9.29.2014

Right-of-Way and Relocation

If your property is being considered for use for new roads or highways, whether through eminent domain or other means of acquisition, it is important to know your rights.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has issued a Right-of-Way Manual "to provide guidance in all phases of acquiring, managing, and disposing of real property.  It is based on federal and state statutes, rules, policies, and procedures related to the real estate, condemnation, and relocation."  The manual is frequently updated so contains current information.  You may also wish to view CDOT's publication entitled Your Rights and Benefits as a Highway Relocatee, available from our libraryCDOT has also recently issued a new set of brochures including an introduction to right-of-way, information for residential property owners and tenants, and information for businesses, farms, and nonprofits.  Each brochure is available both in English and in Spanish.

9.25.2014

September is National Preparedness Month

Communities and individuals are better able to withstand disasters when they are prepared, whether it is by clearing the area around a structure at risk of wildfire; purchasing flood insurance; participating in a community-wide exercise; monitoring homeland security threats; or even keeping a snow shovel and blanket in your car during winter.  The State of Colorado has produced many informational resources on how communities and families can be prepared.  The State's preparedness website, www.readycolorado.com, is full of useful information.  Other helpful resources include:

WILDFIRES
FLOODS
DROUGHT
PANDEMIC/EPIDEMIC
HOMELAND SECURITY/TERRORISM
WINTER STORMS
PERSONAL/HOME/CONSUMER
SCHOOL SAFETY
GENERAL RESOURCES

Search our web catalog for additional documents.

9.23.2014

Fabulous Fall Foliage Drives

 
It's official -- today is the first day of fall, and it's time to head to the high country to view the brilliant colors of a Colorado autumn.  The Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have some recommendations on the best drives for fall foliage viewing.  CDOT has put together a list of exceptional fall viewing along Colorado's scenic and historic byways.  See Viewing the Fall Colors the Byway Way for suggested byways along with dates of upcoming events to take in while you're traveling.  The Colorado Tourism Office's list offers20 recommended fall foliage drives divided by region.  Finally, Colorado Parks & Wildlife has compiled their own list, 7 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors, which includes not only suggestions for drives, but bike or horseback rides as well.

Photo courtesy Colorado Parks & Wildlife


9.22.2014

Gunnison Sage Grouse

Recently there have been news stories about the debate over whether the Gunnison Sage Grouse should be declared an endangered species.  In our library you can find several conservation plans and studies on this rare bird:
For more information about the Gunnison Sage Grouse, see the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife's Species Profiles.

Gunnison Sage Grouse.  Photo courtesy Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife.
 

9.17.2014

Constitution Day

How well do you know the U.S. and Colorado constitutions?  September 17 is nationally recognized as Constitution Day, a day that encourages learning and familiarity with the Constitution.  The Colorado Secretary of State's Office publishes a booklet containing the Colorado and U.S. Constitutions, which they update whenever changes are made.  In our library you can find the past editions of these booklets, to compare and see how these documents (especially the Colorado Constitution) have changed over the years.  Also in our library you can find historical documents relating to the State Constitution, including a printing of the original 1876 Colorado Constitution and the Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1875.  Search our web catalog for more resources on the State and U.S. constitutions.



9.16.2014

Colorado Local Food Products

Colorado's many agricultural products have made our state a great place for eating local.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture, with its Colorado Proud program, has highlighted Colorado's culinary contributions for years.  Recently, however, the locally-grown food movement has gained in popularity, and the new buzzword is agritourism.  This fall, the Colorado Tourism Office is helping to promote agritourism and local food products in Colorado with the Colorado Roots Restaurant Challenge.  In this contest, locally-owned restaurants can enter to win prizes for the best menu, website, advertising, decor, and design that promotes Colorado agritourism.  If you operate a locally-owned restaurant, enter today!  Contest ends October 1.  For a directory of Colorado restaurants that use local ingredients, check out the Colorado Proud Restaurant Guide.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has put together a helpful webpage of Agritourism Resources.  Be sure to also visit the Colorado Proud webpage for additional resources on local food products.  A fun feature of this webpage is that each month it highlights one Colorado-grown ingredient with a special recipe.

