Thursday, November 09, 2006

Federal judge halts 9 renovation projects in Yosemite Valley

SACRAMENTO — A federal judge has ordered a halt to a broad slate of renovation projects in Yosemite Valley, stepping anew into a battle over the human imprint on one of America's most heavily visited cathedrals of nature.

In a 25-page written ruling, U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii in Fresno ordered the halt to nine construction projects — including roadwork, hotel renovations and new RV campsites — that are part of a long-planned, $423-million upgrade of long-neglected visitor facilities.

Park officials say the projects are being held hostage by litigation brought by "fringe" environmental groups.

"These are projects the public has told us they want," said Scott Gediman, a park spokesman. Full Story...
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