Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday May 12th, 2017
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
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NEW AND HAPPENING
Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees - Yosemite News Release
May 11, 2017 Half Dome permit fee increases to take effect summer 2017
Yosemite National Park will increase the permit fees for ascending Half Dome to a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee. These fee increases will take effect when weather and snow conditions allow the Half Dome cables to be installed, at the end of May or early June 2017.
These fee increases are necessary to meet increased contractor costs. Currently, the application fee is $4.50 online and $6.50 by phone. The permit fees are currently $8.
The Half Dome cables are currently down, but are scheduled to be installed at the end of May. Due to heavy snow pack and weather conditions, cable installation may be delayed. The new Half Dome permit fees of a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee will be charged beginning with the 2017 daily lotteries that will open once the cables are installed for the 2017 summer season. If cable installation is delayed, permit fees will be refunded to those who purchased permits through the preseason lottery.
Day use permits are required to ascend the Half Dome cables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These permits are only available online through the daily lottery operated by recreation.gov. To apply for a daily lottery permit, applications are accepted from 12:01 am to 1:00 pm two days in advance of the intended hiking date.
Day use permits cannot be obtained in person through any office in Yosemite National Park. Permit applicants must use their legal name when applying for a permit and a matching government-issued ID is required at the permit check point.
Overnight use permits are available through the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again.
Short-Haul Training May 16-17
Yosemite Helicopter Rescue Team and Yosemite Helitack will be conducting short-haul training in El Capitan Meadow May 16-17. Please use caution when traveling through the area as training participants will be operating close to roadways. Traffic Management will be assisting. (K. Kirschner)
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Thursday - Yosemite News Release May 10, 2017
Yosemite National Park will open the Glacier Point Road to all vehicular traffic at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. The Glacier Point Store will be open at 10:00 am on Friday, May 12, 2017. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground.
Due to a historically-high snow pack, visitors planning to hike on any trails along the Glacier Point Road should be prepared for winter hiking conditions. Most trails remain covered in snow. In these conditions, it is very easy to lose one’s way and hike off trail.
The Four Mile Trail is open from Yosemite Valley to Union Point. The trail remains closed from Glacier Point down to Union Point due to unstable ice sheets.
Visitors are encouraged to slow down and drive with caution along all park roads, as bears and other wildlife may be present on or near the roadway. Drivers should be aware of potential hazards in the road, including wet and icy conditions or debris in the roadway.
Spring 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 or after 4:00 pm. 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 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. Visitors coming to Yosemite from Friday throug
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)
Glacier Point Area Safety Information And Talking Points
The Glacier Point Road will open to the public today, Thursday May 11th at 9am. There are some sections of road with water flowing across them from snow melt. Because of the snow, there are few pullouts available along the roadway.
The Four Mile Trail is still closed due to hazardous conditions below Glacier Point. All other trails are still covered in deep snow and not visible with the exception of the Panorama Trail. Hikers should be prepared for winter conditions, have the appropriate gear and be able to navigate with either map and compass or GPS, as the trails are not visible. Also expect other hazards such as fallen trees.
Early season at GP has a history of hikers getting lost, especially in the Sentinel/Taft area. The Wawona protection district is particularly concerned this year due to the large snow pack which is still present and they are asking for your help in spreading the word.
As we communicate with our audience or visitors, primary points include:
- Due to snow pack, trails along GP loose their definition and every year hikers become lost. Conditions this year are even worse than past years.
- As always, leave your hiking plan, including route, destination, and return time with a trusted person. Leave another hiking itinerary in the glove box of your vehicle.
- Hiking GP is currently winter travel conditions and anyone who hikes it should have good wayfinding skills including a suitable topo map and compass, (GPS optional).
- Following footprints in the snow or rock cairns is risky; they may belong to someone else - who also got lost.
- Always pay attention to your back route and ALWAYS be able to return from the way you came.
- The Four Mile trail remains closed approximately half way up due to ice sheets.
