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Help clean up Yosemite National Park during ‘Yosemite Facelift,’ Sept. 23-27

September 22, 2009, 6:55 am
Among the wild creatures roaming the trails and roadways of Yosemite National Park are a whole bunch of litterbugs, unfortunately. And in 2008, volunteers with the annual “Yosemite Facelift” cleanup event proved it, by helping in the picking up of 41,631 pounds of trash. Following the crowds of summer, you can bet there ...

Yosemite National Park employee perishes in climbing accident

September 3, 2009, 8:10 am
Jeff Maurer, a biologist who worked for Yosemite National Park, died Sunday as a result of a climbing accident, the park announced Tuesday. He was 47.Maurer fell while attempting to climb the Third Pillar, a difficult rock-climbing route on Mount Dana. He had worked at Yosemite for three years and ...

California forest and park roads, campsites shut by wildfires: Where to find updates

September 1, 2009, 7:54 am
Wildfires, which have been destroying and threatening homes in the Los Angeles area, are burning in forests and parks in various regions of  California. Among the parks battling blazes is Yosemite National Park,  which has closed at least two campgrounds and a section of Big Oak Flat Road and planned ...

Yosemite National Park wildfire continues to grow

August 31, 2009, 7:41 am
In addition to the fires burning in Southern California, a portion of Yosemite National Park is also ablaze.The Big Meadow fire started as a prescribed burn of 90 acres Wednesday by park fire crews and has grown to engulf 2,244 acres after the crew was unable to contain the blaze within ...

Yosemite National Park Big Meadow Fire update

August 31, 2009, 7:02 am
The Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park continues to grow, with estimates this morning at 4,382 acres and 50% containment.In addition to evacuations and closures previously reported on Outposts, the community of Old El Portal has been evacuated, and Yosemite View Lodge, located outside the west entrance of the park, is now closed.Although ...

Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel set to reopen at 4 p.m. Friday after rockfall

August 28, 2009, 7:14 am
The landmark Ahwahnee Hotel in California’s Yosemite National Park, which was shut down Wednesday, Aug. 26,  after a rockfall showered debris on its parking lot, is expected to reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, park officials said this afternoon. Although no one was injured in the incident, they said, hotel guests were evacuated ...

Amtrak And Student Conservation Association Partner To Preserve Yosemite National Park

August 27, 2009, 8:00 am
Oakland, CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) August 26, 2009 -- Amtrak's partnership this summer with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is enabling high school and college age students from around the country to gain real, hands-on experience preserving Yosemite National Park, one of Amtrak's most popular destinations."Amtrak is a great way to travel to help ...

Rockslides at Yosemite National Park

August 27, 2009, 7:36 am
Yosemite National Park - A series of rockslides in Yosemite National Park forces the evacuation of the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.The rockslides happened at the Royal Arches formation, in the north side of the park.Guests from the Ahwahnee Hotel made an unexpected move to Curry Village in Yosemite National Park.About ...

YARTS rolls to success

August 26, 2009, 12:18 pm
Ten years into hauling tourists and park workers to and from Yosemite National Park, Merced-based Yosemite Regional Transportation System (YARTS) says it’s going stronger than ever, carrying over 550,000 passengers in that time. Mentioning the efforts to get funding, teamwork to get approvals, and scramble to find solutions to the rock slide that ...

Yosemite National Park latest site of illegal pot farm discovery, eradication

August 24, 2009, 7:22 am
Is there any wild place that isn't going to pot?Yosemite National Park is the latest in a list of popular outdoor destinations to report discovery and eradication of illegal marijuana farms.(If the photo looks familiar, it was used earlier this week to illustrate a similar occurrence in Mono County. That followed discoveries ...

Of peaks and politicians

August 24, 2009, 7:20 am
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - You haven't truly lived until a mountain has kicked your ass and you fight back to summit it anyway.I'm not supposed to be an outdoors person. I grew up with my nose in a book, carrying several in tow on family vacations (and once ...

Thunderous waterfalls and giant granite mountains are stars of Yosemite National Park

August 21, 2009, 7:29 am
As I write this I’m in a tent in Yosemite National Park. It's May 17, and when we step outside we have views of a thick, green, healthy forest of big pine trees dotted with dogwood, and views above of Half Dome, a granite behemoth that towers over Curry Village. ...

Volunteers pick apples Monday at Yosemite National Park

August 17, 2009, 8:03 am
Yosemite National Park visitors might want to lend a hand on Monday picking apples in the Yosemite Valley orchards.The annual volunteer event, at Curry Village Apple Orchard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Lamon's Apple Orchard near Valley Stables from 2 to 5 p.m., is intended to reduce ...

Lack of Blacks at National Parks Worries Ranger

August 17, 2009, 7:59 am
America's national parks have a quiet power and an arresting beauty, but to Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, they also speak the truth. "They tell the story of us as Americans," Johnson said. "They tell the story of ourselves as human beings, in this world, on this planet." Johnson is ...

Outdoor concerts add to Yosemite's natural attractions

August 12, 2009, 8:20 am
Country inns and lodgings of all kinds are working overtime nowadays coming up with marketing ideas to call more attention to their offerings, but one combination in particular really caught our eye: outdoor concerts at a historic inn just a half hour from one of the nation’s premiere national ...