2.28.2007

Tax Time

Tax season has arrived. April 17th is only six weeks away, and it's time to buckle down, get out those forms and do your taxes. Colorado State tax forms are available from the Department of Revenue. If you need assistance, they have a tax information page for individuals, and you can browse a list of frequently asked tax questions on the customer support site. Tax assistance is also available at the Call Center for Colorado Taxes: (303) 238-SERV, Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.

For help with federal forms call the IRS hotline: 1-800-829-1040, and check with your local libray for tax information resources.

2.27.2007

Junk Mail

Colorado HB07-1303, recently introduced in the State Legislature, would, if passed, create an opt-out list for people to not receive junk mail, similar to the no-call list. Proponents say the junk mail opt-out will help the environment and will reduce identity theft. Opponents, however, say that the postal service would not make enough money without junk mail.

Even if the bill does not pass, there are already steps consumers can take to reduce the amount of junk mail they receive. A publication from the Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation, Stamp Out Unwanted Mail, outlines the steps consumers can take to remove themselves from various national marketing lists and credit card offers.

2.20.2007

Colorado's Forests

New information on the problem of our changing forests has recently been published. The 2006 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests looks in depth at lodgepole pine forests and the bark beetle epidemic. These forests need to be managed for clean water, recreation opportunities, wood products, wildlife habitat, and safer communities. The report emphasizes the responsibility we all have to manage the forests appropriately.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey site has information for everyone on ways to help prevent the spread of destructive tree insects through the appropriate use of firewood. Similar information is on CSU Extension’s fact sheet, Firewood and House Log Insects.

2.12.2007

Colorado Adoption Resources

CoSPL has many resources for adoptive parents as well as those considering adopting. If you are searching for Colorado adoption information you may find some of these resources helpful. Any that are not available on the web can be borrowed from our library.

-Colorado Dept. of Human Services' adoption resources page - provides links to sites for searching for children to adopt, help for adoptive parents, and assistance with the adoption process.

-Answers to Your Questions About Relinquishment and Adoption

-The Compass: A Family Guide to Post-Adoption Resources in Colorado

-Recruitment and Retention Resources: Adoption, Foster Care

-A Guide to Adoption Benefits in Colorado

-A Place to Call Home, Forever

2.07.2007

Liquid De-icers

With so many snow storms this year you may wonder what effect the liquid de-icers have on your automobile. CDOT has published a Liquid De-Icer Fact Sheet to explain why they are used and what you should do about your automobile. Briefly, it says that liquid de-icers are easier on your car’s paint and windshield and are less corrosive than sodium chloride, which has been used for years. You should still wash your car frequently to remove any type of salt, whether it is magnesium chloride or sodium chloride.

Our library has cataloged CDOT’s research reports on de-icers for those who want more background. Some are available online, but all can be borrowed in hardcopy from our library.

Evaluation of Products That Protect Concrete and Steel from Winter Maintenance

A Synthesis to Improve the Design and Construction of CDOT's Bridge Anti-Icing Systems

Corrosion Effects of Magnesium Chloride and Sodium Chloride on Automobiles

Cost of Sanding

Evaluation and Comparison of Three Chemical Deicers for Use in Colorado

Evaluation of Selected Deicers Based on a Review of the Literature

Studies of Environmental Effects of Magnesium Chloride Deicer in Colorado

Effect of Magnesium Chloride on Asphalt Pavements

Preliminary Environmental Evaluation of Caliber M1000 De-icer for Use in Colorado

2.05.2007

Foreclosure Hotline

The Colorado Division of Housing has a free service for Colorado homeowners who have questions about their home loans. The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline counsels people who have missed loan payments or are worried they may fall behind on future payments , as well as those in the middle of foreclosures. Housing counselors will outline options available to homeowners, and aid borrowers in communicating with their lenders. 1-877-601-HOPE (1-877-601-4673)

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