Yosemite National Park Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
 
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow showers, a 20 percent chance of showers. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Windy. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 50 to 56 at 5000 feet...40 to 46 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 50 mph over higher elevations.
 
TonightPartly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening. Breezy. Little or no snow accumulation. Lows 34 to 40 at 5000 feet...24 to 30 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph after midnight. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
 
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Windy. Not as cool. Highs 54 to 62 at 5000 feet...45 to 51 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 35 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 60 mph.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on the Weekends of National Park Week - Yosemite News Release April 7, 2017
Park Celebrates National Park Week
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on the Weekends of
National Park Week
Park Celebrates National Park Week
 
Yosemite National Park will waive park entrance fees on the weekends of National Park Week, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 – 16 and April 22-23, 2017. National Park Week is a week-long celebration of our National Parks celebrated at National Park Service sites across the United States.
 
Fees being waived for the weekends of National Park Week include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived.
 
April is a busy time to visit Yosemite National Park. Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips in advance and arrive to the park before 9:00 am. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls Day Parking Area, located near Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4, and at Half Dome Village. Visitors are encouraged to park and utilize the free park shuttle to get to the Yosemite Valley Village and Visitor Center.
 
Public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park. For more information and helpful travel tips, visit the following websites:
 
 
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. (J. Richards)
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Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017 - Yosemite News Release April 7, 2017
Visitors are invited to join the park's celebration for Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, Park Rx Day, and National Park Week
Yosemite National Park will be celebrating Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, Park Rx Day, and National Park Week on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  There will be booths and activities for all ages located outside on the Yosemite Village Mall, near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.   
 
Visitors are invited to join Park Rangers and park partners as we explore how Yosemite National Park is working to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources.  Event activities include fun and educational activity booths, an opportunity to join a volunteer project, art activities for all ages, Ranger-guided Junior Ranger walks, and musical and theatrical performances on stage in front of the Valley Visitor Center.  
 
On April 22 and 23, Yosemite National Park is proud to partner with UC Merced for four very special performances of an original play, “Shakespeare in Yosemite.” This production brings together work by William Shakespeare, John Muir, and Yosemite National Park. For details on performance dates and times, visit http://www.ucmerced.edu/Shakespeare.
 
The weekend of April 22 and 23, 2017 will be very busy in Yosemite National Park. Visitors planning to join us are encouraged to plan their trips in advance and arrive to the park before 9:00 am. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls Day Parking Area, located near Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4, and at Half Dome Village. Visitors are encouraged to park and utilize the free park shuttle to get to the Yosemite Valley Village and Visitor Center.
 
Public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park.
 
All Earth Day activities are free and open to all. All park entrance fees will be waived on April 22 and 23, 2017 in honor of National Park Week. For more information on Earth Day in Yosemite National Park and helpful travel tips, visit the following websites:
 
   
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. (J. Richards)
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Valley Gas Pumps Down 9am-11am Tuesday April 11th
The gas pumps in Yosemite Valley will be out of service for electrical work at the Emergency Services Complex on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (K. White)
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Vernal Fall Water System and Comfort Station Opening
The Vernal Fall water system and comfort station opened for the season
on the afternoon of April 10.  The composting toilets located at
Emerald Pool, Nevada Fall, and Little Yosemite Valley remain open all
year. (K. Korwin)
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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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New Mather District RVP Permanent Employees
Please welcome Nicole Gruver and Dwayne Gruver to RVP Operations. Nicole is permanent in Crane Flat (M12), and Dwayne is permanent in Hetchy (D11). They both come to YOSE from Death Valley. They are residing in Hodgdon. Dwayne and Nicole have a six month old daughter Annalene. They also have a Chihuahua/Whippet named Dart. Please take the time to introduce yourself to these rangers and their family at your next opportunity! (M. Eckert)
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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 9th-15th
Yosemite has the privilege to be staffed by a 24/7 Dispatch office.  The Dispatchers also assist Lassen Volcanic National Park and Devil's Postpile National Monument.  The all-risk office handles 911 telephone calls, wildland fire, structure fire, search and rescue, and maintenance call-outs.  Yosemite had over 23,000 incidents last year that the Dispatchers were involved in.  
This is a great week to thank these dedicated, behind the scenes employees who will be here for you at your time of need. Chrissy Mitchell, Lonnie Lawhon, Stephen Asbury, Tess Morin, Erin Wolff and Christina Chavez, thank you for all you do! (N. Phillipe)
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Tree Work Along El Portal Road
Yosemite Forestry Crews will be mitigating hazardous trees along the power line parallel to the El Portal Road this week between Arch Rock Entrance Station and Powerhouse Grade with intermittent periods of traffic control. Please watch for workers and debris along the steep roadsides there. (B. Mattos)
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Zerio Landfill Booth Needs Your Help, April 21st
The Zero Landfill Initiative needs your help! If you are handy with tools and want to spend a pleasant afternoon outside on Friday, April 21, please come out and help build the Zero Landfill booth for Earth Day. The booth will once again be made of materials scavenged from throughout the park, but this time, we are re-assembling from materials used at a previous event, so it will be much easier. Questions? Contact Jodi Bailey at 372-0288. (J. Bailey)
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Spring Wilderness Conditions on Trails
With big snow packs and big melting, the spring conditions on trails will vary greatly throughout the season. The following is the current list of seasonal closures for best informing  visitors and yourselves: 
 
