Yosemite National Park Friday June 16th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Merced River, Yosemite 6/17

Friday June 16th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 81 to 89 at 5000 feet... 70 to 80 at 8000 feet.

TonightPartly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then clear after midnight. Lows 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 84 to 92 at 5000 feet...73 to 83 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






Congratulations Safety Week Super Star Kristin Kirschner

The Safety Office would like to recognize Kristin Kirschner, Acting SAR Coordinator, as a Yosemite National Park Safety Culture Leader. In addition to her added duties as the Acting SAR Coordinator, Kristin has always been a proactive safety leader. Whether on incident or supervising SAR operations, Kristin full-heartedly promotes the use of risk management models, such as GAR’s (green/amber/red), to break down complex tasks before operations for optimal team performance.  As a great communicator and even better active listener, Kristin is always inclusive when giving others the chance to speak up about their safety before, during, and after the operation. Colleagues can emulate Kristin’s exceptional safety leadership by promoting good safety communication in their workplace and by using risk management models whenever necessary. Please join us in congratulating Kristin in a safe job well done.  (M. Doyle)




Temporary Promotion/Detail: GIS Data Manager GS-0401-9

This is a temporary detail or temporary promotion not to exceed 120 days/year as a GS-0401-09, GIS Data Manager. The position serves as a GIS specialist responsible for researching, evaluating, and editing data sets and documentation to support park planning projects and studies.

Opening Date: 6/16/2017  Closing Date: 6/23/2017  Target EOD: July


For more information contact Jim Roche at jim_roche@nps.gov or 379-1446.  (C. Mattiuzzi)




El Portal Market

The market will be changing its hours to 7AM-7PM until 140 opens back up.  (J. Bobo)




Yosemite Bear Facts - May 27th to June 9th, 2016

2017 Total Bear Incidents: 12

2017 Total Property Damage: $945


Compared to this same week 2016 (the lowest year on record for bear incidents), bear incidents in 2017 are up by 100% and damages are up by 34%. Compared to 1998 (when incidents in the park peaked), bear incidents in 2017 are down by 96%, and damages are down by 99%.


Bear Activity Summary: Bears have been very active in wilderness areas over the last few weeks and are being seen regularly along the Half Dome corridor and in Little Yosemite Valley. This past week, bear obtained food from the Little Yosemite Campground. A bear also ate freeze dried food that campers left out in the Illilouette Creek area. This week, several bear incidents occurred at the Snow Creek Area which now has an overnight camping closure in effect. When camping in Yosemite’s wilderness, always store all food, trash, and scented items in a properly secured bear resistant food storage container. To find a list of containers that are allowed for use in Yosemite, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm. This list is updated any time that there are changes to the list of allowed containers.


Red Bear, Dead Bear: A bear was hit by a vehicle on the Big Oak Flat Road. Please help protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and being prepared to stop for animals in roadways.


Fascinating Bear Fact:  Bear cubs can’t walk or see when they are first born. They start to see after 28 to 40 days, and it can take up to 5 weeks for them to learn to walk.


Report bear incidents and sightings. Call the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322 or e-mail yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov


Other Wildlife Sightings:  A mountain lion was seen near the Yosemite Valley School early one morning. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/mountainlion.htm.  (C.  Lee-Roney)







Temporary Promotion/Detail: Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-08

This is a temporary detail or temporary promotion not-to-exceed 120-days as a GS-0404-08 Biological Science Technician. The position serves as the field crew lead for revegetation projects, and coordinating all the native plant materials activities in the park.

Opening Date: 6/15/2017  Closing Date: 6/21/2017  Target EOD: July


For more information contact Tim Kuhn at tim_kuhn@nps.gov or 379-1452 .  (C. Mattiuzzi)




Employee Florescent and LED Lamp Disposal Policy

All employees in Government housing are required to purchase and replace their own light bulbs. After replacement, occupants need to drop off the old lamp to a recycle site in their district for proper disposal. Each district will have clearly marked boxes for florescent tubes and LED bulbs. Any employee needing assistance with removing or replacing lamps should contact the Facilities Management Customer Service Desk at 379-1058.


Customers can dispose of lamps at the following locations and times:


Wawona: Buildings and Grounds Shop, 375-9508 on Wednesdays between 12pm and 1pm.

Hodgdon: Buildings and Grounds Shop, 379-1931 on Wednesdays between 12pm and 1pm.

Valley: Buildings and Grounds Shop, 372-0545 on Mondays and Fridays between 12pm and 1pm.

El Portal: Buildings and Grounds Shop 379-1280 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12pm and 1pm.  (C. Hassan)




Fire Management Conducts Pile Burning in Yosemite

Due to the recent storm, conditions are optimal to resume hand pile burning in Yosemite. Fire Management intends to conduct pile burning in the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley this week, taking advantage of the precipitation that occurred on Sunday, current fuel conditions, and weather.  Pile burning may continue until conditions become unfavorable - i.e. too dry, poor smoke dispersal and or 'No Burn Days'. Please contact Yosemite Fire Information with any questions at Yose_Fire_Info@nps.gov.  (S. Saunders)




Temporary Promotion/Detail: Property Clerk GS-0303-05

This position is located in the Division of Administration Management, Fleet and Property Management Branch, at Yosemite National Park.

