Colorado Byways Mobile App

Next time you travel aroud the state by car, be sure to download the new Colorado Scenic Byways Guide mobile app, available now from the Colorado Tourism Office.  (You can download the app here.)  The app can be used to find the locations of official Scenic and Historic Byways around the state, as well as for learning more information about them as you drive through, including facts about the history of the area.  If a mobile app is not for you, however, you can also check out one of several printed guides available from our library.  Or, for more information, visit the Colorado Dept. of Transportation's Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways website.  On this site you can also find out how to request a free map.  Also be sure and view the Colorado Tourism Office's full-color illustrated tourist guide, Life Along the Scenic and Historic Byways.


Colorado Household Projections

What will Colorado households look like in 2040?  The Colorado Demography Office predicts an increase of over a million total households between 2014 (2.14 million households) and 2040 (3.15 million) statewide.  You can find this data by searching the Demography Office's handy Colorado Household Projections feature.  On the site, you can enter various search parameters to calculate the predicted number of households statewide or by county in any year from 2010 to 2040.  You can also search by age group and number of persons in the household, which can offer some interesting data on the changing types of households in the twenty-first century.   


Colorado Mining Data

Did you know that the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety has made available a great deal of mining data online?  Visit their Mining Data page to search by county, operator, permit, or mine name.  On the site you can also find GIS data, imaged documents, and other reports.


Traffic Safety and the Colorado State Patrol

The Colorado State Patrol is dedicated to public safety on our roads and highways.  You can find statistics and learn about the CSP's traffic safety initiatives, such as The Heat is On and Click It or Ticket, by visiting the CSP's Traffic Safety homepage.  You can also arrange to have CSP officers and staff present educational programs or hold safety fairs at your school or business.  CSP also sponsors a series of webinars on distracted, impaired, or aggressive driving; investigating fatal crashes; recruiting officers; teen drivers; and winter driving.  For information on these programs visit the CSP's Safety Programs webpage.


Colorado's Dropout Rate Declines

New information released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows that the state's high school dropout rate has decreased and is at its lowest point since 2003.  The graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 76.9%, a 1.5% increase from 2012.  Additionally graduation rates have increased among nearly all races and ethnic groups.  CDE has just released two infographics (links below) along with an interactive website giving these statistics.  For more information, visit the CDE's general Dropout Statistics and Graduation Statistics pages, or visit our library's web catalog to search for more resources from CDE and other state agencies.


Colorado Information Marketplace

The Colorado Information Marketplace website, data.colorado.gov, is a great place to start when you need any information on the State of Colorado and its programs.  The Information Marketplace offers maps, datasets, charts, calendars, documents, files, and forms from all State agencies.   Right now you can visit the Information Marketplace to find resources on the Colorado floods; legislative information; maps of services as well as statistical and demographic maps; and much more.  A list of the site's most popular resources includes maps of state services; links to education data (SchoolView); black bear-human conflict area datasets; population charts; a map of Colorado's county seats; and more.  Check it out!


Marijuana-Related Online Education Materials

With all the attention on marijuana lately, many parents and teachers are concerned about adolescent use of the drug and its effect on the developing brain.  The Colorado Dept. of Education's Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Office has created a helpful list of resources on this topic.  These resources can help youth make smart choices and understand why marijuana use is still illegal in Colorado for people under 21 years of age.  This information can also be useful to parents seeking to talk with their teens about marijuana, and to educators to incorporate into science and health curriculum.


2010 Census Data for Colorado

The State Demography Office is in the process of compiling and releasing Colorado demographical information from the 2010 Census.  Data currently available on their website includes urban/rural population, age, households, housing occupancy, housing tenure, and more.  Also included are maps illustrating these population figures.  The data is presented both statewide and by county.  The site also presents information on the population change between 2000 and 2010, including population change by age and race.  Finally, the site offers estimates, forecasts and projections for the future using the 2010 census data.  Check back often as the site is continually being updated with new data.


Supreme Court Justice - Mandatory Retirement Age

Last week, former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Michael Bender, reached the mandatory retirement age for judges last week.  (See news story here).  According to the Colorado Constitution, judges must be under the age of 72.  See Article VI, Section 20 for the constitutional requirement regarding mandatory retirement age for judges. 
As a result, Colorado now has a new justice, William Hood III, while Nancy Rice has stepped into the role of Chief Justice.  For information on all of the state's seven Supreme Court Justices, visit this page on the Colorado Judicial Branch's website.  For information on past justices, view this online resource from the Colorado Supreme Court Library.


New State Logo

The new state logo, a green mountain with the letters CO, has been receiving quite a bit of attention lately.  The logo has been established to be used by state agencies for branding purposes (it does not replace the official state seal).  However, negative reactions toward the logo have prompted House Bill 14-1071 being introduced to the Legislature.  If passed, the bill would refer acceptance of the logo to the voters (see full news article here.)  The trademarked logo is already in use on some state websites, such as the Dept. of Personnel and Administration.  You can read about the process for developing the logo at its official website, http://www.brandcolorado.gov/.


Legislative Session Begins Today

The Second Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth General Assembly of Colorado is in session!  Over the next five months lawmakers will debate and pass laws on issues important to Coloradans.  You can find out what bills have been introduced and passed by visiting the General Assembly homepage.  You can find bills, acts, calendars, journals, status sheets, fiscal notes, resolutions, etc. under the "Session Information" tab.  Here you can also click on the "prior sessions" link to find bills and acts for all sessions going back to 1997.  Other useful information found on the General Assembly homepage includes committee information, district maps, analysis, contact information, statutes, session laws, legislative reports, and information on the State Capitol.    


Where Do Your Tuition Dollars Go?

Have you ever wondered where the money you spend on your college tuition ends up?  Getting a college degree costs a lot of money, and many people wonder about the dollars they spend.  Now, Colorado State University has the answer, which you can view in a new video produced by the CSU President's Office.  Says CSU, "CSU President Tony Frank...help[s] explain how the university balances tuition and state funding to cover the cost of education."  If you ever wondered where your tuition dollars are spent, check out the new, 6-minute video.  For more information on paying for college, visit the Colorado Dept. of Higher Education's Money 101.


Colorado History Exhibits - Online

Did you know that you can visit the History Colorado Center's exhibits without ever leaving your chair?  They have set up an Online Exhibits website where you can go to view exhibits on Colorado History which tie in with the actual exhibits in the museum.  The online exhibits are fun and interactive, and while geared primarily toward students they can be enjoyed by all ages.  Right now you can view exhibits on the Amache Japanese relocation camp; Bent's Fort; and Tribal Paths, a history of Colorado's Native Americans.  Keep checking back because more exhibits, including Mesa Verde, Lincoln Hills, and Keota, are coming soon. 

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