Curtin: Consumer Sentiment Nears 6-Yr. High

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Richard Curtin Consumer sentiment improved in late June, ending the month close to a near six-year high set in May, as optimism among higher-income families rose to its strongest level in six years, a survey released on Friday (June 28) showed. Reuter’s reported that the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment was 84.1 points, just slightly below a near six-year high of 84.5 in May. The late-June figure was higher than the preliminary... Read more

Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

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WASHINGTON From The Associated Press: Washington lawmakers reached a long-sought accord on a new state budget Thursday (June 27) and hurried to schedule votes that would avert a state government shutdown. Such a shutdown would have closed state parks and fishing in Pacific County just before the summer’s first huge tourist weekend. Gov. Jay Inslee said in a news conference, flanked by lawmakers from both parties, that the Legislature is hoping to approve the measure before state employees leave... Read more

RV Park Owner Keeping Tax Assessor at Bay

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One of the permanently installed trailers at Camping Beausejour in Shediac, New Brunswick, that have attracted the attention ofprovincial property tax assessors. A campground owner in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada, will not allow provincial property tax assessors onto her property until she gets more information about the government’s plans to tax large trailers. Many New Brunswick campground operators are worried people who own large, cottagelike trailers may soon have to pay property tax, CBC... Read more

Wildfires Limit Camping Options in the West

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Map shows the location of wildfires currently burning public lands in the West. Map courtesy of KOB-TV, Albuquerque, N.M. Almost all of the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico and some nearby state parks are closed due to ongoing fire risks, but outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t despair. Plenty of camping areas and trails remain open in the Land of Enchantment, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. City of Santa Fe trails remain open for visitors and residents to enjoy a challenging hiking, biking... Read more

Minnesotans Pick Favorite Camping Area

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With the Fourth of July just a week away, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, viewers picked out Minnesota’s best campground. And the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness came out on top. After 30 minutes of paddling in search of the campsite, it’s obvious that camping in the BWCA is a little different than at other campgrounds. “In the Boundary Waters, you have to work a little bit harder, but it’s totally worth it,” Frank Udovich said. Paddling out is one of those bits of extra work, but it’s also... Read more

Code Violations at Shady Pines Campground

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The site map for the Shady Pines Campground near Savoy, Mass., which was ordered closed this week. A popular town campground in Savoy, Mass., was ordered closed in Pittsfield housing court Wednesday (June 26) for violations of state sanitary and fire codes and lack of a manager. Roughly two dozen summer residents of Shady Pines Campground attended court to hear Wednesday’s ruling and mourned the result, some reportedly breaking into tears, the North Adams Transcript reported. They and other... Read more

Michigan Gov. Declares July Camping Month

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For the third year in a row, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a “Michigan Camping & Recreation Vehicle Month,” to be held in July. Camping is a key contributor to the state’s over $17 billion tourism industry. The declaration supports the economic and recreational contributions that the camping industry provides to Michigan’s overall tourism, as well as promoting camping as a year-round inexpensive and family-friendly recreation option, according to a news release. Both Michiganders... Read more

2013 Hershey RV Show Near Sold-Out Status

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Blue skies hover over Hershey, Pa., site of the nation’s largest retail RV show. The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this year’s event — set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. — should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation. “The... Read more

Staff Kills Nosey Yellowstone Natl. Park Bear

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A black bear is seen eating food from a campsite at the Canyon Campground in Yellowstone National Park on June 22, 2013, in this photo provided to the National Park Service by a park visitor. Yellowstone officials shot and killed the bear when it refused to leave the campground. A black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground after getting a taste of human food there was killed by park staff Saturday (June 22), the National Park Service said. At about 3:30 p.m. that day,... Read more

Letterman Touted Camping on June 24 Show

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David Lettermen interviews Melissa McCarthy during his June 24, 2013, broadcast. Photo courtesy of Long known as the wilderness playground of North America, Waterton Lakes National Park got an unexpected plug from a late night talk show host. David Letterman made mention of the southwestern Alberta park in an interview with “Bridesmaids” and “Gilmore Girls” star Melissa McCarthy on his Monday (June 24) program, reported. “When... Read more

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