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Sunday, July 5, 2020
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That was the RV week that was

June 28 – July 4, 2020

Top: whdh.com Bottom: David Curran, Satellite News Service via turnto10.com

A Class A motorhome driver got insult added to injury, with a heavy dose of embarrassment, when he tried unsuccessfully to turn his big rig around on a dark street. Last Tuesday, the (happily) unnamed RVer messed up a turn in Falmouth, Massachusetts, rear-ending his rig into a fire plug. The fountaining results were predictable, but the huge mass of flowing water promptly created a giant sink hole, which sucked the rear end of the motorhome down, raising its front end up. There was no other way out; the 45-footer simply had to perch in the sinkhole until reinforcements arrived with a crane.

The U.S. House is concerned has passed a $1.5 trillion bill to rebuild highway infrastructure. It would also pump money into transit systems and interstate highways, and dredge waterways. $100 billion of the money is also earmarked for internet expansion for rural and low-income communities. Called “Moving Forward,” the act passed 233-188 and is headed for the Senate, where, alas, it faces a murky future.

More bricks in the wall, if you’re planning on visiting New York or Connecticut. We reported last week that the states are determined to keep COVID-19 from spreading, and had put mandatory two-week quarantine orders on visitors from several states. But the list has grown – and for those coming into the two Northeast states, if you’ve recently been in these states – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah – you won’t be allowed to freely travel for the first half-month of arrival.

City of San Jose, California, officials are licking their wounds after spending $1.3 million to temporarily shelter homeless people in RVs during the pandemic crisis. The city was gifted 90 FEMA trailers by the state, then spent over a million dollars “refurbishing” the rigs and setting them up on a lot. They also handed off another $700,000 to a private contractor to operate the “park” until October. But after the sewer system backed up, electrical issues sparked more problems, and many of the older ones chosen to live in the project couldn’t access the site, the city pulled the plug after just three weeks. In the end, for every “resident” sheltered in the bummer project, $54,000 was spent.



The coronavirus manifested bad timing in Texas: The Park Service has closed down Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River just in time for the holiday weekend. Someone in the park’s residential community has tested positive for COVID-19, and the park is following guidelines of public health officials. The parked closed Thursday and will not reopen until further notice.

“Not in my backyard,” Maine. At least 35 residents of Phippsburg, Maine, turned up at a planning hearing and some had plenty to say about a proposed RV park on Popham Beach. Last year a small local store was closed and demolished, and the owners – wanting a little income without a lot of work – thought an 11-site, full hookup park was just the ticket. But the public hearing held on June 23 allowed the local planning board to get an earful. “I’d love to see another campground on Popham Beach, but just not there,” testified Kerri Hanscom. “I think the bad outweighs the good with this project. I’m worried the town will approve it, then regret it.” The board chair said she’d be keeping an open mind, and the decision will come down July 7.

The huge spike in coronavirus cases in the Grand Canyon State has caused Arizona’s Coconino National Forest officials to shut down nearly 20 developed campgrounds in their jurisdiction. The closures became effective earlier this week and will run (unless rescinded) until October 31. Violators could be hit with fines of $5,000 or more. Evidently dispersed camping is still allowed, provided all other restrictions are met.

Base image: Hypnotica Studios Infinite on flickr.com

RV industry gorging continues, as Florida-based Lazydays Holdings – aka Lazydays RV – is gobbling up what is purportedly Indiana’s largest motorhome dealer, Total Value RV, in Elkhart. In a press release liberally littered with positive-spin adjectives, Lazydays writes, “We are honored and humbled that Hank Schrock has chosen Lazydays to shepherd his longtime family business into the future.” Can RV industry gorging lead to indigestion? Perhaps so, for customers shopping in a less competitive marketplace. The acquisition is expected to be finalized within about three months.

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Weather forecasters in the Kingston, Ontario, area got it right: Last weekend the weather-whizzes warned about the possibility of thunderstorms, and their predictions came up in spades. Nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain bucketed down, flooding city streets. But the winds took their vengeance on RVers at Lower Beverley Lake Park in Delta. Meteorologists suggest that a severe downburst did the dirty to this combination.

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LAMPPOST – 1. MOTORHOME – 0. That’s the score from a run-in in from Lincoln, Nebraska, last Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, only minor injuries to occupants, but the same couldn’t be said for the Class A.

