So what are the laws regarding child restraints in vehicles? Our library has several informational publications that can help you. These include Child Restraint in Automobiles brochure from the CSU Extension, and CDOT's brochure When Your World Rides with You: A Guide to Protecting Your Kids with Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts. The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment conducted a study, Booster Seat Use Among Colorado Children, 2004 and 2005, also available from our library. We also have a number of older brochures on child restraint from CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, and the Colorado Dept. of Highways. For statistics on child motor vehicle injuries, see CDPHE's publication Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries for Colorado Children Ages 0 to 14.
- The Beast, by Benjamin Barr Lindsey. This centennial reprint of the 1910 classic is Lindsey's memoirs on fighting the rampant political corruption in Denver in this era. Includes a new introduction by historian Stephen J. Leonard and a new index.
- Dr. Charles David Spivak, A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement, by Jeanne E. Abrams. Abrams, a noted historian of Jewish Colorado, tells the story of a doctor who worked with tuberculosis patients in Denver's Jewish Consumptive Relief Society (JCRS).
- A Chinaman's Chance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, by Liping Zhu, explores this one immigrant group's struggles in early-day Colorado.
- The Archaeology of Class War: The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914, by Karin Larkin and Randall H. McGuire, digs up history on Ludlow and the surrounding area.
- From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood's Struggle Against the United Mine Workers of America, by F. Darrell Munsell also tells the story of Ludlow, this time through the eyes of a wealthy financial capitalist.
- The Gospel of Progressivism: Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930, by R. Todd Laugen also explores the southern Colorado labor war.
- Thomas F. Walsh: Progressive Businessman and Colorado Mining Tycoon, by John C. Stewart explores the story of a man who made millions in mining, befriended President Taft, had a daughter who owned the Hope Diamond, and played an important role in Colorado Progressivism.
We also have a number of other, older books on these topics in our library, including:
- "Remember Ludlow"! from the Colorado Historical Society
- The Great Coalfield War, by George S. McGovern and Leonard F. Guttridge, University Press of Colorado
- Tom Patterson: Colorado Crusader for Change, by Sybil Downing and Robert E. Smith, University Press of Colorado
- Lessons of Leadville, or, Why the Western Federation of Miners Turned Left, from the Colorado Historical Society
Also, be sure and check out the Colorado Historical Society's commemorative book Western Voices, which includes several essays on Progressivism, including a biography of Big Bill Haywood, the history of women's right to vote in Colorado, and the story of how mine laborers contributed to Colorado's having three governors in one day in 1904!
There are two types of archaeology - prehistoric and historic. Prehistoric archaeology deals with ancient civilizations, while historical archaeology deals with looking for clues to more recent events, at places such as battlefields or even under the former outhouses of old buildings. The Colorado Historical Society, in excavating the site of their new museum currently being constructed, conducted an archaeological excavation that turned up many clues to the people that lived in homes formerly on the site, even down to old childrens' toys. Since most sites in downtown Denver have had as many as four or five different buildings on the same site in the last 150 years, there are many layers of artifacts to be found.
Not only the historical society, but also the Colorado Department of Transportation, play an important role in the State's oversight of Colorado's archaeological resources, both prehistoric and historic. CDOT's reports on their archaeological excavations are available from our library. The state also makes sure that most prehistoric archaeological sites are not publicized, so that ancient items in places such as the Four Corners region, with its Puebloan heritage, can stay in tact. It is important to remember that you can be prosecuted for theft if you remove artifacts from protected state and federal lands.
Recently, our library received several new books from the University Press of Colorado that deal with our state's archaeology, and what it tells us about the people who came before us. Here are a few of the interesting new titles you can now find in our collection:
- Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains
- Frontiers in Colorado Paleoindian Archaeology : From the Dent Site to the Rocky Mountains
- Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology of the Colorado High Country
- Ice Age Hunters of the Rockies
- Late Paleoindian Occupation of the Southern Rocky Mountains : Early Holocene Projectile Points and Land Use in the High Country
- The Archaeology of Class War : The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914
- Denver : An Archaeological History
Mountain lion sightings become more frequent in the winter, as deer move into lower territory looking for land to graze, the lions follow -- deer are their main source of food.
If you encounter a mountain lion, here are the tips from the Colorado Division of Wildlife:
- Stay calm, and talk calmly and firmly to it.
- Back away slowly.
- Do all you can to appear larger-- by raising your arms, or opening your jacket.
- Fight back if you are attacked.
There is also a new mountain lion safety video out on the Division of Wildlife website.
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble
Photo courtesy of Colorado Division of Wildlife
If you'd like more information on the history of veteran's day and how it is commemorated, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has put together a nice set of Veteran's Day resources, including a teacher's guide.
