Yosemite National Park Friday May 26th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

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Friday May 26th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 60 to 68 at 5000 feet...54 to 62 at 8000 feet.

TonightPartly cloudy. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 74 at 5000 feet...58 to 66 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Yosemite's Role In WWII

As part of Yosemite's role in supporting the military and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is this friendly reminder of the Naval Hospital that was here during WWII:


"Well before Pearl Harbor, the Navy had anticipated a drastic need for increased medical treatment facilities if, or rather when, the country went to war. The Ahwahnee Hotel was one of several sites the Navy surveyed in the summer of 1941 as possible candidates for emergency conversion to wartime hospitals. In 1943, the Navy leased the Ahwahnee for that purpose, with the first staff arriving at the end of May to begin refitting. The transition was not easy, partly because visitors were still being lodged at the facility when the Navy arrived. The “U.S. Naval Convalescent Hospital Yosemite National Park, California” was commissioned on June 25, 1943."


Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/navy-hospital.htm  (V. Sanchez)






Official Use Lane

A reminder for this weekend: the Official Use lane in Yosemite Valley is only for vehicles with government license plates, official logos on the side (YH, YC, YARTS, etc.), or other obvious official identification.  Drivers using this lane must be conducting official business during their working hours. While in the Official Use lane, keep hazard lights on. Drive slowly as pedestrians and bicyclists may dart out.  (S. Diaz)



National EMS Week

This week is National Emergency Services (EMS) Week. Established in 1974 by President Ford, EMS Week is an opportunity to recognize EMS providers for the work that they do.


Here in Yosemite, EMS resources include six ambulances and over 150 trained EMS responders, who could be either a Wilderness First Responder, an EMT, a Parkmedic or a Paramedic.  Not all are full time, "dedicated" EMS personnel, but all are ready to respond to the scene of any medical emergency at a moment's notice.  A big and respectful Thank You to all of the Yosemite EMS team for being ready to selflessly render care under often difficult and sometimes daunting circumstances. (C. Griffin)




Visitor Food Options During The Holiday Weekend

As the busy holiday weekend approaches and since Degnan's remains closed due to construction, here are some alternative food options for visitors:


- The Village Grill will continue to operate both breakfast and lunch dining for the hours of 7 AM to 10:30 AM, and 11 AM to 6 PM daily. Yosemite Hospitality (YH) will maintain proper staffing levels and are prepared for an increase in visitation.  In the event that visitor demand remains high at 6 PM, YH will continue serving guests until significant demand is no longer present.

-  Additional seating has been added to the deck outside of the Village Grill to accommodate more guests.

- The Village Store will continue to offer an increased selection of grab and go selections, including retail sandwiches. 

- Yosemite Valley Lodge Food Court will continue to operate during all meal periods.

- Sunday Brunch at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be operating, which provides an additional dining option on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend that was not present last year.

- Seasonal operations at Half Dome Village are now fully online with extended hours at Coffee Corner/Ice Cream to 10 PM, which began May 20 and will continue through the end of May.  (N. Tucker)



Four Mile Trail

The Four Mile Trail is open. (J. Trust)



Yosemite Retail Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Visit the Garden Terrace this weekend for an amazing sale on Yosemite retail items including Yosemite apparel, headwear, souvenirs, glassware, outdoor gear, home décor and more! Wonderful opportunity to get your Father’s Day gift.

When: Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29

Where: Garden Terrace at Yosemite Valley Lodge

Time: 8 am  -  8 pm  (L. Cesaro)



Temporary Promotion/Detail: Biologist, GS-0401-11

This is a temporary detail or temporary promotion not-to-exceed 120-days. The position serves as a natural resources manager responsible for program development and implementation of wilderness ecological restoration projects. The position reports to the Supervisory Biologist managing the ecological restoration program.

Opening Date: 5/24/2017  Closing Date: 5/29/2017  Target EOD: June


For more information contact Athena Demetry at athena_demetry@nps.gov or 379-3296  (C. Mattiuzzi)




Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend - Yosemite News Release May 23, 2017

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and plan to expect traffic delays


Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Friday, May 26, 2017 until Monday, May 29, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at Yosemite before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle bus service, bike paths, and hiking trails. Parking in Yosemite Valley is limited and parking is expected to fill early.


