Yosemite National Park Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
 
Today: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 49 to 57 at 5000 feet...42 to 50 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 29 to 38 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 52 to 62 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Power Outage Scheduled For December 5-6, 2017.
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 27th.  The outage schedule for next week is as follows:
December 5, 0800-1600
Area(s) affected: Half Dome Village Bungalows, Half Dome Village Dorms/Wellness Center/Huff House, Campground Reservations Office, Lower Pines Campground and Lift Station, North Pines Campground, and Lift Station, Back Packers Campground, Yosemite Hospitality Stables and housing area, Upper Pines Campground, Boys Town, Church Bowl, Yosemite Village Lift Station, Housekeeping Camp Lift Station,
 
December 6, 0800-1600
Area(s) affected: El Portal Trailer Court, El Portal Wells 2, 3, 4, 6, & 7.
 
For questions, comments or concerns contact Kerstin Henry, Branch Chief of Design and Engineering, (209) 379-1068.  (K. Henry)
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GIS Day on December 6th
Come to the El Portal Large Breakroom at 11 am on Wednesday, Dec. 6 to participate in Yosemite's annual celebration of GIS Day. This is a worldwide event that takes GIS technology out of the lab and brings it to the people. Here at Yosemite, the GIS program has been doubling down on data quality in 2017, and we're all set to unveil a whole suite of quality control measures that will make our datasets more valuable to you, the end user. You'll also get new information about mobile app development, how to tailor Web GIS for specific audiences, GIS insights from the 2017 fire season, and a sneak peek at the Mariposa County GIS. After the presentations, get some hands-on experience at individual demo stations, and enjoy some globe-themed refreshments, including an always-memorable  "GIS cake". Open to park staff. (K. Hastings)
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Yosemite Residential Burning Memo
Recent changes in weather have prompted Yosemite National Park Fire Management to allow residential pile burning. Residential burning will be allowed on permissible burn days. Prior to burning, residents must verify burn day status through the Mariposa County Information Line at 209-966-1200. Notification of burning must then be made to the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center at 209-379-1999
 
While cooler temperatures have helped diminish the threat of wildfire, property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting burns, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto other property. Safe residential pile burning is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards.
 
Burn pile requirements:
• Maximum pile size is 4 foot in diameter.
• Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10 feet of the outer edge of burn pile.
• An adult must remain in attendance with a shovel until the fire is dead out.
• Keep 5 gallons water supply or a charged hose at the burning site.
• No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that
burning can be considered safe.
• No burning shall be undertaken when wind speeds or gusts in excess of 5 MPH are present or
forecast.
• Burn vegetation debris only.
• To reduce smoke impacts, burn dry vegetation during daylight hours
If you have any questions regarding residential burning, please contact your local fire station.
Station 1 – El Portal Station Captain Freitas 379-1903
Station 2 – Wawona Station Captain Bevington at 375-9515
Station 3 – Yosemite Valley Station Captain Hermosillo at 372-0327
Prevention Specialist Scott 379-1852 (K.Martin)
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Room for Rent
One bedroom in a 3bed/2 bath house on East Whitlock.  Hardwood floors, woodstove, beautiful sunroom with view, two car garage, on seven acres. Renter has own full bathroom and shared use of all other facilities with one housemate.  Available immediately, move-in date can be discussed.  $675/month.  Contact Peter at 206-384-8145. (P. Kingham)
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House for Rent
3 bed/2 bath fully furnished house for rent in Ponderosa Basin. Available for minimum of 3 months, maximum of 6 months. All utilities included internet included. Also has outdoor spa tub, garage, flat screen tv, newly remodeled in 2017, among other amentities. $2500 per month, plus $2500 deposit.  Email DavisDDonna@gmail.com or Whatsapp 559-760-0788 (D. Davis)
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RECENT NEWS
 
EPTS Slide Show December 5
Don't miss the first EPTS Slide Show! 7pm, El Portal Community Hall, Tuesday, Dec. 5th  
Lawrence Garber “Sierra Leone – There and Back Again.”
 
Lawrence will be documenting his experience as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Sierra Leone 2013-14, Namibia 2015 and Sierra Leone 2016. He will share personal stories to shed light on a beautiful land whose stories we in the global North too often do not access. He will provide a counter narrative to the Ebola crisis, Blood Diamonds and Civil War. From there, Lawrence will explore how questions of loyalty, service and equity continue to affect his relationship with this land that he loves.  (P. Amstutz)

 

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Congratulations Treacy Stone
Congratulations to Treacy Stone on his new position as Chief of Maintenance at Zion National Park! Treacy will be starting his new position at Zion in early January. During his time at Yosemite, Treacy has served as the Concessions Facility Operations Specialist overseeing complex projects such as the Degan's Deli renovation. The Concessions Branch will be hosting a farewell celebration at The Alley in Mariposa on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM to wish Treacy well. Please join us in congratulating Treacy on his new position!  (D. Miyako)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
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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