Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, November 17th, 2017
Today: A 50 percent chance of showers, a 50 percent chance of snow showers, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Near the crest, snow showers likely in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 65 mph. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 13 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 45 to 53 at 5000 feet...37 to 45 at 8000 feet. West winds 25 to 35 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 52 to 60 at 5000 feet... 43 to 53 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
You may stop reading now if you will not have a 2018 Admin Campsite request.
If you would like to make a request, please first remember that reservation sites go public five months in advance, from the 15th of the month. This means that as of yesterday, November 15, arrival dates up to April 14thcan be booked. If you missed out, please send spring requests ASAP to email@example.com and the Campground staff will see what they can do.
Please submit requests for dates between April 15 and May 14, on or before COB Monday, December 11th through at http://sharepoint.yose.nps.
A couple gentle reminders about admin sites:
-They are not an alternative for your housing shortage.
-Requests must be made via the sharepoint site; do not contact campground offices directly.
-Be sure to put a brief explanation in your request to prevent delays (ie, "bear habitat research" helps more than "research group")
-You may submit requests anytime, but sooner is better! (E. Bissmeyer)
Greater Likelihood Of Rock Debris On Park Roads During Wet Weather
With a wet storm arriving, drivers are reminded of the greater likelihood of encountering rock debris on park roads during wet weather. Although rockfalls are always possible along all park roadways, they tend to happen more often during winter storms. The area affected by the June 12, 2017 rockfall at Parkline Slab (downhill of Dog Rock) may be particularly prone to storm-triggered rockfalls, as there is abundant loose debris on the bedrock slope above the road that is likely to be mobilized by significant rainfall.
Those driving the El Portal Road should be especially vigilant for rock debris below Parkline Slab during or immediately after rainstorms, and be aware that road closures may occur in response to these storms.
If you encounter rock debris on the road, turn around and promptly report it to Park Dispatch. Do not attempt to remove the debris yourself – leave that task to road crews equipped to do so safely. (G. Stock)
Room for rent in El Portal
Available for the winter, with potential to extend. Rent dependent on amount of space needed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Glacier Point Road Temporary Closure
There is a temporary closure of the Glacier Point Road starting Tuesday at 5pm due to an incoming winter storm. It will be open to Admin traffic only during the closure. Rangers will reopen the the road when it is safe to do so. (E. Scott)
Employee Wellness Dialogue Thursday November 16 - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm - Valley Auditorium
No matter where you find yourself, life has ups and downs. While some may sometimes assume that life is perfect for anyone living and working in Yosemite, they may not see the challenges employees all face from time to time. Some of those challenges are universal, and some are unique to this place, but no matter what there are ways to support each other in a workplace that might be more challenging than people expect.
To build towards improved employee wellness, the Allies for Inclusion would like to explore this question with you, and ask that you please join in on November 16th for a facilitated dialogue in the Valley Auditorium from 2:00-3:30 pm.
A facilitated dialogue creates an intentional space for a meaningful conversation to occur, exploring the answers to questions as individuals in a community that support each other. It also aims to create space for conversations that might not usually happen, across divisions and employers. All are welcome.
This dialogue is part of the Allies for Inclusion program, which aims to improve the workplace culture by creating space for conversations that increase the sense of employee wellness and result in a workplace that feels more inclusive to everyone. For more information about Allies for Inclusion, please see: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/
Sally Kintner and Mike Gallant (Allies for Inclusion Facilitators) will be facilitating the conversation. Please RSVP and direct any questions to email@example.com or mi
Yosemite National Park Now Recruiting for Summer Seasonal Positions - Yosemite News Release November 13, 2017
Approximately 300 jobs to be filled over the next several months
Yosemite National Park has approximately 300 seasonal job openings for the summer of 2018. There are positions open in all areas of the park. In addition to Yosemite, there are seasonal jobs opportunities at many of the over 400 National Park Service units across the country.
The park will be filling a wide variety of positions, including backcountry rangers, entrance station rangers, custodial services, forestry technicians, utility systems operators, administrative assistants, traffic control rangers, and more. The jobs range in pay from $16 to $22 an hour.
