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Spectacular Rescue Off Leaning Tower

YOSEMITE – Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) successfully rescued an injured climber from the Leaning Tower on Tuesday, June 25. Reports are that solo climber Shane Houbart fell on the West Face Route, hurting his back badly enough to prevent further progress. YOSAR was alerted via telephone while Tom Evans was on hand to capture the scene in photographs. Evans ...

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Glacier Point The Setting For Naturalization Ceremony

YOSEMITE – Sixty-five people will become naturalized United States citizens at Yosemite’s famous overlook on Thursday, June 27, at 11 a.m. This special ceremony commemorates Independence Day and being a U.S. Citizen. The ceremony will feature Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher and representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services providing remarks and administering the Oath of Allegiance to the new ...

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Yosemite Nature Notes Presents "Snow Plants"

YOSEMITE – “Snow Plants,” the latest episode of the popular Yosemite Nature Notes series, has been released. Each episode is about eight minutes and explores interesting and often little known stories about Yosemite National Park. This is the 21st episode of Yosemite Nature Notes. The snow plant, Sarcodes Sanguinea, is a distinctive red plant that grows on the forest floor ...

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Linda Eade Receives Prestigious Award At YNP

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced that Linda Eade, Yosemite Research Librarian, is the recipient of the 2012 Barry Hance Memorial Award. The award was presented during an all-employee meeting on Thursday in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.

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Prescribed Fire Scheduled In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start on, or around, June 18, and is dependent on weather conditions. Specifically, the burn area is located along Southside Drive between El Capitan Bridge and the Sentinel Beach picnic area. The total prescribed burn area will ...

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Forbidden Fire Smolders In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – The Forbidden Fire is burning in Yosemite National Park just west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. This lightning caused fire was called in by employees and visitors observing smoke on May 21. The fire is approximately at five acres, ...

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Native American Basketry Exhibit In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – A 36-inch-wide basket that took three years to hand weave, restored film footage of American Indian history in the 1920s and an oral history of native cultural demonstrators are among the items showcased in Sharing Traditions, a new exhibit at the Yosemite Museum celebrating the 80-year history of Yosemite National Park’s basket-weaving demonstrators and their role in conveying ...

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Rock Climber Dies in Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – A 28-year-old climber died in a rock climbing accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Sunday, June 2. Felix Joseph Kiernan, from London, England, was climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan, a popular climbing route in Yosemite Valley, when he was struck by a rock. Kiernan and his climbing partner were approximately 600 feet ...

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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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