Here comes the bus
Durango School District 9-R is getting on the bus – the electric bus, that is. Last week, 9-R announced it won a $328,803 grant for a fully electric school bus and charging infrastructure. The 81-seat bus is expected to be operational by next fall.
The grant was funded through the Regional Air Quality Council, which aims to improve Colorado’s air quality by replacing pre-2009 fleet vehicles with electric and renewable natural gas vehicles. LPEA will contribute an additional $120,000 for charging infrastructure and bus costs.
Beyond the environmental benefits, the ebus will bring health benefits as well. Roughly 95 percent of America’s school buses run on diesel, which emits pollution linked to asthma, respiratory illness and cancer.
The bus will also be the first vehicle-to-grid installation in LPEA’s territory. Also known as bi-directional charging, this will allow the bus to charge during less-expensive off-peak hours. It will also allow LPEA to pull electricity from the vehicle onto the grid during peak times.
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- Natural high
Move over endorphins. According to a new study, we can thank endocannabinoids, our internally homegrown versions of cannabis, for the euphoria we feel during exercise. In the study, which was written up recently in the New York Times, runners still developed the mild intoxication of runner’s high, even if researchers blocked the bodies’ ability to respond to endorphins.
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- Be the ball
Trails, campgrounds, mountains and rivers weren’t the only outdoor venues teeming with COVID weary recreationists last summer. Golf also saw a huge upswing in participation. According to Hillcrest Golf Course, the local muni saw a resurgence of golf participation last year, with more than 57,000 rounds played in 2020 – a 37 percent increase over 2019. This is more than double the national trend, which saw golf numbers increase 14 percent year-over-year, the largest gain the industry in 17 years.
- Hello, kitty
Hiking and biking season is almost upon us in Southwest Colorado, which brings with it a host of concerns and considerations, not the least of which is co-existing with wildlife.
Of course, the apex predator at the top of most of our worried minds when jaunting about the backcountry alone is the mountain lion. Perhaps no other animals are as simultaneously feared and revered as the mysterious, large cats.