Farmers' Markets

Many farmers' markets will be opening this weekend.  The Colorado Dept. of Agriculture has posted an updated list of farmers' market locations and schedules.  See also their Colorado Farm Fresh Directory.  Our library has many resources for both visitors and vendors.  Some helpful resources include:
Vendors should also visit Colorado Farm to Market, a Colorado Dept. of Agriculture-sponsored website that guides producers and vendors through the regulations involved with selling and manufacturing food products in Colorado. 

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Heart Attack and Stroke

A new bill signed by the Governor this past Sunday will improve hospital care for victims of heart attacks and strokes.  SB13-225 creates two new task forces.  The STEMI (ST-evaluation myocardial infarction) Task Force "shall study and make recommendations for developing a statewide plan to improve quality of care to STEMI patients."  One of the task force's charges is to create a database of Colorado STEMI hospital data.  The second part of the bill creates a Stroke Advisory Board, "the purpose of which is to evaluate potential strategies for stroke prevention and treatment and develop a statewide needs assessment identifying relevant resources."  This group is also charged with creating a database of Colorado stroke data. 

The Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment has produced several previous reports on this topic, including The Impact of Heart Disease and Stroke on the State of Colorado; Colorado Heart Healthy and Stroke Free; Women and Cardiovascular DiseaseHealth Disparities and Cardiovascular Disease and Survivors of the Fight:  Stroke in Coloradoavailable from our library.  As new resources are issued as a result of this legislation, we will add them to our library collection.


Death Penalty Executive Order

The big headline this morning is the Governor's issuance of an Executive Order granting temporary reprieve to convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, who is on death row.  The Executive Order can be viewed here, and you can find Hickenlooper's official press release with the explanation of his decision here.  Further information on capital punishment in Colorado is available at this website from the Colorado Dept. of Corrections.


Public School Finance Act

Yesterday Governor Hickenlooper signed SB13-213, the Public School Finance Act.  This new law revamps the original 1994 Public School Finance Act.  It is important that Colorado citizens to know about the Act because it will be on the ballot in November.  The bill refers a measure to the voters that proposes raising tax revenue to help fund public schools.  (Under TABOR, all tax increases are required to go before the voters.)  The new Act updates the 1994 Act with provisions regarding financing for 21st century skills programs, online learning, concurrent enrollment, English Language Learners, At-Risk students, and other current education issues.  Click here for detailed funding schedules and projections for the Public School Finance Act for the past ten years, available from our library.


Beware of Telephone Scam

The Colorado Department of Revenue has posted an alert about a telephone scam in which callers claim to be from the department, telling potential victims that there is a warrant for their arrest for not paying taxes.  The scammers then elicit personal financial information from the victim in order, the victims believe, to avoid arrest.  If you receive one of these calls, it is NOT from the Colorado Department of Revenue and you should not give out any personal or financial information.  To report one of these calls, contact the department's Criminal Investigation/Tax Enforcement Section.

View detailsFor information on other scams in Colorado, visit the Colorado Attorney General's Consumer Resource Guide and their Common Scams webpage.  Scams can also be reported to the AG's office.  Seniors are especially vulnerable to scams, so if you are a senior or caregiver you may want to check out the video Senior Security:  Avoiding Scams and Frauds in Colorado, available from our library. 


International Museum Day

This Saturday, May 18, is International Museum Day.  Established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, the day is set aside to encourage the public to visit and support their local museums.  No matter what you're interested in, there's probably a museum somewhere that would interest you.  On Saturday, many museums around the world will have special events, free admissions, and other celebrations. 

Colorado is packed with great museums, not only the large instutitions here in Denver but also small and rural museums across the state.  So wherever your travels around Colorado take you, or if you're just looking for something to do in your own neighborhood, there are several resources that can help you find a museum of interest to you.  The Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums has a Museum Guide on their website, with a database searchable by location and type.  There are 54 types of museums listed, from Aviation to Zoology, so there is surely something there for everyone!  Another helpful resource is the Colorado Tourism Office's Museums webpage, a pictorial guide with tourism information on all kinds of museums across the state.  If you're interested in Colorado history, visit History Colorado's Museums page.  History Colorado offers not only the large state museum in Denver, but eight other regional museums in all parts of the state, from Leadville to Pueblo to Trinidad, and more.  Finally, check out the book Colorado Museums and Historic Sites from our library. 


Colorado SBDC and Transportation Projects

Connect2CDOT logoYesterday's blog post introduced the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network as a resource for small businesses.  In addition to their business services, the Colorado SBDC has also partnered with the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) to help small businesses in the transportation industry.  SBDC and CDOT have partnered up to launch a new website, www.connect2dot.org, which "provides small businesses with all of the news, information, and resources needed to compete in the Colorado transportation industry. On this site you will find valuable information about how to do business with CDOT and other state and local transportation agencies.  For more information, including a list of resources found on the site, see their April 29 press release


Colorado SBDC Network

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has a new website.  Here you can find information about the resources and assistance available to those looking to start a business or to those interested in growing and sustaining their current Colorado small business.  Sponsored by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the SBDC provides counseling, consulting and training for small businesses in our state.  On the website you can also find the Colorado Business Resource Book, filled with helpful information on starting and running a business, including information on laws, taxes, bookkeeping, insurance, trademarks, and more. 


Ralph Carr Judicial Center

The Ralph Carr Judicial Center at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver is officially open, with opening ceremonies featuring United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  The building was designed by Fentress Architects, who also designed Denver International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, the Jefferson County Administration Building ("Taj Mahal"), and other prominent structures around the world.  The new Judicial Center's design includes neoclassical columns, dome, and other details echoing the nearby State Capitol and City and County Building, with a modern twist.  The building now houses the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Judicial Branch, Colorado Supreme Court Library, and the Colorado Attorney General's Office.  For interior and exterior photos of the building, see the Judicial Branch's photo gallery.

The Center is named for Ralph Carr, governor of Colorado during WWII, who stood up for Japanese-Americans at a time when many of them were being sent to relocation camps.  You can find out more about Ralph Carr and view his papers at the Colorado State Archives.


New Colorado Health Report

Yesterday Governor Hickenlooper's office released a new report on the State of Health in Colorado:  Colorado's Committment to Become the Healthiest State.  According to the Governor's Office, the plan "will create a comprehensive and person-centered statewide system to address a broad range of health needs, deliver the best care at the best value and help Coloradans achieve the best health possible."  Cornerstones of the plan include prevention/wellness, coverage, quality, and sustainability.  For more information and a link to the report, see the Governor's Press Release.


Colorado Literacy Week

Colorado recognizes the importance of teaching children to read with Colorado Literacy Week, May 6-10, 2013.  For a complete schedule of events, visit the Lt. Governor's website.  Here you can also find links to several state reports on literacy in Colorado.  One of the fun highlights of Colorado Literacy Week this year is the One Book 4 Colorado Program, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Lt. Governor's Office.  The program provides a free book to all Colorado 4-year-olds; this year's title has been announced as Duck on a Bike


Statewide Education Survey Results

The results of a major survey of Colorado educators were released this week (see the Denver Post article and the Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE)'s press release).  The CDE-sponsored survey's official website, where you can find the results and data, describes the rationale:

The 2013 TELL Colorado Survey will provide educators with data, tools and direct support to facilitate school improvement. The TELL Colorado Survey includes questions on the following topics:
• Community Engagement and Support
• Teacher Leadership
• School Leadership
• Managing Student Conduct
• Use of Time
• Professional Development
• Facilities and Resources
• Instructional Practices and Support
• New Teacher Support

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