Colorado State Capitol Art and Memorials

Colorado's State Capitol is filled with artworks, from murals by Allen Tupper True to stained glass windows commemorating famous Coloradans, portraits of every U.S. President, paintings, tapestries, and more.  On the Capitol grounds can be found a number of statues and Civil War cannons.  And in the Capitol dome you can find a history exhibit, Mr. Brown's Attic.

A new website from the Colorado Legislative Council offers visitors a floor-by-floor virtual tour of these many artworks and memorials.  On the homepage, you can either click on the link to a particular floor or other area (basement, dome, grounds), or you can filter by a specific type of artwork, memorial, or architectural feature (sculptures, paintings, stained glass windows, etc.)  Once you click on an area or floor, you receive a color-coded map followed by a listing, with a photo, of each artwork.  This site is a handy resource to take along with you on your smartphone or tablet as you tour the building, or just to look at on your computer if you cannot visit in person. 


Air Quality

April 28-May 2, 2014, is Air Quality Awareness Week.  The quality of the air we breathe affects us all.  Those of us who have lived in Denver for decades remember the Brown Cloud that often used to hang over the city.  Although air quality and pollution prevention has improved over the years through improvements in technology, such as fuel-efficient vehicles, it is still an important issue faced by Coloradans -- and not just those in urban areas, either.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Air Pollution Control Division monitors and regulates air quality in our state.  You can find a number of publications from the Division in our library.  Search keywords "air pollution" or "air quality" in our catalog to find titles, many of which are available online.  You can also visit the Division's website for additional resources, including information on auto emissions, greenhouse gases, open burning and prescribed fires, asbestos, and more.



Community Performance Center: Child Welfare Data from the Colorado Department of Human Services

You may have seen mention in the newspaper of a new website from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), titled Community Performance Center, or cdhsdatamatters.org.  This site provides data and information on topics related to child welfare, including child abuse and neglect, permanency, visitation, out-of-home care, and more.  Data is presented by topic and by county or judicial district.  There is also a section on the site where you can report child abuse, and a feature that allows users to sign up for data updates.  This site is an important part of CDHS's goal of transparency for child welfare services. 



Colorado Business Resource Book

Since 1998, the Colorado Business Resource book has been helping entrepreneurs and small business owners with the information they need to succeed.  Published by the Colorado Small Business Development Centers, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and other partners, the book is continually updated to reflect the most current information.  You can view a copy of the book here, or you can pick up a free copy at your local economic development center, chamber of commerce, or Small Business Development Center.  The business resource book contains the following sections:
  • Starting a Business
  • Business Entry Options
  • Legal Structure & Registration
  • Income & Property Tax
  • Colorado Sales Tax
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Bookkeeping
  • Sources of Assistance
  • Choosing Your Advisors
  • Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Financing Options
  • Liabilities and Insurance
  • Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents
  • Emerging Industries
  • Important Contact Information


Earth Day

A century ago, what we now know as Earth Day was called Arbor Day.  The day was celebrated by planting trees, and in Denver especially, Mayor Speer would give out hundreds of trees, and children would plant trees in City Park.  Most schools had Arbor Day celebrations or ceremonies; in fact, you can read about them in the historic Biennial Reports of Superintendents of Public Instruction, available from our library. 

Today, we celebrate Earth Day by not just focusing on trees, but on recycling, sustainability, and the environment.  If you are looking for small ways to help the planet -- every day, not just today -- the State of Colorado agencies have a few ideas:
  • Adopt-a-Highway:  The Colorado Department of Transportation sponsors this program through which volunteers help pick up trash from roadsides.
  • Eat at a restaurant that uses locally-produced ingredients.  Check the Colorado Proud Restaurant Guide to find out where.
  • Teach your kids about the environment.  See the Colorado Department of Education's Environmental Education Plan.
  • Learn about energy efficient construction from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
  • Volunteer at a State Park.
  • Find a Recycler:  View the map and information provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Learn about Urban Agriculture from Colorado State University.  Shop at farmers' markets, raise your own chickens and goats, and more.


Ludlow 100th Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, which took place April 20, 1914.  On that day, the State Militia was called in to deal with striking coal miners, who wanted recognition of their union.  The Milita fired on the Colorado Fuel & Iron laborers at the Ludlow tent colony for 14 hours.  It culminated with the torching of the camp, which led to the deaths of two women and 11 children, who had burned to death after seeking protection by hiding in pits dug underneath their tents.  A number of striking miners were also killed in the incident.

An eyewitness account can be found in the 1913-14 Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the State of Colorado, available in our library.  From a dispatch of the United Mine Workers of America, reprinted in the Biennial Report:  "'One hundred and fifty gunmen, in militiamen's uniform and with state equipment, have, with six machine guns, kept up a constant attack on men, women and children since daybreak Monday morning. ... One boy, aged 11, was murdered by the gunmen when he ran to get a drink for his mother, who had lain in a cellar ill...the bodies of from fifteen to twenty men and women are lying on the prairie and in the ruins of the tent colony.'" 

