3/30/2012

Pets

Would you have guessed that the state government has programs that support pet owners and look to the best interest of pets? I was surprised. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a list of pet food recalls, a guide to understanding pet food labels, and information on how to report animal neglect and cruelty which includes a dangerous dog registry. You might also be interested in the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) Program, a licensing and inspection program dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of those animals in pet care facilities throughout Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Evironment has educational information on rabies with tips on what to do if you or your pet are exposed. They have guidelines on how to prepare for a natural disaster/emergency if you have pets.

The Division of Wildlife provides guidelines on keeping exotic animals as pets, with a list of animals you can own in Colorado.

3/29/2012

Governor's Energy Office

A story in today's Denver Post reports that new legislation is being offered to change the name of the Governor's Energy Office to the Colorado Energy Office, and will remove Governor Ritter's phrase "New Energy Economy" from state law.  Proponents of the bill say this change will allow the office to focus on all kinds of energy, not just "new" energy sources.  Opponents say the change "diminish[es Colorado's] brand" as a renewable energy leader.  Whatever name the office goes by, our library has collected (and will continue to collect) the many resources published by this office.  Some of the recent GEO publications available in our library include:

3/27/2012

Identifying Waterfowl at a Distance

It's springtime and the weather is warming, and it's a great time to view ducks and other water birds in your favorite lake or pond.  Many times, however, the birds are too far out in the water to be able to see them up close and identify them.  If you've encountered this problem, our library has a resource for you:  Ducks at a Distance from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  This handy guide will help you to identify waterfowl even when you can't get a close-up inspection.  Check it out!

3/23/2012

Transparency in Government

A trip to Washington D.C. never fails to fill me with a sense of national pride, and serves as a reminder of the strong principles of our forefathers that are the building blocks of our government. An informed citizenry is crucial to the success of democracy. In that spirit our leaders try to make information about the programs and activities of the government available to the public.

In Colorado, the Transparency Online Project helps fulfill that goal. This site provides information on how your tax dollars are spent. You can investigate how much money is spent on goods and services -- once you select a fiscal year, you can drill down into the spending reports by clicking on the dollar amounts in each table. There is information on where money is coming from, and how the state agencies are spending their allocations. If you are curious about how your tax dollars go to work, this site is definitely worth a visit.

3/22/2012

Theodore Roosevelt in Colorado

Did you know that President Theodore Roosevelt visited Colorado many times, not just on official business but also for recreation?  Roosevelt loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting in Colorado.  A copy of TR's Colorado hunting license from 1905 can be found in the Biennial Report of the State Game and Fish Commissioner for that year (also shown below; click image to enlarge).  The President hunted bear near Glenwood Springs; a photo of his return from the hunt can be viewed online courtesy of the Denver Public Library.



3/20/2012

Hooray! It's Spring!

Spring has sprung and there are many things to do now that the weather is warmer.  We people aren't the only ones glad for the warmer weather; wildlife are also getting ready for the new season.  Check out these two Colorado's Wildlife Company publications from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, that deal with animals in spring:  They're Back! and Hearken! It's Spring!

If you are involved in agriculture or even home gardening, spring is an important time of the year for planning and planting.  We have many, many publications in our library with information on agriculture; for a few resources specific to spring planting, see Spring Planted Bulbs, Corms and Roots and Fertilizing Spring-Seeded Small Grains.  For those raising livestock, see Pastures for Spring and Fall Grazing in Mountains of Colorado.

Snow is melting, of course, and this can cause issues for transportation.  See the Colorado Department of Highways' publication Spring Breakup Study for information on what happens to asphalt when the weather changes.

Spring is also time to play outside!  Be sure to check our web catalog for more information, such as outdoor recreation guides and maps.

3/16/2012

Tax Information

Tax day is one month away. If you haven't done your taxes already, luckily there's a lot of free information online that can help. For federal taxes go to www.irs.gov. There you will find tax forms, instructions, and information on new tax breaks and programs. Check out the list of free online filing services.

Information on Colorado state taxes can be found on the Colorado Department of Revenue website. State tax forms and answers to common questions are all online. They also have a free online filing option called NetFile. They recommend compiling your information on a tax form first before you start the online filing process. The Department of Revenue has a tax assistance hotline: (303) 238-SERV (7378) Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It's also worth your time to check out the tax library for their FYI publications and tax information index.

