Yosemite National Park Friday March 17th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday March 17th, 2017

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Flood Advisory until March 19, 04:30 PM PDT

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 63 to 73 at 5000 feet...53 to 63 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...30 to 40 at 8000 feet. 

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 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

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

YEA Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration Today

Put on your greenest garb and jig on down to the Community Hall this Friday, starting at 5pm. Be ready to dance the night away with live music by Bootstrap Circus! Traditional Irish meals will be served by Heidi Pusina. There will be face painting for little lads and ladies and the kegs will be flowing, so please BYOP - bring your own pint cup. Admission is $1 members/$10 non-members. 

 

YEA is still looking for a few volunteers to help make this special event possible! Volunteers will receive two free drink tickets. Email yea4us@gmail.com to sign up for shifts. 

 

For more updates, check out yeaforus.com or join the YEA! Facebook group.  (M. Patton)

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Tuolumne Winter Conditions Update for March 15, 2017 

New snow: none

Total settled snow depth: 119 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 59°F (March 12)

Low temperature:  13°F (March 8)

 

Ski Conditions and Weather:  Spring fever is in the air! With these unseasonably warm temperatures, the snow is settling fast. This is making for some wonderful, fast touring conditions. However, there are still aspects that hold zipper and wind crusts (both firm and breakable). Visitors should expect hard snow conditions early in the day, transitioning to more soft spring like snow as the day progresses.

 

Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: For the avalanche advisory for this area of the Sierra Nevada go to www.esavalanche.org for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.

 

The warm temperatures and lack of new snow this week has led to mostly stable avalanche conditions. Visitors should be cautious during the heat of the day when traveling on or below slopes being warmed by the sun. Wet slides are still possible on these aspects.

 

Visitors to Tuolumne Meadows should be aware of the slide paths that cross the Tioga Road to the east and west. Anyone entering via Lee Vining Canyon should be prepared with an ice axe and crampons and good route selection skills. The road corridor above the Warren Fork is not recommended at this time due to a prolonged steep traverse above cliffs.

 

Wildlife: Pine siskins, red-breasted nuthatches, and brown creepers have been quite active this week. For a couple of weeks now, the Townsend’s solitaire, American robin and mountain chickadee have been singing their songs of spring.

 

Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open.  There is firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first come, first served basis. Power has been intermittent and there is NO phone service in Tuolumne Meadows this winter. We can be contacted via email at Robert_Pilewski@nps.gov, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared, and please make good decisions while travelling in the wilderness this winter. 

 

Happy Skiing!

Laura and Rob Pilewski

Tuolumne Winter Rangers (R. Pilewski) 

 

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RECENT NEWS 

 

Volunteer Supervisor Workshop April 26 and 27: Nomination Deadline March 31

The Yosemite Volunteer Program Office will be offering a free Volunteer Supervisor Workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 and 27. This two-day course is intended for any Yosemite park employee, partner, or volunteer who supervises or works closely with volunteers. We'll cover both the logistical aspects of volunteer management (recruiting volunteers, how to get uniforms, housing, reimbursements, volunteer forms...) and the philosophical and soft-skills (position management, supervision, performance management, volunteer motivations, volunteer recognition...).

 

To apply to attend the course, please complete the course nomination form, found on SharePoint at http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Intp/vip/Shared%20Documents/2017%20YOSE%20VIP%20Supervisor%20Workshop%20Announcement%20and%20Nomination.docx

 or by requesting from yose_volunteers@nps.gov . Deadline for nominations to the course will be Friday March 31. Questions: Volunteer Office, yose_volunteers@nps.gov or 379-1850.  (S. Kintner)

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Mariposa And El Portal Job Fair 2017

The Mariposa and El Portal job fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 24th & 25th. Local area restaurants like Canyon Bar and Grill, Miners Roadhouse 140, the River Restaurant and Lounge, Cedar House Restaurant and Parkside Pizza are hiring bartenders, servers, host and hostesses, bussers, dishwashers, cooks and line cooks, pizza bussers, cashiers,  shift managers, and more. This is a two day only event so come and find your job and don’t miss out!  Bring your resume on Friday from 9 am to 4 pm or Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm to the Miners Roadhouse140, located at 5159 State Highway 140 in Mariposa.