The Biennial Report also includes affadavits of striking miners, testimonies of state officials defending their actions, and even the texts of President Woodrow Wilson's proclamation, proposal for strike settlement, and appointment of a national Peace Commission in response to Ludlow.  The Biennial Report represents an important collection of primary source documents in this event of national significance in the Labor Movement.

More resources and eyewitness accounts can be found in the newspapers of the time.  See this post from the Colorado State Library's Yesterday's News Blog for local newspaper articles of the time.  Additionally, the El Pueblo Museum, a property of History Colorado, is running a special exhibit, Children of Ludlow, through 2015.  You can also visit the Ludlow site itself, in Las Animas County near Trinidad, which includes a memorial.  The site is a National Historic Landmark.

A number of secondary sources can also be found in our library, including several books: 
  • Representation and Rebellion:  The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company
  • From Redstone to Ludlow:  John Cleveland Osgood's Struggle Against the United Mine Workers of America
  • The Archaeology of Class War:  The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914
  • Remember Ludlow!
  • The Great Coalfield War


Find Your Legislators

It's mid-way through the Session.  Do you know who your Legislator is? 

If not, colorado.gov can help.  Simply go to the Who is my Legislator? webpage and click on the link to the colorado.gov map resource.  Once there, you can zoom in on the map down to the block level.  Then choose whether you want to find the name of your State Senator, State Representative, or U.S. Representative.  You can also compare your address with data from 2002 to find out if your area changed representation during redistricting, which occurs every 10 years.  The map will show you the name of your current Legislator, the District number, and a link to the Legislator's homepage which includes contact information, party affiliation, photograph, committees, and other information.


Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

Founded in 1874, two years before Colorado became a state, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) has a long history in Colorado.  In our library, you can find many resources on CSDB's history, including annual and biennial reports going back to 1896; financial statements; master plans and future planning documents; facilities documents; and even information published for parents.  Many of these documents are available online; if not, the printed versions can be viewed in our library.  Check our web catalog for titles.



If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you'd better hurry!  Tax day is tomorrow.  You can find all the resources you need on the Colorado Department of Revenue's website -- including tax forms, information on refunds, answers to common questions, updates on tax legislation, videos and fact sheets, tax filing information for flood victims, a tax blog, and more, in addition to the State of Colorado's online filing system. 


Go Code Colorado

Got an idea for an app?  Then the State of Colorado's new Go Code Colorado contest is for you.  Sponsored by the Governor's Office and the Colorado Secretary of State, the competition "is an apps challenge designed to make public data more accessible and user-friendly.  Teams of developers and entrepreneurs across the state will compete to solve business problems and grow our economy, by building apps that will help Colorado companies thrive."  To learn more about the competition or to participate, go to the competition website, http://gocode.colorado.gov/.  The site also has helpful links to other State of Colorado datasets under its "data" tab, so be sure to check out these resources as well.


Colorado Population Change

For the past several decades Colorado has been among the fastest growing states in the nation -- in fact, it is the fourth fastest growing state since 2012, according to the State Demography Office.  The Office has prepared a helpful website, Components of Change, that details Colorado's growth since 1970.  Using data from the U.S. Census, the IRS, and county data, the website includes information on in- and out-migration; forecasts birth, death, and migration data through 2040; and breaks down the data by categories such as age and income.  Much of the information is presented in both PDF and Excel format. 

The State Demography Office also offers a wealth of other population data on its website.  Click the links on the right side of the page for data on race/ethnicity, age and gender, housing and housholds, and more.


Labor Force Data

The State of Colorado has two great websites that can help you find data on our state's labor force.

The Colorado LMI Gateway features detailed labor market information and employment data for Colorado. Visit the site's Labor Force page to view data on employment by area; unemployment; seasonally adjusted employment data; and graphs, maps and tables of Colorado's labor force. On the LMI main page you can also find data on job growth, top industries and occupations, income data, consumer price index, and more.

The State Demography Office's Labor Force page includes recent census data, labor force participation by age and gender, data on commuting and county-to-county worker flows, and a Colorado labor force forcast to 2040 (data in the forecast can be compared back to 1979).


New Information on Radon

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), new research shows that all Colorado counties are now considered to be at high risk of radon.  Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas that can only be detected through testing.  Homeowners can purchase the inexpensive radon testing kits and conduct the tests themselves.  For more information on radon, visit the CDPHE's Radon Outreach webpage, which includes a map of radon zones, information on finding a contractor; public information videos; resources for radon resistant construction; and helpful pamphlets and guides.  Protect your home and family by checking the website today.


School Library Media Month

April is School Library Media Month!  Libraries are an important part of a child's education.  At the State Publications Library you can find a number of helpful resources that demonstrate the importance of school libraries.  Select publications include:
Also, see these school library Fast Facts from the Colorado State Library's Library Research Service.


Emergency Care for Pets

SB14-039 has just been signed into law, allowing emergency medical responders to provide emergency care to domesticated animals.  Previously, animals could only be treated by veterinarians, but through the passage of this bill, animals that are, for example, injured in a car accident can be treated on the scene along with their owners.  

Care of pets and other domesticated animals is an important consideration during disasters.  The State of Colorado has published several documents in relation to animal care in disasters and emergencies, including:

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