The Latest: Yosemite sign stolen on eve of name change

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Posted: Feb 29, 2016 4:21 PM
The Latest: Yosemite sign stolen on eve of name change

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a dispute over the names of some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic attractions (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

A historic sign welcoming visitors to Yosemite National Park's Ahwahnee Hotel has been stolen on the eve of significant name changes to the park's most iconic attraction.

The Fresno Bee reported (http://tinyurl.com/hg4vfrv) Monday that the sign was stolen Saturday night or Sunday morning amid a bitter legal battle over the names of attractions.

Unless an 11th hour legal settlement was reached, dozens of sign were scheduled to be covered up and replaced with temporary new names, including the hotel's sign changing the facilities name to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

The Ahwahnee's sign has been in place since 1927.

A new private vendor is scheduled to take over park concessions on Tuesday. The former vendor owns the trademarks to the names being changed and has sued the park service for breach of contract. The Park Service says the lawsuit has forced the name changes.

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1:35 p.m.

Authorities are scheduled to formally change the names of some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic attractions unless an 11th hour settlement to a bitter legal dispute is reached.

After midnight, the National Park Service says it will start placing temporary signs over long-standing signs directing park visitors to Curry Village, the Ahwahnee Hotel, Badger Pass Ski Resort and many other well-known structures and sites. The names of the attraction will also be changed starting Tuesday when Aramark replaces Delaware North as the park's private vendor.

A Park Service spokesman said the changes were prompted by Delaware North's breach-of-contract lawsuit. Delaware North owns the trademarks to many of the names at issue.

The park service turned down an offer to use the original names pending a legal resolution.