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From the Pueblo Chieftain:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Pueblo Crime Stoppers are looking for information regarding vandalism that caused $10,000 in damages at Lake Pueblo State Park.
Between 11 p.m. April 11 and 5 a.m. April 12, multiple 9 mm rounds were fired into the north and east entrance stations. An electronic message sign was also shot and two outhouse structures on park property were vandalized and damaged.
“We believe somewhere between 25-30 rounds were fired into the buildings,” said Park Manager Brad Henley. “Luckily, no one was in them at the time.”
Investigators collected shell casings and recovered multiple bullets. There was extensive damage to windows, signs, and the interior and exterior finishes of the buildings.
Initial damage estimates were $4,000, but Park officials discovered the cost to repair the electronic variable message sign was over $7,000 alone.
From The Associated Press:
Shenandoah National Park has delayed campground openings and taken other steps to make up for automatic spending cuts.
Shenandoah spokeswoman Karen Beck-Herzog says the park’s operating budget was reduced by $622,000 this fiscal year.
Beck-Herzog tells The Daily News-Record that the park has reduced some programs and services because of the cuts.
Campgrounds and visitor centers are opening later than usual. Beck-Herzog says the park also has cut its spring ranger program, in which rangers take visitors on walks through the park. The summer and fall ranger programs aren’t affected.
Permanent full-time employees won’t face furloughs. But the park has shortened the work seasons of 26 seasonal employees who work less than six months.
From WDBJ-TV, Roanoke:
A concession contract for management of the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Restaurant and Retail Stores in Bedford has been awarded to Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Peaks of Otter, Inc.
According to a news release, Blue Ridge Parkway Acting Superintendent Monika Mayr made the announcement on Friday. The contract will be issued for a 10-year term.
In addition to the Lodge, Restaurant and retail stores, Delaware North will operate the Sharp Top Shuttle service.
Delaware North Cos. Parks and Resorts currently operates concessions contracts at national parks including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Shenandoah National Park.
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From the Salamanca Press:
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) announces “Works on Wood,” a collaborative fundraiser between CCAC and Allegany State Park in which artists will transform camp signs, picnic baskets, camp stools or walking sticks into works of art.
The items used to create the Works on Wood will be provided by the artists and are easy to find at garage sales, estate sales, antique stores or in their own attic. The found pieces will offer terrific possibilities for transformation beyond painting.
Finished pieces will be on display over the summer at Allegany State Park and will be auctioned at the Full Moon Family Beach Party on Aug. 9.
Programs and Grants Manager Courtney Blackmon said, in the past, CCAC has supplied the artists with materials for painting the chairs and the birdhouses. However, this year, the council is asking the artists to supply their own items — some of which they may already have on hand.
Blackmon said together, Allegany State Park and the CCAC came up with this year’s camp theme. Artists can paint and submit items related to camping — things that refer back to nature and also items that will appeal to park goers.
According to Blackmon, all proceeds from this auction will go toward arts programming at the park during the summer months, which is offered free to anyone.
From the Town-Crier, Wellington:
Plans for governing recreational vehicle use in Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve were once again waylaid after council members worried the changes could allow for the proliferation of the temporary homes.
After debating for more than an hour Tuesday night, council members decided to table the ordinance, which would permit one RV on 2.5 to 5 acres, two RVs on 5 to 10 acres and three RVs on properties of 10 acres or more.
Property owners would be able to use the temporary housing only for six months during the equestrian season, Equestrian Master Plan Director Mike O’Dell said.
“The equestrian community has a desired use for RVs,” he said, noting that the council had directed staff to look at a code that would allow for the use of RVs as temporary housing.
Despite being prohibited, O’Dell said that there are a number of RVs in the area illegally. Wellington staff surveyed the number of RVs in Wellington during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and found 78 last year and about 80 this year.
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