All campgrounds on the reservation system are completely sold out for the weekend. The park’s first-come, first-served campgrounds are anticipated to fill early. There are a large number of campground and lodging options in the gateway communities surrounding the park.


Additionally, the park is expecting a very busy summer season. Below are some tips to enjoy the park during the busy summer season.


Plan trips during the mid-week - Yosemite Valley is most popular on a weekends and holidays which can mean traffic congestion. Fewer visitors arrive Monday through Friday.


Arrive before 9:00 a.m. Most vehicle congestion occurs during the middle of the day. If you can’t arrive early, try after 4 p.m.  


Take YARTS - YARTS is the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (www.yarts.com). YARTS picks up passengers at multiple locations along Highway 140 (from Merced) and along Highway 120 (from Sonora and Mammoth Lakes), and along Highway 41 (beginning in Fresno). YARTS buses provide multiple drop-off locations throughout the park and in Yosemite Valley. Once visitors are in Yosemite Valley, they can enjoy the free shuttle throughout the valley or simply walk, to enjoy many of park’s most famous sites and destinations.


Explore lesser known areas of Yosemite - Yosemite National Park is a big park with a lot of offer. Consider visiting other areas outside of Yosemite Valley that are just a beautiful. Visitors can explore such areas as Hetch Hetchy and Wawona.  


Other general tips on visiting Yosemite include:


Hiking is a great way to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park. All day hikers and backpackers should be aware that spring weather can be unpredictable and change without warming. Visitors are encouraged to plan and bring the necessary gear to have a safe and enjoyable trip.


Backpacking is a great way to experience the Yosemite wilderness. Overnight use permits are available through the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm. 


A high snow pack has led to cold water and swift-moving rivers in all of the rivers, lakes, and streams inside Yosemite and in the surrounding areas. Visitors are reminded to take special precautions around water, especially around stream-crossings. Even the best swimmers can find themselves in a difficult situation under the current water conditions.  


The Half Dome Cables are still down due to snow and other hazardous conditions on the trail. Visitors will not be able to ascend Half Dome for at least another week or two. As soon as condition permit, the Half Dome Cables will be installed for the Summer season.


Tioga Road remains closed due to weather and snow conditions. The El Portal Road, the Wawona Road, and Big Oak Flat Road are open to all vehicular traffic to Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point Road is open for the season. Trails near Glacier Point remain snow-covered. Visitors are encouraged to be prepared for winter hiking conditions. The 4 Mile Trail is closed from Glacier Point to Union Point.


When driving in the park, motorists are e when in the park visitors are urged to drive slowly as animals are active and may be present on the roadway.


For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1.  (J. Richards)




Transition Plan To Change Detours In East Yosemite Valley Back To Normal By Memorial Day 

Tuesday 5/23 - Sentinel Drive will close and traffic will be routed by Half Dome Village and on Northside Drive through the Ahwahnee Meadow to allow for final paving on Sentinel Drive.


Wednesday 5/24 - The contractor will stripe Southside Drive for 1-way traffic near Housekeeping (between Sentinel Bridge and Half Dome Village). 


Thursday 5/25 - Traffic will continue to run in this area in a 2-way configuration for one day.


Friday 5/26 - The road configuration will return back to normal between 5am and 12 noon (1-way on Southside Drive., 2-way on Sentinel Drive, 1-way on Northside Drive. off Stoneman Bridge). 


- The Yosemite Village Parking Area will be open at noon on Friday, May 26.

  (L. Acree)



Temporary Promotion/Detail: Supply Technician, GS-2005-05

​This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. The duty location is El Portal, CA​

Opening Date: 5/22/2017  Closing Date: 5/30/2017  Target EOD: ASAP


For more information contact Dave Kari at 379-1293 or dave_kari@nps.gov.  (K. Lewis)




RT-130 Wildland Fire Refresher June 14 & 19

Wawona Fire personnel will be hosting the final fire refresher for the Wawona district, June 14th at the Wawona fire station (0900-1630). Please bring any wildland PPE you already have and current IRPG (green) if you have one. If you haven't been through a fire refresher yet this season there are only two left, Wawona 6/14 and the Valley 6/19. To sign up for the Wawona RT-130 call 375-9515 or email parker_bevington@nps.gov.  (P. Bevington)



