Yosemite National Park Tuesday June 13th, 2017

June 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

idiots over the double yellow at arch rock, 6/12/17
idiots over the double yellow at arch rock, 6/12/17idiots over the double yellow at arch rock, 6/12/17

Tuesday June 13th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny, warmer. Highs 66 to 72 at 5000 feet...57 to 65 at 8000 feet.

TonightClear. Lows 42 to 51 at 5000 feet...33 to 43 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 72 to 80 at 5000 feet...63 to 71 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 Rick Hall

The Safety Office would like to recognize Rick Hall, Civil Engineer with Design and Engineering, as a Yosemite National Park Safety Culture Leader. As a contracting officer’s representative, Rick identified the need for further safety knowledge when visiting the park’s numerous construction sites. Rick then pursued a 30-hour OSHA construction standards class to supplement his experience and knowledge. Colleagues can emulate Rick’s exceptional safety leadership by continually pursuing safety knowledge relevant to their workplace. Please join the Safety Office in congratulating Rick for a safe job well done. (M. Doyle)




Yosemite Forum Cancelled Today Due To Road Closure

The presentation, "Sierra Nevada drought vulnerability and tolerance: Observations from water isotopes" by Melissa Thaw, University of California, Merced has been cancelled due to the road closure on highway 140. Coordinators will try to reschedule this event.  (G. Dickman)




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: 6/16/2017  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)




Soupbowl Prescribed Fire Update For June 12

Yesterday evening at 1900 hours Yosemite Fire and Aviation started ignition on the Soupbowl Prescribed Fire Unit between the South Entrance and the community of Wawona. At 2100 hours operations were shut down due to mixed rain and snow. Burn conditions were good leading up to the weather event.  5-10 acres of blackline was complete along the Wawona Road (State Hwy 41 Extension).


Today National Park Service and Mariposa County Fire resources on scene will be doing mop-up and securing the burn perimeter. Fire personnel will be patrolling the roadside for hazard trees and any fire burning in cat-faces (openings created by past fire in the lower portion of a tree).


Traffic control personnel will be on scene and in place.  At this time both traffic lanes will remain open along the burn perimeter unless issues arise. Please use caution while driving in the area and slow down for fire fighter safety.


A warming and drying trend will occur this week with temperatures well above normal by Thursday. A high pressure ridge will be setting in through the weekend making air quality marginal by Thursday.  Smoke will be present along the road and fire management will continue to monitor throughout the week.


There are no planned ignitions for the rest of the week. Resources will continue to secure what was burned last night and look for another burn window throughout the summer.


For additional Information


Fire Information:  Yose_Fire_Info@nps.gov

Yosemite National Park Fire Information website:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yosemite-Wildland-Fire/124632964255395

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/YosemiteFire  (S. Saunders)




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.






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 Update: 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)



Road work between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village
On weekdays between Monday 6/5 and Friday 6/30, contractors will be working in one lane of Southside Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village.  One lane will remain open at all times, but be prepared for merging and slowing traffic. Work will take place between 8am and 4:30pm. (L. Acree)







Linda Niles-Sheetz will be acting Branch Chief of Concessions Management on June 13. She can be reached at 347-7358.


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.


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


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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