Aviation at Metro State College

Congratulations to Metropolitan State College's Aviation and Aerospace Science Department. A story in today's Denver Post announced that their Precision Flight Team has won the the Loening Trophy, "the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award." Metro is known for having an excellent aviation program. In 2005, they helped the Colorado Dept. of Transportation develop the Colorado Aviation System Plan, and in 2008 again partnered with CDOT for the Economic Impact of Airports in Colorado study. To learn more about Metro's Aviation and Aerospace program, visit their website.


Avalanche Danger

The conditions in the high country are ripe for an avalanche right now. In the last few days several people have died or have been injured in avalanche related events. Make sure to check the Back Country Forecasts from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center before heading up to ski. In addition to forecasts and current observations, the Center has accident reports and statistics and also links to online tutorials. If you'd like to learn about avalanches and how they form, the Colorado Geological Survey has a nice explanation in "Rock Talk: Focus on Avalanches."



January is National Mentoring Month. Mentoring programs have been found to be very beneficial for troubled and/or underprivileged youth. For these youth, programs like Big Brothers/Big Sisters and other mentoring programs can have a lifelong impact. To learn more about mentoring programs in Colorado, and the positive effects of mentoring, see the following publications available from our library: Recidivism Findings for Washington's Juvenile Mentoring Program (Colorado Judicial Branch, 2010); and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006). See also the following State of Colorado websites:
Colorado Best Practices: Mentoring; and Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program. And if you had a mentor, don't forget to say thanks - Thursday, January 26 is Thank Your Mentor Day.


Photo Traffic Tickets

A bill before the Colorado Legislature would make it illegal for Colorado law enforcement to use red light cameras to ticket drivers (see the Denver Post story here). Recently these red light cameras have been in the news as Denver City Council voted to keep them active. For information and clarification on Colorado's traffic laws, be sure to check out the Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book, published annually by the Colorado Legislative Council; and the Colorado Driver's Handbook from the Colorado Dept. of Revenue.


"The Park Hill Experience"

While Denver in the Civil Rights era may not have had quite the difficulties seen in the South, Denver's African Americans still faced issues such as segregation and busing. One of the places where this was most prevalent was in the Park Hill Neighborhood. (For the history, see the Story of Park Hill from the Denver Public Library's Creating Communities website). For anyone researching civil rights issues in Denver, an essential publication is The Park Hill Experience, published by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 1974. This state document, available from our library, traces the civil rights history of this Denver neighborhood as it transitioned from all white to integrated neighborhood, opening up new opportunities for African Americans.


Martin Luther King Day of Service

Colorado's Liutenant Governor and the Governor's Commission on Community Service are promoting the Martin Luther King Day of Service, to encourage Coloradans to spend their day off volunteering. Their website offers information on how you can help, including groups and causes looking for volunteers, as well as archived reports from past years' days of service and other Commission activities.

State of the State Address

Governor John Hickenlooper delivers his State of the State Address today. The Address is delivered annually on the second day of the Legislative Session. In our library you can find copies of all of the State of the State Addresses from Governors Hickenlooper, Ritter, and Romer, and most years' Addresses from Governor Lamm. (Governor Owens chose not to have his published).

In Colorado's early years, the State of the State Speech was called "Message of His Excellency, Governor ..." and later just "Governor's Message." We have these "Messages" and/or Inaugural Addresses from past Governors Routt (1876-79); Pitkin (1879-83); Grant (1883-85); Eaton (1885-87); A. Adams (1877-79); Cooper (1889-91); Routt (1891-93); Waite (1893-95); McIntire (1895-97); A. Adams (1897-99); Peabody (1905); McDonald (1905-07); Buchtel (1907-09); W. Adams (1927-33); E. Johnson (1933-37); Ammons (1937-39); Carr (1939-43); Vivian (1943-47); W. Johnson (1950-51); Thornton (1951-55); McNichols (1957-63); and Love (1963-73).


UCD Historical Studies Journal

One of many journals in our collection is the UCD Historical Studies Journal, which features outstanding student writing from the University of Colorado at Denver's history department. The articles are "peer-reviewed," i.e., edited by other UCD history students. Generally, each issue will offer articles on various historical topics, including world history, U.S. history, state and local history, and public history. The journal not only makes an interesting read, but is also a great tool for incoming history students and those considering a history major to look at and "see how it's done." For more on the UCD History Department, including information on publishing in the journal (for students), visit their website.


New Laws Effective January 1

Five laws came into effect on January 1, 2012. Descriptions of the laws from the Digest of Bills are as follows:

H.B. 11-1100 Military education, training, and service experience credit for license and certification The act requires the director of the division of registrations and the state examining and licensing boards to accept education, training, or service completed by an applicant for licensure or certification while serving in the military toward the qualifications required to receive the license or certification.

