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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

  • A surprise inspection of tour buses at Yosemite National Park the other day turned up a high number of buses with safety issues, and two were immediately taken out of service, according to park officials.

  • [i]Editor's note: This past Sunday's incident in Glacier National Park in which a trail runner was bitten by a grizzly bear was just the latest in which a runner came face-to-face with a grizzly bear. Michael Dunn's encounter in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park was much more life-threatening. Indeed, he was lucky to survive. This story, which I wrote in September 1994 as Mr.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

  • Multiple sources say the nomination of Jon Jarvis as the next director of the National Park Service will be announced in the very near future.

    The nomination of Mr. Jarvis, currently head of the agency's Pacific West regional office, has cleared the White House and only the delicacy of political timing remains before it is publicly announced, the Traveler has learned.

  • Charles Cuvelier, Deputy Chief Ranger at Yosemite National Park, reported that Memorial Day weekend saw heavy traffic converging on the park all three days. Lines began forming at the entrances as early as 7:00 a.m. and continued into late afternoon.

    Lots of cars plus lots of visitors equals lots of work for the rangers.

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  • The Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park is a particularly busy and congested place during the height of summer.