Annual Bear Training Day June 7

All Park Staff Welcome! Save the date - Wednesday, June 7th at the Yosemite Valley Lodge Cliff Room, 9am-5pm. Topics will include:  

- Bear Biology and Management

- Managing Bear Jams

- Food Storage Violations and Patrols

- Negative Conditioning (Hazing)

- Bear Incident Reporting

- Telemetry, Bear Monitoring Boxes and GPS Data

For more information email yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov. (C. Lee-Roney)




Slow for Butterfly Migration

Highway 140 between Crane Creek and Parkline has become a killing zone for thousands of California tortoiseshell butterflies. This species emerges in spectacular numbers in some years (last in 2010), and is thought to be the source of Mariposa County’s name, which is Spanish for butterfly.  Please help minimize the number of butterflies killed by reducing your speed when you encounter their swarms. At 25 mph, the butterflies are more likely to follow the slipstream around your car and emerge unscathed. At higher speeds the butterflies smash into car windshields and grills, leaving windrows of dead butterflies along the road.  This is also a risk to the birds that come to feast on the dead butterflies. Please help preserve the butterflies, and this unique display of nature’s abundance.  Slow to 25, and keep the butterflies alive.  (C. Lee-Roney)



Passing of YARTS Driver

Many regular riders of YARTS will fondly remember Mark Morison, who passed away last week. Mark always had a smile on his face, was friendly to all, and was a pleasure to be around. Mark was also a great driver, and will be missed by all. Here is the obituary about Mark:


"Beloved Mark passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 18. He was a kind, warm, loving and very funny man who had the most amazing belly laugh. He would want us to celebrate his life, for us to remember to be kind to one another and to be compassionate to the less fortunate in this world. He will be so missed by his loving family, friends and the many people whose lives he touched. Most of all he will be missed by his loving wife and soul mate, Merete Pinker. We are all the richer for having had him in our lives."  (S. Gediman)



El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

May 22-25: The contractor will continue sewer mainline installation between Nature Bridge and the Motor Inn Cabins. On May 23rd, the contractor will begin Gas Station sewer lateral installation at the El Portal Market parking lot. For additional information, please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market or contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov. (G. Chun, Y. Lugo, J. Richards)




Half Dome Cables Update

Due to safety considerations with snow and ice, the cables on Half Dome will not be installed on May 26th as originally planned. The current projection is for the cables to be in place on Friday June 2nd, however d

epending on weather the cables installation may be further delayed. For more information and further updates go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm,  (J. Trust)



Special Thanks To Research Library/Uniform Cache Volunteers

Over the weekend the following students/future librarians from San Jose State University Library Science Program volunteered in Yosemite's Research Library with Virginia Sanchez: Sunny Buckarma, Alyse Dunavant-Jone, Heather Kiger, Mary Vasuda, Amy Nykamp, Jonathan Christiansen


These wonderful individuals also volunteered their skills to organize the uniform cache. We're not sure whether the clothing is filed by the Dewey Decimal System or the Library of Congress Classification, but it sure is easier now to find pants and shirts! Please keep the cache looking this way by folding and hanging unwanted items and returning them to the appropriate area for the next employee. And if you get a chance, stop by the Research Library (open 10-4) to thank the volunteers for their great work.  (J. Crossland)




Rooms For Rent

Two bedrooms for rent in a shared three bedroom/two bath fully furnished house. Very nice house located in the quiet Sky Ranch neighborhood north of Oakhurst, just 20 minutes from the Park's South Entrance.  Clean, quiet, non-smoking renters.  No pets.  $400/month per room plus utilities. Contact yosefamfour@gmail.com.  (C. Andrews)






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 Crossover 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)






Treacy Stone will be  acting Branch Chief of Concessions Management until May 26. He can be reached at 372-0662.


Parker Davis will be acting Chief of BRM until June 1. He can be reached at 372-0406.


Glenn Dean will be acting Chief Safety & Occupational Health Manager until June 1. He can be reached at  glenn_dean@nps.gov or 379-1064.


Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June. She can be reached at 372-0216. 


Jon Babcock will be acting Machine Shop Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1155.


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 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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