University Press of Colorado

The most-often requested title in our entire collection, by far, is the 2005 edition of Colorado: A History of the Centennial State. This is a book published by the University Press of Colorado. Because University Press is part of CU, the State Publications Library has titles pertaining to Colorado information published by UP of C. Many of our library's most frequently requested titles are University Press books. Other interesting titles include Colorado: A History in Photographs; Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, a Ledgerbook History; Denver Landmarks and Historic Districts; Trials and Triumphs: A Colorado Portrait of the Great Depression; Catalog of the Colorado Flora; Colorado's Japanese Americans; Lynching in Colorado; Rocky Mountain Mammals; Colorado Museums and Historic Sites; The City and the Saloon; Colorado: A Sports History; Vranesh's Colorado Water Law; Long Vistas: Women and Families on Colorado Homesteads; and lots more. We even have a number of biographies of well-known Coloradans. Check our catalog for more UP of C books.

Unclaimed Property

Do you have money in a forgotten bank or retirement account? Did you move before receiving a Colorado state tax rebate? Banks, businesses, and state agencies are required to forward such assets to the Unclaimed Property Office of the Colorado State Treasurer. The State Treasurer has created a database called "The Great Colorado Payback" that you can search to see if there is unclaimed property in your name.


Energy Resources and Conservation

With Earth Day in the news, hopefully people are thinking about clean, renewable energy resources and ways to conserve. For help go to the Governor’s Energy Office web site. Governor’s Energy Office is Governor Ritter’s new name for the Office of Energy Management and Conservation and was recently created by Executive Order D 010 07. On the GEO site there is an extensive list of publications offering solutions in the categories of residential, commercial, renewables, transportation, waste and recycling. Many of the titles are available in hardcopy from our library.

In addition to advancing the state’s efficient, renewable, and clean energy resources, the GEO will add a new full-time climate change advisor. As part of his New Energy Economy, Governor Ritter also recently issued two Executive Orders on the Greening of State Government. These detail the plans for Colorado state government to take a position of leadership by reducing the environmental impact of state government agencies.


Violence Prevention

In addition to the tragic events at Virginia Tech, this week also marked the anniversaries of two other tragedies with the 12th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19th and the 8th anniversary of the Columbine school shootings on April 20th.

Our library has several documents on the Columbine investigation, including Report of the investigation into the 1997 directed report and related matters concerning the Columbine High School shootings in April 1999; Report of the investigation into missing daily field activity and daily supervisor reports related to Columbine High School shootings; and The report of Governor Bill Owens' Columbine Review Commission. We also have in our collection documents from CU's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.

The Oklahoma City bombing was an act of domestic terrorism, and you can read about Colorado's efforts to prepare for terrorism in the State of Colorado Homeland Security Strategy and Colorado homeland security in 2006, both available in our library.


Arbor Day

Arbor Day is coming up. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe it on different dates according to their best tree-planting times. Colorado’s date is the third Friday in April.

Celebrations in Colorado take place the entire week especially in the Denver area. If you would like to celebrate by planting a tree, our library has many resources to help select an appropriate tree. A search of “trees” in our online catalog turns up 125 items covering such varieties as evergreen, deciduous, mountain trees, natives; topics such as how to plant trees; xeriscaping; pests, diseases, and more. Most of these resources are from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.


Left Lane Law

On my daily commute I am often frustrated by drivers committed to driving in the left lane, the passing lane, while going under the speed limit. It creates a bottleneck of people who are trying to pass, who then get impatient and end up weaving through traffic to pass on the right. The Left Lane Law took effect in July of 2004 to prevent the aggressive driving that results from slow drivers in the passing lane. CRS 42-4-1013 reads:
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed limit is sixty-five miles per hour or more unless such person is passing other motor vehicles that are in a nonpassing lane or turning left, or unless the volume of traffic does not permit the motor vehicle to safely merge into a nonpassing lane.”
Brochures with information about traffic safety are available on the Colorado Department of Transportation website: http://www.dot.state.co.us/Publications/onlinebrochures.htm


Credit Report Security Freeze Act

Since the passage in 2005 of the Credit Report Security Freeze Act, consumers are allowed to place a security freeze on their credit report. A security freeze prohibits a credit reporting agency from releasing a consumer’s credit report without prior authorization from the consumer. This is a step consumers can take to prevent being a victim of identity theft.

The Colorado Legislative Council recently published an Issue Brief called Identity Theft on the topic of placing a security freeze on credit reports. It provides a brief summary of the act and how to go about setting up a freeze, providing you with contact information and charges. Check it out.


Renewable Energy

Governor Bill Ritter signed two renewable energy bills into law last week. House Bill 1281 requires large utility companies to provide 20 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. Rural and municipal providers must achieve a renewable energy goal of 10 percent before 2020. Senate Bill 100 requires electric utilities to identify high-potential wind-energy locations and develop construction plans to improve transmission capacity. More information on the Governor's "New Energy Economy" agenda is available in "The Colorado Promise."

The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation provides a wealth of information on current renewable energy programs, and their publications section has fact sheets on sun, wind and biofuel energy. Another good source is ColoradoENERGY.org , a portal of energy facts and information put together by a coalition of Colorado energy organizations.

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