[Vision2020] Life on Wheels, Dead at the U-I
suehovey at moscow.com
Tue Mar 11 16:11:56 PDT 2008
Seems to me it wasn't quite as simple as Mues paints it. And how sad it's gone. It was a great event. One that the U of I should have been doing whatever it could to keep. It was a benefit both to the community and the University--the kind of educational endeavor that should be encouraged.
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From: Ellen Roskovich
To: lfalen ; bjswan at moscow.com ; 'v2020'
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 12:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Life on Wheels, Dead at the U-I
Losing this yearly event is a terrible blow to the business community. I always looked forward to seeing those RV's roll down Sixth Street every July. Business picked up immediately and they were a fun group to chat with. Really great crowd. I hope Moscow can get them back.
Ellen A. Roskovich
> Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:58:13 -0700
> From: lfalen at turbonet.com
> To: bjswan at moscow.com; vision2020 at moscow.com
> Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Life on Wheels, Dead at the U-I
> Right on, B. J.
> -----Original message-----
> From: "B. J. Swanson" bjswan at moscow.com
> Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2008 08:02:54 -0800
> To: "'v2020'" vision2020 at moscow.com
> Subject: [Vision2020] Life on Wheels, Dead at the U-I
> > How much more negative publicity can the U-I and Lloyd Mues generate before
> > the U-I administration gets a clue. And we wonder why student enrollment
> > and everything else at the U-I is spiraling downward. The last sentence
> > says it all.
> > B. J. Swanson
> > RV Life on Wheels Conference takes its business elsewhere
> > Annual conference will take place at Lewis-Clark State College instead of UI
> > By Hadley Rush, Daily News staff writer
> > Saturday, March 8, 2008 - Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM
> > An event that has annually brought an estimated 400 people and $500,000 to
> > Moscow for the past 13 years will take place in Lewiston this summer.
> > The RV Life on Wheels Conference is scheduled for July 6-11 on the
> > Lewis-Clark State College campus. The event previously took place at the
> > University of Idaho, but organizers opted to seek a new location because of
> > a contractual discrepancy with the UI, according to a LCSC news release.
> > Moscow Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darrell Keim said local
> > businesses looked to the event for an economic boost during a slow time of
> > the year.
> > "That is unfortunate," Keim said. "I know it's been a big" economic boost.
> > Lloyd Mues, UI vice president for finance and administration, said the
> > conference simply didn't renew its contract with UI.
> > "We would love to keep Life on Wheels in the Moscow-Pullman area, and at the
> > same time we do have to follow certain protocols when it comes to contract
> > arrangements," he said. "As public stewards we can't allow an operation to
> > occur on UI property without a contract. This year we just didn't have a
> > contract."
> > Mues said there was no fallout between UI and Life on Wheels.
> > "There was no debate, there was no arguing over anything, it just boiled
> > down to we have to get it on paper and it didn't happen," he said. "We look
> > forward to the potential of having them back again next year, but we'll
> > see."
> > Gaylord Maxwell, founder and director of the Life on Wheels conferences,
> > stated in a news release sent to the Daily News on Friday that the event was
> > founded at the UI as a joint venture between himself and the university's
> > now-defunct community enrichment program in 1996.
> > In addition to the UI, four other college campuses around the United States
> > host the event each year.
> > This year, the conference in Lewiston will offer more than 100 seminars to
> > RV travelers from across the nation, many of which will be presented by
> > authors of RV books and magazines.
> > Courses include RV cooking ideas, how to work from the road while traveling,
> > prime RV travel locations, how to park an RV and how to properly repair and
> > maintain one.
> > Maxwell stated that he's disheartened the conference won't be in Moscow this
> > year.
> > "Moscow has been my 'hometown' for many years ... the attendees at our
> > conferences have enjoyed the friendly reception merchants have given them
> > and they've appreciated the barbecue the chamber of commerce provided every
> > year," he stated. "And I and the staff of Life on Wheels have enjoyed and
> > appreciated the wonderful assistance we have received from many of the UI
> > staff. It is with regret that we must leave."
> > Keim said local grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and even hardware stores
> > will suffer a loss now that the conference will be in Lewiston. Any time an
> > event as significant as Life on Wheels stops coming to a town there's bound
> > to be decreased economic activity, he added.
> > "Especially tourists (who) come with money to spend," Keim said. "I don't
> > know about you, but when I go on a vacation I bring money (planning to)
> > spend it there."
> > Keim said he hopes the event's relocation won't have a detrimental effect on
> > local businesses, although he said that's a likely outcome.
> > "It could have a fairly substantial impact."
> > LCSC President Dene Thomas said the campus and Lewiston community are
> > looking forward to the conference.
> > "I am very excited about the RV Life on Wheels coming to Lewis-Clark State
> > College," Thomas said. "We will be able to highlight our wonderful college
> > with its beautiful campus."
> > Thomas said Lewiston will benefit greatly from the flood of vacationers who
> > will be traveling to the area.
> > "The RV people will substantially benefit the local economy with purchases
> > of everything from gas and food to souvenirs and memorabilia," she said.
> > Thomas said the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers make an ideal
> > setting for travelers to "stop, rest, and learn about the area."
> > "I plan to greet each and every one personally and welcome them to the
> > valley," Thomas said.
> > --------------------------
> > Hadley Rush can be reached at (208) 882-5561, ext. 239, or by e-mail at
> > hrush at dnews.com.
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