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January 1, 1993
In response to "Yosemite Pact Given by U.S. to Stadium Firm," Dec. 18: I need to express my outrage at what appears to be a blatant political deal on the part of the environmentally antagonistic Bush Administration. After years of careful study and surveys on the part of those who deeply care about Yosemite, to evaluate "50,000 pages worth of bids in just two weeks" smells of the lame ducks having their last feast . . . or perhaps there was a fear that the Clinton Administration would make a more thoughtful choice.
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
July 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
When you think about it, Yosemite is one big birthing room. As such, rangers are cautioning summer visitors to look but not touch, and to give any young wildlife - baby birds, fawns, etc. - plenty of space. “They may appear to be in distress, but are not sick, injured, or abandoned,” the park notes of young wildlife. “If moved from their location, the parents cannot care for their offspring and many of the young animals do not survive.” If spotted on the ground, these animals should not be moved or handled, rangers say. In fact, visitors who happen across newborn wildlife are asked to immediately leave the area so the parents can continue to care for their young.  “When people are present, a mother deer or bird may become aggressive or stay away for longer periods of time, which will prevent the offspring from feeding on a regular basis,” the park says in cautioning visitors.
March 29, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Sean "Stanley" Leary's friends heard he'd gone missing in Utah's Zion National Park, they drove hundreds of miles to help. Leary was well-known in the tight-knit world of mountain adventurers. At Yosemite National Park, he was an old hand, with more than 50 ascents of El Capitan under his belt - including a record-setting 2 1/2-hour scramble up a 2,900-foot wall that demands several days from seasoned climbers. He explored new routes up peaks in the Arctic and in Antarctica and was an ardent BASE jumper - an adventure enthusiast who leaps off mountains and other high places.
September 7, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
In response to the recent outbreak, Yosemite is distributing hantavirus information to every visitor. Since HPS was first identified in 1993, there have been approximately 60 cases in California and 602 cases nationally, the park says. Nationwide, approximately 20% of mice carry hantavirus.. . . . Bermuda is on a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Leslie hovers to the south-southeast. Little motion or change in strength is expected until sometime Friday . . . . A hoax tip called in to airport police was being blamed Thursday when a Dallas-bound flight out of Philadelphia was recalled by authorities and a passenger removed.
January 6, 2002
Your article on Yosemite ("Yosemite, the Picture of Peace," Dec. 23) was wonderful; the pictures added to my memory of a place I call heaven. We just returned from a Bracebridge Dinner, and I highly recommend the experience. When we arrived the park was blanketed with snow, a real picture postcard. We stayed at the Ahwahnee, which made the event all the better since we didn't have to take a shuttle bus to the hotel. In addition, we enjoyed meeting the other guests who gathered around the grand piano for caroling.
March 13, 1997
"Honk if You Love Yosemite" by Peter H. King (March 5) was wonderful! I'm a geology instructor, and it was so great to see someone give voice to the need to have the "common" people be able to view Yosemite. Each year I try to open the eyes of students to these natural wonders. It is heartbreaking to me to have so many areas closed off except for the "few" that are extremely physically fit. This is happening all over the West right now and we have to give voice to these closings! There needs to be balance between are right to use and the right to abuse our natural wonders.
February 4, 1990
I remember the first time I ever saw Yosemite. It was 1967 and I was 6 years old. There were still some fish in the Merced River. The meadows were not wiped out from the hordes of tourists that Jones claims infest the valley "only 3 or 4 weekends each summer." Over the last 22 years I have visited Yosemite many times, spent summers working there. Make no mistake about it, Yosemite has changed. It has changed in a thousand little ways; less flora, more trash, more cars, more people.
March 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren't snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from museums and bear hair collected from the field to determine the ratio of human-to-wild-food that Yosemite bears consumed as far back as 1915. Not surprisingly, they found that the proportion of human food rose significantly after the park started feeding bears in 1923 to keep the animals away from developed areas.
March 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
El Capitan isn't going anywhere and neither is Bridalveil Fall, but a lot of the man-made structures on the floor of Yosemite Valley will be shifted around under the final version of the National Park Service preservation plan for the Merced River. The plan, which will be reviewed at a public meeting on Thursday, does a far better job of preserving recreational activities in the valley than the draconian draft from a year ago that would have banned such environmentally friendly pastimes as bicycle and raft rentals.
February 26, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - She was called the "the most famous woman in Los Angeles. " That was how the wife of famed "Pathfinder" John C. Fremont was described in her Los Angeles Times obituary in 1902. Though she is not as well known today, she could be on the way to gaining a higher profile - one more than 12,100 feet high. Legislation to name a mountain peak in Yosemite National Park as Mt. Jessie Benton Fremont is now before Congress. Related: The ultimate guide to Yosemite The measure, a tribute to Jessie Benton Fremont's efforts to preserve the land that would become the park, comes on this year's 150th anniversary of President Lincoln signing the bill granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove, a stand of some of the world's largest trees, to the state of California as a public trust.
January 19, 2014
Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Ft. Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), . Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego; (619) 557-5450, . California National Historic Trail, 324 S. State St., Suite 200, Box 30, Salt Lake City, Utah; (801)
January 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're heading to Yosemite National Park for Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, you might think about swapping your skis for hiking boots. Skiing at Badger Pass resort is closed, but the horse stable and bicycle rentals will open Friday and remain open as long as the mild weather holds. "We are not anticipating any other summertime activities to open, but it is very unusual to be able to hike the Four Mile Trail, go on a guided trail ride and bike ride in the Valley in January," says Lisa Cesaro, public relations manager for DNC Park & Resorts at Yosemite.
January 12, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
TED LILLY , 38, starting pitcher Final 2013 stats: 0-2, 5.09 earned-run average, 1.61 WHIP, 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings, .242 opponent batting average. Contract status: Free agent. The good: In two of his five starts, he only gave up one run. Had a 3.38 ERA in two road starts. The bad: Plagued by injury most of the season, he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on July 25, ultimately released and never picked up by another club. He battled a shoulder injury early and then a sore back.
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
President Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday for the state of California, making federal funds available for recovery efforts related to  the massive Rim fire near Yosemite National Park. The money is available to state and local governments and eligible private nonprofits for emergency work and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the blaze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. The 410-square-mile fire - the state's third largest on record - sparked Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest.
November 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Park rangers and search and rescue teams continued to comb a stretch of Yosemite National Park on Monday for a 60-year-old hiker missing for two days, park officials said. Ann Lory left her home in Foresta -- a small community near the park's western boundary -- early Saturday morning to hike along Old Coulterville Road and Old Big Oak Flat roads, officials said. She hasn't been seen since. Search and rescue teams from six counties, along with the California Highway Patrol, are assisting park rangers with the search in and around Foresta, park officials said.
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