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New Border Crossing ID Policy Starts Today

Some businesses and lawmakers are worried that new identification requirements going into effect today (Jan. 31) at the borders with Canada and Mexico could create widespread confusion and delays and discourage some people from making the trip, according to The Associated Press. Americans and Canadians will be required to show some document beyond a driver's license to prove citizenship, such as a passport or a birth certificate. In the past, some people entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico... Read more

U.S. Senate Takes up Stimulus Package

The U.S. Senate is set to begin voting on dueling economic aid proposals, as senators rush to add jobless benefits and tax rebates for high earners, the elderly and disabled veterans to a House-passed package, according to The Associated Press. Senate Democrats and some Republicans are teaming up to tack $32 billion onto the House measure with a bill that would send rebates of $500-$1,000 to all but the richest taxpayers. Families also would get $300 for each child. Senators could begin voting as... Read more

Wis. Campground Plans Winter Campout

The Mosquito Hill Nature Center, a 430-acre facility in New London, Wis., will host its annual winter tent campout Feb. 16-17. The overnight event was designed for people looking for a different type of camping experience, according to the Sheboygan (Wis.) Press. "We wanted people to know there was an alternative to busy, overcrowded campgrounds," said Steve Petznick, winter camp director. "Participants don't have to travel long distances, spend a lot of money or buy high-tech... Read more

ARVC Launches Geocaching Program

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has joined the geocaching craze that’s already captured the hearts of more than 2 million outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country. Geocaching is an outdoor hide and seek treasure hunt for GPS users. To showcase the campground industry’s love of outdoor activities and this new trend in particular, ARVC has launched the Discover America's Hidden Treasures in RV Parks and Campgrounds program, ARVC announced in a news release. “We... Read more

Corps ‘Rebuilding Bridges’ Over Closures

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers erred in reducing operating hours at numerous Arkansas campgrounds without consulting the public first, a top Corps official said Monday (Jan. 28). Col. Mike Wehr, head of the Corps office that crafted the reduction plan, told a crowd of about 50 people at a meeting in Blakely Mountain just west of Hot Springs, Ark., that he’ll present a plan to restore at least some of the campgrounds to their traditional schedules at a follow-up meeting on Feb. 11, according... Read more

Alabama Park to Ban Permanent Residency

Jerry Lacy said he’s about to get evicted from Jackson County Park in Scottsboro, Ala., his home for the last 11 years. “I’ve got to find a place to live,” he said Monday (Jan. 28), taking a long draw from his cigarette while standing outside his 30-foot camper. “I have no choice.” Lacy, 61, is among several people at the park’s lakeside campground who are expected to get eviction notices on Friday, according to The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Ala. Park manager Jann Frieling said... Read more

Planners OK Lawson’s Landing Study

After a two-year battle over a thick environmental report, the debate over the future of the popular Lawson’s Landing ocean-front resort in Dillon Beach, Calif., cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday (Jan. 28), according to the Marin Independent Journal, San Rafael, Calif.. County planning commissioners agreed to certify the study, a 10-inch-thick stack of documents. Their 7-0 vote opens the door for the resort’s owners to submit revised plans for improvements and conservation of the 940-acre... Read more

Cincinnati Campground Expanding

With the popularity of camping in general – and RV camping specifically – on the rise, the Hamilton County Park District in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, is making plans to handle the growing number of enthusiasts. Work will begin in February on a $2.6 million campground improvement in Winton Woods, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The project will add 25 camping sites (for a total of 125), including 12 new RV pull-through, eight cabins that sleep up to six, a new 2,200-square-foot campground... Read more

Ex-manager Charged in Embezzlement

Edward Soike, a former park manager at the Jellystone Campground near Plymouth, Ind., has been charged with taking more than $116,000 from the park from 2005 through August of last year. Soike turned himself in to authorities Jan. 24 after a warrant was issued on the Class C felony charge in Marshall Superior Court I the previous day. He was held in the Marshall County Jail in Plymouth on bond of $20,000 cash or $100,000 surety, according to the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. In the probable cause affidavit... Read more

Code Violations Bedevil Florida Resort

A solution for dozens of fire code violations in a De Bary, Fla., riverside marina-resort may be within reach, but not before city council members have a chance to discuss the situation in depth during a workshop slated for next month. After some discussion last week, the quest for resolution of code violations at Highbanks Marina and Camp Resort was delayed to Feb. 20, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla. Council members agreed to schedule the workshop to revisit the... Read more

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