Yosemite National Park Wednesday June 7th, 2017

June 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

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Wednesday June 7th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 76 to 82 at 5000 feet...66 to 72 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 46 to 53 at 5000 feet...38 to 44 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs 70 to 75 at 5000 feet...60 to 66 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph over higher elevations.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Annual Bear Training Day Today 

Yosemite Valley Lodge Cliff Room, 9am-5pm 


All Park Staff welcome to come for full or partial day!


9:00 – 10:00    Bear Biology and Management

10:00 – 10:30   Bears of Sequoia Video

10:30 – 10:45 Bear Jams 

10:45 – 11:00   Break

11:00 - 12:30    Food Storage Violations and Patrols – What to look for (Katie)

12:30 – 1:30     Lunch

1:30 – 2:30       Negative Conditioning Training

2:30 - 3:15 Bear Incident Reporting 

3:15-3:30 GPS Data and Website 

3:30 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 4:00 Integrated Pest Management

4:00 – 5:00 Telemetry and Monitoring Box Field Trip  (C. Lee-Roney)




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)





Low Sierra Music Festival Saturday
The Low Sierra Music Festival is finally here! Come enjoy local faves the Tonalites and Bootstrap Circus, then dance to the funky beats of the Humidors, a band from the Bay Area. Once they're done, the good times continue with tunes from DJ John Rodriguez. The fun begins at 5pm this Saturday at the El Portal Community Hall. Tacos Sonora will be on hand with delicious goodies for your belly and YEA's famous beverage service will be making an appearance, serving brews from Mammoth and Lagunitas Breweries, plus a surprise drink or two! Tickets are available at the door. More information available at www.ynpccc.weebly.com/fundraising or check in at this week's Sal's Night. Sign up to volunteer for 1 1/2 hours or longer and get free entry!! Email ynpcccfundraising@gmail.com to see what shifts are available. Get more info and event updates on Facebook - ask a friend or email ynpcccfundraising@gmail.com for an invite. It's going to be a great time - see you there!!! (P. Davis)


Groves Family Farewell Party Friday 6:00 PM

The Yosemite community will bid farewell to Yosemite Medical Clinic's and EMS's Medical Director, Dr. Ralph Groves, and his family, with a BBQ Picnic Party & Potluck at the Softball Field/Basketball Court area near the Yosemite Valley School. The fun, well wishes, and reminiscing will start at 6:00 PM Friday, June 9th. BBQ and beer provided. A donation of $10 per person age 21 and older, or $5 per person age 7 to 20 is requested. Children 6 and under are free.


Please bring your favorite Potluck dish - Potluck assignments by first letter of last name:
A-F - Appetizers, Snacks
G-M - Starch-Oriented Side Dish
N-T - Veggie-Oriented Side Dish / Salads
U-Z - Soft Drinks or Desserts

Other stuff to bring:
- Your own mess kits
- Chairs and/or picnic blankets (there are some picnic tables available)
- There lot of mosquitoes in the neighborhood recently, so bug repellent might be a good idea.

If you have any questions or would like to know how you can support this community-based event, please call 372-4637. (C. Griffin)


Spotted Owls and Fire
Yosemite wildlife biologist Stephanie Eyes and others just published their findings on the habitat use patterns of spotted owls in the burned landscape of Yosemite. Their results suggest that "sustaining forests burned in a mosaic of lower fire severities in different years interspersed with large unburned patches may help to preserve California spotted owls in Yosemite National Park." In light of this information, all the hard work of the Yosemite prescribed fire program is very much appreciated! (Citation: Eyes., S. A., Roberts, A. L., and M. D. Johnson. 2017. California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) habitat use patterns in a burned landscape. Condor 119:375-388).  (R. Mazur)



YEA for June Sal's Nights

6/8- Jam to the tunes of special guest DJ Quap Cousteau!

6/22- Garage Sal's Bring gear/books/clothing/etc. to trade, barter or give away. Please remember to take any unclaimed items back home with you as YEA is not responsible for getting items to a thrift store.

If you're interested in playing music at Sal's, contact awdickenson@gmail.com.

If you're interested in bar tending at a Sal's Night this summer, please email yea4us@gmail.com. (M. Patton)




El Portal Community Hall Cleaner Wanted

Yosemite Employee Association is in search of responsible, responsive, hard-working folks to clean the Community Hall. Ideally, this is at least 3 month commitment to cleaning the hall twice a week. Compensation includes $60 for basic hall/bathroom cleaning and $90 for hall/bathrooms + kitchen. For more information email rent@elportalca.org.  (M. Patton)




Yosemite Forum Tuesday, June 13

"Sierra Nevada drought vulnerability and tolerance: Observations from water isotopes" by Melissa Thaw, University of California, Merced
Isotopes can be used to track water through Sierra Nevada vegetation to determine their water sources and links to subsurface storage.  Vegetation responds quickly to changes in inputs, and utilizes deep storage during severe drought conditions.  While vegetation accesses new sources of water, deeply stored water is composed of snow melt with a residence time of about ten years.  Deep water storage is absent in the lower elevations, which experienced severe tree mortality.

The Forum will take place Tuesday, June 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  For more information call Ami Knighten at 379-1301. (G. Stock)


Rooms For Rent

Two bedrooms for rent in a shared three bedroom/two bath fully furnished house. Very nice house located in the quiet Sky Ranch neighborhood north of Oakhurst, just 20 minutes from the Park's South Entrance.  Clean, quiet, non-smoking renters.  No pets.  $400/month per room plus utilities. Contact yosefamfour@gmail.com.  (C. Andrews)




For Rent

Shared house. Private bedroom located in town of Mariposa (Hwy 49N by DMV). Short-term; no smoking; female; pet may be considered.  Utilities included; wifi available.  $385 mo / deposit $200. Call Joanna at (cell) 209-347-0600 or (home) 209-966-2426.  (Y. Radanovich)



Night Closure to Take Place on Big Oak Flat Road Inside Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release June 2, 2017
Closure will be in effect from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am on Sunday, June 4, 2017
Yosemite National Park will close the Big Oak Flat Road to all vehicular traffic, from Crane Flat to Foresta, in order to finish repairs and repave the road. This closure will be in place from 11:00 pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 to 5:00 am on Monday, June 5, 2017.

This night closure is necessary for the safety of all motorists. Paving will continue throughout the day on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6, with single-lane closures and up to 15 minutes delays.
This road project is necessary to finalize recent repairs to the Big Oak Flat Road, which was damaged in February.
The El Portal Road (Highway 140) and the Wawona Road (Highway 41) are open and clear for all vehicular traffic to access Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Visitors traveling to and from Yosemite National Park are urged to drive with caution, follow posted speed limits, and be aware of rocks and debris on the roadway.
Tioga Road remains closed for the season. Park road crews are working to clear snow and debris from the roadway. As soon as we are able, the park will release an opening date.
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)






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)






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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