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From the El Dorado Times:
In an effort to make annual passes to El Dorado State Park more accessible, there is now a program in place to allow for the purchase of a pass at the same time vehicle tags are renewed.
“When you go in to renew your tag, you will be able to purchase an annual park pass for $15,” said El Dorado State Park Manager Seth Turner. “It will be good for the life of that car tag.”
The Kansas State Parks Passport program is in its inaugural year.
“It started Jan. 1,” said Turner. “It had been done in other states that had good luck with it so we’re going to give it a try here in Kansas.”
The Passport will allow entry into any of the state parks in Kansas, and is cheaper than a $25 pass that can be purchased at a park office.
The Passports can only be used for a single vehicle.
“It’s supposed to stay with the car you buy it for,” said Turner. “Under law they are not transferable.”
He hopes the Passports will help increase the number of people who visit the park, which will in turn help increase revenue.
“At one time we were 80% supported by the state’s general fund,” said Turner. “We are now 5% supported from the general fund. Hopefully, more people will start to buy them and utilize the parks more.”
From the Times Daily, Florence:
The bathhouse at the Brush Creek Campsite near Waterloo has been without electricity since May.
With the opening of camping season approaching, Lauderdale County commissioners are trying to determine how to correct the problem and what it will cost.
Robert Bevis, the county’s solid water manger who also oversees the county’s public campgrounds at Waterloo and Wheeler Dam, has been discussing the problem for months with Florence Utilities officials. Florence provides electricity to much of the county.
Bevis said the problem appears to involve the underground wiring system and the connection.
The Brush Creek campground is 50 acres and offers primitive camping. There is no fee to camp at the park. Bevis said people stay in tents and campers.
There are no electrical or water hookups at the park, but there are bathroom facilities with cold showers and a dumping station.
“We have lights and electricity everywhere else, just not at the bathhouse where the showers are located,” he said.
Bevis has been instructed by commissioners to meet with utilities officials to determine what needs to be done to restore the electrical service.