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Black Hills CampersNow that Labor Day is gone for another year, the Black HillsNational Forest is again offering forest visitors, who still want to get outdoors to boat, fish, swim and camp, reduced services in campgrounds and free day-use parking.

Amy Ballard, recreation forester for the Mystic Ranger District, says the day-use parking fee at boat ramps, beaches and picnic grounds at the big reservoirs such as Pactola, Sheridan andDeerfield will be free of charge starting this week. “A lot of visitors think that these large developed areas charge a fee year round, and that simply is not true,” says Ballard. “A day-use pass is only needed at National Forest sites for approximately four months during the high-use summer season.”
 
One change this year is that Pactola Campground will be closed until next May to allow logging traffic to safely pass through the area. However, Sheridan Lake Campground will keep 30 sites open during the week with the option of more on weekends for a reduced fee of $10 per night. “This is 60% lower than the normal summer season camping rate,” said Ballard. Toilets and garbage service will be offered for this fee.
 
The Black HillsNational Forest manages 30 campgrounds, 30 picnic areas, 7 boat launches and 4 swim beaches throughout the Black Hills. For a complete list of winter hours and a site closing schedule, call 605-673-9200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills. Click here for 2013-2014 Shoulder/Winter Campground Information.
 

RV ShowAmid warnings of possible lost jobs and declining revenue for cities and counties, Missouri lawmakers are making another run at reinstating local sales tax on vehicle purchases after Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed an attempt last year.

A Senate transportation committee heard testimony Wednesday (Feb. 6) on the Legislature’s most recent proposal that would allow cities and counties to impose a local sales tax on all sales of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors but require voters to decide whether to continue levying it.

At issue is a January 2012 decision by the Missouri Supreme Court, which ruled Greene County could not charge a local sales tax on a man who bought a boat, motor and trailer from a dealer in Maryland. The court drew a distinction between sales taxes, which are collected from in-state retailers, and use taxes, which are levied on products used in Missouri but bought either from an out-of-state retailer or from an individual who does not run a business.

Although the state’s use tax could be imposed on the boat and its accessories, the high court ruled Greene County could not tax them because they were not covered by the local sales tax and county voters had not passed a local use tax.

Lawmakers sought to reverse the court ruling last year. Nixon vetoed the legislation and said counties and cities should have a voter-approved use tax if they want to tax vehicles bought from anywhere besides a Missouri dealership. The governor’s administration estimated last year’s measure would have imposed a retroactive tax on about 122,000 transactions.

Organizations representing Missouri vehicle, RV and boat dealers urged lawmakers to approve the local tax legislation.

Dan Sinclair, whose family owns vehicle dealerships in the St. Louis-area, said Illinois dealers have advertised the potential tax savings if Missouri consumers cross the Mississippi River and buy their vehicles out-of-state.

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A handful of Forest Service campgrounds near Georgetown Lake have been shut down after several strong wind storms swept through and toppled numerous trees.

The Piney and Cable campgrounds will remain closed through the season while workers take out hazardous trees.

Three RVs, a boat and two boat trailers have been struck by falling trees at Piney, said Charlene Bucha Gentry, Pintler district ranger. And just over the weekend, a tree fell and damaged a latrine in the campground.

The Forest Service has worked over the past couple years to clear dead and dying trees to make campgrounds safer. But the thinning also leaves the remaining trees more prone to falling.

“They’re tall, slender, long and they’re fairly close to each other, so they kind of rely on each other to keep them straight and stable,” Gentry said. “Once you remove some of the trees, they’re not as stable as they once were.”

In addition, the small Canyon Creek campground west of Melrose is shut down while a crew removes trees. And the public has fewer choices because of scheduled maintenance and improvements at the Grasshopper campground and the Notch, West Fork and May Creek cabins on the forest.

The closures due to falling trees are just part of the tough year the Forest Service has had to deal with this year. Rodreick said land managers have had several washed out roads and other damage from the heavy snowpack and wet, cold spring.

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