All open job announcements and detailed position descriptions are posted online at www.usajobs.gov beginning now through the end of January 2018. To see information on all available positions in Yosemite, search for “National Park Service” and “Yosemite National Park.” Each job announcement will be posted for up to 5 business days. Some positions do have application limits ranging from 50 to 100 applicants.
All applications must be submitted through www.usajobs.gov. Applicants may create a profile on the website in advance to save time once the hiring process begins, which is highly recommended.
Yosemite National Park welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds across our nation. The Federal Government offers unique hiring paths (also known as a hiring authority) to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society. If you fall under one of these groups of people you may be eligible to receive preference when applying for jobs.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national park sites, and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.
All candidates interested in working at Yosemite National Park in the summer 2018 are encouraged to frequently visit www.usajobs.gov to view the latest job announcements. (J. Richards)
Camp 4 returned to self-registration on Thursday, November 9th. Self registration envelopes are available outside of the Camp 4 kiosk (cash or check only). Parking is located across the street in the Yosemite Falls Day Use Parking lot until the Camp 4 parking lot construction project is completed. (S. Montroy)
Ostrander Ski Hut
Conditions permitting, Ostrander Ski Hut will be open from Friday, December 22nd to Saturday, March 31st. There is no longer a preseason lottery. Reservations are now booked live online first-come, first-serve. This year the reservation season opened on Tuesday, November 14th at 10:00 am. Look for the “Book Now” button on Yosemite Conservancy's webpage: https://www.
Watch this video tutorial to learn how to reserve Ostrander Ski Hut online: https://www.youtube.
Park employees may stay in the hut at a discounted rate of $15 per night, per person (Mon-Thurs only) but employee reservations must be booked by phone, not online. Phone Reservations are available Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at 379-5161. (L. Stowe)
NPS Employee Housing Bid Announcement In El Portal
House #737, 9752 Boulder Lane, 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bath, 1460 sq. ft. $445 biweekly, utilities not included in rent.
Deadline for bid submission is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 4:30 pm. For bid forms, eligibility, and/or additional information please either call the Housing Management Office at 209 379-1879 or 1839 or visit http://sharepoint.yose.
1 Bedroom Unit For Rent Available December 1
1 bedroom 1 bath Mariposa apartment for rent off East Whitlock. Downstairs unit beneath a single family home. $800 a month, utilities included. Kitchen, dining and living room are connected in an open plan. Private entrance with private deck. Full garage, plus inside storage room. Central air and heat. Large property. For add’l info Call/text Greg 909-597-4647. (K. Stella)
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Celebrate the Winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest - Yosemite News Release November 9, 2017
Ceremony to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest from 11 am to noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The celebration reception will take place in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village.
This annual contest celebrates the creativity of students in the Yosemite community. This year, students submitted 232 paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry and more, highlighting some of Yosemite's most iconic views and wildlife. This annual contest celebrates the creative work of youth living in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades TK-12, who live in the gateway communities of Yosemite National Park.
All winning submissions will be on public display at The Ansel Adams Gallery through Saturday, November 18, 2017.
