Yosemite National Park Thursday April 27th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday April 27th, 2017
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet...50 to 58 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds 25 to 30 mph in the morning, gusts up to 60 mph in the morning.
TonightPartly cloudy. Lows 35 to 42 at 5000 feet...24 to 34 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.
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Mark Jones Retirement Party 1pm TodayMark Jones is retiring!  Cake and coffee in the Valley B&G Shop at 1pm on Thursday 4/27/17. Marks' actual retirement day is May 1st.  If you don't get a chance to go to the get together on Thursday, you will still have opportunities to see him before he leaves the park.  (D. Jordan)
Yosemite Community Scholarship Silent Auction At Sals Today
Please join 
the Yosemite Community Scholarship Board
 for a fundraising silent auction this Thursday night, April 27th, at Sals in El Portal. Bring your check books and get ready to bid on beautiful items including handmade soaps, woodwork and jewelry by  local artists, gifts from the Ansel Adams Gallery, artwork, and much more. Bidding will be open from 6 to 8pm
The Yosemite Community Scholarship provides scholarships to local area high school seniors headed to college next year. Thanks all for your community support!  (S. Greenleaf)
El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Update
4/27 - Foresta Road will be closed from the Post Office to the Community Hall. The Post Office can be accessed from the east side. Limited parking will be available between the Fire Station and the Community Hall buildings. Pedestrians will be detoured behind the Community Hall.
Traffic will be detoured down El Portal Road then left to Highway 140 then exit at the El Portal Market and continue west on the gravel road behind the Motor Inn Cabins to access East Foresta Road. Please observe traffic control signage.
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)
Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for April 26, 2017 
- Last Update For The Season
New snow: 3 inches
Total settled snow depth:  91 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 56°F (April 21)
Low temperature:  12°F (April 19)
Season Totals November 1 - April 26
Total Snowfall:  493 inches
Total Water:  51.13 inches*
*The most ever recorded in Tuolumne Meadows  
Ski Conditions and Weather: This is our final post of the winter of 2016-2017 and what an awesome winter it was! We had a chance to reflect on the heavy snows of winter when we did the monthly snow surveys at Snow Flat and Lake Tenaya this week. These snow courses are west of Tuolumne Meadows and they measured average depths of 166 inches and 122 inches respectively; that is still a lot of snow on the ground for late April folks. The water reservoir that is the Sierra Nevada will now start to replenish some of the deficits that have accrued over the last five years of drought in California.  Hopefully we have learned the importance of water conservation during this time and will continue the wise use of this precious resource. As we stood on Mt. Hoffman two days ago looking down at Yosemite Valley we could not help but smile at the sight of the mighty Illilouette Falls, which was barely a trickle two years ago at this time. The earth gives us so much to celebrate.
Although the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming at the lower elevations, wilderness travelers dreaming of trips to the high country need to wrap their heads around the fact that there is still over 100 inches of snow on the ground.  Road crews have started clearing snow from Hwy. 120 through the park, but this will be a dangerous and time consuming job this spring. Please be patient. 
Those planning treks in the Sierra Nevada this summer should anticipate many hazards. High water crossings, snow bridges, hard snow on mountain passes, are just a few of the hazards visitors will encounter. Please do not put others at risk when visiting the wilderness this summer and make smart decisions.          
Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: Please refer to the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for the avalanche advisory for this part of the Sierra Nevada.
This week we observed the most widespread avalanche cycle of the season in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Though not large in depth or width, these wet loose, and wet slab avalanches contained enough heavy snow to be destructive. This avalanche activity was the result of last weeks’ new snow warming and then sliding on the old hard snow surface. Some of these avalanches stepped down to layers deeper within the snowpack. Wilderness travelers should be wary of avalanche potential during the heat of the day, or when there is not an overnight freeze, or when collapsing is felt in the snowpack.
Conditions on the Tioga Road are still hazardous on the eastside of Tioga Pass between the Warren Fork and the Green Bridge. There is a steep side-hill above cliffs in this section, the most hazardous section being about 200 yards long. Visitors entering Yosemite from the east should be prepared with good route finding skills and the appropriate gear to safely travel on steep, potentially hard snow.  Remember, forecasts aren’t always accurate and can make travel different than expected.
Caution is advised traveling over lakes and waterways at mid elevations as the ice and snow bridges are rapidly melting.
Wildlife: Spring is finally in the air. Most of the summer bird residents have returned to Tuolumne Meadows. The chorus of songs in the mornings is magical. The Cassin’s finch and yellow-rumped warbler have been greeting the day for a couple of weeks now. The great horned owl now lulls us to sleep under a starry sky. When we wake up outside of Yosemite next week, will we be thinking to ourselves, did the winter of 2016-2017 really happen? Indeed, it did!
Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open. There is firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Power has been intermittent and there is NO phone service in Tuolumne Meadows this winter. We can be contacted via email, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol.  Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared, and please make good decisions while travelling in the wilderness this spring. Celebrate Earth Day every day! Until next year....Laura and Rob Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers (R. and L. Pilewski)
Law Day Yosemite 2017 Addresses The Japanese Internment During World War II - News Release April 26, 2017
The Fifth Annual Law Day Yosemite will be held this year from 10:00 AM until NoonFriday, April 28, 2017, at Half Dome Village (formerly known as Curry village) in Yosemite Valley.  It is open to the public. Entrance fees will be waived for attendees.
The first day of May is the day set aside by every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower to celebrate the rule of law and equal rights for all in this country. This year’s Law Day Yosemite theme will address a time when these principals fell by the wayside:  Seventy-five years ago this year, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Presidential directives issued led to a curfew for people, including citizens, of Japanese descent followed by the forcible relocation of some 170,000 Japanese from the West Coast to Internment camps in remote areas of California, Idaho, Arizona and other far-away places. 
This year Yosemite Law Day has sponsored an essay contest on the topic of the internment. Eighth grade students from some 10 elementary schools at the gateways to Yosemite National Park have written about the lessons learned from this event.  Three finalists will be selected and recognized, applauded awarded prizes—an Apple iPad, Apple watch or Apple iPod—on April 28.  The best essay overall will be read. The essays will have been judged for understanding of the subject, originality of thought, argumentation and organization. 
Law Day Yosemite 2017 will also host students from Sacramento’s Florin High School Law Academy, 70 homeschooled students and teachers form the Sacramento area, inner city youth from Fresno and from East Palo Alto.  We expect approximately 400 attendees to enjoy presentations by the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, Senior Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Reverend Sabado Masada and his wife, Marion Masada, Fresnans who travel across the country to address the internment with students. All three were interned as children. 
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 beautiful solo rendition of the National Anthem, and Yosemite first graders will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance.  One of a kind designed Law Day lapel pins, snacks and lunches will be provided for all students. 
Law Day Yosemite is sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in conjunction with the Park Concessionaire, Yosemite Hospitality LLC, and the National Park Service. The public is invited. For more information, please contact Carol Moses, carol@yosemitelawyer.com or call (559) 449-9069.  (S. Gediman)
Wawona Road Delays 
Crews began installing culverts Wednesday, April 26th along Wawona Road with flaggers and alternating traffic and up to 30-minute delays.  They have started near the southern park boundary(Big Creek Area) and will be moving to Avalanche Creek Area.  For more information contact Michael Pieper at 209-200-1131.  (M. Pieper)
Ski, Snowboard Or Skate Camp 2017 Scholarship Application Due April 30
Do you love winter sports?  Go to www.YosemiteWinterClub.com to find and submit your Yosemite Winter Club Ski, Snowboard or Skate Summer 2017 Camp Scholarship application for kids & teens. It's due by Sunday, April 30th! Before sending the application, you must search for the camp you would like to attend this summer and find the dates and cost. You can also apply for an Ostrander Ski Hut Fee Scholarship for 2017-2018, which would pay for up to two nights at the Hut for a date that you are able to reserve. The YWC board selects scholarship winners and YWC funds partial or full scholarships, but not transportation costs.  (P. Weber)
Temporary Promotion/Detail: City Program Manager
This is a temporary detail not-to-exceed 1 year as the City Program Manager, GS-0301-12. The position serves as the Hetch Hetchy program Manager and the Yosemite Conservancy Grants Liaison. This position will serve in the Superintendent’s Office, reporting directly to the Chief of Staff.
Opening Date: 4/21/2017  Closing Date: 5/2/2017
For more information contact Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini at 372-0201 or lisa_mendelson-Ielmini@nps.gov.  (C. Mattiuzzi)
Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road - Yosemite News Release April 25, 2017
Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am Monday, May 1, 2017    
Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am on Monday, May 1, 2017. Visitors entering the park via Highway 120 West will once again be able to drive via Big Oak Flat road to Yosemite Valley.
Road work will still be underway when the road reopens. Visitors planning to drive over Big Oak Flat road should be prepared for one-lane traffic closures with waits up to 15 minutes. The road will be closed from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am for several days as work crews finalize the repairs to the Big Oak Flat road.