A list of events and celebrations along the Front Range is available on the Denver Post website.
On a related note, if you are looking for information on services available to Colorado veterans, visit these state agency websites:
The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs is a central source of information on veterans benefits, rights and issues. Their "Veteran Resource Links" page is a great collection of internet resourcesfor veterans.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has a program called "Veterans Succeeding in the 21st Century Workforce." Their mission is "to provide Veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st Century workforce by meeting labor-market demands with qualified Veterans." This is the place to go for information on employment services, education and training, and benefits for veterans.
Here is a view of early-twentieth century downtown Denver from the Archives' collection:
In recent years, many towns and communities have been focusing on their "Main Street," in other words, their primary commercial district. In many places throughout Colorado, these "Main Streets" include both businesses important to the local economy as well as significant historic structures. Main Streets also promote pedestrian-friendly, walkable communities.
If you're interested in developing Main Street programs for your community, contact the Department of Local Affairs' Main Street Resource Team. The team will meet with local governments to discuss ideas about grant funding and community revitalization. "Then, as a team, they shape their observations and recommendations into a comprehensive vision for your downtown." Main Street initiatives can help communities large and small with preservation and sustainability - which could lead to increased revenue for the local economy through increased tourism and a healthy business climate.
2010 Ballot Initiatives - a list of initiatives and referendums on the November ballot with links to the text of each proposal from the Secretary of State's Office.
2010 Voter Information Guide - general information on voting in Colorado.
Voter Registration - Verify or update your registration
Blue Book - Ballot information from the Colorado General Assembly. Also available in audio.
Fiscal Impact Statements - analysis from the Colorado Legislative Council on the impacts ballot measures will have on the budget.
Judicial Performance Evaluations - performance reviews for district, county, supreme court and court of appeals judges on the 2010 ballot.
A new and improved version of the State Publications Library's "Focus on the Children" bibliography is now available. The subject guide is a compilation of print and Internet resources that address issues regarding children and youth in the state of Colorado. Topics include adoption, careers, charter schools, child abuse, child welfare, education, health, parenting, and safety.
"School Research Topics", a bibliography of online resources from Colorado state agencies, has also been revised and updated. Librarians, parents, students and researchers alike will find this guide useful for locating information on a wide range of topics.
A website, http://www.collegeincolorado.org/, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, offers numerous planning tools not just for how to pay for college, but also on how to select a college or major, information on college life, and more.
Since tuition differs based on residency, the CDHE also offers an online residency guide; they also offer a webpage devoted to information on obtaining financial aid.
A fact sheet from the Colorado Legislative Council explains in plain English about taxes and tuition.
Finally, those in the military are eligible for tuition assistance - see the information from the Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs.
- Wildfire Issues in Wild Land-Urban Interface Areas : Report to the Colorado General Assembly. A 2008 Legislative report.
- Firewise Plant Materials. A brochure from the Colorado State University Extension about what plants are best for fire-prone residential areas.
- Fire-Resistant Landscaping. Also from the CSU Extension.
- Forest Home Fire Safety. CSU Extension brochure.
- Creating Wildife-Defensible Zones. CSU Extension brochure.
- Wildfires and your Home: Are You Covered? A brochure from Colorado's Division of Insurance about insuring your home against forest fires.
- Living with Fire. From the University of Colorado-Boulder.
- Colorado Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Plan. 2001 planning document from the Colorado State Forest Service.
We have much more on this topic as well, so be sure to search our web catalog for additional resources.
Congressional declaration, H. Res 1472, designating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO] and is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in twenty co-signers in the House.
Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult learners who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED test to attain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for community college or vocational training. According to the latest national survey of adults, over 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals, and participate fully in their communities.
Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to the adults while the children are provided high quality preschool programming. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education, and poverty.
For more information, contact Margaret Kirkpatrick, 303-866-6640, State Director, Adult Education and Family Literacy or The Colorado State Publications Library, http://www.cde.state.co.us/stateinfo/index.htm and peruse the Adult Literacy Collection at
- Every September, Colorado State Parks sponsors the Eldorado Canyon Annual Photo Contest. For details, visit the contest website.
- The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently sponsoring a photo contest. Submissions must be entered by December 31, 2010. See this page for more info.
- The State of Colorado homepage, www.colorado.gov, is looking for scenic Colorado photos for their website. Visit this page to submit your photos. Categories are scenery, wildlife, and recreation.
