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My Motherlode

by B.J. Hansen

June 3, 2010

Yosemite, CA -- Yosemite National Park has decided to waive entrance fees this Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6.

The decision was made by Park Superintendent Don Neubacher in celebration of National Trails Day. National Trails Day is intended to inspire hikers to seek out their favorite trails on public lands across America.

latimes.com

by Chad Hanson

October 3, 2013

It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws.

Ecologists agree that the post-fire habitat created by patches of high-intensity fire, known as "snag forest habitat," is one of the most ecologically important of all forest habitat types, and it supports levels of native biodiversity and wildlife abundance equal to or greater than unburned old-growth forest. Moreover, snag forest habitat is even rarer than old-growth forest, and is more threatened by commercial logging than any other forest type.

mercedsunstar.com

by Joshua Emerson Smith

July 15, 2012

YOSEMITE -- The permit process to climb Half Dome has made the iconic destination safer and more enjoyable, according to park officials.

But hikers making their way up the set of steel cables on the final 400-foot ascent must still cope with the inevitable moment when a nervous hiker freezes up, forcing the entire line into a vertical midair traffic jam on the side of the 8,800-foot granite monolith. It is dangerous especially if you're not prepared, said Duane Poslusny, a law enforcement ranger who checks permits using an iPad at the area known as the Sub-Dome.

modbee.com

by Dhyana Levey

January 13, 2008

YOSEMITE -- It's almost like a conversation between John Muir and Edward Abbey. Just how pure and pristine do you want to make one of America's scenic jewels?

Yosemite National Park is in the early phases of planning its utilities improvement project for Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and Backpackers Camp. The camps' water supply and waste-water systems have deterio- rated, and more stringent state and federal regulations require that the facilities be revamped. No work has started, Yosemite spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. But the public scoping process will begin Tuesday and run through Feb. 13. Scoping refers to information exchanged about the scope of a project.

Backpacker

by Ted Alvarez

October 31, 2008

Yosemite's Tunnel View is a favorite for visitors-especially those who plan to just tool around on asphalt and not actually get into all that wilderness/hiking business.

But honchos at Yosemite saw room for improvement: They removed six view-blocking trees, built a viewing spot, and added other amenities to a scenic vista made famous by Ansel Adams and countless other photographers.

reuters.com

August 28, 2012

Yosemite National Park is warning 1,700 people that they may have been exposed to a potentially deadly rodent-borne lung disease while staying in the famous California park, and said that two visitors had died from the illness known as hantavirus.

The tourists who died had stayed in Curry Village, a popular camping area tucked below the park's sheer granite walls, a Yosemite spokesman said on Tuesday. A third visitor was sickened by the virus but recovering. Investigators were looking into whether a fourth visitor was suffering from the illness, which is carried by wild rodents. All four stayed in the area's tent cabins on overlapping days in mid-June, spokesman Scott Gediman said.

The Real Revo

by R.D. Walker

July 18, 2011

The Department of Justice says you can be forced to reveal your computer password.

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to force a defendant to decrypt an encrypted laptop that police found in her bedroom during a raid of her home.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Bob Livingston

December 3, 2012

Your best defense against abusive law enforcement officers is a video recorder. Almost everyone now has a recorder with them at all times, thanks to advances in smartphone technology. People should use them.

The recorder is bane to the abusive badge-wielding enforcers who resort to force, intimidation, Tasers or worse if their subject doesn't immediately comply with all demands, no matter how ridiculous or illegal. Because of this, many civilians who have recorded their own or other people's encounters with police have found themselves handcuffed and sitting in the back of a patrol car. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a citizen's right to record encounters with law enforcement by letting stand a Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling making the practice legal. It overturned an anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois that made it a class 1 felony - punishable by up to 15 years in prison - for anyone to record individuals performing their duties as law enforcement officers.

osxdaily.com

January 3, 2013

The ability to block incoming calls on the iPhone is missing on the OS side, and though there were once rumors that a call block feature would arrive with newer versions of iOS, those rumors ended up being about the Do Not Disturb feature.

Do Not Disturb is excellent, but it's not really blocking unwanted calls, it just sets a time period where any calls won't bother you. So what can you do if you want to actually block a phone call on the iPhone? You have a few options. You can attempt to contact your cellular carrier and request a specific number be blocked, but not all carriers support that option and you'll be spending plenty of time on hold and bouncing around tech support menus to even find out if it's possible. That's not really viable for evryone though, which leaves a few iOS features as the next best thing, allowing you to create your very own do-it-yourself "block" list of sorts that is centralized and configured to be easily ignorable and also easy to add to.

The Real Revo

by Kenneth

July 20, 2011

But that doesn't mean they won't try. Philly is now fining walkers that text while moving. I wish I was joking, but I am not.

I can understand a driver being fined for texting. If they don't pay attention to the road as they should, they can cause serious injury or death to others. It has been proven that texting while driving is actually more dangerous than drinking and driving. Well, sort of. It's only more dangerous while you're actually texting. As soon as you hit send and pay attention to the road, you go back to the same level of safety you enjoyed before. With drinking, you don't have that luxury.

      
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