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- Huge OREC win! California joins seven other states with government recreation offices. The legislature passed a bill to create the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation.
- Walmart's new premium outdoor store has faced some issues this week, the same week of its launch. First, Black Diamond filed a cease and desist notice. Then, both Deuter and Katadyn decided they didn't want to be part of the initiative.
- Hestra USA President Dino Dardano and and Snowsports Industries America President Nick Sargent appeared on CBS to talk about how a 25 percent tariff on imports from China could hurt the consumer most. "Asking any company to assume or absorb a 25 percent increase is next to impossible," Dardano said. "We don't have that kind of profit margin."
- Feel-good story: On the way down Grays Peak—one of Colorado's 14ers—a woman fell and hurt her leg. Strangers came to her rescue and carried her most of the way down, showing humanity at its best.
- America's largest climbing gym opened up today in Englewood, Colorado, just south of Denver. Earth Treks is a 53,000-square-foot facility featuring world-class climbing and bouldering, along with a fully-stocked retail gear shop, and more. The gym is taking over the previous corporate headquarters of Sports Authority, which closed its doors in 2016 after filing for bankruptcy.
- Nepal's government has handed down a big fine to a Kathmandu-based expedition company Seven Summits Trek, who was found to have forged climbing permits for two mountaineers last spring.
- Drinkware creator EcoVessel announced its collaboration with Boulder artist, Phil Lewis, for a limited edition collection. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Water For People, a long established non-profit, whose goal is to provide people with access to safe water and sanitation and help end the global water crisis.
- Ahead of this weekend's Grizzly hunt just outside Yellowstone National Park, environmentalists and wildlife advocates are scrambling. They are completely against the hunts and have filed lawsuits to block them. But the judge said he needs more time before deciding whether or not to restore bear protections.
- And finally, as expected, Karel Sabbe broke the speed record on the Appalachian Trail.