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- Outdoor Industry Association welcomed 56 new members in the first quarter of 2019. Familiar brands include Purist, Extreme Mist, Bear Paw Products, plus California Outdoor Recreation Partnership.
- Utah State University is sending off its first graduates of the Outdoor Product Design and Development program created in 2015. The celebration begins April 12, when they'll present their senior portfolios and final projects.
- Farm To Feet has released a limited-edition sock in support of The Conservation Alliance’s "We Keep it Wild" campaign. The sock that celebrates the organization’s 30th Anniversary is available online through the month of April at farmtofeet.com.
- Columbia Sportswear's Omni-Heat 3D, fabric that mimics the warming qualities of a space blanket, was named for one of FabricLink Network's Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards.
- Ross Reels, maker of fly fishing reels and the anchor tenant of the Colorado Outdoors development in Montrose, earned the 2019 Colorado Manufacturing Award in the Outstanding Outdoor Industry Brand category. The company was recognized for excellence and innovation across the state’s manufacturing industries and economy.
- A man from Nepal has set out to climb the world's 14 highest mountains in seven months, breaking the current record of seven years. First on his list is Everest.
- A 67-year-old California man fell to his death from a viewing area along the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park. It's the third fatality in a week at the park.
- Ken Meidell has joined the team as the first CEO of Outerbike. Meidell most recently served as CEO for Dakine, and has over 15 years of experience in executive roles at Outdoor Research and Cascade Designs.