Yosemite National Park Thursday March 23rd, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday March 23rd, 2017
 
Today: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 46 to 54 at 5000 feet... 38 to 46 at 8000 feet.
Tonight Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows 31 to 41 at 5000 feet...20 to 30 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Chance of rain and snow in the morning, then rain likely and snow in the afternoon, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow in the morning, then snow likely in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 47 to 57 at 5000 feet...40 to 46 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Power Outages Planned April 3-14
PG&E will be performing needed repairs to the Exchequer Yosemite transmission line near Briceburg. This will require the transmission line to be offline for twelve (12) consecutive days. The repairs are planned to occur from 7am April 3rd through April 14th. This will affect Arch Rock and Yosemite Valley.  Residents and park personnel should plan accordingly.
 
NPS Utilities, High Voltage, is working with PG&E to prevent an extended outage. This will require installation of temporary power generation in Yosemite Valley, provided by PG&E.  PG&E is planning to install multiple large generators staged in the Valley Administrative Area near the new cellular tower and Bear Management Offices. The decibel output rating for the generators is 87db at 3 feet.  These generators will run continuously to provide power to Yosemite Valley. Arch Rock will also have a generator running continuously during the outage.
 
There will be two 8-hour outages, the first planned for April 3rd to install the temporary power generation, and a second on April 14th, to return to normal commercial power. These dates and times may be changed, and outages may need to be extended.
It is unknown if the PG&E temporary generators installed in Yosemite Valley will effectively maintain power for the duration of the repairs. NPS Utilities, High Voltage, is working diligently with PG&E to minimize the outage.  (A. Shapiro)
 
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RECENT NEWS 
 
Book Donations Wanted For Yosemite Library Earth Day Open House
Calling on all book donations: The Yosemite Branch Public Library is accepting donations to its biggest Open House Ever on Earth Day, April 22nd. Hours to bring donations in are: T/W 10am to 3pm and Th 1:30-6:30pm. The Library will also have a booth on the Mall on Earth Day. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Also, come by and get your library card - the Yosemite Branch Public Library is across from the Administration Building, near the Museum.  (C. Reynolds)
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Rental Needed For Bird Crew
Would you like to support bird conservation efforts? The Institute for Bird Populations is looking for housing for a 2-person field crew from the beginning of May through the end of July, preferably in the Mariposa/El Portal area. The Institute pays the rent, so you can be assured of prompt payments and good tenancy. The Institute can provide excellent references.  Mandy at 360-461-2294.  (L. Mutch)

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Limited Help Desk Coverage March 20th-24th

Most of the Help Desk staff will be attending a regional IT conference at Lake Mead this week.  We will have one employee for Help Desk coverage all week except for Wednesday which will have no coverage due to travel.  If at all possible please email the Help Desk vice calling the Help Desk this week so we can better serve you.  I will be available by cell in the event of an emergency (209 631 9065. (R. Watson)
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Private Rental - Fish Camp
Studio Apartment located in Fish Camp, 2 miles for So. Entrance. OK for 1 or 2 employees, seasonal employees OK. No smoking, no pets. For additional information contact Lou (408) 706.0923 or email toneaaa1@msn.com.  (C.Baker)
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House for Rent In Sierra Sky Ranch
Large house outside of the south entrance, in the Sierra Sky Ranch area, easy drive to Wawona and to town! Seeking responsible, clean, quiet renter(s) for summer season or longer. Must have good references and be reliable. House is three bedrooms, two bath, surrounded by large yard and forest. Two options for renting: Entire house for $1250 or house sharing for reduced rate. Please call Shauna at (831) 278-1036 for more details. (S. Potocky)
 
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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 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
 
David Thorpe will be acting Chief Ranger until March 23. He can be reached at 379-1090.
 
Katy Warner will be the acting Branch Chief for Physical Science and Landscape Ecology until March 23. She can be reached at 379-1421.
 
Dayna Jackson will be acting Administrative Officer until March 24. She can be reached at 379-1872 or dayna_jackson@nps.gov.
 
Kelly Singer will be acting Branch Chief of Fire and Aviation Management until March 25.  He can be reached at kelly_singer@nps.gov or 209-379-1904
 
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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