Yosemite National Park Tuesday May 22nd, 2017

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aily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday May 22nd, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 79 to 87 at 5000 feet... 69 to 77 at 8000 feet.

TonightPartly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 48 to 58 at 5000 feet...35 to 45 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 74 to 80 at 5000 feet...64 to 70 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






Sentinel Drive Closed Today

Is your trip to Yosemite Valley really necessary today (Tuesday)? Sentinel Drive is closed for final paving. Traffic will be routed by Half Dome Village to Northside Drive (unpaved section), through the Ahwahnee Meadow, and up behind Yosemite Village. Expect slow traffic and congestion. Sentinel Drive is expected to open again on Wednesday. For more details see original post in the "Recent News" section of this Daily Report.  (L. Acree)




Spring Blood Drive Wednesday

Spring on in and share the Gift of Life!  Yosemite Lions Club welcomes the Bloodmobile on Wednesday, May 24th from 11 am to 3 pm for the annual Spring Blood Drive in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Donors must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 lbs, and be 17 yrs old or more (16 with written parental consent). No upper age limit! Eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to donation. Photo ID and SSN required at donor registration. Share the Gift of Life, receive a free t-shirt with donation. Free eye exams will also be available!  (D. Stewart)




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)






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)



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.


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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