RV Park and Campground Briefs
From National Parks Traveler:
A windstorm that left areas of Devils Postpile National Monument littered with life-sized Pick-up Sticks could push back the spring opening of facilities and campgrounds in the monument.
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From the Morganton News Herald:
Burk County residents recovering from the mid-January tornado will be able to reside in recreational vehicles and campers after the Burke County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary ordinance Tuesday (Feb. 7).
Current county ordinances only allow for RVs and campers in RV parks. The temporary ordinance allows tornado victims to live in the RVs while their homes are repaired or rebuilt, said Susan Berley, planning and development director.
Permits are valid for six months from the date of issue and can be renewed for an additional year, said Berley. Residents can apply for permits until August 6. The board also waived the $25 permit fee.
The ordinance only applies to victims of the Jan. 11 tornado, said Berley, but commissioners could amend the county’s emergency and disaster plan to allow for an immediate response.
The current temporary ordinance is now reaching the board because a public hearing, which must be advertised for a certain amount of time, had to be held, added Berley.
From the Red Bluff Daily News:
A team representing the Durango RV Resort won the Cow Pie Classic Trophy and belt buckles for finishing in first place in a three-person wheelbarrow competition sponsored by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce.
Seven teams, from local businesses and organizations, came dressed in costume with decorated wheelbarrows to match.
At the signal they navigated through an obstacle course, with one person being blind folded.
The passengers had to pick up a cow pie and hold it one-handed while the teams raced back to the finish line.
From The Missoulian:
Loggers are removing more hazardous trees from campgrounds around Georgetown Lake with hopes of reopening the popular sites this summer.
“It’s still somewhat up to Mother Nature,” Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest spokeswoman Leona Rodreick said this week. “There’s a lot of winter left between now and then. We can still have snow in the campgrounds by Memorial Day.”
The Pintler Ranger District had to close Philipsburg Bay, Piney and Cable campgrounds last summer because root-sprung trees were toppling on campsites and across roads. Falling trees damaged several campers’ vehicles early in the season, and a lodgepole pine tree crushed part of a concrete wall on an outhouse at Piney Campground.
Lodgepoles tend to grow close together and have very shallow root systems. That can leave them vulnerable to falling in certain conditions.
Rodreick said the problem may have been a combination of super-saturated soils from a wet spring, trees weakened by pine bark beetle infestation, and changes in wind patterns after other beetle-killed trees were cut down. Many healthy trees toppled in the campground after some freak windstorms hit the area.
Future plans include creating openings in the campgrounds for new trees to get established, as well as the removal of trees that have fallen this winter and spring. As each area is finished and considered safe, the campgrounds should be reopened.
Crews are also wrapping up work clearing safety corridors along the roads circling Georgetown Lake. They are removing hazard trees in 150-foot belts to avoid having fallen trees block the road.
From The Post-Searchlight:
A grand jury decided to drop a murder charge against a woman accused of robbing an elderly man who later died, according to court records.
Forty-year-old Carolyn Denise Perkins of Bainbridge, Ga., had been charged in connection with the death of 85-year-old Gerald Woodward this past December at a local campground.
A campground guest had called 911 to report that a man, later identified as Gerald Woodward, had collapsed after going to a neighbor’s trailer for help.
“Our preliminary investigation showed that (Woodward) was possibly the victim of a robbery in or around his RV trailer prior to collapsing,” BPS Chief Investigator Frank Green said, at the time.
Woodward passed away a short time later at Memorial Hospital.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Mike Walsingham presented the case to the grand jury last week. However, the grand jurors ultimately voted to drop the murder charge but continue prosecution of Perkins on the charge of robbery by sudden snatching.
District Attorney Joe Mulholland noted that he was not present when the grand jury voted to dismiss the murder charge.