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July 23, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

WEST VIRGINIA

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:

In an effort to curb concerns that the grounds were not fit to handle hundreds of campers, officials with the Marshall County Fair recently upgraded the electrical connections for the trailers at the site.

The upgrades were approved July 18, said Fair Board President Beth Bertram, and campers already were moving in the next morning. The upgrades to the electrical system were ordered by the city of Moundsville and were to be completed by June 28. However, delays pushed the project, which cost between $50,000 and $55,000, back to right before the fair's start.

However, the upgrades bring brand new electric service to more than 140 camping spots, which were filled this weekend by fairgoers. Additionally, 17 permanent spots are being used by workers with the gas and oil industry. Fair officials said several other workers had to leave the campground due to the impending arrival of fair campers, but they believe there should be no issue with the those workers returning when the fair is over.

"We've had a waiting list for a while now," said Wendy Clutter, who works with the fair board. "It worked out because a lot of the companies these workers were here with are now going to other states, so they would have been leaving anyway."

COLORADO

From the Pueblo Chieftan:

Salvage timber operations will temporarily close the North Fork campground and North Fork Road near Salida, Colo., starting today (July 23).

The operation is designed to allow a logger to clean up downed trees left by an extreme windstorm that hit the area over the winter, according to Barb Timock, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The road will be closed just west of the Angel of Shavano campground and trailhead west of Salida.

Reopening of the North Fork road and campground is expected just prior to the fall archery season. Completion of the sanitation and salvage timber operations will make the area not only more safe, but also more enjoyable for forest visitors, Timock said.

NOVA SCOTIA

From a news release:

The Bras d’Or Lakes Campground in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, will host the Fourth Annual Antique Auto Show & Open House the afternoons of Aug. 5-6.

This year’s event will deliver a flavor of the region making it more of an open house atmosphere to feature what Baddeck and Cape Breton offer. Highlights include restored, vintage cars and trucks courtesy of the Cape Breton Antique & Custom Car Club, delicious fare from Charlene’s Bayside Restaurant and Café, American hotdogs, a selection of ice cream and the "We Share the Lakes" award-winning artwork from regional school students.

“As we celebrate our 12th year as campground owners of the Bras d’Or Lakes Campground and the biosphere’s UNESCO designation, expanding the event to highlight more of the area and the lake was a natural fit,” said John Finnegan, campground owner and operator.

UTAH

From the Ukiah Daily Journal:

Two men were sentenced in Mendocino County Superior Court on July 20 for their roles in a botched marijuana robbery that killed one man and seriously wounded another at the Bushay campground at Lake Mendocino last summer.

A jury in June convicted Marvin Douglas Johnson Jr., 33, and Simon Thornton, 23, both transients known to frequent Ukiah and Willits, of first-degree murder and attempted murder on the premise that they aided and abetted in the crimes, with a special allegation that the key perpetrators in the shooting were armed with guns. Johnson was sentenced to spend 25 years to life in prison; Thornton was sentenced to 34 years to life in prison.

NEW YORK

From the Daily Gazette, Schenectady:

Authorities are investigating a drowning on Sunday (July 22) of a 4-year-old Amsterdam boy at the Northampton Beach Campground on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said state police responded to a call at the state-owned campgrounds about the drowning at 5 p.m. She said state police and the Department Environment Conservation are investigating the incident.

Sira would not categorize the drowning in any manner other than to say that "circumstances as to how the boy got away from under the eye of the caregiver are not clear."

Sira said the parents of the child were not at the campground. Authorities are not releasing names of the victim or the caregiver.

The state police and DEC brought the district attorney's office into the investigation to ensure "all legal requirements are being meet," Sira said. "The death of a 4-year-old is serious."

Sira said an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.

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