Opening Date: 6/5/2017  Closing Date: 6/16/2017  Target EOD: July


For more information contact Chad Gray, Branch Chief at 379-1106.  (L. Walsh)




Degnan’s Kitchen & Loft Opening Soon

Yosemite Hospitality anticipates opening Degnan’s Kitchen and Degnan’s Loft later this month following an extensive renovation and updated menu offerings.


Degnan’s Kitchen (lower level) will offer authentic delicatessen sandwiches, signature salads, artisan pizzas, breakfast favorites, coffee/espresso drinks, fresh donuts and other baked goods will be available. Degnan’s Loft (upper level) will be the perfect place to enjoy artisan pizzas, specialty appetizers and desserts. A wide variety of wines and beers on tap will be available at the new bar. The updated design and menus honor the tradition of the Degnan family bakery in Yosemite that dates back to the 1890s.  (L. Cesaro)




YARTS Modified schedule - Hwy 140 Only


Runs 1, 2, 3, and 6  will travel as far as Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal

Runs 8, 9 and 11 will operate on schedule from Yosemite View Lodge to Merced.

Runs 2a, 3a, 4, 5, 10, 11a, 12 and 14  are suspended until further notice.

Run 7 will operate as normal.


Service is operating as normal on Hwy 120 (from Tuolumne county) and Hwy 41 (from Fresno).  (C. Kelly)




El Portal Road in Yosemite National Park Remains Closed - Yosemite News Release

June 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Highway 140 closed at Parkline at least through the weekend


The El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a rockslide that occurred yesterday around noon. Yosemite National Park staff are assessing the area and the road will remain closed at least through the weekend  of June 17-18, 2017. After the assessment is complete, crews will begin to remove rock debris and repair the road to make it safe for visitors to travel on. There is no estimate for when the road will reopen.


Around noon yesterday, a large rockslide occurred from the "Parkline Slab" cliff, about 1 mile east of the park boundary on Highway 140. The rockslide originated from a point mid-way up the cliff, approximately 400 feet above the base of the cliff and 600 feet above the El Portal Road.  


Roughly 4,000 tons of rock detached from the cliff along a cliff-parallel exfoliation joint; the approximate dimensions of the slab are 50 x 80 x 15 feet. This massive slab of rock slid down the cliff, hit a ledge, and broke into many pieces; these pieces fragmented further on hitting the base of the cliff, fanning out over an area more than 1,000 feet wide.  The bulk of the debris slid and rolled down the slope at the base of the cliff, piling up on the El Portal Road, and continuing down to (and into) the Merced River.


Of the total volume of material that fell, roughly 1/3 of that landed on the El Portal Road, covering an area of road about 150 feet long under up to 15-20 feet of rock debris.  The largest boulder on the road is about 130 tons, and there are several other boulders that are only somewhat smaller.  Boulders and smaller "flyrock" fragments covered a section of road nearly 1,000 feet long. The road sustained damage, both to the paved surface and the retaining wall.


Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses will run on a modified schedule. To see the schedule, please visit www.yarts.com.


A news release will be issued with updates as repairs progress on the El Portal Road.  (S. Gediman)




El Portal Pool

The El Portal Pool has opened. Summer hours are 7 days a week open swim from 1PM to 5PM; Lap swim daily Monday through Friday noon to 1PM. $1.00 per person, $3.00 per family. Season Pass $30.00 single, $45.00 family. There usually is a lap swim pass as well. The pool is located on Rancheria Flat Road below the El Portal School and the Library. Call Shannon Hansen at (209) 966-2498 or email shansen@mariposacounty.org.  (M. Dale)




Yosemite-Wawona Elementary Charter School Position Available

Part-time Bus Driver, Custodian & Yard Supervisor

- Salary range based on experience and qualifications

- Monday-Thursday work week with 3-day weekends Friday-Sunday

- Paid school holidays, based on an 11-month work year

- CalPERS Retirement benefits


If you are interested in applying for the above-listed position(s), please contact Yosemite-Wawona Elementary Charter School with your resume & cover letter.


Phone: 209-375-6383

Fax: 209-375-1029

Email: admin@yosemitewawonacharter.org  (E. McCarthy) 




Zero Landfill Initiative Tip of the Month

What should you do if you are not sure an item is recyclable? When in doubt, toss it out! Non-recyclable items that end up in the recycling are called "contaminants." If too many accumulate in a load of recycling, the entire load is rejected. Also, some contaminants can damage machinery, which costs lots of money to repair. Be a #yosemitezerohero and #dontfeedthellandfills.  (J. Bailey)




Rockfall Closes El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance  (Highway 140) Entrance to Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release June 12, 2017

Road will remain closed for at least 24 hours


A rockfall reported today [June 12] around Noon has closed the El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance in Yosemite National Park. The rockfall was reported inside the park boundary about two miles east of the park line in El Portal. There are no injuries or damage to traveling vehicles reported.


