MARIPOSA COUNTY, CA – The world-famous rock formation in Yosemite National Park known as Half Dome is nearing completion on a construction project to restore it to full-dome status. Washburn Construction has completed enough of the job to make Half Dome a Three-Quarter Dome.
“It’s a real challenge when you’re trying to match original materials,” said foreman Frank Washburn. “Especially up this high, and with the opposition of you-know-who.”
Washburn refers to hundreds of protesters who virulently oppose what they call the defilement of Half Dome’s natural beauty.
“It’s a natural landmark. It does not need fixing. It was complete in the first place,” said Jon Tenaya of the Half Dome Preservation Society. “It’s insane that we’re even talking about this. What are they going to do next, are they going to put plastic siding on Pueblo ruins?”
Washburn responds that the society’s accusations and concerns are unfounded and frivolous. He says that his next project involves “improvements and upgrades to native heritage sites”, but that they are using stucco, not plastic siding. Work will not begin until completion of Phase 2, which Washburn is calling “Whole Dome”.
Both projects coincide with nearby hydrocarbon deposit exploration and fracturing efforts, which have received little media attention.