Yosemite National Park Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Monday, May 21st, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers likely in the morning, then showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 62 to 67 at 5000 feet...50 to 56 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest, showers, snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...30 to 38 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of showers in the morning, then showers, snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 9 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 67 to 72 at 5000 feet...51 to 57 at 8000 feet.

 

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

 

Flags At Half Staff

Flags are to be flown at half staff from Friday, May 18th until sunset on Tuesday, May 22nd in honor of those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.  (M. Roubal)

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Power Outages In Wawona 

Wednesday

PG&E will be performing maintenance in the Wawona and South Entrance area which will require temporary power outages on Wednesday May 23rd, 0700-1500.

 

For additional information, please contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E outage coordinator at 726-5588.  (K. Bablitch)

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Yosemite Medical Clinic Operating Hours

Beginning May 26th, the Clinic will be open on Saturdays from 2 pm to 7 pm, in addition to its normal Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm schedule.  For more information, including information about walk-in availability, or to make an appointment, please call 372-4637.  (C. Griffn)

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Friends of YOSAR Renews Partnership Agreement with Yosemite

In April of 2018, the President of the Board of Friends of YOSAR (FOYOSAR) and Superintendent Mike Reynolds renewed the Philanthropic Partnership Agreement between Friends of YOSAR and Yosemite National Park. Now in its 14th year as an official Philanthropic Partner of Yosemite, Friends of YOSAR looks forward to continuing its support of the essential service that YOSAR provides.

 

Friends of YOSAR is a registered 501(c) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) in continuing as a world-class Search and Rescue organization by actively soliciting monetary and in-kind donations from private sources in order to bridge the gap between government funding and YOSAR’s actual budgetary needs. 

 

FOYOSAR's efforts allow for public outreach and education materials regarding safety in Yosemite National Park, grant medical and technical training opportunities for our teams, provide improvements to facilities and mobile command units, furnish personal insurance reimbursements, and procure equipment as well as infrastructure. For more information about FOYOSAR and how to participate in the organization, please see their website at www.friendsofyosar.org or email info@friendsofyosar.org  (D. Julien)

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Yosemite Conservancy Makes Community Grant

The people who live and work in Yosemite are a vital part of what makes this place special. To honor that community, Yosemite Conservancy has made one-time grants of $10,000 each to two local organizations: Balanced Rock, for the Clark Community Hall remodeling project, and the Yosemite Employee Association for the El Portal Playpark Committee’s rehabilitation of the Old El Portal Playpark. On behalf of the Conservancy, thank you to everyone who plays a role in helping the Yosemite community thrive!  (A.Ripple)

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Yosemite Marching in Fresno's Pride Parade

Yosemite's Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion Council is seeking marchers for the 2018 Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade on Saturday, June 2! The Council will be organizing a contingent of rangers, volunteers, and partners to march in uniform behind a Yosemite NP banner. 

 

Supervisory approval is required. If you would like to march, you must first get supervisory approval, then RSVP to yose_rdi@nps.gov . If Saturday is not part of your normal tour of duty, please discuss options with your supervisor (ie: comp time). Please note there is no special account for this event. Please RSVP to yose_rdi@nps.gov by May 29th at the latest.  (K. Stella/S. Martinez/S. Diaz)  

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Volunteers Wanted For Yosemite Research Library

Greetings Yosemite! The Yosemite Research Library is entertaining volunteer applications to assist in various inventory and organizing projects. Volunteer days and times are Monday through Thursday, between 8 and 4:30. Interested and have a few hours a week to spare? Contact the research Library at yose_library@nps.gov.  (V. Sanchez)

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Rattlesnake Activity In El Portal

There appears to be an increase in Rattlesnake activity around El Portal this spring. Please use extra caution while recreating or working outside. 

 

- Be alert. Like all reptiles, rattlesnakes are sensitive to the ambient temperature and will adjust their behavior accordingly. After a cold or cool night, they will attempt to raise their body temperature by basking in the sun mid-morning. To prevent overheating during hot days of spring and summer, they will become more active at dawn, dusk or night.

 

- Wear sturdy boots and loose-fitting long pants. Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through brushy, wild areas. Startled rattlesnakes may not rattle before striking defensively.

When hiking, stick to well-used trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.

 

- Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see. Step on logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.

 

Never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim.

 

Be careful when stepping over doorsteps as well. Snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.

 

Hike with a friend or co-worker. Have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.

Do not handle a freshly killed snake, as it can still inject venom.

 

Leash your dog when hiking in snake country. Dogs are at increased risk of being bitten due to holding their nose to the ground while investigating the outdoors. Speak to your veterinarian about canine rattlesnake vaccines and what to do if your pet is bitten.  (C. Kamoroff) 

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Volunteer To Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat Saturday 

Join members of the California Native Plant Society and a Park Service biologist to help restore habitat for the iconic and once ubiquitous monarch butterfly. The recent and dramatic population declines (a 97% decline of the western population in the last 35 years) of the monarch butterfly has led to its consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Volunteers will restore a historically disturbed site by hand pulling invasive weeds and watering recently planted native species, including the monarch butterfly's host plant, milkweed. You’ll learn about good plants for restoration, techniques for restoring monarch and other pollinator habitat, and the weeds that threaten them. 

 

This Saturday, May 26th, meet at the El Portal Market to arrange carpools at 9:00 am or in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 10:00am. The group will then walk the short distance to the restoration site. If you'd like to come after 10:00, look between the Visitor Center shuttle stop and Northside Drive. They'll be working along the obvious informal trail leading from the shuttle stop to Cook's Meadow, south and east of Ranger Club. 

 

This project will wrap up by 3:00 and volunteers are welcome to come for all or any part of the day.  For more information contact David at 612-867-8700 or david_m_campbell@nps.gov. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!  (D. Campbell)

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Seeking Housemate

In search of a housemate in 2 bedroom house in Old El Portal. Primary tenant will be occupying one room but will be gone most of the summer and may periodically stay on weekends. $560 includes internet & utilities; couple may be negotiable. Starting May 20th. Potential long term option. Call or text 559-907-0681 or email alorareynolds@gmail.com for details or to view.  (A. Reynolds)

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House For Rent in El Portal

House for rent in El Portal. 2 bedroom. Swamp cooler and wood stove. Fenced yard. $1000 per month. Call 769-3748 for more information.  (K. Kari)

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Room(s) 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)

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House for Rent in Mariposa/Lush Meadows

$1800/month, beautiful home w/ beautiful views, 3 bedroom/2-1/2 baths, 2-story, 2084 sq. ft., carpet & ceramic wood tile floors, great room w/ vaulted ceilings, open concept kitchen, access to Mallard & Dawn Lake. Large deck for entertaining, wood stove upstairs, fireplace downstairs, 2-car detached garage with workshop, garden w/ greenhouse. Washer/dryer and evaporative cooler included. Well/septic. Unfurnished. No utilities included in rent. Great for house sharing. Email anthony_paladino@nps.gov.  (T. Paladino)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

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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