 

Mariposa and El Portal area restaurants need your help, so bring your resume and apply! For more information call Shana at 209-325-4007.  (S. Lemke)

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Royal Robbins, 1935-2017

Royal Robbins, one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, passed away on March 14th. Robbins, along with Tom Frost and Chuck Pratt, made the first ascent of El Capitan’s challenging Salathè Wall route in 1961. Along with Frost, Pratt, and Yvon Chouinard he made the first ascent of El Cap’s North America Wall in 1964. Although he made many notable climbs the world over, his path very often led him back to Yosemite Valley. Royal was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia on February 3, 1935. He first visited the High Sierra as a Boy Scout at age 14, took naturally to rock climbing, and was hooked. He developed his skills at Tahquitz Rock in the San Jacinto Mountains southeast of Los Angeles during the mid-1950s and by 1957 at the age of 22 he had joined Mike Sherrick and Jerry Gallwas in the 5-day first ascent of the Northwest Face of Half Dome. In 1963 Royal became the first to solo a Yosemite big wall by completing the second ascent of the Grade V West Face of Leaning Tower. He completed the first solo ascent of El Capitan in 1968 with a grueling nine-day climb (and second ascent) of the Muir Wall. He married his wife Liz, whom he met while she was a hostess at the Ahwahnee, in 1963 and they settled in her hometown of Modesto. In 1967, with Royal as her partner, Liz became the first woman to climb Half Dome. Together, they created a successful outdoor apparel company, featuring clothing that (to quote the Robbinses) “could stand up to the harsh Yosemite granite.” He wrote two highly influential climbing books, Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft, which emphasized free climbing skills and a clean-climbing ethic. Royal also became an accomplished kayaker, completing first descents of challenging rivers from high mountain elevations. He is survived by his wife, son, Damon, and daughter, Tamara.  (A. Kunz, K. Yager)

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Yosemite National Park Developmental Opportunity: Chief of Interpretation and Education GS-0025-14

Detail:  Chief of Interpretation and Education, GS-0025-14 Supervisory Park Ranger (I). This is a temporary developmental assignment not to exceed one (1) year, with possible extensions up to five (5) years. 

 

Opening Date: March 17, 2014   Closing Date: March 27, 2017   EOD:  April 

 

To Apply:  If you are interested in this developmental assignment, you must discuss this opportunity with your first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from your Manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, you should submit:

1. A resume detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.

2. Your most current SF-50 reflecting your tenure and grade level

3. An approval email message from your first-line supervisor

 

Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at:  Cyndi_Mattiuzzi@nps.gov.  Please include “Chief, Interpretation and Education” in the subject line of the message.

 

Target Audience: This opportunity is available to current Yosemite National Park career and career conditional employees, currently at the GS-12 or GS-13 level and above, who wish to be considered for a temporary detail to the GS-14 grade level. 

 

Brief Description of Development Opportunity:  

You will serve as the Chief of Interpretation and Education at Yosemite National Park. The duties of this position include:

·        Manage, coordinate and supervise all aspects of interpretation and education programs, museum programs, volunteer programs, and associated functions, operations, and facilities.

·        Serves as the Executive Leadership Team primary technical and policy advisor for these programs.

·        Represents the park as the primary liaison for interpretive programs and activities conducted by the park’s cooperating associations, concessionaires, park partners, educational institutions, and entities in neighboring communities.

 

Experience for this position is defined as:  The applicants work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the position, or duties assigned, as follows:  1) Lead and administer operation for a comprehensive interpretive, educational, and volunteer program, including budget formulation, personnel management, and work planning. 2)  Skill in maintaining liaison and partnership relationships with private, governmental, and non-profit partners. 3) Supervise, through subordinates, parkwide interpretive, educational, and volunteer operations.

 

For further information regarding this detail opportunity, please contact Chip Jenkins or Lisa Mendelson at 209-379-0286.  (C. Mattiuzzi)

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Yosemite Community Scholarship Application Now Available

Calling all high school seniors and their families in the Yosemite community! Did you know there is a scholarship available to you based on your parents' affiliation with Yosemite and El Portal employers? The Yosemite Community Scholarships are available to graduating seniors whose parents or guardians have been employed for at least six of the last twelve months within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, the El Portal administrative site, or enrolled in the El Portal, Wawona, or Yosemite park schools, and who will be enrolling in vocational schools, colleges, and universities. These scholarships are made possibly by the generosity of community organizations, companies, and individuals who have given donations. To learn more and to apply, please visit the Facebook  page at https://www.facebook.com/yosemitecommunityscholarship/ or email yosemitescholarship@gmail.com.  (H. Boothe)

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Fair Weather Announcement

Please be aware that during school hours (Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm & Friday 8am-1pm) the Yosemite Valley School campus is closed to employee/guest activity... aka basketball/baseball/frisbee/play-structure etc. While the staff appreciates everyone's desire to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather, their first priority is to keep students both safe and focused during the school day. Thank you.  (C. Archer)

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Run in the Merced Canyon Endurance Runs

The 2nd annual Merced Canyon Endurance Runs will take place at Briceburg on Saturday, April 15th. Runners have the option of running the shortest ultramarathon in the country (44K - just over a marathon!) or a 14K. With the great winter this year, the wildflowers are going to be spectacular!  

 

All proceeds from the Merced Canyon Endurance Runs go to benefit a local non-profit group, Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC).

