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Rawlins KOA becomes first KOA Journey park in Wyoming

(Oct. 15, 2013) -- “We feel strongly that positioning our KOA as a KOA Journey will help our guests in setting their expectations prior to their visit,” said Godfrey. “The fact that we are positioned as an overnight stop for folks on their way to Yellowstone and other tourist areas helps them know we are ‘easy in, easy out,’ and we have all of the basic amenities they need.” Read More »

Quebec provincial park workers on strike

(Oct. 14, 2013) -- Staff at Quebec's 22 provincial parks are on strike, reports mysask.com. About 700 unionized employees have been without a contract since the end of 2012, and are hoping the strike forces management back to the bargaining table. Read More »

Operator upset after feds close N.H. campgrounds

(Oct. 14, 2013) -- When Kent Tower learned the federal government was closing the White Mountain National Forest campgrounds he's run for more than two decades, he was upset enough. But when they put up notices saying they were closed due to "health and safety" concerns, that was the final blow, writes The Union Leader. Read More »

Federal court orders single national park to reopen

(Oct. 11, 2013) -- Fed up knowing the so-called federal government "shutdown" was keeping them off their practice fields, a group of young lacrosse players in Northern Virginia challenged the government in court and won, for now, the Washington Post reports. Read More »

Utah national parks reopen

(Oct. 11, 2013) -- Delighted tourists are enjoying reopened Zion National Park, and employees at Arches and Canyonlands national parks are preparing to open their roads at 5:30 p.m. today, writes the Salt Lake Tribune. Read More »

National park retirees bemoan shut down losses

(Oct. 10, 2013) -- CNPSR-gathered figures show that the shutdown is resulting in 715,000 visitors lost daily (based on October 2012 national park attendance numbers), $76 million in lost visitor spending per day and $450,000 in lost revenue each day. Read More »

Ga. county commissioner responds to RV park fine

(Oct. 10, 2013) -- Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell claims the county forgot to file paper work required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to build an RV park. As a result, the mistake will cost tax payers $10,000, reports WRCB. Read More »

Ind. governor unveils new conservation area

(Oct. 10, 2013) -- Today, Gov. Mike Pence joined Bicentennial Commission co-chair Becky Skillman, the Department of Natural Resources, and others in announcing the formation of the Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area, writes The Journal Press. Read More »

Fortune Real Estate taps Arlington to transform RV parks

(Oct. 9, 2013) -- Florida resort owner and broker specialist Rob Smith announced today he is transforming his three Florida retirement resort communities and his Fortune Real Estate company. To help with this he’s brought in Mary Arlington, a business consultant who is an award-winning former RV park owner. Read More »

Park rangers at Yellowstone adopt “Gestapo” tactics

(Oct. 9, 2013) -- The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest. When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route, the Daily News reported. Read More »

21 people cited for being in Grand Canyon

(Oct. 9, 2013) -- Chief Ranger Bill Wright told AP people were caught at the South Rim, on trails, attempting rim-to-rim hikes or trying to sneak in through dirt roads. The citations cannot simply be paid. Rather, the offenders must make mandatory appearances in federal court. Read More »

ATV rider sues company, Forest Service over dunes crash

(Oct. 9, 2013) -- A California man injured during a nighttime ATV ride in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is suing the U.S. Forest Service and Knife River Corp., accusing the company of digging up a trail in the dunes and not warning riders of a sudden drop-off, reports The Register-Guard. Read More »

Dick Hartford, founder of Evergreen RV, died

(Oct. 8, 2013) -- In 1986, Hartford started Evergreen, an insurance company for campgrounds which, under his leadership, became the largest insurer of campgrounds and RV parks in the country. He actively remained at the helm of the companies, working with and teaching his son, Lucas, many wonderful life and business lessons until his death, according to his obituary. Read More »

Food aid rushed to Grand Canyon National Park

(Oct. 8, 2013) -- A Phoenix-area food bank will deliver 600 food boxes to Grand Canyon National Park today and again Friday as the federal shutdown strands thousands of employees inside the park without work and pay, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. Read More »