H.B. 11-1146 Property tax - definition of agricultural land - exclusion of up to 2 acres of land associated with a residential improvement unless residence integral to agricultural operation on the land - satisfaction of TABOR. The act amends the existing statutory definition of agricultural land for purposes of property tax to exclude up to 2 acres of land associated with a residential improvement located on such agricultural land unless the residence is integral to an agricultural operation conducted on the land.

A residential improvement is deemed to be "integral to an agricultural operation" if an individual occupying the residential improvement either regularly conducts, supervises, or administers material aspects of the agricultural operation or is the spouse or a parent, grandparent, sibling, or child of the individual.

In the case of a district that has not obtained voter approval to retain and spend revenues in excess of the fiscal year spending and property tax revenue limits imposed on the district by TABOR sufficient to allow the retention of all additional property tax revenues and that has determined that the modification of the definition of "agricultural land" will cause a net property tax revenue gain to the district sufficient to cause the district to exceed such limits, the district is permitted to place before the voters of the district at an appropriate election the question of whether the district may retain and spend revenues in excess of the limits imposed on the district by TABOR sufficient to allow the retention of the net property tax revenue gain. If a majority of the voters of the district fail to approve the ballot issue, or if no ballot issue has been submitted to the voters, the district is required to adjust the number of mills levied by the district to eliminate any net property tax revenue gain to the district resulting from the modification of the definition of "agricultural land".

Any person who objects to the application of the term "integral to an agricultural
operation" to their property and whose objections or protests have been denied by the county
assessor to submit a petition for appeal to the county board of equalization.

H.B. 11-1186 Health insurance - reimbursement of providers - acupuncturists. Currently, when an insurance policy or plan provides for reimbursement for services performed by certain health care providers licensed to perform the services, a health insurance carrier cannot deny reimbursement when the services are performed. The act adds licensed acupuncturists to the list of health care providers that cannot be denied reimbursement.

S.B. 11-034 Child abuse and neglect - mandatory reporters - W.I.C. educators. The act adds educators who provide services through a federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (W.I.C. educators) to the list of persons required to report child abuse or neglect.

S.B. 11-040 Health - youth athletic activities - concussion management - coach required education. The act creates the "Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act". Each public and private middle school, junior high school, or high school and each private club or recreation facility is directed to require each coach with primary supervisory responsibility for a youthathletic activity to complete an annual concussion recognition education course. The education course must include:

  • Information on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion;

  • The means of obtaining proper medical attention for a person suspected of having a concussion; and

  • Information on the nature and risk of concussions.
If the coach suspects that a youth athlete has sustained a concussion, the coach must immediately remove the youth athlete from a game, competition, or practice. Unless the signs or symptoms of a concussion can be readily explained by another condition, the youth athlete is not permitted to return to any supervised team activities involving physical exertion, including games, competitions, or practices, unless the youth athlete has been evaluated by a health care provider and has received written clearance to return to play from the health care provider.

A doctor of chiropractic with training and specialization in concussion evaluation and management is allowed to evaluate and provide clearance to return to play for an athlete who is part of the United States olympic training program. A registered athletic trainer may be permitted to manage the graduated return to play after the concussed athlete has received clearance to return to play from a health care provider.

The act does not abrogate or limit the existing immunities that apply to public entities and public employees, volunteers and board members, and ski operators. A youth athletic activity includes an organized athletic activity where the majority of the participants are 11 years of age or older and under 19 years of age.


Stock Show Begins Today

Today at noon the National Western Stock Show begins with a parade of animals through downtown Denver. Colorado has hosted the Stock Show for more than a century, as it signifies the importance of agriculture to the economy of our state. In fact, the long history of livestock showing can be seen in two historical publications, Judging Livestock and Fitting Livestock for Show, which look back to the practice in the 1920s!

For some interesting facts on livestock in Colorado, see Colorado Livestock from the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture. We have many, many publications in our library that deal with all the particulars of livestock-raising, from diseases to taxes and everything in between, so be sure and check our web catalog using the terms "livestock" or "agriculture."

Photo courtesy of Colorado Department of Agriculture


"The People, Land, and Legends of Colorado and the West"

Listen to three top history professors from the University of Colorado tell about the amazing history of our state in this interesting sound recording available from our library. From CU-Denver, Professor Tom Noel discusses the "history, myths and legends of the Centennial State." CU-Colorado Springs Professor Thomas Huber explains how you can be a "Roadside Geographer," and CU-Boulder's Patty Limerick lectures on "Understanding Colorado's History and Understanding Ourselves." The recording is on compact disc and is about 3 hours long. This is a great CD to listen to on your next long drive through our colorful state.

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