opportunities: Today, Tomorrow, and the Future, GOV34.2/EC7/2004
-Colorado Economic Development Data Book, GOV34/10.2/EC2/2005

The Dept. of Regulatory Agencies issues a variety of publications on industries such as real estate, insurance, and utilities. The department also publishes Sunrise Reviews and Sunset Reviews, which report on Colorado laws concerning a variety of types of businesses. Archived reports can be found online at the department's website.

Other state agencies have also published resources on doing business in Colorado, including the Dept. of Revenue's Starting a Business in Colorado. Check CoSPL's online catalog for more resources on Colorado business.


Gardening in Colorado

Colorado gardeners are happy to see spring here and are always looking for help gardening in our climate! I would like to share one of my favorite publications in our collection, Best Perennials for the Rocky Mountains and High Plains, by Tannehill and Klett at CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. It's excellent for gardening in our area’s challenging conditions, with great pictures, descriptions, and a chart for average bloom times.

In addition, it may be surprising to learn that our government publications collection has many resources for the Colorado gardener available for loan. Some examples are:

Woody Landscape Plants for the High Plains, Agricultural Experiment Station
Annual Trial Garden Performance Report, CSU Department of Horticulture
WaterWise Landscaping Best Practices Manual, Dept. of Local Affairs

Searching our catalog will result in numerous titles, many of which are fact sheets from the experts at CSU Extension, also available online. Finally, check out the Horticulture On-line web site, which has valuable information. Happy gardening!


The Immigration Debate

Recently the hot political topic has been illegal immigration, and since Colorado is one of the states most affected by this issue, state government has published a variety of resources on this topic. One of these is a new series of bulletins published by the Colorado Department of Corrections, Foreign Born and I.C.E. Detainer Incarcerated Population. These bulletins give statistical information on the number of foreign-born inmates in Colorado and the percentage of these for which "there is indication that an inmate may meet deportation criteria." For example, as of 1/31/06, 69.14% of Colorado's foreign-born inmates were I.C.E. Detainers.

In addition, several bills have been introduced in the 2006 legislative session, including SB06-090, which if passed would prohibit illegal immigration sanctuaries. Other introduced bills would, if passed, allow law enforcement to detain illegals (HB06-1134), limit workers compensation benefits to undocumented workers (SB06-098), require proof of citizenship when registering to vote (SB06-146), and others. All bills can be viewed at the Colorado Legislature's homepage.


Take A Count

Numbers, numbers, numbers. . . Many agencies of Colorado state government keep track of everything from the number of library books borrowed to the location and number of traffic accidents. Many of the data are published by city and/or county and detailed by specific type.

To assist in locating all the varied statistics by state government, the staff of the Colorado State Publications Library (CoSPL) has assembled a resource list by subject. The list is called "Quick Guide to Colorado State Government Statistical Information" and is periodically revised. Below are links to each section of the quick guide.

General - population, demographics, etc.
Agriculture - crops, livestock, etc.
Business & Economics - economic forecasts, CPI, etc.
Crime, Corrections & Courts - inmate populations, types of crimes, etc.
Education & Libraries - pupil membership, school district revenues, etc.
Health - vital statistics, diseases, etc.
Natural Resources - mining production, water data, etc.
Revenue & Taxes - gaming industry, sales tax, etc.
State Government - election results, state budgets, etc.
Traffic & Transportation - traffic volumes, traffic crashes, etc.

For more statistical information including historical data not available online, search the CoSPL catalog.

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