HIKER MISSING 2 DAYS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK FOUND ALIVE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A man missing for two nights in Yosemite National Park has been found alive but suffering from multiple injuries, park rangers said Monday.
Visitors on the Lower Yosemite Fall trail spotted Michael Dahl, 20, in a boulder field about a quarter-mile from the popular loop, park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
Dahl, a student at University of California, Santa Barbara, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment, Cobb said. She said privacy laws prevented her from describing the extent of Dahl’s injuries.
Park visitors recognized Dahl from his picture on a missing-persons flier, Cobb said.
Dahl arrived at the park Saturday morning with three friends, and they set out for a short day hike to Lower Yosemite Fall on a paved trail. The group had been climbing on the rocks below the Lower Fall when they noticed Dahl was missing, park rangers said.
Dahl’s friends reported him missing after they searched for about two hours but could not find him, officials said. The group had not planned for being in the wilderness overnight, Cobb said.
The National Park Service website describes the trail as an easy, 1-mile walk to part of North America’s tallest waterfall but warns visitors to stay on the pavement because rocks and boulders are slippery even when dry.
WARNING POSTED IN AREA OF DEADLY BLUFF COLLAPSE: PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) — A warning sign clearly marked the area of a popular Northern California hiking trail where a bluff collapsed over the weekend, killing a woman and injuring her hiking partner, authorities said Monday.
Nancy Blum, 58, of San Francisco died Saturday night after she and a man fell about 70 feet when a bluff gave way at the Point Reyes National Seashore, about an hour north of San Francisco.
The two were found atop the pile of boulders and rocks that broke apart when the cliff collapsed. The surviving hiker’s name and age were not released.
He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital.
National Park Service spokesman John Dell’Osso said park officials posted a large sign just past the start of the Bear Valley Trail to warn visitors to stay off the trail that leads to the unstable bluff.
Blum and her hiking companion ventured onto it anyway, authorities said. They were standing on the Arch Rock lookout point at the seashore just before 6 p.m. Saturday when the bluff gave way.
Arch Rock is an arched-shaped rock formation carved by ocean waves from the overlook’s base. It is accessible only by skilled hikers at low tide.
The park service also issued a trail advisory on its website starting Thursday that warned hikers that fissures along the top of Arch Rock might have weakened it.
“Bluffs along the California coast are inherently unstable. They are prone to crumbling and sliding,” the website reads. “It is very dangerous to climb or walk along the edge of cliffs.”
CHILD FALLS THROUGH SKYLIGHT AT CLOSED CALIFORNIA SCHOOL: NOVATO (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has been injured after falling through a plastic skylight onto a concrete floor at a closed Northern California elementary school.
Novato police Sgt. Sasha D’Amico said that the boy was playing Sunday on the roof of the school in the suburb north of San Francisco.
D’Amico says the boy’s parent was nearby when he fell but apparently didn’t know the child was on the roof.
D’Amico says the parent likely drove the boy to a hospital, where staffers called police.
HEMET-AREA WATER AGENCIES BOOSTING PRICES AMID DROUGHT: HEMET (AP) — It’s going to cost more to take a shower in Hemet.
Water agencies serving customers in and around the Riverside County city are pushing up water rates amid an ongoing drought.
The Lake Hemet Municipal Water District voted Thursday to increase the average bill by 27 percent. It takes effect April 1.
That means average bills will jump to $74 monthly, from $58, or nearly $200 annually.
Lake Hemet board members attributed the jump to increasing costs for managing groundwater, energy and buying imported water. New water lines are also needed.
Eastern Municipal Water District increased rates 3.8 percent in January.