Yosemite National Park Monday, April 24th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, April 24th, 2017
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers...a 40 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Breezy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 50 to 56 at 5000 feet... 42 to 48 at 8000 feet. West winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.
TonightMostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers, slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 34 to 41 at 5000 feet...25 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Highs 53 to 59 at 5000 feet...47 to 55 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 55 mph in the morning.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING 
 
Traffic Advisory State Route 140 at El Portal Road
Mariposa County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on eastbound and westbound State Route 140 at El Portal Road, west of Yosemite National Park, for utility work.
 
Crews will begin work on Monday, April 24, 2017, through Friday, April 28, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Motorists should expect 10 minute delays.
 
This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.  (J. Donovan)
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Fifth Annual Law Day Yosemite on Friday
Topic:  Lessons Learned from the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War ll 
 
The National Park Service, Yosemite Hospitality and the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will sponsor the fifth annual Law Day Yosemite commemoration Friday, April 28th at Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) in Yosemite Valley. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to the public.
 
This year Law Day Yosemite focuses on a time when constitutional principles were set aside in the interest of national security: In 1942, in response to fears raised by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued executive orders for the forcible relocation of some 110,000 Japanese, most of them United States citizens, from the West Coast to internment camps in remote areas of California, Idaho, Arizona and beyond. 
 
Law Day Yosemite 2017 is privileged to have Senior Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Reverend Sabado Masada and his wife, Marion Masada, of Fresno, speak on this topic. All three were interned as children. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, will moderate a Q & A session.
 
Attendees will include eighth graders from elementary schools at the gateways to Yosemite, students from Sacramento’s Florin High School Law Academy, 70 home-schooled students and teachers form the Sacramento area, and inner city youth from Fresno and from East Palo Alto. Approximately 400 are expected to attend. 
 
The commemoration will begin with music from the award-winning Mariposa High School Marching Band and introduction of attending state and federal judge’s and other dignitaries. The National Park Service Mounted Ranger Horse Patrol will present the colors, followed by a solo rendition of the National Anthem by Lauren Boone and Yosemite first graders leading all in the Pledge of Allegiance. Eighth grade essay contest winners will be recognized, applauded and awarded with Apple product prizes.
 
For more information, please contact Carol Moses, carol@yosemitelawyer.com or call (559) 449-9069.  (M. Seng)
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Spring Runoff Saturday
The El Portal spring runoff is this Saturday! Come on down and run along the majestic Merced either a 1 mile 5K or 10K distance. Proceeds support the El portal school! You get an awesome T-shirt and a pancake breakfast made by the Yosemite lions club. Registration will be available at Sals Night this Thursday or the morning of at 7 AM. Race begins at 8 AMSaturday, April 29th. Hope to see you there. For more information email Claudine Ronay at deeners@hotmail.com.  (C. Ronay)
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Temporary Promotion/Detail: Supervisory Project Manager
​This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days
Opening Date: 4/18/2017  Closing Date: 4/28/2017
For more information contact Ron Gaunt at 379-1027 or ron_gaunt@nps.gov.  (C. Mattiuzzi)
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Temporary Promotion/Detail: Engineering Equipment Operator WG-5716-10
​This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days
Opening Date: 4/20/2017  Closing Date: 4/27/2017
 
For more information email shane_fairbanks@nps.gov or russ_kish@nps.gov.  (K. Lewis)
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Temporary Promotion/Detail: Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Supervisor WS-5803-10
​This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days
Opening Date: 4/21/2017  Closing Date: 5/3/2017
 
 
For more information email gene_smith@nps.gov.  (K. Lewis)
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Temporary Promotion/Detail: Fire Communication and Education Specialist GS-1001-11
This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. 
For more information contact Kelly Martin at 372-0325.  (D. Dean)
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Spring Bear Reminder
Bears are out of their dens, are hungrily foraging around the park and have been seen in housing areas! After decades of hard work, 2016 marked a new record low number of human-bear incidents in Yosemite. This success will only continue if every park employee and resident works together to protect wildlife by:
 
