Utah loses nothing from the departure of Outdoor Retailer

At some point in your life, you deal with someone so needy you have to cut them off. They start off asking for the small favors (“can I get a ride to the store”) and before long they keep on kicking up the demands until it’s the plot of a bad Adam Sandler comedy (“can I borrow $10,000 to get my degree in underwater basketweaving”). This time around, the obnoxious and demanding lout is played by Outdoor Retailer, a group that seems to believe we owe them the world by…

The Outdoor Industry wants public lands managed the same way they manage press conferences

With great fanfare, the Outdoor Industry invited the public a few days ago to join them in a press conference where they would announce their support for President Obama to designate the Bears Ears National Monument. What started as an attempt to show “a unified voice in support of efforts to protect the long-neglected Bears Ears region” turned into a master class on how to not run a PR event in the age of the smart phone. Blinded by hubris, the Outdoor Industry and Dine Bikeyah seemed to think that…