Sunday, January 20, 2019

#YallQuaeda: To What End?

Dear Marginalized, undereducated, Fox News-watching, gun-toting white boy in Oregon blaming government regulations on National Forest land for your lot in life instead of blaming government de-regulation in trade and finance, I don’t know if any of you can access the internet to read this. Hell, I’m not sure you can read. What I DO know is that you should immediately...

Having already sold their souls, now the GOP wants to put public lands on the auction block

Along with cultivating fear, hatred, demagoguery — and the abandonment of all common sense, reason and facts, the GOP also wants to sell off to the highest (or lowest?) bidder our public lands. Written by Kyle Magin Asserting strong sentiments on public land use, at this particularly perilous point in U.S. history, feels frivolous. Being a hunter, hiker, camper, Sierra Club member...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth is the Aaron Sorkin of terrible emails

Once a quarter Squaw CEO Andy Wirth grabs a hold of his keyboard and spits out magic. By Andrew J. Pridgen Whether it’s “confirming the prevailing wisdom” (<-- my favorite #wirthline to date; how does one confirm such ambiguities?) that Olympic Valley residents shouldn’t have the power to incorporate or his latest offering attempting to muzzle board members while wearing...

The long-waited and necessary return of the Yellowstone Wolf

What we know, what we think, and what we’re finding out 20 years after the return of the top dog to the Northern Rockies Written by Kyle Magin There are a few different ways to comprehend the two-decade mark of the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. There’s the bleeding heart’s joy over hearing the wolf’s song again in the...

Looking for a job in Tahoe? The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s high-end search for a vengeful mouthpiece has begun. Typos in resume optional, but recommended.

It's human 'N'ature to not want to work very hard unless it comes to picking fights with local media and ghost writing press releases taking credit for things that would have happened anyway. Written by Kyle Magin It takes $42,000 to hire a bully. That’s how much Sandy Evans-Hall, the CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, got in taxpayer dollars...

Eleventeen things U of O football players should throw snowballs at …besides the BCS

When I first heard a bunch of University of Oregon scholar athletes were caught on camera snowballing around campus last Friday, I was pretty outraged ...and excited — especially after I looked up what snowballing means in the Urban Dictionary. Then I became one of 3.3 million to watch the clip of the players snowballing with actual members of the U of...

How will the ski biz survive the mass-exodus of white people when all its marketing is pandering…to white people?

Skiing is marketing to the Cleavers in a Modern Family America. Unless serious changes are made in how the sport sells itself (and to whom), it’ll die. Written By Kyle Magin Ski industry marketing materials look like winter at the Eagle’s Nest. I recently perused the websites of every major ski resort in the U.S. and Canada west of the Mississippi....

No Answers for the Great Lakes, Only Questions

Major questions are looming for the Great Lakes’ only national park and its sportfishing industry. Their answers will determine how man supports wildlife in the 21st century. Written by Kyle Magin Great Lakes wildlife managers teeter on the brink of two major decisions regarding its most well-known species. On Isle Royale National Park: The Great Lakes’ only national park--894 square miles...

If an over-financed, under-loved climber is injured or dead on Everest, it must be May

I couldn’t feign surprise by the news of injured guys in the very merry month of May Written by Kyle Magin Like that annoying Justin Timberlake meme or the resultant flora from April showers, there’s no more sure way to tell May has arrived than to find out some well-funded sociopath has harmed or killed himself (or, infrequently, herself) trying to...

Backcountry Buffoon

How refusing to follow the basic tenets of hiking the backcountry could have turned an innocuous afternoon into injury...or worse. By Kyle Magin Stella appeared clownish, grinning. My lab mix’s black face and Yoda-ears peered down at me from the top of a snow cornice, where she’d laid her head on her front paws to watch me navigate disaster. “I should take a...