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The first ever TU Veterans Service Partnership/Higher Ground Sun Valley Train-the-Trainer volunteer training event was a tremendous success.  30 TU VSP leaders from Connecticut to Oregon converged in Sun Valley, ID from September 23-28 for 4 days of training in a variety of topics designed to [ READ MORE... ]
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For the 4th consecutive year, TU's Veterans Service Partnership partnered with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to co-host the 2017 TAPS Montana Men's Retreat help at Parade Rest Ranch (PRR) near West Yellowstone from September 13-17. TAPS provides grief counseling and support [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_wood ON September 5 - 2 COMMENTS
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Photo by Robin Kadet Petey jumped in my lap within moments of sitting down. Phil Monahan rescued the little dog when he found him walking alone down a highway. A few things stand out about the Orvis offices in Manchester, Vermont. First, as Petey demonstrated, their offices are very pet-friendly. [ READ MORE... ]
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Tom Tidwell is retiring as Chief of the US Forest Service. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the 191 million acres that the Forest Service manages to trout and salmon. Half of the blue-ribbon trout streams in the country flow across national forests. A vast majority of western native [ READ MORE... ]
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Here's a little good news for your weekend. A few days ago, a year to the day that tens of thousands of coldwater fish were killed in the Yellowstone River due to low flows, high water temperatures, and associated disease, TU signed an agreement with Kinross—a mining company out of Toronto—that [ READ MORE... ]
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Congratulations to North Sound TU and Chapter VSP Coordinator Cory Cuevas for putting together a GREAT fly fishing event for veterans, active duty military, spouses, and families! The event will be held at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, WA on Saturday, September 16th.  The event kicks off with the [ READ MORE... ]
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“Dad, look!” I followed Wylie’s arm and saw a big bald eagle perched in a tree. It was one of 10 sightings that week. Wylie, 13, has grown taller than my 6’2”. When we go back-to-back, it is only a mother who remembers her first baby, and his hyper-competitive brothers who refuse to allow their [ READ MORE... ]
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image.jpeg I have owned three suits in my life. The last one I bought was a classic seersucker to officiate at the outdoor wedding in Augustin Atlanta of my friends Neil and Mara (until that afternoon, I did not know one could sweat through a tie). The second was for my own wedding—a [ READ MORE... ]
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The day Casey turned 11, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule and replacing it with one that might not apply the protections of the Clean Water Act to small and seasonal streams. On his birthday weekend, Casey asked that we take his brothers and [ READ MORE... ]
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The 2017 Veterans Service Partnership Couples Trip to Slough Creek and Yellowstone Park is in the books! Over the week-long trip, our 5 veteran couples and 5 volunteer guides shared what everyone agreed was the "trip of a lifetime!"  Each day, the stream dropped and cleared, and we enjoyed   [ READ MORE... ]
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