Yosemite National Park Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Monday, April 10th, 2017
 
 
Today: Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.
 
TonightPartly cloudy, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph.
 
Tomorrow: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
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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! 
 
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)
 
One-lane traffic between Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4 
Northside Drive between Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4 will be reduced to one-lane traffic for one week starting today. There may be short delays, with occasional 30-minute delays. Contractors will install two sewer lines and one culvert. 
 
A hard closure is in place between Half Dome Village and Yosemite Village on Northside Drive. Northside Drive is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Stoneman Bridge to Camp 6 through Ahwahnee Meadow. Sentinel Drive is configured as a one-way road running south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge is via El Cap Cross. A detour map is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)
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RECENT NEWS 
 
Yosemite Forum Tuesday April 11 
"Climate change communication and the articulation of local and scientific knowledge in Yosemite National Park" by Kelsey Lahr, University of Utah
 
As a high-profile, heavily visited national park that is already experiencing climate change impacts, Yosemite is a valuable case study of climate change communication in a public lands setting. This talk explores articulations of climate change among Yosemite's visitors and employees. Based on in-depth interviews, it examines the blending of local and scientific knowledge and the use of diverse environmental discourses in the construction of arguments about climate change, highlighting the potential of national parks as productive contexts for climate change engagement.
 
The Forum will take place Tuesday, April 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Ami Knighten at 379-1301 for additional information.  (G. Stock)
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April 1 Snow Survey Results
Park Staff have completed the April 1 snow surveys.  The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 177% of average; in the Merced drainage it is 168% of average. The snow pack is heavily weighted toward the higher elevations. Below 7,500' the snow is deep but not exceptional; 143% of average across the park. Above 8,500' the water content of the snowpack is the highest on record. The snow on the high elevation courses is 10-14 feet deep and contains 5-7 feet of water.  (M. Fincher)
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Changes to the Valley Administration Building Access Effective May 15
Starting May 15, 2017 the doors to the Valley Administration Building will be secured at all times.  Weekday access during normal business hours (0800-1700) will be available only via one of the following methods:
- Door Key
- PIV card registered with the Access Control System (see below for details)
- Visitors or employees without PIV card or key will need to be screened by the Superintendent’s Office or Public Information Office staff.
 
Weekend and evening access will be by door key or “Pre-Approved” PIV card access only.  Supervisory approval is required if “After Hours” access is needed.  Employees can register their PIV card with the Access Control System by contacting any of the following:
 
Telecommunications Shop
David Thorpe: 209-379-1090
Tolley Gorham: 209-379-1092
Kimberly Smeltzer: 209-379-1212
Mariposa Administration Office
Charlene Flanagan: 209-379-1179
Brittney Arrington: 209-379-1808
Lorene Schafer: 209-379-1873
Superintendent’s Office
Renee Madrid: 209-372-0286
Alan Kunz: 209-372-0496
 
In the near future an alarm system will also be installed in the Valley Administration Building. Information on this system will be disseminated when it is determined how the Access Control System integrates with the building alarm. Park Visitors will be directed with a sign and map to the visitor’s center for park information related questions.  (K. Killian)
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April Zero Landfill Initiative Tip
​Technically, almost all plastics can be recycled. All NPS-managed facilities in Yosemite, accept plastics numbered 1 through 7 except plastic film, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, and biodegradable plastic. Check the triangle with a number in it, which is usually found on the bottom or some other out of the way location to find out what kind of plastic you have. No number? It cannot be recycled. Better yet: avoid plastics altogether since plastic can typically only be recycled once or twice before its quality has degraded to the point where it can no longer be recycled again. #dontfeedthelandfills #yosemitezerohero  (J. Bailey)
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Yosemite National Park Developmental Opportunity  - Facility Operations Specialist, GS-1640-7/9 
Opening Date: April 4, 2017   Closing Date: April 11, 2017   EOD:  May 15, 2017
 
Brief Description of Development Opportunity:  Will serve as an assistant to the Branch Chief of Utilities, fully responsible for the implementation and administration of special programs and utility facilities compliance.  Incumbent will:
- serve as the Park coordinator of State Water Quality authorities for complying with water and wastewater regulations and advise Branch Chief and Supervisors of compliance requirements;
- interpret Federal and State regulations;
- collect daily water quality data and prepare/submit monthly and annual reports to State and Federal regulatory authorities;
- plan, prepare, and oversee the execution of routine and non-routine maintenance programs and projects including research, design, cost analysis, and project supervision in the Branch of Utilities, and serve as branch coordinator for project review for compliance;
-  assist with development of long range programs related to utilities and estimate funding needs for existing and new programs;
-  serve as branch training coordinator; serve as branch coordinator for the Facility Maintenance Management System (FMSS) and for required utility compliance programs such as Backflow Prevention;
-  serve as coordinator for the branch Water Quality Compliance database; prepare project completion reports for special projects related to water and wastewater compliance.
- Occasional travel may be required.
 
