Yosemite National Park Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, June 23rd, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 87 to 95 at 5000 feet...74 to 82 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 86 to 96 at 5000 feet... 74 to 84 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






Daily Report Changes

The park has been evaluating all of its communication tools in order to be strategic and deliberate. Recently, the park received legal advice regarding our obligations in communication messages coming from an official NPS government email account. 


As of Monday, June 26, the Daily Report will focus on news items that affect people’s work in the park. We understand that information about community news and events is important and valuable to our employees, partners, and community. We are working on having a partner set up and independently manage a new email list that would contain community news and events. The Daily Report will provide information about how to sign up for this new email list as soon as it is available.


Additionally, the version of the Daily Report that non-NPS employees receive may have some NPS-specific items (such as trainings open only to NPS employees or acting designations) removed.


For reference, this is the description of the Daily Report (and appears in every regular edition):

Yosemite's Daily Report is an internal memorandum of long standing intended to provide timely administrative information needed for daily park operations. The primary purpose of the report is to serve as a communication tool for park management to pass specific operational information to field employees of Yosemite National Park, park partners, concessioners, and related government agencies in a fast and efficient manner and offer a format for inter-divisional, inter-agency, and general intra-park notifications. (J. Trust)






Staff Presentation: Digital Reference And Research Resources Available To Park Staff Today

The Yosemite Digital Science Library (YDSL) and related online sources contain reports, journal articles, and plans relevant to the management of natural and cultural resources at Yosemite National Park. Much of this information is not presently available in the Yosemite Archives or the Yosemite Research Library. Assembling the YDSL and organizing other online data sources has been an ongoing project for Kim Hastings, Yosemite’s Science Data Manager, who is retiring at the end of the month.


Kim will be delivering a presentation covering the spectrum of resources, including reference and research libraries, available for background information on a broad range of topics. This presentation will benefit park staff engaged in the protection of resources, as well as planners and project managers who must negotiate resource management issues within the environment in which they work. This presentation will occur on Thursday, June 22, at 10:00 A.M. in the Large Break Room at the El Portal NPS complex.  (J. Donovan)




Tamarack Flat Campground Open


Tamarack Flat Campground is now open to the public. It is a first come, first served, self-registration campground with vault toilets and no running water. This campground is not recommended for RV's or trailers. For more information contact the Big Oak Flat Campground office at 379-2123.  (E. Bissmeyer)




Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Day Use Parking Reservation Program - Yosemite News Release June 21, 2017 

Second year of pilot program to take effect August 2017


Yosemite National Park announces the second phase of a multi-year pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a limited number of parking spaces at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area, located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley, for four weekends, including Saturdays and Sundays, in August 2017.


This pilot program allows visitors the opportunity to guarantee a parking space in Yosemite Valley on four busy weekends in August. Visitors who book a parking reservation will have a space reserved until 4:00 pm, so visitors will be able to arrive during the day to use their reserved parking space. The Yosemite Falls Parking Area is one of two main parking lots in Yosemite Valley. The park encourages visitors to park once and utilize the free shuttle system to get to the Valley Visitor Center and all major attractions in Yosemite Valley.     


Reservations for 150 parking spaces can be made beginning today, June 21, 2017 at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. All remaining parking spaces in the Yosemite Falls Parking Area will remain available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are available for passenger vehicles up to 20 feet in length. At this time, reservations cannot be booked for RVs or trailers. There is no charge for day use parking reservations, but a reservation fee of $1.50 will be required per transaction. All transactions are final; no refunds or cancellations will be accepted.


This pilot program is part of a larger effort to evaluate traffic and parking management tools to improve the overall visitor experience in Yosemite National Park. The pilot will let park staff see if there is public interest or demand for day parking reservations. Other traffic management tools the park has implemented include designated bus lanes, a new traffic roundabout, improved parking facilities, and improved signs and wayfinding tools.


“The pilot day parking reservation program is one of many tools Yosemite National Park is using to address traffic and congestion in the park,” stated Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “We are continuously working to improve so we can provide a quality experience for visitors to Yosemite National Park. After this summer season, park staff will evaluate the program and recommend changes based on public feedback.”


The park is expecting a very busy summer season, especially on weekends. Visitors arriving in personal vehicles should plan to expect traffic congestion and travel delays up to three hours before parking your vehicle. Visitors are encouraged to stop at the visitor centers in the park’s Gateway Communities of Mariposa, Oakhurst, Groveland, and Lee Vining to purchase park passes and get information to help plan your trip to Yosemite National Park. Picking up a park pass in the Gateway Communities may help expedite traffic flow at the park’s entrance gate.


