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Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site~~~What were they thinking??~~~


A message from Greenpeace was placed near an ancient hummingbird geoglyph on Monday during a United Nations summit meeting on climate change in Peru. Credit Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press


CARACAS, Venezuela — An expression of concern by the environmental group Greenpeace about the carbon footprint was marred this week by real footprints — in a fragile, and restricted, landscape near the Nazca lines, ancient man-made designs etched in the Peruvian desert.

The Peruvian authorities said activists from the group damaged a patch of desert when they placed a large sign that promoted renewable energy near a set of lines that form the shape of a giant hummingbird.

The sign was meant to draw the attention of world leaders, reporters and others who were in Lima, the Peruvian capital, for a United Nations summit meeting aimed at reaching an agreement to address climate change. The meeting was scheduled to end Friday but negotiations were expected to continue into Saturday.

Greenpeace issued a statement apologizing for the stunt at the archaeological site, about 225 miles south of Lima. Its international executive director, Kumi Naidoo, flew to Lima, but the Peruvian authorities were seething over the episode, which they said had scarred one of the country’s most treasured national symbols.


Peruvian officials were outraged that the activists entered the restricted area, trampling ancient, undisturbed grounds. Credit Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press


“We are not ready to accept apologies from anybody,” said Luis Jaime Castillo, the vice minister for cultural heritage. “Let them apologize after they repair the damage.”

He added, however, that repair might not be possible.

Mr. Castillo said that about a dozen activists walked more than a mile through the desert to place the sign, made up of large yellow letters, near the hummingbird, one of the archaeological site’s best known figures. Entry to the area is forbidden.

The lines, etched into the desert more than 1,000 years ago by an ancient culture known today as the Nazca, form enormous figures spanning hundreds of feet, including birds and other animals, plants and geometric shapes. Their purpose remains a mystery but they are believed to have had a ceremonial use.

Mr. Castillo said that the desert around the lines is made up of white sand capped by a darker rocky layer. By walking through the desert, he said, the interlopers disturbed the upper layer, exposing the lighter sand below.

“A bad step, a heavy step, what it does is that it marks the ground forever,” he said. “There is no known technique to restore it the way it was.”

He said that the group walked in single file through the desert, meaning that they made a deep track in the ground. Then they spread out in the area where they laid the letters, making many more marks over a wide area.

“The hummingbird was in a pristine area, untouched,” Mr. Castillo said. “Perhaps it was the best figure.”

Mr. Castillo said that the culture ministry had sent out a team with drone aircraft equipped with cameras so that they could evaluate the damage without entering the delicate area.

He said that the harm was both physical and symbolic.

“This stupidity has co-opted part of the identity of our heritage that will now be forever associated with the scandal of Greenpeace,” he said.

The sign, made of cloth letters, said, “Time for change! The future is renewable. Greenpeace.”

“The impact of climate change is more catastrophic every day,” one of them says to the camera after the sign has been laid out.

In a written statement the group said it was “deeply sorry.”

“We fully understand that this looks bad,” the statement said. “Rather than relay an urgent message of hope and possibility to the leaders gathering at the Lima U.N. climate talks, we came across as careless and crass.”

The group said the stunt took place early Monday and involved activists from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany and Italy. It said they took the letters with them when they left the area.

The group said it would cooperate with authorities. But on Friday a spokesman in Lima, Mike Townsley, said that the activists involved in the incident had left Peru and that the group had not given their names to government officials.

Annie Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace in the United States, said the stunt showed “a complete disregard for the culture of Peru and the importance of protecting sacred sites everywhere.” She added, “It is a shame that all of Greenpeace must now bear.”


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Put Away That Smartphone~~”TECHNOFERENCE”


Science says she really doesn’t it like it when you do that.


Are you reading this after a long day’s work, lounging in bed with the love of your life?

If so, I promise I won’t feel bad if you stash the phone to take some time to talk in real life.

But if you’re still reading, you’re probably not alone — 70 percent of women in a recent survey said smartphones were interfering in their romantic relationship.

