Small purchases on credit cards not such a bad idea – if…

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a recent reader poll we asked: “On routine store purchases of $10 to $20 how do you most often pay?” Nearly 2,500 of you responded – and a pretty lopsided majority of more than 1,110 of you (47 percent) said, “With a credit card.” That “plastic purchase” method surprised at least one reader.…

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BLM campgrounds closed due to spreading NorCal wildfires

As the Northern California wildfires spread and new ones break out additional areas are closed – the latest are two Bureau of Land Management recreation areas and campgrounds.  The BLM Ukiah Field Office is temporarily closing the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area, Rifle Range and South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area for public safety due to the proximity of both the…

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Camping World plans to open 40 Gander RV stores in 2019

In 2017 Camping World surprised the RV industry by purchasing the Gander Mountain retailer in a bankruptcy auction, reports Gear Junkie. Many assumed CW wanted to add more general camping and outdoors products to the CW line, but according to a press release, Camping World said that since the Gander acquisition, it has negotiated leases “for a number of the old…

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Mendocino and Lake county wildfires force residents to flee

Two different wildfires that erupted Friday between Lake and Mendocino county lines doubled in size Sunday, forcing 10,000 people to flee near Clear Lake and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people where temperatures had reached triple digits. Fire officials ordered residents to leave the towns of Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Nice, on the west and north shores of Clear Lake, including…

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Heat and low humidity contribute to multiple roadside grass fires

This summer’s heat and dryness create conditions that could easily ignite fires in dry grass along highways. This became quite clear when on last Thursday morning a vehicle caught fire in Douglas County, Oregon, near Azalea on Interstate 5, reported The News-Review. The fire spread to the grass and burned one-tenth of an acre. On Wednesday, one lane on Interstate…

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UPDATE: Carr fire continues to rage thru weekend in Northern CA

UPDATE: Redding, California (CNN). The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is actually creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it difficult for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread. At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, CA, as shifting winds, dry fuel, and…

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Airstream says “cease and desist” to new Silver Streak plans

It had been 20 years since Silver Streak manufactured travel trailers, the aluminum-bodied brand launched in 1946. Entrepreneur Ellie Dillon acquired the rights from former Silver Streak owner Rolf Zuschlag in 2016, writes David MacNeal in RVPRO. Ellie and her husband, Phillip, along with a team of aircraft builders, determined to bring back the once-famous Silver Streak aircraft body trailers…

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