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Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

July 16, 2013 by · Comments Off on Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 

 

Online voting open until July 29.

INDIANA

From the Indianapolis Star:

The contest is on for America’s favorite water park.

The leader so far: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind.

As of last week, the Southern Indiana park enjoyed a comfortable lead over Schlitterbahn of New Braunfels, Texas, and Noah’s Ark in the Wisconsin Dells.

The online poll by USA Today (www.10best.com) continues all month to determine America’s top 10 water parks. Twenty major waterparks are listed on the online ballot.

The poll has prompted some overt lobbying by the parks. Holiday World is pleading for votes among visitors to its website, asking them to vote and vote often.

CALIFORNIA

From USA Today:

Death Valley is a hot mess.

After a Death Valley National Park employee posted a video of an egg being cooked in the desert sun, the park is now littered with egg shells and cartons from visitors attempting the stunt themselves.

It’s gotten so bad, that Death Valley National Park has made a public plea on their Facebook page asking visitors to stop frying eggs on the ground.

Their Facebook post reads:

“An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents. However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.

This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks …”

NORTH CAROLINA

From National Parks Traveler:

A crack in the Blue Ridge Parkway has led officials to close a 21-mile stretch of the scenic parkway in North Carolina until they can more closely assess the stability of the road.

A notice on the Parkway’s website said the road is “closed from MP 376 at Ox Creek Road to MP 355 at Mount Mitchell State Park. There is some evidence of structural damage near milepost 374.5 and the motor road will be closed until further notice.”

OREGON

From the Herald News, Klamath Falls:

The Pit River Tribe will hold its annual gathering at Medicine Campground in the Medicine Lake Recreational Area Thursday (July 18) through Sunday. The group will use Medicine Campground and the dispersed recreation area adjacent to Medicine Campground.

Modoc National Forest officials said the special closure for the annual event is provided in federal regulations regarding the privacy of tribal activities for traditional and cultural purposes. All other campgrounds and recreation sites will remain open.

 

RV Park and Campground Briefs

March 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 

ARIZONA

From The White Mountain Independent, Show Low:

A resident at Elk Horn RV Park was arrested on suspicion of arson after a structure fire March 9.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Adam Terry, 50, after Lakeside Fire was called to the RV park around 4:20 p.m.

Lakeside Fire Assistant Chief Troy Maloney said it was the second fire at the same unit in the span of a couple weeks, so it was immediately suspicious in nature.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and investigators found partially burned cigarettes inside. Further evidence at the scene led to Terry’s arrest. Terry was also believed to be the person who made the emergency call about the fire.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office said they have been investigating a series of fires at the RV park this year. The first occurred on Jan. 23, where a mattress inside a trailer was set on fire. The sheriff’s office said they received reports that prior to the fire, Terry had an argument with the trailer’s occupant.

Another fire had occurred on Feb. 26, in the same unit as the March 9 fire. The sheriff’s Oofice reportedly learned the fire started several days after the owner accused Terry of stealing money from her purse. Maloney said the trailer was a complete loss after the Feb. 26 fire and the occupants had moved out, so the trailer was unoccupied when the second fire occurred March 9.

Authorities had been called out to Elk Horn RV Park three times March 9 before the fire occurred. Anonymous calls of a structure fire, according to the sheriff’s office, had been placed during the early morning hours and around 1 p.m. No fires had been found on both calls. The sheriff’s office also received a report of a subject with a gun around 9:30 a.m., but found no subject.

The sheriff’s office reportedly determined that Terry made all three calls March 9. He also reported the fires on Jan. 23 and Feb. 26.

The sheriff’s office said Terry has been convicted of arson in other jurisdictions. The investigation is ongoing.

CALIFORNIA

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Authorities in Death Valley are asking for the public’s help in the puzzling case of a man who vanished a week ago while walking from his campfire to his tent in the middle of a busy campground.

San Francisco resident George Kohler, 67, was last seen about 8 p.m. March 12, when he walked away from the fire after telling members of his bicycle tour group that he was tired.

When Kohler didn’t turn up the next morning, his fellow campers checked his tent. His bicycle and all his camping gear were there, and his bed looked as if it hadn’t been slept in, said Carma Roper, spokeswoman for the Inyo County (Calif.) sheriff’s office, which is heading up the investigation.

“It’s been very unsettling. I don’t know how this happened in a campground,” Roper said.

Kohler was part of a group exploring Death Valley National Park on bicycles. The group had stopped for the night at the Mesquite Spring campground at the northern end of the park, not far from Scotty’s Castle, about 180 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Seven local, state and federal agencies joined the search, which has included rescue dogs on the ground and aircraft from Nellis Air Force Base.

“It’s been a massive multi-agency search,” Roper said. “No stone has been left unturned, and they’re continuing on.”

The Inyo County sheriff’s office is asking anyone who was on the road to Scotty’s Castle and may have seen Kohler or given him a ride to call 760-878-0383.

Roper said Kohler is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, navy blue T-shirt and black pants.

Terry Baldino, spokesman for the National Park Service in Death Valley, said that it is unusual anytime someone goes missing in the park, but that it is not difficult to disappear there, even from a campground full of people.

He said that if a person decides to go for a walk in the dark, doesn’t tell anyone where he is going and then becomes incapacitated somewhere out in the desert, searchers might not know where to look and could walk right by a downed man without seeing him.

The weather was mild at the time Kohler went missing, particularly by Death Valley standards: daytime highs in the 70s and overnight lows in the 40s.

Mesquite Spring is a developed campground with restrooms, picnic tables, potable water and a resident camp host.

Roper said about 50 other people were staying there the night Kohler disappeared.

“It’s very puzzling,” she said.

WASHINGTON

From the Bellingham Herald:

A fifth-wheel trailer was destroyed by fire early today (March 20) at the Arrowhead Campground RV Park near Pasco, Wash., officials said.

Pasco firefighters were called at about 12:30 a.m. to the RV park, and when they arrived the fifth-wheel trailer was fully engulfed in flames, said Capt. Dave Hare.

The man living in the trailer was already out and fire crews were able to keep the flames contained to the single unit, Hare said. There were no injuries, but the trailer was destroyed.

 

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