Yosemite National Park Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Winter Storm Warning until March 14, 11:00 PM PDT 

Today: Snow showers likely in the morning, then snow showers, showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers likely in the morning, then snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the morning, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Snow accumulation up to 7 inches. Snow level 5500 feet. Highs 37 to 43 at 5000 feet...30 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Snow showers in the evening, then snow showers likely after midnight. Near the crest, snow showers in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 6 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 24 inches. Lows 19 to 29 at 5000 feet...9 to 17 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then slight chance of snow in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs 36 to 41 at 5000 feet...27 to 32 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 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





Retirement get together for Diane Stewart

 Diane Stewart will be retiring.after nearly 20 years of service with NPS in Yosemite. She has worked in various positions in Yosemite the last one being with RMS as a Budget Analyst. Please join RMS for a snack potluck. Let's  send Diane off with well wishes and thanks for her many years of service. 

Monday, March 19th, 

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, El Portal

 Large Break Room. (M. Thornley)






Women’s Leadership Symposium Today

The Symposium will take place Tuesday, March 13th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Theater and Auditorium. For more information email Yose_RDI@nps.gov.  (S. Diaz)


Visitor Center Films Not Running Today

The Visitor Center films will not be playing in the Theater on Tuesday March 13th. Regular showings will resume on Wednesday March 14th.  (S.Miyako)


Yosemite Forum Today

White Pines of the Sierra Nevada: Ecology Conservation & Management by Dr. Jonathan Nesmith, NPS I&M, Sequoia NP


This talk will provide an introduction to the white pines - sugar pine, western white pine, limber pine, foxtail pine, and whitebark pine that occur in the Sierra Nevada and discuss the unique role they play in forest ecosystems. These pine species are currently threatened by the combined effects of multiple novel stressors, which have led to severe population declines in some cases. Dr. Nesmith will discuss the current status of these long-lived species in the Sierra Nevada, and present possible management options to help ensure their continued persistence. 


The Forum will take place Tuesday, March 13th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Garrett Dickman at 379-3282 for additional information.  (G. Dickman)



Power Outage Today

PG&E will be temporarily interrupting service from 12pm to 3pm at 9732 Red Bud Lane, El Portal CA.  (S. Gaynor)



Correction: Water Outage March 15, Not March 16

The date for the 10am water outage affecting the east end of the Maintenance Complex Building  should be Thursday, March 15th. The upstairs bathrooms will be available for use. For more information contact George Harders at 379-1828.  (G. Harders/M. Matheson)



Farewell Tim And Annette Saturday

Retirement and Going Away Party March 17th for Tim Yett, RN and Annette Yett from Yosemite Medical Clinic 


After seven years, friends and coworkers will bid farewell to Yosemite Medical Clinic's nurse Tim Yett and his wife, YMC's medical support assistant Annette Yett. Please join in for a potluck style party on March 17th at 5PM at Residence 65 (behind the clinic) to celebrate and wish them well. All Yosemite community, friends and family are invited. Sign up for potluck items at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_VSX6S7pb5NDWhXdVmeSiMO17OhDWx2NwkoHLxLt38E/edit#gid=0


For more information call 372-0803 and ask for Jennifer or Casey.  (J. Marshall)



Rangers' Club Parking Lot

The Rangers' Club parking lot is experiencing significant use by GOVs and staff personal vehicles. Please note that this parking lot is for Rangers' Club residents and guests only. Please remove all GOVs and personal vehicles from this parking lot if you are not a resident or guest.  (D. Miyako)



2019 YC Grants - Call for Executive Summary Proposals

It's time once again to start applying for 2019 Yosemite Conservancy Grants. The first step is writing up an Executive Summary for approval by your Division Chief. Information about the 2019 grant process in general, and the Exec Summary process specifically, is available at:

 U:\Yosemite Conservancy Proposals\2019 YC Grant Proposals\2019 YC Forms and Guidance  

The Executive Summary Form is a google form this year. Click the link to access.

For more information contact Heather Boothe at 372-0238 or  heather_boothe@nps.gov  (H. Boothe)


Women's History Month -  Claire Marie Hodges, 1890–1970

Each week during the month of March, organizers of the Women’s Leadership Symposium highlight a famous woman from Yosemite's History.  


In 1918, During World War I, long before Rosie the Riveter was the face of a campaign to enlist women into the defense and manual labor sectors;  Claire Marie Hodges asked the superintendent of Yosemite if she could become a park ranger. The local schoolteacher was granted her request, probably in part due to the lack of men available for work at the time, and became the first female park ranger in the National Park Service. During her season of service, she refused to carry a gun, and was responsible for leading mounted patrols through the night down from Tuolumne Meadows to park headquarters, as well as mounted wilderness patrols. She wore a ranger hat and badge, but women in the National Park Service were not offered official uniforms until 1947, and weren’t allowed to wear the same uniforms as men until the 1970s. Claire Hodges provided valuable service to the park in the face of stereotypes of the time, working hard in her chosen field, and continuing on to contribute to the Yosemite outdoors community through her life.  (E. Wold)



Room For Rent Available April 1st: Triangle Road In Mariposa

Private bedroom for rent in a two bed, one bath home on Triangle Road. House is on 4.5 acres, and is a six minute drive from Hwy 140, 15 minutes from Mariposa.  Wood stove heat only.  Swamp cooler does a great job cooling in summer. Utilities per occupant range from $20 per mo in summer to $70 per mo in winter. Peaceful, quiet, lovely property. Rent is $475 per mo, security deposit $475. Looking for a longer term occupant, preference given to someone with consistent year round area employment. If interested, please contact Kate Gunsolus as soon as possible at 920-723-1847 or kate.gunsolus@gmail.com  (K. Gunsolus)



Home for Rent

3 bedroom 2 bath home on East Whitlock Road in the "Pride of the Sierras" (Midpines). $1500 per month not including utilities. Washer/Dryer onsite. Two car attached garage. Plenty of storage space. One year lease preferred. No pets/smokers. Call Virgia at 731-695-5048 for more information.  (W. Bryan)


Seeking Rental

Looking for housing, starting work in Wawona on April 1st and working through summer and fall. Anything in the south side of the park near Wawona, Fish Camp or Oakhurst area is preferred.  Please email monik812@hotmail.com with any opportunities.  (M. Medina)






Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work

Parking and road work is ramping up in Yosemite Valley. The first project is final paving at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area (west of Yosemite Lodge). Please direct vehicles to park at Yosemite Village or Half Dome Village as the Yosemite Falls parking lot will close. RVs may park along Stoneman Meadow or Half Dome Village. Commercial tour buses may continue to park at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Work at the Yosemite Falls Parking area is estimated to finish by the end of March.  (L. Acree)



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.  (K. White)


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