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A Japanese visitor plunged to his death last Saturday, the third fatality on Yosemite Valley’s Half Dome in less than a year. It’s a daunting climb up a 300-foot, almost-vertical ladder but more and more inexperienced, out-of-shape hikers are taking the risk. On Reporter’s Notebook, two Presidents will visit Orange County tomorrow.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Making News Paddle Boats in Echo and MacArthur Parks May Be Put Out To Pasture

The City of Los Angeles has just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the boathouse on Echo Park Lake. A new sign says that the boathouse will close at the end of this month and local neighbors are outraged.

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (@ericgarcetti)

Reporter's Notebook Vietnamese President To Visit Orange County

Nguyen Minh Triet is the first president of Vietnam to visit the United States since the war ended in 1975. Tomorrow, President Bush will bring him to Dana Point in Orange County, home of Little Saigon - the largest Vietnamese community outside of the mother country.

Guests:
Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register

Main Topic The Joys and the Risks of Yosemite National Park

The climb up the granite slab called Half Dome is the quintessential hike in Yosemite Valley. After walking more than eight miles, climbers ascend the last four-hundred feet on a kind of ladder made of cables and wooden steps.  It’s hardly a challenge for experienced mountaineers, but the dangers are illustrated by what happened last Saturday. A 37 year-old Japanese visitor named Hirofumi Nohara stepped into a crack in the rock, twisted his ankle and plunged to his death. 

Guests:
Peter Fimrite, Reporter with The San Francisco Chronicle
Scott Gediman, Yosemite National Park

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