National Park Service

Hope Hall - Presidential Videographer / White House YouTube

The year 2016 was supposed to be one of celebration at Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels of the now century-old National Park Service. But while President Obama did visit the park to celebrate the NPR Centennial this past summer, a new scandal has rocked the park and those who work there. Allegations of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination and sexual harassment led longtime park superintendent Don Neubacher to unexpectedly resign last week. His early retirement came...

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Last month National Park Service officials made headlines when they announced their plan to remove the historic names from many of Yosemite National Park's treasured amenities, like the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village, it sparked a public outcry. It was a bold move in a legal dispute between the government, outgoing Yosemite concessions company Delaware North, and Aramark, which is set to take over operations next month, thanks to a new $2 billion dollar contract. Delaware North says it owns...

Ezra David Romero

The Giant Sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are one of America’s treasures. But for the first time in the parks history the trees are showing visible signs of exhaustion due to the drought: thin and browning leaves. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero hikes into one of the largest groves of Giant Sequoias and finds a crew of scientists rushing to gather data by scaling the monstrous trees. Anthony Ambrose is on the hunt in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, but not for deer or wild...

Google

For years, Google users have relied on the company's popular "Street View" technology to get a sidewalk level view of shops and restaurants. Now that concept is going vertical, with a unique 360-degree digital trek up Yosemite's El Capitan with some of the world's top climbers. Earlier this year the company enlisted Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell to use Street View camera to document their climbs. Caldwell made international headlines earlier this year when he and Kevin Jorgeson...

Courtesy of Modern Hiker

It’s been said that our national parks are treasures that belong to all Americans. In recent weeks one artist has been on a nationwide quest documenting her travels to these locations of immense natural beauty. And like many she shared photos of her journey online, from Zion and Bryce Canyon to Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon. But her photos weren’t of the parks’ natural beauty, instead they documented her graffiti art painted onto rock walls, in some cases actually showing her in the act...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Concessions workers at Yosemite National Park held a rally today over concerns that a new contractor could leave some longtime employers out of work. The Delaware North Corporation has held the park's exclusive food service and lodging contract since the early 1990's. The National Park Service recently announced that it is soliciting new proposals for the deal. Sarah McDermott is with the Unite Here Local 19 union: McDermott: "These workers have no guarantees that under a new concessions...

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This week on Valley Edition, KVPR’s Rebecca Plevin reports on how valley counties are preparing to expand coverage to their poorest residents under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also talk with Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Quantitative Research with The Center for Studying Health System Change about whether the San Joaquin Valley as a whole is ready to take on health reform. In the second segment of our program we talk about the long awaited opening of the Fresno...