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Having a fire station near to where a motorhome caught fire is credited with stopping a potential wildfire near Ellensburg, Washington. A Class A rig, which had been parked beside Highway 10 about seven miles west of town, caught fire last Sunday afternoon. When fire crews arrived, the rig was totally involved, with trees and brush likewise ablaze. Smoke eaters were able to put out the fire before it became a serious wildfire. Nobody was present with the motorhome when crews arrived.


HAVE YOU SEEN THESE STOLEN RVs?

A Coleman travel trailer was stolen in the Braselton/Hoschton, Georgia, area last Sunday night. The victim believes the crook used this pickup – possibly a 2007 Toyota Tacoma – to pull off the crime. The single-cab pickup bears some sort of writing at the top of the windshield. The trailer’s owner is offering a $100 reward to anyone who can provide a license plate number for the truck, provided it results in an arrest. Contact the owner through Facebook at this link.

From Merida and Trick Rodriguez: “Our truck was stolen from the Gulfpointe Home Depot parking lot in Houston yesterday. Due to falling on hard times we reduced our insurance coverage from full comprehensive to liability (kicking myself in the butt for that), so we are at a huge loss. This was not only our only vehicle able to pull our family RV, but also my husband’s work truck. We work very hard for the little bit we have, as I’m sure you all do as well. Please, if anyone sees it or has any info please report it to Houston PD at (713) 308-3500. Much appreciated.” Plate: JXP-1807. Vin: 1GCJK33D07F182059.


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Pickup truck news

According to our recent survey, about 80 percent of RVtravel.com readers own at least one pickup truck. Recognizing that, we’ll provide the latest news highlights about the vehicles here each week.

Have gun (in console vault), will travel

Console Vault, a Columbus, Ohio-based company, has seen a rapid increase in personal security, and the need to lock up valuables and guns when away from your vehicle. The easily self-installed Console Vaults are designed to fit most major trucks and SUV brands as well as passenger cars. Read more.

Need something for your truck? You can certainly find it here.


Other vehicle news

Old bus from movie “Into The Wild” no longer remote tourist attraction

Thirteen years after it became the world’s most infamous used school bus, the one-time refuge for workers and a wayward young man is no longer parked in the Alaskan wilderness. The dilapidated 1946 school bus was the living and dying quarters of Christopher McCandless, the main character in Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book “Into the Wild” and the 2007 movie of the same name. Read what happened to it.

LA junkyard a hoarder’s paradise for rare cars

Many RV travelers may be accustomed to driving past fields of junked cars on country roads. But in the chaos of crunched metal, cracked rubber and shattered glass is also history and sometimes rare riches. They’re piles of nirvana for automobile aficionados. “Junkyard,” the coffee table book subtitled “Behind the Gates at California’s Secretive European-Car Salvage Yard,” defines the latter. Learn more.


JUST PUBLISHED
Two new guides to free campgrounds

Roundabout Publications has teamed up with the Ultimate Public Campground Project on these two new guides. Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various governmental agencies. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.


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Brain teaser

What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away the last four of its five letters?
(Answer below.)


News briefs

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the RV Industry Association has canceled the 2020 California RV Show, scheduled for October 2-11 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Southern California in particular is experiencing a rapid expansion of COVID-19 cases. The RV show is one of America’s largest. Last year’s show attracted more than 45,000 visitors.

The RV Travel Club has canceled its annual Grand National Rally, scheduled for September 21-25, due to potential risks to the membership from the pandemic.

Thor Motor Coach’s Delano and Tiburon Class C motorhomes feature modern conveniences and looks for 2021, the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary announced June 30 in a press release. More.

The RV Industry Association has recommended that RV manufacturers make their annual model year and major product design changes between July 1 and Aug. 31 each year to improve the RV buying experience for consumers and inventory management for dealers. “You won’t have customers who are unhappy because you have two different models in the same model year,” said Dan Pearson of St. Cloud, Minn.-based Pleasureland RV Center.

Keystone RV officials announced last week that the Montana brand of fifth wheel trailers will include two new customer features as standard equipment for 2021 – a best-in-class axle package and advanced solar power prep.

In March, Baltimore Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman and his wife, Nikki, hit the road for a 17-state RV tour to share their anti-bullying message across the country. During the 2019 season, Bozeman, his wife and their two dogs lived in an RV. Recently they bought a house and are now selling the Keystone Cougar 368MBI fifth wheel. It can be yours for $46,000.

