Rim Fire: No News?

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Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on August 27, 2013

The smoke is so thick you can cut it will a knife.  Makes it hard to breath and literally to catch a breath.  If you don’t have air conditioning and you can’t get out of the smoke, wet a rag and tie it around your face, it will allow you to breath without getting the ash particles in your lungs.  Drink lots of water.

Rim Fire

Rim Fire

Reports are that 179,000 have burned, I’m still waiting for the news sites online to catch up.  It’s so frustrating that the search engines are filtering out information about the fire.  In fact, channel 10 reported they are having trouble getting access.  Just our transparent government at work again.

I live right here and I’m having trouble getting news on the Rim Fire.  They have called in the feds and FEMA is at the helm, so you can be sure to get less news, not more.  Why don’t they have regular updates on channel 8?  After all this is community news.  My Motherlode is doing an admirable job of trying to keep people informed but depending on the writer, you have to read between the lines.  One of their writers had me so upset after read one story, I was scared stiff.  It’s important to consider the source and I take everything I read at My Motherlode with a grain of salt.

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Changes at Yosemite

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Outdoors, Twain Harte News on August 13, 2013

The environmentalists are at it again, now they want to take away all sorts of things that make no sense at all, unless your in it for the money, which they are.

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Yosemite National Park may ban horse, bike and raft rentals, and remove ice rink and pools

In the name of restoring the park’s natural setting, a new proposal by the National Park Service would ban bicycle and horse rentals in Yosemite Valley and remove the ice rink at Curry Village. Swimming pools at the Yosemite Lodge and Ahwahnee Hotel would be torn out. Rafting rentals on the Merced River would end. The longest stone bridge in Yosemite Valley would be demolished. Even the Yosemite Art Activity Center, where families learn water colors, would go.

The changes — which will be discussed by park officials at a public meeting Thursday in San Francisco — are part of a new set of principles for the park known as the Merced River Plan. The 2,500-page document, released in January, comes after years of lawsuits over what should be allowed in Yosemite Valley and the Merced River that flows through it.

If they really wanted to make changes that made sense they close down all the shops on the valley floor.  Don’t kid yourself, it’s all about the money.  Why not tear down the Ahwahnee Hotel? Because they charge upward of $400 a night!  Outrageous.

I say keep the environmentalists out and the investors and stop fooling around.  Every year, their is construction and they make a mess of the parking and the roads.  I think they do it just to make people miserable.

McClintock said he will introduce an amendment to the park service budget to block removing recreational activities in Yosemite Valley.

If you care about Yosemite, you need to speak up or all that will be allowed to use it are the rich and famous and the bear. I’m sure the construction or deconstruction bills will add up and keep them busy for the next ten years.  Leave Yosemite alone.

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Yosemite: Operation Airbrake

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Political on September 22, 2011

This past weekend Yosemite was offering free park admittance for the public, which I’m certain sounded like a great deal, until visitors realized they were driving into a trap.

Bus Inspections At Yosemite

Yosemite valley, California, USA

Yosemite valley, California, USA

Yosemite Valley, CA– The California Highway Patrol in partnership with the National Park Service, recently conducted a surprise bus inspection at Yosemite National Park.

The inspection last Friday and Saturday, was planned in support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week.

Operation Airbrake” ran from September 11-17th and its goal was to ensure braking systems of commercial vehicles, including buses, are maintained properly and in good working order. As part of the week long campaign, the CHP’s Commercial Unit organized a bus inspection in Yosemite Valley.

The location was selected because nearly every tour bus that enters Yosemite Valley is required to drive on state highways or county roadways within the Central Valley.

Yes, I am glad to hear that CHP is working to make the roads safer for everyone. But I seem to recall that the last time they offered free entrance to the park, they were screening passengers for terrorism threats in unison with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The CHP says it plans to conduct more unannounced tour bus inspections in the future.

Yosemite offers free park admission from time to time, so if you plan to take advantage of the offer, just be aware, you could be driving into even longer delays and congestion on the valley floor.

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