- A guide to wildlife viewing and photography blinds: creating facilities to connect people with nature
- Watching grouse, prairie chickens & ptarmigan. (NR6.2/G91/2008)
10. The Incredible Years: Parent, Teacher and Child Training Series. Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001.
9. (Tie) Instructionally Differentiated Programming: A Needs-Based Approach for Students with Behavior Disorders, Colorado Department of Education, 1993; and Establishing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen, University of Colorado at Denver, 1997.
8. Trials & Triumphs: A Colorado Portrait of the Great Depression, University Press of Colorado, 1993.
7. (Tie) Insects & Disases of Woody Plants of the Central Rockies, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, 2000; and Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 3rd edition, University Press of Colorado, 1994.
6. Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing. Colorado Historical Society, 2004.
5. Down to the Bone: Quick and Easy Method for Deboning an Elk in the Field, DVD, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 2006.
4. Best Perennials for the Rocky Mountains and High Plains, Colorado State University Experiment Station, 2003.
3. (Tie) Fly Fishing Colorado, DVD, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 2008; and Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology, Colorado Geological Survey, 2003.
2. Elk-Hunting Colorado, DVD, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 2006.
1. And the number-one most frequently checked-out item in our collection: Colorado, A History of the Centennial State, 4th edition, University Press of Colorado, 2005.
Other frequently-checked out titles include Gold Panning and Placering in Colorado: Where and How; Synopsis of Colorado Water Law; Sacred Objects & Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions; and Big Game CD.
Our library has a number of resources on Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways, including:
- Colorado: The Official Guide to the Scenic and Historic Byways
- Discover Colorado: Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways
- Colorado Byways: A Guide Through Scenic and Historic Landscapes
The Byways are located all over the state - not just in the mountains - showcasing the many varied landscapes across our state.
In addition to the "Huntmaster" program, the Division provides educational seminars for hunters and the general public across the state. Instructors and state biologists provide hunting seminars on elk, deer, grouse, pheasant and waterfowl. They also have hands-on skill clinics covering anything from duck-calling to shooting.
For more information on the Hunter Outreach Program, take a look at the "Youth Outreach and Women Afield Report", "Huntmaster Manual", or visit the Hunting portal of the Colorado Division of Wildlife website.
Did you know that poinsettias were first cultivated by the Aztecs in Mexico? Poinsettias are a traditional and beautiful holiday flower, long thought to be poisonous - however, according to the Poinsettias fact sheet from CSU, poinsettias were tested in 1995 and found to be not poisonous. This fact sheet will tell you all about care of these festive plants.
Chances are if you have the always-romantic mistletoe in your home, it's just a cutting. However, if you're curious about where it comes from, check out the CSU Dwarf Mistletoe Management fact sheet, where you will learn that mistletoe is not a plant, but is a parasite of trees!
Finally, the most famous Christmas decoration of all is the Christmas tree. You can learn all about evergreen trees from CSU's Evergreen Trees fact sheet.
- Vranesh's Colorado Water Law. This chunky book is usually considered the resource on water law in Colorado. But, if you're looking for something a little easier to digest, try
- Synopsis of Colorado Water Law. This little booklet is designed for the lay person to understand Colorado's complicated water laws.
- If you're involved in a legal issue concerning water, see Non-Attorney's Guidebook to Colorado Water Courts, published by the Colorado Supreme Court.
- CSU has produced a Glossary of Water Terminology as well as Colorado Citizens' Water Law Handbook and Water Quality and Water Rights in Colorado.
- Check out the richly illustrated Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law, produced by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, available for checkout from our library.
- Also, the Natural Resources Law Center of the CU-Boulder Law School has issued a number of publications relating to water law, including Groundwater Law Sourcebook of the Western United States; Negotiating High Stakes Water Conflicts; Water and the American West; Controlling Water Use; The Connection Between Water Quality and Water Quantity; Emerging Forces in Western Water Law; Values and Western Water; Water and the Cities of the Southwest; Water Rights Decisions in the Western States; and Water and Growth in Colorado: A Review of Legal and Policy Issues.
CDE summarizes the new standards on their website: "Currently, Colorado is transitioning from traditional Kindergarten through twelfth grade standards to an inclusion of early school readiness and postsecondary competencies. Historically, these standards have been organized by grade spans but are evolving to more articulated and specific descriptions. Additionally, state standards will reflect workforce readiness and 21st century skills such as problem-solving, information literacy and innovation. The ability to take responsibility for additional learning, self direction and interaction with others to learn new information quickly and more naturally is the new emerging direction of our work."
You can also read about Colorado's threatened and endangered species in an Issue Brief released by the General Assembly in 2001; and in the DOW's publication Wildlife in Danger.
