Yosemite National Park Monday, November 13th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Monday, November 13th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Windy. Highs 52 to 60 at 5000 feet...45 to 51 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers, chance of snow showers after midnight. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Windy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 37 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph in the morning. Windy. Highs 51 to 59 at 5000 feet...45 to 51 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Power Outage Scheduled For The Week Of November 13

The NPS Facilities Division is continuing to conduct the Electric Power System Studies and ARC Flash Hazard Reduction Analysis. These studies are to comply with OSHA regulations and better protect employees, residents and visitors and improve reliability of the electric distribution systems. The project requires extensive data collection of the electric system components and protective devices.  


If your facility or building has standby or emergency power, these outages will not affect that capability. If you are unsure if your building or facility has standby or emergency power, contact your facility manager or supervisor for additional information.  Do not connect a generator to the building electrical system unless performed by a qualified electrician with the appropriate transfer switch, and only if approved by the Facilities Management Division.


There are no outages planned for the week of November 6.  The outage schedule for next week is as follows:


Monday, November 13, 0800-1600

Area(s) affected: NPS Historic Housing area, Yosemite Valley School, Child Care Center, AT&T facility, Emergency Services Complex, NPS Administration Offices, Visitor Center, Museum, and Ranger Club.


Tuesday, November 14, 0800-1600

Area(s) affected: Yosemite Falls Comfort Station, Residence One, the Chapel, Union Point, all facilities at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome Communications Site, all of the Yosemite Lodge areas, Camp 4 Campground, Yosemite Creek Lift Station and Wells, “The Fort” and surrounding outbuildings, Verizon/AT&T cell site and Court House.


Wednesday, November 15, 0800-1600

Area(s) affected: Yosemite Valley Clinic, Lower Tecoya housing, Art Center, Camp Six, Yosemite Hospitality Garage & Administrative Offices, Housekeeping Camp, Curry Village Lift Station, Old Ice Rink Area, Half Dome Village Tents & Cafeteria, Happy Isles, Water Tank Control Building, Vernal Fall Lift Station, Water System & Comfort Station.


Thursday, November 16, 0800-1600

Area(s) affected:  Half Dome Village Bungalows, Campground Reservations Office, Lower Pines Campground, Lower Pines Lift Station, North Pines Campground, North Pines Lift Station, Back Packers Campground, Yosemite Hospitality stables and housing area, Upper Pines Campground, Boys Town, Church Bowl.


For questions, comments or concerns contact Kerstin Henry, Branch Chief of Design and Engineering, (209) 379-1068.  (K. Henry)



Camp 4


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.



Ostrander Ski Hut Info: 
Conditions permitting, Ostrander Ski Hut will be open Friday, December 22, 2017 to Saturday, March 31, 2018. There is no longer a preseason lottery. Reservations are now booked live online first-come, first-serve. This year the reservation season will open on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:00 am. Look for the “Book Now” button on our webpage, https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/facilities-reservation 

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to reserve Ostrander Ski Hut online, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdUdlnHvp4&feature=youtu.be

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 available Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, 209-379-5161.



Fire Update Nov. 10

We have experienced a few small rain and snow events in Yosemite over the last week. With these, we are considering Ribbon and South Fork fires 100% contained.  Star King and Empire fires have minimal activity but smoke from these may continue to be visible from Glacier and Washburn Points.

On November 3rd  Yosemite Fire conducted a prescription burn in the Historic Merced Grove.  This operation treated 100 acres in the upper grove.  Prescribed fire is used to mimic natural processes in this fire adapted ecosystem.   If conditions are favorable we may continue to burn in the Grove prior to a fire season ending precipitation event.

Pile burning will continue through the fall and winter as conditions allow. Pile locations will vary based on continued fuels work throughout the park and communities.

The current pile burning operations along the “Bridalveil straight” area in the Yosemite Valley are part of the Scenic Vista Management and Meadow Restoration Projects.

For more insight into the Scenic Vista Management and Meadow Restoration Projects you may visit the park website or follow the links below.

Podcast https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/management/vista.htm

Video https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/photosmultimedia/restoringameadow.htm

Yosemite Fire, Forestry, Tribal Council, and Resource Management and Science work together to help ensure the safety of the visitors, the health of the ecosystem, the protection of natural and cultural resources, and the management of scenic vistas throughout the park.



NPS Employee Housing Bid Announcement - 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.ps.gov/admn/housing/Lists/NPS%20Housing%20Bid%20Announcement/AllItems.aspx



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


2-3 Art: 

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


4-5 Art:

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


6-8 Art:

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


9-12 Art:

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 


Poetry 2-3:

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


Poetry 4-5:

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


Poetry 6-8

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  


Poetry 9-12

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


Group Photography:

1st Place: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class


Photography 2-3

1st Place: Russell Sham, OES


Photography 6-8

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)






Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction

On Tuesday 11/7, the park closed Northside Drive between Sentinel Drive and Yosemite Lodge to all traffic to allow contractors to pulverize and pave Northside Drive. Temperatures will be warmer in the next two weeks than originally predicted, allowing the park to do the work this fall when there will be less impact on visitors. Traffic will circulate as follows:


One-way traffic El Cap Crossover northbound from Southside Drive to Northside Drive

Two-way traffic Southside Drive El Cap Crossover to Sentinel Dr.

One-way traffic Sentinel Drive southbound from Village to Southside Drive

Full Closure of Northside Drive from Sentinel Dr. to Lower Falls intersection at the lodge

Two-way traffic Northside Drive from Lower Falls intersection at the lodge to El Cap Crossover


Contractors are scheduled to pave the road 11/16 and 11/17.  Pavement will be in place and roads restored to normal configuration prior to 11/22. Thank you for your patience.  


Contractors will continue work on culvert headwalls on El Portal Road, west of Pohono Bridge. There will be short delays (<10 minutes).


Work will also continue at the Camp 4 parking area with parking for campers available across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Contractors also plan to complete Camp 4 by November 13th. 


Masons will continue work on the masonry headwalls on Northside Drive in the west end of Yosemite Valley and the El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection.  (L. Acree)



All 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

As of today, there will be a single Yosemite Valley shuttle loop. Due to the construction, there will be a modified order of stops.  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)



Tioga Road And Glacier Point Road Open

The Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road reopened Monday morning and will remain open until further notice. For the most current road conditions call 209-372-0200 (press 1,1).  (S. Gediman)



Limited Parking At El Portal Complex

Beginning Tuesday November 7th and continuing through Thursday November 16th there will be limited parking at the El Portal Complex. The PV System (Solar) will  be having preventative maintenance, inspections and cleaning by contractors. Work is anticipated to begin at 0700-1700 each day.


The parking areas will be blocked off in specific areas as the contractor will need full access to all panels, inverters, etc. The schedule is as follows:



11/7/17-Carports PV nearest the old NPS Fuel station

11/8/17-Carports near B&G end of the building

11/9/17-Covered Parking by B&G, all Wall Mounted PV panels and roof top at covered storage (Including where Fleet vehicles are parked and property turn in area) 


Cleaning 11/13-11/16: No parking restrictions required during this time, cars parked under the panels during cleaning will get wet.  (K. Bablitch)



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)


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