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  • On Wednesday, Californians approved Proposition 68, the $4.1 billion bond for water, parks, and infrastructure. Outdoor Industry Association has been advocating for the legislation for months. “Last night’s vote in favor of investing in California’s clean water, natural resources, and parks is exactly why OIA launched a close-to-home outdoor recreation program three years ago,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of OIA. “The passage of Prop 68 marks a major milestone for California’s investment in the outdoors and its $92 billion outdoor recreation economy. We look forward to other states following this shining example.”
  • Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold did it again. Last week we told you that the pro climbers set a new speed record for the Nose on El Capitan, climbing in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 15 seconds. On Wednesday, they beat their own record and broke the sub-2-hour mark on the route (1:58:07)—the first time the formation has been climbed in that little of time.
  • The National Park Service is moving its western regional offices out of San Francisco’s pricey Financial District and to offices near Vancouver, Washington, saving them almost $4 million a year. The Interior Department approved the relocation plan, which now awaits approval from Congress.
  • In another move, RockyMounts, Inc. is relocating its headquarters from Boulder to Grand Junction, Colorado. “I started the business in Boulder in the mid '90s; it flourished here and I will always be grateful to Boulder for the opportunity.” said RockyMounts president Bobby Noyes.
  • We reported on what outfitters and guides had to say about President Donald Trump's minimum wage exemptions, no longer requiring private businesses that operate on federal lands to pay a $10.10 minimum wage.
  • Kudos all around: Mountain Khakis awarded Whitney Outdoor Group MK 2018 Sales Rep Agency of the Year and the leader, Peter Whitney, 2018 Rep of the Year. Upon hearing the news, Whitney said, “Hell yeah, what a surprise! So many people at MK to thank. They are the real winners. This can’t happen without killer product and first class support." Mountain Khakis also presented the Rep Agency MVP award to Randy and Cindi Downs of Great Lakes Outdoors, and the Dealer Services Representative MVP award to Cameron Gadd.
  • Merrell highlights women in the outdoors: The new Chameleon 7 Storm XX Hiker was inspired by Women Who Hike, an organization that uses the outdoors to empower women. The shoe features GORE-TEX waterproof membrane, odor-fighting agents, and Merrell FlexPlate technology. On Sunday, June 10th, the company will donate 10 percent of Merrell.com sales up to $10,000 to SheJumps, a nonprofit that engages women and girls in outdoor activities. 

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