Library screens film about legacy of historically black universities |

Library screens film about legacy of historically black universities

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Indie Lens Pop-Up season continues with a free screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” which explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture and identity, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 in Library Hall.

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, America’s foremost film chronicler of the African-American experience, reveals the rich history of these schools and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

A haven for black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries — and a path of promise toward the American dream — HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field while remaining unapologetically black for more than 150 years. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.

Visit for more information about this film and other Indie Lens Pop-Up events.

Colorado traffic fatalities up 29 percent since 2014

Preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation indicates that traffic fatalities rose 29 percent in 2017, from 488 traffic fatalities in 2014 to 630 last year. This includes pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and passenger vehicle occupants.

Despite Colorado’s seat belt law, 16 percent of Coloradans do not buckle up, and Colorado ranks 36th in the country in seat belt use. There were 211 unbelted deaths in passenger vehicle crashes last year. Those unbuckled deaths accounted for half of the 399 passenger vehicle fatalities in 2017.

With 3.8 million licensed drivers in Colorado, one in every 33 Colorado drivers will be in a crash this year. Odds of surviving a crash improve immensely if motorists buckle up, watch their speed, avoid mixing driving with drugs or alcohol and stay off their phones, according to CDOT.

“Fatal crashes continue to be a tragic ending for hundreds of people in Colorado each year,” said Colonel Matt Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, in a news release. “We encourage drivers to make good decisions, always drive sober and avoid distractions.”

The one bright spot in the data involves motorcycle crashes. Motorcyclists killed declined by 20 percent to 101 in 2017, down from a record 125 fatalities in 2016.

Free AgrAbility workshop to be held in Craig

A Colorado AgrAbility Workshop will be offered in Craig from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 539 Barclay St. Topics to be covered include: what is AgrAbility; how to work well with ag lenders and bankers; and saving time and money with assistive technology. The free event is for ranchers, farmers, veterans and service providers who are dealing with barriers created by illnesses, conditions or limitations. To register, call Candy Leathers at 720-539-4435 or Jackie Goodnow at 970-824-9180.

Alan Aguirre named Optimist Club’s Teen of the Month

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs has selected Alan Leonardo Aguirre as its Teen of the Month. Aguirre is an active Hayden High School senior who is a member of the Tigers basketball, track and football teams. He is also a Link leader and member of Teen Council. He has been named to the honor roll and science honor roll and is hoping to attend Grand Canyon University to pursue his general education requirement before applying to chiropractic school. School counselor Sarah Cantrell describe Aguirre as a hard worker who supports his peers. “Alan is a phenomenal student, asking questions and working hard to do well in school,” Cantrell wrote in nominating Aguirre for the award. “He is very optimistic and caring, well liked by his teachers and peers and a strong leader.” The Teen of the Month program is sponsored by Colorado Group Realty.

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