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July 23, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

 

A view of the Glencoe campground near Sturgis, S.D.

SOUTH DAKOTA

From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

The operators of a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally venue are accused of illegally polluting Bear Butte Creek.

Sean Clark and Devorah Lopez, who run Glencoe Camp Resort, were indicted July 17 in U.S. District Court on two counts of point source pollution.

The indictment alleges they discharged dirt from earth moving equipment into the creek on at least two occasions in July 2012 without a permit.

Lopez bought the campground for $8.6 million in 2009.

KENTUCKY

From The Associated Press:

Three more state parks in Kentucky are about to gain the designation as "StormReady Supporters."

Paintsville Lake State Park, Carr Creek Lake State Park and Yatesville Lake State Park are to be recognized next Monday.

Officials from the National Weather Service and the state Parks Department will attend a ceremony at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park at Prestonsburg.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park was the first park to earn the designation in April 2010. Since then, the number of "StormReady" state parks in Kentucky has risen to 16.

By having the "StormReady" designation, a park can monitor weather, has a trained staff, can communicate weather warnings to guests and employees and is able to provide shelter. The park also has to be able to communicate with state and local emergency management offices for assistance.

WEST VIRGINIA

From The Associated Press:

Vacationers can now reserve cabins at West Virginia's state parks for just two nights instead of a full week.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced the change Monday (July 22).

Ken Caplinger, chief of the Parks and Recreation Section, says officials have seen a growing interest in shorter-term rentals rather than the weeklong stays, which was the custom for decades. He says many parks already have offered special three- or four-night reservation packages, and officials decided to take it a step further for the rest of the summer.

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting:

Imagine being in a wheelchair or having a prosthetic leg and trying to enjoy the outdoors by hiking trails in a state or national park. The rugged terrain and thick brush would make that nearly impossible for some. A group of Boy Scouts left the jamboree site at the Summit Bechtel Reserve July 19 to make it a little bit easier for those with mobility impairments to enjoy the outdoors.

More than 300 Boy Scouts from around the country teamed up with the National Park Service at the Glade Creek Trailhead along the New River Gorge to build wheelchair-accessible trails and picnic areas.

Other scout-led projects at Glade Creek include improvements to an existing handicap-accessible campsite, and building an accessible picnic area near a boat ramps near the mouth of the Creek.

TEXAS

From the Southeast Texas Record:

The owner of a Bacliff RV park and one of his clients have initiated legal action following an alleged arson.

William Montgomery, doing business as Pelican RV Park, and Artesia, N.M., resident Joe Torres allege that Bacliff resident Shirley Ekstrom is responsible for a fire two years ago that damaged “multiple” fixtures and properties, including Torres’s 2007 Holiday RV, at the subject facility.

Montgomery and Torres’s lawsuit was filed July 15 in Galveston County District Court.

According to the original petition, the July 17, 2011, blaze in question originated in Eckstrom’s adjacent garage and “quickly” spread to the RV Park.

Montgomery adds the fire took about three hours to extinguish as well as left “significant” destruction in its wake.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department determined arson to be the cause of the inferno the plaintiffs assert Eckstrom intentionally caused.

The suit shows the fire consumed Torres’s vehicle and the contents contained within while it purportedly cost Montgomery three months of income.

Torres’s insurer, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., is also being sued because it apparently failed and refused to cover his reported damages.

A jury trial is requested.

From KGBT-TV, Harlingen:

A suspect is behind bars a month after the burglarizing 11 RVs and a building at the Texas Trader RV park in La Feria.

Jeremy Castillo allegedly committed the second-degree state jail felony when he and three others went on a theft rampage last month.

Castillo was booked at the Cameron County Jail on July 18 on 11 counts of burglary.

Erik Valdez, Dakota Ruiz and Noe Mascorro were previously arrested for their part in the theft rampage.

The four men allegedly used a pressure jack to break into the building’s side garage door.

According to court documents obtained by Action 4 News, the owner said he was missing a handgun from his office.

The men also allegedly stole TVs, knives and other items and a stashed them in an abandoned house.

The four allegedly broke into the place because they thought there was no surveillance cameras, alarms or security guards.

Castillo’s bond was set at $240,000 for the 11 counts of burglary of a habitation and one count of burglary of a building.

 

Map shows major active wildfires in the Western U.S. Fires marked in red number is most serious, followed by blue and black. Map courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

WYOMING

From County10, Lander:

The official Shoshone National Forest Twitter feed announced that at about 2:50 p.m. Monday (July 22) the evacuation of the campgrounds within Sinks Canyon State Park.

The U.S. Forest Service has dubbed the blaze “Fairfield Fire.”

Air crews have begun arriving to the scene of the fire that began on Fairfield Hill in Sinks Canyon. It is unknown at this time whether fire retardant drops have occurred.

Despite the voluntary evacuation of the Central Wyoming College Sinks Canyon Center, homes at the base of the canyon have not been asked by officials to evacuate as of 3:40 p.m.

IDAHO

From KBOI-TV, Boise:

Campgrounds near Redfish Lake in the Stanley area are being evacuated due to a nearby wildfire burning in the area.

The 210 Fire is burning off of Highway 75 near milepost 185, just south of Stanley.

Sawtooth National Forest Officials estimate the fire has grown to more than 300 acres in size and structures in the area are threatened.

The U.S. Forest Service says that voluntary evacuations are in place for the area.

Redfish Lake Lodge reports on its Facebook page that they have temporarily evacuated but are planning on being open Tuesday.

Local restaurants and inns in Stanley told KBOI 2News that they saw a slow stream of campers coming in to books rooms for the night.

 

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