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May 22, 1989
I read your editorial. It's time to "put on the breaks"--stop all development of that type and follow the example set at Denali Park in Alaska. Buy land outside the park (El Portal) for parking and employee housing, etc., and run free buses into and out of the park, with only service vehicles and any others needed to run the operation, by permit only. Let's start cleaning up the parks now before the damage is irreversible! AL KEPHART Montecito
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.
August 7, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
San Franciscans will vote in November on whether they want a plan for draining the 117-billion-gallon Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, exposing for the first time in 80 years a glacially carved, granite-ringed valley of towering waterfalls. The measure could eventually undo a century-old federal decision that created the only reservoir in a national park and slaked the thirst of a city almost 200 miles away . . . . In an attempt to turn around declines in population, Niagara Falls says it will cover two years' worth of student loan payments for recent university graduates who agree to live in a targeted neighborhood . The Associated Press says the tuition program will start small, with about 20 people in the first round . . . . It's rodeo season in south Orange County.  San Juan Capistrano's Rodeo Week takes place Aug. 18-24, followed by the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Aug. 25-26.
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)
July 11, 2003
Re "Yosemite Busing Plan Stalls Amid Criticism," July 6: Many of those who voice shock at the idea of busing visitors from parking lots to Yosemite Valley don't seem to offer viable alternatives to the current situation, with its increasing crowding, traffic congestion and pollution. Some calling the bus plan social engineering might be opposed to the idea of a national park in the first place. The economic life of the communities near the park must be taken into consideration, but simply criticizing those who wish to protect the park and prolong its use as a natural and economic resource accomplishes little.
May 8, 1989
A dispute over a $10-million employee housing project in Yosemite Valley has led to a full review of Yosemite National Park's general management plan. The National Park Service deserves commendation for the decision. The review will not provide instant relief from the urbanization that clutters Yosemite Valley. But the timely decision should prompt the Park Service, and perhaps the Congress, to pursue further implementation of the plan with some sense of urgency. About 3 million people visit the 761,000-acre Sierra park each year.
January 12, 1990
Just 10 years ago, the National Park Service adopted a visionary master plan for Yosemite National Park that looked to a future in which visitors could step into Yosemite "and find nature uncluttered by piecemeal stumbling blocks of commercialism, machines and fragments of suburbia." Major progress in reaching this goal, particularly in Yosemite Valley, was to be achieved by 1990, the park's centennial year.
September 13, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jurors had a lot to consider Thursday as they began deciding whether convicted murderer Cary Stayner was sane when he killed three Yosemite Park tourists. The defense asked them to focus on the criminal, his twisted mind and his traumatic upbringing. The prosecution told them to look at the crimes and Stayner's explanation of them.
March 24, 1990
Bravo to David Brower! Yes, I'm for a cease-fire. I'm sure thousands of "alumni" of summer employment in Yosemite, from the 90-day rangers to the tent maids and houseboys, will agree that although we joked about "the deeds" and made rhyming songs about the Yosemite Park and Curry Co., we knew we were the luckiest college and university students in the world to be working in that place and for those people. Both the Park Service and the Curry Co. gave us the best summers we ever knew, between finals in May or June and term starts in August or September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 24, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Despite the massive wildfire raging in a remote area of Yosemite National Park, it was a calm and picturesque Saturday morning for most at the park, officials said. The park has remained opened despite the Rim fire, which has scorched more than 125,000 acres and crept into the northwestern portion of the massive park. The blaze, which is only 5% contained, has destroyed nine structures and threatens 4,500 more, according to a U.S. Forest Service update. PHOTOS: Rim fire rages near Yosemite The fire has burned about 12,000 acres inside the park, but has been contained to remote areas that see few visitors, said Scott Gediman, a park ranger.
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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