RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Vancouver Sun:
Water levels in British Columbia’s Peace region began to recede Sunday (July 10) after flooding led to voluntary evacuations from two RV parks and two homes in Dawson Creek on Saturday night.
Flood warnings remained in place on Sunday after being issued at noon Saturday, according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations.
Shorty Smith, fire chief and emergency program coordinator for Dawson Creek, said there were no mandatory evacuations.
“We went and told the people who owned the RV parks about what Environment Canada expected to see, and told them to take precaution,” Smith said of the parks’ decisions to evacuate their properties.
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From the Provo Daily Herald:
The Mt. Timpanogos campground located on the Squaw Peak road has been closed until further notice due to extreme flooding. The campground will remain closed until the flooding potential has decreased and it is deemed safe and dry enough to open and any necessary repairs have been made.
All other campgrounds in the area are open except Rock Canyon, which is not accessible due to a landslide. All picnic areas are open.
From the Associated Press:
Word spread quickly through Yellowstone National Park about a fatal grizzly bear mauling — the park’s first in 25 years — but few of the people visiting here at the height of tourist season seemed inclined to abandon their vacations.
Some parts of Yellowstone National Park were closed after Brian Matayoshi of Torrance, Calif., was killed by a bear last week.
Thousands of people streamed into the park on Thursday, a day after a 57-year-old California man was attacked and killed by a female bear on a backcountry trail. Officials said the sow was only defending its cubs, had not threatened humans before and would be left to wander the wilderness.
“This is bear country,” said Elizabeth Hoffman, a tourist from California who agreed with park officials’ decision not to hunt the bear. “It’s got babies. If someone came after a human mother, I don’t think that we’d take her from her children.”
From KOLD-TV, Tucson:
Mount Lemmon was bustling with activity, on this first weekend after the Coronado National Forest reopened all campgrounds and trails, leading up to Summerhaven. The U.S. Forest Service had shut down the forest due to extremely high fire danger for almost a month.
Part of the forest was reopened last week, after forest service officials determined recent rainfall had helped lower the fire danger, but they still warned that campfires or smoking was banned on forest land.
The fire danger was still listed as “high.”
Business up in Summerhaven was slowly picking back up, while campgrounds were bustling with activity.
At Rose Canyon Lake, camp host Dave Amborn said, spots were filling up fast.
“Well we have about 26 campers. A lot of people are very eager to get back out and go camping,” said Amborn.
He added that the number of daytime visitors was also high. He greeted more than 80 people who were just visiting the lake for the day on Saturday.
After 29 days of no activity, campers were grateful to be out in nature, enjoying the beauty of the forest that was shut down during some of the hottest days Tucson has seen.
“What was it in Tucson those days? 114 degrees. We were like hurry up and rain, so we can get back to our jobs as camp hosts and get out of the heat in Tucson,” said Sheila Roche, a camp host at the campground at Rose Canyon Lake.
Camp hosts were warning all visitors that no campfires were allowed yet. Some visitors left disappointed, after hearing that warning.
From The Gonzales Inquirer:
The Gonzales County Commissioners today (July 11) will receive the plat for the 60-unit RV park in Belmont called “Belmont Park Estates,” a project spearheaded by long-time resident Richard Walker, during their commissioners court meeting.
FROM KSAT-TV, San Antonio:
Oil workers are descending on South Texas to drill for oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale. Their arrival has been a boom for the region and has created entrepreneurs all over the area.
Two things oil workers probably need the most: a place to eat and sleep.
Hotels and RV parks are springing up in just about every town, big and small.
“Even before people saw it was going to be an RV park, they all were asking how much it is going to be,” said Dora Pena, who manages Pop’s RV Parking just outside of Panna Maria.
The park currently holds 25 RVs and is full. They plan to expand to a total of 30 slots by the end of the year.
Next door to the park, an old country store has been converted into a new restaurant. My Little Angels is just three months old. Business has been so good, owner Becky Romero has had to add five new employees. Because four new rigs are going up close to the restaurant, she is expecting more business.
“They already came in last night and said, ‘Be prepared, we’re coming,'” said Romero, after getting a visit from a few of the rig workers.
Romero said she also plans to expand.
From the Kingsville Record:
The City of Kingsville Planning and Zoning Commission met on July 5 to discuss and consider a request to amend the zoning ordinance for a special use permit for the construction of an RV park on the south side of town. The request was approved.
From CJME Radio, Regina:
The countdown to Craven Country Jamboree is officially underway as the campground officially opened the gates Sunday morning (July 10).
They had to move to site to a new location as the regular one was flooded out.
The campground will be located north of Highway 11 on the Regina Beach side of the valley, behind the Valley Storage facility.
The camping area will include all reserved and general camping areas. There will be day parking beside the site.
To try and be more accommodating, Craven organizers have also been selling single-day passes. Kim Blevins with the Craven Country Jamboree says they are selling well.
Day passes are available for $80. Blevins said 3,000 tickets have been released for each day.
As for the new campsite, Blevins says most people have been understanding of the change.
Continual bus service will then transport campers to the festival.
The festival begins July 14 and goes until July 17.