yosemite http://kvpr.org en On Yosemite's 150th Anniversary, Mariposa Grove Takes Center Stage http://kvpr.org/post/yosemites-150th-anniversary-mariposa-grove-takes-center-stage <p>Monday marked the 150th anniversary of the land grant that established what we know now as Yosemite National Park. On June 30, 1864 in the middle of the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln signed an act “authorizing a grant to the State of California of the Yo-Semite Valley, and of the land embracing the Mariposa Big Tree Grove.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:23:06 +0000 Joe Moore 35034 at http://kvpr.org On Yosemite's 150th Anniversary, Mariposa Grove Takes Center Stage New Book Documents Hetch Hetchy's Demise, Possible Rebirth http://kvpr.org/post/new-book-documents-hetch-hetchys-demise-possible-rebirth <p>This past weekend thousands of people made the trek to Yosemite Valley from around the world to marvel at the majesty of Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:20:47 +0000 Joe Moore 33383 at http://kvpr.org New Book Documents Hetch Hetchy's Demise, Possible Rebirth New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada http://kvpr.org/post/new-book-chronicles-hidden-history-sierra-nevada <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s isn’t just home to internationally renowned gems like Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – it’s also a place that’s rich in its own human history. And while many stories, like the Gold Rush and </span>Hetch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hetchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are well known, a new book seeks to document the “hidden history” of the Sierra. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Joe Moore 32905 at http://kvpr.org New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-workers-rally-keep-jobs-amid-contract-uncertainty <p class="p1">Concessions workers at Yosemite National Park held a rally today over concerns that a new contractor could leave some longtime employers out of work.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Delaware North Corporation has held the park's exclusive food service and lodging contract since the early 1990's.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Park Service recently announced that it is soliciting new proposals for the deal.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Sarah McDermott is with the Unite Here Local 19 union:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 02:03:57 +0000 Kerry Klein & Joe Moore 32627 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area http://kvpr.org/post/fighting-fire-fire-future-rim-fire-burn-area <p>Fires in the Sierra Nevada are a natural phenomenon, but with human sparked blazes - like this summer's Rim Fire - the ecology of the mountain range is in flux. Will the high country scorched this summer ever return to its natural glory or will the region of the forest be littered with shrubbery? In this report Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero takes a walk through multiple groves scorched by fires - caused naturally and by the human hand - and speaks with ecologists about the future of the forest burned by the Rim Fire.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:00:43 +0000 Ezra David Romero 25306 at http://kvpr.org Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area Yosemite National Park Reopens After 16-Day Government Shutdown http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-national-park-reopens-after-16-day-government-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yosemite National Park reopened last night, and visitors are returning to the park today to snap photos and bask in the fall colors.</span></p><p>Park officials estimate that more than 150,000 people were blocked from visiting Yosemite during the 16-day government shutdown. That means lost entrance and campground fees, and concession sales, says spokesman Scott Gediman.&nbsp;</p><p>“The loss of visitors has a huge ripple effect, from an economic perspective,” Gediman says.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:14:59 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 23187 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite National Park Reopens After 16-Day Government Shutdown On Valley Edition: Calif. Politics; COS Accreditation; Tourism in Yosemite; 'Grapes of Wrath' Tour http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-calif-politics-cos-accreditation-tourism-yosemite-grapes-wrath-tour <p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> we explore emerging California politics with Fresno State Political Science Professor <a href="http://www.fresnostate.edu/socialsciences/polysci/fac-staff/full-time/holyoke.html">Thomas Holyoke</a>.&nbsp; Valley Edition Host Joe Moore speaks with Holyoke about immigration reform and more.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:48:57 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 22721 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Calif. Politics; COS Accreditation; Tourism in Yosemite; 'Grapes of Wrath' Tour Despite Shutdown, Rim Fire Recovery Moves Forward http://kvpr.org/post/despite-shutdown-rim-fire-recovery-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National parks across the country may be off-limits to visitors due to the government shutdown, but in the Sierra, it hasn&rsquo;t stopped efforts to recover from the Rim Fire.</span></p><p>A crew of around 50 fire response specialists are still on the job in the Stanislaus National Forest and in Yosemite National Park.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 01:02:16 +0000 Ezra David Romero 22474 at http://kvpr.org Despite Shutdown, Rim Fire Recovery Moves Forward On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Kern Co. Animal Control; Fresno Co. Jails & Mental Health; Bea Franco http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-rim-fire-kern-co-animal-control-fresno-co-jails-mental-health-bea-franco <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">This week on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">Valley Edition&nbsp;</a>we focus on the Rim Fire, animal control in Kern County, mental health issues in the region and the legacy of Bea Franco.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:55:46 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 20660 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Kern Co. Animal Control; Fresno Co. Jails & Mental Health; Bea Franco On Valley Edition: Leticia Perez; Ice Cream; Buffalo Soldiers; Book Club http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-leticia-perez-ice-cream-buffalo-soldiers-book-club <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">This week on Valley Edition Kern County Supervisor <a href="http://www.leticiaperez.org">Leticia Perez</a> speaks with host Joe Moore about the upcoming senate race. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:13:47 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 17687 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Leticia Perez; Ice Cream; Buffalo Soldiers; Book Club Yosemite's 'Buffalo Soldiers' Inspire Ranger Shelton Johnson, African Americans http://kvpr.org/post/yosemites-buffalo-soldiers-inspire-ranger-shelton-johnson-african-americans <p class="p1">One hundred years ago this summer, a group of U.S. Army cavalry soldiers left the Presidio in San Francisco, and made the hot dusty trek across the San Joaquin Valley to both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Veterans of the Spanish American War, were charged with protecting the new national parks from poachers, timber thieves, and with building park infrastructure. They were in essence America's first park rangers.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:36:59 +0000 Joe Moore 17685 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite's 'Buffalo Soldiers' Inspire Ranger Shelton Johnson, African Americans The Merced River Plan and the Future of Yosemite National Park http://kvpr.org/post/merced-river-plan-and-future-yosemite-national-park-0 <p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:18:31 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 13031 at http://kvpr.org The Merced River Plan and the Future of Yosemite National Park On Valley Edition: Strawberries & Education; Gardens & Baseball; Age-Old Fresno/Bakersfield Rivalry http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-strawberries-education-gardens-baseball-age-old-fresnobakersfield-rivalry-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="line-height: 1.5;">Valley Edition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we &nbsp;take the listener to one of the many strawberry stands that dot the San Joaquin Valley’s rural roads. But how often do these vine-ripened strawberries reach school menus? Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:03:17 +0000 Juanita Stevenson, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 12984 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Strawberries & Education; Gardens & Baseball; Age-Old Fresno/Bakersfield Rivalry Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks http://kvpr.org/post/sequestered-spring-means-fewer-rangers-services-national-parks Spring has come early to the Yosemite Valley, and the melting snow makes for a spectacular rush of water off the granite face of Yosemite Falls, the tallest in North America.<p>Early March is when park officials would normally be gearing up for the busy tourist season. Instead, they're figuring out how to cut $1.5 million from their budget. Without a budget deal, the sequestration has forced the Park Service to cut a total of $134 million from sites around the country.<p>"Do we close a visitor center for the entire season, or do we just cut back hours?" says Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 11699 at http://kvpr.org Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks Yosemite Releases Draft Merced River Plan http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-releases-draft-merced-river-plan <p>It has taken more than a decade, but Yosemite National Park finally released today its draft plans to protect and restore the Merced River corridor for the next 20 years.</p><p>The plans, which include six different alternatives, are intended to preserve the river, and provide visitors with opportunities to enjoy the river, according to Kathleen Morse, chief of planning at Yosemite National Park.</p><p>“It’s a dual purpose plan: One to protect the resources, and two, to provide access to them,” Morse said.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 02:06:58 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 9147 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite Releases Draft Merced River Plan Missing Yosemite Park Employee Found Alive Near Wawona http://kvpr.org/post/missing-yosemite-park-employee-found-alive-near-wawona <p>Yosemite National Park officials announced today that missing 23-year-old park employee Jessica Garcia has been found alive.&nbsp;</p><p>Search and rescue crews located the missing employee on Tuesday in a rugged area around two miles from the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River.</p><p>Garcia was reported missing after she failed to show up to work on Sunday. She was last seen near Wawona on Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p>From the official press release:</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 22:43:53 +0000 Joe Moore 5204 at http://kvpr.org Missing Yosemite Park Employee Found Alive Near Wawona Third Yosemite Hantavirus Death Reported http://kvpr.org/post/third-yosemite-hantavirus-death-reported <p>A West Virginia resident is the third person to die of hantavirus in the last month after visiting Yosemite National Park. The outbreak of the rare disease, which is contracted through contact with the urine or feces of infected deer mice has prompted a worldwide health advisory for individuals who visited the park earlier this summer. A total of eight cases have been reported so far. All of the cases but one involve people who stayed at the "Signature Tent Cabins" at Yosemite's Curry Village. The other case involves a person who visited camps in the High Sierra.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 01:46:44 +0000 Joe Moore 3557 at http://kvpr.org Third Yosemite Hantavirus Death Reported CDC: As Many as 10,000 Yosemite Visitors At Risk of Hantavirus http://kvpr.org/post/cdc-many-10000-yosemite-visitors-risk-hantavirus <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The hantavirus&nbsp;outbreak in Yosemite National Park that has sickened six and killed two could grow much larger, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:12:47 +0000 Joe Moore 3276 at http://kvpr.org CDC: As Many as 10,000 Yosemite Visitors At Risk of Hantavirus Yosemite Hantavirus Cases Grow, Now Six Infected http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-hantavirus-cases-grow-now-six-infected <p>The outbreak of hantavirus&nbsp;among people who visited Yosemite National Park continues to grow, as two additional people have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the California Department of Public Health. That brings the total number of Yosemite related cases this year to six. Most of the individuals who became infected stayed at tent cabins in Curry Village earlier this summer.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 03:58:30 +0000 Joe Moore 3209 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite Hantavirus Cases Grow, Now Six Infected New Yosemite Hantavirus Infections, Death Reported http://kvpr.org/post/new-yosemite-hantavirus-infections-death-reported <p>Officials at Yosemite National Park have announced that a second person has died after contracting hantavirus&nbsp;during a park visit, and another is likely sick from the disease.&nbsp;&nbsp;Earlier this month, two other people were diagnosed with the rare pulmonary disease and one died from the illness.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:08:22 +0000 Joe Moore 3049 at http://kvpr.org New Yosemite Hantavirus Infections, Death Reported