Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 79 to 87 at 5000 feet... 66 to 74 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 88 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

 

Yosemite Theater Returns Today

Yosemite Conservancy evening programs at Yosemite Theater are expected to resume on Tuesday, July 25th with the regularly scheduled YOSAR show hosted by John Dill!  (C. Botell)

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Yosemite and the Future of Outreach Wednesday

Outreach Intern Jamila Rice will be presenting her research presentation July 26 at 11 am at the El Portal Community Hall. Everyone is invited. Jamila is a Senior Political Science Major from Fresno, CA who attends Tuskegee University and is serving in Yosemite through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program. This summer Jamila has worked on outreaching to Yosemite's gateway communities in efforts to expand the volunteer program to communities of color. (J. Rice)

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New Training Requirement for PEPC Users by 8/1

All PEPC (Planning, Environment, and Public Comment) users must take the "Privacy For System Managers" training (course code: DOIU-3105-OLT-DOI) in DOI Learn, before August 1, 2017, to maintain access to the system. This applies to all Yosemite project managers, compliance staff, and subject matter experts entering or reviewing projects. If you are currently a PEPC user, please take this training before August 1st. It is a new requirement we recently learned of coming out of DOI. Once you receive a certificate, you will need to upload it to your PEPC profile page (this function and instructions will be available in PEPC on August 1). This process will ensure your continued access and seamless continuation of your projects. Questions? Contact Kristin Anderson or Madelyn Ruffner. (M. Ruffner)

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Wawona Road Delays

Between the Wawona Tunnel and the Rostrum: There will be up to 30 minute delays Sunday night thru Thursday night, 8PM to 6AM as crews complete storm damage repairs along Wawona Road.

 

Near South Entrance: Crews will be running single lane traffic control from 6AM to 8PM on Tuesday, July 25th, Wednesday July 26th, and Thursday, July 27th. An Asphalt Test Strip will be placed on Mariposa Grove Road Wednesday, July 26th so there will be some additional truck traffic coming thru the entrance station kiosks. Note:  Although only three days are specifically noted for delays, please plan on up to 30-minute delays on Wawona Road over the next couple of months, Monday thru Friday 6AM to 8PM.  (M. Pieper)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Temporary Promotion/Detail: Tree Worker Supervisor, WS-5042-10

This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days. 

Opening Date: 7/21/2017     Closing Date: 7/28/2017     Target EOD: asap

http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Admn/HR/Lists/TempPromoteDetails/DispForm.aspx?ID=42

For more information contact Brian Mattos at 379-1113 or brian_s_mattos@nps.gov  (K. Lewis)

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California Naturalist Immersion Course

The California Naturalist Immersion Course will be offered from October 1-7, 2017.  This course offers professional certification as a California Naturalist through University of California extension, and is available for UC course credit. The one-week Sierra Nevada Immersion Course begins at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, where students will explore the west side of Yosemite National Park for three days. The course takes advantage of the natural gradient in climate, geology, and ecology as the class transitions over Tioga Pass through Tuolumne Meadows, the Mono Lake basin and the Eastern Sierra to the UCSB Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, where the remaining three days of the course will be spent in and around Mammoth Lakes. This is the first year and the first California Naturalist course to offer such a range of California natural history. For more information and the application, go to: http://snrs.ucmerced.edu/calnat. Applications are due August 10th.  (A. Kelly)

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Hetch Hetchy Resource Guide Now Available

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with Yosemite National Park, has put together a resource guide about the Hetch Hetchy Water System. This guide was specifically designed as a tool to help park employees learn about the water system and the partnership between the two organizations. Check it out on SharePoint at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Supt/hetchy/Shared%20Documents/YNP%20Interpretive%20Resource%20Gde_rye_051617.pdf

 

For more information, or to get a copy of the Resource Guide, contact Heather Boothe at 372-0238 or heather_boothe@Nps.gov.  (H. Boothe)

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Yosemite National Park Remains Open - Yosemite News Release July 21, 2017

Yosemite Valley accessible via Highways 140, 120, and 41

 

Yosemite National Park remains open with all hotels, lodges, stores and campgrounds that have opened for the season fully open and operational. All entrances to Yosemite National Park are open. Visitors can get to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140 from Mariposa, Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 120 West from Groveland, and Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and US Route 395.

 

Interested in visiting Yosemite this weekend? There are rooms in Yosemite Valley available for Saturday and Sunday at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Half Dome Village. For more information on lodging, visit http://www.travelyosemite.com or call 888-413-8869.

 

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Cal Fire and all of the other agencies who have been working to suppress the Detwiler Fire,” stated Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “Yosemite National Park and its employees are grateful for their hard work and dedication to fight this fire. We are always proud to work with Cal Fire and all of our sister agencies to help support our gateway communities.”   

 

Air quality in Yosemite Valley and throughout the park has been impacted by smoke from the Detwiler Fire. Visitors coming to Yosemite who are sensitive to smoke or suffer from respiratory problems are encouraged to minimize outdoor activities. For updated information on air quality in Yosemite National Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring.htm

 

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose  (J. Richards)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

7-17-21: Contractor will be installing the force main on Foresta Rd. One-way traffic control on Foresta Road is expected this week. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. 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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Yosemite Valley Road Work 

Work crews are on schedule to finish work on Northside Drive in west Yosemite Valley between the Bridalveil View pullout and Pohono Bridge by the end of July. One lane will remain open at all times. Crews also expect to complete construction on Southside Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village by the end of July.  (L. Acree)

 

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