Yosemite National Park Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Thursday, November 30th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 53 to 61 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...47 to 55 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






Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez 

Last reported at Glacier Point on November 22, 2017


 Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, from Santa Barbara, California, who was last reported at Glacier Point on November 22, 2017. When he was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ongoing.


Hernandez’s family has been notified.


Yosemite National Park worked with several agencies during the search effort and would like to acknowledge and thank the California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, YODOGS (volunteer search dog team), and National Park Service Special Agents for their assistance with this search. (S.Gediman)



Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park


The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season, due to hazardous driving conditions.  Recent winter storm activity throughout Yosemite National Park has resulted in snow accumulation above 6,000 feet. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads close each fall, when snow and ice create hazardous driving conditions, and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring.


Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months. (S. Gediman)



Employee Wellness Dialogue Today 2:00-3:30 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, it's important to talk about how employees can support each other in a workplace that might be more challenging than people expect.


To build towards improved employee wellness, Allies for Inclusion would like to explore this question with you, and ask that you please join in on November 30th for a facilitated dialogue in the Valley Auditorium from 2:00 to3:30 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, go to 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 direct any questions to sally_kintner@nps.gov or mike_gallant@partner.nps.gov. Hope to see you there!  (M. Gallant)



Hydroseeding Schedule

Mach 8 Bio will be hydroseeding with traffic control in various locations along Northside drive on Wednesday and Thursday, November 29th and 30th.


Beginning on Friday, December 1st, hydroseeding efforts will move to the South Entrance and traffic control will be in effect on the section of Wawona Road that leads into the Grove. This traffic control at south entrance will only affect admin traffic and contractors headed to the grove.  (L. Galloway)






Power Outage Scheduled For December 5-6

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 whether 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 more information contact Kerstin Henry, Branch Chief of Design and Engineering, at 209-379-1068.  (K. Henry)



GIS Day December 6

Come to the El Portal Large Breakroom at 11 am on Wednesday, December 6th 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 they're all set to unveil a whole suite of quality control measures that will make 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)



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 feet 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
- 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)



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)



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 call 559-760-0788  (D. Davis)



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)



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 Saturday, December 16th at 6:30 PM to wish Treacy and his wife Wendi well. Hope to see you there!  (D. 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)


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