Also, if anyone is going up along the road, please feel free to talk to visitors. Hot points include the Sentinel trail head and out at Glacier Point. (E. Scott/A. Hageman)
Cornhole Tournament Saturday
The El Portal Parent Teacher Group is excited to announce its 2nd Annual El Portal Cornhole Tournament which will take place on Saturday, May 13th from noon to 7pm. Games are scheduled to start at 1pm. This will be a 32 team, double elimination style tournament. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. To register, email EPcornhole@gmail.com wit
Volunteers are needed! You may volunteer and participate in the games, they are not mutually exclusive. For more information email EPcornhole@gmail.com. (C. Carter)
Shared house this summer. Very private, artful home in Midpines. Swimming pool, Koi Pond, organic gardens. $700 for private room, shared bath and all common living spaces. Fully furnished with linens, kitchen, utilities. Please write a bit about yourself and your work in Yosemite when contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. (C. Baker)
Temporary Promotion/Detail: Supervisory Visitor Use Assistant GS-0303-06/07
This position is located in the Division of Business and Revenue Management, Fee Collection Branch, and supports the Fee Management program at Yosemite National Park. This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days.
Opening Date: 5/8/2017 Closing Date: 5/15/2017 Target EOD: June
Temporary Promotion/Detail: USRO Supervisor, WS-4742-10
This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 1 year.
Opening Date: 5/9/2017 Closing Date: 5/18/2017 Target EOD: mid-June
For more information contact Josh Keyes at 379-1077 or email@example.com. (K. Lewis)
YEA for May Sal's Nights
Mark your calendars for April Sal's Nights at the El Portal Community Hall, 5pm - 10pm every other Thursday:
- 5/11 Enjoy a delicious keg (BYOP - Bring your own pint cup) and tunes by DJ Quap Cousteau!
- 5/25 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)
El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1
May 9-12: Contractor will resume sewer lateral installation at Foresta Rd on May 9th. One-way traffic control on Foresta Road from the Post Office to the Fire Station is expected May 10-12. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic.
For more information visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market or contact Jamie Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org. (G. Chun & J. Richards)
Yosemite National Park Continues Search For Missing Person - Yosemite News Release May 8, 2017
Alexander Joseph Sevier last seen in Yosemite Valley on May 3rd
Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Alexander Joseph Sevier, who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday morning, May 3rd. Sevier, an active member of the U.S Navy, traveled to Yosemite alone, and arrived in the park on Monday, May 1. He was staying at Housekeeping Camp and neighbors in the camp told Park Rangers that Sevier would go out for day hikes each day. He would hike alone each day, and return to Housekeeping Camp in the evening.
Sevier is 24 years old, 5'6", and weighs 128 lbs. He has black hair, brown eyes, and my have been wearing Aeropostale, Abercrombie, or Hollister brand clothing.He works at the Navy Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Search efforts in the park include Rangers looking on and around popular hiking trails, "YODOGS"- trained dogs searching, and a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol (H-40) out of Fresno, California.. Search efforts have concentrated on popular hiking trails that originate in Yosemite Valley such as the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail, and the Mist Trail. About 30 people are currently involved in the search
The park will continue intensive search efforts throughout the day. (S. Gediman)
One bedroom studio apartment with small kitchen and bathroom. Also, included is a full size refrigerator and washer and dryer. Located near Triangle and Hwy 140. Monthly rent is $600, first and last, plus $500 deposit required. Please contact 209-966-6748, or 209-631-5114. No smoking and no pets preferred. (C. Baker)
Rental - Shared House in Midpines Area
Large upper level living area of 2000' square ft A-Frame house near YARTS stop in Midpines area. Furnished, with private bath, wifi, covered porch, shared kitchen and laundry.Prefer quiet, non-smoker, working female, no pets. $600 per month. Please contact (707) 800-5155 for additional information. (C. Baker)
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
To learn more about Research Library services and to access the online card catalog, visit https://www.nps.gov/yose
YARTS Summer 2017 Schedules
YARTS Summer 2017 schedules will go into effect Monday, May 15, 2017, for the following services:
Hwy 140 (Merced, Mariposa, Midpines, El Portal)
Hwy 41 (Fresno, Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Fish Camp, Wawona)
Hwy 120 (Sonora, Jamestown, Groveland)
Reservations have been suspended for Hwy 120/395 Mono County (Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Loop, Lee Vining, Tuolumne Meadows) until June 24, 2017.
Schedules and fares are at www.yarts.com. (C. Kelly)
Village Grill Now Open for Breakfast
The Deg Muffin is back! The Village Grill is now serving everyone’s favorite Yosemite breakfast sandwich, breakfast burritos, and other quick service breakfast items from 7am to 10:30am daily. The Grill will continue to serve breakfast until the reopening of Degnan’s Deli, at which point it will return to normal hours of operation. (E. Callahan)
Zero Landfill Initiative Tip of the Month
If you don't have your own travel mug with you and really have to have that cup of coffee or tea, remember the corrugated sleeve that comes on the cup is recyclable. Check the number inside the triangle on the lid; if its a number 5, it can be recycled, too. If you are somewhere that organics are collected, the cup itself is compostable. (J. Bailey)
Mountain Lion in El Portal
Around 6 am on the morning of May 7th, a dog from a residence in Old El Portal chased after a mountain lion next to a house. The lion and the dog got into a fight resulting in the mountain lion pinning the dog on the ground. The dog’s owner was able to chase the lion away, but the mountain lion remained in the immediate area for some time after.