The study, published Monday in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture, says technology and the screens that consume us are creating “technoference” in couples.

That ranges from picking up the phone while partners are casually hanging out to checking Facebook while in the middle of an argument.

You see it everywhere, says Sarah Coyne, psychologist at Brigham Young University and an author of the study. Like at a restaurant where couples have their phones, “both of them, on the table, right there. I think that is so easy for them to pick it up if it buzzes.”

The study surveyed 143 married or cohabiting heterosexual women and asked them about their phone, TV, computer and tablet habits. It also asked about how their partner used technology, if there was any conflict about using technology, and about their satisfaction with their relationship and life overall.

Play along if you’d like to see how you compare against the women surveyed: They said computers were the most interfering technology in their relationship, followed by cellphones.

Texting and social media make romantic ties simultaneously easy to avoid and harder to shake.
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They also reported that of five scenarios presented to them, the most common interference was seeing a partner pick up his phone during “couple leisure time,” with 62 percent of women reporting this happened at least once a day.


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San Juan Mountains Snow/H20 ~ UPDATE ~~ Sunday, December 14, 2014~~17:35

snow tube-water contentFollowing are Snow Totals for our latest storm.
                                         HN / HNW (water equiv)

Monument                     9.5” / 0.7”
RMP                                 11” / 0.9”
Molas                              10” / 0.7”
Coal Bank                       12” / 1.25”


On Torture Report, Colorado’s Udall Leaves Subtlety at the Door on the Way Out


Senator Mark Udall, Democrat of Colorado, said the C.I.A. had not learned from its mistakes.


WASHINGTON — To Senator Mark Udall, the Central Intelligence Agency’s effort to mislead the public about its brutal interrogation program is not a thing of the past.

Mr. Udall, a Colorado Democrat who pressed his case against the agency even as he packed up his office after his re-election defeat last month, sees the agency’s strong effort to rebut the findings of the Senate’s report on the torture of terrorism suspects as proof the intelligence community has not learned from its mistakes.

“We did all these things and had the opportunity over the last six years to come clean, and the C.I.A. just fought tooth and nail to prevent that from happening,” Mr. Udall said in an interview after the stinging attack he delivered on the Senate floor against the intelligence community and the White House. “Now we are doing the same thing today that we did six or eight or 10 years ago by denying this happened.”

Mr. Udall, 64, an avid outdoorsman more often associated with environmental, energy and fiscal issues during his congressional career, has become a fierce critic of the nation’s spy and antiterror apparatus, from the mass collection of telecommunications data to the expansion of drone strikes under the Obama administration. He said he was exploring ways to continue in that role after leaving Congress — to keep public attention fixed on intelligence operations he sees as in conflict with the nation’s character.

“There has to be accountability,” Mr. Udall said. “The longer you wait to address the question of accountability, the more it festers and there is more potential that people lose interest and we repeat these very acts at some point in the future.”

After one term in the Senate and five in the House, Mr. Udall had one of his biggest moments in the final days of his tenure. He took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to not only condemn the torture documented in the Senate Intelligence Committee report, but to denounce the response from John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director.

Mr. Brennan, like other intelligence community leaders from 2001 to 2009, conceded that some abuses occurred but argued that useful intelligence was obtained. He and others also dispute the findings that C.I.A. officials misled both the Bush administration and the public about the interrogation program, a key element of the Senate report.

Skirting close to disclosing classified information on the floor, Mr. Udall pointed to a still-secret internal review done by the C.I.A. under the former director Leon E. Panetta that was obtained by the Senate. He said the Panetta review showed the agency had determined for itself that much of the Senate report was true.

“Director Brennan and the C.I.A. today are continuing to willfully provide inaccurate information and misrepresent the efficacy of torture,” he said on the floor. “In other words, the C.I.A. is lying.”

