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2009-10-06 13:39:00

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Building Maintenance, the all-green janitorial division of Universal Services of America, is doing their part to protect the environment by sponsoring Yosemite National Park. The "Sponsor a Wild Place" program, put forth by Sierra Club, offers businesses the opportunity to help U.S. national parks in need of protection from environmental concerns. The funds from Universal Building Maintenance's sponsorship will help promote the use...

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2009-09-18 12:15:00

A California-based travel Web site has picked Yosemite National Park's Glacier Point as the No. 1 place for nighttime star gazing. VirtualTourist.com chose the California park's viewpoint, on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, as the best spot on the list of the Five Best Places to Count the Stars at Night for a view that VirtualTourist member Paulvir described as like someone had spilled a cup of milk in the sky. The Yesnaby area of Scotland's Orkney island was given second-place honors on...

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2008-10-15 15:30:00

Global warming is causing major shifts in the range of small mammals in Yosemite National Park, one of the nation's treasures that was set aside as a public trust 144 years ago, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists. The study, published in the Oct. 10 issue of Science, compared small mammal populations in the park today versus 90 years ago and found that mammals like shrews, mice and ground squirrels have moved to higher elevations or reduced their ranges...

2008-10-01 06:00:35

By Julia Scott SAN FRANCISCO -- Bay Area residents who get their water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra will not be allotted any "new" water under a proposal to maximize water resources through 2018, although water rates will double in that time to pay for upgrades to the system, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials said Tuesday. The staff of the commission is backing a regional water supply plan that would avoid the controversial environmental pitfall of...

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2008-09-24 13:49:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of lichen stuck to several historic icons in Yosemite. They have spotted the new microscopic species clinging to El Capitan, Half Dome and Vernal Falls, and countless slabs of less famous rock. Now they are setting out to determine if the species can be found elsewhere. Several world-class climbers gathered at the site last week where they collected the microcosms for scientists to analyze. "We hear about new species of life being discovered in the...

2008-09-02 12:00:16

By Banks Albach In response to strong opposition from neighbors of Seminary Oaks Park, Menlo Park city staff are rethinking a long-standing plan to build a massive emergency reservoir under the open space. The neighbors, organized as Friends of Seminary Oak Park since May, turned out in force at Tuesday night's City Council meeting to complain about a lack of transparency in the process and to show support for staff's recent decision to explore alternatives. For years, the city's Public...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- A fire burning outside Yosemite National Park has destroyed 28 homes, seven more than previously thought, fire officials reported Tuesday as weather forecasts produced new wildfire worries. Officials said crews were able to go in and more accurately survey the damage from the blaze, which was 95 percent contained. No additional structures were at risk, they said. The fire, which has consumed about 53 square miles and cost nearly $37 million to fight,...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of residents streamed back into their mountain homes Wednesday as firefighters announced they had made critical gains against a wildfire charging across the hillsides outside Yosemite National Park. An evacuation order remained in effect for about 100 homes near the fire northwest of Midpines, a small town about a dozen miles from the protected wilderness. By Wednesday evening, the 50-square- mile blaze was 40 percent contained. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By Garance Burke Associated Press YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Visitors trying to photograph Yosemite National Park's famed peaks on Tuesday instead took shots of flying ash blowing in from an out-of-control wildfire burning just 12 miles outside the park. The fire -- which has destroyed 25 homes and is only 15 percent contained -- has shrouded one of California's most popular destinations in smoke and risks marring business at the height of Yosemite's busiest season. "It's the...

2008-07-30 00:00:25

MARIPOSA, Calif. _ Her little brown cabin in the woods was gone, reduced to ash and rubble by a wave of flames, but Mary Briggs had no time to be consoled. Her mind was elsewhere. Down the road, in another part of the woods near Mariposa, Briggs was needed at the care where she worked. Sixteen elderly men and women, some more than a century old, were waiting to be rescued to safer ground. The Telegraph fire was approaching, and there was no time that Saturday afternoon for Briggs to dwell...