Following are brief reports from the nation’s media about matters affecting campgrounds.
Exchange Student Missing in River
From the Sacramento Bee:
Authorities are searching for a 21-year-old Humboldt State University foreign exchange student who went missing after being swept down the Trinity River near Willow Creek, Calif.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Knight says the search for Jian Kang of Renqiu, China resumed today (June 21), two days after he was swept away near the community of Hoopa.
He described the search as a recovery effort, saying it was unlikely Kang survived in the frigid, fast-moving river this long.
Kang, a biology major at Humboldt State, was apparently wading in the river at an unnamed campground around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost his footing. He was attending a birthday party.
University spokesman Paul Mann tells The Times-Standard of Eureka that the university’s Center for International Programs will provide housing for Kang’s family when they arrive from China.
Camper Hit by Stray Bullet
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
A Minnesota woman received a gunshot wound to her leg at a Wisconsin campground Friday (June 17), but the source of the bullet is still unknown.
The Hudson Star Observer reports that Krystal M. Anderson, 21, of Buffalo, Minn., was putting up her tent about 2 p.m. when she was shot in the upper thigh of her right leg. After being taken to a hospital, authorities determined that she had been hit by a .22 caliber slug.
Anderson told authorities that she was facing southeast at the River’s Edge Campground in St. Croix County, according to the sheriff’s report. Anderson told authorities she believes that the bullet came from the east.
Teen Feared Drowned at Campground Lake
From KNSS Radio, Wichita, Kan.:
The search continues for a missing Haven, Kan., teenager who was overtaken by a wave at Cheney Lake south of the Wichita Point campgrounds on the northeast side of the lake. Haven and the recreation area are both located west of Wichita.
16-year-old Danny Thomas Allen had been wading with his half-brother, Mitchell Mees, 19, and a 17-year-old friend. Allen was knocked out into deeper water by a wave at about 3:13 p.m. Monday (June 20). Allen did not know how to swim and went underwater. Attempts were made by Mees to help his brother but were unsuccessful.
A search on the water was suspended because of rough waters due to severe weather Monday evening.
Referendum Out in Texas RV Park Dispute
From the Kingsville (Texas) Record:
Opponents of a planned RV park on the south side of Kingsville may have hit a setback this week, after the city attorney issued an opinion that they cannot seek a referendum to reverse the vote to approve the zoning for the park.
Following months of debate, the Kingsville City Commission unanimously voted to approve a motion to rezone land for the proposed park in a June 6 meeting.
Nesting Eagles Cause Partial Campground Closure
From the Oroville, Calif., Mercury-Register:
Part of a campground at Little Grass Valley Reservoir near LaPorte, Calif., has been closed to protect a nesting pair of bald eagles.
The Plumas National Forest announced the north loops of the Wyandotte Campground on the south side of the lake will be closed until further notice.
Bald eagles are sensitive to disturbances during their nesting phase. This seasonal closure has been in place for 16 years.
The birds, recently de-listed under the Endangered Species Act, are still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Washington State Park Pass Now Available
From the Seattle Times:
A pass required to access state parks and recreation lands by vehicle is now available for purchase online and at recreational license dealers.
Called the Discover Pass, it’s required for vehicle access starting July 1 to recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, according to a joint news release from the agencies.
The annual pass is $30 and the one-day pass is $10. You can purchase the pass online at discoverpass.wa.gov or by calling 866-320-9933. The pass is also available at about 600 sporting goods and other retail stores if you want to pay an extra fee. For a list of licensing vendors go to: seati.ms/jTXxPK.
Some hunters, fishermen, campers and others don’t need a pass.
The penalty for failing to display the pass is $99.
The pass was approved by the 2011 Legislature as a way to wean the state parks system off state General Fund.
Camper’s Life Commemorated
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Nearly 200 of Kyle Zuleg’s family members and friends came together for a campground dedication ceremony June 4 at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen, Ill., a southwest suburb of Chicago.
Kyle was the victim of a tragic accident last fall at the preserve when a tree branch fell, killing him.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County Board passed a resolution that renamed Messenger Woods’ Hawk’s Hollow Campground “the Kyle Zuleg Campground as a memorial tribute to Kyle and to honor the years of enjoyment the Zuleg family experienced camping at various Will County preserves.”
At the dedication, the Rev. Ted Weitzel, formerly of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville, greeted the audience and opened the ceremony with a prayer. Weitzel recognized family members who came to the dedication ceremony.
Cory Singer, president of the forest preserve board, spoke of the tragedy and the 16-year-old’s attributes. Singer presented Kyle’s parents, Matt and Jill Zuleg, with a framed copy of the resolution.
Kyle’s cousin, Matt McKissick, read the text on the campground plaque.
“While a tragic accident took Kyle’s young life, what endures is the limitless impact that his presence had on all of those who were fortunate enough to have known him,” the plaque reads in part.
The memorial plaque is posted at Messenger Woods on the campground’s grove marker. The plaque includes a photo of Kyle. A park bench, also dedicated in Kyle’s memory, was placed a few feet away and faces the plaque.
KOA Referendum Fight Cost $17,000
From the Prescott Valley, Ariz., Daily Courier:
Opponents of the proposed Kampgrounds of America (KOA) recreational vehicle park and then-Mayor Jim Bunker lost during the May 17 general election even though they raised and spent more money.
Protect Our Rural Lifestyle in Opposition to Prop. 401 raised and spent nearly $9,242 to try to defeat the KOA rezoning, according to a campaign statement the political action committee filed with Town Clerk Jami Lewis.
By contrast, Chino First in Support of Prop. 401 raised $8,672 throughout the campaign and had about $55 remaining on hand at the end of the post-general election (April 26-June 6) reporting period. The campaign statements were due at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 401, which upheld a decision from the Town Council this past July to rezone 17 acres from commercial light/agricultural residential with a minimum of 5 acres to commercial heavy. The land is located on the south side of East Road 3-1/2 North, 400 feet east of Highway 89.
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