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October 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Congress established Yosemite National Park on Oct. 1, 1890 -- and shut down it down on its birthday Tuesday over the budget standoff. National parks, Smithsonian museums and even World War II overseas cemeteries have been closed because of the government shutdown that began at midnight. Travelers will still be able to fly because vital services such as air traffic controllers and airport security screeners will remain on the job. But what will you see when you arrive at your destination?
October 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
As Congress failed to agree on a budget and President Obama's healthcare law, parts of the federal government have started shutting down, with stoppages felt by Southern California residents and across the nation. One of the most jarring repercussions is the impending closure of 401 national parks that include Yosemite and Joshua Tree, among others.  "Anyone who's hoping to arrive, even for a day visit, would see gates closed and would be turned away," said Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service.
October 1, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say. During an annual trek to the glacier deep in Yosemite's backcountry last month, Greg Stock, the park's first full-time geologist, found that Lyell Glacier had shrunk visibly since his visit last year, continuing a trend that began more than a century ago. Lyell has dropped 62% of its mass and lost 120...
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 25, 2013
Re "Risky Rim fire tactics save big trees," Sept. 23 I was completely captivated by this account of the ultimately successful effort to keep the Rim fire from destroying some of California's oldest and most precious natural wonders. I, like so many others, just can't imagine our state without Yosemite. The ancient trees there have survived the threat of total destruction by fire for centuries, but that survival is never guaranteed. Those firefighters who helped save Yosemite are heroes of the highest order.
September 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yosemite National Park officials reopened the east-west California 120 last weekend, though the Rim fire continues to burn and has kept the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias and some campgrounds closed. Travelers also should not enter any part of the burn area on foot. California 120 , also known as Tioga Road, reopened at noon last Saturday after having been closed between Crane Flat and White Wolf for firefighting activities. Yosemite National Park officials advise travelers not to stop along the fire perimeter on the road that links Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows and the east entrance to the park.
September 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Joseph Serna
The massive Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park remains 80% contained after growing in size over the weekend. Firefighters on Monday face hot, extremely dry conditions that, combined with shifting winds and low humidity, can make for “active fire behavior,” according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Rim fire - the third-largest fire in California history - has so far cost $96.2 million to fight after erupting in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17. It has destroyed 11 homes and 97 outbuildings, according to the Forest Service.
September 7, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is now the third largest in California history as firefighters planned another attack this weekend. The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River, has destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses. The cost of fighting the fire reached $84.8 million Friday. Six people have been injured. It started when a hunter let his illegal campfire get out of control, federal forest officials said.
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 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The California 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park that was shut by the Rim fire will reopen at noon Friday, though firefighting activities in the national park continue. The reopened road means travelers will be able to enter the park and drive to Yosemite Valley along Big Oak Flat Road from Groveland, Calif. "Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via [California] 120," a park statement issued Friday says. "However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited.
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