Yosemite National Park Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Showers in the morning, then rain in the afternoon, south winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers in the morning, then snow in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 70 mph. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 6 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 46 to 54 at 5000 feet...42 to 47 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 50 mph.

Tonight: Snow, rain, windy. Snow accumulation up to 19 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...27 to 33 at 8000 feet. Southeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the evening. Over higher elevations, south winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 70 mph.

Tomorrow: Rain, snow. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 30 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 44 to 50 at 5000 feet...40 to 45 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph...southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts to around 70 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






Lunchtime Yoga Rescheduled Today

Weekly practice has been changed to Wednesdays. Lunchtime Yoga will resume today at 12 noon. Hope to see you there!  (R. Kirtland)


Courtroom Deputy Applications Due April 4

The Clerks Office is recruiting for a full-time Courtroom Deputy position in its Yosemite National Park office. The incumbent will be the sole Clerks Office representative in the office and will support the work of a full-time magistrate judge. 


Salary Range $40,464 - $79,617 

Closing Date 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 

For full job details and information on how to apply, see the court website:  http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/careers  (M. Melchor)



Public Library Hours Changing

Mariposa County Library, Yosemite Branch is changing its hours for Thursdays beginning, March 22nd from 1:30-6:30 to 12:30-5:30pm. 


The library staff and volunteers hope to have more traffic on Thursdays by staying open part of the lunchtime, and seeing some of you after 5:00!  Please bring feedback if you have any other requests for the 15 hours they are privileged to serve the Yosemite Valley community! 


Tuesdays and Wednesday hours will remain the same - 10am-3pm.  (C. Reynolds)



Mariposa Park & Ride Closure

The back portion of the Mariposa Park & Ride facility has been closed by another sinkhole. YARTS buses will continue to provide service at this stop, however, the capacity of the parking facility is reduced. Please avoid the rear portion of the facility and watch for fencing as repair work is commenced.  (J. Donovan)



Women's History Month -  Tabuce 1870–1947

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


Ta-bu-ce (also known as Maggie Howard),was an Indian cultural demonstrator from 1929–1942.


Tabuce’s story has been told many times; of her exquisite basketry, her calm demeanor, and her years of tourist demonstrations of Indian cultural practices. Beyond that though, Tabuce faced innumerable challenges with a fiery spirit, pride, and perseverance. A Paiute Indian born at Mono Lake, Tabuce and her father would make frequent trips to visit friends in Yosemite until Tabuce began to spend more of her time in the Valley than out of it. She worked in the Yosemite Valley store, at the Sentinel Hotel, and as an independent contractor cleaning homes. Through the years, she also became renowned for her masterful basketry, beadwork, baking, and cooking; combining techniques from multiple peoples and creating her own as well. She demonstrated these skills in the Yosemite Museum from 1929 to 1942.


During her early years as a cultural demonstrator, Indian Field Days, was in full swing. This annual celebration, put on by the National Park Service, was sold as a way to reconnect American Indians with traditions and cultural practices, but was a tourism-boosting scheme, in which each fall, Yosemite Indians were paid to dress like Plains Indians to meet the ethnic stereotypes and expectations of visiting tourists. Tabuce created elaborate, floor-length, beaded buckskin dresses that she wore during the Indian Field Days. Adapting to the expectations of the time for her own well being and livelihood, Tabuce nonetheless retained a sharp wit, and wasn’t afraid to comment on the rudeness of ogling photographers or to refuse to answer probing questions. In her later years, a tourist once asked Tabuce how old she was, and got the response: “I’m 16. How old are you?”  


We remember her for her unwavering spirit, her timeless contributions to the world of art, and for the impact that she left on Yosemite in sharing her time and effort towards cultural understanding despite facing discrimination and racism throughout her life.  (E. Wold)






Temporary Promotion Buildings and Grounds Branch

The Division of Facilities Management, Buildings and Grounds branch, is offering a temporary promotion NTE 1 year opportunity to a Maintenance Worker Supervisor, WS-4749-08 position. This position will supervise the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds, and custodial operations in the Mather/Tuolumne district of the park. This opportunity is open to current permanent YOSE employees only and closes on 3/26/18. 


