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June 18, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- In the late 19th century and early 20th century, black troopers called the "Buffalo Soldiers" patrolled Yosemite and Sequoia national parks in California. But many visitors to the national parks are unaware of the role played by these troops. A House-approved bill seeks to change that, requiring a study on ways to highlight the Buffalo Soldiers' contributions to the parks. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough), who sponsored the measure, said it would call attention to an often-overlooked chapter in the nation's history and enhance the parks experience for millions of visitors.
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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.
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September 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
National parks and monuments, national forests and other wild places will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. The idea is to encourage people to get out and see these natural places and maybe even work to help preserve them. The deal: Not all parks and forests charge fees for admission, but those that do will be free. For example, Death Valley National Park usually charges $20 per car or $10 for those entering on foot or bicycle. Same price for Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks.
TRAVEL
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), http://www.nps.gov/alca . Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego; (619) 557-5450, http://www.nps.gov/cabr . California National Historic Trail, 324 S. State St., Suite 200, Box 30, Salt Lake City, Utah; (801)
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June 14, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A rockslide killed one person and injured four others Sunday night near a village housing Yosemite National Park employees, a park spokesman said. The slide occurred about 7:35 p.m. when rocks broke loose from the west shoulder of the Glacier Point apron, spokesman Bob Roney said. The identity of the person killed was not immediately known. "Right now we have every spare park ranger or other employee involved in search and rescue operation," Roney said.
MAGAZINE
May 14, 2006 | Colin Westerbeck
1994 * Ansel Adams owns Yosemite Valley, photographically. His pictures have made this California landmark an international destination for tourists, many of whom, like the one seen here, are photo hobbyists trying to make Ansel Adamses of their own. The picture of this sightseer was made by a streetwise New York photographer who was prospecting for a different kind of gold, trying to stake his own claim on Yosemite.
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April 13, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
The majestic landscape of Yosemite National Park - carved out of granite and shaped by powerful natural forces over the eons - is timeless and untouchable. Other attractions in the park … not so much. Some of Yosemite's much-loved amenities, including swimming pools, bike, horse and raft rentals, and an ice skating rink, would be jettisoned under a plan to restore the Merced River corridor to a more natural state. The Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan would reconfigure much of the Yosemite Valley by removing or relocating familiar concessions.
NEWS
November 8, 2010 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Yosemite National Park , summer crowds have long dissipated. And now is good time to think about visiting the California park, where you'll find bargain room rates this month and in December in Yosemite Valley and nearby. Sure, it may get nippy, but the scenery is gorgeous and the atmosphere is peaceful. The deal: Live it up at the venerable Ahwahnee , a AAA four-diamond hotel, where nightly room rates in December drop as low as $199 per night from as high as $469 in the high season.
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June 24, 2011 | By Dan Blackburn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you want to cover a lot of spectacular high-country terrain at California's Yosemite National Park without lugging a heavy pack, try letting a mule do the hard part. The park's stables at Tuolumne Meadows have added a custom overnight mule trip to the area's scenic Water Wheel Falls. The trips will begin after the stables open for the season, which is typically around the same time as the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge opens. That date depends on conditions; it is tentatively set for July 8 . Water Wheel Falls is a backpacker destination that is made easily accessible by riding the mules.
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April 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers are supporting a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906. The state Senate approved a resolution this week that asks the federal government to approve the expansion. “This is a great day for Yosemite,” said Nathan Weaver, a spokesman for Environment California, which supported the resolution. “We applaud work by California's leaders to preserve and strengthen Yosemite, one of the world's most beautiful” parks.
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October 2, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Scott Gold
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Clare Cogan and Daniel Mohally stood forlornly inside the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, trying to determine how to salvage their honeymoon. The Cork, Ireland, couple had flown to the United States last week for a honeymoon that started in San Diego and will end in San Francisco. In between - the highlight of their trip - was an excursion to Yosemite. "We grew up seeing pictures of it in books," said Cogan, a 31-year-old receptionist. "You know, the cars underneath those huge sequoia trees.
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October 1, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Jason Wells
Yosemite National Park celebrated its 123rd birthday with a major nod from Google on Tuesday. From the federal government, not so much. One of the most visible repercussions of the federal government shutdown -- the immediate closure of the country's 401 national parks -- was made all the more obvious Tuesday with a Google Doodle that payed homage to Yosemite. But starting Tuesday morning, visitors will find entrance gates closed and barricaded, visitor centers shuttered and their camping and hotel reservations   canceled, park officials said.
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September 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif. - Authorities opened the western section of California 120 into Yosemite National Park on Friday, more than two weeks after closing the road to fight the fast-spreading Rim fire. Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley from the park's western entrance from Groveland for the first time since the Rim fire broke out Aug. 17. Though a 14-mile stretch of the highway is closed within the park - from Crane Flat to White Wolf - the update was met with joy Friday.
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September 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif.--Authorities said they will open the western section of California 120 into Yosemite National Park at noon Friday after closing it more than two weeks ago to fight the Rim fire. Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley from the park's western entrance from Groveland for the first time since the Rim fire broke out Aug. 17. Though a 14-mile stretch of the highway is closed within the park - from Crane Flat to White Wolf - the update was met with joy Friday.
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September 1, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park became the fourth-largest blaze in California history as it grew to 348 square miles Sunday, officials said. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which began Aug. 17 and is 40% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the fourth-place spot, Cal Fire said. San Diego's 427-square-mile Cedar fire, which destroyed more than 2,800 structures and killed 14 people in October 2003, remains the largest wildfire in state history.
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August 25, 2013 | By Diana Marcum and Samantha Schaefer
GROVELAND, Calif. - On Day 9, the sweeping Rim fire reshaped lives and topography from pristine wilderness areas to a famed national park to mountain communities that could be in the direct line of fire, depending at any moment on which way the wind blew. In Groveland, Abby Esteres nervously puffed on a cigarette Sunday morning after her first night back in her Pine Lake Mountain home. "I haven't been able to eat not knowing if our house burned down or not," said the 27-year-old housekeeper, who went through a week of evacuation.
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June 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This was an unlucky year to get lucky in the lottery for Yosemite High Sierra Camps reservations. The five seasonal camps , assembled each year at high elevations in the park's spectacular back country, were supposed to open as early as this month, but they have been delayed by this year's mighty Sierra snowpack . "We've pushed the dates back four times, starting about a month ago," said Lisa Cesaro, spokeswoman for DNC Parks...
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August 23, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Robert J. Lopez
The Rim fire near Yosemite National Park has grown to 105,620 acres -- or roughly 165 square miles -- in its sixth day of burning largely out of control through steep, rugged terrain. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency as the wildfire spread in two directions. Having already destroyed nine structures, the fire was just 2% contained as of Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire in the Stanislaus National Forest also brought additional evacuation orders from the  Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office as flames moved  west toward homes in Pine Mountain Lake and west toward Camp Mather, which is near the border of Yosemite.
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August 23, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The out-of-control Rim fire has crossed into Yosemite National Park, but the fire line is far from the pristine valley popular with tourists and campers, officials said Friday. The fire exploded in size overnight Thursday, and moved into the park after scorching more than 105,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, authorities said. Because the fire is confined to the park's more remote northwestern section, though, campers in the Yosemite Valley have been largely unaffected, park ranger and spokesman Scott Gediman said.
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