Colorado Veterans Monument

Directly across Lincoln Street from the front of the State Capitol is the Colorado Veterans Monument. Shaped like a smaller, red sandstone version of the Washington Monument, this sculpture was dedicated on November 10, 1990 to all veterans past and present. According to the book Memorials and Art in and Around the Colorado State Capitol, available from our library, the shape of the monument is meant to signify strength and vigilance, with a beacon at the top meant to signify memory and awareness of veterans' services to Colorado and the United States. You can read more about the monument in a book dedicated to the monument's construction and dedication, Mission Accomplished: Building Colorado Veterans' Monument, also available from our library. Happy Memorial Day, and thank you, to all our veterans and servicemen.


Update on State Parks Passes

Last week I described some of Colorado's summer recreation opportunities, including Colorado State Parks. Well, yesterday, May 19, the Governor signed into law a new kind of Parks Pass - an "Aspen Leaf" lifetime pass for seniors. Giving seniors a lifetime pass, according to the bill sponsors, will allow senior citizens to keep active without having to continually re-purchase the pass. To see the final Act creating the lifetime pass, click here.


Get Ready for Summer Recreation

It's May - hooray! - summer will soon be here. If you enjoy taking advantage of Colorado's summer outdoor recreation opportunties, now is the time to start getting ready.

Fishing - anyone age 16 or older needs a fishing license to fish Colorado's waters. Buying a fishing license is easy - you can apply for a license online or visit one of hundreds of retailers around the state. For a list of stores where you can purchase a license, click here. Additionally, you can obtain a Colorado Fishing Map from the Division of Wildlife, or check one out from our library.

State Parks - Colorado State Parks are great for hiking, biking, camping, or boating. To use the parks, you need to purchase an annual Parks Pass. Passes are issued per vehicle. The regular price is $60 per vehicle per year; however, there are reduced rates for seniors over 64, low income, and disabled individuals. Disabled veterans and persons born prior to 1923 get free passes. To find out more about purchasing a Parks Pass, click here.

Boating - Registration is required. Boats may also be subject to inspection for aquatic nuisance species (i.e. zebra mussels). For more about boating registration, inspections, and regulations, click here.


Colorado Hospital Prices

If you know you're going to need to check in to the hospital, you may want to check hospital prices beforehand to find the best care and the best price. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies can help you with this. They have set up a new website, the Colorado Hospital Price Report, which provides information on prices, insurance, hospital bill FAQs, resource links, and a hospital report card. The information in this helpful website promotes increased transparency and greater access to information for Colorado consumers.

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