Mr. Udall didn’t stop at the agency. He strongly criticized President Obama for failing to “rein in” the agency and its leadership and for not embracing the report’s findings. Instead, the White House has focused on the president’s decision to end the interrogation program instead of the issues of whether it provided valuable intelligence or whether those who conducted it should be prosecuted.

Mr. Udall also faulted the administration for keeping some of those responsible for the program in leadership positions.

“The president needs to purge his administration of high-level officials who were instrumental to the development and running of this program,” he said. “He needs to force a cultural change at the C.I.A.”

Suddenly, the idea circulating in Washington that Mr. Udall could join the administration in some capacity seemed unlikely.

Republicans carefully reviewed Mr. Udall’s floor speech to see if he divulged secret information, and came to the conclusion he had not. Given earlier comments that he was willing to read the Senate report on the floor if it was not made public, Republicans said they were also prepared to thwart him on that front.

“We were ready,” said Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the senior Republican on the Intelligence Committee. “I was prepared to go to the floor and take him on if he started to release classified information. But I really thought at the end of the day he would not want that to be his legacy.”

While Mr. Udall incited the ire of his Republican colleagues, he earned respect from fellow Democrats.

“Nobody in this place fought harder than Mark Udall to shed light on these tactics,” said Senator Michael Bennet, his Colorado colleague. “His goal from Day 1 has been holding the C.I.A. accountable, shedding light on this dark chapter of our history, and ensuring that neither the C.I.A. nor any other agency or future administration would make the grievous mistakes that were made here.”

As for his complaints about President Obama, Mr. Udall, who played a round of golf as a member of one the president’s exclusive foursomes, said he admired the president and had been a strong backer of the administration on its health care, climate and foreign policy initiatives.

“But that doesn’t mean I don’t take my own compass bearings on civil liberties and human rights,” Mr. Udall said.


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Tim Lane, Médico de carne presiding over Sunday asado ~ Rio Blanco Chile

An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’


Sweetie Sweetie gathered her lunch to take back to her room. The group home is sponsored by ChildFund International. Details of its work and how to help can be found at childfund.org.


PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone — Sweetie Sweetie had no choice.

Her father had just died of Ebola. So had her sister. Her mother was vomiting blood and fading fast.

When the ambulance arrived and her mother climbed in, Sweetie Sweetie climbed in, too. Ebola had been like a pox on her entire house, and even though the young girl looked fine, with no symptoms, nobody in her village, even relatives, wanted to take her. With nowhere else to go, she followed her mother all the way into the red zone of an Ebola clinic and spent more than two weeks in a biohazard area where the only other healthy people were wearing moon suits.

As her mother grew sicker, Sweetie Sweetie urged her to take her pills. She tried to feed her. She washed her mother’s soiled clothes, not especially well, but nurses said they were moved by the effort. After all, they think Sweetie Sweetie is only 4. Health care workers did not even know her real name, which is why they called her Sweetie Sweetie.

After her mother died, the young girl stood outside the clinic’s gates looking around with enormous brown eyes. There was no one to pick her up. She was put on the back of a motorbike and taken to a group home, whose bare, dim hallways she now wanders alone. Social workers are trying to find someone to adopt her, and Sweetie Sweetie seems to know she is up for grabs.

On a recent day she asked a visitor: “Do you want me?”

Ebola has been wretched for children. More than 3,500 have been infected and at least 1,200 have died, United Nations officials estimate. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the most-afflicted countries, have shut down schools in an attempt to check the virus, and legions of young people are now being drafted into hard labor by their impoverished parents. Little boys who should be sitting in a classroom are breaking rocks by the side of the road; little girls struggle under gigantic loads of bananas on their heads. This was always true to some degree, but social workers say there are more children, especially teenagers, on the streets than ever before, which could lead to an increase in crime and adolescent pregnancies. When the schools do reopen, there will probably be many vacant seats.

But the worst off, by far, are the Ebola orphans. The United Nations Children’s Fund, or Unicef, says that across the region there may be 10,000 of them. Many are stigmatized and shunned by their own communities.


