The HOP, transforming this summer
Based on community input and an extensive 2016 HOP Transit Study, the city’s original community-based transit service, the HOP, is transforming this summer. Starting this week, HOP riders will start to see a new bright-orange bus on the HOP loop. All the HOP buses will be rewrapped over the coming weeks, leading up to service changes scheduled to go into effect Aug. 26, 2018. With the service changes, the HOP will provide direct links between key activity centers in Boulder, including the University of Colorado Boulder, downtown, the Twenty-Ninth Street Mall and Boulder Junction. Instead of a looped route, HOP buses will follow four distinct, intersecting linear routes. The new routes reflect the most popular segments of the current loop.
Rabbit found with tularemia
A rabbit found in the Golden/Lakewood area (near South Table Mountain Park) has died from tularemia, an uncommon, but serious, infectious disease. This is the first positive case of tularemia in an animal in Colorado in 2018, and the first positive case of tularemia in an animal in Jefferson County since 2015. Tularemia is often spread through the bite of infected ticks and deer flies or through handling infected sick or dead animals, like rabbits or other rodents. However, if proper preventive steps are followed, the risk of contracting tularemia is low. Though tularemia is rare in Colorado, there are about 200 human cases of the disease in the U.S. each year. Treatment with antibiotics is effective during early stages of the diseases, but if diagnosis and appropriate treatment are delayed, life-threatening complications may follow. Medical care should be obtained as soon as symptoms appear. For more information about tutaremia visit www.jeffco.us/2371/Tularemia.
ASU names new interim President
Cheryl D. Lovell, Ph.D., speaks about the “mobility bump” that students experience as they earn a college degree. She will witness that phenomenon now as the new president of Adams State University. Dr. Lovell, who holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University, was selected to serve a 12-month appointment by the Adams State Board of Trustees on Tuesday. The interim appointment comes after a weeks-long search, and shifts Adams State into a new phase of its 98-year history. Dr. Lovell begins July 1.
On Friday, June 22, President Donald Trump signed into law; H.R. 1397, which directs the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, in Fairfax County, Virginia; and H.R. 1719, the “John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act,” which authorizes the National Park Service to acquire by donation approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California, for inclusion in the John Muir National Historic Site.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order that commits Colorado to adopting low emission vehicle (LEV) standards. Colorado has unmatched natural beauty, but our topography makes us especially vulnerable to greater impacts of pollution. The LEV action helps the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025. We can achieve this goal by harnessing technological advancements in the clean energy field and implementing cost-effective strategies that reduce our emissions while protecting our vibrant economy.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock along with Visit Denver CEO Richard Scharf announced last week the results of their 2017 research. Denver has set yet another record for 2017, with 31.7 million visitors in tourism, which brought in $6.5 billion dollars in revenue. Marketable leisure travelers grew by 8 percent and were largely responsible for generating the highest tourism revenue in the city’s history.