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YNP Releases Final Merced River Plan

YOSEMITE – Golfing and horseback riding in Wawona and skating in Curry Village will remain a part of the Yosemite experience, according to the latest news release from Yosemite National Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Park announced the release of the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): “This plan will protect ...

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Mountain Area Ski School Cancels Season

MADERA COUNTY – The lack of snow and the cost of insurance for a very short season has forced the cancellation of this year’s Mountain Area Ski School (MASS) program. “It is with great displeasure that we announce that the MASS season of 2014 will have to be cancelled,” said organizer Matt Casey in an email to volunteers. Casey says ...

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Winners Of Yosemite Short Film Contest

YOSEMITE – The first Youth in Yosemite Short Film Contest has announced its winners for 2014. “We received a wide array of entries celebrating Yosemite from many different perspectives and through unique film styles,” say organizers. “Judging is always exciting and of course, a very difficult task, and we thank everyone who participated as a judge and honor all of ...

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Yosemite Ranger Receives Prestigious Award

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Smith was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He will be considered, along with six other National Park Service regional award winners, for the National Harry Yount Award.

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Badger Pass Ski Area Re-Opens

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park’s Badger Pass Ski Area opens for downhill skiing on Saturday, Feb. 8, after the recent storms in Yosemite National Park. The free shuttle to and from Badger Pass from Yosemite National Park lodges will begin service on opening date.

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Local Galleries Host Yosemite Anniversary Events

OAKHURST – On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Yosemite “Rocks” Artistic Learning Series continues at Timberline Gallery and Gallery Yosemite in Oakhurst. This is one of the many local events scheduled to honor the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary. Gallery Yosemite and Timberline Gallery will host this free series on the 2nd Saturday of each month (special dates in April) from 2 ...

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Golden Chain Presents Ken Burns Film On Yosemite

OAKHURST – Don’t miss a special presentation of Ken Burns’s Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film produced to honor the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. Signed on June 30, 1864 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Act was created to preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. It was also the first time a ...

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Yosemite Conservancy Names New GM

YOSEMITE – Yosemite Conservancy has named Adonia Ripple, a dedicated conservationist whose career protecting and improving wildlands began nearly two decades ago in the park, as its new General Manager of Yosemite Operations. “Adonia has experience in land conservation, nonprofit operations and fundraising that is ideal for the position,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Mike Tollefson. “She has a unique ability ...

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Range Of Light Film Festival Tickets Available

YOSEMITE – The Range of Light Film Festival will debut in Yosemite National Park, running from Thursday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, Mar. 2. The festival is presented by Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park, and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. The festival, part of the Park’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant, will ...

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Free Admission To Yosemite On MLK Day

YOSEMITE – In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 20. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday. Fees being waived for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day include the fees associated with entrance into the park only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, ...

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