The Rapid Decline of the Movie Quotation


Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 4.54.19 PMRound up the usual suspects of classic films and you’re likely to summon at least a line or two from each that’s become proverbial.

But try to list similarly memorable snatches of dialogue from movies of the last 15 years or so, and you’re gonna need a bigger boat. When the Radio Times in Britain compiled the 50 greatest film quotations in September, only two from this millennium made the cut.

“Some of it is just bad writing,” said Wesley Morris, a film critic for Grantland. But it’s not solely because modern screenwriters have lost their mojo, unequipped to pen lasting work on par with William Goldman (“The Princess Bride” is so quotable that a 2012 broadcast of ESPN’s “NFL Kickoff” inconceivably larded its entire 30-minute show with allusions of unusual size). Rather, the production and distribution of films, at least in America, have radically shifted in recent years in ways that stifle the creation and inhibit the collective remembrance of notable lines.

Surely, sometimes a movie needs to steep a while (and don’t call me Shirley) before it becomes iconic enough for, say, the president to refer to in a speech, as Ronald Reagan did multiple times with Clint Eastwood’s “Go ahead, make my day.” (Mr. Eastwood had it coming himself: feeling lucky, he trotted out his line from “Sudden Impact” to thundering applause at the 2012 Republican National Convention.)

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San Juan Mountains Weather Forecast ~ UPDATE ~~ Friday, December 12, 2014~~16:35



The detail of yesterday’s forecast remain basically the same, but the accomponying cold front will drop the temps. into the 20’s & should wring more snow from this Pacific storm moving into our mountains tomorrow through Sunday.  Models still not in total agreement, but I’m bumping the snow totals up, 6-10″ especially above TL  favoring the south & western portions of the San Juans.




 UPDATED 12/13/14~17:00





This Is How a Prisoner of War Feels About Torture


I share no philosophic world views and have almost no mutual agreement with Senator McCain with one exception, we are both friends with the Udall family.  This piece and the video of McCain speaking on the Senate floor should be read and listened to.  Old friend Wally Berg said to me: “I like that Mark (Udall) and his Dad’s old buddy from the other side, John McCain, are speaking out about the Senate Intelligence Committee report.  I mean really, what the fuck can anyone say when John McCain talks about torture, POW’s and American values. It is time to just shut up and listen.”       ~~  Rōbert  ~~


In a speech from the Senate floor, John McCain broke with his Republican colleagues to commend the Senate’s CIA report, relying on his own experience in Vietnam.


The release of a Senate report on the CIA’s former interrogation program brought both political division and shock on Tuesday. While the shock was more universal, the division fell mostly along partisan lines with one notable exception: Senator John McCain.

In a nearly 15-minute speech from the Senate floor, McCain offered what is arguably the most robust defense so far of the report’s release, referencing his own experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and rebuking his Republican colleagues by endorsing the study’s findings.

It is a thorough and thoughtful study of practices that I believe not only failed their purpose—to secure actionable intelligence to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies—but actually damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.
His longtime amigo Senator Lindsey Graham was one of many politicians and intelligence officials to say that the report—which contained graphic accounts of physical and psychological abuse—could damage American interests abroad and that the timing of its publication was “politically motivated.”

“The timing of the release is problematic given the growing threats we face,” Graham said on Tuesday. “Terrorism is on the rise, and our enemies will seize upon this report at a critical time. Simply put, this is not the time to release the report.”

“They will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering.”

McCain responded directly to the claim. He condemned the use of misinformation to garner support for past CIA practices and linked this history to the current campaign to keep the Senate report under wraps. “There is, I fear, misinformation being used today to prevent the release of this report, disputing its findings and warning about the security consequences of their public disclosure.”

But most poignantly, McCain spoke of his own five-and-a-half-year captivity in Vietnam to argue that torture fails to yield credible information.


Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was ‘Always Whittling On Dynamite’


Comedian Richard Pryor’s legacy still reverberates nearly 10 years after his death. Pryor took the most difficult troubling aspects of his life and turned it into comedy. He talked about being black in ways that had never been done before in mainstream entertainment. And he was fearless and hilarious talking about race relations.

