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April 27, 2011

The CFR's new color

CFRCover.jpgEvery year, the print Code of Federal Regulations comes to us with a new cover color. This year, it's magenta. According to the Office of the Federal Register, which publishes the CFR, the volumes are made a different color each year for quick reference.

This year's set also comes with a new cover design, including a new font.

The Code of Federal Regulations is available online (1996-present) through FDSys.

If you're a State of Utah employee, you can access the entire historical collection of CFRs (back to 1938) via HeinOnline from your work computer. If you're having trouble accessing HeinOnline, contact us for assistance. Or, you can access it free by visiting the law library.

April 25, 2011

Wireless password: japan

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 25, 2011 is japan.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

April 20, 2011

May Classes

columnsHere is the list of free classes the Utah State Law Library is offering in May:

Small Claims Basics
Thursday, May 5th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Collecting a Judgment Basics
Thursday, May 12th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Court Website & State Law Library Basics
Friday, May 13th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Landlord-Tenant Basics
Thursday, May 19th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

All classes are held in the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.

Class size is limited, so registration is required. To reserve your spot:
call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov.

Please Be Prompt!
As a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, please be on time. Classes may be canceled if students are not present at the scheduled start time.

National Park Week

Grand_Canyon-hd-11.jpgApril 16-24 is National Park Week, an annual event promoting America's National Parks. As part of this promotion, national parks throughout the country are offering free admission.

Parks across the country are also holding special events during this week. Choose a state and date range to see what events are happening at national parks near you.

National Park Week isn't the only time when national parks are free to visit. Other fee-free days this year are June 21st (First Day of Summer), September 24 (Public Lands Day), and November 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend).

If you want to learn more about Utah's National Parks, check out resources available from Utah Government Publications Online.

April 18, 2011

Wireless Password: ideal

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 18, 2011 is ideal.

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April 11, 2011

National Library Week

NLWlogo2011.rev.jpgApril 10-16, 2011 is National Library Week. The American Library Association has celebrated this event annually since 1958.

In Utah, National Library Week coincides with Love Your Library Week, a resolution passed by the state legislature in 2008.

Events are being held in libraries throughout the state. For instance, the Logan Public Library is hosting a book sale, a drop in story time session, and prize drawings for both children and adults. Provo City Library is hosting a library card design contest. The Roosevelt Public Library will be hosting a National Library Week story hour.

Don't know where your local public library is located? Use the Utah State Library's library directory.

Wireless Password: hurry

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 11, 2011 is hurry.

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April 06, 2011

New Common Law Marriage Page and Forms

A new Judicial Recognition of a Relationship as Marriage page is now available on the Utah State Courts' website.

This process is commonly referred to as "common law marriage," and is the recognition by the courts that a relationship is a marriage even though no wedding ceremony -- religious or civil -- took place.

The page includes an explanation of the conditions that have to be met to qualify, reasons why you might want to ask the court for the determination, and the effect of this determination. The page provides forms for cases in which there is no dispute expected.

If you need help filling out forms, consider hiring an attorney or speaking to a lawyer at a free legal clinic.

April 04, 2011

Wireless Password: guide

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 4, 2011 is guide.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

April 01, 2011

Clean out the Medicine Cabinet Month

medicinecabinet.jpgThe Utah State Legislature declared April Clean out the Medicine Cabinet Month (passed this session as House Bill 241). This designation is an effort to educate Utah families about ways to keep their homes safe from prescription drug abuse through the proper storage and disposal of prescription medications.

Several local and state agencies have already begun awareness campaigns on this important topic. Utah County's Division of Substance Abuse and Department of Health are among several sponsors of CleanOutTheCabinet.org. Utah County residents can find their closest medication disposal station and learn tips to keep their families safe.

The state's Department of Health and Department of Environmental Quality are two of several sponsors of UseOnlyAsDirected.org, a project that started in 2007. Here you can find research on drug-related deaths in the state. You can also find and comment on posts written by Utah residents about how prescription drug abuse affected their families.

Part of this year's Clean out the Medicine Cabinet Month is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which a nationwide event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Grocery stores, schools, and police stations across the state are participating as drop off sites.

Correcting the State Flag

March 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the Utah state flag.

The Utah Legislature took advantage of this occasion to correct a mistake in the flag's design that has been perpetuated for decades.

Everyone had been mistakenly relying on a 1922 description of the flag rather than the correct 1913 description. This meant that the year "1847" was being placed beneath the shield instead of on the bottom of the shield, where it belongs.

House Concurrent Resolution 2, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Herbert, recognizes that the design on the Utah state flag should match the description provided in 1913 by House Joint Resolution 1.

You can find the current full description of the flag at Utah Code Section 63G-1-501.

Additional Resources

Photo source: Utah State Senate