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- A trail runner was attacked by a mountain lion in Larimer County on Monday afternoon. But it's the mountain lion that didn't survive. With bare hands, the runner suffocated the cat in self defense.
- Reporter James Edward Mills explains why Camber Outdoors is in the spotlight and the DEI community and its allies are pushing back, and asking Executive Director Deanne Buck to resign.
- Shoutout to former SNEWS owners Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian who were recognized by theNorth American Travel Journalists Association. Hodgson won a silver medal and Iknoian an honorable mention for two illustrated stories in the online blog HITravelTales.com. The blog also earned another award.
- During Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, REI honored Arbor Collective as top vendor partner of 2018 and also delivered the Root Award—which celebrates industry-leading sustainable product design—to Costa's Untangled Collection. Electra, Hydro Flask, Smartwool, and Outdoor Research also received accolades from the retail giant.
- This op-ed recognizes the climate change shrinking efforts of Protect Our Winters and puts pressure on the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership—formed by SIA, OIA, and National Ski Areas Association—to prioritize political advocacy of climate champions and causes.
- The land package—which includes permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund—is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate this afternoon. Frank Lancaster, town Administrator for Estes Park, Colorado, says: “Outdoor recreation and proximity to open spaces—many of which have been enhanced through use of the Land and Water Conservation Fund—draws residents and visitors to our town. Our community is inextricably linked to the American public land system and outdoor recreation. The health, economic success, and cultural vitality of our town has been greatly enhanced by funds from the LWCF. It’s time for Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF as it is truly one of America’s best conservation programs."
- Ruffwear is unveiling an assistance harness—the UniFly Harness—for the visually impaired, along with a full line of products specifically designed for working dogs. “We believe in and support the critical role of working dogs in our society,” said Patrick Kruse, founder and lead designer at Ruffwear. “Highly trained service dogs mean freedom for humans with disabilities. The dogs who perform these critical tasks are partners, in every way, for the humans that rely on them to enjoy life to the fullest."
- The American Alpine Club and The North Face are accepting applications until March 31 to the 2019 Live Your Dream Grants to climbers of all ages, all experience levels, and all climbing disciplines.
- Sierra Nevada Brewing has acquired Sufferfest Beer Company, the San Francisco brewer that's popular among athletes and known for its gluten-removed brews.