'Occupy Yosemite' Scheduled for Friday

Local radio news director is leading caravan into the park

Tioga Pass, Entrance Station, Yosemite National Park, California, Winter, Snow,

If the partial federal governemnt shutdown enters day four, eastern California radio news director Stacey Powells will enter Yosemite National Park, whether it is open open or not.

Public television station KCET reports that Powells plans to organize an "Occupy Yosemite Moment" on Friday afternoon. The road through Tioga Pass leading into the park is open for travel-only purposes during the shutdown, but no stops are permitted. If they can get through the entry station, Powells will stage a sit-in at Tuolumne Meadows, in the eastern section of Yosemite.

"I am outraged at what the Federal Government is doing. Closing our National Parks is absurd and is huritng all of us here in the Eastern Sierra," Powells wrote in a letter the editor on "They cannot take away our access to our national parks which are on public lands. They can't use this as a bargaining chip. Isn't that against the law?"

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