Outdoor Industry Buzz: May 9, 2018 - SNEWS

Industry Buzz: Alpenglow's Mountain Fest, Hawaii volcano, Capitol Hill, Helinox, ski reporter, and more.

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  • Parts of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have reopened after earthquakes and eruptions prompted a two-day closure. The southeastern corner of the Big Island was hit by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake last Friday. More earthquakes and eruptions are expected from Kilauea, which has been erupting for 35 years. The USGS is posting videos and updates daily on Twitter.
  • More action on Capitol Hill: Council members from five western mountain communities joined The Mountain Pact Executive Director Anna Peterson in Washington D.C. last week to fight for public lands. They met with Congressional delegations and leadership from the Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture to advocate for balanced public lands use that supports the economic vitality and climate resiliency of mountain communities. The mayors pro tem and council members came from Frisco, Avon, Telluride, and Aspen, Colorado, and Bend, Oregon.
  • The NRA has a new president. Oliver North, the Fox News contributor and central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, was chosen earlier this week. The NRA has come up in a few of our stories recently since guns are in the news more and more. Most recently, we wrote about the NRA vs. YETI tussle.
  • Helinox growth: The Korean-based maker of collapsible furniture recently hired two sales and marketing leaders, and announced plans to launch a US-based subsidiary. The initiative will be led by industry veterans Sally McCoy and Ted Ganio with McCoy serving as the Executive Chair of the Board and Ganio as CEO. The team will be responsible for the Americas with headquarters being established in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Everyone loves a good comeback story. GoLite is back in business under new ownership, after ceasing operations in 2014. The new mission statement? To create performance, earth-friendly products for the good of the people and our planet.
  • After more than 20 years covering the ski industry for the Denver Post, reporter Jason Blevins walked out of the newsroom amid chaos stirred by the newspaper's owner. Alden Global Capital ordered 30 layoffs at the publication already strapped for resources. Blevins in an interview with Powder discloses what he's done and what he's doing next.
  • Idaho Adventure Sports opened in Pocatello last month and they're slinging climbing gear left and right. Owner Greg Kjono combines his background in ecommerce with his passion for getting outdoors to bring the best products to his shop and website.
  • Alpenglow’s Mountain Fest, one of the coolest retail-driven community events in the country, is set to happen in Tahoe June 16 to 24. The event is 99 percent free and geared for beginners and intermediates who want to learn more about trail running, hiking, backpacking, natural history, rock climbing, SUPing, and more. “It's a small community and the events have given people more reason to shop with us,” said Alpenglow owner, Brendan Madigan. “We do it first and foremost because it’s fun and the right thing to do for our loyal 38-year-old customer base. But people want a reason to shop local. They tell us all the time that they want to support us because they come to free events and enjoy themselves.”
  • Here's your chance to go camping with Tentsile! Each year, the Tentsile Tribe takes to the trees to create a tree tent village in the forest. This year, the brand is gathering hundreds of people in the redwoods of Navarro, California from June 29 to July. Tickets are $250.

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