Rock threat closes part of Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Officials with the National Park Service say they will close part of a popular lodging complex at Yosemite National Park because an unstable cliff has created the potential for deadly rockfall.

Park officials said today 233 cabins will close permanently, or about one-third of the lodging units available at Curry Village to park visitors. About half of the 618 cabins have been off-limits since a rockfall on the historic complex Oct. 8.

An Associated Press story this week said federal geologists have warned for at least a decade that the granite face of Glacier Point above Curry Village was dangerous.

Despite two deaths and an increase in the frequency and severity of the rockfalls since 1996, park officials had been reluctant act.

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