YOSEMITE (CBS/AP) – A section of Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village has been closed since a 2008 rockfall damaged its historic cabins and sent schoolchildren running for their lives.

Now park officials are proposing to remove the century-old cabins and a few other homes in the rockfall danger area. Vandals and nesting animals also have contributed to their decline since the closure.

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The future of the 72 cabins has been an issue since October 2008, when the equivalent of 570 dump trucks of rock hit 17 cabins where youngsters on a field trip were staying. Nobody was seriously injured, but it prompted officials to review the safety of the lodging there.

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The public can weigh in on the park’s proposal through Sept. 9.After that, officials will make a final decision on the village’s future.

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