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Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 08:18PM

After threats and rumblings about Utah’s public lands policies for years, a vanguard of outdoor retailers issued a Valentine’s Day ultimatum: “Agree with us or else.” Just two days later, the Outdoor Retailers (OR) announced that they would not return to Utah after the show’s contract expires in 2018 — a hair-trigger response that seems to confirm they never intended to engage in serious dialog in the first place. In doing so, they removed themselves entirely from the debate over public lands in Utah. Perhaps that’s for the best if …

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