Community Briefing

NONPROFIT SEEKS HELP: A Way Out, a community organization whose mission is to offer job training in carpentry to ex-offenders, those on financial assistance, immigrants and other residents trying to turn their lives around, is looking for volunteers, grant writers and donations. The Turlock-based organization provides individuals with the skills and theory necessary for entry into the carpentry trade. The program deals primarily with the light construction end of the industry but also will introduce some aspects of the heavy construction industry and trade. For more information, call executive director Thomas Guillory at 667-9504, e-mail Ionaguil21@aol.com or go to www.awayout.us.

SEEKING COMMENT ON YOSEMITE PLAN: The Tunnel View Overlook Environmental Assessment for Yosemite National Park will soon be open for review. The public is welcome to read the document and submit written comments from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2. The Wawona Tunnel View Overlook, built in 1932, is a historic, rustic site that allows visitors to view Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people stop there each day during the height of tourist season. Park officials plan to correct vehicle and pedestrian safety problems, fix drainage, provide easier access for handicapped people and improve the viewing area.

A link to the assessment will be posted at www.nps.gov/yose/planning. Written comments can be submitted by mail to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, attn: Tunnel View Overlook Rehabilitation Project, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite 95389; by fax at 379-1294; or by e-mail at YOSE_planning@nps.gov. One public meeting will take place during the public review period at 1 p.m. Oct. 31, during the monthly open house in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center auditorium. For more information about park planning, go to www.nps.gov/yose/planning.