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Outdoor gear fixer offers tips on zipper issues

CAMPING — The Gear Gods have smiled on Spokanites who need outdoor technical clothing and gear repaired or personalized.

Since 1997, Penny Schwyn has been humming away on her sewing machines customizing Gore-Text apparel, making ski clothing fit, fixing the holes dogs put in tents — you name it.

In addition to running her business, Specialty Outdoors, out of her South Side home, she also blogs occasionally with helpful tips about gear.



Occupy Boise: We Won, Bubblegum

Occupy Boise member Mary Reali called today's federal court ruling — which upholds the state's new ban on camping on state property, but blocks removal of the Occupy Boise tents on 1st Amendment grounds — “a victory for our freedom of speech, for what we are aiming for.” Said Reali, who hasn't been camping overnight at the site but visits often and participates in meetings there, “One of the important functions of the vigil was to have a place for people to come. We will continue to use the vigil site for meetings and gatherings”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support the continued presence of Occupy Boise in tents near state Capitol in Boise?

Tradition vs. doing it the modern way

We all know you can buy tents now that virtually spring into shape the moment you pull them out of the bag.

But is that really camping?

Shouldn't there be a little suspense about finding all the parts? And wouldn't you miss hearing Uncle Roy mutter a few choice words while putting it up?