Recycling Information

Recycling is not just for newspaper and aluminum cans anymore.  Many solid waste items can be recycled, including electronics.  If you are looking for information on recycling, including locations of recycling centers, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Recycling and Beneficial Use webpage.  Here you will find Colorado recycling regulations, forms, statistics, information on electronics recycling, and where to find a recycling center near you.  According to the site, recycling and composting has kept over 2 million tons of waste from our landfills since 2012!


Colorado -- It's Delicious

Looking for a delicious way to travel through Colorado?  The Colorado Tourism Office has developed a new Tasting Tour website to help you plan a trip to visit Colorado's wineries, breweries, farmers' markets, and restaurants.

Other great agritourism resources include the food and gift directories published by the Markets Division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Directories include the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, listing where to find Colorado-grown produce; a Colorado Farmers' Market Locations list; the Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, for where to buy items from gift baskets to condiments to skin care products, all made in Colorado; Taste Colorado:  The Colorado Proud Restaurant Guide, for a listing of restaurants that use ingredients grown or raised in Colorado; and the Colorado Wine Country brochure.


Prescription Drug Abuse

The State of Colorado has taken on the issue of prescription drug abuse after a national survey ranked Colorado as the second-worst among all fifty states for abusing.  You can read more about the survey and Colorado's efforts to combat this problem at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention website.  Also, last fall Governor Hickenlooper's office released a report, the Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse.

Abuse of prescription drugs includes taking prescriptions that were prescribed to someone else; taking prescription drugs in a manner not prescribed by the doctor (i.e. taking more than the prescribed dose, or for something other than which they were prescribed); otherwise obtaining prescriptions illegally; or not properly disposing of leftover or unwanted medications.  Misuse of prescription drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death.  Yesterday Governor Hickenlooper signed legislation to modify and update the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, the state's program for combating prescription drug abuse.  According to the Governor's media advisory, the legislation will help save lives and bring Colorado in line with national standards.  "In 2012, more than twice as many people in Colorado died from overdose due to opioid pain killers (295) than from drunk driving-related crashes (133)," reports the Department of Regulatory Agencies.   


Colorado's LJ "Notable Government Documents" 2013

Four Colorado state publications have been named 2013 Notable Government Documents by Library Journal, as announced in the May 15 issue.  All four publications are available from our library.  They are:


Weights & Measures

If you are looking for guidance on Colorado's weights and measures laws, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has put together a helpful brochure, Questions and Answers on the Colorado Weights and Measures Law.  The short, easy-to-understand brochure explains how the laws protect consumers and ensure fairness in the marketplace. 

For information specific to weights and measures for petroleum, visit this page from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment's Oil and Public Safety division.

Outside of oil and gas, Colorado's weights and measures are overseen by the State Metrology Laboratory.  Visit their website for standards, regulations, calibration services, and information on shipping weights.


Firefighting Air Fleet

On Monday (May 12, 2014), the governor signed a bill creating the state's first firefighting air fleet. The bill (SB 14-164) approves appropriations to purchase two high-technology fire-detecting aircraft and also contract with up to four firefighting helicopters and four single-engine air tankers. The fleet will aid in early detection of wildfires, and improve the response time in suppressing fires.

The Colorado Firefighting Air Corps website has a lot of information on the bill, and conversations/reports leading up to it's passage.

Also, in March the Division of Fire Prevention and Control released a "report to the Governor and General Assembly on strategies to enhance the state's aerial firefighting capabilities" entitled: Special Report: Colorado Firefighting Air Corps. This report gives a summary of current wildfire conditions in Colorado, and has a detailed breakdown of the recommendations presented to the legislature.


May is Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month!

The month of May has been designated as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month to bring awareness to the importance of preserving the past for the future.  Many events will take place throughout the month to celebrate our historic places.  For background information on Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month and a list of events, see this webpage from History Colorado.

Our library has numerous publications on archaeology and historic preservation, including multiple property listings and information on the economic benefits of historic preservation from History Colorado; books on archaeology from the University Press of Colorado; grants and Main Street revitalization information from History Colorado and the Department of Local Affairs; archaeological project documents from the Department of Transportation; and studies from the state universities.  Check our web catalog for documents, many of which can be accessed online.

Mesa Verde National Park.  Photo courtesy National Park Service.


Requirements for Motorcycles and Scooters in Colorado

Now that the weather is warming up, motorcycles and scooters are sharing our roadways.  Motorcycles have different risks than cars and trucks, so a special endorsement to a driver's license is required for Colorado motorcycle operators.  You can find out the steps to obtaining a motorcycle endorsement for your license here.  Also, be sure to read the Colorado Motorcycle Operator's Handbook for important safety information.  Additional motorcycle safety resources can be found on the Colorado Department of Transportation's Live to Ride webpage.

Low-power scooters do not require a motorcycle endorsement, but the owner must possess a valid driver's license and must also obtain a special decal as proof of registration.  Requirements for scooter operators can be found here.


Colorado Drinking Water Week

Gov. Hickenlooper has declared May 4-10, 2014 as Colorado Drinking Water Week.  This week brings awareness to the importance of safe, healthy drinking water.  If you're interested in finding out more about Colorado's efforts to make your water safe, view the Colorado Safe Drinking Water Annual Compliance Report and the Colorado Safe Drinking Water Program Annual Report, both available online courtesy of our library.  See also the Department's newsletter Aqua Talk for more information on water quality in Colorado. 

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