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Dec 18th
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After eight days of searching, Yosemite National Park rangers recovered the body of six-year-old Jacob Adams on Aug. 23, 2012 roughly 50 yards downstream from the Vernal Fall Footbridge where he and his brother, Andres, had been swept away by the Merced River.
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Two signature features of the historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California have been brought back to life for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

The stone fountain in front of the hotel and a fountain at the entrance to the adjacent Thomas Hill Studio are once again flowing following $400,000 in rehabilitation work. Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service, and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., which manages the hotel, partnered on the projects.
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Three Yosemite National Park visitors are presumed dead after reportedly plunging over the 317-foot Vernal Fall on July 19, 2011.

According to park rangers, Hormiz David, a 22-year-old male from of Modesto, Calif., Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old male from Turlock, Calif., and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old female from Manteca, Calif., came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.
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In a major change in policy, Yosemite National Park in California will require Day Use Permits seven days per week for climbing the Half Dome cables during the summer 2011 season.

Day Use Permits were required Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the 2010 summer season. However, due to high volumes of people on the cables during the non permitted days, the park is instituting the seven day requirement.
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The historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California will shut down for three weeks starting Feb. 22, 2011 to allow uninterrupted work on a multitude of renovation projects.

With an expected completion date of March 17, the extensive work will be conducted to upgrade the fire detection, alarm, and suppression system throughout the historic hotel. This work includes guest rooms, restaurants, shops, and public spaces at the hotel.
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A surprise bus inspection at Yosemite National Park in California June 8-9, 2011 resulted in citations being issued to more than half of the vehicles gone over, and five buses being taken out of service.

A multi-agency task force made up of members from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the San Francisco Police Department, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the California Public Utility Commission inspected a total of 56 buses at the park.
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As if you needed another reason to visit San Diego this year, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is bringing history and discovery to life with two groundbreaking initiatives in 2011.

The Maritime Museum announced it will construct a new historically accurate replica tall ship, the San Salvador, beginning in February. The San Salvador was the flagship of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's 1542 voyage of discovery to San Diego.
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Continuing its efforts to shake off Old Man Winter, Yosemite National Park in California has finally reopened Tioga Pass, and will be putting Half Dome's cables in place for climberson Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

Due to the heavy snowpack this past winter (199 percent of normal) and a cool spring, Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said there is still several feet of snow in the Tuolumne Meadows area.
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An above normal spring runoff from winter's heavy snow pack is creating spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's waterfalls, and rangers said waterfalls should last well into summer.

The May 1, 2011 snow survey, conducted by the California Department of Water Resources, reports the snow pack in the Merced River drainage at 199 percent of normal and the Tuolumne River drainage at 184 percent of normal, among the deepest snow packs in recent history for the Sierra.
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its monthly chantey sing on Oct. 1, 2011 with traditional sea music performed by Bay Area leading lights of sea music.

The daytime programs are scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at venues on Hyde Street Pier, and with an evening chantey sing aboard the ferry Eureka from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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The 10th annual Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival gets underway Oct. 8, 2011, and event organizers promise a variety of fresh regional seafood, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, maritime education, children's activities, free boat rides, and tall-ship tours.
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The Los Angeles Chinatown District is getting ready to welcome in a new year - Chinese New Year, of course - and this year's celebration promises to be exciting for visitors.

The festival begins with a Midnight Ceremony to usher in the New Year at Thien Hau Temple on Feb. 2, 2011 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The temple is located at 750 Yale Street, Los Angeles, 90012.
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