Yosemite National Park Monday April 3rd, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday April 3rd, 2017
 
Today: Mostly sunny. Windy. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds 25 to 35 mph in the morning shifting to the north 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon, gusts up to 70 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Clear, windy. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, north winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph in the evening.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 58 to 66 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
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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Construction-related Detours in East Yosemite Valley
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. The closure also applies to the bike/pedestrian path that runs along Northside Drive through Ahwahnee Meadow. Pedestrians and bicyclists, please use the trail from Housekeeping Bridge along the north side of the Merced River or the bike path from Half Dome Village to Sentinel Bridge, then cross Sentinel Parking lot to the path/boardwalk toward Yosemite Village.
 
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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El Portal Well Rehabilitation
Construction of a new booster pump station in El Portal began on Monday, April 3.  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

Mar 27 to Mar 31: Contractor will complete sewerline installation on Rail Rd (north of Motor Inn Cabins). Bypass system pump will operate Monday through Friday (24/7). Construction Hours: M-F 9:00AM – 5:30PMTraffic 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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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
 
Sara Dolan will be acting Program Manager for Cultural Resources until April 4. She can be reached at 379-1308.
 
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. 
 
Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1185.
 
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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