RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KREM-TV, Spokane, Wash.:
Graham Creek Campground near Pinehurst, Idaho, will reopen for public use after closing because of bears.
Frequent bear encounters prompted a shutdown of the camping area in late July for public safety concerns.
Forest Service representatives believe it will be safer now at the site.
Authorities say that a lack of trash and food on site has discouraged bears from visiting, and huckleberries and other food sources recently available have drawn the animals back into the hillsides away from the site.
Campers are still asked to be bear aware, by storing food and trash properly while staying at the site.
Graham Creek is located approximately 14 miles northbound on Forest Highway 9.
From The Columbian, Clark County:
A man working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was found dead Thursday afternoon (Aug. 18) in the upper Wind River near Beaver Campground, several miles north of Carson along Wind River Road. He had been conducting a fish count.
Mark Snepp, 47, of White Salmon was found face-down in about two feet of slow-moving water, wearing a flotation vest, scuba mask and snorkel, said Undersheriff Dave Cox with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
There was no evidence of trauma on the body, and Cox said officials wonder whether he suffered a sudden medical problem.
Clark County Medical Examiner Dennis Wickham and his staff will conduct an autopsy on an undetermined date, Cox said.
Someone called 911 and notified the sheriff’s office about 1:35 p.m. Thursday.
Cox said Snepp and his partner had been counting fish, likely salmon, just downstream from a salmon hatchery.
Sneep and his partner became separated. The partner, whose name was not immediately available, then found Snepp dead just upstream of where the partner had been working, Cox said.
“We do not know the cause of this unattended death at this point,” Cox said in a bulletin. “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers.”
Rockville, Md.-based Bankshot Sports Organization, a provider of games to RV parks and campgrounds, has launched a new website at www.bankshot.com.
Bankshot Sports are family sports because players do not play against one another but along-side one another. Bankshot Sports are non-running and non-exclusionary accommadating wheelchair players, the physically and cognitively challenged, grandparents, children and everyone else at the same time. These sports are called “Total -Mix Sports based on Universal Design.”