Enjoy the outdoors at Colorado State Parks

Although summer is drawing near it's end, there is still time to enjoy nature at one of Colorado's State Parks. Fishing, camping, boating, hiking, and biking are just a few of your options for outdoor activities. The Colorado State Parks website, www.parks.state.co.us offers additional information on activities and recreation opportunities at each park.

Twenty-four Colorado State Parks now have "Family Activity Backpacks". The packs include: two large bug boxes, magnifiers, various guide books (covering birds, insects, wildflowers and pond or tree life depending on the park), binoculars and a nature journal. "Family Activity Backpacks" may be checked out free-of-charge at the park visitor center or office for day use and returned before heading home or back to the campsite. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.co.us/familyKids/Pages/familyandkids.aspx.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, campsites are still available at most state parks for Labor Day weekend. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Crawford State Park, Eleven Mile State Park, the Island Acres section of the Colorado River State Park, Mancos State Park, Ridgway State Park, State Forest State Park, Vega State Park and Yampa River State Park still have campsites available for all three days. To reserve a campsite, call (303) 470-1144 in Denver or 1(800) 678-2267 statewide or visit: http://parks.state.co.us/Reservations/Page/ReservationsHome.aspx


Colorado has a Poet Laureate.

Per Executive order A2010-127, available at our library, Colorado has an official Poet Laureate.
David Mason was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. David Mason’s family goes back four or five generations in Colorado. His father grew up in Trinidad, his mother in Grand Junction, and except for family visits did not spend an extended time in Colorado.
He and wife Anne Lennox live in the mountains outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mason has published three full-length books of poems to date, plus quite a few chapbooks and limited editions. He is co-editor of four major anthologies and the author of many dozens of poems, essays, reviews, translations, stories and memoirs. An advisory editor at the Hudson Review, the Sewanee Review and Divide, Mason’s work can be found in The Nation, TLS, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The American Scholar and many other periodicals here and abroad. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” and he has been interviewed for other MPR and NPR programs. He remains committed to performance as a guide to the composition and teaching of poetry.

To see examples of his work click the following link.


CU's Journalism School to Close

According to a Denver Post story appearing today, the University of Colorado is planning to close its School of Journalism & Mass Communication and develop a new communications program "that will better prepare students for the world of new media." The department will be gradually phased out, rather than abruptly closed, so that students currently enrolled can finish their degrees. The closing of the Journalism School, which has given rise to many well-known names in Colorado and the national media, is just the latest in the many casualties brought about due to changes in technology - closing newspapers, declining "snail mail," etc.

For more information on the Journalism School, see their official website, which includes information on current programs as well as alumni news. Or, for a history of the School's programs, you can search in the college catalogs, available from our library dating back to 1979.


Job and Resource Fair

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is hosting the E-3 Job and Resource Fair at the Convention Center September 9th. The event runs from 10am to 3pm and includes workshops, resume critiquing and the chance to meet with representatives from over 80 businesses. According to an article at 9news.com some of the workshops include:
  • Technology Careers What jobs should people interested in IT careers focus on filling in 2011? The presentation will discuss the "hot jobs"
  • Get Into Water: Careers In the Water Industry This workshop provides an introduction to the careers available with utilities, cities, counties and special districts in positions such as engineering, management, customer service and operations.

  • How To Apply for Federal Jobs This workshop will help job seekers through the maze and increase their chances of finding the right job and getting it.

  • Green Jobs This workshop provides an overview of the industries and occupations that make up green jobs (such as solar, wind, renewable energy and clean energy) and offers tips on how you can start the search to find your dream green job.

  • Franchising Pros and Cons Is owning a franchise right for you? This workshop provides an insider's look at the pros and cons of working a franchise operation.

  • Telework This workshop presents the reality of telework, e-commuting and working at home. It shows how to get the job that works for you - and the job offers you should avoid.
A list of exhibitors and more information about the event can be found on the Division of Employment and Training's website.


Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book

The Colorado Legislative Council, the non-partisan research branch of the General Assembly, has just released a new information guide on motor vehicle laws, the 2010 Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book. This handy guide is designed to help Colorado motorists, as well as legislators, navigate the state's complex array of motor vehcile laws. The guidebook includes easy-to-understand information on numerous motor vehicle topics, including seat belts/child restraints; photo radar enforcement; driver distractions; speed limits; fines and point assessments; driving under the influence; drivers' license renewal; minor drivers and instruction permits; titling and registration; emissions testing; and laws regarding motorcycles and low-power scooters. This guide is different from the Colorado Driver's Handbook because it focuses on Colorado driving laws, while the Driver's Handbook gives more general information on rules of the road. Both guides are handy and helpful references for all Colorado drivers.



This year's CSAP scores were released on Tuesday, and found, for the most part, little change from last year. The Colorado Department of Education website has all the results on its Student Assessment Results and Data page. Here you can find data on each school, including excel spreadsheets of test data by subject.


Primary Election

The Denver Post this morning reported that this year's primary election, which is a mail-in ballot election in most Colorado counties, is nearing record turnout, and there's still five days to go. According to the Post, "As of early Wednesday morning, 436,382 Coloradans had voted: 222,938 were Republicans and 210,201 were Democrats, according to the Colorado secretary of state's office." The Secretary of State is the official source for election information. On their webpage you can find a list of all candidates, a voter information guide, voter registration informaiton, and much more. Even if you're not eligible to vote in the primary, this information can be very helpful in preparing you for the November general election.

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