- Keeping your homes (and offices) secure when nobody is home - windows and doors need to be closed and latched.
- Storing pet food, trash, recycling, and other possible attractants in a secure part of your house - never outside! 
- Keeping your vehicles free of all food, trash, recycling, and other scented items. 
- Clipping dumpsters every time you use them, or if you happen to see one unlatched.
- Using a portable bear resistant food storage container on any overnight wilderness trip, and staying within arm's reach of your food when it's not being stored. 
- Slowing down on park roads – keep in mind that wildlife has to cross, and can appear suddenly!
- Reporting bear activity and food storage violations to the Save-A-Bear Hotline (209)372-0322.
 
Remember - the welfare of Yosemite's wildlife is in all of our hands. (C. Lee-Roney)
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Research LibraryClosed May 8-12
The Research Library will be closed the week of May 8th, and re-open on Monday, May 15th. To reach the Museum and Archives, please consult this site: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm
 
To learn more about Research Library services and to access the online card catalog, please visit this site: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yrl.htm.  (V. Sanchez)
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Short Term Home Rental
Two story mountain home located in Cedar Valley on Hwy 41 between Oakhurst & Yosemite National Park. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, with a 500 square ft family room located on 1 acre. Walking distance to the pond, creek and hiking trails. Partially furnished. Water, Wi-Fi, and local phone included. Prefer 6 mos to 1 year lease. $1800 a month, plus $1800 deposit. References and credit check required. Available July 15th.  Quintin Nunes; 559 641-6899.  Email for rental application. nunesl@sti.net.  (C. Baker)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Delays On El Portal Road Tuesday
Culvert installation will now begin on the El Portal Road at “the Narrows” (between the intersection with the Big Oak Flat Road and Pohono Bridge) at 6am on Tuesday, April 25th. 
The park is allowing the early start to reduce the number of days required to complete the work. Work will last for up to two weeks. There will be one (alternating) lane open with up to 30-minute delays.  (L. Acree)
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El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1
(Foresta Rd closure starting on April 24th)
Apr 17 to Apr 24: The Contractor will continue the installation of the sewerline on Foresta Road in front of Structure Fire Station. One-way traffic control is expected on Foresta Road this week.
 
The Foresta Road closure will occur on April 24th. The road closure will occur in small sections. The first section to be closed (4/24- 4/28) starts at the Fire Station and ends at the Community Hall. Traffic will be detoured down El Portal Road, then left to Highway 140, then exit at the El Portal Market/Gas Station and continue west on the gravel road behind the Motor Inn Cabins to access East Foresta Road. West Foresta Rd will be open to provide access to the Community Hall and the Post Office. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. Traffic control signs and pedestrian detours will be posted. This schedule is subject to changes.
 
For additional information please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For any questions or concerns contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (J. Richards/G.Chun/Y.Lugo)
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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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Wawona Road Curb Repairs
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. This project is expected to finish by May 3rd.  (M. Pieper)
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Admin Traffic Only Only on Glacier Point Road
The Glacier Point Road is now open for Admin Access only out to Glacier Point. 
Roads. Forestry is still working in the area so vehicles need to watch for their activities. Yosemite Hospitality will start having work crews going out to Glacier Point as well. Be advised there will likely be some snow and definitely ice and running water on the roadway, so please slow down. Because of the high snow banks, there are few pullouts on the roadsides. The gate at Chinquapin will need to remain closed and locked at all times.  Bicycles are still not allowed on the road.  (E. Scott)
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East Yosemite Valley Detour
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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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. 
 
Chrissy Mitchell will be the acting Yosemite Emergency Communications Center Manager until further notice. She can be reached at 379-1191 or christine_mitchell@nps.gov. 
 
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.
 
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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