Archive for August, 2011

Senate passes bill letting nonprofits run parks

  Date Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

(08-31) 18:13 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — A bill making it easier for 70 California state parks threatened with closures to enter into operating agreements with nonprofits easily cleared the Senate on Wednesday….


Using National Parks as Climate Change Education Grounds

  Date Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – On any given summer evening about 60 tourists gather in campground amphitheatres here for park ranger presentations. Astronomy, geology, human history, fire ecology are on the regular schedule of program topics. Wilderness safety and Yosemite’s notoriously aggressive black bears are also popular. [More]


California offers "Top Gun" and "Lost Boys" to draw English tourists

  Date Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The California Travel and Tourism Commission has recruited Goose, Maverick and a bunch of vampires to help draw tourists from England to the Golden State. In the latest campaign to promote the state’s -billion tourism industry, the commission has partnered…


Using National Parks as Climate Change Education Grounds

  Date Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. On any given summer evening about 60 tourists gather in campground amphitheatres here for park ranger presentations. Astronomy, geology, human history, fire ecology are on the regular schedule of program topics. Wilderness safety and Yosemite’s notoriously aggressive black bears are also popular. But one July evening Yosemite ranger Matt Holly popped something …


Highway closed by fire near Yosemite to reopen

  Date Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

One of the main roads leading into Yosemite National Park will be reopened Tuesday morning after being shut down for the past five days due to a wildfire.