Yosemite National Park Tuesday April 25th, 2017

April 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday April 25th, 2017
Today: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 52 to 60 at 5000 feet... 46 to 56 at 8000 feet. Northwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph over higher elevations.
TonightPartly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 36 to 43 at 5000 feet...29 to 37 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers near the crest. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 56 to 64 at 5000 feet...51 to 57 at 8000 feet. West winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph over higher elevations.
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Delays On El Portal Road Today
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)
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)
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 Community Scholarship Silent Auction Thursday
Please join Yosemite Conservancy 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)
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 athttps://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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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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