Park Rangers and geologists are on site assessing the rockfall. The road will remain closed for at least 24 hours. All other open  park entrances remain open and operational (Tioga Road remains closed).


No further information is available at this time. A news release will be issued with updates and status of the road.  (S. Gediman)




Temporary Promotion/Detail: Administrative Support Assistant (OA), GS-0303-06

This position is located in the Division of Visitor and Resource Protection, Wilderness Branch, at Yosemite National Park.  This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. 

Opening Date: 6/10/2017  Closing Date: 6/23/2017  Target EOD: June


For more information contact Ed Dunlavey at work 209-372-0501, cell 209-201-7846.  (D. Dean)




Help Test Yosemite S.A.M.

Just in time for National Safety Month, the Yosemite Safety Office created a new form for reporting near misses, close calls and general safety observations while on the job. It cane b found at https://goo.gl/forms/syYkOVYcNmyTLnp73. Named Yosemite S.A.M.s (Safety Action Message), Yosemite employees can anonymously submit a google doc form or print a paper copy to send to the Safety Office via inter-office mail. This new format is still a prototype and in need of further testing. Therefore, the Safety Office would like to encourage all YOSE employees to test the system by reporting one safety observation in your workplace during the week of Monday, June 12th. [Injuries, illnesses and/or property damage that occurs on the job must be reported to Supervisors and then entered into SMIS] 


On Monday, June 19th, one lucky participant will be randomly selected from the submitted forms to receive a prize.  Regardless, these Yosemite S.A.M.s will proactively identify and document safety hazards in the workplace while creating a path forward to hazard elimination. Please do your part to improve Yosemite's safety culture by reporting hazards in your workplace.  (M. Doyle)




Free Paint Only Recycling Event For Mariposa County June 17

This free paint drop-off event will be held Saturday, June 17th, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds - 5007 Fairgrounds Road Mariposa, CA 95338. It will be open to all households and businesses. 


What’s accepted: containers must have original labels; house paint and primers (latex or oil-based); stains; deck and concrete sealers; and clear finishes (e.g., varnishes and shellac). Volunteers will even unload for you!


For details on what products are accepted (and not accepted), visit https://www.paintcare.org/mariposa/.  (N. Dorr)




Sierra Nevada Network Newsletter

The Sierra Nevada Network spring newsletter is out. Download here for the latest on the Inventory & Monitoring Program: https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/DownloadFile/578856


​Articles feature:

- Park inventory & monitoring projects (with the first feature on Yosemite fire-followers by David Campbell of Yosemite RMS)

- A local spring bryophyte (mosses and more) foray in Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park

- Belding’s ground squirrels declines

- Assessing nitrogen in mountain lakes

- An app for tracking lake algae

- Project updates

- Staffing changes


For more information email Program Manager Sylvia Haultain at sylvia_haultain@nps.gov.  (L. Mutch)




For Rent

Shared house located in Mariposa. Large bedroom with own bathroom. Must have excellent references.(seasonal or permanent employee). Prefer female; tidy person. $600 per month. Please contact A. Rogerson @ androg@garlic.com or call 408-829-5102.






Yosemite Valley Road Work 

Contractors are working on Northside Drive in west Yosemite Valley between Hanging Valley and Pohono Bridge. One lane will be open at all times (day and night) and one lane will be closed at all times (day and night). Be prepared for slow traffic during peak hours. The park expects this work configuration to shorten the overall length of time required to finish the work. The end date for this work is TBD, depending on changing road conditions in the park.


In east Yosemite Valley on Southside Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village, work continues in one lane of traffic. One lane will remain open at all times. Work will take place on weekdays between Monday 6/5 and Friday 6/30. (L. Acree)




El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

June 12-16: Contractor will be installing sewer main line north of the Motor Inn Cabins. The community is encouraged not to use Rail Road (gravel road north of the Motor Inn Cabins) as is still being used as the Contractor’s primary staging area. For additional information please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For any further questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (G. Chun, Y. Lugo, J. Richards)




Wawona Road Delays Near South Entrance

6-6-17: Crews are continuing the Rehabilitation of the Wawona Road.  This work will continue over the next 4 months.  At this time there is no weekend or night time work scheduled. The current work zone along Wawona Road is 1 mile south and 1/2 mile north of the South Entrance intersection.  The current traffic delays are as follows:


Monday thru Friday

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM 15-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 30-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM 15-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

(Pilot cars may be used to escort vehicles thru the construction zones.)  (M. Pieper)







Sara Dolan will be acting Program Manager for Cultural Resources until June 16. She can be reached at 379-1308.


Josiah Brown will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until June 19. He can be reached at 379-1236 or by leaving a message with Katie Bablitch at 379-1055.


Deron Mills

 will be acting 

Branch Chief of Fire and Aviation Management

 until June 20. He can be reached at 375-9541.



Gus Martinez will be acting Chief Ranger until July 2. He can be reached at 372-0520.


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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