Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday May 9th, 2017
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Warmer. Highs 65 to 75 at 5000 feet...57 to 67 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...30 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 64 to 72 at 5000 feet...56 to 66 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING
Yosemite Forum Today
"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 today, 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)
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 email@example.com. (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)
Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Public Scoping Meeting Wednesday
There will be a public scoping meeting for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project on Wednesday, May 10th in the Valley Auditorium from 2:30 to 5pm. There will be a short presentation at 3pm. There is free entry into the park for people attending the meeting. For more information about the project, visit the Yosemite Planning webpage at https://www.nps.gov/yose/
Please share your written scoping comments about the project by May 26, 2017 via one of the following methods:
- Online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/
- Mail comments to "Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attn: Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project; P.O. Box 577; Yosemite, CA 95389"
There will also be an opportunity to enter comments online at the meeting. (L. Acree)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 pm at 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 email@example.com (C. Mattiuzzi)
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)
More Delays On El Portal Road This Week
Culvert installation will need to continue this week on the El Portal Road at “the Narrows” (between the intersection with the Big Oak Flat Road and Pohono Bridge) at 6am each morning. There will be one (alternating) lane open with up to 30-minute delays. (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/
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 May 15. He can be reached at 379-1063.
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.
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 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.