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Some studies estimate that children get only 4-7 minutes of unstructured play outdoors. But a group of 18 local organizations, called the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, recently received a 1.8 million dollar grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to try to increase that quantity.

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The Dolores Public Library is kicking off its “Winter Tales” lecture series on Thursday, January 11th at 6pm with a talk by Dolores explorer and retired veterinarian Carolyn Gunn. She will talk about her time spent working at a base camp for a mountaineering expedition in northern Pakistan in 1987.  KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with her to learn more about her experience. Click below to listen.

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KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with Durango-based avalanche instructor and backcountry guide Michael Ackerman about how to stay safe in avalanche country, and how this avalanche season compares to others so far. 

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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.

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