Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Today: Mostly sunny. Not as cold. Highs 40 to 46 at 5000 feet... 32 to 38 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Snow, gusts up to 40 mph after midnight. Near the crest, slight chance of snow in the evening, then snow after midnight. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Lows 24 to 34 at 5000 feet...15 to 23 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.
Tomorrow: Snow in the morning, then snow and rain in the afternoon, south winds 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts to around 75 mph. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 13 inches. Highs 35 to 40 at 5000 feet...27 to 32 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 60 mph.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Bridalveil Fall Public Meeting Today And Webinar Tomorrow
Concurrent with the release of the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment, the park is hosting a public meeting in Mariposa on Wednesday, February 28th and a webinar on Thursday, March 1st. The public meeting will take place at the Mariposa County Government Center at 5100 Bullion St. from 3pm to 6pm. The webinar is from 9:30am to 10:30am. Access the webinar at https://yose.webex.com. The environmental assessment is open for public review through March 14, 2018. (L. Acree)
Facelift 2018 Planning Kick-off Today
Do you have ideas for this year's Facelift? Please join an interdivisional team to get started planning for Yosemite Facelift 2018, which will be September 26-29! The planning team needs your:
- Ideas and willingness to lead special projects
- Special expertise in areas such as archaeology, climbing, road safety, waste disposal, event planning, etc
The first meeting this year will be Wednesday, February 28th, 2-4 pm in the El Portal Large Break Room. All are welcome even if you're just exploring possibilities. (S. Kintner)
Appreciation To All Yosemite Park Service Personnel
The following compliment was received from a visitor through nps.gov/yose:
"I wanted to express appreciation to all Yosemite Park Personnel. I [had] a fabulous experience/trip on Feb 17 to 19th. [Even though] the park had increased visitors & road delays (due to good weather & holiday weekend), every park personnel that I interacted with had a very positive attitude & always a smile on his/her face. The positive attitude was beneficial, and made me feel better - after the many negative experiences with all the park visitors on the road/trail. Thank you for all the good work!"
Thank you to everyone in the park for continuing to demonstrate good public service. (C. Jenkins)
Looking for housing for the 2018 summer season (May 1 – July 31) for a seasonal bird survey field crew. Anything in communities close to the park is acceptable (including El Portal, Midpines, Mariposa, Wawona, Oakhurst, or Groveland). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any opportunities. (S. Haultain)
Fire Extinguisher Training March 7
YOSE Fire Prevention will be conducting Fire Extinguisher Training on the 7th of March at the El Portal Maintenance Complex. The Live Fire Fire Extinguisher will be conducted in the parking area behind the EP Maintenance Complex at 9:30 AM.Training will last 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on attendance. Currently there are 4 people signed up with up to an additional 16 spots available.
For questions or to reserve a spot, please notify Blake Scott, the YOSE Fire Inspector at Blake_Scott@nps.gov (B. Scott)
Don't Get Yourself In Trouble on Social Media
Did you know that, as a federal employee, you can't "like" a social media post regarding fundraising for a partisan political candidate, even off duty?
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has issued two documents containing guidance for federal employees on personal social media use and partisan political activity in a clear, easy-to-understand format with real world examples and a new quick reference tool.
1) The “Social Media Quick Guide” is a quick summary of what you can and can't do.
2) The “Hatch Act Guidance on Social Media” includes a number of examples illustrating how personal social media use and the Hatch act intersect.
In addition to the new materials, OSC’s website has comprehensive information on Hatch Act restrictions.
Facility Management Software System Basic Training April 3-5
The Facility Management Software System (FMSS) is an asset management tool used by a wide range of NPS employees, including maintenance field staff, first line supervisors, chiefs of maintenance, administrative officers, and park superintendents. This is the first of three courses on the FMSS. The focus of this course is to provide an overall basic look at the FMSS and to demonstrate how the FMSS is used in the day-to-day work of facility management.
Facilities Front Line Supervisors, Work Leaders, Field Staff, and Administrative Support Staff from other Divisions are welcome. Class size will be limited to 25 participants. Prerequisites: NPS-MNT1100, NPS-MNT1101, NPS-MNT2003. This class will take place April 3rd -5th, 8 am - 4 pm (Tuesday and Wednesday), and 8 am - 12:30 pm (Thursday). For more information contact Josh Harding at 379-1089 or email@example.com.
Allies for Inclusion Dialogue In Wawona Thursday
Join Allies for Inclusion for an open dialogue about park values. Topics to discuss will include Investing in Ourselves and Others and Humility, and what they mean to our workforce.
A facilitated dialogue creates an intentional space for meaningful conversation, exploring questions in supportive community. Allies for Inclusion also aims to create space for more cross-divisional communication. For more information about Allies for Inclusion, go to https://www.nps.gov/orgs/
This dialogue will be at the Wawona Community Hall on Thursday March 1st, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. All are welcome. Please RSVP and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and/
Yosemite Seasonal Physical Science Technician Positions
Job responsibilities include water and air quality monitoring, smoke monitoring in support of fire management, GIS analysis and data management, stream health assessment, surface water and groundwater monitoring, and weather tower maintenance.
Opening Date: 2/26/2018 Closing Date: 3/2/2018
Trail Closure Update
The Mist Trail is closed due to hazardous conditions from the John Muir Trail junction to the top of Vernal Fall. The 4 Mile Trail above the gate near Union Point is also closed until further notice due to snow and ice. (J. Hoeflich/J. Fey)
Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release February 23, 2018
Alan Chow missing since Tuesday, February 20
Alan Chow, the hiker missing in Yosemite National Park since Tuesday, February 20, has been found safe today. Chow, who was backpacking alone, was spotted from a National Park Service helicopter around noon today above Wapama Fall in the Hetch Hetchy area after an extensive search the past several days. He was transported to the Hetch Hetchy Ranger Station where he is doing well. Chow sustained minor injuries and has been reunited with family members.
During the last several days, Chow stayed in his tent and was able to stay hydrated and had an adequate food supply. His preparedness and ability to make good decisions were key to his rescue and good health.
Yosemite National Park would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Bay Area Mountain Rescue, California Office of Emergency Services, Marin County Search and Rescue, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, El Dorado County Sheriffs Office, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Southern California Winter Ski team,and YoDogs (search dogs).
Approximately 60 people participated in the search effort since Tuesday. (S. Gediman)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project
This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas. Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you. (K. White)