"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the gateway communities and visitors for their support and understanding during the repair process," stated Chip Jenkins, Acting Superintendent. "We would also like to thank the Federal Highway Administration and the contractors for their great work and support over the past couple of months. Also, we'd like to acknowledge and thank the many park employees who worked tirelessly to get the road open. A sincere thank you to Michael Pieper, Yosemite National Park Civil Engineer, who did an amazing job and ensured that this project was completed in a timely and safe manner.”
Severe winter storms have given new life to an underground spring, causing saturated, heavy soils under the road to slide downhill. Over 200 feet of roadway was impacted. As a result of the slide, the Big Oak Flat road from Crane Flat to Foresta Junction was unsafe for vehicular travel and closed for repairs since late February. 
Park entrance fees will be charged at the Big Oak Flat entrance station beginning on Monday, May 1. Yosemite National Park had waived park entrance fees for visitors entering the park via the Big Oak Flat entrance gate while the road has been closed.
The El Portal Road (Highway 140) and the Wawona Road (Highway 41) are open and clear for all vehicular traffic to access Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Visitors traveling to and from Yosemite National Park are urged to drive with caution, follow posted speed limits, and be aware of rocks and debris on the roadway.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again.  (S. Gediman)
YEA for Spring Fling Saturday
Yosemite Employee Association's annual Spring Fling 2017 is 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! Bring your own pint cup as the kegs will be flowing in the afternoon. Admission starts at 5pm - $5 current YEA members/$10 non-members. To purchase your ticket online prior to the event, visit www.yeaforus.com.
Looking forward to celebrating spring this Saturday!  (M. Patton)
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)
Wilderness Trail Conditions
Valley: Closures on 4 mile trail (below Union Point)  and JMT (along the Ice Cut) remain in place due to impassable conditions on snow and ice. There is no access or facilities at Glacier Point. Expect patchy snow and water on all trails.
Hetchy: Wapama bridge is now open. Beehive trail is currently closed for improvements in trail stability.
Wawona: All trails open- expect ice and snowy conditions above 6000 feet
Glacier Point: Trails are inaccessible from GP road, however are otherwise open. Expect 100% snow and ice coverage.
Seasonal reminder--specific trail condition reports can be read from an NPS computer at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Qc0a8mGhirE3JYw7iBnWl_dH3HwpvFeEJsgPMys1wt4/edit#gid=2.  (L. Kretsch)
Emergency Responder Recognition
This past weekend, emergency personnel responded to a charter bus on fire at Yosemite View Lodge. Resources were on scene within 7 minutes and the fire was contained to the bus. Additionally, personnel responded to a garage fire in old El Portal at the same time there were multiple Search and Rescues, and a vehicle fire occurring. Thank you all, your hard work and dedication is appreciated.  (N. Phillipe) 
"Yosemite is Our Backyard" Registration Now Open
Day Camp for 7-12 Year Olds, June 12-16, 2017
There’s still time to register for NatureBridge’s "Yosemite is Our Backyard" day camp! Kick off the summer right with learning and fun in Yosemite. The week after school lets out, NatureBridge will host "Yosemite is Our Backyard" - a day camp specially tailored for the children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of the Yosemite area community. Campers meet with NatureBridge field educators daily at 8:45 in Yosemite Valley and embark on days filled with games, exploration, and learning. Volunteer as a chaperone for the program and your child can participate for half price. Financial aid is available. For more information go to naturebridge.org/backyard, contact Rebecca Ryan at 209-372-9302 ext 61, or email rryan@naturebridge.org.  (R. Ryan)
Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment - Yosemite News Release April 24, 2017
Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the public scoping comment period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment will be open fromWednesday, April 26, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017.
The purpose of the Bridalveil Fall Area Rehabilitation Project is to:
- Improve visitor services at the base of the waterfall, including restroom facilities
- Improve accessibility for all
- Protect natural and cultural resources in the area
- Reduce crowding on the trails and the viewing platform
- Improve safety and reduce vehicular/pedestrian conflicts
- Improve interpretation and wayfinding
The project will implement actions prescribed in the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (NPS 2014).
During this public scoping period, we want to hear your ideas, concerns, potential issues, and topics to consider as the park moves through the environmental assessment process. The park will offer a public scoping meeting in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. This meeting will be in the Valley Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, with a presentation by park staff. This meeting provides members of the public an opportunity to speak with the project team and to learn more.
Please share your written comments by May 26, 2017 via one of the following methods:
Online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website athttp://parkplanning.nps.gov/bridalveil. This is the preferred method.
Mail comments to:
Superintendent, Yosemite National Park
Attn: Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
For more information about the project, please visit the Yosemite Planning webpage at https://www.nps.gov/yose/getinvolved/planning.htm.  (S. Gediman)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Research Library Closed 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)
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)
Delays On El Portal Road
Culvert installation will now began 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)


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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