April is Stress Awareness Month

Perhaps appropriately, given the times we find ourselves in, the month of April is recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It’s actually not new — Stress Awareness Month has been commemorated each April since 1992. Work and school, finances, relationships, parenting, caregiving, concerns for safety, life changes, finding one’s purpose, and even the weather can be […]

Time Machine Tuesday: 100th Anniversary of Prohibition

One hundred years ago this week marked the beginning of Prohibition in the United States, which went into effect on January 17, 1920. Colorado, however, was actually one of several states that had gone “dry” even before national Prohibition. Voters approved an amendment to the State Constitution in the 1914 election, and an Act “Relating […]

Beware of Government Impersonation Scams

So far this year, more than 12,000 people nationwide have fallen victim to government impersonation scams, resulting in a collective loss of $112 million, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI and other agencies are warning consumers to be on the lookout for these malicious scams. This month, the FBI’s Denver division warned […]

Distracted Driving in Colorado

In 2018, distracted drivers caused 15,673 vehicle crashes in Colorado, resulting in 53 deaths. In a recent survey by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), 33% of respondents admitted to sending a text, email, or social media message while driving during the week prior to the survey. 48% said they read messages while driving. Yet […]

NEW Liquor Law Resources

Colorado’s liquor laws changed significantly this year, most notably with the sale of full-strength beer in liquor stores. Back in March I posted about some of the many resources available in our library to help retail establishments, bars, and restaurants keep up with the often-changing laws. Since then, our library has acquired several helpful new […]

911 Technology in Colorado

This month the Public Utilities Commission issued a new report on 911 services in Colorado. The General Assembly passed legislation in 2018 requiring the report to be published annually; this year’s is the second such report. It examines the state of 911 services in Colorado, including technology and funding. Currently, Colorado’s (and most other states’) […]

Operation Game Thief – Help Stop Poachers

Incidents of illegal killing of wildlife are becoming more common in Colorado. On Monday, a deer was killed illegally in Morrison, Colorado, and last month, a poacher from Montrose County was fined $10,000 for illegally killing several deer and a bear. Hunters in Colorado are required to be licensed and to hunt in season. Poaching […]

“A Walk Through the System” – A Resource for Victims

One of the most frequently accessed resources in our library collection is A Walk Through The System: A Guide for Victims and Survivors. This guidebook was put together by victims’ services staff at the Colorado Department of Corrections. Victims may understandably be anxious or curious about what will happen to the person who committed the […]

20 Years After Columbine

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in our state’s history, the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School shootings. Since then, while unfortunately school shootings do still take place, there have been many efforts to address school safety and prevent these kinds of incidents from occurring again. The Colorado School […]

Safe2Tell Colorado

It’s not always easy for teens to report safety concerns to adults — but reporting can save lives. That’s why Safe2Tell Colorado was founded. Sponsored by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Safe2Tell is a program that allows youth to anonymously report safety concerns affecting themselves, their friends and classmates, their family, or their community. Safe2Tell […]

Resources on Colorado Liquor Laws

Colorado’s liquor laws change frequently — for instance, you may have noticed that full-strength beer is now sold in your local supermarket. How can consumers and current or prospective business owners learn about the state’s liquor laws and make sure they are in compliance? The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) has numerous helpful resources on […]

Auto Theft Prevention Resources

Motor vehicle theft is on the rise, according to statistics from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. There were 22,206 cases of auto theft in 2017, a 72% increase from 2014! Less than half of the vehicles were recovered. And vehicle break-ins are one of the most common types of property crimes in Colorado. So what […]

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Whether from drinks, drugs, or distractions, impaired driving is a serious hazard that puts lives in danger. Here are some resources from the State of Colorado that can help you learn about the hazards of driving impaired and how to stay safe: SAFETY AND PREVENTION How to Spot an Impaired Driver The Cost of a […]

Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book

Colorado Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research branch of the General Assembly, has just updated their Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book. This handy online guide can answer many of your questions about Colorado’s various motor vehicle laws. Among the topics covered are taxes and fees chain laws distracted driving laws HOV and express lanes emissions […]

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 […]

Marijuana Enforcement, Licenses, and Rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s newly-designed website now includes a Marijuana Enforcement webpage which includes helpful information for marijuana retailers, law enforcement, and government officials.  This site includes all licensing information and forms for marijuana retailers, both medical and recreational; applicable laws, statutes, and regulations; tax information; and information on testing, transporting, and registering as […]

Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month.  The State of Colorado has published many helpful resources on the history of women in our state.  Colorado Women:  A History, published by University Press of Colorado and available from our library, provides a good background on women’s history in our state.  Our library also has biographies on several notable […]

Traffic Safety and the Colorado State Patrol

The Colorado State Patrol is dedicated to public safety on our roads and highways.  You can find statistics and learn about the CSP’s traffic safety initiatives, such as The Heat is On and Click It or Ticket, by visiting the CSP’s Traffic Safety homepage.  You can also arrange to have CSP officers and staff present […]

Alcohol and Impaired Driving

According to the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, “more than 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and over 150 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes” each year in Colorado.  Alcohol is not the only problem, however — many fatalities occur as a result of drug-impaired driving as well.  CDOT has many resources on alcohol- and […]