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Idaho Hits Brakes on Renaming of State Parks

August 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative rules last week that actually didn’t rule that out. As reported by the Spokesman-Review, the proposed rules put lots of limits on naming rights at parks. Any naming “should be carefully considered so that the perceptions of the public are positive and the recognition does not imply private... Read more

N.Y. Investing in Playgrounds for State Parks

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New York state is making a big investment in playgrounds at state parks. The Associated Press reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will spend $2.5 million to build or improve 13 playgrounds at eight different state parks. The Democratic governor says the funding is part of his plan to add or upgrade 100 state playgrounds by 2020. The work will involve the replacement of old, outdated playgrounds along with new landscaping, trails and seating. Parks on the list for new playgrounds include... Read more

Ind. Campground is Hosting Vintage RV Rally

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Everything associated with vintage camping can be seen this weekend at the Crawfordsville KOA Campground in Indiana. The Journal Review reported that more than 30 vintage campers will be in town for the Mike and Shawn Vintage Trailer Rally. Vintage trailers are all the rage right now, and the owners of these campers are ready to show the public why. “Vintage trailer camping is just exploding,” said event organizer Mike Blackowiak. “We call the love and appreciation for these vintage campers... Read more

Mont. Fire Grows; 3 Campgrounds Evacuated

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Variable winds blew a small fire in Montana up from four acres to 100 acres in a few hours Sunday (Aug. 30) afternoon and spurred officials to evacuate three campgrounds near Holter Lake, Lewis and Clark Sheriff Leo Dutton said early Sunday evening. “We have evacuated three Bureau of Land Management campgrounds from Log Gulch to the frontage road near the bridge and given warnings to about 60 homeowners with residences in the area to be prepared,” Dutton said. According to the Great Falls Tribune,... Read more

AGS Offers Texting to Help KOA Care Camps

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Since 2012, AGS has made more than $138,000 in cash and in-kind donations to KOA Care Camps, a network of 112 medically supervised cancer camps across the U.S. and Canada. According to a press release, these camps provide a mix of recreational and therapeutic activities as well as emotional support for children with cancer and their families, including special support groups for siblings of children with cancer who feel that all of the attention goes to the child suffering from cancer. The AGS donations... Read more

Woodbury: Ford Museum is a Worthwhile Trip

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Editor’s note: Chuck Woodbury, one of the nation’s leading RV consumer bloggers and owner/operator of the popular RVTravel.com website, share his experiences at The Ford Museum in the weekly column he delivers to RVtravel.com e-newsletter subscribers. To view the entire newsletter click here. For anyone interested in automotive history — and American industrial history — a visit to The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., is a must. I can’t begin to tell you all that is there. But... Read more

White House Set to Rename ‘Mount McKinley’

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America’s highest mountain, a household name and the answer to countless geography quiz questions, is about to get a new name. President Barack Obama in Anchorage, Alaska, announced the renaming of Mount McKinley, honoring the 25th president, to Mount Denali, an Athabascan name used by generations of Alaska Natives that means “the great one.” The White House said Obama would rename the continent’s tallest peak in order to improve relations with Native Americans. As a central... Read more

Mont. Park Restricted as Bears Crave Berries

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It will be hard-sided camping only for now at St. Mary Campground  in Montana on the east side of Glacier National Park. The Missoulan reported that bears in search of berries in the area are “creating a high potential for negative human-bear interactions,” park officials said. RVs, motorhomes, trailers and hard-sided pop-ups will be allowed in the campground, as will camper vehicles such as Volkswagen buses and pickup trucks with small canvas pop-ups “as long as the canvas is not exposed,”... Read more

Push to Build Fla. Parks Revenue is Opposed

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Grand ideas to turn Florida’s state parks into money-makers have come and gone over the years. As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, water parks, golf courses, swank hotels — such development visions have been floated, then abandoned after public outcry. But a current, more low-key push led by the Department of Environmental Protection’s new Secretary Jon Steverson to allow logging, cattle grazing and hunting on park lands, has longtime park advocates really worried. Dozens of former DEP... Read more

Report: Future of Alabama Parks is Uncertain

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State park closures and cutbacks to other outdoor activities are among the potential effects of proposed budget cuts to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, officials said Thursday (Aug. 27) before asking citizens to call state lawmakers to ask that they preserve the department’s funding. The Associated Press reported that department leaders and others gathered at Oak Mountain State Park and said they’ve absorbed millions of dollars’ worth of funding transfers to... Read more

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