 

There are only 2 spots left in the 44K and 14 spots left in the 14K, so don't delay your registration!  To register to run or if you would like to volunteer to help on race day (and get our coveted trucker cap!), go to https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=42318.  (K. Wallace)

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Data as a Legacy: Information Management and Long-term Monitoring

Each field season the Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program (SIEN) sends crews out to lakes, high-elevation forests, bird-monitoring sites, and wetlands all over Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), Yosemite National Park (YOSE), and Devils Postpile National Monument (DEPO) to collect data on the condition of park resources. To ensure the data they collect are available for current and future managers and scientists, it’s critical that those data are well-documented, managed, organized, and archived.

 

SIEN initiated a review of its data/information management program in February 2016 to give a broad overview of the status of data management in the program, uncover specific deficiencies in the system, and identify areas for future improvement. Peter Lindstrom, Data Manager in Yosemite National Park, conducted the review. He collected information from published documents and network files, interviews with SIEN staff, and a survey of natural resource staff at network parks. His report is now available at: https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/DownloadFile/567065.

 

The Sierra Nevada Network thanks Peter for his thorough work and insights, Yosemite National Park for making him available, the Inventory & Monitoring Division for funding the detail and providing helpful input, and all the park staff from SEKI, YOSE, and DEPO who responded to survey questions and provided thoughtful input and comments that informed the evaluation.  (L. Mutch)

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Yosemite National Park Continues Work to Repair Big Oak Flat Road - News Release March 13, 2017 

Highway 41 opened to one-lane traffic 

 

Yosemite National Park continues work to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 ) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms have impacted the road and it has been unsafe for vehicular travel since late February. The park is working with Federal Highway Administration officials and contractors to completely assess the situation and design and implement repair work. There is no estimated date for the road to reopen.

 

Significant rain and snow this winter has saturated the soils, resulting in soils under the road sliding downhill. This movement caused a large fissure to form in the roadway that has resulted in both lanes of traffic being unsafe for vehicles. Soils continue to move, causing further damage to the roadway. Over 200 feet of roadway has been impacted. 

 

“We pledge to work diligently on the repair and communicate regularly  about progress that is made,” stated Yosemite National Park Acting Superintendent Woody Smeck. “We know this road closure places a burden on the surrounding communities and we are working as quickly as we can to get the road reopened safely. We appreciate the Federal Highway Administration’s assistance in expediting this project. We greatly appreciate the patience and support of all communities along the Highway 120 corridor.”

 

Visitors are still able to visit Yosemite National Park via the Big Oak Flat entrance. Crane Flat and the Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias are accessible and open. The park has waived the entrance fee for visitors entering the park via Highway 120. Park entrance fees still apply to all visitors entering the park via the Arch Rock and South  Entrance Stations.    

 

The Wawona Road (Highway 41) is currently open to one-lane controlled traffic.

 

Highway 140 (El Portal Road) remains open and clear for all vehicular traffic  Visitors traveling on this road are urged to drive with caution and be aware of rocks and debris on the road. 

 

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again.  (S. Gediman)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

Mar 13 to Mar 17:  Contractor will install the main sewer line at the parking lot between El Portal Market and the Gas Station. One lane closure on HWY 140 nearby El Portal Market and the Gas Station will occur. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. This schedule is subject to changes.

 

Pedestrian Detours: The stairs behind Nature Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project. Please observe pedestrian detour signs.

 

Additional information is available on the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office, El Portal Market, and the Project Office Trailer (parking lot west of Nature Bridge). For more information email jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (Y. Lugo)

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Sentinel Drive To Become One Way For Spring Construction

Beginning Monday, March 6th at 7 AM, Sentinel Drive will be configured as a one way road from Southside Drive to Northside Drive. Direction of travel will be from south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge will be via El Cap Cross. This configuration will likely be in place until the Friday before Memorial Day. An updated detour map is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)

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Emergency Services Complex

Construction continues. Insulation is nearly complete and wall and ceiling finishes are being applied; electrical and telecom cables are being pulled; mechanical control systems are being installed. Siding and roofing is being installed as weather allows. Completion is expected in the spring.  (K. White)

 

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ACTING DESIGNATIONS

 

Ron Watson will be acting Administrative Officer until March 17. He can be reached at 379-1173 or ron_watson@nps.gov.

 

Glenn Dean will be acting Safety Manager until March 17.  He can be reached at glenn_dean@nps.gov or 379-1064.  

 

Scott Carpenter will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until March 17. He can be reached at 379-1314 or 379-1060.

 

Kristin Kirschner will be acting Emergency Services Coordinator until March 18.  She can be reached at 372-0216.

 

Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until May 15. She can be reached at 372-0238.

 

Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until May15. She can be reached at 379-1850.

 

Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June.  She can be reached at 372-0216.

 

Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.

 

Sheri Ogden will be acting Division Chief of BRM until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0316.

 

Ron Gaunt will be acting Division Chief of Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1027.

 

Sabrina Diaz will be acting Division Chief of Interpretation & Education until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0291 or 347-0113.

 

R. Brad Lewis will be acting Branch Chief of Design and Construction for Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1006.

 

Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.

 

John Barton will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9510 or john_barton@nps.gov

 

Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or shawn_zumbrunnen@nps.gov


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