3/13/2012

Folk Arts in the Classroom

Attention teachers:  as you probably know, one very meaningful way of teaching children the arts is by teaching about other cultures.  This not only challenges the children to think creatively but also helps them learn about traditions they may not be familiar with, and help promote acceptance of diverse peoples.  You don't need a big arts budget to bring these lessons into your classroom.  One very helpful toolkit is Ties That Bind:  Folk Arts in the Classroom, produced by the Colorado Council on the Arts (now Colorado Creative Industries).  Here you can find information on creative projects your students can use to learn about folk arts from the many cultures represented in Colorado.  Wherever you are located in the state, there is a section of the toolkit specific to that region.  Some of the cultures explored include Hmong cultures, Latino cultures, and St. Patrick's Day and the Irish.  Also, you will find various activities your students will enjoy, including Colcha embroidery; exploring cowboy life through poetry; folklore bingo; quilts across cultures; and wheat weaving. 

For more information on arts in education, see also Arts Education in Colorado:  Guidebook and Resources from the Colorado Dept. of Education.

3/09/2012

Dying Trees and the State of Colorado Forests

If a tree dies in the forest does anyone notice? The Colorado State Forest Service does. The 2011 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests has just been released. If you've driven up to the high country lately you may have noticed large swaths of red colored pines where there used to be pre-dominately green healthy trees. This report talks about the effect of the pine beetle on Colorado forests as well as other pests and diseases. There are maps showing the areas affected by infestations and descriptions of the ongoing efforts to keep our forests healthy. If you'd like to learn more about Colorado's forests take some time to look through this publication. There is a general forest overview (p. 19) and also a special section that focuses on the great plains.

3/08/2012

International Women's Day/Women's History Month

Today is International Women's Day, and March is Women's History Month.  The Colorado State Senate passed a Joint Resolution honoring Women's History Month.  We have a number of publications in our library that deal with Colorado women.  Some resources you can find in our library include, by topic:

BIOGRAPHY
Helen Ring Robinson:  Colorado Senator and Suffragist
A Wide-Awake Woman:  Josephine Roche in the Era of Reform
Irene Jerome Hood:  A Victorian Woman and Her Art

CIVIL RIGHTS
Pregnancy Discrimination

CRIME AND CORRECTIONS
Poverty, Recidivism and Women Offenders

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Colorado State Plan, S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act
Violence Against Women

EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS
Fulfilling the Promise:  Closing the Pay Gap for Women and Minorities in Colorado
Survey of Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses in Colorado
Colorado Women's Economic Summit:  Creating Solutions

HEALTH
How Healthy Are Women of Reproductive Age?
Women's Health Issues
Women and Cardiovascular Disease
The Health of Women in Colorado

HISTORY
Directory of Women's History Sites in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties
Long Vistas:  Women and Families on Colorado Homesteads
Colorado Women's History:  A Multicultural Treasury
Women's Gold (VHS)

And much, much more, so search our web catalog for topics that interest you.

3/06/2012

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, highlighting the importance of a nutritious diet. Most people know about fats and sugars being bad for you, but there are a lot of other, more complicated elements to understanding nutrition as well. For some very non-technical, easy-to-understand explanations of various nutrition topics, see these fact sheets from the Colorado State University Extension:


  • Bacterial Food-Borne Illness

  • Childhood Overweight

  • Cholesterol and Fats

  • Diet and Diabetes

  • Diet and Hypertension

  • Dietary Fiber

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans

  • Food Preparation to Promote Health

  • Food Safety During Pregnancy

  • Guide to Daily Food Choices

  • Guide to Washing Fresh Produce

  • Ingredient Substitutions

  • Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

  • Meals for 1 or 2

  • Nutrition and Aging

  • Nutrition and Cancer

  • Nutrition and Dental Health

  • Nutrition and Oral Contraceptives

  • Nutrition for the Athlete

  • Nutrition Quackery

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Osteoporosis

  • Potassium and Health

  • Salad Greens

  • Shopping at Colorado Farmers' Markets

  • Sodium in the Diet

  • Sugar and Sweeteners

  • Understanding the Food Label

  • Vegetarian Diets

  • Water-Soluble Vitamins

  • Weight Loss Diet Books

  • Weight Loss Products and Programs

  • Weight Management

3/02/2012

State Publications Library Catalog Offline March 5.

On Monday March 5, the online catalog for the Colorado State Publications Library will be offline from 8am to 5pm MST. We are moving our catalog to a new server, and the Web OPAC will be unavailable during the migration. Access to digital state publications will remain intact. During the down time bibliographic data for our print publications can be accessed through Prospector (http://prospector.coalliance.org) or OCLC's Worldcat (http://www.worldcat.org).

3/01/2012

Helen Ring Robinson

Tomorrow, March 2, the Colorado Legislature will pass a resolution honoring Helen Ring Robinson, the first woman elected to the Colorado State Senate, who served from 1913 to 1917. Robinson was recently profiled in a new biography, available from our library, Helen Ring Robinson: Senator and Suffragette, written by another former female Colorado legislator, Pat Pascoe. You can view the legislative session live online at 9:00a.m. on the Colorado Channel.

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