Twenty-four Colorado State Parks now have "Family Activity Backpacks". The packs include: two large bug boxes, magnifiers, various guide books (covering birds, insects, wildflowers and pond or tree life depending on the park), binoculars and a nature journal. "Family Activity Backpacks" may be checked out free-of-charge at the park visitor center or office for day use and returned before heading home or back to the campsite. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.co.us/familyKids/Pages/familyandkids.aspx.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, campsites are still available at most state parks for Labor Day weekend. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Crawford State Park, Eleven Mile State Park, the Island Acres section of the Colorado River State Park, Mancos State Park, Ridgway State Park, State Forest State Park, Vega State Park and Yampa River State Park still have campsites available for all three days. To reserve a campsite, call (303) 470-1144 in Denver or 1(800) 678-2267 statewide or visit: http://parks.state.co.us/Reservations/Page/ReservationsHome.aspx
David Mason was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. David Mason’s family goes back four or five generations in Colorado. His father grew up in Trinidad, his mother in Grand Junction, and except for family visits did not spend an extended time in Colorado.
He and wife Anne Lennox live in the mountains outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mason has published three full-length books of poems to date, plus quite a few chapbooks and limited editions. He is co-editor of four major anthologies and the author of many dozens of poems, essays, reviews, translations, stories and memoirs. An advisory editor at the Hudson Review, the Sewanee Review and Divide, Mason’s work can be found in The Nation, TLS, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The American Scholar and many other periodicals here and abroad. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” and he has been interviewed for other MPR and NPR programs. He remains committed to performance as a guide to the composition and teaching of poetry.
To see examples of his work click the following link.
For more information on the Journalism School, see their official website, which includes information on current programs as well as alumni news. Or, for a history of the School's programs, you can search in the college catalogs, available from our library dating back to 1979.
- Technology Careers What jobs should people interested in IT careers focus on filling in 2011? The presentation will discuss the "hot jobs"
- Get Into Water: Careers In the Water Industry This workshop provides an introduction to the careers available with utilities, cities, counties and special districts in positions such as engineering, management, customer service and operations.
- How To Apply for Federal Jobs This workshop will help job seekers through the maze and increase their chances of finding the right job and getting it.
- Green Jobs This workshop provides an overview of the industries and occupations that make up green jobs (such as solar, wind, renewable energy and clean energy) and offers tips on how you can start the search to find your dream green job.
- Franchising Pros and Cons Is owning a franchise right for you? This workshop provides an insider's look at the pros and cons of working a franchise operation.
- Telework This workshop presents the reality of telework, e-commuting and working at home. It shows how to get the job that works for you - and the job offers you should avoid.
If you want to become an expert fisherman and maybe set some records yourself some day, our library has many resources that can help you, including the very popular DVD "Fly Fishing Colorado." Other popular fishing titles available in our collection include:
According to General Mills:
“As part of a commitment to children’s literacy, Cheerios cereal along with Jon Scieszka, will donate 100,000 books to First Book. First Book’s mission is to give new books to kids in need to help them develop skills to succeed in life.
Cheerios is asking the public to tell them which states should receive the books. To vote for the state you think is most in need of new books go to www.FirstBook.org/Scieszka and answer questions about classic children’s storybooks. Every correct answer counts as one vote: so the more questions you answer correctly, the more votes you cast. The five states with the most votes will each receive 20,000 books, provided by Cheerios. Hurry the contest ends 8/31/2010.
Jon Scieszka’s books have won a whole mess of awards, and sold over 11 million copies. His latest series of books are all set in Trucktown, a world where all of the characters are trucks and all of the trucks act like real preschoolers.”
Fishing - anyone age 16 or older needs a fishing license to fish Colorado's waters. Buying a fishing license is easy - you can apply for a license online or visit one of hundreds of retailers around the state. For a list of stores where you can purchase a license, click here. Additionally, you can obtain a Colorado Fishing Map from the Division of Wildlife, or check one out from our library.
State Parks - Colorado State Parks are great for hiking, biking, camping, or boating. To use the parks, you need to purchase an annual Parks Pass. Passes are issued per vehicle. The regular price is $60 per vehicle per year; however, there are reduced rates for seniors over 64, low income, and disabled individuals. Disabled veterans and persons born prior to 1923 get free passes. To find out more about purchasing a Parks Pass, click here.
Boating - Registration is required. Boats may also be subject to inspection for aquatic nuisance species (i.e. zebra mussels). For more about boating registration, inspections, and regulations, click here.
Denver B-cycle was fully operational at noon, launching with approximately 400 red Trek B-cycles at 40 B-stations throughout the City.
Kaiser Permanente has committed to a three-year $450,000 community benefit sponsorship.
Denver B-cycle members can pick up a B-cycle from any of the conveniently located B-stations and drop it off at any other B-station. B-stations are currently located throughout downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek and University of Denver, among other areas. By the end of the June, Denver will have approximately 500 B-cycles at 45-50 B-stations.
