Yosemite National Park Wednesday June 14th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday June 14th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 74 to 79 at 5000 feet...64 to 70 at 8000 feet.

TonightClear. Lows 49 to 59 at 5000 feet...39 to 49 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 77 to 82 at 5000 feet...67 to 73 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 Anderson

The Safety Office would like to recognize Kristin Anderson, Administrative Assistant with Project Management and Compliance, as a Yosemite National Park Safety Culture Leader.  Kristin volunteered to assist the Safety Office in developing safety and wellness activities to supplement the park’s Weekly Safety Topics.  As a member of the Yosemite Safety and Wellness Council, Kristin also is constantly involved with mitigating park safety issues as well as actively involved with safety in her office. Colleagues can emulate Kristin’s exceptional safety leadership by becoming actively involved in any way possible to improve the park’s safety culture. Please join us in congratulating Kristin in a safe job well done. (M. Doyle)




Fire Management to Conduct Pile Burning in Yosemite

Do 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: 6/16/2017  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)







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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