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Kansas KOA Survives May 22 Tornado

Editor’s Note: Susan Austin, franchisee communications manager for Kampgrounds of America Inc., prepared this story. For most, tornado season in Kansas is a looming threat we hear about, but never experience. But on Thursday, May 22, a tornado descended on WaKeeney, Kan., and took over the lives of Machele Dunagan, the guests at her KOA Kampground, and Rudy, her 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. Greg and Machele Dunagan own the WaKeeney/Hays KOA Kampground. They are in a transitional phase,... Read more

CB Richard Ellis Group Expands in West

The CB Richard Ellis Group (CBRE) is expanding its Manufactured Housing Group, which deals with the acquisition and disposition of modular and manufactured home and recreational vehicle communities, in the Southwest, according to the New Mexico Business Weekly, Albuquerque, N.M. The expanded division will be headed by Vice President John Newman and will cover New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Newman and the Manufactured Housing Group will offer investment brokerage services as well... Read more

RV Lifestyle Attracts More African-Americans

The throngs filling campgrounds across America this summer will include hardy outdoors types and those who prefer creature comforts. But, according to an Associated Press report, they'll have at least one important thing in common: Nearly all of them are white. A small but committed group of campers is trying to change that by growing a generation of black campers, one person at a time. The National African-American RVers Association (NAARVA) is composed almost exclusively of black people who... Read more

Hoosier Campgrounds See Downturn

Gas prices at $4 a gallon are forcing some Hoosier campers and boaters to plan their recreational activities closer to home. Ira and Linda Werker have managed Pike Lake Campground, Warsaw, Ind., for the past 15 years. Ira said there was a drastic decrease in campers last Memorial Day weekend, according to the Warsaw Times-Union. The campground has 92 campsites, and only 14-15 sites were rented during the weekend. Ira said there are normally 25-30 sites reserved during the holiday weekend. Pike Lake... Read more

Kempthorne to Receive ARC's Coleman Award

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has selected U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne as the recipient of the 20th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award. The award will be presented June 10 as part of Great Outdoors Week in Washington, D.C. The event, slated to run June 9-14, is centered around a series of meetings designed to increase the visibility of outdoor recreation on the national policy-making level. ARC has presented the award since 1989 to “an individual whose personal efforts... Read more

Negligence Causes Minnesota Cabin Fires

Fire broke out at a cabin community and RV park near Hinckley, Minn., Wednesday (May 28), damaging 22 structures, according to Fox 9 News, Minneapolis. Unlike a series of 12 other fires in the area last month, police do not believe Wednesday’s fire at Pathfinder Village was arson. Instead, they said the fire began from a negligent campfire that got out of hand. No one was injured. Last month, 12 empty cabins and a sportsmen's club were burned in the fires, which have been investigated as... Read more

‘Staycationing’ Becomes U.S. Trend

"It's heaven," says Candy Conover. Conover's heaven is where the New Haven River and Otter Creek meet north of Burlington, Vt. She lives in nearby Milton, Vt., but the longtime camper will summer at the Rivers Bend Campground, according to WCAX-TV, Burlington. "We love this area of Vermont," says Conover. She's part of a trend some call "staycationing" – staying close to home to vacation. Conover has hauled her camper to Tennessee and Texas, but high... Read more

Campground Seeks to Extend Season

Township Supervisors in rural Allentown, Pa., tabled a request by Quakertown Campground Inc. to allow the business to operate 50 weeks per year. Supervisors will consider changing the campground's shut-down policy at their June 3 meeting, according to the Allentown Morning Call. The campground must be closed two months out of the year. Campground manager Angela Yu said the closure is a hardship. ‘‘In December and January we do routine maintenance on the grounds, and the revenue we'd... Read more

Campground Owner Faces Drug Charge

A Vermont campground operator has been charged with marijuana cultivation after authorities seized 97 plants and $45,000 at properties owned or rented by him, federal prosecutors said Tuesday (May 27), according to The Associated Press. Eugenio Leon, 35, of Hyde Park, owner of Common Acres Campground in Hyde Park, was charged last week after agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and state and local authorities found an indoor growing operation containing... Read more

Reservations Up 15% in Empire State Parks

The campfires were crackling at Moreau Lake State Park north of Albany, N.Y., over Memorial Day weekend. And these celebrations weren't burning the budget, according to WNYT-TV, Albany, as Capital Region residents stayed closer to home. “You have to find ways to make due with what you got," said Philip Kilburn of nearby Perth. He owns a 35-foot motorhome which gets miles to the gallon. When the tank runs dry, it costs him about $320 to fill it up. Kilburn used to think this state park... Read more

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