5.31.2006

Colorado Memorials and Monuments

This Memorial Day week, I would like to highlight a few of the interesting publications CoSPL has describing memorials and monuments in Colorado:

Mission Accomplished: Building Colorado Veterans Monument (GSS1.2/M68/2003). Edited by Tim Drago, a key figure in planning for the Colorado Veterans Monument in the late 1980s, this hardcover book with color photos examines the fundraising, construction, and legacy of the Veterans Monument adjacent to the State Capitol. Also included is a roster of the more than 5,000 Colorado war dead up to that time.

Denver's Historic Markers, Memorials, Statues, and Parks
compiled by Agnes Wright Spring (HED6.2/D41/1959). Published by the Colorado Historical Society, this booklet examines Denver monuments from a historic preservation point of view.

Memorials and Art In and Around the Colorado State Capitol (GA4.2/C17/1992). This publication gives a listing and brief description of the many statues, portraits, plaques, stained glass windows, murals, time capsules, and various other monuments and artworks in and near the State Capitol. There are even specially designated memorial trees on the Capitol grounds, and moon rocks on the building's first floor!

Additionally, for more detailed information on the Capitol, see also:
-The Colorado State Capitol: History, Politics, Preservation (HED13.2/C17/2005)
-Visitor's Guide to Colorado's Capitol (GA4.2/C17/2005)
-The Colorado State Capitol: Granite and Gold (GA12.2/C17/1992)
-Art of the House: Paintings in the House of Representatives (GAH1.2/P16/1990)
-Colorado State Capitol Virtual Tour

5.15.2006

Colorado's Economy

Several state agencies publish useful information on Colorado's economy. These include some serials that can keep Coloradans up-to-date on the state's economic situations, including:

-Colorado Economic Chronicle
-Colorado Close-Up
-Focus Colorado, Economic and Revenue Forecast
-Colorado Economic Perspective

Other resources include:

-Colorado Economic Profile (Office of Economic Development and International Trade, 2005)
-Colorado Economic Development Data Book (Office of Economic Development and International Trade, 2005)
-Economic Development Committee: Report to the Colorado General Assembly (Colorado Legislative Council, 2005

These publications (including back issues of the serials) and others on the subject can be borrowed from State Publications.

Water-Saving Landscapes

Even though the worst of the drought years appear to be over, many communities continue to issue water restrictions or guidelines to conserve water. Is it possible to have attractive landscaping that is water-wise? Just ask a Colorado Master Gardener how it's done. These gardening volunteers assist home gardeners by answering questions over the phone and/or on their web site as well as conducting gardening classes, writing articles, etc.

Print out fact sheets on everything from how to harvest rainwater to xeriscaping techniques. Use of native plants can help save water. Growing vegetables is possible using water conservation methods. Colorado State University and the Denver Botanic Gardens have partnered to create a web site to assist gardeners in selecting plants that thrive in our Rocky Mountain region. Specific xeriscape information is available in English and Spanish at PlantTalk.

Examples of some related titles that can be borrowed from CoSPL are:

Native trees for Colorado landscapes by J. Klett, B. Fahey, and R.Cox, CSU Cooperative Extension, UCSU20/6.22/7.421/2002

Native shrubs for Colorado landscapes by J. Klett, B. Fahey, and R. Cox, CSU Cooperative Extension, UCSU20/6.22/7.422/2002

Native herbaceous perennials for Colorado landscapes by I. Shonle, L.G. Vickerman, and J.E. Klett, CSU Cooperative Extension, UCSU20/6.22/7.242/2004

5.12.2006

Help Buying a Home

This is the time of year when many people make the decision to move, and the State of Colorado has information to help you. The Colorado Geologic Survey publishes a book, A Guide to Swelling Soils for Colorado Homebuyers and Homeowners, 1997, that every Colorado homebuyer should read, in addition to many other publications on swelling soils available in our library. The Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division’s web site on radon has information on radon and real estate transactions, as well as mitigation.

In addition, go to the Division of Housing’s web site for low income housing information, rental assistance, affordable housing data, manufactured housing, and more. There is also an online database for finding affordable housing.

If you would like to know more about the buying/selling process, the Colorado Real Estate Manual is available online. All of the above can also be borrowed in hard copy from our library.

5.11.2006

Visiting Colorado

Planning a trip to Colorado? Live here and having out-of-town visitors? Looking for summer vacation destinations close to home? Need something for the kids to do when school's out? Visit Colorado's tourism and vacation web page for what to do and the best time to it.

Some ideas for activities are:

5.08.2006

Get Out and Vote

It may not be November, but with the 2006 regular legislative session winding to a close this week, and with city elections being held in many municipalities this May, this is as good a time as any to post a blog about voting in Colorado! The governor's race is heating up, and ballot issues are already being discussed.

The Colorado Legislature has considered a number of bills this session concerning voting and elections, including bills on absentee ballots (HB06-1012), provisional ballots (HB06-1198), proof of U.S. citizenship to vote (HCR06-1009 and SB06-146), conduct of elections (SB06-170), and others.

CoSPL has a variety of resources on voting and elections, including the HAVA [Help America Vote Act] State Plan; and Abstract of Votes Cast (most years going back to 1892). Also see the Colorado Secretary of State's "Election Center" website with info on voter registration, rules, statistics, HAVA, and more.

5.04.2006

Home Alone

With summer fast approaching many working parents may be looking for child care. A question our library occasionally receives is on the law regarding children at home alone. The answer is on the Division of Child Welfare’s FAQ site. You can also go to the Division of Child Care Website for information on finding licensed child care. Two publications, Tips for Choosing Child Care and Resource Guide for Early Care and Education, are available as well. Alternatively, these publications are in hardcopy in our collection and are available for loan.

5.01.2006

Gone Fishing!

The 2006 Fishing Guide will be available this month and the warm weather open water fishing season is just around the corner. The Colorado Division of Wildlife's annual efforts of stocking fish in lakes, rivers, and streams is well underway. Anglers have many resources to make the sport more enjoyable.

Search CoSPL online catalog to borrow reports on the state fish, the greenback cutthroat trout, including a video detailing it's history called the "Incredible Journey of the Greenback Cutthroats" (NR6.2/C97/1996) by Hugh Gardner. Other titles on fishing and aquatic research are available at the library.

Colorado's Constitution

CoSPL has many resources for researching the Colorado Constitution, including text of the Constitution itself (updated most years; current edition also available online) as well as some historical publications such as Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention Held in Denver, December 20, 1875, to Frame a Constitution for the State of Colorado (1907). Other Colorado Constitution resources include:

-Original 1876 Constitution online
-Colorado, Constitutionalism and Contemporary Methods of State Constitutional Revision
-The Colorado Constitution: Is It Adequate for the Next Century?

The last two titles suggest the debate over the state's constitution. Recently the State Legislature debated a proposal for a Colorado Constitutional Convention to be held to discuss removing outdated parts and transferring some of the laws from the Constitution to the Statutes. Legislators in favor of HCR06-1003 argue that Colorado's Constitution is one of the longest and most frequently amended state constitutions in the U.S. Although the bill has been postponed for now, it raises an interesting issue about our state's laws and government.

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