10.29.2007

Colorado Baseball

The Colorado Rockies just finished competing in the World Series. Even though they didn't win, it marks a new chapter in the history of sports in Colorado. You can find out more about Colorado's sporting past in the book Colorado: A Sports History by James Whiteside, and particularly Colorado's baseball past in They Came to Play: A Photographic History of Colorado Baseball by Duane Smith and Mark Foster. Both of these are published by University Press of Colorado and both available from our library.

Maybe now after such a significant baseball event, they'll need to publish a new edition of They Came to Play!

10.26.2007

Halloween Parties and Driving

Starting this evening (October 26) public safety agencies across Colorado will be increasing their patrols in an effort to catch those who drink and drive.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol give the following tips for a safe Halloween:
  • Designate your sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member
    to help get you home safely;
  • Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against an impaired driver;
  • If you know someone is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them
    make other arrangements to get where they are going safely;
  • Motorists can report drunk and aggressive drivers by calling STAR-CSP (*277), a free
    cell phone call.

For more information, and statistics on DUI arrests during the Halloween holiday, see the news release on the Department of Transportation website, and check out the Traffic Safety Media Room

10.22.2007

Diabetes

Reported in last week’s news is the fact that diabetes is on the rise, and the number of patients without insurance coverage for it or with inadequate insurance is steadily increasing as well. The insulin pump, the best treatment, is unavailable to many. Our library has a great book for people living with this condition, Understanding Diabetes: a handbook for people who are living with diabetes. Published in 2006 and updated every few years, its 300+ pages are packed with information on all aspects of management. It is available for loan. In addition, the State of Colorado’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program website has information for researchers as well as patients. Many of the publications throughout this site can be borrowed from our library.

10.19.2007

October Snow

This weekend's weather forecast says there is a good chance of snow in the metro area on Sunday. If you're going to be on the road in town, or plan to head into the high country it might be a good time to review the Colorado Winter Driving Handbook. This short 2 page guide has checklists to prepare your vehicle for winter conditions, and tips on driving in the ice and snow. Make sure to check road conditions and travel alerts on the Colorado Department of Transportation website before heading out the door.

10.16.2007

Information Technology and Cyber Security

Recently the newspapers have carried stories of the State's proposals to consolidate all of their information technology divisions into a single agency. There are many documents online regarding the state's information technology infrastructure. See the Office of Information Technology's website for information, including a Strategic Plan, guidelines, and more.

The State has also set up a cyber security website. This website was designed so consumers could learn more about safety on the internet. Topics covered include fraud, spyware, and keeping your kids safe online.

10.09.2007

Insurance Information for Consumers

If you have wondered where you can get information about specific insurers, both automobile and homeowner, the Colorado Division of Insurance has Information for Consumers, a website with publications/databases, that can help. Click on Library and many titles turn up, with the following on specific home and auto insurers. Other types of insurance are covered on this site as well.

Homeowners Insurance Premiums Report
Automobile Insurance Premiums Report
Colorado Insurance Industry Statistical Report
Annual Report on Complaints Against Insurers
Insurance Complaint Ratio Information


A search in our library catalog turns up additional information on insurance.

10.01.2007

Occupational Licensee/Applicant Database

The Colorado Dept. of Regulatory agencies offers a helpful resource for any Colorado citizen who is in a profession requiring a license, or interested in obtaining one. It's called Licensee/Applicant Services and allows users to select from a drop-down list of professions requiring licenses in Colorado. Once you select an occupation, you are directed to a page with information for obtaining or renewing your license, laws and regulations applicable to that license/profession, fees, forms, and affadavits, and links to the Registrations Online Services Licensee Database, where you obtain a list of all licensed professionals for each applicable occupation. This is very helpful for consumers, also, when selecting a company to do business with.