RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Mendocino County authorities have arrested two men in a deadly shooting at a Lake Mendocino campground but are still looking for two additional suspects, sheriff's Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said today (July 22).
All the suspects are from the Willits and Ukiah areas, Smallcomb said.
He would not immediately identify those arrested because two other suspects are still being sought.
The investigation stems from a violent Wednesday night encounter at the Bu-Shay campground, where three vehicles suddenly pulled up to a campsite in which 20 or 30 people were staying, and several men emerged with baseball bats, according to witnesses.
When the assailants' intended targets began running, gunfire erupted, resulting in the death of a Willits man named Joseph Litteral, 40, authorities said.
A second man, whose name has not been released, was wounded.
Smallcomb said the shooting appears to have stemmed from some kind of romantic rivalry, though he declined to say more.
He said two men apprehended Thursday afternoon and evening were arrested for suspected murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit homicide.
Additional arrests are pending, he said.
From KAJ-TV, Kalispell:
Officials are shutting down the Piney Boat Launch, Day Use Area and Campground for the rest of the year because of wet, unstable, soil conditions and recent wind events.
Pintler Ranger District officials say in a press release that over the past two weeks, wind storms have caused numerous trees to fall in the campground. The trees have all been green and were not identified as hazard trees creating very unpredictable conditions for managing a safe recreation experience within this site.
The closure will begin on Monday (July 25) and campers will need to find alternative area campgrounds.
Meanwhile, crews are currently working to reopen Rainbow Bay Picnic Area by removing hazardous trees along the access road. The Rainbow Bay Picnic Area was closed in late May after strong winds blew down several lodgepole pine trees. The wet soils and thinned trees reduced the stability of the remaining live trees making them more susceptible to the strong winds.
This situation has created unsafe and unpredictable conditions along the access road to Rainbow Bay. Crews will begin removing trees along the access route on July 25 and plan to have the picnic area opened by July 28.
From the Sussex Countian:
The Division of Parks and Recreation has announced a new campground program at state park campgrounds throughout Delaware.
Campers who stay for a minimum of two weekday nights will receive coupons for a free two-hour boat rental at select state parks, and either free entrance to the Killens Pond Water Park or ferry tickets to Fort Delaware State Park.
The promotion applies to stays Monday through Thursday at Trap Pond in Laurel, Del.; Killens Pond in Felton, Del.; or Lums Pond in Bear, Del. All of the campgrounds provide drinking water outlets, modern shower and sanitary facilities, and sewage dumping stations. Campsites are equipped with a picnic table and may include a fire ring. Many have electric and water hookups. The campgrounds also offer family programs for campers.