July 7, 1979
PULLMAN — Disaster relief officials in Washington and Idaho have known for months that the doomed Skylab space station makes 10 passes over the tri-state region every five days.
They’ll have only about 12 hours warning when gravity pulls the giant flying laboratory back to earth sometime next week.
And, about all they can do now is wait and see if fate has chosen the Inland Northwest as the bullseye in Skylab’s reentry target.
The primitive campground at the mouth of Freeman Creek on Dworshak Reservoir will be open to the public this weekend for the last time for about a year.
During the closure it will be transformed into a much more elaborate recreation center containing 65 stalls for camper-type vehicles, 25 to 30 tent sites, a swimming beach, a day-use area with picnic tables and fire pits, a play area for children, a fish cleaning building and an amphitheater with a capacity of 100.
The work will be done by contractor E.R. Fegert of Othello, Wash., under a $1.99 million contract with the Walla Walla district of the Army Corps of Engineers.