Suicide in Colorado

Colorado’s suicide rate is climbing. Since 2009 the suicide death rate has increased each year. To put things in perspective, according to the Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2014-15,  the number of suicide deaths in 2014 exceeded the number of deaths from homicide (172), motor vehicle crash (486), breast cancer (553), influenza and pneumonia […]

Firefighting Air Fleet

On Monday (May 12, 2014), the governor signed a bill creating the state’s first firefighting air fleet. The bill (SB 14-164) approves appropriations to purchase two high-technology fire-detecting aircraft and also contract with up to four firefighting helicopters and four single-engine air tankers. The fleet will aid in early detection of wildfires, and improve the […]

Travel and Traffic Information

Heading out for the Labor Day weekend? The Colorado Department of Transportation has some great tools to help you stay on top of construction closures, and avoid accidents and traffic jams.  Visit www.cotrip.org for current road conditions, travel times and weather information. You can also sign up to receive text message or email travel alerts. If […]

Gun Legislation

It’s a big day for gun control legislation in the Senate chambers of the Colorado General Assembly. If approved, three bills will go to the governor for signature:HB13-1229 Requiring background checks for all gun transactions;HB13-1228 Charging gun buyers a fee for background checks; andHB13-1224 Limits gun magazines to 15 rounds. Two other bills under discussion […]

New School Research Guide

Are you looking for data on air quality? Need help finding information on the history of Colorado? State agency websites and publications can provide the answers. The Colorado State Publications Library has revised and updated “School Research Topics“, a bibliography of notable Internet resources from Colorado state agencies. Librarians, parents, students and researchers alike will […]

Alternative Fuel: Compressed Natural Gas

In 2007 Colorado began it’s “Greening Government” initiative, one of the goals being that 50% of the fuel bought for state vehicles should be alternative fuel. Our state is rich in natural gas reserves, and with that in mind, legislation was passed in 2009 requiring that state-owned vehicles operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) when […]

Wildfire Information

High temperatures, drought-like conditions, gusty winds and lightning strikes have made Colorado a virtual tinderbox. It seems like every day more fires are added to the list. For up to date information about the wildfires burning in our state, visit the Colorado  Office of Emergency Management at http://www.coemergency.com/. Besides posting fire updates on their blog, […]

Hire a Colorado Vet

We’re talking about veterans, not veterinarians. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has just launched a new resource “Hire a Colorado Vet” to help veterans find employment opportunities. Besides offering tools for resume help and interview preparation, the site creates a way for veterans to connect with potential employers. Employers are able to post […]

Local Control for Oil and Gas Regulation

Earlier this year Governor Hickenlooper created a task force to develop cooperative strategies regarding the regulation of oil and gas development. As drilling activity has been picking up in Colorado, many communities have been working to establish local regulations in an effort to address environmental concerns. In some cases this has led to conflicting rules […]

Pets

Would you have guessed that the state government has programs that support pet owners and look to the best interest of pets? I was surprised. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a list of pet food recalls, a guide to understanding pet food labels, and information on how to report animal neglect and cruelty which […]

Colorado Literacy Week, Feb. 27 – March 2

Next week, the state will shine a spotlight on the importance of early childhood literacy to the future of our children and our state. Below is a brief overview of the events scheduled for the week. Monday February 27, 9:30 a.m. – Crawford Elementary School in Aurora Public School District hosts the official kick-off for […]

Cutting Red Tape

During the first months of Governor Hickenlooper’s administration, the Governor traveled across the state meeting with the citizens of Colorado. One issue that kept rising to the top of these discussions was the complaint that “state government was far too often an impediment to business development and job creation” — too much “red tape.” As […]

New Laws Effective January 1

Five laws came into effect on January 1, 2012. Descriptions of the laws from the Digest of Bills are as follows: H.B. 11-1100 Military education, training, and service experience credit for license and certification The act requires the director of the division of registrations and the state examining and licensing boards to accept education, training, […]