“Pryor was so unusual in pioneering in that he really spoke for black, working-class communities across America,” Scott Saul tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “As he goes through his career, you’ll have white and black sitting together in the audience — and he’s talking about the gap between how they travel through the world and perceive it. And people are starting to have a conversation through him, this very difficult conversation about racial injustice … in America.”

Saul’s new book, Becoming Richard Pryor, explains how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam in Peoria, Ill., to being a transformative figure in entertainment.

Saul, a University of California, Berkeley professor, interviewed surviving members of Pryor’s family, friends and people he had worked with. He talked with Alan Farley, who was Pryor’s housemate in Berkeley in 1971 and still has tapes Pryor made that year. Saul also drew on family court records and Pryor’s school records.

“ He radically expanded the range of what American comedy could be.
– Scott Saul, author of Becoming Richard Pryor
“I would say he is the alpha and omega of American comedy from the ’60s forward — that’s because he did so many things at once,” Saul says. “I know that a lot of people when they think of Richard Pryor, the headline-grabbing aspect of his style is that he brought obscenities as never before into mainstream comedy — more than Lenny Bruce.”

Saul says that Pryor not only analyzed America with his social criticism but was also funny onstage through his presence.

“You have an incredible character actor; you have a great storyteller; you have a great physical comedian,” Saul says. “All of these things he’s bringing into his repertoire and mixing them up and changing what comedy can be — so that he can be the most hilarious of comedians and be the most troubling of comedians. He radically expanded the range of what American comedy could be.”


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The retablo is a kind of portable shrine or nicho holding figures sculpted of pasta (a mixture of plaster and potato) or maguey cactus wood. The making of retablos is a folk art whose roots go back to the sixteenth century in the Andes (and even to the Greeks and Romans before that). While the art’s origins are religious, the contemporary Peruvian retablos exhibited at Indigo Arts range from the sacred to the secular, to the profane.

Spanish priests and colonists introduced small portable shrines in the 16th century to aid in the conversion and instruction of the Indian population of the Andes. These were generally wooden boxes like miniature houses, holding images of saints carved of stone or maguey cactus wood or molded of pasta – a mix of plaster with potato. Known as cajas de imaginero, these portable shrines could be placed in the home for private worship, displayed in festivals, or carried from village to village by missionaries, travelers and the mule-train drivers known as arrieros.

Over the coming centuries distinct variations evolved in the isolated Andean regions of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. By the mid-20th century, as construction of new roads and railroads changed trade and travel routes, the folk art had begun to change and in some areas even die out. It became common to pair secular scenes with the images of the saints. Two-level retablos, like two-storey houses, might have a scene of the nativity above, and a story of peasant life below. Popular scenes in the Huamanga region of Peru were the pasion, which depicted the punishment of a thief by a hacienda owner, or the reunion, which depicted various occupations and activities of rural life.

San Juan Mountains Weather Forecast~~Thursday, December 11, 2014~~10:00



Enjoy the last few days of warm, sunny December because a strong Pacific trough that is presently drenching California and the Pac. NW will be moving into Colorado on SW flow beginning Saturday.  We have high cirrus clouds streaming into the area today/Friday and by Saturday afternoon the weakening storm that contains plenty of moisture will arrive from the west.

The high pressure ridge currently over us will be pushed east by the upper-level trough then closed low circulation will form at the bottom of the trough and move over northern Arizona & New Mexico.  Windy conditions and cooling temperatures accompany the Saturday storm.  Snow should begin in the San Juans Saturday evening then spread north into the central and northern mountains.  The storm will be short lived (mostly over by Sunday evening) and because of weak dynamics will not be a big snow producer.  3-6″ and maybe a bit more on higher terrain.

A weak ridge of high pressure will build Monday and Tuesday then by Wednesday potentially another low-pressure trough with snow moves into Colorado.







