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Tom Standen Receives Yosemite’s Highest Honor

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park (YNP) is proud to announce that Thomas (Tom) Karl Standen III is the recipient of the 2018 Barry Hance Memorial Award. A ceremony in his honor was attended by approximately 400 Yosemite National Park employees, retirees, volunteers and park partners including several past Barry Hance Memorial Award recipients. The Barry Hance Memorial Award is a ...

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Settlement Reached In Yosemite Historic Name Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON — DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service (NPS), according to the NPS. The settlement, announced by the NPS on Monday, July 15, involves the ...

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Hiking up Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail to Helen Lake

I try my best to hike up to Helen Lake while there is a smidge of ice still on it. There is something special about how a bit of white snow sets off the red colors of the surrounding mountains and it is a lovely hike up a historic Native American trail and mining route. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: ...

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Feeling ‘Blessed’ After Tree Falls On Jeep In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The massive tree mortality in the central Sierra and Yosemite National Park is something locals are always well aware of but, for two visitors from Sacramento, the reality hit home in a big way last week. Having spent the day exploring Yosemite National Park on Sunday, July 7, visitors Mike and Debbie Sanchez suddenly found themselves in the ...

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Hospitality Hiring Event In Oakhurst For Tenaya Lodge

OAKHURST — With the new cabins at Tenaya Lodge already hosting guests and the newly remodeled Jackalopes restaurant open for business, the folks at Tenaya Lodge continue to expand their team. Looking for just the right people to fill the new positions, Tenaya hosts a job fair at their Oakhurst Recruitment Center on Wednesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

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Recent Earthquakes And (Lack Of) Rockfalls In Yosemite

By Greg M. Stock — YOSEMITE — Recent earthquakes centered near Ridgecrest, CA, were strongly felt in and around Yosemite Valley. The largest of these, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 8:19 p.m. on Friday, July 5, caused shaking of the floor of Yosemite Valley that lasted ten seconds. Despite this shaking, it seems that there were not any rockfalls triggered ...

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Over The Garden Fence: It’s Hot Out There!

By Bob Labozetta —  What can home gardeners do to help their plants — veggies, landscape plants, shrubs and trees — survive the intense summer heat? Here are some do’s and don’ts of hot weather gardening: Don’t fertilize plants or trees during the hot summer months. The purpose of fertilizers — especially those high in nitrogen — is to help ...

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Merced River Stars In U.S. ‘Wild And Scenic’ Postage Stamp Series

YOSEMITE VALLEY — One of the area’s most spectacular waterways is among the stars of a new series of “forever” stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service. The Merced River is one of 12 U.S. rivers featured in the new “National Wild and Scenic River System” stamp series, which was unveiled and went on sale earlier this summer. The colorful ...

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Cal Fire Warns Of Dangers As 4th Of July Approaches

SACRAMENTO – Fourth of July is synonymous with sun, fun, barbeque and fireworks. Cal Fire reminds everyone to do their part to have a safe holiday and help prevent wildfires and injuries caused by fireworks. Two out of five fires on the 4th of July are caused by fireworks, more than any other cause of fires. Most of these incidents ...

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