(Photo from the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Image Gallery)
School Research Topics - a collection of links to online reports, statistics, and educational information from Colorado state agencies
Colorado Business and Economic Information - resources to assist businesses plus information about economic development in the state from various Colorado government agencies.
Quick Guide to Colorado State Government Statistical Information - links to statistics and data provided by Colorado state agencies.
These, and other subject guides can be found at:
Other publications that may be of interest:
- Bacteria in water wells, Colorado State University Extension
- Drinking Water from Household Wells, adapted by the Water Quality Control Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- "Groundwater Information and Well Permitting" website, Colorado Division of Water Resources
- How to interpret water test results for a private well. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Private Wells for Home Use, Colorado State University Extension
- When to test your well. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
The Colorado Historical Society is working on publishing guidebooks on each of these sites for their Capsule History and Guide series. So far they have finished guides on the Georgetown Loop, the Trinidad History Museum (which includes the two mansions plus a pioneer museum), Fort Garland, El Pueblo, the Ute Indian Museum, and Fort Vasquez. All guides are available from our library. And although a guide hasn't been written about the Byers-Evans House, an entire issue of Colorado Heritage was devoted to the museum when it was opened in 1989. In addition, three Colorado Magazine articles from 1946, 1948 and 1952 focus on the Healy House, while the Dexter Cabin is covered in a 1946 article. Colorado Heritage and Colorado Magazine are both available for checkout from our library.
The State Publications Library has also produced a guide to information for seniors, Quick Guide to State Information for Seniors and Caregivers, with helpful state information resources and websites.
The following publications from our collection might also be of interest:
- Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, Final Report to the General Assembly, 2008
- Rural Task Force Report for the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, 2007
- Cost and Coverage Impacts of Five Proposals to Reform the Colorado Health Care System, 2007
Coloradans have been invited to recommend three of their favorite historical sites before August 16th. The governor will post a list of the 133 most popular sites on his web page and encourage tourists and natives alike to visit a place of historical interest before the end of summer. Jump on in, and add your vote!
We have several related titles at the State Publications Library that may be of interest:
In addition, the Colorado Supreme Court has published a brochure, Answers to Your Questions About Victims' and Witnesses' Rights. The Supreme Court has also published a brochure on restitution, entitled Restitution: Background and Highlights.
To find out more about victims' assistance, contact the Office for Victims Programs, 303-239-5719 or visit their website.
- Who is Coyote? This is a "Colorado's Wildlife Company" publication, which are simple, illustrated guides for all ages.
- Control of Damage by Coyotes and Some Other Carnivores. Although from 1973, this Colorado State University publication still provides some relevant information.
- Effects of Population Growth on Wildlife Habitat in Colorado. Addressing many kinds of wildlife besides coyotes, this guide addresses what happens when animals are pushed from their habitats.
Finally, for more information on Colorado wildlife, view our library's featured subject resource guide, Wildlife in Colorado.
- Identification of Appropriate Investment Levels to Improve and Maintain Seat Belt Usage Rates in the State of Colorado
- Seat Belt Usage Survey, 1993 Final Report
- Traffic Safety Website
The Colorado State Patrol also has some information on seat belt use on their website. See these State Patrol links for information on seat belt laws and use:
- An Overview of the Colorado Adult Criminal Justice System
- Capital Punishment in Colorado, a history of the death penalty in Colorado from the Department of Corrections
- Colorado Death Penalty - Back in the Hands of a Jury, an issue brief from the Colorado Legislative Council
washing hands frequently, covering your sneezes and coughs, and avoiding others with respiratory illnesses. News alerts on the status of swine flu in Colorado along with additional information on the virus can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.
To decide for yourself if this idea has merit, or if your child's district is considering this option, take a look at CDE's guidebook The 4-Day School Week. This guide offers the history and the pros and cons of this system, as well as financial and political implications and effects on student performance.
The executive order explains the importance of participating in the Census:
"This Census will determine how the national government distributes $300 billion annually to fund critical community services and generate jobs. It will also determine how many seats Colorado will have in the US House of Representatives, as well as determine the boundaries of legislative districts. Further, it will provide valuable information for both the state and nation as they make decisions regarding land use and resource planning, economic development, workforce development, health services planning, housing needs planning, and community needs planning."
Additional information about Colorado's participation in the 2010 Census can be found on the State Demography Office website.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), approximately 220,867 Coloradans have diabetes, and an additional 92,000 are undiagnosed. Luckily diabetes can be prevented through moderate changes in diet and exercise. CDPHE has put together a nice collection of resources on diabetes and diabetes prevention.
