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Fall is a refreshing time. Summer vacations wind down, classes resume, temperatures drop, sports teams take the field, fall festivals grab our attention, and residents increasingly venture out to garden, exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather.

The change in seasons also provides an optimal time to refocus priorities and set new goals.

One of my goals as mayor is to make Boulder City even more pedestrian, bicycle, fitness and outdoor-enthusiast friendly. To do that, improving our trail connectivity is a top priority.

We already have some amazing trails. Our Bootleg Canyon trail system and River Mountain Loop trail are just two examples. And our historic district is more walkable than ever with the recent addition of the museum’s self-guided walking tour. We even have a few bike and pedestrian paths along Georgia Avenue and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.

But most of these trails are isolated. And they could almost all use some serious upgrades to make them more inviting and interconnected.

The Boulder City Parkway Complete Street project is a big step in the right direction. The objectives are to make the entire U.S. Highway 93 corridor from Railroad Pass to Buchanan Boulevard to Pacifica Way (all eventually to be renamed Boulder City Parkway) more pleasant and user-friendly, not only drivers but also transit riders and especially pedestrians and cyclists.

The recently announced funding of the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s visitor center expansion also substantially increases our chances ofseeing a linear park developed behind the Nevada Highway businesses that occupy a good portion of that stretch.

All of this is still very much in the planning and preliminary design phases, but I’m excited about the prospects.

Speaking of goal-setting and the great outdoors, I want to issue a challenge to each of you. Set some fitness goals of your own. Then work to achieve them. Don’t compare yourself to others or worry about their fitness level. Just focus on yourself, and start wherever you are.

Don’t set impossible goals that you have no hope of achieving. But set them high enough that they’ll stretch your current limits. Any activity will do, but it’s best to choose one that you enjoy.

Two physical activities that I enjoy are biking and basketball. Biking because I can do it with my wife. And basketball because it’s a sport I’ve loved since I was a toddler. So those are the activities I’m focusing my fitness goals on this fall: (1) bike an average of at least 40 miles per week until Thanksgiving; and (2) average at least two basketball workouts with my 15-year-old son over the same period.

So now my goals are set in stone, and you should hold me to them.

I’d also like to issue a specific challenge to all of our high school and junior high basketball players, and really to anyone of any age who’s a basketball junkie like me. Between now and the start of the basketball season (early December), make 10,000 shots! If you do, I’ll reward you with some nice public recognition, a pizza party and more.

It won’t be easy. Even if you’re a 50 percent shooter, you’ll be putting up 20,000 shots (over 300 per day if you use every one of the 65 weekdays between now and December). And if you’re only a 40 percent or 30 percent shooter, you can expect to shoot thousands more. But I guarantee that when you’re done, your shooting percentage will be substantially higher than when you started.

Just chart your progress (date and number of makes), then submit it. I’ll also throw in bonus prizes for anyone who makes at least 3,000 free throws, as well as for each extra thousand that you add to your 10,000 made shots.

Don’t forget to do this with a friend. In fact, in case you haven’t already figured it out, working out with a buddy is almost always more motivating and enjoyable than exercising on your own. So get out there and have fun together.

Happy exercising, everyone!

Power of people remains at polls

This Sunday is the first anniversary of the Women’s March. Don’t fret, I’m not writing a commercial. I’m looking at a very abbreviated history of individuals coming together to make a statement.

Potential for adventure in city gets real

Reality TV and Boulder City are starting to become a common thing. Recently, the HGTV show “Flip or Flop Vegas” filmed in our quaint town, with an episode promised to air this upcoming summer. However, the likes of Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) and Gear Duran aka Gear Boxxx (“Skin Wars”) have had Boulder City ties for sometime now.

Finding right school for child’s needs key to success

Later this month, schools, homeschool groups, organizations and individuals in Nevada and across America will work together to raise awareness about the importance of opportunity in K-12 education.

Mayor should consider re-election

Who will run for mayor in 2019? I realize that we are over a year away from people even putting their names in the hat. Yet, if they are serious about running, they need to start thinking now.

Awards for revitalization efforts, faith in city well-deserved

At our final 2017 City Council meeting, I had the privilege of presenting two Mayor’s Awards, one to All Mountain Cyclery and the other to The Tap, for their 2017 business corridor revitalization efforts. These two businesses weren’t the only ones that worked to spruce up our commercial sector, but the scale of their projects and their commitment to reinvest in our community really stood out to me.

Eastwood accepts ‘Gauntlet,’ runs with it

Actor, producer and writer Clint Eastwood came through Boulder City for a 1977 film titled “The Gauntlet.” While Eastwood was always on board to direct the Warner Bros. picture, he wasn’t the first or second choice to star in the film.

Though popular, bitcoin not wave of future

Bitcoin. It’s everywhere. You see it in the news. People talk about it around the water cooler, and it appears on almost every internet ad. I wouldn’t be surprised if it started appearing in local paper opinion pieces.

Veteran uses talents to help other veterans

Robert Serge served in the United States Navy for 20 months as part of an ordnance laboratory test facility. As he puts it, “We designed harbor mines and stuff like that.”

Smiles plant seeds of hope

Before I sit down to write any commentary, I spend lots of time daily thinking about how to begin. What happened today? What needs addressing? I take so many things so seriously, I end up changing the focus daily. As soon as I submit one commentary, I begin thinking about the next. This one took longer than usual.