A great alternative to driving into Yosemite Valley is to consider parking at stops in the Gateway Communities and riding the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses into Yosemite Valley. Visit www.yarts.com for more information. In Yosemite Valley, once you have found a parking space, people are urged to ride the free shuttle, walk, or ride a bike around the Valley to minimize traffic congestion.


Yosemite National Park welcomes over 5 million people from all over the United States and the world and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Visitors to Yosemite National Park generate a cumulative economic benefit to the local economy of $686,339,500 and directly support 7883 local jobs. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall is North America, iconic rock formations like El Capitan and Half Dome, and is home for 90 species of mammals and over 1,500 plant species.


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



Research Library Closures

The Research Library will be closed on Thursday, June 22nd until 1pm, and then again all day Monday, June 26th. For information on library services, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yrl.htm  (V. Sanchez)



Yosemite Theater Summer Schedule

Please note that the show schedule switches to summer season as of this week, with theater shows running Sunday through Thursday now until Labor Day weekend. There is no show on Friday or Saturday during the summer. Employees and Volunteers with any of Yosemite's Park Partners get in for free, provided there are seats available. Regular show tickets are $10 for adults; Children under 12 get in for free. Show time is 7pm each evening. Doors open at 6:45, the show duration is 1 ½ hours. 


Current Summer Schedule:

Sunday: Yosemite through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier – Live Performance and/or Movie and discussion with Ranger Shelton Johnson (show format alternates between live performance or movie with mini-performance, and Q&A/discussion)

Monday: Return to Balance, a Climber’s Journey – Movie and discussion with Ron Kauk

Tuesday: Yosemite Search & Rescue – Presentation by Ranger John Dill

Wednesday: John Muir, Conversation with a Tramp – Live stage performance by Lee Stetson

Thursday: John Muir, Stickeen & Other Fellow Mortals – Live stage performance by Lee Stetson  (C. Botell)



House for Rent in Old El Portal

$2,000 per month:  Remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with master bedroom, living room, dining room and laundry room (washer and dryer included).  Hard wood floors throughout, stainless steel appliances and gas fireplace. Large deck overlooking Eagle Peak and covered front porch looking toward the Merced River Canyon.  For more information email Ingelise Guy at Ingeliseguy3@gmail.com. (I. Guy)



Yosemite Medical Clinic and EMS Interim Medical Director

Dr. Anna Q. Yaffee has joined Yosemite Medical Clinic and EMS as Interim Medical Director through June 30, 2017.  Like departing Medical Director Dr. Ralph Groves, Dr. Yaffee is a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service.  As a physician, she is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is currently affiliated with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), a program of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  (C. Griffin)



Paul Pyle Retiring

Please join Facilities Management, Design & Engineering, and Paul's family as they celebrate Paul's retirement after 33 years of dedicated service to Yosemite National Park. There are two celebrations planned. Please join for either or both if you're able! On Thursday, June 22nd at 12:00PM there will be a potluck lunch in the large breakroom at the El Portal Maintenance Complex. No RSVP necessary, appetizers and dessert provided, a small dish to share is welcomed! The second celebration will be Saturday, June 24th at 4:00PM in Mariposa. Paul’s family will provide meat. Please bring a dish and your favorite Paul stories to share! RSVP to Laura_Kirn@nps.gov for the address and more information.  (L. Taylor) 



Save The Date - Volunteer Ice Cream Social July 6

The Yosemite Volunteer Program will be hosting an ice cream social at the Valley Field Office on Thursday, July 6th from 1 to 2pm. All volunteers and supervisors welcome!  (S. Hernandez)



Seeking Housemate in Midpines on Monthly Basis

Spacious 2000 sq. ft. Midpines home has 1 bedroom available on a month to month basis. Large open living room, dining room,  & kitchen. Two refrigerators, dishwasher, oven, microwave, dining room table set provided. Electric HVAC, plus wood burning stove & swamp cooler. Shared separate laundry room with washer and dryer. Huge deck on 2 sides of the house with views of distant hills. Sits on 7+ acres of beautiful rolling hills and trees just off Colorado Road and East Whitlock, 15 min. from Mariposa. $425/month plus electric & WiFi. No smokers. Credit check.  Email hodges.marcia@gmail.com or call 510-207-5951.  (M. Hodges)






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)



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)






Gus Martinez will be acting Superintendent for June 23. He can be reached at 372-0520.


Athena Demetry will be acting Chief of Resources Management and Science on June 23. She can be reached at 379-3296.


Brian See will be acting Mather Forestry Supervisor until June 30. He can be reached at 379-2849.


Michael Alcantar will be acting High Voltage Supervisor until June 30. He can be reached at 379-1236.


Bob Loudon will be acting Chief of Interpretation until June 28. He can be reached at 372-0599.


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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