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Western Chambers of Commerce Petition Gov To Start Outdoor REC Act Economic Study

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Numerous western chambers of commerce and local governments are petitioning the U.S. government to move forward with an Outdoor REC Act economic study.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 6, 2017

Colorado River

Today in New West news: Colorado steps up courting of Outdoor Retailer, Montana Democrats pick Rob Quist for House race, and Idaho introduces data center tax incentive.

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Governor Hickenlooper, CO Senators Pen Letter to Outdoor Retailer

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the state’s U.S. Senators have penned a letter urging Outdoor Retailer to call Colorado its new home.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 27, 2017

MSU, Montana State University

Today in New West news: 406 Labs at Montana State University fosters startups; audio of Herbert, OIA call released; and UC Boulder researchers debut metamaterial providing “paper-thin air-conditioning.”

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Utah Governor Calls Outdoor Retailer Decision “Offensive”

Downtown Salt Lake City

Last week, we reported that the Outdoor Industry Association was formally breaking with Utah leadership (including Governor Gary Herbert) over their “hostile” stance to public lands.

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OIA Condemns Utah Governor, Leadership Over Public Lands Stance

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In a call with Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) sought common ground on the question of public lands in America.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 9, 2017


Today in New West news: West Paw Design named 2016 Montana Manufacturer of the Year, what Jeff Sessions will mean for the marijuana industry, and Patagonia drops out of Outdoor Retailer over Bears Ears.

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Can Lightweight Backpacking Save Hiking As We Know It?

Dinosaur Sighting?   Long considered a Cadillac of backpacks, the legendary Dana Design Terraplane is indeed a classic, the same way that steel-finned cruisers of the 1950s defined class and style.  But for adherents of lightweight and ultralight, the Terraplane is an overstuffed weighthog. Can hikers attain the same level of durability, function and reliability from products that exude a fraction of the heft?  And will lighterweight gear help bring back the minions who have given up long-distance tromps in the woods? That's one of the debates currently raging in a backcountry which, in some locales, is thinning out of people.

As the face of America broadens in color, becomes more urbanized, and establishes new bases of political power, what will be the fate of public lands whose strongest stewards and user base have traditionally been middle class and white? Who will be the constituents for wilderness a generation in the future? One barometer for thinking about the issue in the West is to consider the trendline in backpacking. Declining numbers have attracted attention not only from public land managers but bean counters in the multi-billion-dollar outdoor gear industry. An emerging but still nascent force is the lightweight and ultralight backpacking movement. Once the domain of tech-heads and minimalists, lightweight has given birth to a growing product line and appeal among older hikers who gave up long-distance backcountry trips because of the loads and the hassles of restocking in route. New West gives readers a look at lightweight as the summer season approaches.

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