Mortgage Brokers

During the present legislative session several bills have been introduced concerning the regulation of mortgage brokers in Colorado. These bills include HB07-1322, Mortgage Fraud Prevention Act; SB07-203, Mortgage Broker Licensing; and SB07-216, Mortgage Loan Fraud Acts Practices. Beginning January 1, 2007, mortgage brokers are now required to be registered with the state Division of Real Estate in order to do business in Colorado, as required by HB06-1161. For more information on mortgage broker registration, including a searchable database of all licensed brokers in the state of Colorado, disciplinary records, and information on registering as a mortgage broker, see the Dept. of Regulatory Agencies' Division of Real Estate homepage. The State Publications Library also several publications dealing with the mortgage industry, including the annual Real Estate Manual and sunrise/sunset reviews of the mortgage industry in Colorado.


How does your garden grow?

March 21st is the first official day of spring. The daffodils are coming up and ready to bloom. I'm starting to think about gardening. The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service is a great source for gardening information. Their Horticulture Online website is packed with gardening tips: fact sheets on gardening topics, a database of Colorado plants, lists of plants suited to Colorado's climate, and data on managing insect problems to name a few.

Recent titles from our collection include:

Attracting Butterflies to the Garden
Rock Garden Plants
Native Herbaceous perennials for Colorado landscapes
Homeowners' Guide: Alternative pest management for the lawn and garden.

To find other publications on this topic, search our library catalog using the keyword "garden".


Where the Columbines Grow: Colorado's First State Song

On March 12, 2007, John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” was adopted as Colorado’s second state song by the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 07-023. Most people know and relate to this song but have never heard the original state song which was approved by Governor George Carlson in 1915 and called “Where the Columbines Grow,” by A. J. Fynn. Inspiration for Mr. Fynn’s song came as he passed through a columbine-filled meadow on his way to Southwestern Colorado in 1896. Interestingly, the word Colorado does not appear in the song, and its lack of popularity has prompted several attempts to replace it.

Now everyone can listen to "Where the Columbines Grow" by going to the site called Colorado State Song. If you would like the sheet music, our library can fax or mail it to you.


Colorado Economic Outlook

Wonder how our state is doing? Our library has just received the 2007 Colorado Business Economic Outlook from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This report gives an interesting analysis of Colorado's economy, past and present. Topics include: population, employment, Colorado industries, educational and health services, government and international trade. Economic indicators are provided from 1997 through 2005 with 2006 estimates, and forecasts for 2007. The report is online and is also available from the State Publications Library.

For additional business and economic information, check out our subject resources guide.


Homelessness in Colorado

Statistics on the homeless population are often hard to find. The good news is that a new report has been released by the Colorado Interagency Council on Homelessness. The Colorado Statewide Homeless Count has the results of a statewide survey conducted August 28, 2006. The report includes data on the reasons for homelessness, number of unsheltered homeless, race and ethnicity statistics, and homeless families.

The State Publications Library has several studies on homelessness in the Denver metro area which can be accessed online, or borrowed through interlibrary loan:

Other studies can be found by a keyword search for "homeless" in our library catalog.


Child Abuse

Our library just received Child Abuse and Neglect: An Introductory Manual for Professionals and Paraprofessionals, 2006, a great resource from the Department of Public Health and Environment. Its purpose is to educate everyone about the width and depth of the issue of child abuse and neglect. It contains information concerning prevention, definitions (including signs), legal matters, as well as the reporting of child abuse and neglect in Colorado.

A search in our online catalog on child abuse turns up several dozen titles. More recent ones include:

Child Abuse: Information for School Employees, Colorado Department of Education, 2006

Child Abuse and Prevention, Colorado Department of Education, 2004

Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Guidance for School Personnel, Colorado Department of Education, 2002

Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in the Colorado Courts 1996-2000: a Reassessment, Colorado Judicial Branch, 2002

In addition, these titles, as well as related ones, can be borrowed in hardcopy from our library.

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