Yosemite National Park Thursday May 4th, 2017

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday May 4th, 2017
Today: Sunny. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 74 to 84 at 5000 feet...64 to 74 at 8000 feet.
TonightPartly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Over higher elevations, south winds around 25 mph after midnight. Lows 42 to 51 at 5000 feet...32 to 42 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 55 mph over higher elevations.
TomorrowMostly sunny. Windy. Highs 66 to 74 at 5000 feet... 57 to 65 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.
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Big Oak Flat Road

There will be no night closures of Big Oak Flat Road until Monday, May 15. On Monday, 5/15 beginning at 9pm, there will be a hard closure until 5am Tuesday, May 16, so that crews can apply asphalt. On Tuesday, 5/16, from 5am to 5pm, the road will be open open with single lane closures with up to 15 minute delays.  (A. Shapiro)



YARTS Early Run Survey

YARTS is possibly thinking about adding an earlier run to the bus schedule, if there are enough riders. 


If the bus arrives in El Portal at 6:20 AM or 6:30 AM would anyone who starts their day at 6:30 AM be interested in riding the bus and receiving a Subsidized Benefit to do so?


If there was a bus that would arrive in Yosemite Valley at 6:30 AM who would be interested?


TRANServe is a Government incentive that encourages employees to use mass transit to commute to work and reduce the carbon foot print, less traffic and you can relax as you enjoy your ride to work. 


Send email to denise_buskeness@nps.gov if you would be interested in this. (D. Buskeness)



Yosemite Valley Lodge and Half Dome Village Bike Stands Now Open

The bike rental stands are open daily from 10 am – 6 pm weather dependent. For more information go to http://www.travelyosemite.com/things-to-do/biking.  (L. Cesaro)



City Program Manager ​Detail Opportunity Extended Until 5/16/17



For more information contact Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini at 372-0201 or lisa_mendelson-Ielmini@nps.gov.  (C. Mattiuzzi)







Yosemite Forum Tuesday, May 9

 "Nature as normal: Expanding how we think about nature and what it means for our health, education, and beyond" by Dr. Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy


National Parks face major conservation challenges, from forest fires to climate change.  This talk will consider some out-of-the box solutions for these challenges, and explore how they connect to our own daily lives.  With examples ranging from human health to engaging Millennials, and from the US Cornbelt to Indonesia, Dr. Tallis will discuss the changing face of conservation. 


The Forum will take place Tuesday, May 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Ami Knighten at 379-1301 for additional information.  (G. Stock)



Rental Available Mid-June

Master bedroom with attached bathroom available in large cabin, Midpines. Cabin is walking distance (less than 1/2 mile) from the YARTS station and only 10 minutes from Mariposa. 5 acres with a fire pit, horseshoe pit, nice section of the river with an observing deck. Pets OK at landlord's discretion. Also have large garage, workshop, and basketball hoop on property, as well as extra shed for storage for seasonal/temp employees looking for month to month or 3 to 6 month lease. Live-in landlord(downstairs) that works for the park.Please call (209)379-1008 with inquiries. (C. Kugler)



El Portal School Drama Elective Performance

Support the El Portal Elementary School and YPHS  actors grades 7-9 as they perform the comedy, "Almost History:  That Whole Space Time Continuum Thing"  on May 3rd at 6:00 pm in the El Portal Elementary School  Multi Room.  Snacks will be sold and laughter will be heard!  (G. Dreifus)



The Low Sierra Music Festival Saturday, June 10

Save the Date! Starting at 5pm on June 10, come dance the night away at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal, featuring the incredible funk band The Humidors, local favorites Bootstrap Circus and The Tonalites, and DJ John Rodriguez. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  (YNPCCC Board)



El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

May 1-5: Contractor will start installation of sewer lateral for the Wildland Fire Station. One-way traffic control expected on Foresta Road. For additional information, please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov. (G. Chun)



Annual Marriage Renewal Sunday at Yosemite Community Church 

Join in this Sunday, May 7th, 9:15am-11am for a service dedicated to renewing your marriage commitment to your loved one. For more information call 209-372-4831 (F. Moore)



Hetch Hetchy Entrance Hours

Starting May 1st, the Hetch Hetchy Entrance will be opening at 7am and closing at 9pm. This will be the schedule through Labor Day.  (S. Palacio Jimenez)



Film, Photography & Wedding Monitoring Opportunities

If interested in assisting as a National Park Service (NPS) monitor, to earn overtime on your day(s) off, Special Park Uses (SPU) has monitoring opportunities available soon. Monitors must be NPS employees and wear the Class-A NPS uniform. Monitoring involves oversight of film, photo and wedding permit field activity. If interested, please sign up for monitor training through SPU. SPU will be training monitors during upcoming events after which they will add you to a call list and contact you periodically to request monitoring assistance throughout the year. Initial Supervisory approval is needed. Overtime is paid by the SPU program accounts. Please contact Cat at Catherine_carlisle-mcmullen@nps.gov.  (C. Carlisle-McMullen)



Temporary Promotion/Detail: Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-08

This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. 

Opening Date: 4/28/2017  Closing Date: 5/8/2017


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



Temporary Promotion/Detail: Trail Worker Supervisor, WS-5201-05

This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. 

Opening Date: 4/26/2017  Closing Date: 5/4/2017


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



Bears Are Active in Wawona Housing

At least one bear is actively seeking human food from residences in Wawona. On 4/27/2017 a bear obtained food from a garage and an outside freezer in Wawona. Bears were reported on residential porches there on 4/23/17 and 4/25/17. Every year bears roam through housing, taking advantage of human food sources found in neighborhoods. Although it is fun to get to see a bear, bears that get food rewards in residential areas can change to behaviors which will lead to serious and potentially dangerous problems for both people and bears.


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!  (R. Leahy)



For Rent

Midpines ranch-style home for rent: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with 2-car garage, on 7 private acres of rolling oak woodland. Great neighborhood, 5 minutes from YARTS stop, 35 minutes from El Portal, one hour from Yosemite Valley. Available in June. $1300/month. Contact tnewbee@gmail.com for more information.  (Y. Radanovich)




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)
Delays On El Portal Road
Culvert installation will continue through May 5th on the El Portal Road at “the Narrows” (between the intersection with the Big Oak Flat Road and Pohono Bridge) at 6am each morning. 
The park is allowing the early start to reduce the number of days required to complete the work. Estimate for project completion is two - three 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)
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/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)
Laura Taylor will be acting Branch Chief for Design & Engineering until May 11th.  She can be reached at 379-1428.
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. 
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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