RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Associated Press:
A teenage boy has died of head injuries five days after falling on Yosemite National Park’s most popular hiking trail.
The Stanislaus County coroner says 17-year-old Kao Kue of Fresno died at a Modesto hospital Wednesday night (Aug. 10).
According to park spokeswoman Kari Cobb, the teen was hiking the Mist Trail when he slipped.
The trail runs alongside Vernal Fall, and signs warn hikers that mist from the fall can make the trail slippery.
Cobb declined to discuss details of Kue’s fall because he was a minor.
In May, a Texas man drowned in the Merced River when he slipped from the Mist Trail.
So far, 14 people have died this year inside Yosemite, a modern-day record. Kue is not included in that count because he died outside of the park
Vancouver 24, Vancouver:
A Surrey, British Columbia, motel gutted by flames Thursday morning (Aug. 11) has had four previous fires reported in as many years, one of them ending in death.
Surrey Fire Services arrived in the 8200 block of King George Boulevard just before 5 a.m. to find the 3,000-square-foot building “fully engulfed” in flames. None of the building’s three occupants were injured but one firefighter was treated on scene for minor injuries.
Neighbors say the building, which is operated by Town and Country Motel & Trailer Park, has been around for at least 20 years.
“That was their office and living quarters,” said a RV park worker across the street. “The front half is completely gone.”
A manager from a nearby U-Haul lot said the motel, which was witness to a serious stabbing in October 2008, was never well regarded in the neighborhood.
“It’s lower end,” said Charlotte, who identified herself only by first name. “You can use your imagination on that one.”
Deputy fire chief Jon Caviglia said the previous fires were either unexplained or caused by people. He said careless use of cooking oil and smoking materials led to two of the fires. One blaze has been identified as “suspicious,” while the 2007 fire that left one dead is still unexplained.
From The Daily Progress, Jacksonville:
Kris Morgan, District 1 councilman, presented the Rusk City Council on Thursday (Aug. 11) with an area map of a 32.25-acre lot near the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground that he would like to see turned into a sports complex.
Council members voted to allow the mayor to put together a seven-person committee to look at the future prospects for the project, after much discussion among the council members on how to fund the project and where that money would come from, what the center would be used for, and where exactly it should be located.
“I want this to make all other towns absolutely jealous,” Morgan said.