Yosemite National Park Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Thursday, November 16th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Rain...snow near the crest. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 22 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 46 to 54 at 5000 feet...38 to 46 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 75 mph...southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts to around 85 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Snow, rain in the evening, then rain likely after midnight. Near the crest, snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Windy, colder. Snow accumulation up to 15 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 42 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers, chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of showers in the afternoon, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the morning, then slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 65 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Windy. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 44 to 52 at 5000 feet...36 to 42 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 35 mph over higher elevations.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

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






Power Outages Scheduled For Today Cancelled

The power outages that were originally for today, for the following areas, will be postponed due to the forecasted precipitation:


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.


The outages will be rescheduled, and further information will be provided, when available.  Thank you for your patience.


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






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 kshive@berkeley.edu for more information.  (K. Shive)



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/1244/upload/About-Allies-for-Inclusion-Dialogues_2015.pdf


Sally Kintner and Mike Gallant (Allies for Inclusion Facilitators) will be facilitating the conversation. Please RSVP and direct any questions to sally_kintner@nps.gov or mike_gallant@partner.nps.gov.  (M. Gallant)



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

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.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 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.ps.gov/admn/housing/Lists/NPS%20Housing%20Bid%20Announcement/AllItems.aspx  (C. Baker)



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)



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)



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