The Colorado State University's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has also produced a number of reports on the local food movement, available from our library, including:

9.15.2014

Saving for College

September is College Savings Month, and if you are ready to start saving for college, whether for yourself or for your children, the Colorado Department of Higher Education's CollegeInColorado.org is a helpful place to start.  On this website you can find interactive tools to help you design a personalized path to higher education, as well as information on scholarships, financial aid, and the State's CollegeInvest 529 college savings plan.  The site also includes a helpful Money 101 section.  Many of the resources on the site have been divided by audience -- middle school student, high school student, college-level student, parent, or workforce/adult student -- to help you find the information you need for your own particular situation.  This website is a great place to start for planning your higher education finances.

www.collegeincolorado.org

9.11.2014

The Floods -- One Year Later

This cool and rainy day brings to mind the pouring rains of one year ago that caused the devastating 2013 floods, one of the largest natural disasters in our state's history.  Colorado has come a long way in the year since the flooding.  Earlier this week Governor Hickenlooper released a statement commemorating the flood anniversary, which included an update on funding and recovery.  This Saturday, September 13, has been designated by the State as the Colorado United Day of Service, on which citizens are encouraged to assist with the ongoing recovery. 

In the wake of the disaster, the State of Colorado set up the new Colorado United website to connect citizens with recovery information and assistance.  The website is still going and includes the latest updates and news, impacted areas, a blog, volunteer opportunities (yes, still needed), a map of the floods, home safety tips, road and travel information, and more.  Other helpful information can be found at the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Flood Resources webpage, which includes a photo gallery of the 2013 floods, and from the Colorado General Assembly's Flood Disaster Study Committee.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released a very helpful guide, After the Flood:  A Guide to Returning to Your Home and Cleaning UpOther environmental recovery resources can be found on CDPHE's webpage.

There are some encouraging stories.  The State Historical Fund has prepared a video about recovery and restoration of the Lyons Library, which was severely damaged.   This is but one of the many stories of how Coloradans have cleaned up, cleared out, and continued to work toward the renewal of their communities.

Boulder's Little Church in the Pines was severly damaged when its foundation was washed out during the flooding.  The State Historical Fund/History Colorado released this image showing the structure in the aftermath of the flood; during stabiliztion; and today. 


9.09.2014

Enterovirus Outbreak

Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a statement regarding the recent outbreak of enterovirus-D68, a rare respiratory virus that is mostly affecting children.  Several children have been hospitalized in Colorado; children with asthma or other respiratory conditions should be extra careful to avoid this contagious virus.  CDPHE is advising that people protect themselves by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Making sure vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine, are up to date. 

  • For more information on childhood respiratory infections see Infectious Diseases in Child Care and School Settings from the CDPHE. See also the morbidity and mortality report from the CDC.


    Update 9/11/14:  The CDPHE has also released a Q&A fact sheet on enterovirus.

    9.08.2014

    Colorado Suicide Prevention Week

    Governor Hickenlooper has declared the week of September 7-13, 2014, to be Colorado Suicide Prevention week (see the governor's proclamation here.)  Suicide is the leading cause of accidental/injury death in Colorado.  Our library has many resources on suicide and suicide prevention.  Some highlights include:
    Also be sure and check the website for the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention for additional resources.

    9.05.2014

    Mold in the Home

    With the recent rainy weather, it is prudent to be aware of the possibility of mold growth in the home, particularly if you have any leaks or have any water in your basement or crawl space.  Rainy weather, however, is not the only contributor to mold in the home, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  Humidifiers, shower steam, drying clothes indoors, and even sprinkler spray hitting the house can all be potential culprits for mold.  CDPHE emphasizes that some mold is always present, but becomes a problem and must be addressed if and when you can see or smell mold.  For information on cleanup procedures and potential health risks of mold, see the CDPHE's Mold Information SheetInstructions for cleaning up mold can also be found in the CDPHE's guidebook After the Flood:  A Guide to Returning to Your Home and Cleaning Up.

    9.04.2014

    Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) Program

    September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and if you live in Colorado, there are numerous resources available to you outside your home public library thanks to the Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) program.  Originally known as the Colorado Library Card program, CLC allows Colorado library patrons to borrow materials -- for free -- at all participating CLC libraries across the state.  With CLC, Coloradans have easy access to many more resources than any single library could to provide.  Currently all of Colorado's public libraries and most other libraries are CLC members.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, visit any Colorado public library or view the information on the State Library's website.  This website also provides information for libraries looking to participate in the program, with a link to a How Libraries Participate page with a handbook, forms, and promotional materials.  Also, for historical reference, in our library you can find the original implementation manual from 2002.

    9.02.2014

    Art Exhibition Honoring the State Capitol Dome

    Now that the restoration of the Capitol dome is complete, Colorado Creative Industries is celebrating the restoration by asking Colorado artists to contribute original works of "two-dimensional creative interpretations of the capitol building and the dome."  Selected works will hang in the Capitol Complex.  To enter, visit the Call for Artists from Colorado Creative Industries.

    Colorado's capitol building and grounds are home to many artworks that celebrate the history and people of our state.  For more information on Colorado artworks, see Colorado State Capitol Art and Memorials from the Colorado Legislative Council.