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Officials: Plague Found at Lake Tahoe Campground

Flea from chipmunk confirmed to have disease

(Newser) - A scenic campground near the shores of Lake Tahoe is now plastered with warning signs after the US Forest Service announced a flea from a yellow chipmunk there tested positive for plague , the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. The Forest Service's Lake Tahoe division, as well as officials from El Dorado... More »

Family: Racist Camper Terrorized Us at Reunion

Now residents of Calif. community are crowdfunding to welcome them back

(Newser) - Kanisha Allen tells ABC10 that when she and other relatives, gathered at a Northern California campground on Rollins Lake for their annual family reunion, heard racist remarks from the campsite next to theirs on Saturday, they initially ignored them. "When you're African-American, you have to do that sometimes... More »

Plague-Infected Squirrel Closes Calif. Campgrounds

Experts fear spread via fleas

(Newser) - A plague threat has shut down campgrounds around Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. A ground squirrel in the area was found to have the plague, which can be transmitted to humans through fleas, a health official says. "It is important for the public to know that there... More »

Bones Likely Missing Ariz. Toddler

Police suspect murder

(Newser) - Skeletal remains discovered at the bottom of a wash are likely the bones of a toddler reported missing from an Arizona campground and believed murdered, according to law enforcement authorities. Sylar Newton, 2, was wearing only a diaper when he vanished in the middle of the night from a family... More »

Campgrounds Add Perks, Redefine 'Roughing It'

(Newser) - The purer pleasures of the outdoors don’t seem to be enough for some campers anymore, the New York Times reports. Increasingly, campgrounds are offering amenities like pizza delivery, air-conditioning, kiddie rides, and valet service to the delight of families and owners’ balance sheets. “The objective is to maximize... More »

Easter Fire Engulfs 40 Christian Houses

Firefighter injured in blaze, cause unknown

(Newser) - A massive Easter Sunday fire engulfed dozens of summer cottages at a Christian center in Alton Bay, NH, the Union Leader reports. The 40 homes were unoccupied when the blaze started at around 4:30 pm, but one firefighter was hurt in a propane tank explosion. The blaze raged for... More »

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