Yosemite National Park Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Breezy. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet... 48 to 54 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph over higher elevations.

Tonight: Rain likely and snow in the evening, then snow and rain after midnight, southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph after midnight. Near the crest, snow. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph. Windy, colder. Snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Lows 27 to 33 at 5000 feet...14 to 20 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Windy, colder. Highs 39 to 45 at 5000 feet...28 to 34 at 8000 feet. West winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in the morning. Over higher elevations, west winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph in the morning decreasing to around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the afternoon.

 

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

 

Use of Projector in Auditorium

The projector in the auditorium recently "expired" and we are now using the more expensive projector that we normally only use for special events as a temporary fix.  Anyone who is expecting to use the projector starting today and into the future months must meet with Ed Whittle to get training on how to use the equipment and go over all "housekeeping guidelines and rules" for the projector to keep it in good running order. Ed can be reached at 372-0546 or if you cannot reach Ed, please contact Rhonda Aranguena at 372-0290. (R. Aranguena)

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Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work

Final paving on Northside Drive between Bank 3-Way (Sentinel Dr.) and Camp 4 is scheduled for April 16th through April 18th. The park plans to close this road segment and enact temporary 2-way detours on Northside Dr. and Southside Dr. to complete paving within this time frame. Visitors may park at the Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village parking lots. Contractors will begin paving the Yosemite Falls and Camp 4 Parking Areas on 4/19,  after they complete work on Northside Dr. They will open selected parking bays at the Yosemite Falls parking area when paving the Camp 4 parking area and vice versa. (L. Acree)

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Room for Rent

Furnished Room for rent in 3 bed, 2 bath home. Guest bath has been remodeled and bedroom has newer carpet and walk in closet. Large home with laundry and big kitchen. Must be okay with a large fluffy dog and an affectionate cat. All utilities are included as long as tenant is responsible with them (solar, gas, trash, WiFi). Access to all common areas. Month 2 Month 209-742-7798  $500 a month. (M. Matheson)

 

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Recent News

 

Yosemite Forum Today 3:30-4:30PM

"Soil microbial ecology of the Western US: Predictions for a warm and fiery future" by Nick Dove, UC Merced

Soil microbial communities are key mediators of soil organic carbon, which constitutes a major portion of the global carbon pool. Temperature, nutrient availability, and fire frequency/severity are expected to vary in response to climate change, but uncertainties about the response of microbial community composition, activity, gene expression, and physiology limits the ability to predict the stability of soil carbon pools.This talk will explore how warming, fire, nutrient cycles and microbes interact now and into the future.

 

Please contact Garrett Dickman 379-3282 for additional information.  (G. Dickman)

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Dispatch Appreciation Week April 8-14

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunications week! Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Devil’s Postpile National Monument residents and visitors are fortunate to have 24/7 coverage from the following highly skilled and dedicated professionals. The sacrifices made by dispatchers, and their families, frequently go unnoticed, so this is the perfect week to acknowledge:

 

Chrissy Mitchell

Lonnie Lawhon

Stephen Asbury

Tess Morin

Erin Wolff

Brian Turner

Christina "CC" Chavez

 

Thank you all!  (N. Phillipe)

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Power Outages In El Portal Trailer Court April 20

The following locations in the El Portal Trailer Court are expected to experience power outages on Friday, April 20th from 10am to 4pm. 

Government Trailer Park SP 19

G1,2,3,6,8,11,12,13, 20, 22, 28  (S. Gaynor)

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Campground Openings

Hodgdon Meadow and Wawona Campgrounds returned to reservations yesterday, April 9. For current campground status, please call 209-372-0266, or check recreation.gov.  (E. Bissmeyer)

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Research Library Closed Until April 16

The Research Library is closed until April 16, 2018, while Virginia is away on military duty. Please access this website to contact the Archives or Museum for assistance: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm  (V. Sanchez)

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Room For Rent

One bedroom for rent in a shared three bedroom/two bath fully furnished house, including washer/dryer. Very nice house located in the quiet Sky Ranch neighborhood north of Oakhurst, just 20 minutes from the Park's South Entrance. $400/month plus utilities and security deposit. Contact yosefamfour@gmail.com or 375-9947.  (C. Andrews)

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JSTOR Global Plants Database Now Available To All NPS Employees

The Department of the Interior library has just announced that the Global Plants database from JSTOR has been added to the electronic subscriptions available to all DOI employees. It can be accessed through https://plants.jstor.org

 

Global Plants is a database of plant type specimens, reference works, and primary sources and is an essential resource for research in botany, ecology, and conservation studies. It contains more than two million high-resolution type specimens, and this number continues to grow. Partner-contributed reference works and primary sources, such as collectors' correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs, are also housed in Global Plants.

 

The Department of the Interior Library maintains subscriptions to a number of electronic journals and databases. These resources are available to all Department of the Interior employees!  Any NPS employee or volunteer who is on a NPS network connection, or on the VPN, can access the resources that DOI Library has subscribed to. Check out this page on the DOI Library

website for more information: https://www.doi.gov/library/electronic  (V. Sanchez)

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Room Rental In Midpines

Looking for 1 roommate in a 3 bedroom house in Midpines starting May 1st. The house is beautiful A frame with wraparound porch and beautiful views of the foothills, a mile from 140 off of Ponderosa Way. House includes clothes washer on site (no dryer), sink has disposal. The bedroom for rent is approximately 14' x 14' with big closet (not included in 14' x 14' measurement) and personal 1/2 bathroom. Rent is $350/month, utilities (internet/electric) are split monthly among roommates. No pets. Preferably someone with long term work/stability, but considerations made on case by case basis. Contact Anna Puchkoff at anna.puchkoff@gmail.com for more information.  (A. Puchkoff)

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Room For Rent On 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. Woodstove heat only. Swamp cooler does a great job cooling in summer. Utilities per occupant range from $20 per month in summer to $70 per month in winter. Peaceful, quiet, lovely property. Washer and dryer on site.

 

Rent is $475 per month with a one year lease, $550 per month to rent on a month-to-month basis.  Security deposit is $475. If interested, please contact Kate Gunsolus at 920-723-1847 or kate.gunsolus@gmail.com   (K. Gunsolus)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

Glacier Point Road

Road crews have begun snow removal operations on the Glacier Point Road beyond Badger Pass. The gate at Chinquapin is now closed and locked. There is no public access. Administrative Access will be authorized only between Chinquapin and Badger. Recreational activities such as bicycling will not be allowed on the road during this time.  (E. Scott)

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Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work

Final paving on Northside Drive between Bank 3-Way (Sentinel Dr.) and Camp 4 is scheduled for April 16th through April 18th. The park plans to close this road segment and enact temporary 2-way detours on Northside Dr. and Southside Dr. to complete paving within this time frame. Visitors may park at the Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village parking lots. Contractors will begin paving the Yosemite Falls and Camp 4 Parking Areas on 4/19,  after they complete work on Northside Dr. They will open selected parking bays at the Yosemite Falls parking area when paving the Camp 4 parking area and vice versa. (L. Acree)

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El Portal Road Delays Update 3/28

Crews have re-mobilized to finish working on the storm damage repairs from last year.  Delays will continue up to Memorial Day weekend. Crews will be working on the El Portal Road between the western Park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers and pilot car operations, so please use caution when traveling thru the construction zone. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:

 

Monday thru Friday

6am to 8am –  Traffic delays up to 15 minutes

8am to 3:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 30 minutes

3:30pm to 5:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 15 minutes  (M. Pieper)

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