Best of 2017: Top political stories

Check out our top five most popular political stories from the year.
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What a year in politics! This year in particular, politics and the outdoor industry were so intertwined, the SNEWS team definitely covered our share of controversial stories. Here are the top five:

Utah asks Trump to rescind on Bears Ears NM, Patagonia pulls out of Outdoor Retailer

Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia.

Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia. // Photo: Tommaso Mei

Jeremy Jones to President Trump: What will we tell our kids?

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Why the OIA just sent a letter to Trump

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It’s official: Trump slashes Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Trump moves forward with DAPL, Keystone XL pipelines.

Former NPS rangers to Zinke: Protect our parks

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It’s official: Trump slashes Utah national monuments

“There are no words. It’s heartbreaking,” Ace Kvale, outdoor photographer, told SNEWS as he was leaving the Salt Lake City protest against President Trump’s controversial announcement to downsize both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. With much resistance but little ...read more

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Patagonia: Passionately pursuing land conservation or just trying to sell jackets?

President Trump’s proclamation to cut two national monuments in southeastern Utah was the match that lit a public lands fire and Patagonia’s reaction has been nothing but gasoline. With the swipe of the president’s pen, the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National ...read more

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Poll | What's the most effective way to protect America’s public lands?

Yesterday, we reported on President Trump's controversial announcement that he would officially reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Escalante-Staircase national monuments.  Outdoor Industry Association Executive Director offered suggestions for action steps: Write a ...read more

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Best of 2017: #CoolShop

The SNEWS team was so impressed this year by the number of outdoor retailers thinking outside the box, showing devotion to their community, and simply put, giving customers a cool shop to gear up for the great outdoors. Here are a few of our favorites:  Hometown Sports in McCall, ...read more

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Best of 2017: Top polls

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Patagonia and the Interior Department take their fight to Twitter

It's not what you say, it's how you say it. In this case, it's not what you tweet, but what you retweet than can cause an uproar. From the second President Trump announced he would take Ryan Zinke's advice on slashing the size of two Utah monuments, Patagonia has vocalized plans ...read more

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President Donald Trump Highway...In Utah?

Environmentalists are shaking their heads in disgust at the thought of having a Utah highway named after President Donald Trump, especially one that winds through canyons and by public lands that he shrunk last year with the stroke of his presidential pen. State legislators in a ...read more

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Why the OIA just sent a letter to Trump

It’s no secret that some of the proposed changes by the Trump administration are leaving the outdoor industry infuriated. On October 19, the Outdoor Industry Association wrote a letter to the commander in chief calling upon him to protect our nation’s lands. More than 350 ...read more

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Zinke recommends shrinking, revising several monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Donald Trump decrease the size of at least four national monuments, according to a leaked memo obtained by the Associated Press. Aside from Bears Ears, which Zinke recommended shrinking earlier this summer, he also proposed ...read more