Outdoor industry flexes political muscle in US land fight

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during the Outdoor Retailer show Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Jewell is calling President Donald Trump's review of two dozen national monuments highly problematic and out of step with what Americans want. Jewell said at the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show that Trump is treating national parks like contestants on a game show when he should be respecting measured decisions made by past presidents. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Outdoor recreation industry leaders aren’t going quietly as they stage their last trade show in Utah before moving it to Colorado.

What’s in your day pack?

Hikers carry essentials in day packs even for short outings from the road or camp. Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review

One descriptive term in the lead of an Associated Press story about a search and rescue effort for Idaho hikers should make every adventurer cringe:

Rain, heat create ‘perfect storm’ for West Nile in Idaho

A Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District trap placed at Wilson Ponds on South Powerline Road in Nampa held about a dozen trapped mosquitos Friday. Officials found Culex mosquitos that tested positive for West Nile virus at the same location earlier this week and have returned repeatedly to check for more. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Debbie Harris felt sick for the better part of nine months after the mosquito bit her.

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