Other resources that may be of interest:
- "Burden of Diabetes in Colorado" http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/pp/diabetes/reports/TheBurdenofDiabetesinCO.pdf
- Colorado Kids with Diabetes Care and Prevention Collaborative http://www.coloradokidswithdiabetes.org/
- "Diet and Diabetes", a health fact sheet from the Colorado State Extension http://www.cde.state.co.us/artemis/ucsu20/ucsu2062293342007internet.pdf
Where to go to find out more about Colorado's electoral system? The Colorado Secretary of State's office's Election Center is a good place to start. The Secretary of State is officially in charge of elections in Colorado. The site will also link to national voter sites that explain the civic process of the United States.
In Colorado, there is a law in the statutes called the "sunshine law" (CRS Title 24, Article 6) that requires disclosure statements from elected officials, and lobbyists; and an open meetings law that declares that the formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret.
The mission of the State Publications Library is to aid in the transparency of government by making publications produced by Colorado state agencies freely available to the public. You can find state publications by searching our online catalog. We have also created subject guides to help locate online resources.
In an effort to keep citizens informed in regards to the economy recovery package, Governor Ritter has created a website, www.colorado.gov/recovery , that details how the stimulus money is being distributed for transportation and education projects.
For more details on open government at the federal level, check out the Sunshine Week website: www.sunshineweek.org.
Where will this money go? By utilizing the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT)'s website, you can find out about current and upcoming construction projects near you. The CDOT website features an annual map of construction projects around the state, as well as webpages providing information on many of the larger projects. This information can help commuters plan alternate routes and can help those living and working nearby to adjust to the projects. To find these webpages, just visit the CDOT homepage and click on the Travel Info menu.
- The Graduation Gap in Colorado: Who is Most Likely to Graduate High School in Colorado (2007)
- Report to the Colorado General Assembly on the Pilot Program for Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention (2005)
- Colorado Education Facts (includes statistics on high school graduation rates)
- Colorado Graduation Rates for Class of ... and ... Annual Dropout Rates (data from the 1990s)
- Labor Market Conditions and the High School Dropout Rate: Evidence from New York State (study by the University of Colorado at Denver)
- Colorado Public School Annual Dropout Rates, Grades 7 through 12 (data from 1990-1991)
- Colorado Department of Education Dropout Prevention Projects (1988)
- The Cost of High School Dropouts to the Economic Development of Colorado (1988)
- Minority Youth Dropouts: Personal, Social, and Institutional Reasons for Leaving School (1986 study by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)
- Colorado Public School Dropout Data (annual reports from the 1960s)
- Colorado Education Statistics
For statistics on gaming revenues in Colorado, see Industry Statistics; Statement of Gaming Revenues; and the monthly newsletter, Gaming Update.
For other information on gaming in Colorado, see Understanding How a Slot Machine Works; Gaming Impacts the Colorado Economy; What are the Facts? Limited Gaming Information Booklet; and Gaming in Colorado Fact Book & [Annual] Abstract.
For information on the State Historical Fund and its relationship to gaming, see Guide to Colorado Historic Places: Sites Supported by the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund; The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Colorado; Saving Colorado's Treasures (DVD); State Historical Fund Annual Report; and Riches and Regrets: Betting on Gambling in Two Colorado Mountain Towns.
All of the above listed items are available from our library.
The joint budget committee recommended against using furloughs, concluding that the benefits of furloughs for the state budget were offset by concerns over how state services would be affected.
However, mandatory furloughs for state employees are not yet off the table. Representative King has introduced HB 1221 requiring 1-2 furlough days a month for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 fiscal years.The bill will come before the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee for discussion tomorrow (February 19).
You can listen to audio broadcasts of the committee proceedings from the General Assembly website. The State Veterans and Military Affairs committee is scheduled to meet in House Committee Room 112 at 8:00am.
The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline (1-877-601-HOPE) is another source of assistance. The hotline is a free service for Colorado homeowners who have questions about their home loans. Counselors can assist borrowers who are concerned about missing future loan payments, homeowners in the middle of foreclosure, and borrowers who are having trouble communicating with their financial institutions.
Foreclosure reports and other data are available from the Colorado Division of Housing. They also have a nice collection of general information for homebuyers and homeowners.
"Business Express" was created through a partnership between the Office of Economic Development and International Trade,Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Secretary of State’s Office, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Additional resources can be found on colorado.gov's business portal.
For information on past film production and promotion in Colorado, visit the Colorado Production Resource Guide website. For information on this hotly debated issue, see the Colorado Office of Economic Development's reports The Impact of the Film Industry on Colorado (2003) and Film Industry Growth & Development 2005-2007 (2005).
For more information on carbon monoxide in homes, you may want to read "Preventing Carbon Monoxide Problems", from the Colorado State University Extension, or visit the website of the Indoor Air Quality Unit of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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