1/31/2013

Promoting Colorado: Heritage Tourism

Colorado's scenery isn't the only reason visitors choose to vacation here.  Colorado also has a rich history and "heritage tourism" is an important part of Colorado's tourism economy.  Not only do out-of-state visitors come for the well-known historic attractions like Mesa Verde and Bent's Old Fort, but Colorado residents also spend a lot of time and money touring and learning about the history of their own state. 

So how much does heritage tourism contribute to the state's economy?  A lot, actually.  According to the most recent Colorado Visitor's Study, which covers 2011 (the 2012 report will be released in May), nearly a third of Colorado visitors cited "historic places" as one of their "specific interests" in their trip.  Further, 75% of those who were visiting Colorado not counting for skiing or outdoor recreation cited "historic places" as their reason for visiting.  And, interestingly, 11% of visitors who came to Colorado on a ski trip also visited a historic site while here, which is also 1% more than ski vacationers who visited a spa while on their ski trip!  For more on the contribution of heritage tourism and historic preservation to the state's economy, see the Colorado Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation's new report, The Economic Power of Heritage and Place.

If you're interested in visiting the historic sites around Colorado, whether you live here or far away, check out History and Heritage on the state's official tourism website.  This handy guide can help you choose where to spend your tourism dollars, while learning and having fun in the process!

For more about the Colorado Tourism Office's heritage tourism program, click here.

1/29/2013

Promoting Colorado: Tourism Campaigns Past and Present

A recent article in The Denver Post suggests that the new "Come to Life" ad campaign significantly boosted Colorado's tourism revenue, which you can read about in a new study conducted for the Colorado Tourism Office.  The study is cited in a Post blog posting, which highlights today as "tourism day at the Capitol." 

With its purple mountain majesties, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and fine weather, Colorado has long been a popular tourist destination.  In our library you can find examples of marketing materials from previous promotional campaigns, including "Where There's Room to Live and Breathe," from the early 1970s; "Colorful Colorado Invites You" from the mid-1970s; "Colorado Above All" from the late 1970s/early 1980s; "Colorado and No Place Else" from the mid-1980s; "I'd Rather Be in Colorado" from the late 1990s/early 2000s, "Adventure Colorado" from the early 2000s, "Fresh Air and Fond Memories Served Daily" from the mid-2000s; "Let's Talk Colorado" from the late 2000s; and "In a Land Called Colorado" from the early 2010s.  For an example of Colorado's past marketing efforts, see the 1978 Colorado Facts booklet, which has been digitized by our library. 

Colorado has promoted itself since its earliest days.  The Colorado State Archives has a great online tourism webpage with examples of older promotional materials (such as the "Colorado, Top of the Nation" poster above), postcards, a history of state tourism agencies and efforts, and more.

Current Colorado promotional materials can be found at www.colorado.com, the state's official tourism website.

Image Courtesy Colorado State Archives

1/28/2013

How CDOT Spends Transportation Dollars

CDOTIn the interest of transparency, the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) has added a new feature to their website:  Your CDOT Dollar.  Using this feature, you can learn about where your tax dollars go, in relation to transportation projects, and about the agency's performance.  Features on the site include an interactive calculator to see how much you contribute each year; a map of current projects that includes financial information on each project; and statistics for road quality, bridges and tunnels, mobility, and safety.   This handy resource is useful to any Colorado taxpayer who is interested in where their money goes. 

1/24/2013

Worker's Compensation in Colorado

View detailsBoth employers and employees should be aware of worker's compensation laws in Colorado.  If you're an injured worker or an employer, be sure to visit the Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment's workers compensation webpage for the information you need to understand the process.  For background and explanation of the laws, see the 2012 Colorado Worker's Compensation Act booklet. 

Employees - be sure to read the CDLE's Employee's Guide, available online and from our library, for answers to your questions, including dispute resolution information.  The CDLE also has a webpage for injured workers with links to forms, rules, medical information, a benefits calculator, and more. 

Employers - The CDLE created the Employer's Guide just for you, with everything you need to know before and after a worker gets injured on the job.  See also the CDLE's Employers & Insurers page for forms, legal information, medical topics, insurance information, and more.  You'll also want to check out Worker's Compensation Insurance Requirements for Employers.

Researchers - Need stats on workers' compensation injuries in Colorado?  The CDLE has those too.  See Work-Related Injuries in Colorado, an annual statistical report on injured workers, which our library has back to 1995; Worker's Compensation Costs in Colorado; and 2010 Injured Worker Exit Survey Results.

1/22/2013

Higher Education Master Plan

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education recently released Colorado Competes:  A Completion Agenda for Higher Education, a master plan for higher education that addresses retention, success, educational services, and on-time degree attainment.  "The primary goal established by this Master Plan," the report states, "is to increase the number of Coloradans ages 25-34 who hold postsecondary credentials...to 66 percent by 2025."  (Currently, the number is 46 percent).  The report, mandated by SB10-003, is the second Master Plan produced by the Commission in response to the Senate Bill -- Colorado Competes follows The Degree Dividend from 2010.  Together, these documents highlight the state's higher education goals and their importance to Colorado's future.
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1/18/2013

Colorado Geological Survey is Moving

On January 31, the Colorado Geological Survey will transfer from the Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources to the Colorado School of Mines, as specified in HB12-1355 during last year's legislative session.  The one exception to the move is the Colorado Avalanche Information CenterHB13-1057, passed unanimously by the House yesterday and which will almost certainly be passed by the Senate, exempts the Center from the move. 

The possibility of a move from DNR to Mines has been studied since 2004, when a bill to move the agency died.  See the Joint Study of the Colorado Geological Survey Relocation per HB04-1359 for background on the 2004 bill and rationale behind the move.  You can also find out more in this blog posting from the Association of American State Geologists.