If you would like more information on this opportunity please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493983500


You must use the link to apply for this position as it will not come up in USAJobs with a search. Applications will NOT be accepted by email - you must apply through the announcement. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Hassan Corbin at 209-379-1076 or by email at hassan_corbin@nps.gov  (K. Lewis)



Base Camp Eatery Open

Base Camp Eatery, formerly the Food Court at Yosemite Valley Lodge, opened on schedule on March 16th after an extensive renovation which began in November 2017. Base Camp Eatery, which includes a Starbucks coffee bar, is open daily from 6:30 am to 10 pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new dining experience offers greater menu variety, new recipes using local/seasonal ingredients with a greater emphasis on front-of-house cooking and fresh food concepts, and grab-and-go selections. The new interior design and concept honors the history of rock climbing in Yosemite while preserving the historic character of the unique 1958 building. Base Camp Eatery represents Yosemite Hospitality’s latest capital improvement project and continued investment in modernizing hospitality offerings and enhancing guest experiences at Yosemite National Park.  (E. Davenport/L. Cesaro)



Croaking Toad Thursday

The next Croaking Toad Presentation will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 8 am to 9 am in the El Portal Maintenance Complex Large Breakroom. Athena Demetry will be giving a presentation on SEKI's Halstead Meadow Restoration: A preview of the Ackerson Meadow Restoration?  The approaches and techniques from the Halstead Meadow Project may be applicable to the future Ackerson Meadow Restoration, which is entering the planning phase. Come and learn about these two projects.  (M. Thornley)



Recent Publications: Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program

The Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program (SIEN) conducts natural resource inventories and long-term monitoring projects in Devils Postpile National Monument, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Yosemite National Park. Following are recent publications from SIEN projects.


Gage, E. A., J. C. B. Nesmith, L. Chow, A. Chung-MacCoubrey, D. J. Cooper, A. M. Eddy, S. A. Haultain, J. G. Holmquist, J. R. Jones, L. R. Jones, S. T. McKinney, P. E. Moore, L. S. Mutch, L. A. H. Starcevich, and H. Werner. 2018. Wetlands ecological integrity monitoring protocol for Sierra Nevada Network: Narrative version 2.1. Natural Resource Report NPS/SIEN/NRR—2018/1601. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.


The following annual reports capture the highlights from our white pine monitoring project for 2015 and 2016. In this project, we monitor populations of whitebark pine in Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks, and foxtail pine in Sequoia & Kings Canyon.


Nesmith, J. C. B. 2017. Sierra Nevada Network white pine monitoring: 2015 annual report. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/SIEN/NRDS—2017/1141. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.


Nesmith, J. C. B. 2018. Sierra Nevada Network white pine monitoring: 2016 annual report. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/SIEN/NRDS—2018/1150. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.


For  gritty statistical details of trend estimation for complex survey designs in monitoring projects, the authors feature water chemistry data from SIEN’s lake monitoring project in these trend estimation analyses.


Starcevich, L. A. H., T. McDonald, A. Chung-MacCoubrey, A. Heard, J. Nesmith, and T. Philippi. 2018. Methods for estimating trend in continuous response variables from complex survey designs. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/IMD/NRR—2018/1584. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.  (L. Mutch)



Rooms for Rent

Rooms for rent in a beautiful, large 4+ bed/2.5 bath home, nestled in the hills off the 140, near the border of Mariposa and Midpines. Home is on 5 quiet acres, surrounded by great views which you can see from bedroom windows. $550/month per room, plus a portion of utilities. Email synchronicity.support@gmail.com if you're interested.  (K. Indigo)



Hooting Owl Lecture Series

Join Sarah Stock for a hopeful presentation on how the dire fate of animals in Yosemite is being reversed. She will talk about restoring the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, protecting Peregrine Falcons, and discovering the elusive Sierra Nevada red fox. These recovery stories in Yosemite demonstrate that good things are possible when past mistakes are boldly addressed. This Hooting Owl Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Wawona Community Center. Doors open at 6:00 pm.  (S. Stock)



Rock Debris On Park Roads

Drivers are reminded of the greater likelihood of encountering rock debris on park roads during wet weather.  Although rockfalls are always possible along all park roadways, they tend to happen more often during winter storms.  


The area affected by the June 12, 2017 rockfall at Parkline Slab (downhill of Dog Rock) may be particularly prone to storm-triggered rockfalls, as there is abundant loose debris on the bedrock slope above the road that is likely to be mobilized by significant rainfall. Those driving the El Portal Road should be especially vigilant for rock debris below Parkline Slab during or immediately after rainstorms, and be aware that road closures may occur in response to these storms. 


If you encounter rock debris on the road, please report it to Park Dispatch. Do not attempt to remove debris yourself – leave that task to road crews equipped to do so safely.  (G. Stock)   






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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