E.coli outbreak sickens campers at Minnesota campground

Campers at a campground in Zumbrota, Minnesota, became unexpectedly sick after staying at the campground, reports the Lacrosse Tribune. Minnesota health officials say they’ve now identified at least 72 people who have gotten sick with a waterborne illness in an outbreak at the campground. The Department of Health is working with the owner of Shades of Sherwood Campground to prevent…

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Zinke discusses need for repair of our national parks

Fri., Aug. 10 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spoke Tuesday at a bipartisan event at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington on the need to repair and rebuild our national parks, reports RV News. The focus of the event was on fixing and preserving national park infrastructure and the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog currently facing our…

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Smoke from the CA wildfires spreads 3,000 miles to New York

The annual summer enjoyment of the long-awaited camping season, in tree-shaded campsites along pristine mountain lakes, at RV resorts in beautiful pine forests, and campfires under star-filled skies is being challenged by a plague of wildfires burning in the West. Even if your camping location is relatively safe from the fires, the smoke resulting from weeks of continuous burning has…

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Homeless in roadside encampment create problem with officials

Distinguishing between “homeless” people living in decrepit RVs and retired fulltimers (and those working out of their RV s or who work contract jobs in changing locations) seems to be determined by where and how you do it. You do not usually find the “homeless” staying in amenity-rich RV resorts or retirees in their 40-foot motorhome camped in urban street…

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First, Lyme-carrying deer ticks – Now Asian long-horned ticks are coming

This week health officials scared the wits out of us on the country-wide invasion of Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks that are now found in all 50 states. Now they tell us we need to be concerned about a new tick, possibly as dangerous as the deer variety, threatening to follow on the heels of the deer tick, reports News Channel 5 Network.…

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NEMO Equipment recalls thousands of camp chairs for fall hazard

NEMO Equipment on Tuesday recalled around 7,500 Stargaze recliner chairs after receiving 14 reports of the joint supports on the chairs breaking, though no injuries have been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said and reported by NBC News New York. The company said the plastic pieces attached to the chairs’ legs can break, putting their occupants at…

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Prime conditions increase and stoke California wildfires Thursday

California wildfires have now burned 626,394 acres, 2,139 structures have been damaged or destroyed, and nearly 36,000 residents are evacuated, according to CNN on Thursday morning. Triple-digit temperatures, high humidity and strong gusty winds threaten to continue the wildfire devastation as 17 large wildfires continue burning across the state. More than 14,000 firefighters are working to put out the blazes, Cal Fire…

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Las Cruces, NM, passes ordinance to restrict RV street parking

It appears that in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a new ordinance restricting parking on city streets is aimed at “homeless” RV dwellers and not at residents parking their own RVs at their address. Under the new ordinance, which becomes effective Sep. 1, RV owners will be required to obtain a free parking permit to park (temporarily) on city streets, reports…

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