The city of Rock Springs, Wyo., Water Reclamation Facility has opened a second RV dump station adjacent to the old one. It should significantly reduce wait time.

A grizzly bear that returned twice to Rainbow Point Campground, one time finding human food, has forced closure of the site which is about 11 miles north of West Yellowstone on the Grayling Arm of Hebgen Lake, about four miles from the western border of Yellowstone National Park. After the first encounter, tent campers were told to sleep in their vehicles or to leave. The bear then returned Thursday night, approached some vehicles, attempted to open a dumpster and collapsed one unoccupied tent.

Plans to bolster 456 RV sites at the Grant County (Washington) Fairgrounds campground are underway. “The campgrounds were built when a typical RV was 12-20 feet long”, said Jim McKiernan, Fairgrounds Director. “They don’t work with today’s 40-foot motorhomes with three slide-outs.” The 87-acre campground is currently the largest in the county.

Workers in Elkhart County, Indiana, where 85 percent of all American motorhomes are made, are now required to wear masks, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Many of the factories are not air conditioned, so mask wearing will not help workers sensitive to the high summer temperatures in the area.

PGA tour golfer Woody Austin and his wife, Shannon, have purchased a Thor Ace motorhome which they will use to travel to and from tournaments. “We are gonna drive the rest of the year,” said Austin, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR and on PGA TOUR Champions. “No hotels, no flying. We’re taking our precautions, but as far as me getting out there and playing and worrying about it … I’m not gonna do that. I certainly don’t want to become a hermit that doesn’t leave his house.”

The City of Fertile, Minnesota, is completing work on a new 10-site full-hookup RV campground adjacent to the Polk County Fairgrounds. Work to transform the property into a campground began in May, with a target opening date in July. To reserve a space call (218) 945-3136.



Campground chatter

Developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA

Janet Groene reports each week on developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA and Canada. There’s a lot of good information here that you can use to plan your travels. Read the current installment of “Campground Chatter” here.


Hang up the heavy stuff!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 880
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some on Amazon here.


RV recalls posted since our last newsletter

Recall: Some Forest River trailers have wrong weight information.
Forest River recalls various RVs, windows could fall out.


Pan liners protect kitchenware while driving
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 912These 9 pot protectors come in three sizes and are perfect for placing between pots, pans, plates and bowls while driving down the road. Nobody likes arriving at the campsite to find broken or scratched kitchenware! Learn more or order.


Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
Chuck Woodbury talks about the state of RVing on The Weekly Driver podcast.
What you need to know before buying a motorhome – Part One.
RV Electricity: SoftStartRV update – Yes, it really works, and here’s proof… (You won’t believe what Mike built!)
Readers tell why they bought their first RV – Part 2.
What’s better for you: Class C motorhome or Class B van conversion?
Full-time RVing: Learning how to “just roll with it.
This RV wouldn’t budge in a tornado!
RV Education 101 with Mark Polk: Keep holding tank odors out of the RV.
Building an RV park: We met with the Board of Supervisors – Good news!
Pet Corner: Let’s talk about poop!
RV Shrink: Would you advise a rental RV road trip?
Tire Safety: What valve stem to use with a TPMS – Part 1.
and much more

Read it here | Back issues


Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of June 29, 2020:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.17 [Calif.: $2.96]
Change from week before: Up 4 cents; Change from year before: Down 54 cents.
Diesel: $2.43 [Calif.: $3.25]
Change from week before: No change; Change from year before: Down 61 cents.


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Upcoming RV shows

Time to start making plans to attend an upcoming show:
Enumclaw RV Show, August 6-9, Enumclaw, WACANCELED
Midwest RV Super Show, August 13-16, Elkhart, INCANCELED
Raleigh Fall RV Show, August 28-30, Raleigh, NCCANCELED
Great American RV & Camping Show, September 10-12, Colorado Springs, CO
America’s Largest RV Show, September 16-20, Hershey, PACANCELED
Portland Fall RV & Van Show, September 17-20, Portland, OR
Charlotte Fall RV Show, September 18-20, Charlotte, NC
Georgia RV & Camper Show, September 18-20, Atlanta, GA
Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show, September 25-27, Indianapolis, IN
New York State RV & Camping Show, September 25-27, Syracuse, NY
Washington State Evergreen Fall RV Show, September 25-27, Monroe, WA
Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show, September 30 – October 4, Novi, MI
California RV Show, October 2-11, Fontana, CACANCELED

See the complete list of upcoming RV shows.


