Yosemite National Park Thursday, November 9th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Thursday, November 9th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of showers in the morning, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the morning. Windy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 50 to 57 at 5000 feet...43 to 49 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet... 25 to 35 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy. Highs 49 to 57 at 5000 feet...43 to 49 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 60 mph in the morning.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

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






Croaking Toad Presentation Today 8am

Recent Advancements in studying Yosemite Valley Rockfalls by Greg Stock, Park Geologist


Yosemite has experienced many significant rockfalls this year. Rockfalls present challenging - and sometimes tragic - situations, but they also offer opportunities to learn more about how and why rockfalls happen. This talk will describe how new analytical tools such as high-resolution photography, structure-from-motion photogrammetry, airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, cliff monitoring, and cosmogenic exposure dating provide new insights that improve our understanding of rockfalls and help the park reduce rockfall risk.


This event will take place Thursday, November 9th from 8 am to 9 am in the El Portal Warehouse complex Large Breakroom.  (M. Thornley)



Grand Re-Opening

The Mariposa Park and Ride facility, located on Joe Howard Street, will re-open Friday, November 10th for all runs. Repairs to the parking area are now fully completed.  (J. Donovan)



Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day Weekend - Yosemite News Release November 8, 2017

YARTS to offer free rides to Yosemite Valley on November 11 and 12, 2017


Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2017.  This fee free weekend is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. 


The National Park Service has honored Veterans Day as a fee free day since 2006.  Waiving entrance fees on Veterans Day is one way the National Park Service works to show appreciation for the millions of men and women who fight to protect America’s great treasures, including Yosemite National Park. 


Veterans Day falls on November 11th of every year.  The holiday was created in remembrance of the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved November 11 as the day to honor all American veterans for their service to and sacrifices made for the United States.


The National Park Service also provides active duty military members and their dependents with a free annual national park pass, an $80 value.  Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime Access Pass to all parks.  These passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal lands.  Passes can be obtained at any national park that charges an entrance fee, including Yosemite. 


Fees being waived for Veterans Day only include the fees associated with entrance into the park. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park still apply. The fee waiver is only valid for Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2017.


The Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) will be honoring Veterans and their families by offering free rides to Yosemite Valley on November 11 and 12. For schedules and more information, visit http://yarts.com/news/free-yarts-yosemite-november-11-12th/   


For more information, and to plan your trip, visit www.nps.gov/yose  (J. Richards)






Yosemite Medical Clinic Holiday Closure

Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day, a federal holiday. As usual, ambulance response will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 911. (C. Griffin)



Yosemite Forum, Tuesday, November 14

"Cultural revitalization in the Mono Lake - Yosemite region: An ethnobotanic perspective" by Dean Tonenna, Bureau of Land Management


The Native People of the Mono Lake and Yosemite area have relied upon the natural resources of the area for thousands of years. This knowledge of the natural world was passed down from one generation to another. Today, Native People recognize the importance of preserving this knowledge and utilize a variety of ways to share this important information. This presentation will primarily focus on how various plants in the region were used to make baskets, cordage, fiber clothing, hunting tools and games.


The Forum will take place Tuesday, November 14th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information.  (G. Stock)



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)



New Menu Concept at The Loft at Degnan's

The Loft at Degnan’s now highlights a little bit of the East and West. The new menu features rice bowls, burritos, tacos, and pizza (pizza 2 pm to 6 pm only).  Additionally, we have changed the lineup of five beers on tap in addition to our wine on tap. This newly designed space is a great spot to enjoy a casual meal while you watch sports on the TVs or relax by the fireplace. The Loft at Degnan’s is open 2 pm – 9 pm every Friday and Saturday during the fall/winter season.  (L. Cesaro)



The Carabiner Is Back

As of Tuesday, October 31st, the Carabiner is open for the season. Located once again at the Half Dome Village Coffee Corner, the Carabiner will be open nightly from 6pm to 11pm.  Special events, blackout dates, and the new menu can all be found at www.facebook.com/TheCarabiner.  All members of the Yosemite Community are welcome.  (E. Callahan)



Nominate A Fellow NPS Colleague For #InsideYosemite

You may recall Yosemite started a new social media campaign a few months ago aimed at recognizing its very own NPS staff. The goal is to recognize the great work and outstanding public service that people do as stewards of Yosemite. The social media crew has been regularly highlighting people on Yosemite's social media platforms to showcase the professionalism, dedication and importance of what you do to thousands of our social media followers.


Check out some recent posts: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=%23InsideYosemite.


If you know people who deserve to be recognized then go ahead and nominate someone! The success of recognizing people depends on you so please use this form to nominate people: https://goo.gl/forms/Mp1YCFvRcsQomQDX2. (M. Ortiz)



Fire Update November 6

The Mariposa Grove prescription fire successfully treated approximately 100 acres within the historic sequoia grove. This included acreage in unit 11 and unit 4. There was moderate smoke production with smoke dispersal to the northeast. Burning in the Mariposa Grove is a continuous process; the targeted areas have had 1-3 prescribed fires in the past 30 years, and continued burning is required to maintain healthy forest conditions. Fire produces the optimum conditions for Giant Sequoia regeneration. Fire not only removes the accumulated layers of dead woody debris exposing nutrient rich mineral soil, but is needed to dry the cones and allow the seeds to shed.  In addition, by reducing the number of trees and undergrowth, wildfire opens up the forest canopy and reduces shade-tolerant competition.


The Yosemite wildland fires (Ribbon, South Fork, Porcupine) that are currently active may still smolder but these will likely not be producing much smoke.  Expect to still see light, visible smoke on the Empire and Starr King fires.


Firefighters began pile burning in Yosemite as part of the Vista Management Project and Meadow Restoration project with Resource Management and Science. They will continue pile burning operations throughout the park. If conditions are too wet to do prescribed burning, fire crews will shift to thinning projects around developed and high risk areas.  (L. Murphy)



House for Rent - Short Term for 5 months

Now accepting applications for a unique and cozy 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin for rent. $1100 monthly and 1 month security deposit. The deposit can be paid in two installments. The house comes with a separate secure storage/shop building for your use. The house sits on 5 open acres on Ashworth Rd. just outside Mariposa. The cabin is next to my house.  Easy access to Hwy. 140 via Silva and Triangle Road.  El Portal is 45 minutes and the Valley is 1 hour 15 minutes commute.  Layout includes first floor living room with wood-burning stove, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.  The second floor is one large open room with high ceilings (loft feel) and an exterior second floor sitting deck with great expansive western horizon views and sunsets. There is a washer and dryer. There is a wood stove, electric heater, and in wall heater in the bathroom for winter and a swamp cooler for the summer. The cabin can be partially furnished. Water is included in monthly rent. Call Joe at 504-418-4300, or email llewellynjoe@yahoo.com.  (J. Llewellyn)



House for Rent - Available November 12

Modern, bright and clean 1640 sqft  3 bedroom 2 bath house with open floor plan. Recent upgrades include interior paint, floors, fixtures, kitchen, and appliances. Central air heat, and wood stove. Front load washer and dryer. The property is private on 3.5 acres of flat to rolling granite, grass and oaks. Location is Midpines Triangle Carleton area. 2 min to 140. Short and long term applications accepted. The home is fully furnished including all kitchenware and counter-top appliances. Rent includes: Water/Sewer, local & nationwide calls, fast DSL internet, and a huge bonus, onsite trash & Recycling removal.  $1950 mo. For add’l info Call/Text John at 209-742-3456 or Quarryhouses@gmail.com  (J. Zisa)






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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