- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

FRESNO, CALIF. (AP) - A study by Yosemite National Park says its landmark Ahwahnee Hotel doesn’t meet modern safety standards and might not hold up in a major earthquake.

The engineering study submitted to the National Park Service and released Thursday says the deluxe hotel’s walls and floors are so vulnerable to damage that human lives could be lost in a major earthquake.

The park says the remodeling could cost $20 million and close the hotel for two years.

The White House is reviewing whether the hotel retrofit should be funded through the stimulus package, but it is just one of hundreds of projects on the Department of Interior’s wish-list.

Presidents and tourists from around the world have stayed in the stately Art Deco lodge since it opened in 1927.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) _ A study by Yosemite National Park says its landmark Ahwahnee Hotel doesn’t meet modern safety standards and might not hold up in a major earthquake.

The engineering study submitted to the National Park Service and released Thursday says the deluxe hotel’s walls and floors are so vulnerable to damage that human lives could be lost in a major earthquake.

The park says the remodeling could cost $20 million and close the hotel for two years.

Park authorities have requested funds from a federal stimulus package, but it’s just one of the proposals submitted to the Department of Interior.

Presidents and tourists from around the world have stayed in the stately Art Deco lodge since it opened in 1927.

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