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Denver has become the new home of the lucrative Outdoor Retailer Show, which fled Utah over disagreements with that state’s policies regarding public lands. At a press conference Thursday announcing the move, Governor John Hickenlooper touted the state’s open spaces as “part of the defining characteristic of Colorado.” The Denver Post reports that under a five-year agreement reached with organizers, the outdoor-industry expo will put on shows in June and November, plus a combined show with SnowSports Industries America in January.

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Adventure writer and blogger Brendan Leonard describes himself as someone who likes running and trail running, but who probably likes ice cream more. He says he mostly avoids avalanches by not being a good enough skier to get on slopes steep enough to slide. But, he says, he loves the mountains, and he’s enthusiastic for things that bring humans together, especially in the outdoors.

"Spokes and Shovels" at Southwest Open School

Sep 1, 2016
Southwest Open School

Students at Southwest Open School just completed a class called "Spokes and Shovels" that incorporates outdoor education through mountain biking and trail maintenance, as well as civic engagement through public outreach. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ed Writner, the SWOS teacher who is leading the class, and Adam Yazzie, one of his students, about the ideas behind this unconventional class, and how students who are taking it are learning about the importance of civics.

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The outdoor industry is urging President Obama to go ahead and designate the artifact-rich Bears Ears area in San Juan County, Utah, as a national monument.

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According to Great Outdoors Colorado, American kids only spend an average of four to seven minutes per day outside, diminishing their connection to nature and the environment. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ellen Shinkle, Coordinator for the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, about the importance of kids spending more time outdoors, and how the organization is seeking to provide youth in Montezuma County with opportunities to get outside.

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