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RAW: Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center to open Sept. 1

August 16, 2012

Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta is pleased to announce that the long-anticipated opening of the new Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center has been scheduled for Saturday, September 1.

A grand opening celebration is slated to take place at Schulman Grove with music starting at 1:00 pm and the formal ceremony at 2:00 pm. The celebration will include music by the Idle Hands String Band, guest speakers, a Paiute blessing, an art exhibit, a ribbon cutting and much more. Interpretive programs and patio talks will be offered throughout the day.

Hantavirus victims might have contacted virus in Yosemite National Park's Curry Village

August 16, 2012

The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died and whom might have been exposed to the virus at a cabin in Yosemite National Park, has prompted Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, to remind Californians to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation.

Boy missing, another boy dead, after accident near Vernal Falls in Yosemite

August 16, 2012

A ten-year-old boy was pronounced dead and a six-year-old boy remains missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, according to park officials. 

A family group, from southern California, were in the Merced River near the Vernal Fall Footbridge yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. They had begun their hike at the Happy Isles Trailhead and hiked approximately one mile, where they stopped at the footbridge.

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