Yosemite Valley: 4 mile trail remains closed at the 2.2 mile gate--subject to opening as hazardous conditions improve. The John Muir Trail is closed between Clark Point and Panorama Trail Junction (Otherwise known as the Ice Cut).  All other trails are open--expect ice and snowy conditions above 6000 feet. 
 
Hetch Hetchy: Wapama bridge remains closed, and will do so as long water remains about 3.6 feet. Beehive trail is being actively worked on and will hopefully open in the next few weeks.
 
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. (L. Kretsch)
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Yosemite Medical Clinic
Mark your calendar:  We are planning a "Walk in the Park with the Doc and Nurses" for Sunday morning, April 23 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, in observance of National Park Rx Day.  We'll be leading everyone who wants to join on a free, fun, family-friendly and health-focused walk in our beautiful Yosemite Valley.  The Clinic staff looks forward to meeting you! 
 
More details will follow next week, and anyone interested can sign up at our booth on the Mall near the Visitor Center (look for the ambulance display) during Yosemite National Park's Earth Day Celebration from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 22.
 
For more information, call the Clinic at 209-372-4637. (K. Killian)
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Detail/Temporary Promotion Opportunity: Administrative Support Assistant, GS-03030-05
Opening from April 7th-13th, EOD April
  • Composes, organizes and tracks correspondence in both paper and electronic formats.
  • Prepares payroll for office employees and utilizes payroll system
  • Performs administrative support functions such as answering telephones, greeting visitors, filing, and distributing mail.
  • Serves as a travel coordinator and property clerk
  • Provides data support by inputting information into Microsoft programs such as Access, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Practices excellence in customer service for internal and external customers.
Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at:  laura_walsh@nps.gov. Please include “Admin Support Assistant” in the subject line of the message. Applications must be received by COB April 13, 2017Individuals seeking additional information are encouraged to contact David Miyako, Branch Chief, at david_miyako@nps.gov (L.Walsh)
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Rentals
FOR RENT:  Shared house.  Large bedroom with own bathroom.  Month to Month.  Prefer mature, tidy female (permanent employee).  $800 per month. $800 Deposit.  Please contact A. Rogerson @ androg@garlic.com or call 408 829-5102.
 
FOR RENT:  Mobile home.  2 Bedroom / 1 bath.  $875 month.  Near YARTS (Rite Aid). Call Charles at 209 742-2099 (Y. Radanovich)
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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)
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YEA for April Sal's Nights!
Mark your calendars for April Sal's Nights at the El Portal Community Hall, 5pm - 10pm every other Thursday --
4/13 Game Night: Bring your favorite deck of cards, board game, dice, etc. and get something play the night away with your pals - Game on!
4/27 Garage Sal's: Bring gear/books/clothing/etc. to trade, barter or give away. Please remember to take any unclaimed items back home with you as YEA is not responsible for getting items to a thrift store. 
 
Support your community - No outside drinks, please. (M. Patton)
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National Library Week April 9-15
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
 
Did you know that there are three libraries in the Valley? There is the Mariposa Public Library, housed in the Girl's Club http://www.mariposalibrary.org/branches.html, the Yosemite Conservancy Heritage Center (YCHC) Library across from Housekeeping Camp http://www.sierraclub.org/yosemite-heritage-center/library, and of course, our very own Yosemite Research Library (YRL) https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yrl.htm
 
The YRL and the Girl's Club are open all year, and the YCHC Library will re-open in May 2017.
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Yosemite Community Church Easter WeekEaster Week
Maundy Thursday 7:00pm  
Good Friday 12 noon and 7:00pm  
Easter Sunday7:00am Sunrise Service Lower Pines Campground, 9:15am Chapel Service
11:00am Chapel Service 
 
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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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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 two weeks starting Monday, 4/10/17. There may be short delays, with occasional 15-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)  (L. Acree)
 
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ACTING DESIGNATIONS
 
Chrissy Mitchell will be the acting Yosemite Emergency Communications Center Manager and can be reached at 209-379-1191 or christine_mitchell@nps.gov. 
 
Rick Hall will be Acting Branch Chief of Design & Engineering until April 13th. He can be reached at 209-379-1277
 
 
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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