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- Opinion: Paul Fish of Spokane, Washington's legendary retailer, Mountain Gear, penned an op-ed in his local paper about the Roadless Rule, which protects nearly 60 million acres of unloaded and undeveloped backcountry forest and streams on U.S. Forest Service lands.
- Big birthday: It's Klaus Obermeyer's 100th birthday today. We interviewed the ski industry icon last year about how he stays so happy and why he loves skiing.
- Lakeside L.L.Bean: In fall 2020, the retailer is opening a 15,000 square-foot store in Salem, New Hampshire. "Salem is an ideal location for us, situated among residential communities and near the gateway to adventures in the White Mountains," said Greg Elder, retail vice president at L.L.Bean. "We’re eager to help people get outdoors, from the backyard to the backcountry.”
- A retailer's financial struggles: MEC, Canada's largest outdoor retailer, is losing money—$11.487 million last year on sales of $462 million.
- Outdoor recreation grants: The New Mexico Economic Development Department's Outdoor Recreation Division awarded the first-ever grants to business start-up organizations aimed at growing the outdoor economy: $50,000 each will go to the San Juan College Enterprise Center in Farmington and to Creative Startups, which is proposing an initiative to serve as many as a dozen rural communities.
- Gifts for good: Through the end of the year, Patagonia is matching donations to Patagonia Action Works. “Black Friday is often a day when we go out and buy things we don’t really need and give them to people who don’t really want them,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario wrote on LinkedIn this week. “This year, consider giving to our home planet in the name of someone you love. Give to the tireless, community-based groups who work to save clean water and air in your neighborhoods, our public land treasures, our wild animals and birds, and our wide oceans.”
- Ski.com's dream job: Ski.com recently selected 12 new hires—six pairs—for the Dream Job competition. Each pair will spend one week at six iconic ski destinations, from Chamonix to Aspen, and Niseko to Jackson Hole.
- Deaths in a National Park: Two people fell to their deaths in Arches National Park on the Friday after Thanksgiving. They reportedly fell slipped into the bowl area near Delicate Arch.