10/31/2013

Bats

Today is Halloween, and one of the most recognized symbols of the day, along with ghosts and pumpkins and skeletons, is the bat.  Colorado is home to several species of bats.  You can learn about Colorado's bats at the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife's species profile or check out their publication Bats of Colorado:  Shadows in the Night, available from our library.   

Recently, many Colorado bats have been infected with white nose syndrome, which is causing the deaths of large numbers of bat populations.  Bats are an important element of the ecosystem.  If you spot a dead or infected bat, you are encouraged to contact the Division at 303-291-7771 or email wildlife.batline@state.co.us.  However, do not handle bats, as many are carriers of rabies.

10/29/2013

More Flood Resources

Many people in Colorado are still being affected by last month's floods, as they work to clean and repair flooded and damaged houses or find new places to live.  Roadways and dams are also affected.  The State of Colorado has set up a flood resource website, www.coloradounited.com, which includes resources for flood victims, travel information, and how to volunteer or donate. 

Also helpful is the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment's flood resources page, which includes resources both in English and Spanish.  In addition to the lists of resources for the general public, the site also includes information for health care providers, retail food establishments, child care providers, and landfill owners and operators.  Included are helpful links on water quality and testing, wastewater, private wells, and mapping and GIS. 

10/28/2013

Beware of New Cell Phone Phishing Scam

A new scam involving calls to Colorado cell phones has been identified.  The scam is a "phishing" scam whereby the caller pretends to be from the person's financial institution and asks for account numbers and passwords.  The calls originate from a California phone number.  If you receive a call like this, DO NOT give out any personal information.  For more information on this scam, click here.  If you believe you have received this call and gave out personal information, alert your local police.  For helpful information on identity theft recovery, see the Colorado Attorney General's Identity Theft Repair Kit, available from our library.

10/22/2013

Homeless Programs

The Colorado Governor's Office, the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs - Division of Housing, and various local nonprofits have teamed up to produce a new report, Pathways Home Colorado:  Ensuring All Coloradans Have a Place to Call HomeThe report takes a look at the various initiatives around the state that are working toward reducing homelessness.  For more information and links to resources, visit the Division of Housing's Homeless Programs page. 

10/21/2013

American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month, celebrating the rich array of historical treasures found in American archives.  In Colorado, most museums and many libraries have archives both large and small that store the record of American, Colorado, and local history.  The Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board "serves as a central advisory body within Colorado for historical records planning and coordination."  To find out what they are doing to make sure Colorado's history is available for the future, view their report Ensuring the Documentary Heritage of the Centennial State here.

10/15/2013

Colorado Lottery Audit

The Denver Post last week ran a story and editorials on a new state audit of the Colorado Lottery, but as usual they didn't include a link to the audit in their story, so you can find it here.  In actuality, two audits of the Lottery were released last week -- a financial audit and a performance audit.  Both will soon be available from our library but in the meantime are available via the State Auditor's website.  For more information on the Colorado Lottery, see their annual reports, their monthly financial statements, and this Issue Brief from the Colorado Legislative Council.

10/14/2013

I-70 Mountain Corridor

As the ski season approaches, the problem of congestion along I-70 again becomes a hot topic.  In 2011, the Colorado State Legislature passed HB11-1210, requiring the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) to study possible solutions for I-70 traffic and mobility.  The resulting study has recently been cataloged by our library:  Report Pursuant to HB 11-1210, Recommendations Regarding Short Term Mobility Solutions Along the I-70 Mountain Corridor.  Some additional state publications that discuss this topic include:

10/10/2013

Colorado Main Street Program

Recently Governor Hickenlooper announced that Trinidad has been added to the list of communities participating in the Main Street Program (see the Governor's press release here.)  With the addition of Trinidad, there are now 13 communities across Colorado participating in the program.  According to the Governor's Office,

The Main Street® Program helps to revitalize downtown districts leveraging historic preservation. The program advocates for community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is the statewide coordinating agency for all Main Street® communities and is sponsored, in part, by a generous grant from the State Historical Fund.