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Free and bargain camping

From OvernightRVparking.com

Click here to view this week’s free and bargain camping spots.

Other resources:
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Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demo. Watch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.


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Sunday funny

“Vicious dog” from boredpanda.com


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Tom Smithbrother
1 year ago

I think the stats and the whole thing is a huge control issue. Masks will not stop a virus that is 1/9000 the thickness of a single human hair . Even N95 masks now state that they WILL NOT stop a any virus. Like a chain link fence to stop flies . Total B,S.. It is the government trying to have people FEEL safe with actually people they are doing NOTHING for their own health, by wearing a mask .

Donna Cowdrey
1 year ago

Tom, it’s true that you need a microscope to see the virus. However, it cannot travel through the air on it’s own. So it attaches itself to vapor droplets that come out of your nose and mouth and that is how it is spread from person to person.

Matt Johnson
1 year ago
Reply to  Donna Cowdrey

It is airborne and can live in a dry environment for over 12 hours. And live in a moist environment for over 24 hours.
I have worked with blood borne pathogens and water and airborne diseases for over 35 years, this will most likely become the new common flu.
The Wuhan virus has a measurement of 60 to 120Nm. That means an N95 mask will allow approximately 15% to pass through, and paper surgical masks and cloth masks allow approximately 98 to 100% through. If you want to see how effective your mask is, put on your mask, and spray perfume on your face. If you smell the perfume, your mask is not doing anything. The complex molecules of perfume are almost exactly the same size as the larger molecules of the Wuhan virus.

Bob M
1 year ago

Japan has fewer than 1,000 covid deaths. They never went in to full economic shut down. They have an unemployment rate of 2.6%. How did they do it? Virtually everybody wears a mask. It’s not rocket science.

Tom
1 year ago

Amazing the legal and medical experts we have since shelter in place (SIP) started. Just think, without the SIP all these experts would be no smarter than those of us who want to protect ourselves and others from the COVID-19.

Your freedom stops when it does harm to others.

Opinions don’t count unless it is the opinion of a court. Courts have decided long ago that Health orders are legal. If you don’t like it go fight in the court. But in the mean time Wear a Mask when you are out and Can’t stay 6 feet apart.

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/publications/youraba/2020/youraba-april-2020/law-guides-legal-approach-to-pandemic/

Matt Johnson
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

it all political at this point in time

Jeff
1 year ago

two things I want too say. First off with the comments I make I am not trying to start an argument second this whole covid 19 has me and I am sure a lot of people worked up.
i received a lengthy emai from lion and lamb ministries.
the email said we have given up our first and fifth amendment rights.
the governors of our country can not make up laws. Governors can only enforce laws passed by his state’s legislative body.
state and local officials can suggest guidelines but they cannot mandate your god given freedoms under the United States constitution and the bill of rights.
more in the next post.

Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

In point of fact, no governor in any state has the authority to suspend the constitution. And no pretend emergency powers legislation can give it to him because the legislature cannot give the governor an authority that they themselves do not have. And any attempt for a governor to suspend constitutional rights is an act of lawlessness and a violation of his/her oath of office

Cheryl Bacon
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Except for the fact that the way most of the governors orders have been written, they are unenforceable. It is all just words with no teeth. Have you noticed not many media outlets have done follow ups of any fines, or jail time given to so called covid-19 executive orders breakers. Some counties try to enforce them, but if the person hires an attorney, nothing happens to the “rule breaker”. So in a nutshell, no amendment rights have been broken.

Doug
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

I for one am very glad governors have stepped to take charge when our President has abrogated his duty to keep us safe. Wearing a mask and reducing gatherings to keep people alive seems a simple act compared to going on a respirator for 3 weeks. Sorry, but the last thing our President cares about the are the citizens of this country.

Tom Smithbrother
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug

States rights overshadow the presidents authority.

Linda Mudge
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug

You are wrong.

Matt Johnson
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

Ammendment rights have been broken. If you have to go to court, and you win, to get your rights back then the government making up the rules broke the law. The should be fined and jailed. And not allowed to hold any government office again.

Dale
1 year ago

Enough is enough. 14 articles about disaster on the highway, thefts and other tragedies. Seems your Sunday edition has become about ambulance chasing. We get enough bad news from the national media.

