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In June of 2016, a 5-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion while playing outside of his home near Aspen, Colorado. The boy’s mother physically removed him from the grasp of the lion. The boy and his mother both suffered serious injuries but were expected to recover. Talk about a close…

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I have often said that the secret to not getting lost is to stay found. It sounds like a cliché, but it should be on your mind anytime you head outdoors. It is so easy to get lost. All you need is a small distraction, and to keep moving while distracted, and presto, you’re lost. Add to this …

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By Mark Rackay

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As a young kid, growing up in the foothills west of Golden, I spent my entire free time outdoors. I was even known to spend “non-free time” outdoors, which was a source of aggravation for my father. He felt my time would have been better spent in school, and looking back, he might have been right.

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I remember when the flashlight was called an “electric torch.” The torch weighed slightly less than a Buick, was made with a shiny chrome case, gave off as much light as a birthday candle, and…oh yeah, the batteries were dead.

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In my business, I talk to people, from all walks of life. The discussion will usually rotate to something outdoor related. My wife says it is because of my very limited attention span, and nothing non-outdoor related interests me. I had a really snappy retort but forgot what it was because I…

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I was riding my ATV along a section of the South Canal, in an area where it passes through some hay fields, getting pretty close to Colona. Several hogs were crossing a pasture area and heading for cover. As I studied the area, there was no place those hogs appeared to come from; no pens, bu…

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Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans. With programs nationwide, the journey the soldiers travel in their rehabilitation…

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Some of Jeff Dean’s earliest memories are of fishing with his grandfather at Salt Creek in Ohio. His family moved to Colorado in the ’60s and Dean was introduced to fly fishing.

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On these pages you will be seeing a new outdoor section, covering many of the activities most of us enjoy here on the Western Slope of Colorado. Yours Faithfully has been asked to share a monthly column with you wherein we will discuss many of these outdoor passions.

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