-Keep children close to you. Do not allow them to run ahead or lag behind on the trail.
-Keep pets outside restrained on a leash, or in a fenced yard. Unleashed pets may be vulnerable to predatory attacks by wildlife.
-Feed pets inside. Pet food attracts smaller wildlife to housing areas like foxes, raccoons, squirrels, etc. These animals are prey for mountain lions.
-Hiking or running alone is not recommended. A walking stick can be a useful defense.
If you encounter a lion, take the following actions:
-Shout in a low voice and wave your arms or hold your coat open. Your goal is to make yourself look as large and threatening as possible.
-Maintain eye contact with the lion, and do not crouch down.
-Throw sticks or rocks at the lion.
-Pick up or restrain small children to keep them from panicking and running.
-If a lion attacks, Fight Back!
Attack from a mountain lion is an extremely unlikely event, but use of the above recommendations can further reduce the chances of injury and more safely share the park with these spectacular animals. Report all mountain lion sightings to email@example.com, or to the Park’s Dispatch Office at 379-1992. (C. Lee-Roney)
Kim Hasting Retirement Party
Kim Hasting, that wonderful Data Manager, will be retiring. Her last day at Yosemite will be June 30th. RMS will be hosting a retirement get together for her on Thursday, June 29th from 5 pm to 8 pmat the Indian Flat Day use picnic area in El Portal. RMS hopes you can join in and help send Kim off with well wishes. (M. Thornley)
Temp Promotion/Detail Administrative Support Assistant, GS-0303-06/07
This position provides administrative support to the Office of the Superintendent.
Opening Date: 5/8/2017 Closing Date: 5/12/2017
For more information contact Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini at lisa_mendelson-ielmini@nps.
Shared House for Rent
Shared house. Large bedroom with own bathroom. Month to Month. Prefer mature, tidy female (permanent employee). $600 per month. $600 Deposit. Please contact A. Rogerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-829-5102. (Y. Radanovich)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Emergency Services Complex
Work on the inside is nearing completion with lights, fixtures, flooring, doors, and cabinets being installed. Construction of decks, painting, and roofing continues. Site work has resumed with the last couple of concrete pours being completed in the next week. There was a glitch with the IT/Telecom equipment that was planned to go into the basement, but as with other building basements for which water had not been an issue in the memorable past, water continued to come in, despite the installation of a sump pump. Therefore, the IT/Telecom equipment is being relocated to a new room carved out of the first floor. This is delaying the project somewhat until all of the details can be worked out and conduit and cables re-routed. Construction of the new Training Room, Garage Bays, and Fire Engine Bay is nearly complete, with lights, flooring, one roll-up door, and painting remaining. The Garage/Training Room building is very close to completion, however acceptance and occupancy must wait for the relocation of the IT/Telecom equipment in the main SAR/Fire Building as well so the fire alarm, heating and cooling systems, and the phones can be connected and tested. Completion is projected in late May or June. (K. White)
Valley Loop Road Work
Between now and Memorial Day, contractors will install culverts between El Capitan X-Over and Pohono Bridge on Northside Drive. They will completely close one lane during the week with rare 30 minute delays of both lanes. Expect slow traffic during the evening commute. No work will take place on weekends. (L. Acree)
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)
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/pl
Gus Martinez will be acting Chief Ranger from Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 21.
Laura Taylor will be acting Branch Chief for Design & Engineering until May 11. She can be reached at 379-1428.
Deron Mills will be acting Branch Chief for Fire and Aviation Management until May 11. He can be reached at 375-9541.
Mark Fincher will be acting Wilderness Manager and Wilderness Duty Officer until May 12. He can be reached at 372-0219.
Ron Borne will be acting Superintendent until Ma
Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June. She can be reached at 372-0216.
Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0238.
Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until further notice. She can be reached at 379-1850.
Jim Roche will be acting Branch Chief of Physical Science and Landscape Ecology until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1446.
Don Pasley will be acting Wawona B&G Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9508 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or email@example.com.