Current Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds

August 8, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Current Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds


Sally Jewell


From the Billings (Mont.) Gazette:

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reiterated Wednesday (Aug. 7) her agency’s commitment to fulfill an agreement with the state of Wyoming that would protect 1,280 acres of Grand Teton National Park from possible development.

Two years ago the Department of the Interior agreed to purchase four parcels of state of Wyoming school trust lands within the park. The federal government allocated $16 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to initially buy 86 acres of the state-owned land.

Since then the department and the state have been exploring ways to find the remaining $91 million to enable the transfer of the remaining 1,280 acres to the park.

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From the St. Cloud Times:

In the woods of El Rancho Mañana Campground in Richmond, a second and third generation of bluegrass and old-time music has been developed.

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival launches again this weekend. The festival has been in Richmond for more than a dozen years, at least 12 on the stage the association built for the festival.

“Originally, some people thought it would be too large a facility, too spread out,” said Jed Malischke, executive director of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association. The Bluegrass awards are like those of the Country Music Association for this genre. “We’ve certainly filled out the area.”

The campground offers a variety of areas for music lovers — wooded campgrounds, open areas friendly for RVs, small spaces for those whole love tents or small spaces.

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From The Advocate, Baton Rouge:

The St. James Parish Council on Wednesday night (Aug. 7) extended for 30 days the six-month moratorium set to expire this month on construction and development of new RV parks and campgrounds.

The extension should give the Parish Council enough time to address its proposed new ordinance on RV parks and campgrounds and to hold another public hearing on the measure during its Aug. 21 council meeting in Vacherie, parish attorney Bruce Mohon said.

Councilman Terry McCreary asked why the moratorium should be extended if, after two public hearings, the Parish Council usually votes on the matter.

Mohon said the extra time would allow councilmen to add further amendments, if needed, to the ordinance.

The moratorium will expire Sept. 7, or on the effective date of the proposed new ordinance if enacted.

The proposal has yet to come before the council for a vote, Mohon said.

The Parish Council approved the six-month moratorium in February after residents complained about the possibility of a new RV park opening in the Grand Point area between Convent and Lutcher.

Councilmen sought to amend the parish’s existing RV parks and campground ordinance by adding, among other items, limitations on possible locations for such businesses.


From WSAU-TV, Wausau:

Authorities say two people were injured by storm debris at unidentified campgrounds near Fremont and Wrightstown west of Green Bay.

On Wednesday (Aug. 7) the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado near New London and an EF-1 tornado near Kaukauna.

Wisconsin Emergency Management officials say a worker in Marinette County was killed, another injured, when they were hit by a vehicle while clearing storm debris off a road.

The National Weather Service says the thunderstorms packed winds over 80 mph, causing the most damage around Fox Valley. We Energies says over 50,000 customers are without power and it could take three days to restore service in those areas hit the hardest.


From KSBY-TV, San Luis Obispo:

A few weeks ago, KSBY reported about a fire at Resthaven RV & Mobile Home Park in rural Paso Robles.

When CAL FIRE arrived on scene, there was a water issue. The fire started when a man was barbequing and a nearby tree caught fire.

The flames spread to the man’s fifth wheel and to his neighbor’s home. Both structures were destroyed.

Since the park is in a rural area, the owners are required by state law to have a well and working fire hydrants connected to that well on the property.

KSBY spoke with the owner on the phone, and he says there was water on his property for the firefighters to use and the hydrants were working.

But according to a report from the Department of Housing and Community Development, the fire hydrant had a water valve problem and would not supply enough water to fight the flames, so the fire truck had to drive back to town to fill up with water. The report also states after the fire was out, the water valve opened and is now protecting the park.

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