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Campgrounds Exempt from State's DUI Laws

Massachusetts' drunk driving law may not apply to people who have overimbibed and are driving drunk in campgrounds, gated communities or some college campuses, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today (April 30). The court overturned the conviction of a man for driving drunk on the roadways inside a Salisbury campground in June 2007. The court noted that the drunk driving law applies to places to "which the public has a right to access" or can access as "invitees or licensees." The... Read more

Colorado Pine Beetle Battle Proves Successful

Preventive spraying of selected pine trees in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park to repel beetle attacks has proven to be extremely successful, according to the Estes Park Trail Gazette.  Though funds were available for spraying only a small percentage of the park's forest, those trees sprayed around the campgrounds and headquarters areas the past two years have not been attacked at beetles. Similar success rates have been experienced on several large properties east of Estes Park.... Read more

Park Owner Fears New Jail Will Hurt Business

A Shediac, New Brunswick, campground owner is concerned a new $40-million jail destined for the scenic tourist town will hurt her business.  The New Brunswick government announced on April 8 that it will construct a 90-cell correctional center in Shediac, according to CBC.ca.  Although many people in the southeastern New Brunswick community are eager for the investment and jobs, Marie-Paul Martin, who runs Camping Beausejour, a popular and well-known landmark in Shediac, is hiring a lawyer to fight... Read more

Costs Rise for Ontario State-of-the-Art Park

The soaring cost of copper cost the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, $100,000 on Monday night (April 27).  The City council voted 9-1 to provide the money to Friends of Chippewa Park (FOCP) to upgrade the electrical systems feeding power to campsites at the RV park now under construction and scheduled to open later this summer, according to KCPR, Thunder Bay.  Friends of Chippewa must pay Thunder Bay Hydro $76,050 to bring the three-pronged service into the park. The remainder of the money, which... Read more

Alberta's Online Reservations Start May 1

Alberta's new online campground reservation service starts on Friday (May 1) for over 2,800 campsites in 25 popular campgrounds. They can be can be made online at www.Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca.  "Alberta's new online reservation service provides peace of mind to travellers who won't have to take their chances on finding a campsite," said Premier Ed Stelmach. "It will make our provincial campgrounds easier to access."  In a 2007 survey of Alberta campers, nearly... Read more

Fairlee Fills New Systems Post at KOA Inc.

    Chris Fairlee Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) announced that Chris Fairlee has been promoted to the newly created position of assistant vice president of system development at its international headquarters in Billings, Mont.  Fairlee began his new assignment on Monday (April 27), according to a press release.  Fairlee will oversee the day-to-day operations of KOA's business development strategies, including new campground sales, conversions and new-builds and existing facilities development.... Read more

RealVideo Campsites Launches New Service

RealVideo Campsites, the Internet provider of Video Directory for RV campgrounds, announced the launch of Technology Marketing.  Technology Marketing is a series of consulting services, specifically designed to assist RV campgrounds in increasing their business through the use of technology, according to a news release. These consulting services range from website design, creation and implementation to integrating Twitter/Facebook into the campgrounds' marketing strategy.  These new services... Read more

California Equestrian Park Adds Campsites

Use of the Lake Cahuilla Equestrian Campground in Southern California is rising, thanks to new amenities.  About 20 campsites over 12 acres with direct access to water and electricity have been added recently, said Gayle Cady, trails committee member from the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, according to The Desert Sun, Palm Springs.  The work was paid for with a $505,000 grant issued in March 2005 by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, she said.  The equestrian... Read more

Blue Ox Opens Campground to Visitors

Blue Ox is inviting RVers this summer to visit its manufacturing facility in Pender, Neb., and stay at its campground during the visit. All Blue Ox customers stay at the campground for free, while non-customers  pay $15 a night. The campground has full sewer and electric hookups, with  primitive camping sites also available. Tours of the Blue Ox manufacturing  facility are conducted each weekday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Summer picnics and ice cream socials are planned, and customers may... Read more

CAMP Leaders Meet at Cherry Hill Park

Editor's Note: Lucas Hartford, president of Evergreen Insurance, provided this account of this week's meeting of the Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) at Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md. Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) met in Maryland at the beautiful conference center located at Cherry Hill Park on April 26 and 27. Over 30 members attended the two days of education and meetings to find ways to improve campground and RV Park associations... Read more

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