Yosemite National Park Tuesday March 21st, 2017

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Tuesday March 21st, 2017
 
 
Today: Rain and snow in the morning, then showers, chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow in the morning, then snow showers and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy. Snow accumulation up to 11 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 47 to 55 at 5000 feet...38 to 45 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight Showers likely with possible snow showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest, chance of snow showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Breezy, colder. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet...20 to 30 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 70 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Chance of showers in the morning, then showers, snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the morning, then snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, south winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 46 to 54 at 5000 feet...35 to 43 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 

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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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

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 from Monday, March 20 thru Thursday, March 23.
 
Katy Warner will be the acting Branch Chief for Physical Science and Landscape Ecology on March 22 & 23.  Katy can be reached at 379-1421.
 
 
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.
 
Kristin Kirschner will be acting Emergency Services Coordinator until March 18.  She can be reached at 372-0216.
 
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 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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