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May 14, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment


From The Associated Press:

Anglers can fish without a license this coming weekend during South Dakota's annual Free Fishing Weekend.

Fishing regulations and limits remain applicable.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says all state parks and recreation areas also are offering free entrance from Friday through Sunday. Camping fees still apply.

A number of parks of state parks will be hosting special events to kick off the camping season.


From a news release:

San Diego County environmental health officials are urging campers and hikers to take simple steps to protect themselves after routine monitoring and testing showed that a ground squirrel on Palomar Mountain had plague.The squirrel, which was trapped at the Cedar Grove Campground, marked the first case of plague found this year.Department of Environmental Health Director Jack Miller said it’s not unusual to find plague in local mountains during warmer months — and that people could take simple steps to protect themselves from exposure.

“The big thing is to avoid contact with squirrels and the fleas that they can carry,” Miller said. “Campers should set up tents away from squirrel burrows, and hikers and campers should never feed squirrels and warn their children not to play with squirrels.”

Plague is a bacterial disease of wild rodents, but it can be transmitted to people by fleas that feed on the blood of a sick animal and then bite humans. There have been no locally acquired human cases of plague reported in San Diego County. The County routinely monitors flea populations and takes measures to control those populations at campgrounds when necessary to reduce the potential for people coming into contact with them.

Plague Warning signs are posted in all areas where plague has been confirmed.

For more information about plague surveillance, call the Vector Control Program at 858.694.2888 or visit the website at

From the Santa Monica Patch:

Trails on the western side of the Santa Monica Mountains will reopen today (May 14) now that the 24,000-acre Springs Fire is no longer a threat.

“We know the public is anxious to return to their neighborhood national park,” said David Szymanski, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. “We’re working as hard as we can to balance that enthusiasm with visitor safety and protection of our resources.”

Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park will partially re-open, but some trails will remain off-limits and the park will close from sunset to sunrise, according to the National Park Service (NPS).

Visitors won’t be able to travel into Sycamore Canyon, but will be able to reach the overlook at the boundary with Point Mugu State Park. That's because of ongoing safety concerns and trail damage.

The Sandstone Peak and Mishe Mokwa trailheads will also re-open, as will the Backbone Trail east of the Point Mugu State Park boundary. Back country trails on California State Parks land remain closed.

Park officials estimate 70% of Rancho Sierra Vista’s 1,170 acres burned during the area, though the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and all other structures were protected.


From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A Douglas County tavern owner faces possible drug charges after sheriff's department deputies on routine inspection found 70 grams of marijuana inside a freezer at Wasko's Campground Plus, the Superior Telegram reported.

In addition to the marijuana, a stolen firearm was discovered. The law enforcement agents froze the premises, closed the bar and applied for a search warrant. The search turned up 434 grams (15 ounces) of marijuana in a number of different spots as well as prescription pills, marijuana grinders, digital scales and illegal fireworks. A number of guns were also seized.

Christopher M. Zoltak, 37, of Lake Nebagamon appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on May 9 for a bail hearing after his arrest on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and receiving stolen property. Criminal charges are pending. He was released on a $2,000 signature bond, and is expected to make his initial appearance Thursday.


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