RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Spokesman Review, Spokane, Wash.:
E. coli bacteria has been discovered in the drinking water supply at the Forest Service’s Bell Bay Campground, which is four miles north of Harrison on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho.
Forest Service officials have notified guests who recently stayed at the campground if contact information was available. No reports of illness have been received at this time.
While the campground remains open, the drinking water system has been shut down while the Forest Service and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality investigate the source of contamination.
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Fayette County commissioners on Tuesday (June 19) sent a proposed change in the definition of a campground back to the county because of wording and the need for more public input.
The proposal to redefine a campground in the ordinance for this county southeast of Pittsburgh is prompted by the influx of mobile homes, recreational vehicles and similar vehicles used by natural gas workers.
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink, though, stopped David Bukovan, chief of zoning and planning, from reading the proposed changes to the ordinance because it goes beyond what was listed in the advertised public notice.
“We may have a problem with that,” Zimmerlink said.
Some of the proposed changes include eliminating the time limit of six months of occupancy in campgrounds for those of mobile structures; and having 20 percent of the gross area of a mobile home park designated for recreational vehicles. Recreational vehicle would be limited to a stay of no more than six months.
The owner of a mobile home park and the owner of a campground attended the hearing and share the same concerns as the commissioners. They said that business owners never had the opportunity to provide input at the public hearings.
Zimmerlink said proposed changes to the campgrounds and mobile home parks would have to go back to the planning department, where the appropriate public hearings will be held to help shape the wording and intent of the changes.
From The Payson Roundup:
The Arizona Department of Game and Fish has given up the hunt for a bear that clawed a camper in her tent at a campground near Christopher Creek.
Hunters using dogs failed to pick up the scent of the black bear the day after the attack. Hunters then staked out the campground in hopes the bear would return, but the wily bruin stayed away.
The Forest Service has reopened the campground after having emptied the overflowing trash bins that lured the bear into the area in the first place.
The bear spent several days breaking open the trash bins before he returned in the middle of the night. The bear ripped a hole in the tent where a Valley couple and their dog were sleeping. The bear then clawed a 74-year-old woman on the head, before leaving.
The couple sought help from the campground host and then watched as the bear returned to the tent to paw at the bloody pillow she left behind in the tent.
She was treated for bruises and a laceration on her scalp.
The Forest Service closed the campground and emptied the trash bins quickly as Game and Fish Wildlife Manger David Daniels and two other game wardens first tried to track the bear, and then surveyed a wide area for tracks. When all efforts to locate the vamoosed bear failed, they staked out the campground for several nights before abandoning the effort.
Four Seasons Campground will hold its annual Independence Day fireworks show Saturday evening, July 7. The free event will celebrate the Robinson Family’s 45th year of business at campground at 158 Woodstown-Daretown Road. The show beings at 9:30 p.m.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Writer Killeen Gonzalez has identified five favorite Wyoming state parks for tenting. They are: Medicine Lodge Archaeology Site, Hyattville; Buffalo Bill State Park, Cody; Guernsey State Park, Guernsey; Keyhole State Park, Moorcraft; and Glendo State Park, Glendo.
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From the Mount Airy News:
This Saturday (June 23), an RV group that will be staying at the Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy is hosting a Mayberry Rally Benefit Auction that will aid the Shepherd’s House, Mount Airy’s only homeless shelter that is rebounding after news last month that it may have to shut its doors.
Larry Hinshaw with the Carolina Ramblers, which is part of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), said the group knew it was coming to Mount Airy this weekend, but after learning about the need for the Shepherd’s House, the group decided to host an auction to help the local group out.
About 40 RVers will be coming to the Mayberry Campground this weekend from all across North Carolina.
They have invited the community to participate, whether it be by donating items to be auctioned off, or coming out and purchasing auction items.