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CONY Elects New Officers

The Campground Owners of New York (CONY) elected new officers at the association’s annual convention Nov. 3 in Auburn, N.Y. They are: President Scott Sherwood, Spruce Row Campground, Ithaca; 1st Vice President Bill Perry, Chautauqua Heights, Dewittville; 2nd Vice...

Three Parks Join Leisure Systems Inc.

The Jellystone Park system now includes 73 locations with the addition of parks in Pine Grove, Calif., Fletcher, N.C., and Eufala, Okla. Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), franchisors of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park camp-resorts, announced these additions in its current...

Oregon Woman Dies in Storm’s Aftermath

A Lyons, Ore., woman was killed early Monday (Dec. 17) when a huge tree fell on her truck and camper at a Grand Ronde, Ore., campground, according to KATU-TV, Portland. Authorities blamed recent rains that saturated the soil around the tree for possibly causing the...

TACO Publishes Texas RV/Camping Guide

The 2008 edition of the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide lists more than 400 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and New Mexico. The free, four-color glossy magazine was published this month by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), according to a news...

‘Winter Texans’ Arrive Early This Year

Winter visitors from the northern states and Canada have been filling up Rio Grande Valley campgrounds and RV resorts earlier than normal this year, and many park operators in South Texas say they expect a very strong winter season. “More parks have indicated they are...

Poll: Gas Prices will Impact Spending in '08

Americans’ longstanding addiction to gasoline will continue well into 2008, despite rising fuel costs, and may contribute to a slowdown in the overall economy, a new CreditCards.com poll reveals. Two out of three Americans say they’ll cut back on spending...

Vitkuns Host NCA’s Great Escape

The Northeast Campground Association (NCA) made a stop in Maryland’s Washington County in the fall as part of its 2007 Great Escape. Approximately 50 NCA members visited and met at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park as part of the annual event, according to...

Congress OK's Energy Bill, Bush Set to Sign

Congress by a wide margin approved the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years today (Dec. 18), and President Bush has signaled he will accept the mandates on the auto industry. The Associated Press reported that the energy bill, boosting mileage by 40%...

Campground Possible for Iowa Ghost Town

A campground is one of the future uses Rob Tibbits is considering for Dixie, Iowa, a ghost town that he purchased for $35,000, according to The Associate Press. The former town is about 10 miles east of Forest City, Iowa, headquarters of Winnebago Industries Inc....

Bill Would Limit Fees on Federal Land

The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other federal agencies would no longer be able to increase fees at campgrounds, trailheads and other public-use areas under a bill introduced Dec. 10 by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho....

Florida Fish Camp Sale Worries Residents

Charlie McCraney has sold his 25-acre Bull Creek Fish Camp near Bunnell, Fla., to Flagler County for $1.8 million. “There’s so much potential out here,” McCraney said, and it will be up to the taxpayers to see to helping the Fish Camp reach that potential – or not,...

Poll: Industry Split on Square Footage Issue

A push by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to build fifth-wheels larger than 400 square feet drew a decidedly split response from participants in the latest RVBUSINESS.com Industry Poll. Results from the survey showed 36% in favor of an increase, 47%...