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Cover of Arizona camping guide.

ARIZONA

From Arizona Foothills Magazine:

Although out-of-towners often think of Arizona as a barren desert with scorching temperatures and nothing but cowboys and cacti, it actually hosts some of the most spectacular campgrounds in the country. Kelly Vaughn Kramer, Arizona native and author of "Camping Guide: 100 of the Best Campgrounds in Arizona," shares her favorite campgrounds to escape to during the hot summer months.

Click here to read the entire story.

COLORADO

From the Summit Daily:

A fire that started Monday (June 10) on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park had increased in size from two acres to an estimated 300-400 acres by late evening on Tuesday.

A reconnaissance flight on Tuesday afternoon showed the fire moving to the northeast toward Nakai Peak. Park officials reported no communities or structures were threatened.

The fire spread on Tuesday afternoon due to a spot fire spawning from the original two-acre blaze. “It is increasing in size due to winds, low humidity and beetle killed trees,” wrote Parks spokesperson Kyle Patterson in an update on Tuesday.

On the north end of Big Meadows on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, the fire was reported around 5 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Lightning started the fire, according Park officials.

The fire, dubbed the Big Meadows Fire, is located roughly three miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitors Center and four miles in from Trail Ridge Road.

WASHINGTON

From the Spokesman-Review, Spokane:

Larry Justus, who operates the Lakeland RV Park on Bayview Creek with wife, Liz, has a lung disease with a name that friend Herb Huseland of Bayview can’t pronounce. The disease is killing him.

Larry, who is in hospice care, informed Herb as cheerfully as possible that there’s nothing anyone can do for him healthwise. It’s the end of the line. But he asks one thing of his many friends in and beyond picturesque Bayview, on Lake Pend Oreille.

For as long as he can handle it, Larry wants them to drop by the RV park at 3 o’clock on Friday afternoons, per tradition, for his weekly happy hour. He wants to schmooze with as many of his friends as he can before he meets the Reaper. A man who can look death in the eye and smile has lived a great life.

From a news release:

The mission of the the MHRV Association is to promote the RV lifestyle and “creating lifetime memories” with family and friends. The message of the Washington State Parks’ Association is “adventure awaits.” Together, these two Washington institutions offer joy and discovery to everyone in the state, the association noted in a press release announcing a donation of $7,188.

“Owning an RV wouldn’t nearly be as fun if you couldn’t spend time in our state parks. They’re beautiful,” said Dave Helgeson, MHRV show director. “But we’re in danger of losing some of them. In fact, more than 40 Washington state parks are at risk of closure due to massive budget cuts so we felt we needed to help in some way. The MHRV hosted two very successful RV shows this year and we’re donating a portion of the gate to the state parks.”

During both MHRV shows (Seattle and Puyallup) held in Feburary and May, some of the money collected at the at the box office was donated to Washington state parks. “It’s their 100th Anniversary and this is our small way of saying ‘Happy Birthday,’” said Helgeson.

A special presentation was held in Olympia June 10 when the MHRV presented a check of $7,188 to park Assistant Director Mike Sternback.

MICHIGAN

From the Daily Globe, Ironwood:

Getting a reservation at Sunday Lake Campground can be a hard thing to do, according to discussion at Monday’s (June 10) city council meeting in Wakefield.

The first day to reserve a spot for the season is Jan. 2 and interested campers are lined up at City Hall or call on the phone that day to reserve a spot.

“We know that day is going to be crazy every year. It’s worked that way for the past six years,” said city clerk Jennifer Jacobson.

The campground has 90 campsites, 79 with water and electric service.

Carrie Braspenick, a Wakefield resident, called the park “a little gold mine,” and said that 95% of the campers are local. Braspenick asked that an alternative plan be made for locals to make early reservations. Mayor Richard Boleyn directed city manager John Siira to bring the issue to the planning commission.

Some campers are taking issue with the new rule that no outside refrigerators larger than 12 cubic feet are allowed, as some campers do not have indoor refrigerators. Another issue is some campers come and set up their campsite for up to two weeks before registering.

Siira said that wireless Internet will be available at the campground soon, as the city has chosen Black Bear Appliance and Computer Repair of Marenisco to provide the service to campers at a cost of $1 a day, $5 a week or $10 a month. The city will incorporate the cost into next year’s camping rates, as sharing of the access password is anticipated.

Coca-Cola promotion

From a news release:

Coca-Cola has launched its fourth annual promotion of parks nationwide through the "America's Favorite Park" social networking contest.

Nearly all of us could be more active. Coca-Cola is helping to make this a little easier and a lot more fun, with a friendly competition amongst parks and an opportunity to earn up to a $100,000 grant for recreation improvements.

Voting can be done in three ways:

  • Vote once a day at www.coke.com/parks.
  • Check in at a park using Foursquare, a location-based social networking website for mobile devices, and get up to five votes every day.
  • Log more than 20 minutes of physical activity through the MapMyFitness app for mobile devices, and get up to 10 votes every day.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola and the title of "America's Favorite Park." Second- and third-place parks will win $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Another $15,000 grant will be awarded at random to a lucky park that comes in fourth to 25th on the leader board.

