9.30.2008

Colorado Economy

All the dire news about the nation's economy may have you wondering how Colorado is doing. Economic analyses, forecasts, and statistics are available from several state agencies.

Here are a few suggestions for beginning your research:

Colorado Economic Perspective: A quarterly publication reviewing and forecasting the economic and revenue situation for Colorado. (Office of State Planning and Budgeting)

Focus Colorado: Economic and Revenue Forecast, from the Colorado Legislative Council.

Employment/unemployment data, and labor market statistics from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

State Demography Office
Use the menu options on the left to locate statistics and analysis of the Colorado economy and labor force.

Colorado Business and Economic Information: A subject guide from the State Publications Library.

9.25.2008

Traffic Safety Data

The Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) has three new webpages devoted to traffic safety data: the Seat Belt Enforcement Reporting Site, the Work Zone Enforcement Site, and The Heat is On! Reporting Site. These sites each have a database searchable by county, date, and more. The seat belt site gives statistics on seat belt violations and the number of fatalities occurring where persons were not belted in. The work zone site offers data on various traffic violations occurring in construction zones. Data can be searched by work zone, work zone type, county, or violation type. The Heat is On! site gives data for arrests made during Heat is On! high-visibility enforcement campaigns to catch drunk drivers. Data is searchable by county and by date of campaign.

9.23.2008

School Research Topics

Need help finding information on the history of Colorado? Writing a paper on big-horned sheep? or investigating Colorado crime trends?

State agency websites and publications can provide the answers.

The Colorado State Publications Library has revised and updated "School Research Topics", a bibliography of notable Internet resources from Colorado state agencies. Librarians, parents, students and researchers alike will find this guide useful for locating information. Print copies can be requested by sending an email to: spl@cde.state.co.us

9.12.2008

Ballot Proposals

The November election is growing near. There are 14 proposed amendments to the Constitution, and 4 referendums on the ballot this year. The number of proposals may seem overwhelming, but the Colorado Legislative Council can help you sort through the issues. They put together a non-partisan analysis for each proposed amendment and referendum. General information on the ballot iniative process can also be found on the Legislative Council website.

To participate in the November elections, individuals must register to vote 29 days before the day of the election. Voting information can be found at GoVoteColorado.com .

9.11.2008

Colorado's Native Americans

Colorado has a rich history of Native Americans, including plains tribes like the Arapaho and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado, the mountain Ute tribes in western Colorado, and the Ancestral Puebloan peoples (formerly called Anasazi) down in the four-corners region. Our library has many resources available to those researching the history and archaeology of Colorado's first residents. Some of the titles in our collection include:
  • Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions
  • The Last War Trail: The Utes and the Settlement of Colorado
  • The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico
  • Colorado Ute Legacy (video)
  • Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat
  • The Anasazi of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners
  • Excavation and Analysis of a Human Burial (5AM1733) Along the 120th Avenue Extension Near Northglenn
  • Twenty-Five Year Report of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Colorado Directory of American Indian Resources
  • Report of Native American Sacred Lands Forum
  • Archaeological Investigations and Wolf Spider Shelter
  • In the Shadow of the Rocks: Archaeology of the Chimney Rock District in Southern Colorado
  • The Battle of Beecher Island and the Indian War of 1867-1869
  • Archaic Period Architectural Sites in Colorado
  • Prehistoric Paleo-Indian Cultures of the Colorado Plains
  • The Process of Decision-Making in Tribal Courts
  • Indian Water Rights in the West: A Study
  • Cheyenne Texts: An Introduction to Cheyenne Literature
  • Southern Ute Lands, 1848-1899: The Creation of a Reservation
  • The Indians of Colorado

9.05.2008

Learning from Catastrophe

The news of Hurricane Gustav hitting the Louisiana coast, and reports of three more tropical storms/hurricanes that may make landfall in the continental United States brought to mind a publication in our collection called "Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina."(available from our library: UCB6/57.2/L47/2006) The book is a special publication produced the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Sections on the culture of disaster, social vulnerability, disaster response, levees and land use, make interesting reading.

The Natural Hazards Center has the mission "to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery." They not only study planning and preparation for natural disasters, but also conduct research on terrorism. They have a large library of materials focusing on natural hazards and extreme events, which includes an online database called "HazLit." Many of their publications are available for free on the Center website.

Take some time to browse through the Natural Hazards Center website (http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/), I think you will find it worth your while.

9.03.2008

Food, Nutrients, and Health & Safety

The many different foods we eat each offer a variety of nutrients, such as vitamins, fiber, sodium, potassium, iron, and many more. Also, it is helpful to be aware of food dangers, including botulism, bacteria, and e-coli. You can find out about all of these things by visiting the CSU Extensions' page of food, nutrition and health fact sheets. Other interesting topics covered in these fact sheets include what to do if your freezer stops, how to identify nutrition quackery, how to preserve foods by canning or freezing, what to feed your baby and when to introduce solid foods, how to lose weight, care for diabetes, or lower your blood pressure, and whether food or pills are better for getting the nutrients you need, plus much more.

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