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May 20, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

 

The ad in USA Today.

MASSACHUSETTS

From Vending Times:

A corporate watchdog group is running an ad in a special national parks supplement to USA Today today (May 20) that calls on the beverage giant to stop interfering in efforts by national parks to go bottled water free.

Corporate Accountability International's quarter-page ad, which will run on May 20, reads: "Bottled water has no place in our parks," alongside a picture of a mound of trash in an otherwise pristine environment. It also urges readers to "Support the parks in telling Coke to take a hike."

The ad is the latest effort in the group's national Think Outside the Bottle campaign to support parks in reducing bottled water waste. Separately, there's been a growing movement of national parks banning disposable plastic bottles, including the Grand Canyon. Instead, the parks install water bottle filling stations at which visitors refill their own reusable containers.

Coke reportedly plans to run a full-page ad in the same USA Today National Parks guide.

TEXAS

From KBTX-TV, Bryan:

Texas has become the fifth state to sue British oil company BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seeking damages for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The lawsuit, filed Friday (May 17) in federal court in Beaumont, is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources, and civil penalties related to the discharge of oil.

The lawsuit, filed by the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, did not give a specific dollar amount for the damages the state is seeking.

In an e-mail, BP said it would comment later Friday on the lawsuit.

The April 2010 blowout of BP's Macondo well triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers on the rig and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

ALABAMA

From al.com:

Two years after a series of tornadoes devastated Lake Guntersville State Park, officials celebrated the opening of an upgraded campground on Friday (May 17).

Visitors toured the upgraded campground that was closed during cleanup after 15 tornadoes struck Marshall County on April 27, 2011.

During that time, park officials upgraded the facility from 30-amp to 50-amp sites, as well as installing sewer.

More than 450 trees were planted to replace those destroyed by the tornado.

ALBERTA

From the Pincher Creek Echo:

It was a quiet weekend for RCMP, Fish and Wildlife and National Parks (FWNP) crews as less-than-ideal weather put a damper on festivities during the first long weekend of the season.

“It’s been tame by May-long standards for us,” said Cpl. Jeff Feist, operations NCO for the Pincher Creek RCMP detachment. “There were a lot of people that I don’t believe came because of the weather forecast.”

RCMP, Fish and Wildlife and Parks Canada wardens made regular patrols of both the roads and the extensive back country, responding to complaints and making sure everybody was enjoying their weekend safely.

Cpl. Feist reported that there weren’t any concerns in the Pincher Creek area. He said that while there were a lot of quadders and campers south of town, many of the vacationers brought their families and managed to behave themselves.

Things were less rosy in the Crowsnest Pass, as police responded to several calls of drunken revelry and mischief, especially in the north country towards Dutch Creek.

Aiding in long weekend enforcement was “K” Division’s helicopter, which helped members keep an eye on the celebrations and assist in both responding to incidents and allowing police to be proactive.

Cpl. Feist told the Echo that the helicopter responded to several incidents around Dutch Creek, including a firearms complaint and several reports of people abusing the land.

“They checked a few camps that were extremely messy,” he said. “We popped in on them and advised them that they needed to clean up or there would be charges.”

Sunday saw Feist, Const. Doug Sokolowski and Waterton Park warden Anders Hawkins take to the skies to patrol the front range and the national park.

Feist calls the helicopter “very effective” in keeping the peace during long weekends.

“You get to cover a large amount of country in a short time,” he said. “It’s a very useful tool for this type of event.”

From Dear Abby Column, May 16:

Abigail Van Buren

Dear Abby: It’s vacation time again, time to hit the road in the RV. Please make your readers aware that people driving motorhomes, towing fifth-wheel trailers and travel trailers cannot stop as quickly as a small car or truck.
When people cut in front of an RV or a large truck and slam on their brakes, it puts many people’s lives in danger. There is a reason we leave that large space between our RV and the vehicle in front of us. It provides us room to stop as well as the ability to see what’s happening in the traffic ahead.
The bottom line is: Always be safe and be courteous. — Happy Camper, Pasco, Wash.
Dear Happy Camper: I’m glad you wrote because I have received several letters recently asking me to alert my readers about the risk of driving too close to RVs and fifth-wheel vehicles. Too many motorists don’t realize that it’s impossible to stop suddenly while pulling a load that weighs several tons.

 

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