Yosemite National Park Monday March 27th, 2017

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Monday March 27th, 2017
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the morning. Slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Snow level 6500 feet. Highs 45 to 53 at 5000 feet... 35 to 43 at 8000 feet.
TonightMostly clear. Windy. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet... 19 to 29 at 8000 feet. North winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy. Not as cool. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Over higher elevations, north winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the morning.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Save The Date: YEA Spring Fling Saturday, April 29
Mark your calendars for Yosemite Employee Association's annual Spring Fling 2017 on Saturday, April 29th. This is an all day event beginning with the annual Spring Fling Run-off to kick things off in the morning. Don't miss the local craft and food vendors and live music all day long! Admission fee (starting at 5pm) is $10 members/$20 non-members. 
 
Volunteers Needed - Please email yea4us@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out. Shifts include set up, clean up, waste management, door, and stage hands. 
- Full time volunteers: Help with set up or clean up shift, in addition to at least one shift during the event. Perks include free admission to the event and two beverage tickets.
- Part time volunteers: Help with at least 1-2 shifts during the event. Perks include half off admission and two beverage tickets.
- Bar tending shifts are paired with either a clean up or another shift during the event.
 
For more information, check out www.yeaforus.com or join the YEA! Facebook group. (M. Patton)
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Bear Dance Ceremony in the Village of Ahwahnee, Saturday April 1 to Sunday April 2
The Spring Bear Dance Ceremony will be held this Saturday and Sunday April 1st and 2nd at the Village of Ahwahnee behind the Valley Visitor Center. Please refrain from parking on either side of Village Drive near the cemetery or near the valley gas pumps/AT&T building from Friday evening through Sunday to facilitate parking for the event.  (J. Hoeflich)
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Mist Trail Open
The Mist Trail is now open. The John Muir Trail from Clark Point to the Panoramic Trail Junction remains closed.  (J. Hoeflich)
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2018 Yosemite Conservancy Grants: Executive Summaries due March 31
The 2018 YC grant application process is underway. The first step is submission of an executive summary of each proposed project to the appropriate Division Chief for a preliminary review. The Division Chiefs then give a thumbs up or down to write a full grant application. Executive summaries are due March 31.
 
The intent of this step is to reduce redundancy, improve cross-divisional collaboration, and reduce overall work for project managers and reviewers if a particular proposed project is not viable.
 
Guidance on the grant application timeline and the executive summary will be sent out via an all-employee email, and can be found at U:\Yosemite Conservancy Proposals\2018 or on SharePoint underneath the Superintendent tab, then Yosemite Conservancy page. Liaisons, please share this information with NPS partners. For questions, please contact the Acting Yosemite Conservancy Grants Liaison, Heather Boothe at 209-372-0238 or heather_boothe@nps.gov.  (H. Boothe)
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Volunteers-in-Parks Supervisor Training Application Deadline March 31
Please remember to submit your application by March 31 for the How to Succeed with Volunteers-in-Parks training offered April 26 and 27 in El Portal. The course will cover logistical and philosophical aspects of volunteer management. Forms can be found at  http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Intp/vip/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/53/2017%20YOSE%20VIP%20Supervisor%20Workshop%20Announcement%20and%20Nomination.docx. For more information email yose_volunteers@nps.gov.  (S. Kintner)
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Basic 32 Date Changes
There will be a change to the dates of the Wildland Fire Basic 32. The class will now be held during the week of June 5th-9th. The application form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/wCRKSapDYuimVqYo2. If interested, please input your information as soon as possible so coordinators can then get the roster going and send out a final blanket email on the location and any specifics. The organizers understand this may cause some folks to not be able to attend but they hope to build off the success of last year's class and have another full and exciting week of training. For more information contact Russell at 372-4773.  (R. Mitchell)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 

El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

Mar 20 to Mar 24: Contractor will complete sewerline installation and rough grading at the parking lot between El Portal Market and the Gas Station. Bypass system pump will operate Monday through Friday (24/7). Construction Hours: M-F 9:00AM – 5:30PM.

Traffic Control is not expected this week. Pedestrian Detours: The stairs behind Nature Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project. Please observe pedestrian detour signs. Additional information available at the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office, El Portal Market, and the Project Office Trailer (parking lot west of Nature Bridge). For any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov. (Y. Lugo)

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Sentinel Drive One Way For Spring Construction
Sentinel Drive is now 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
 
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 May 15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
 
Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June.  She can be reached at 372-0216. 
 
Scott Carpenter will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1314 or 379-1060.
 
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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