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Visitor Swept Over Nevada Fall In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, a visitor was witnessed being swept over the precipice of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park. Aleh Kalman, 19 year old male, from Sacramento, CA, came to the park with a church group and was hiking the Mist Trail when the accident occurred.

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Swift Water Rescue: Tips For Staying Alive

YOSEMITE – The Merced River pushes past spectators with enormous gusto, as a wide area is cordoned off under the trees at Happy Isle Bridge. Yosemite Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are preparing to demonstrate swift water rescue techniques in order to convey a crucial message to the visiting public: stay safe out there. A diverse group of experts has ...

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Shadow of the Giants 50K Run

FISH CAMP – The 24th annual Shadow of the Giants 50K run returns on June 8, and organizers bill the event as a “magical run through the beautiful alpine forests of the western Sierra.” Started in 1990 by Baz Hawley, an avid trail runner for decades, the ultra-distance race takes place just outside of the park and incorporates some amazing ...

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Climber Dies In Fall From El Capitan

YOSEMITE – An experienced climber from Columbia Falls, Montana, plunged to his death on Sunday, May 19, while attempting to reach the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, according to Yosemite National Park spokesperson Kari Cobb. Mason Robison was climbing with a partner about 600 feet from the summit of the 3,000-foot granite monolith just after 9 a.m. ...

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Half Dome Cables In Place On Friday

YOSEMITE – The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, weather permitting. The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite’s most popular hikes. Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables seven days per week. The ...

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2013 Fire Season Begins in Yosemite

YOSEMITE – The 2013 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park begins on Monday, May 20. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack ...

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Ski School Benefits From Mayor's Contest

OAKHURST – One candidate for Honorary Mayor may have a slight advantage when it comes to the ups and downs of the race, or is that racing? Bass Lake resident Theresa Wilson is campaigning for Mountain Area Ski School (MASS), so it’s possible her candidacy may pick up speed. According to organizers Wilson is “running for the kids, raising money ...

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Wawona Pine Needle Pick Up

WAWONA – The County will be picking up pine needles Monday through Friday, June 3 – 7 in the Wawona area. Here are the guidelines for those wishing to avail themselves of this service:

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Rockfall Closes Portion of John Muir Trail

YOSEMITE – Due to a rockfall on Saturday, May 11, the John Muir Trail is currently closed until further notice from the junction with the Mist Trail, just above Vernal Fall footbridge, to Clark Point. The Mist Trail and Ice Cut section of the John Muir Trail remain open. Due to this closure there is currently no stock access to ...

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Tioga Road Opens With Limited Services

YOSEMITE – The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 11, at 12 p.m. for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be ...

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