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November 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A 60-year-old hiker missing in Yosemite National Park for two days was found Monday, injured but alive, officials said. A family member working with a search-and-rescue team found Ann Lory about 11:30 a.m. in the search area near Foresta, a small community near Yosemite's western boundary, park officials said. Lory was taken to a hospital. The extent of her injuries was not disclosed. Lory left her home in Foresta early Saturday morning to hike along Old Coulterville Road and Old Big Oak Flat roads, officials said.
October 31, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
National Parks will be celebrating Veterans Day with free admission Nov. 9-11 for veterans. Free admission to the parks includes free entrance, of course, plus free parking. (Ranger programs are free to everyone, as always.) Guests will need to pay for camping reservations, tours, food concessions and other commercial activities.  Here's a peek at two popular California parks.  At Death Valley National Park, November daytime temperatures usually are in the 70s and 80s, making this is one of the coolest times of the year to visit the park, which is about 300 miles from Los Angeles.  For a list of free ranger programs, stop by the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
October 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The massive Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park that began in August and burned 250,000 acres was declared 100% contained Friday by fire officials. The blaze, which ignited Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire, was the third-largest wildfire in California history and burned 398 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service said. The cost of battling the Rim fire reached over $127.3 million. It destroyed 112 structures, including 11 homes, according to fire officials. The fire was indicative of the type of fire California is prone to experiencing during fire season, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection . “It grew so quickly during a one-week period, it took state, local and federal fire fighters to make a stand,” Berlant said Friday.
October 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire that scorched a huge swath of Sierra Nevada forests also severely altered the habitat that is home to several of California's rarest animals: the great gray owl, the Sierra Nevada red fox and the Pacific fisher. The fire burned 257,000 acres of High Sierra wilderness straddling the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park that harbors a geographically isolated and genetically distinct clan of roughly 200 great gray owls. The blaze also came within 12 miles of 10 breeding pairs of the subspecies of red fox clinging to survival in the cold, steep slopes above the tree line, raising fears they could have been eaten by coyotes trying to escape the smoke and flames.
October 17, 2013 | By Richard Simon and Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on. Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs Thursday after Congress passed and President Obama signed a measure to end the 16-day government shutdown. The public was more than ready. "Within 10 minutes of turning the panda cam back on this morning, we reached capacity," said Pamela Baker-Masson of the National Zoo. But it will take more than unlocking doors and turning on lights before it's business as usual again in the federal bureaucracy.
October 16, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Congress gave final approval late Wednesday to a budget compromise, ending a 16-day government shutdown and averting the possibility of a default on the nation's bills, as a bitter partisan stalemate concluded with Republicans conceding defeat. "We fought the good fight," House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a Cincinnati radio interview hours before the final vote. "We just didn't win. " President Obama quickly signed the measure. Republicans had sought the confrontation in hopes that a shutdown and the threat of default would give them leverage to extract concessions from Obama on his signature healthcare law. In the end, the compromise negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
October 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials at Yosemite National Park announced that it reopened Wednesday night after Congress approved a deal to end the federal government shutdown. Visitors can use public areas and roads immediately while other park facilities and services begin to reopen Thursday, park Supt. Don Neubacher said. "We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," he said in a statement. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite's colorful grandeur. " FULL COVERAGE: The U.S. government shutdown Federal officials said that all 401 national parks and monuments will be reopening after the 17-day shutdown.
October 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
National parks in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota and New York welcomed visitors last weekend despite the federal government shutdown because they paid the feds to reopen the facilities. California, however, was not willing to pay, which has left some concessionaires in the odd situation of opening hotels while popular parks remain shut. Of course, if a hinted-at budget/debt ceiling deal comes through, all national parks would soon open. Until then, visitors to California parks will have to wait and see what happens next.
October 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The mild weather and cool temperatures of October make it one of the busiest months for rock climbing guides Seth Zaharias and his wife, Sabra Purdy. This time of year they're usually leading climbers up massive boulders and sheer canyons in Joshua Tree National Park. Then the government shutdown closed national parks Oct. 1. The couple now spend their day writing refund checks to dejected clients. In the first week of the shutdown, Zaharias estimates, he lost $2,500 in revenue.
October 11, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Hugo Martín
California officials aren't biting when it comes to an offer by the  Obama administration to use state money to reopen national parks closed by the federal government shutdown. The Interior Department announced Thursday that it would consider reopening parks if states pledged to foot the bill for now-furloughed National Park Service personnel. In the immediate aftermath of the shutdown, state tourism industries with strong ties to national parks were deeply impacted . Weddings were canceled, family trips cut short and local businesses dependent on tourists suffered.
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