You can find out more about this program by visiting their website.  Also, the Department of Local Affairs has published Community Profiles on four of the communities participating in the Main Street Program:

-Town of Fowler
-Five Points (Denver)
-City of Monte Vista
-City of Rifle

Other state publications of interest regarding the Main Street Program, and available from our library, include:

-Colorado Community Sustainability Guide
-Colorado Sustainable Main Streets Initiative:  Frequently Asked Questions

Finally, for more information on the State Historical Fund, visit their website.  Additional information can be found in their publication The Economic Power of Heritage and Place.


10/08/2013

State Publications Library Open House

Stop by the Colorado State Publications Library tomorrow for an open house!  Tour the library, meet the staff, and learn about all of the great resources we have to offer.  

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 10am-1pm
WHERE:  201 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado (northeast corner of Colfax Avenue and Sherman Street) - Room 314

See you there! 

10/07/2013

Bullying Prevention

October is Bullying Prevention Month.  The State of Colorado has two excellent resources on bullying, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center and the University of Colorado's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.  Some of the helpful resources these agencies have published (and are available from our library) include:
Additionally, the Colorado Dept. of Education has also published several helpful fact sheets on bullying, including What is Bullying? and What Parents and Teachers Should Know About BullyingHelp keep your kids safe by checking out these helpful resources.

10/03/2013

Colorado Dept. of Corrections Releases New Statistical Report

The Colorado Dept. of Corrections has just released a new statistical report, which includes information on prison population, crime rates, security, admissions and releases, parole, recidivism, demographics, and more.  The report shows a decline in total prison population but a slight increase in the youthful offender population.  The data in the report is shown both visually in graphs and also numerically, so that it is easy to search for the information you need.  With the media's recent focus on Colorado corrections, particularly in regards to parole, this is a valuable resource for all kinds of data on Colorado's incarcerated population.

10/01/2013

Protecting Pets from Coyotes

As the weather cools, pet owners should be more vigilant about protecting their pets from coyotes.  According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, coyotes require more calories during cold weather and also can be seen hunting during daylight hours in the colder months.  The following tips can help pet owners be aware of coyote activity and threats*:

TIPS TO REMEMBER:
Discouraging Coyotes Near Homes
- Frighten coyotes with loud noises; use unnatural odors (such as ammonia) to clean trashcans.
- Yell and throw things at coyotes whenever you see them near your home.
- Cleanup food attractants such as dog food, garbage and spilled seed beneath birdfeeders.
- Use yard lights with motion detectors - appearance of the sudden light may frighten coyotes away.

Protecting Pets and Children
- Keep pets in fenced areas or kennels; remember split rail fences and invisible fences will not keep your pet safe from predators. Pet kennels and runs should have a fully-enclosed roof.
- Provide human supervision while outdoors, even in your own backyard.
- Do not allow pets (or children) to run loose in areas where there is coyote activity. Keep pets on leash or leave the area when you see a coyote. Most urban areas have leash laws requiring dogs to be under control. Coyotes and foxes are thought to be responsible for many cat disappearances in residential neighborhoods.
- Although rare, coyotes could potentially to injure people. Teach your family not to approach wildlife and never feed wildlife.
- Treat the presence of a coyote as an unfamiliar and potentially threatening dog.

Coyote Encounters
- Rural coyotes are wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible. Urban coyotes seem to be more comfortable around humans.
- Overtly aggressive behavior toward people is not normal and should be reported.
- Never feed or attempt to "tame" a coyote.
- Do not turn your back or run from a coyote.
- If approached or followed by a coyote, make loud noises, yell and make yourself look big.
- If the coyote approaches to an uncomfortably close distance, throw rocks or other objects.
- Report coyote problems to the nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office.



For more information, see this flyer, brochure, and postcard from the Division of Wildlife.  These resources also discuss how to minimize human interactions with coyotes.


Photo by David Hannigan, courtesy of Colorado Division of Wildlife


*this information was originally published in a DOW press release.

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