The 2017 Contest Winners Are:
1st Place: Flynn Benson, Yosemite Valley School
2nd Place: Sadie Nash, Yosemite Valley School
1st Place: Nollie Buskeness, Yosemite Valley School
2nd Place: Whitney Marcis, El Portal School
3rd Place: Evelyn Carter, El Portal School
Honorable Mention: Jack Killian, Yosemite Valley School & Abigail Griffin, El Portal School
1st Place: Westly Sheffield, Sierra Foothill Charter School
2nd Place: Lani Schwetaa-Sweeny, Yosemite Valley School
3rd Place: Payton Totten, Sierra Foothill Carter School
Honorable Mention: Tyler Ruffner, El Portal School & Titus Delgado, Yosemite Valley School
1st Place: Nellee Sue Cresci, Rivergold Elementary School
2nd Place: Haillie Grace Nielsen, John Muir Academy North
3rd Place: Reese Evans, Sierra Foothill Charter School
Honorable Mention: Chloe Blagg, Sierra Foothill Charter School & Sage Inman, Sierra Foothill Charter School
1st Place: Erica Wohlgemuth, Yosemite Wawona Elementary School
2nd Place: Kaitlyn Fisher, Oak Creek Intermediate School
3rd Place: Malte Salonen, Sierra Foot Hill Charter School
Honorable Mention: Clover Cicoletti, North Fork School & Sayer Harry, Sierra Foothill Charter
1st Place: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School
2nd Place: Claire Oetinger, Yosemite High School
3rd Place: Cary Walker, Mammoth High School
Honorable Mention: Sarah Davey, Yosemite High School & Bekah Fickling, Walter Mitty Classical School
1st Place: Lyell Marcis, El Portal School
2nd Place: Max Sturdevant, El Portal School
3rd Place: Wren Sturdevant, El Portal School
Honorable Mention: Cora Grasso, El Portal School & Rafael Rodriguez, El Portal School
1st Place: Stephanie Graham, Rivergold Elementary
2nd Place: Morgan Ramsey, Rivergold Elementary
3rd Place: Bree King, Rivergold Elementary
Honorable Mention: Jonas Spurgeon Rivergold Elementary & Kaylee Bates, Rivergold Elementary
1st Place: Carter Whatley, El Portal School
2nd Place: Autumn Stock, El Portal School
3rd Place: Erika Ayers, Lake Don Pedro School
Honorable Mention: Spencer Gediman, El Portal School & Lupin Amstutz, El Portal School
1st Place: Marena Haven, Tioga High School
Group Art 3-4
1st Place: Spring Valley Elementary, Mrs. McGrews class
Group Art 5
1st Place: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class
1st Place: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class
1st Place: Russell Sham, OES
1st Place: Camille Fisher, Oak Crek Intermediate School
2nd Place: Lusa Andrews, Yosemite Wawona Elementary School
3rd Place: Jaeyanna Bolar, Sierra Foot Hill Charter School
Zero Landfill Award 4-5:
1st Place: Abbe Stoneham, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
2nd Place: Ciara Casarez, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
3rd Place: Dakota Killian, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Cecilia Arrendondo, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
Zero Landfill Award 6-8:
1st Place: Krista Fields, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
2nd Place: Jasmine Fields, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
Yosemite Award: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School
Ansel Adams Gallery Award: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class
Yosemite Conservancy Award: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School
The 7th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest has been made possible through the generous support of Yosemite Conservancy and in collaboration with The Ansel Adams Gallery. (J. Richards)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction
Northside Drive between Sentinel Drive and Yosemite Lodge will open and return to two-way traffic on Saturday evening (11/18). Northside Drive and Southside Drive will remain two-way detours until first thing Monday morning (11/20).
Contractors will continue work on culvert headwalls on El Portal Road west of Pohono Bridge. There will be short delays (<10 minutes).
Public Transit Services Suspended At Yosemite Village Bus Stops
Due to road construction, YARTS and Yosemite Valley shuttle buses cannot stop at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center or other stops in Yosemite Village. YARTS riders should be prepared to use bus stops at Half Dome Village, The Majestic Hotel, or the Yosemite Valley Lodge until the current phase of road construction is completed, prior to November 22. (J. Donovan)
Shuttle Route Modification
Due to the construction, there will be a modified order of stops with a single Yosemite Valley shuttle loop. Shuttle stop order follows:
Stop Order: #2, 3, 4, 10, 7, 8, E4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and then back to stop #2. Stops #1, 5, 9, do not currently exist.
Stop #2 is currently behind near the Yosemite Village Garage.
Stop #E4 is currently just west of the El Capitan Picnic Area. (S. Miyako)
Yosemite Valley Building Demolition
The abatement and demolition of the AAC Center began on Monday, November 6th and will continue through November 22nd, with the building demolition phase scheduled November 27th – December 18th. The accessible pedestrian pathway from the new Yosemite Village Day Use Parking Area to Yosemite Village (to the Village Store, Visitors Center, etc.) will not be blocked and will have chain link fencing on the interior side for visitor protection. The site will be restored to a seasonal wetland in 2018. (D. Miller)