11.30.2015

Colorado Climate Plan

The State of Colorado has just issued a new Colorado Climate Plan which is now available online from our library.  The plan is a "statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado's level of preparedness," according to the Governor's press release.  The report builds on another study, also available from our library, entitled Climate Change in Colorado, a Colorado Water Conservation Board report from 2008.  The new 2015 plan includes information relating to water, public health, energy, transportation, agriculture, and more.  The plan was mandated by HB13-1293.

Our library offers numerous other resources on climate change in Colorado.  To find resources, search the term "climate change" in our web catalog.


11.23.2015

Local Food for the Holidays

The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages Coloradans to buy local this holiday entertaining season.  Their website includes resources such as a winter farmer's market list, a Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, and Colorado Market Maker, an online database for locating Colorado food products.

Farmer's markets aren't just for summer.  The Colorado Winter Farmer's Market List is a directory, divided by county, that lets consumers know where they can buy farm fresh products all year long.  Items for sale at these locations include not only food products, but great gift items like homemade soaps and lotions, wine, and arts and crafts.

The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide is a similar list but includes additional products such as mail-order gift baskets.  It is divided by type of gift rather than by location.

Colorado Market Maker, www.comarketmaker.com, is a database where you can find restaurants using locally produced food products; food banks; food retailers; production plants; tourism resources; wineries; and more.  You can also search for farmers and ranchers if you are looking to buy specific products.  This resource is primarily aimed at producers to find places to market their products, but consumers can also use the site to get ideas of where to buy these products.

Happy Thanksgiving!

11.19.2015

People and Wildlife

There are many laws and rules about how people can interact with wildlife.  Many are protected species; for example, you cannot kill birds on your property.  Coloradans are also prohibited from taking in wildlife as pets (the exception is if you are involved in a rescue organization).  "In general, it is illegal to own wildlife in Colorado. You just cannot remove a wild animal from the woods and take it home.  As a public resource, wildlife belongs to the state of Colorado, to all citizens," writes Colorado Parks and Wildlife on their webpage Exotic Pets and Prohibited WildlifeThis page is a helpful resource that discusses the reasons why wildlife cannot be taken in as pets and also lists what kinds of animals are legal as pets in Colorado.

Another issue regarding people and wildlife is the issue of development and habitat.  Our library collection contains a number of publications from Colorado Parks and Wildlife regarding humans and wildlife.  See the following for information:
Finally, CPW's webpage Living with Wildlife offers a wealth of resources including information on specific species; avoiding vehicle collisions with wildlife; helping animals during winter; the hazards of junk food to wildlife; and how development affects wildlife habitat.

11.17.2015

Time Machine Tuesday: Film and Television in Colorado, 1980

One of the seemingly perennial issues at the Legislature and in tourism circles recently is how to attract more film and television production to Colorado.  This issue is nothing new, however.  Back in 1980, the Colorado Motion Picture and Television Advisory Commission submitted a report to Governor Lamm which outlined the challenges of bringing more filming - and accompanying revenue - to Colorado.  "Due to the downturn in filming, the commission has been the target of some people's frustrations," writes the Chair.  Further, the report explores the the era's trend away from filming on location, which Colorado provides excellent scenery for, in favor of lower-cost studio productions in Los Angeles; or filming on location in countries such as Canada and Australia which provided broader incentives.  Finally, the report outlines the commission's recommendations and their goals for the future, reporting to the Governor their plans for the extra appropriation of funds he had advocated for. 

Since Colorado is still working to attract filming to our state thirty-five years later, this document is still a relevant look at a significant part of Colorado's tourist economy as well as a helpful resource for anyone researching the history of film in Colorado.

For further resources on Colorado film and television, see the following more recent publications available from our library:

11.16.2015

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

November is National COPD Month. COPD (or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term respiratory disease related to emphysema and bronchitis.  Symptoms include persistent coughing, mucus, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath.  It is frequently caused by smoking, air pollution, and other external sources.  You can find out what Colorado state agencies are doing to address COPD in the following publications, available from our library:

11.12.2015

Burning Restrictions: What You Need to Know

It's that time of year when snuggling up to a cozy fire is a welcoming prospect.  But if you are using a traditional wood-burning fireplace or wood stove, you need to be aware of woodburning restrictions put in place to protect Colorado's air quality.  (Gas fireplaces can be used any time).

Between November and March, Colorado will occasionally declare "action days" which have restrictions on wood burning.  These restrictions are determined based on the forecast.  You can find out about action days by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)'s air quality page.  For further information, see this news release from CDPHE.  Also be sure to check our library's web catalog for more resources.

11.09.2015

Colorado Farm Products Act

Under the Colorado Farm Products Act, dealers of farm products are required to be licensed with the state Department of Agriculture.  The law is designed to protect sellers and make sure they get paid; sellers are allowed to file complaints which are investigated by the Department.  The law is also designed to protect the producers and dealers themselves through this investigation process.  You can read more about the program in this fact sheet from the Department.  See also their FAQs.  For further information on the Act see the 2008 Sunset Review, available from our library.

11.05.2015

Don't Move Firewood

The Colorado Department of Agriculture released a bulletin this week reminding Coloradans not to move firewood out of Boulder County, where the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected.  Moving firewood can spread other pests, too.  In our library you can find several resources on the risks of moving firewood:
See also a news release from the Colorado State Forest Service, Transporting Firewood Can Spread Tree Killing Insects.  
For more on the Emerald Ash Borer, see websites from the Colorado State Forest Service, Boulder County, and the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, as well as the following publications:

11.03.2015

Time Machine Tuesday: The San Juan District, 1925

In the 1920s the Colorado State Board of Immigration published a series of booklets on Colorado's regions, with the goal of attracting tourists and settlers to the various areas of the state.  In 1925 they focused on the San Juan region of Colorado, including the counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel.  In Colorado:  The San Juan District, the Board promotes the resources, industries, and attractions of the area as a whole, as well as for each county.  The booklet uses pictures to illustrate the beauty and productivity of the area, featuring photos of the Animas river valley; agriculture in the Montezuma Valley and the San Juan Basin; lakes, rivers, and mountains; and even ancient cliff dwellings.  This is an interesting look back at a region that has grown considerably in population and tourism, but also features some of the state's finest natural and historical treasures. 


11.02.2015

Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program

If you're concerned about the health impacts of oil and gas drilling, fracking, etc., the State of Colorado has a new resource for you.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program is a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment by which you can report health concerns regarding oil and gas, as well as find data, read FAQs, and more.  The program website contains a "Health Concern Form" that is fully confidential.   The site also contains a "Clearinghouse of Information" with resources on air and water quality, oil and gas production, and regulations.  Finally, the site contains FAQs for people who live near oil and gas development sites or otherwise have concerns about health risks from oil and gas production.