RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Billings (Mont.) Gazette:
Today (Aug. 29) is the last day for citizens to comment on the 20-year master plan for camping and other recreational amenities at the Alcova, Gray Reef and Pathfinder reservoirs in central Wyoming.
Tents and camper trailers have evolved into RVs, boats grew in size and power, as have safety and environmental regulations.
Natrona County Parks officials have sought ideas for nearly two years and met with those who use the area around the reservoirs, to learn what further amenities people want for the future.
After today, the parks department will finish the draft of the master plan, then submit it for review and a vote by the Natrona County Commission this fall. Other state and federal agencies will review it, too.
From The North Jefferson News:
The town of Brookside, Ala., is opening a new campground on Sept. 9, just in time for the Brookside Greenway Festival on Sept. 10.
There are 21 sites: Primitive sites are $10 each and improved sites with water and electricity are $20 each. Camping is first come, first served on Sept. 9.
New showers have also been added to the restrooms.
Francesca Gross, Five Mile Creek Greenway coordinator for Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council, said the new campground is a good place for first-time campers and for families. Primitive campsites — or those without electricity or running water — are located on the banks of Five Mile Creek and on the greenway.
The grand opening will also include bonfires and a free hay ride.
Brookside Mayor Roger McCondichie said the campground and the greenway have plenty to offer for outdoor enthusiasts.
There is a two-mile track for walkers, joggers or bicyclists and a also a half-mile asphalt track.
The area also offers canoeing, kayaking and fishing on Five Mile Creek. McCondichie said bass, bream, catfish and other fish can be found in the creek.
A pavilion near the campground will accommodate more than 100 people, according to McCondichie. Those interested must call Brookside Town Hall to reserve the pavilion.
The campground will be open year round, according to McCondichie. It is located near the Brookside Ball Park.
The Brookside Greenway Festival on Sept. 10 is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features outdoor activities such as horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing pole casting, a fun run and more.
From KERO-TV, Bakersfield:
Deputies with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department have arrested two men accused of killing 52-year-old Michael Thomas Hill then burying him in a campground.
Deputies said that about 7:45 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 27), they were sent to the Hanning Flat Campground in Lake Isabella regarding a human hand that was found sticking out of the sand.
Deputies said a woman was walking along the shoreline and saw what she believed to be a human hand.
Deputies arrived and confirmed what the camper had found, sealed off the area and called out the Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives.
Homicide detectives were joined at the scene by a sheriff’s coroner investigator and Sheriff’s Office technical investigators.
Detectives said they slowly began processing the scene and located several items of evidence.
Detectives said Hill’s body was found in an area that was 1 to 2 feet deep. Detectives said Hill’s body was found to have possible trauma to his head, and what appeared to be wounds to his torso.
As detectives continued their investigation, various leads indicated 59-year-old Dennis Lee Simmons who lived in the 5700 block of Vista Grande Drive in Weldon as a possible suspect.
Deputies said that around 9 a.m. Sunday, they went to Simmons’ home and found items of evidence outside of the home. Detectives, along with members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group, served a search warrant and detained Simmons, along with 42-year-old Clifton Blake.
Detectives, technical investigators, and personnel from the District Attorney’s Office crime lab began processing the home where they said they found several more items of evidence related to the killing, including Simmons’ truck.
Detectives then arrested Simmons and Blake on charges of murder and conspiracy.
They were both taken to the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield where they were booked.