Yosemite National Park Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Mostly cloudy. Highs 60 to 68 at 5000 feet...52 to 58 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph over higher elevations.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Highs 59 to 67 at 5000 feet...52 to 57 at 8000 feet. 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






Spring Bear Dance Ceremony This Weekend

The Spring Bear Dance Ceremony will be held this Saturday and Sunday, April 7th to April 8th, at the Village of Ahwahnee behind the Valley Visitor Center. Please refrain from parking on either side of Village Drive near the cemetery or near the valley gas pumps/AT&T building from Friday evening through Sunday to facilitate parking for the event.  (B. Cunningham-Summerfield)





Temporary Promotion Opportunity - Facility Operations Specialist GS-1640-12

The Division of Business and Revenue Management is seeking candidates for a Temporary Promotion to the Facility Operations Specialist (Concessions), GS-1640-12 position. This temporary promotion is not to exceed 1 year, with possible extensions up to 5 years, and the 

temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition, all at management's discretion. This opportunity is open to current permanent YOSE employees only and closes on 4/9/18.


If you would like more information on this opportunity please click the link below. In addition, 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. The link is also located on the YOSE Sharepoint site.




If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sheri Chacon at 209-372-0316 or sheri_chacon@nps.gov.  (K. Lewis)



Yosemite Forum April 10 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)



El Portal Housing Fire Extinguishers

All employees living in park housing in El Portal - it is time for fire extinguishers to be replaced. Bring your fire extinguishers to El Portal Buildings & Grounds Operations to exchange for new fire extinguishers. For more information and directions call Chris Gatemen at 379-1033  or Alan Hawksley at 379-1280.  (D. Jordan)




Help Wanted at the El Portal Market

Many positions are opening up in May. Come down to the store and speak with the Manager Monday through Friday, or ask the cashier for an application. For more information call 347-2440 or email Ross Mathewson at  rmathewson@nspconcessions.com.  (C. Kamoroff) 



Scheduled Power Outage Thursday

PG&E will be repairing equipment on Thursday, April 5th in the area of Red Bud Lane in El Portal. The power outage is scheduled from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. For questions, please contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator, at 726-5588.  (K. Bablitch)




House for Rent

3 bedroom/3 bath house for rent on Campbell Way in Mariposa. New wood floor, new bathroom tile, fireplace, back deck with view of town, very large yard with plenty of room to garden. Adjacent to open space, trails to Stockton Reservoir. 2 minute walk to the Yarts stop, 3 minutes walk to Pony Expresso and High Country Health Food & Cafe! Washer/dryer. Parking on site. Month to month lease. $1800/month, plus utilities. Please email johnfriedrich101@gmail.com with interest.  (J. Friedrich)






Glacier Point Road

Road crews will begin snow removal operations on the Glacier Point Road beyond Badger Pass. The gate at Chinquapin is now closed and locked. There will no longer be 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)



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 pave the Yosemite Falls and Camp 4 Parking Areas after completing Northside Dr.


Due to weather delays, the Yosemite Falls Parking Area will remain closed through most of April. Next week contractors will also finish building the curbs at the Curry 4-Way intersection (near Half Dome Village). There will be a flagger and short delays at the intersection.  (L. Acree)



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)



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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