5.22.2017

Job Hunting for People with Disabilities

Many Colorado businesses offer opportunities for persons with disabilities to become employed, a situation which can greatly enhance the person's life.  If you or someone you know is disabled and looking for employment in Colorado, be sure to view A Job-Hunting Guide for Colorado Citizens with Disabilities, produced by the Colorado Career Web of the Community Colleges of Colorado and available online from our library.

State publications of possible interest to employers include Colorado's Disability Program Navigators and Systems Change Employment Initiatives:  An Evaluation Report and Final Report on Employment and Community Participation Recommendations.  For further resources visit our library's online catalog.


5.18.2017

New Senior Financial Fraud Hotline

Senior citizens are frequently targeted as victims of financial fraud.  So to help curb this worrisome trend, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' Division of Securities has recently established a new hotline that seniors and/or their relatives or caregivers can use to report fraud and scams directed at the elderly.  The number for the hotline is 720-593-6720.

Several state agencies have set up websites that can help seniors -- and anyone -- who has been victimized by fraud, or to help educate the public on how to avoid becoming a victim.  If you are a senior or caregiver be sure to check out the following state websites and publications:



5.16.2017

Time Machine Tuesday: The Arkansas River Compact

The Arkansas River Compact is an agreement between the states of Colorado and Kansas to avoid disputes over water usage rights and to "equitably divide and apportion" the waters between the two states.  The agreement, signed in 1948, further specifies the use of the waters in John Martin Reservoir.  You can read a copy of the compact at the Colorado Division of Water Resources website, along with other compact documents.

After the compact was negotiated and signed by the compact commissioners in 1948, they forwarded their recommendations to the governors and legislatures of the two states for review ratification.  Our library has digitized the report sent to the Colorado lawmakers, which you can read here.  The commission included nine members, four from each state along with a federal representative, Gen. Hans Kramer, a retired Army Corps of Engineers Officer, to serve as chair. (Read President Truman's letter appointing Gen. Kramer to head the compact negotiations here.)  Colorado's representatives included former state Attorney General Gail Ireland; Charles Patterson of the Colorado Water Conservation Board; Henry C. Vidal; and Harry B. Mendenhall.  The Colorado and Kansas legislatures approved the compact in 1949 and on May 13 of that year, it was approved by Congress.

The need for the Arkansas River Compact came after a long history of disputes and lawsuits between the two states.  The Colorado Water Conservation Board has put together a helpful timeline of the events leading up to the development of the compact.

For further resources on the Arkansas River, interbasin compacts, and water usage rights in Colorado, search our library's online catalog.

5.15.2017

Colorado's Left Lane Law

It's a frustrating situation:  you're driving down the highway and come upon a slow-moving vehicle in front of you, so you wish to pass.  But you can't...someone is driving slowly or "hogging" the left lane, impeding your ability to pass the other vehicle.  It happens every day, but it's illegal.  Since the passage of Colorado's Left Lane Law in 2004, law enforcement officers have the ability to cite a driver for impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane.

 
The above excerpt of the Left Lane Law is from the Colorado State Patrol publication Colorado's Left Lane Law:  Understanding How the Left Lane Law Affects Your Driving, available online from our library.  The full text of the law can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, which are also available online.  Original legislation for the law can be found here.  For more information on this and other Colorado traffic laws see the official Colorado Driver Handbook.


5.11.2017

Colorado Farm to School Program

Colorado's Farm to School program was started in 2010 with funding from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Under the motto "growing local markets, nutritious food, and healthy children," the program works to provide locally-sourced food products to school lunchrooms.  The program works with both schools and with agricultural producers to bring the two together.  The program's website includes many helpful resources, including how students, parents, and the community can get their local school involved.

Additional resources on the program and its benefits can be found in our library, including the program's biennial legislative report and the Colorado State University study Understanding the Effectiveness of Farm to School Programs Through Food Service ProfessionalsFor more resources on agriculture and local foods search our library's web catalog.

5.09.2017

Time Machine Tuesday: Severe Storms

Yesterday the Colorado front range was hit hard with a storm producing heavy rains, hail, lightning, and high winds.  The months of May and June typically see the most severe thunderstorm activity on the Colorado plains...in fact, Colorado also experienced a severe storm exactly sixty years ago, May 8, 1957.  I found this factoid by viewing the Colorado Extreme Storm Precipitation Data Study, published exactly twenty years ago, May 1997, by the Colorado Climate Center.  A division of Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science, the Colorado Climate Center keeps volumes of data on Colorado weather, which can be accessed on their website.  Many of their studies and reports, like the one referenced above, have been digitized and are available online. 

One of the Extreme Storm report's co-authors, Dr. Nolan Doesken, still heads the Climate Center and is Colorado's official State Climatologist.  In his forty years with CSU, Doesken has published dozens of reports, many of which you can find in our library, both online and in print.

The most notable aspect of yesterday's storm was the extensive, damaging hail.  In 1969, CSU's Atmospheric Science Department published two technical studies on Colorado hailstorms, The Influence of Vertical Wind Shear on Hailstorm Development and Structure and Stability and Dynamic Processes in the Formation of High Plains HailstormsBoth reports are available online from our library.  Also available online is the report of another year's severe spring weather:  Numerical Simulation of the May 15 and April 26, 1991 Tornadic ThunderstormsFor more Colorado meteorology resources, search our library's online catalog.

 


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5.08.2017

Colorado Libraries Collaborate for 25 Years

This year the Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) program is celebrating its 25th year!  Originally known as the Colorado Library Card program, CLC was launched in 1991 as a way for registered library users across Colorado to gain free access to materials in libraries across the state, therefore not limiting them to only the materials available in their own town, county, or school.  Today, all of Colorado's public libraries participate in CLC, as do most school and academic libraries, and even some special libraries -- greatly expanding the number of resources available to Coloradans.  For more information, see the program's website.

You can learn about the history and implementation of the CLC program through several publications available from our library:
Also, for background on the need for the establishment of the CLC program, see Resource Sharing in Colorado, a 1988 study done by the State Library.  It is available for checkout in print.

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