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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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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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