ALBERTA

From CBC.ca:

A proposed lakeside RV development is worrying cottage owners on Lake Isle about one hour west of Edmonton. A developer is planning to build nearly 450 lots on land not far from the shoreline on the lake.

"We've got environment; we've got infrastructure; we've got loss of quality of life; we've got issues," said Deb Hunter, whose summer home is just down the lake from the proposed development.

She's worried about nesting ground for birds and the impact such a large development would have on the sewer system and roads.

University of Alberta water expert David Schindler said overdevelopment has already contaminated the lake with harmful nutrients, such as phosphorus.

"Lake Isle right now should have no more development," he said. "Every year there are complaints about blooms of noxious blue-green algae that float ashore and produce toxins causing beach closures."

The developer said a series of ponds proposed for the land sloping toward the lake will catch phosphorus and improve water quality.

"What these ponds are going to do is divert all the flows into the ponds so we're not going to have any direct flow into the lake," Riaz Choudrhy said.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 3.

 

Waveland, site of a rebuilt water park, is located in Hancock County toward the left of this map of Gulf coastal cities. Map courtesy of Wikipedia.

MISSISSIPPI

From WLOX-TV, Biloxi:

Today, South Mississippians will have a new place for summer fun. That's when Buccaneer State Park in Waveland will reopen Buccaneer Bay Water Park.

The water park was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and it has been an eight-year process to rebuild. Before the storm, the water park was one of the state's largest tourists attractions. Now, after a $5 million restoration project, officials are hoping it regains that status.

"It was what we called one of our million dollar revenue parks. I can't recall exactly the total profit, but it was generating well over a million dollars a year. Of course, we're looking for even better than that now almost eight years later," said Ramie Ford , director of Mississippi State Parks.

The park is now ready to reclaim the half million visitors it attracted before the summer of 2005.

"We draw from Louisiana, Alabama, the entire state of Mississippi," said Waveland Mayor David Garcia.

"So having that kind of visitation come through this particular park, it's got to be good for the area," explained Ford.

Shops and restaurants on the way to Buccaneer, like Dee's Discount Variety Store, have already seen the benefits from Buccaneer's campground.

Store Owner Roger Estopinal Jr. said, "They'll pick up fresh cold cut meats. They'll pick up fresh boiled crawfish. They'll pick up hardware for their campers that they need, butane tanks. I do see them coming in more to get more of their picnic supplies, things for their family outing."

And business owners expect even more business from the water park visitors.

Buccaneer Bay Water Park is located on the beach in Waveland.

OREGON

From KNDO-TV, Yakima, Wash.:

The U.S. Forest Service says a hazardous tree removal project at Jubilee Lake Campground near Pendleton, Ore., could delay the campground's opening date.

Walla Walla District Ranger Mike Rassbach says workers need to remove more than 350 hazardous trees from the 50-acre recreation area before it can safely open for the summer season.

Rassbach says the Forest Service is contracting to have the hazardous trees and associated slash removed, with the project scheduled to begin the week of June 17. He says he hopes it will be completed in time for the 4th of July, but anyone planning to visit in early July should have an alternative plan in mind, and should call to confirm the campground opening date.

"Several other campgrounds in the area will be open and operating for the holiday weekend including Target Meadows, Woodward and Woodland campgrounds," Rassbach said.

He says the hazardous trees in and around Jubilee Lake Campground are predominantly old age sub-alpine firs that have become susceptible to insects, disease, soil compaction and vandalism in their old age.

CALIFORNIA

From the Redwood Times, Garberville:

Two people were injured in the medical tent at last weekend’s Summer Arts and Music Festival in the Benbow State Recreation Area when several large branches fell from a redwood tree near the main stage. The medical tent was crushed, and KHUM’s broadcast tent was also destroyed – canceling the Ferndale-based station’s plans to continue broadcasting live from the festival on Sunday.

"After hearing a number of pops and cracks that sounded like firecrackers, we watched in horror as the branches came down over the walkway that people travel to get from the concert bowl into the backstage area," wrote Justin Crellin, general manager of the Mateel Community Center.

Local resident Jeff Brown suffered multiple fractures to his leg. Another female victim, whose identity has been withheld for privacy reasons, had an injured ankle. There was a third person in the medical tent at the time that was not harmed.

"The consensus is that it was an act of God," said Tom Gunther, superintendent of the California State Parks’ Eel River Sector. "Limbs fall off these redwood trees on a regular basis. There could be wind, disease, all kinds of reasons. But that particular tree? The hazardous tree program assessed that tree last year and it was deemed healthy."

Gunther said that even after they hit the ground the tree limbs were green and healthy, with no visual indication that they were at risk of falling.

"The response was quick, and it could’ve been much worse. We’re very fortunate that it was a broken leg and not a death," Gunther said.

 

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