Yosemite National Park Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
 
Today Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 89 to 99 at 5000 feet... 77 to 85 at 8000 feet.

Tonight Mostly clear. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...46 to 56 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow Sunny. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 87 to 97 at 5000 feet... 75 to 83 at 8000 feet.
 
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
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)
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Staff Presentation: Digital Reference And Research Resources Available To Park Staff Thursday
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)
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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) 
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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)
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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)
 
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)
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LEAVE SHARE OPPORTUNITY
 

John Cogdell, Supervisory Visitor Use Assistant at Yosemite National Park has been approved to become a leave share recipient under the Department of Interior Leave Donation Program.  Mr. Cogdell is recovering from Congestive Heart Failure and subsequent bypass surgery and AICD implant. He has exhausted all paid leave balances and would appreciate leave donations.

 

If you are interested in contributing annual leave, please do so by completing a Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient (Within Agency) Under the Leave Transfer Program, Form OPM 630-A.  A fillable PDF version of this form may be accessed on: HR SharePoint site/Forms/Leave Share.

 

A complete list of all Yosemite leave share participants, may be found on: HR SharePoint site/Announcements.

 

You may access a complete list of NPS leave share participants on: InsideNPS/Community/Leave Share.

 

Donation of leave is a very personal matter. Your participation in the leave share program is entirely voluntary and will be treated confidentially.  Thank you for helping out a fellow employee through this great program.

 
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
From a Caltrans emergency traffic advisory
Today's closure on State Hwy 140 in El Portal occurred after a new rockfall release and required debris removal work. Caltrans will continue work through Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., or until the material is removed. Traffic has been re-routed on Foresta Road between El Portal village and the bridge at the NPS warehouse. Please travel carefully on Foresta Road and expect increased traffic volumes through Thursday. (J. Donovan)
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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)
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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)
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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)
 
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ACTING DESIGNATIONS
 
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.
 
Sonny Montague will be acting Program Manager for Cultural Resources until June 20. She can be reached at 379-1313.
 
Deron Mills
 will be acting 
Branch Chief of Fire and Aviation Management
 until June 20. He can be reached at 375-9541.
 
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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