August 2017

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New Law Standard Forms Defined by Colorado
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Pool Rules Can Get You Into Hot Water
Another Anniversary for the Centennial State

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For those of you under the age of fifty-seven and all non-native Coloradoans you may not know that August 1st is

Colorado Day, the anniversary of the day Colorado became a state. On August 1, 1876, president Ulysses S. Grant signed a

proclamation admitting Colorado as a state in the union. Colorado Day was celebrated as a State Holiday on August 1

for many years. But in 1985 when the state started observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a public holiday, Colorado Day was

no longer recognized as a public holiday, but rather an observance. Because of this legislative change, very few Coloradoans are

aware of the historic importance of August 1st in the history of our state.

The Colorado Territory was organized in the wake of the 1859

Pikes Peak Gold Rush and became an official recognized Territory on

February 28, 1861 and consisted of lands previously part of the Kansas,

Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico territories. The origin of the word Colorado

is Spanish and means “colored red”. The name was first applied to

the Colorado River because of the red sandstone soil of the region and

subsequently used for the name of the Territory and then the State. The

State Motto “Nil sine numine” has been translated by Latin scholars

several different ways —“Nothing without Providence”; “Nothing

without God”; or “Nothing without Divine Will”. The blue, white, red

and gold of the flag are meant to represent the blue skies, white mountain

peaks, the red soil and the abundance of sunshine which are ever present in Colorado.

Here are some interesting facts you may want to know about the state in which you live, just in case you participate in

quiz games. Colorado is the 38th state admitted to the union, the 8th largest in terms of land mass, and is the 21st most populous

of the states, as well as having the highest elevation of any state with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000

ft high and 54 towering above 14,000 ft.— Pikes Peak being, the most famous of these mountains. Everyone knows the song,

but did you know that Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” atop Pikes Peak overlooking Colorado Springs.

Within the state’s total area of 104,091 square miles are 11 National Forests, 11 National Parks and 44 State Parks. Colorado has

the highest paved road in North America and the road to Mt. Evans climbs to 14,258 ft. above sea level. The world’s largest natural

hot springs pool covers 2 blocks in Glenwood Springs. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high

above sea level hence the nickname for Denver of the “Mile-High City.” Most people are aware that Colorado is an oil producing

state, but few realize that hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains (Colorado & Utah) lies the largest untapped

oil reserve in the world (in the form of oil shale). When the oil is extracted “America will become the world’s single biggest

oil source, exceeding Saudi Arabia.” Colorado is unique and special in many, many ways and as the saying goes “It is a privilege

to live in Colorado” and deserves to be celebrated.

So, Happy Birthday Colorado – may the next 141 be as great as the last 141 years of statehood!


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