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by Tracie Cone

October 30, 2008

Tourists seeking to capture one of the most photographed scenes on earth - the long look past Yosemite Valley's granite icons to Half Dome seven miles distant - no longer have to dodge cars to do it.

A $3 million redesign of the viewing area where tourists emerge from the Wawona Tunnel to the vista that provided Ansel Adams one of his trademark photographs has created a destination worthy of its surroundings.


April 2, 2009

SONORA -- A mass e-mail warning of reservation problems at Yosemite National Park left the U.S. park besieged with telephone calls, an official says.

Kenny Karst, public relations manager for Delaware North Cos. Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, said nearly 3,300 people with summer reservations at the national park received an e-mail saying an October landslide was threatening their plans, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee said Thursday.

by Jayne Clark

June 15, 2012

Eighteen cabins in the popular Curry Village area of Yosemite Village have been closed after a study said they were in danger of being struck by falling rock.

The Curry Village closings came last week, but weren't announced until Thursday, after a National Park Service survey made to assess which rocks are in danger of falling - and where -- pinpointed structures in harm's way. The seven-by-one-mile Yosemite Valley, site of Curry Village, is the hub of visitor activity in the popular park. About 90% of its nearly 4 million annual visitors congregate in the valley, which was formed by glaciers - and tumbling boulders.

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by Tracie Cone

January 29, 2012

There was a time not long ago when a climb to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome was a solitary trek attempted by only the most daring adventurers.

Over the past decade, however, the route has been inundated with up to 1,200 nature lovers a day seeking to experience the iconic mountain that is stamped on the California quarter, stitched on a line of outdoor clothing and painted on the side of the park's vehicles. Now officials want to permanently limit access to the granite monolith, frustrating both hikers who journey there for a transcendent experience and advocates who say the plan doesn't go far enough to protect a place in a federally designated wilderness area.

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January 8, 2013

Visitors might miss the 1920s-era ice skating rink in the winter or the summer bike and raft rentals, but they'll likely be glad to hear that a plan released Tuesday to protect the river that runs through Yosemite National Park won't reduce the number of daily visitors. For years, the possibility has existed that access to the third-most visited national park would be decreased under the court-ordered effort to protect the Merced River, which received congressional "wild and scenic" designation in 1987.

by Julie Cart

April 15, 2013

Yosemite's much-loved amenities, including swimming pools, bike, horse and raft rentals, would be jettisoned under a Merced River plan.

The Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan would reconfigure much of the Yosemite Valley by removing or relocating familiar concessions. Park officials also hope to reduce traffic that often transforms the heart of Yosemite from natural wonder to parking lot. The National Park Service's proposal, which would cost $235 million over the next 15 years, seeks to balance the twin aims of improving infrastructure and preserving nature.

November 7, 2012

In San Francisco, local measure F submitted by the restore Hetch Hetchy Reservoir group has failed by 77.41%, with 22.59% in favor so far.

San Francisco voters were asked if they wanted to develop a "long-term plan for improved use of the local water supply, and a "reduction of harm to Yosemite National Park, the Tuolumne River and the San Francisco Bay." The ballot measure did not specifically call for the removal of the Hetch Hetchy dam, but sought to get things moving towards that end. Critics of the Hetch Hetchy restoration effort have long cited the high price tag. A state study in 2006 found that the cost to restore Hetch Hetchy would be anywhere from $3 billion to $10 billion. One of the notable critics over the past several years has been Democratic Senator, and former San Francisco Mayor, Diane Feinstein.

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by Tracie Cone

October 30, 2011

On busy days, more than 8,000 cars pass through Yosemite Valley. The problem is there are only 1,100 parking spaces in the national park's tourist mecca.

by B.J. Hansen

January 23, 2012

Yosemite, CA -- Big Oak Flat Road, a continuation of Highway 120, is closed because of a rockslide that occurred at 11:30 last night.

Yosemite National Park Spokesperson Scott Gediman says a boulder, "the size of a house," fell into the road and brought with it tree branches and several smaller rocks.

by Mark Truppner

January 17, 2013

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Monday, January 21, 2013. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday.

Yosemite National Park Spokesperson Scott Gediman was Thursday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day". Fees being waived for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day include the fees associated with entrance into the park only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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