March 1, 2016
ISSUE | YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Greed wipes out landmarks' names The public is rightfully outraged over the trademarking of the names of buildings in Yosemite National Park ("Yosemite landmarks get new names," Jan. 15). The concession company DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite obtained trademarks on such iconic buildings as the Ahwahnee hotel, Curry Village, and the Wawona Hotel under a contract that expires Monday. DNC submitted a $51 million bill for the use of the historic names of buildings it doesn't own. The Ahwahnee will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Curry Village will become Half Dome Village, and the Wawona Hotel will become Big Trees Lodge.
March 3, 2016 |
Aramark's 15-year contract to provide lodging, food and beverage, retail, recreational and transportation services at Yosemite National Park, which was the nation's fourth most-visited park last year, started Tuesday. When the National Park Service awarded the contract to Aramark last summer, the agency said Yosemite was the largest concession contract in the National Park system. Aramark officials said last month that they expected the Yosemite contract to bring in $120 million to $130 million a year.
January 26, 2012
A photo caption Wednesday gave an incorrect location for Valley Forge Casino Resort. The resort, scheduled to open in spring, is in Upper Merion Township. A story in some editions Wednesday gave an incorrect age for Aleem Mayes, 18, of Camden, who is charged with murder after a man he allegedly punched in the face suffered an aneurysm. A national "News in Brief" item Monday gave the wrong name of a park worker who died when a tree branch fell on him at Yosemite National Park.
August 2, 2011 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - A woman slipped to her death Sunday while descending Half Dome in the rain, the latest accident at Yosemite National Park in a year that is becoming the deadliest in recent history. Fourteen people have died so far this year, including three who were swept over Vernal Fall two weeks ago. In 2007, seven people were killed at the park, the most in any recent year until this one. One factor is a record snowfall that has created treacherous snowmelt, swelling streams and rivers at a time of year when nature in Yosemite is supposed to be relatively tranquil.
July 21, 2011 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Young tourists above one of Yosemite National Park's beautiful and perilous waterfalls were trying to pose for a picture. Instead they burned a horrifying image into the memories of everyone who saw. A man and a woman crossed a metal barricade above the 317-foot Vernal Fall on Tuesday, making their way over slick granite to a rock in the middle of the swift Merced River. The woman slipped. The man reached for her and fell in. Another woman in their group of about 10 tried to help but fell into the water as well.
February 13, 1997 |
For the first time in Yosemite National Park's 107-year history, motorists will need a reservation to get in this summer. Tourists also will have to buy a $20 pass to get into the park, which was devastated by New Year's flooding and hasn't fully reopened. "We will be able to allow fewer people into the park simply because there won't be enough space to park their cars or camp," said spokesman Scott Gediman. The New Year's flooding ripped up roads, washed out bridges, and swamped cabins and campgrounds in the park.
January 5, 1991
Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan Jr. has whipped up a mini-tempest over the fact that a Japanese conglomerate now owns some concessions at Yosemite National Park, but we're having a hard time getting outraged. Will the park's restaurants start pushing sushi instead of burgers? Unlikely. Will all campers have to wear kimonos? No way. Yet even if there were a basis for the criticism, the issue would be moot. That's because the new owner of the concessions at Yosemite, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., doesn't even want them - and has promised to sell them off within a year.
May 18, 1986 |
Anyone who has ever delighted in Ansel Adams' photographs of Yosemite National Park should be equally delighted to learn that, although a signed Adams print costs thousands of dollars, there are 24 of his photographs of Yosemite that still sell for only $60 each. These "Special Edition" prints are available only through the Ansel Adams Gallery at the national park in California, in person or by mail. The prints are sold by a trust established by Adams, and their price is intended to cover materials and labor only, according to gallery officials.
June 30, 2002 |
Having spent most of my life south of Philadelphia's City Hall, I was in no way prepared for my trip to Yosemite National Park. My husband and I decided to spend two weeks on a western adventure last summer. The plan was to visit all five major-league baseball stadiums in California, see Wayne Newton in Las Vegas, take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, and camp in Yosemite National Park. Camping was not in the original plan, but it turned out to be a necessity. Since all the available cabins were booked for the August night we would spend in Yosemite, my husband reserved a tent at Camp Curry, in the Yosemite Valley.
August 29, 2011
100 evacuated in Yosemite fire YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - About 100 people were ordered to leave their homes as a wildfire burned outside Yosemite National Park, fire officials said Sunday. Residents of the community of Rancheria were told to evacuate Saturday, while residents of nearby Yosemite West, Old El Portal, Incline, and Jerseydale were told they may have to leave their homes. The blaze, which is burning in a steep, rugged area of thick forests along Highway 140, also forced the indefinite closure of the roadway.