Dick Cheney On Senate Torture Investigation: ‘The Report Is Full Of Crap’ ~~~ Any surprise? ~~~


“The report is full of crap.”

That’s what former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News in an interview about a Senate investigation that found the Central Intelligence Agency used brutal techniques to interrogate terrorism suspects and then misled lawmakers, the White House and Congress about what they were doing.

Cheney was combative and unrepentant, saying both he and President George Bush knew full well the techniques being used on detainees. Bush, he said, was an “integral part of the program” and “had to approve it before we went through with it.”


Raft Guide Fined for Dumping Garbage in Grand Canyon Said refuse “would provide food for the fish”


Outside Mag………“The last time I saw Nels was in Green River, UT, at Ray’s Diner having a burger. I wonder if he’s been feeding the fishes all these years.”  Billy Roos


U.S. judge in Flagstaff ordered an Alaska man to pay $1,500 for routinely dumping trash in the Colorado River and illegally collecting firewood during a 12-day rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park earlier this year.

The man, 75-year-old Nels Nicholas Niemi, is also on the hook for nearly $1,000 in court costs, bringing the total penalty to about $2,500. Niemi was leading a noncommercial rafting trip and was well aware of the rules of the river, Arizona officials say. Niemi told one of the rafting participants that the trash he dumped “would provide food for the fish,” reports the Arizona Republic. The penalties against him are a reminder that the rules of the park “will be vigorously enforced,” said U.S. Attorney John Leonardo in a statement.

Arizona officials say Niemi was employed by a commercial expedition company that advertised itself as a proponent of the “Leave No Trace” principle, but declined to name the company.

There were more than 97,600 noncommercial users of the Colorado River last year, according to the National Park Service. Enforcing rules against trash dumping in national parks is generally “pretty hard,” Grand Canyon National Park Law Enforcement Specialist Laura Van Inwagen told the Arizona Republic.

America’s Desert Cities Dry & Die

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Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water from wheeled coolers for $40 a piece. Windshields are caked with desert dust and cars are overheating. The city is nearly engulfed by wildfires. People swarm slowly moving cars after they abandon their own on the road, because the gas stations have gone dry from overuse. Children eat canned food; it’s all they have left.


America is unlikely to let a city slip into that sort of dystopic future. But some of our Western cities are on a dangerous path to losing access to water. And the results could be devastating to the future of those communities if they don’t fundamentally alter how they manage their resources.

No one expected Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, or the cities of West Texas to sustain the kind of population they do now when the cities were founded. The towns made sense at the time: rivers, lakes, and natural springs provided enough water to support a small population. As the towns grew, they learned to cast their nets out to further water supplies. In the early 1900s, residents of the Owens Valley area of California bombed the brand new Los Angeles Aqueduct with dynamite in protest of the city taking water from their farmland. Today, governed by a complex legal agreement between seven states, the Colorado River alone brings water to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, and many others. We’ve grown used to dry cities finding water where they can—for now.

With some scientists saying California could be in the midst of a 35-year megadrought, and other parts of the southwest feeling the same strain, desert cities in America will have to cope with more water scarcity, projected climate-change-induced temperature increases of up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit and a continuing growth in population. Some estimates put the population of the Greater Phoenix area at around 28 million by the year 2050, from its current population of about 4 million. That’s a lot of extra water. There are several ways to combat these problems and change the ways desert cities exist.

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Kiitellä Project: Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Medals

Kiitella_BCWC2014_TedLigety_650Ted Ligety wearing Kiitella‘s gold medal after winning his 5th straight Giant Slalom at the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup – this past weekend at Beaver Creek.


Kiitellä project: The North Face Never Stop Exploring Award


Kiitella‘s custom NSE double-sided award – designed to hang in a storefront window.

AUSTIN, Texas – December 4, 2014 – The North Face has named Northern California Fleet Feet Aptos the winner of The North Face 2014 Running Specialty Never Stop Exploring Award, recognizing the specialty running store that demonstrates the most dedication to encouraging and enabling outdoor exploration within the community. Full SNEWS Article