9.29.2009

Water Wells

If you live outside the city limits, as I do, most likely you depend on a private well for your water. Public water systems are regulated by the government, but water quality in private wells is left up to the owner. That's why I was pleased to see that the Colorado State University Extension has updated their bulletin, "Protecting Your Private Well." The bulletin has information that will help you understand more about your water system, and help you evaluate activities around your home that may contaminate wells and groundwater.

Other publications that may be of interest:

9.24.2009

SchoolView

The Colorado Dept. of Education has recently released their new online tool entitled SchoolView. SchoolView is meant to be a central location for statewide K-12 school data, including the new Colorado Growth Model statistical analysis; school performance and assessment data; and reports, videos, and demonstrations about the data and growth model. The new site is a handy resource for parents, teachers, and district administrators for finding out how their school stacks up.

9.22.2009

More State Budget Woes

Two new revenue forecasts for the state government were released yesterday, and the news is not good: an additional $240 million revenue shortfall for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The governor is working with members of the legislature to find additional measures that will help balance the budget. Governor Ritter's statement and audio comments are available on his website. Check out the economic revenue forecast from the Colorado Legislative Council, Focus Colorado and the September Revenue Forecast from the Office of State Planning and Budgeting for all the details.

9.17.2009

State Museums

Even though the main Colorado History Museum is closing in a few months, you can still visit any of the Historical Society's regional museums. Nine sites around Colorado include historic houses (Byers-Evans House and Pierce-McAllister Cottage in Denver; the Baca and Bloom Houses in Trinidad; and the Healy House and Dexter Cabin in Leadville); old forts (Fort Garland, Fort Vasquez, and the El Pueblo Museum); a working railraod (Georgetown Loop); and a museum focusing on Native Americans (Ute Indian Museum).

The Colorado Historical Society is working on publishing guidebooks on each of these sites for their Capsule History and Guide series. So far they have finished guides on the Georgetown Loop, the Trinidad History Museum (which includes the two mansions plus a pioneer museum), Fort Garland, El Pueblo, the Ute Indian Museum, and Fort Vasquez. All guides are available from our library. And although a guide hasn't been written about the Byers-Evans House, an entire issue of Colorado Heritage was devoted to the museum when it was opened in 1989. In addition, three Colorado Magazine articles from 1946, 1948 and 1952 focus on the Healy House, while the Dexter Cabin is covered in a 1946 article. Colorado Heritage and Colorado Magazine are both available for checkout from our library.

9.10.2009

Colorado Backseat Budgeter

Do you have a suggestion for balancing Colorado's state budget? Colorado State University's Bighorn Leadership Development Program just launched the Colorado Backseat Budgeter, an online tool where the public can submit their ideas for balancing Colorado's budget. The website also includes state budget data and a discussion forum. For more information on the Budgeter, see CSU's press release.

9.04.2009

Consumer Resource on Insurance

In 2008, the Legislature passed HB 1385, which required a consumer guide to insurance be published on the web. The result of this legislation is How to Choose Insurance that is Right for You: A Guide for Colorado Consumers. This guide helps consumers choose from all types of insurance, including health, auto, home, life, and title. The site also provides information on filing complaints, enforcement, insurance laws, finding an agent, and more. Check this handy resource next time you are shopping for insurance.

9.02.2009

Transparency in Government

A new tool was launched yesterday that gives the public access to information about the expenditures and revenues of the Colorado state government. The new "Transparency Online Project" (http://tops.state.co.us/), provides data on the goods and services purchased with state funds, as well as a comparison of spending between agencies. The initial data view is an overall summary, but you can drill down for more detailed information by clicking on the dollar amounts. Figures are also available on incoming revenue streams, and who receives these funds.

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