1/16/2013

Kindergarten Guidebook

Did you attend kindergarten in Colorado around 1960?  If so, check out the Colorado Dept. of Education's 1960 Kindergarten Guidebook, which our library has digitized.  This illustrated guidebook with filled with songs, stories and activities should bring back lots of memories...and might give today's teachers some fun ideas.

The State Publications Library is working hard to digitize as many of its documents as possible.  For more information, including other trips down memory lane, visit our web catalog, which contains links to digital documents where available.

1/14/2013

Graywater Reuse

Many people are often confused by Colorado's graywater reuse laws, so HB13-1044, introduced in the Legislature this session, would, if passed, clarify Colorado's laws on the reuse of water.  "Graywater" is defined in the bill as "that portion of wastewater that, before being treated or combined with other wastewater, is collected from fixtures within residential, commercial or industrial buildings or institutional facilities for the purpose of being put to beneficial uses," such as irrigation.  (And don't worry -- as specified in the bill, graywater does not include wastewater from toilets.)  For more information on Colorado's current graywater reuse laws, see the fact sheet Graywater Reuse and Rainwater Harvesting from the Colorado State University Extension, and Graywater Systems and Rainwater Harvesting in Colorado from the Colorado Division of Water Resources.

1/10/2013

Improving School Attendance

Among the many bills introduced yesterday, the first day of the 2013 Legislative session, is HB13-1021, concering school attendance.  The bill, if passed, would enact measures to "ensure that students comply with compulsory school attendance requirements and...requiring schools to address habitual truancy through a multidisciplinary plan."  The bill also looks at education for students who are in juvenile detention facilities. 

In our library you can find numerous resources on school attendance, including laws and statistics.  A few examples of helpful resources on this topic include the Colorado Dept. of Education's 2011 publication, Colorado Average Daily Membership Study; the Colorado Supreme Court's Truancy Symposium Report; and Reimaging High School in Colorado:  Report of Governor Ritter's Graduation Guidelines Development CouncilFor statistics on school attendance, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/truancystatistics.htm.  For background information on the Compulsory School Attendance Law, see http://www.cde.state.co.us/choice/homeschool_attendancelaw.asp

1/08/2013

Legislative Session Starts Tomorrow


Starting Wednesday, January 9, the Sixty-Ninth Colorado General Assembly will be in session.  The first day will be largely ceremonial, especially since a third of the 2013 Legislators are brand new and will be sworn in for the first time.  Wednesday's events will be followed on Thursday, January 10 by the Governor's State of the State Speech, a transcript of which will be available from our library as soon as it is released.

You can find all the information you need on bills, Legislator contact information, committees, audio and video broadcasts, statutes, reports, etc. on the Legislature's website, www.leg.state.co.us.

1/07/2013

Tuberculosis in Colorado

Did you know that a large number of the people who migrated to Colorado in the late 1800s and early 1900s did so because they had tuberculosis?  Back then, people referred to the disease as  "consumption," and during the Industrial Revolution it had beome quite prevalent among Americans, especially those who lived in large cities back East.  Colorado's air quality and wide open spaces made it attractive to many who sought the "climate cure."  The purest air could be found in the mountains, and places like Glenwood Springs became popular among tuberculars (in fact, Doc Holliday died there from the disease).  But for those who could not afford to live at a health spa, Denver became a popular alternative.  In fact, Denver's Robert Speer is one person who came to Colorado looking to cure his tuberculosis.  He did -- and became Denver's mayor, serving 1904-1912 and 1916-1918. 

The legacy of tuberculosis in Colorado can still be seen in Denver and other places around the state.  When you see an old house with a large, screened in porch, very often this will be because a consumptive lived there.  "Lungers," as they were often referred to back then, were advised to stay outdoors as much as possible, and some stayed outside 24 hours a day, even in the winter.  Also, Denver's National Jewish Hospital, established as a tuberculosis sanitarium, still specializes in respiratory medicine.

Tuberculosis is uncommon today, but it still exists.  The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment monitors cases of this contagious disease.  They publish an annual surveillance report on Colorado tuberculosis cases, which is available from our library.  For general information on the disease and how it is spread, visit the CDPHE's Tuberculosis webpage.

1/04/2013

School Crisis Resources

The Colorado Dept. of Education has posted a page on their website of Sandy Hook Crisis Resources.  The page offers links to information that can help parents and educators with talking to, listening to, and helping children cope with the tragedy and with school violence in general.  The page also contains links to detailed information for school personnel on how to prepare for, respond to, and help prevent such tragedies.  Another such resource that is not listed on the resource page, but can be very helpful to school employees and administrators, is the Colorado School Emergency Operations Plan Exercise Toolkit from the Colorado Dept. of Public Safety.  Additionally, the University of Colorado-Boulder's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence has produced a document entitled Creating a Crisis Plan that can also help schools prepare for emergencies and traumatic events.  Finally, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center is a valuable resource -- see my blog post from December 17 for more information on the CSSRC and links to information on their site.

1/02/2013

Bald Eagle Spotted in City Park

A bald eagle who supposedly flew from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal wildife refuge has landed in Denver's City Park, where there have been multiple confirmed sightings of the male raptor.  Denver's largest park offers many hunting opportunities for the eagle, including geese, rodents, and fish in the park's lakes.  (So be sure and watch your small pets).  Bald eagles are listed as a "species of special concern" in Colorado.  It was considered endangered until 2007, when its status was downgraded to "threatened."  The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife estimates that there are approximately 120 eagle nests in Colorado.  For more on this majestic bird, visit the DPW's species profile page, where you can read more about the birds and view a video on eagle watching.   

Photo courtesy Colorado Parks & Wildlife

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