Gordy
1 year ago

Our governor in Michigan changes the rules to suit herself at random. UP was open before Memorial Day and she added Traverse City in the lower half, because she has a summer home there. Thursday before the holiday a man called to see if he could get his boat put in the water on Friday (before Memorial Day). He was told by the service that they were 3 weeks behind and it would be impossible. he asked “Would it help that my wife is the Governor?”. The gentleman on the phone (owner) said “It will put you at the back of the line”. The man hung up. People reacted to the story posted on Facebook and the Governor had a press conference and stated he was “joking”. In later stages of reopening the state she would not allow beauticians to go back to work, but allowed dentists to resume work (her husband is a dentist).

Jeff Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Gordy

Okay, Captain Conspiracy Theory, where is Michigan on infection rates and where are those ‘free’ states like Texas, Arizona and Florida?

While the Governor listened to the Doctors, certain crowds listened to ‘Opinion Makers’ (which apparently you do based on your own comments). That left you looking pretty uninformed.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Craig
C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Gordy

I do agree a lot of the government’s orders concerning this epidemic are political, not based on science or reality. Here in New Mexico, if you read the “exceptions” lists to the governors orders, it can sometimes make you wonder if those who must adhere are the smaller of the groups.

Jeff
1 year ago

Has anyone wore a n95 mask outside and used a push lawn mower too mow your lawn? I have and a mask tires you out real quick. I have a hard time breathing.
july 3rd I was at my local bank. A lady comes in with a mask on and says I don’t have too wear my mask in here. She takes her mask off. She then tells me her sons works in a hospital and he wears a mask and a full face shield mask and he gets tired wearing one because he can’t breath.
all I am saying is this. Everyone’s situation is different. If you need or want too wear a mask fine. If I don’t feel the need too wear a mask please don’t look down on me.
I hope a civil war is not coming too the u.s.a. but I have a feeling it’s coming or it’s already here.

C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

New Mexico has a mask order, and though I have major issues with how our governor has instituted it, even we aren’t required to wear one if we are on our own property, or outdoors in public areas and can maintain 6 feet or more distance from non-family members.

I don’t have a major issue with wearing a mask in stores and businesses. My main concern is not putting private business owners in a position where THEY have to pay a fine if I don’t wear one, as that is how our governor has chosen to enforce it. Do they work? I have no clue. I know I’m not counting on it. My “Job No.1” in stores and businesses is to stay away from everyone else. But even then, if I wear a mask for more than about 20-30 minutes I feel like I’m going to puke so I have to get out of there and get that mask off and get some air, whether I’m done with my business or not.

Rick
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Too many toos. Leave off one o

Marybeth Almand
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

That too, drives me crazy! To keep on doing it makes it worse!

KellyR
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

I two wood like to sea hour language spokan & writ corrrectly: butt grammmar polise driv me nutts,

Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Hahahaha

Tom Smithbrother
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Correcting grammar is just plane stupid. Comment are for content not grammar.

Robert
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Wearing a mask protects persons around you from breathing in your germs.
Apparently you fail to understand or don’t care.
Yes I look down at persons like you.

Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert

Sorry you feel that way Robert.
I do not want too give up my god given rights under the u.s. constitution. We have already given up our first and fifth admendment rights as I posted above. Pretty soon we will have no rights at all.

Robert
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

You do not have the right to infect others-use a mask or stay home

Bob M
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

God had nothing to do with granting you any rights under the constitution. That was written by men and the first amendment makes it explicitly clear that no religion dominates. The constitution could, equally, have been written by followers of Allah or the Buddha.

Doug
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

The mask is to protect other people from you!

Bob M
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Japan has fewer than 1,000 covid deaths. They never went in to full economic shut down. They have an unemployment rate of 2.6%. How did they do it? Virtually everybody wears a mask. It doesn’t have to be an N95 mask and there’s no need to wear a mask when you’re mowing the grass, that’s silly. You wear the mask when you’re going to be close to others or entering an indoor, enclosed space. At other times, outside, just keep your distance.

I find it odd that so many refuse to do even these basic things.

Doug
1 year ago

Campground Chatter link not working.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug

Sorry, Doug. It worked when I checked it last night. I think it’s working now. Please try it again. My apologies. —Diane at RVtravel.com

C.Lee
1 year ago

Add New Mexico to the list of states imposing a 14 day quarantine on EVERYONE coming into the state by any means, even motor vehicle. Initially, our governor had imposed the restriction only on those flying into the state, but this last week, she imposed the quarantine order on everyone who comes here, by any means. She has very little means to enforce the order, however. She wants New Mexicans to squeal on anyone who comes here and doesn’t quarantine.