Users can sign up for 7-day ($20), 30-day ($30) or annual memberships ($65) online. Users can also purchase a $5 24-hour membership at the B-cycle station with his/her credit card. Discounts are available for students and seniors. Once registered in the system as a member, there is no charge for the first 30 minutes every time the member checks out a B-cycle from a station. After 30 minutes additional usage fee apply that escalate every half hour thereafter. The fee caps at $65/day.
This is a great opportunity to not only go green but to take in the sites and get a little exercise. The Colorado State Publications library can help along the way with safety manuals, rules of the road and even maps of the biking paths of Denver and the surrounding metro areas.
For more information, visit http://denver.bcycle.com.
If you are more interested in the geological details and rockfall risk assessment, check out "Modification and Statistical Analysis of the Colorado Rockfall Hazard Rating System." This report details a fascinating study conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation, that analyzes the geological structures around Colorado, and ranks them based on the likelihood of potential rockfall.
Another useful source of information is the Colorado Geological Survey's rockfall website.
We have many other publications on this topic in the State Publications Library collection. Just search our catalog using the keyword "rockfall" or "landslide" for a list of titles.
Another good source of information is the Colorado Earthquake Information site from the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. There are tips on how to be prepared for an earthquake, and a table of past Colorado earthquakes.
A number of studies and reports are also available from our collection at the State Publications Library. Search for "earthquakes" in our online catalog for a list of titles.
- Colorado Catch Cookbook : Wild Game and Fish Recipes (NR6.2/C28/1987)
- Cookie Recipes from a Basic Mix for High Altitudes (UCSU20/6.3/456A/1992)
- Household Cleaning Recipes (UCSU20/6.22/9.502)
- Mile High Cakes: Recipes for High Altitudes (UCSU20/6.3/516A)
- Pioneer Potluck (HED6.2/C77/1963)
- Recipes for Dry Beans and Peas (HE15/210.2/B37/1988)
- Recipes for High Calorie Nutritious Foods (HE15/210.2/C13/2/1987)
- Wheat, Gluten, Egg and Milk-Free Recipes (UCSU20/16.3/530A/2000)
For more information about this issue, try the following resources:
The program, Wired With Wisdom, is designed to provide parents and caregivers with useful information and solutions related to the problems their children might encounter in today’s digital age. The program addresses the dangers associated with social networking, e-mail, cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging and other technology widely used by youth today so that adults are equipped to educate young people about safe and responsible online practices.
More information on the program and how to connect is available in the press release.
You may also want to visit the "Safe Surfing Initiative Website" which contains Internet safety resources for kids and parents.
Colorado's governors dating back to Statehood in 1876 had served in roles from everything from judges to school boards to City Attorney, although, interestingly, no Colordo Attorney General has ever become governor.
Only one Governor ever served as Mayor of Denver - John L. Routt, who was governor first, serving as Territorial Governor 1875-76, the State's first Governor 1876-79, Mayor of Denver 1883-85, and Governor again 1891-93. (Popular guy!) Two other Colorado governors served as Mayors, of Pueblo and Montrose, before becoming governor.
One Colorado Governor, John Shafroth, served in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming Colorado's chief executive, while exactly half, 18 out of 36, Governors served in the Colorado State Legislature, two as Speaker of the House and seven as President of the Senate.
Finally, seven Colorado state governors previously served as Lieutenant Governors.
This information was obtained from the following sources: The Colorado State Archives' lists of Colorado Governors and Colorado Attorneys General; the City and County of Denver's online list of Mayors; the Colorado Legislative Council's database of legislator biographies; and a book, available from our library, entitled Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly.
The Colorado caucus for candidate selection is scheduled to take place on March 16, 2010 this year. The Democratic and Republican Parties will both hold a caucus to poll public preference for their gubernatorial and other candidates. According to state law (CRS 1-3-101):
"In order to vote at any precinct caucus, assembly, or convention of a political party, the elector shall be a resident of the precinct for thirty days, shall have registered to vote no later than twenty-nine days before the caucus, assembly, or convention, and shall be affiliated with the political party holding the caucus, assembly, or convention for at least two months."Voters who want to participate in their local caucus need to register to vote and declare their party affiliation before January 15th.
To learn about the election process, try the following resources:
- Colorado State Election Law --Colorado Revised Statutes Title 1, Article 3 describes political party organizations and precinct caucuses.
- Colorado Voter and Election Information - from the Secretary of State's office. Register to vote, and learn about the election process.
- Colorado Democratic Party Caucus Information - gives caucus locations and explains how the caucus systems works.
- Colorado Republican Party Information - information on the Republican candidates, and platforms.
- Colorado Political Parties - a list of all political parties in Colorado with contact information and website listings.
- Find Your Precinct - Use the Registered Voter Search from the Colorado Secretary of States' Office to identify your precinct number.
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