8.28.2008

Renewable Energy

As fuel prices rise, the interest in alternative sources of energy has greatly increased. We've been hearing a lot in the news about "greening" initiatives -- greening government, and the greening of the Democratic National Convention. The presidential candidates say energy is one of the main issues in this election.

Colorado is rich in both traditional and alternative energy resources. We have lots of minerals, natural gas, sunshine and wind. To learn more about renewable energy and it's uses in Colorado, try the following sources:

8.21.2008

Colorado Tourist Attractions

Next week, as thousands descend on Denver for the DNC, many will be looking for things to do and visit while here, and our library can help.

For visitors who are interested in historical sites:
The book Colorado Museums and Historic Sites is a very valuable tool. It gives descriptions of museums and sites across the state, along with contact information. Also, we have many guidebooks to the Colorado Historical Society's museums statewide. See their website for a list of their many museums.

For visitors who want to experience the outdoors:
Our library has numerous hiking trail maps, parks guides, fishing and hunting guides, and more. Of note is Steppin' Out with State Parks, with mini-maps of each Colorado State Park; and the annual Colorado Outdoors Fishing Guide, just updated this summer, which can be checked out from our library.

For visitors interested in entertainment, dining, and nightlife:
There are numerous sites on the web for this kind of information, but one good place to start is the state's official tourism website, colorado.com. This site is great for suggesting things to do in towns and cities across Colorado. There's also lots of coupons and free passes! This site is useful for helping visitors plan whatever kind of vacation they're interested in.

Of course, there are a million options, so check our web catalog for more ideas.

8.19.2008

Are you an EcoDriver?

Yesterday Governor Ritter announced his endorsement of a consumer awareness campaign on 'EcoDriving', that offers easy actions that all of us can take to 'save money, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and benefit the environment.' The idea is that you don't have to change your car or buy a hybrid to drive green. We can all take part by avoiding "jack rabbit" starts, cutting down on engine idle time, using proper motor oil and maintaining your vehicle. For more information on EcoDriving, read Governor Ritter's press release and visit http://www.ecodrivingusa.com/ .

8.15.2008

Driving during the DNC

Worried about getting around during the convention? The Colorado Department of Transportation has you covered. They have a section on their web page with information on closures during the DNC, with maps and suggestions for alternate routes. Just visit http://www.dot.state.co.us/

8.13.2008

Civil Rights

Did you know the State has a Civil Rights office? The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is located within the Department of Regulatory Agencies, and has produced a number of publications dealing with the rights of various groups and individuals in Colorado. Often when we think of civil rights we think of race; but there is much more to civil rights than just skin color. DORA's civil rights division has produced publications on such varied topics as Pregnancy Discrimination; Hospital Billing and Collection Practices: A Formal Inquiry; and A Research-Based Assessment of the Disparity in Educational Achievement Between Black and White Students. Other publications by the Commission include information on job discrimination, housing discrimination, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, segregation, and civil rights law. Some of these publications were done in the 1960s at the height of the Civil Rights movement, and provide an interesting historical perspective.

Any of these items can be checked out from our library. Search "civil rights" in our web catalog. Also be sure to check the Colorado Revised Statutes for Colorado civil rights laws and legislation.

8.08.2008

Primary Election

Are you ready for Tuesday's primary elections? There are some big races this year, including hotly contended races for U.S. House of Representatives, State House and Senate seats, and district attorneys. You can find an official list of all the candidates on the Secretary of State's Election Center webpage, along with other helpful information on the upcoming primary, as well as the general election, voter information, campaign finance, voter registration, initiatives and petitions, and more.

Here are the big primary races this August:

1st Congressional District, Republican primary
2nd Congressional District, Democratic primary
5th Congressional District, Republican primary
6th Congressional District, Republican primary

Colorado Senate District 4, Republican primary
Colorado Senate District 18, Democratic primary
Colorado Senate District 26, Republican primary
Colorado Senate District 35, Democratic primary

Colorado House District 2, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 6, Republican and Democratic primaries
Colorado House District 8, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 9, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 15, Republican primary
Colorado House District 17, Republican Primary
Colorado House District 22, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 24, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 30, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 44, Democratic primary
Colorado House District 45, Republican primary
Colorado House District 48, Republican primary
Colorado House District 57, Republican primary
Colorado House District 62, Democratic primary

District Attorney, District 3, Democratic primary
District Attorney, District 4, Republican primary
District Attorney, District 6, Democratic primary
District Attorney, District 12, Republican primary
District Attorney, District 13, Republican primary
District Attorney, District 18, Republican primary

Races in other districts and for other parties have candidates running unopposed in the primary.

To find out which district you live in, visit the Legislative Council's page, How Do I Find Out What Legislative Districts I Live In?