Add to that, New Mexico State Parks were to open for camping on July 5th. That’s out. In her seemingly never-ending extension of restrictions, she’s extended the state park camping ban AGAIN until July 15th, when she will “re-evaluate” the situation AGAIN. Might as well consider the closures “indefinite”, and all those expensive yearly (and non-refundable) New Mexico State Park camping passes worthless.

Many of us have begun calling our governor “Queen Lujan-Grisham” for very good reason.

Michael Roach
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

It seems we have little wannabe dictators everywhere, with rules for thee but not for me !

C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael Roach

I was particularly galled when it was learned that during the height of our New Mexico lockdown, when all “non-essential” businesses were closed to citizens, our governor made a purchase from an Albuquerque jewelry store she had ordered closed, having them open up specifically for her, and then had one of her friends pick the jewelry up from a store employee’s home.

This was during the time no citizen in New Mexico could do such a thing, and the governor was sending the State Police to close and fine any business that violated her order.

Chuck B
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

Sounds like a Governor concerned about the well being of the people in her state. I for one applaud those that have the strength to make the tough decisions to protect us from ourselves. Chuck

rtgilbert
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck B

I agree with the decision. I for one do not want to have the huge increase of new cases, that Texas and Arizona are currently experiencing.

C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck B

Sorry Chuck, no offense meant, but we will have to agree to disagree on this one. I don’t require anyone to protect me from myself. Neither do you, or any other competent adult.

Jeb
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

You are not making sense. You wear a mask so I won’t get what you’re spewing and I will do likewise so you won’t get what I have.

C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeb

Howdy Jeb, Just a friendly “heads up”: This part of the discussion/thread is about the New Mexico 14 day quarantine and the continuing state park campground closures. The mask wearing is being discussed up above in a different thread.

Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

Amen!

Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck B

Totally missed the point Chuck.

Dennis
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

I appreciate Lujan-Grisham’s actions to protect the citizens of New Mexico. If common sense inconveniences for me will spare someone suffering or death I am more than willing to comply.

I wish you and your family good health and safe travels.

M&M
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

I heard she had the time and power to force an Albuquerque jewelry store open for her and her posse for shopping. Whether she did this or not there is a dual standard in this state, we are voting with our feet and moving on after 50 years of state, county and city garabage.

C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  M&M

You are correct. She had an employee open the store, against her own order that “non-essential” businesses be closed. No one went shopping in the store, the employee took the merchandise home and the governor had a friend pick it up from the employees home. Apparently to try to hide the fact that the governor was involved. I wouldn’t have a problem except this was during the time no other “non-essential” business in the state could do such a thing. In fact, I just reiterated that story above having not seen your mentioning of the case until after I posted mine.

We’ve had one of our sons and his family (including two of our grandkids) move out of New Mexico during this pandemic..they’d been talking about it for a while but enough was enough. My wife and I are looking to leave for greener pastures as well.

Last edited 1 year ago by C.Lee
C.Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

Many USFS campgrounds are open here in New Mexico, my wife and I plan on vacationing at one in the Gila National Forest next week.

I guess one of the most ridiculous aspects of Lujan-Grisham’s quarantine order is that if I or my wife drive to Durango, Colorado, which is only about 40 miles away, to do some shopping, we are supposed to quarantine for 14 days upon returning home…this despite the fact that there is FAR less Jinping Plague in La Plata County, Colorado (around 70 active cases), than there is here in my home county of San Juan here in New Mexico (around 1000 cases). I have shopped there, primarily during the explosion of cases among the Navajo here in New Mexico, when we had probably over 2000 active cases locally, primarily because it was safer, and thus more pleasant, overall. If anything, Colorado should be quarantining New Mexicans!

John
1 year ago
Reply to  C.Lee

Most of these travel restricions are totally ignorant. Especially when based on what state you come from or where you have been. I live in FL and would have to quarantine if I went to visit family in a part of upstate NY that does not have a lot of cases. I live in Hernando County which currently has only 521 cases, since this started, compare that to Miami-Dade County which currently has had 44,729 cases. Vast differences depending on where in a state you are from. But no common sense consideration of this fact. I believe this kind of blanket mentality is why the pandemic was not well controlled, while still destroying the economy.

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