Current RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs
From The Associated Press:
A relaxing of budget woes for next year has the Alabama State Parks Commission breathing easier.
N. Gunter Guy, the conservation commissioner, announced Wednesday (April 10) that money will be restored in 2014 that may stave off closures and layoffs during that budget cycle.
Gov. Robert Bentley and legislators have come up with a way to restore about $5 million in user fees that were originally intended for park upgrades and maintenance. Those funds had been diverted to other uses.
Parks Director Greg Lein says a majority of operational money comes from use fees paid by park visitors.
Guy did not address closures and layoffs during this budget year, but he says a new lodge in Gulf State Park would be important to the long-term financial sustainability of the park system.
From the Lake County Record Bee, Lakeport:
The inaugural Yogi Bear Chili Cook-Off and Tug of War is May 18 at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort near Cobb.
The all-day event, sponsored by Light of Heart, a non-profit that supports children and young adults, as well as Lake County food banks, will also feature live music and a live auction. Admission is $5 per person or 10 canned goods.
First place for the chili cook-off is worth $500. Participants should register between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Fee for a four-person team is $100. The "people's choice" judging begins at 1 p.m. For more information about the cook-off, call Robert Slack at 400-3665.
Registration for the tug-of-war is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Events will include three-person and six-person teams in men's, women's and youth (under 12) divisions. Entry fee is $10 per team. Competition begins at 10 a.m. To preregister, call Mickie Gregory, 295-6951, or Jellystone Park, 928-4322.
To donate to the auction, call John Gifford at 815-4453. For vendor space availability, call 815-4453.
From WJFW-TV, Rhinelander:
The city of Tomahawk is considering a new campground with up to 100 campsites in its city.
City leaders picked SARA Park as the best spot.
The new campground is still only in planning stages. Now, the city wants to hear from residents, groups, and businesses on what they want from the campground.
They're hosting a meeting next Tuesday.
That will include specific talks about shower and restroom facilities, and how modern the campsites should be.
From the Amarillo Globe-News:
Jacqueline Weatherly-Essary, former owner of the Sundown Campground, died April 8. She was 67.
Services were on Thursday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial was in Llano Cemetery.
She was born May 22, 1945, in Amarillo to Roy and Isabelle Weatherly. She had managed Sundown Campground and later owned it for many years. She was a past member of the Lions Club.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne; a daughter, Shari Williams; two grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Weatherly of Denver, and Dewayne “Bub” Weatherly of Amarillo; and a sister, Cindy Weatherly of Phoenix.
From the Houston Chronicle:
A man accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase is facing several charges after officers defused a bomb in a trailer at an RV park on Wednesday (April 10).
The explosive device was found after a chase ended at the park in Angleton, KHOU and KTRK report.
On Wednesday morning, authorities say, officers in Angleton were called to Texas 288, near County Road 44, to investigate reports of a man driving erratically. The suspect, identified as Chris Mathis, 41, of Van Zandt, took off on Texas 288, sparking a pursuit. He's also accused of stealing beer and ramming the front door of a convenience store with his truck.
The chase reportedly ended at the Angleton RV Park on County Road 44, and police arrested Mathis.
Officers later got a warrant to search Mathis' truck and found an explosive device in the attached trailer at the RV park. The park was evacuated. The bomb, which was reportedly attached to a propane tank in the trailer, was defused shortly before 4 p.m.
No injuries have been reported. The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident.
Mathis is facing several charges, reports say: evading arrest, criminal mischief, aggravated assault on a public servant, resisting arrest or transport, obstructing highway or other roadway, and shoplifting.
From KOIN-TV, Portland:
A grand jury has ruled that police officers’ use of deadly force was justified during a standoff in February at the Silver Spur RV Park west of Silverton.
A 78-year-old suspect was killed in that standoff.
The group “unanimously found that the police officers involved in the shooting death of Jimmie Eugene Hickey, on Feb. 25, 2013, was a lawful use of deadly physical force,” reports the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
Ten witnesses testified before the grand jury, including five civilians and five police officers. Evidence presented included not only the testimony of the witnesses, but photographs, scene diagrams, physical evidence seized, the medical examiner’s report from the autopsy and the toxicology results of Hickey and the involved police officers, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office reports that RV Park Assistant Manager Nicholas Lee Fisher was in the main office of the park when Hickey, 78, entered the building carrying a handgun. Hickey had recently been evicted from his residence at the RV park.
The sheriff’s office reports Fisher attempted to flee and was shot by Hickey in the arm.
Hickey is believed to have driven off in a black Ford sedan he rented earlier that day, driving to the home of RV park manager, Matthew Barker. Barker and his wife were in their bedroom when Hickey fired into the residence, the sheriff’s office reports. A bullet hole and bullet was found in the Barker’s bedroom. Neither Barker nor his wife was injured.
The sheriff’s office reports Hickey then took a position “on a picnic table atop a hill that overlooks the neighborhood” — armed with both a rifle and a pistol at the highest vantage point in the RV park.
Law Enforcement Officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene. Oregon State Police Trooper Nick Rhoades, Oregon State Police Trooper James Andrews, and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Postlewait are identified as having fired shots.
From KOTA-TV, Rapid City, South Dakota:
State lawmakers in Nebraska are trying to pass a bill that would mandate drivers pay an additional $7 when they register their vehicles.
If legislators pass the bill, drivers will have to pay $7 more when they register their vehicles. But that added fee will allow drivers to enter state parks for free.
Currently, a state park annual pass costs $25.
Despite a thorough debate, senators took no action on the bill on Wednesday (April 10).