Many of us who live here in the mountain probably know the answer to this question, Why do the outdoors matter? What many of us don’t know is there are kids in the midst of our beautiful mountain towns who are unable to answer that question. Through SOS Outreach programs two mountain area teenagers can tell you– the mountains are a big part of their lives – and this past week they had the chance to share their love of the outdoors with Washington lawmakers. Francisco Holguin, 17, and Karen Nolasco, 19, were selected by the Sierra Club to attend a trip to Washington D.C. along with other outdoor advocates to help drum up support for a new bill and encourage more people to get outdoors. The bill, which will be introduced soon to the Senate by Colorado Senator Mark Udall, allocates money over the next five years to increasing outdoor access and preserving the outdoors. The students, who were introduced to outdoor sports such as snowboarding and backpacking...Read More
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