Yosemite National Park Friday June 2nd, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

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Friday June 2nd, 2017

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny, warmer. Highs 75 to 83 at 5000 feet...65 to 73 at 8000 feet.

TonightClear. Lows 48 to 58 at 5000 feet...36 to 46 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 77 to 85 at 5000 feet...67 to 75 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

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Road work between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village

From Monday 6/5 through 6/30, contractors will be working in one lane of Southside Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village. Be prepared for merging and slowing traffic. The drive lane will vary as the work progresses.  (L. Acree)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in Place for Visitors on June 2, 2017 - Yosemite News Release May 31, 2017

Daily lottery for permits will open Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in place for visitor use this Friday, June 2, 2017. The trail will be wet and icy in places and visitors planning to ascend Half Dome are encouraged to be prepared for winter hiking conditions. 

 

There is a daily lottery for a limited number of permits which are required to ascent the Half Dome Cables. This lottery opens Wednesday, May 31, 2017 for the summer season. These permits are available online through the daily lottery operated by www.recreation.gov. To apply for a daily lottery permit, applications are accepted from 12:01 am to 1:00 pm two days in advance of the intended hiking date. Lottery applicants may request up to six permits.

 

Day use permits are required to ascend the Half Dome cables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A $10 application fee will be charged for each application and a $10 permit fee will be charged for each permit issued.

 

Day use permits cannot be obtained in person through any office in Yosemite National Park. Permit applicants must use their legal name when applying for a permit and a matching government-issued ID is required at the permit check point.

 

Overnight use permits are available through the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm.   

 

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

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Wawona Native Plant Gardening Workshop Saturday

The UC Merced Yosemite Field Station will be hosting a native plant gardening workshop on Saturday, June 3rd at 2pm at the Wawona Community Center. Native plants will be available from Intermountain Nursery in Prather. Join your neighbors in learning water-wise, ecologically friendly gardening techniques for our area! Please RSVP to akelly5@ucmerced.edu.  (A. Kelly)

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Spring Blood Drive Review

Yosemite Lions Club and Central California Blood Bank thanks the Yosemite community for the Gift of Life - your contribution is appreciated! 51 potential blood donors were processed, with a total of 39 pints collected. It was great to see some of the many "regulars" and meet new donors from the community! Ten people took advantage of the free eye screenings provided by Lions Club, with four referred for follow up of potentially serious eye conditions. Thank you, Yosemite!  The next blood drive will be in October in El Portal!  (D. Stewart)

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Defensible Space Inspections Start June 12

A Haiku from your Fire Prevention Division:

Winter Rains, Tall Grass 

Fire Season is Coming Soon

Defensible Space

 

Defensible space inspections for Yosemite Natl Park will begin on June 12th.

Go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Defensible-Space/ for more information so you can be prepared for this upcoming Wildfire season. For more information contact the Yosemite Natl Park's Fire Marshall's Office at Yose_Fire_Prevention@NPS.gov.  (B. Scott)

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Academic Scholarship Awards

The Yosemite Community Scholarship board has awarded their 2017 academic scholarships to the following Yosemite National Park connected students:

 

Hannah Scott:  Yosemite Employee Association (YEA) Scholarship - $2250

Christian Knighten: Mariposa Rotary Scholarship - $2250

Katie Petersen: Yosemite Community Scholarship - $1500

Sarah Petersen: Yosemite Community Scholarship - $1500

Claire Gorham: Yosemite Conservancy Scholarship - $1000

Odessa Pusina: Yosemite Lions Scholarship - $1000

Sean LeMessurier: Nature Bridge Scholarship - $500

 

Thank you to all the donors generously contributing to the Yosemite Community Scholarship fund for your investment in the future of Yosemite's local youth committed to higher education!  (E. Helling)

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Rooms for Rent

1-2 rooms for rent in a beautiful, large 4+ bed/2.5 bath home, nestled in the hills off the 140, on the border of Mariposa and Midpines. Home is on 5 quiet acres, surrounded by great views. $550/month per room, plus a portion of utilities. Email synchronicity.support@gmail.com if you're interested.  (K. Indigo)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

June 1-2: Foresta Road will be closed in front of the Post Office. The Post Office can be accessed from the east side. Traffic will be detoured down El Portal Road then left to Highway 140, then exit at the El Portal Market and continue west on the gravel road behind the Motor Inn Cabins to access East Foresta Road. Please observe traffic control signage and watch for workers on the 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, Y. Lugo, J. Richards)

 

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ACTING DESIGNATIONS

 

Mike Doyle will be acting Chief Safety & Occupational Health Manager until June 12. He can be reached at  mike_doyle@nps.gov or 379-1072.

 

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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