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Fatality Confirmed After Rockfall In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — A rockfall of undetermined size occurred in Yosemite National Park just before 2 p.m. this afternoon, according to authorities, and one person was injured while another was confirmed to have died. The rockfall was reported to have happened from El Capitan, a granite monolith above Yosemite Valley. The release point appears to be near the “Waterfall Route,” a ...

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Yosemite’s Gateway Expressions Student Art And Poetry Contest

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the seventh annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest, celebrating the creativity of youth in Yosemite’s gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park, including Bass Lake, Groveland, Chawanakee, ...

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Fire In Yosemite – As Important As Wind And Water

YOSEMITE – Wildfire is part of life in the Central Sierra, and the sight of billowing smoke engenders fear in those who live in the Wildland Urban Interface. But it is also an important part of the ecology, as is evidenced by the decades of study in Yosemite National Park. Officials are eager to witness the rebirth and renewal in ...

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An Encounter With Bear Cubs And Mom On Glacier Point Road

YOSEMITE — Anyone visiting Yosemite National Park is likely hoping for the chance to see bears. A recent trip up to the Empire Fire provided a delightful encounter with two bear cubs along the Glacier Point Road. It was about 2:30 on Thursday afternoon, as I headed down from Bridalveil Campground. Just a mile or two west of the Yosemite ...

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Volunteers Invited To Yosemite National Park Annual Facelift

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the 14th Annual Yosemite Facelift, an event held each fall to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river ...

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Tioga Pass Road Closed Due To Snow

UPDATE: Please call 209-372-0200 (press 1 then 1) for current road conditions in the park. YOSEMITE — The Tioga Pass Road in Yosemite National Park has been temporarily closed due to a snow storm overnight. For the most current road conditions within the park, call 209-372-0200 (press 1, then 1). For roads outside the park, call 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Remember that ...

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Yosemite Valley Parking And Road Construction Update

YOSEMITE — Visitors to Yosemite should be aware of a new phase of parking and road construction in Yosemite Valley starting on Monday, Sept. 18. The biggest project will be reconstruction of the Camp 4 parking area. The parking area will close on Monday, Sept. 18, and campers will park across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Northside ...

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Full Moon Tonight, Harvest Or Not

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – Reader and frequent contributor of sunsets and other nature photographs Courtney Cara dubbed it the Railroad Moon, as our big view of the light in the nighttime sky locally may be filtered through a haze of smoke due to fires burning in the Sierra. You could call it the Mission Moon, South Fork Moon or the Peak Moon ...

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Hiking up to Mono Pass Trail’s High Lakes

We headed off trail to check out the country above the Mono Pass Trail. We never know what we will find and that is part of the excitement. The wildflowers were going crazy up there! Those beautiful high lakes were mighty pretty also. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 10 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,596′ – 11,328′ ...

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Wildfires, Heat And High Pressure Bring Health Concerns

MOUNTAIN AREA — Smoke from the Railroad and South Fork Fire burning in both Madera/Mariposa Counties, the Empire Fire burning in Mariposa County, the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County, and all other surrounding wildfires have the potential to affect air quality throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley and foothills above, prompting Air District officials to issue a health cautionary ...

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