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:
-  A resume detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.
-  Your most current SF-50 reflecting your tenure and grade level
- An approval email message from your first-line supervisor
 
Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at:  Kitty_Lewis@nps.gov.  Please include “Facility Operations Specialist (Water)” in the subject line of the message. 
 
For further information regarding this developmental opportunity, please contact Jim Allen at 209-379-1039.  (K. Lewis)
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Book Donations
Yosemite Public Library is accepting book donations for the Earth Day Booth on the Mall and our First Open House on April 22nd.Please bring any book donations for resale to our Library during our business day: Tue-Wed 10:00-3:00 and Thurs. 1:30-6:30. All proceeds benefit our Friends of the Library and improvements in our branch in Yosemite Village.
We look forward to participating in Earth Day 2017!  (C. Reynolds)
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Yosemite Forum Tuesday April 11 
"Climate change communication and the articulation of local and scientific knowledge in Yosemite National Park" by Kelsey Lahr, University of Utah
 
As a high-profile, heavily visited national park that is already experiencing climate change impacts, Yosemite is a valuable case study of climate change communication in a public lands setting. This talk explores articulations of climate change among Yosemite's visitors and employees. Based on in-depth interviews, it examines the blending of local and scientific knowledge and the use of diverse environmental discourses in the construction of arguments about climate change, highlighting the potential of national parks as productive contexts for climate change engagement.
 
The Forum will take place Tuesday, April 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Ami Knighten at 379-1301 for additional information.  (G. Stock)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Tenaya Way Closed 3/28-4/20
Tenaya way, between the Courthouse and Valley Electric Substation in Yosemite Valley, will be closed from March 28th to April 20th to all vehicle traffic. Courthouse vehicle access and parking will not be affected. This closure is necessary to stage equipment for the upcoming power outage in Yosemite Valley. For more information call Josiah Brown, High Voltage Shop Supervisor at 379-1236.  (J. Brown)
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Glacier Point Road Closure
The Glacier Point Road is now closed to public access as of Sunday, April 2nd. The gate at Chinquapin has been closed and locked. The road will be open to Administrative Traffic Only to Badger. Roads crews began snow clearing operations on the road starting at Badger  April 3rd. No traffic will be allowed beyond Badger Pass. Bicycles are not permitted on the Glacier Point Road during snow removal.  (E. Scott)
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El Portal Well Rehabilitation
Construction of a new booster pump station in El Portal began on Monday, April 3rd.  Initial efforts will include demolition of the existing booster pump station and construction of a new pump house. Interruptions to water service in El Portal are not planned at this time.  (R. Hall)
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Power Outages Planned April 3-14
PG&E will be performing needed repairs to the Exchequer Yosemite transmission line near Briceburg, beginning on Monday, April 3rd. 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.
 
It is anticipated there will be two 8-hour outages, the first planned for Monday, 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 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.  (A. Shapiro)
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Wawona Road Curb Repairs
April 3rd thru May 3rd crews will be completing spot repairs with asphalt grinding and curb replacement along Wawona Road between Chinquapin and the Rostrum. Crews will be working from 7AM to 5PM (Monday thru Friday) with single lane traffic control and up to 15 minute traffic delays.  (M. Pieper)
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El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

Construction Hours: M-F 9:00AM – 5:30PMPedestrian 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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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
 
Rob Grasso will be acting Branch Chief of Wildlife until April 21. He can be reached at 379-1438.
 
Heather Huppe will be acting Branch Chief of VUSS until April 21. She can be reached at 379-1434.
 
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. 
 
Don Pasley​ will be acting ​Wawona B&G Supervisor​​ until further notice. He can be reached at 3​75-​9508​ or don_pasley@nps.gov.
 
Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1185.
 
Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.
 
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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