Washington to Shed 14 State Parks?

The Washington state Parks and Recreation Commission may close 14 of the 121 state parks in Washington to save money. A commission spokeswoman told The Olympian, Olympia, Wash., it's looking at transferring low-priority parks to local governments or nonprofit groups. The list was compiled after several parks were closed in 2002. The commission rated all state parks for their location, scenic views, cultural resources and potential to make money. The spokeswoman, Virginia Painter, says there... Read more

TengoInternet Adds to Management Team

TengoInternet has hired Frank Drew and James Green as director of business development and director of marketing, respectively. Both Drew and Green join the TengoInternet team to provide support for the company's continued growth and assist with new business opportunities for the company, according to a news release. Drew was most recently the co-founder of Road Connect, a leading provider of wireless Internet services and connectivity solutions to the travel industry. He led operations for... Read more

GPS Didn’t ID Florida Site in an Emergency

Paul Miller has been spending his winters in North Fort Myers, Fla., for decades. "A lot better than up North where it's 20 below zero, " said the part-time Sandusky, Ohio, resident. But last spring tragedy struck in his piece of paradise when his wife, Mary Ellen, started having complications from surgery, according to WINK News, Fort Myers. When Miller called 9-1-1, he said the dispatcher made a critical mistake. "She wouldn't let me give directions." In the 9-1-1... Read more

Pump Prices Ending 2008 Near Five-Year Low

Gas prices are at nearly five-year lows as 2008 closes out, with further decreases likely, according to the automotive club AAA. The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore., reported that nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular was $1.62 on Tuesday (Dec. 30), 4 cents lower than a week ago. It’s the lowest national average since January 2004, AAA said. “AAA remains reasonably confident that retail gas prices will continue to move somewhat lower in the coming weeks because the troubled global... Read more Taking Holiday Hiatus

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Maryland RV Project Set for Review in January

Ed Colbert, the owner of Deer Run Golf Club in Berlin, Md., is very excited about the RV campground he hopes to build directly across from his golf course, pending approval from the necessary Worchester County boards, according to "We're going through the process," Colbert said. "We're in our third year of work – now we're just waiting for hearings and things of that nature." Colbert's two-part project includes the development of a 270-lot... Read more

San Diego County Ups Camping Fees by 20%

San Diego County, Calif., is raising its camping fees by 20% effective Thursday (Jan. 1). The county board of supervisors voted unanimously last month to increase several park and recreation fees to cover rising costs in utilities, fuel and maintenance, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. The camping fee would increase by $3 or $4 per day, depending on the type of campsite reserved, to a total of $19 to $28 per day. Group rates will jump $15 to $25 in all areas. Kayak and rowboat rentals will... Read more

Florida Horse Park Eyes RV Campground

Operators of the not-for-profit Florida Horse Park near Ocala, Fla., have included an RV campground in their long-range planning. "We're in the planning phase right now," said Margaret Rowell, development director for the park. "One of our very generous donors hired a product development firm to do a visualization product development study. That process is ending in the next couple of weeks. That will give us a vision of what we want the horse park to look like." Rowell said... Read more

Maine Campground Dispute May Go to Court

A long-simmering feud between a Gray, Maine, campground where many residents vacationed as children and neighbors who say the facility has been operating illegally may be nearing a conclusion. The Gray Town Council has hired a lawyer to either take Twin Brooks Campground to court for allegedly violating land use laws or negotiate a settlement that the Town Council could accept, according to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. The campground has been operating on the shores of Little Sebago Lake since... Read more

Judge Denies Class Action in Formaldehyde Suits

A judge on Monday (Dec. 29) refused to grant class-action status to lawsuits claiming that thousands of hurricane victims were exposed to potentially toxic fumes while living in government-issued trailers. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled a batch of lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of plaintiffs against the federal government and several trailer manufacturers can't be handled as a class action because each person's claim is unique and must be examined... Read more

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