Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy. Breezy. Highs 47 to 52 at 5000 feet...36 to 42 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, south winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Breezy. Snow level 5500 feet. Lows 30 to 36 at 5000 feet...19 to 25 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Snow showers likely. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Chance of snow 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Snow level 4500 feet. Highs 42 to 48 at 5000 feet... 32 to 38 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Flags At Half Staff For Mrs. Bush
On this solemn day we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on the day of interment. (M. Roubal)
Indian Cultural Museum Closed Today
Indian Cultural Museum exhibits will be closed today. The Indian Cultural Demonstrator will be available in the Yosemite Museum lobby, except from 12-1pm. (S. Miyako)
YARTS Information Meeting Today
YARTS is a vendor for the Mass Transit for Yosemite Employees and they will be in the Park next week! YARTS would like to share new changes that will benefit current and new riders. YARTS transit managers will be present to summarize service schedule changes that begin on May 15th. These meetings aren't just for current riders. If you are currently using mass transit, or are interested in possibly participating in mass transit to commute to and from work, please join in on:
Wednesday, April 18, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM in Yosemite Valley Auditorium
As a Federal Employee, if you participate in mass transit to commute from home to work, work to home you are eligible to receive a Federal Subsidy Benefit (TRANServe) to use towards your transit costs. This would cover the whole cost or a portion of your transit costs. If you are interested in becoming a TRANServe Participant, please contact your Local Transit Coordinator Denise Buskeness at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lunchtime Yoga in Yosemite Valley Today
Join in every Wednesday at 12 noon in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium for lunchtime yoga. These yoga practices are appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend.
Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, work out sore or tight muscles, and recenter in the midst of stressful days. All you need to bring is a yoga mat or two (it's a hard floor) and comfortable clothes to move around in. If you do not have a yoga mat, a soft foam sleeping pad or a few towels are good substitutes.
If you have any questions, please email Ryan at email@example.com. Hope to see you out there! (R. Kirtland)
Yosemite Conservancy Job Announcement
Multiple openings for seasonal, full time work based in Wawona, CA. Sales Information Assistants are responsible for orienting visitors to Yosemite National Park and connecting them with informative and enriching books, maps, and other merchandise. Housing available. Visit http://www.yosemiteconse
Yosemite Valley Road Work Postponed To April 24
Final paving on Northside Drive between Bank 3-Way (Sentinel Dr.) and Camp 4 is expected to begin April 24th. The park plans to close this road segment and enact temporary 2-way detours on Northside Dr. and Southside Dr. Visitors may park at the Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village parking lots. Contractors will begin paving the Yosemite Falls and Camp 4 Parking Areas 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)
Earth Day Festival Saturday
All park employees, friends, and families are cordially invited to attend the Earth Day Festival this Saturday, April 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. There will be booths from many organizations, interactive activities, face painting, activities for kids, entertainment, and a lot of fun!! All activities are family friendly and free! Please tell your family and friends. Hope to see you on Saturday for the Earth Day Festival! (S. Gediman)
Scheduled Power Outage April 24 & 26
PG&E will be performing scheduled maintenance in the Wawona area. There will be 2 temporary short outages:
Tuesday April, 24th, 8:30am-9am
Thursday April 26th, 4pm-4:30pm
For more information contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator, at 726-5588. (K. Bablitch)
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 21, 2018 - News Release April 16, 2018
Public invited to celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park will be hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. All activities are free for all ages and entrance to the park is free on Saturday.
Join Park Rangers and our partners and learn how we are working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite National Park. The park will also be celebrating National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday.
Some of the day’s highlights include:
- Enjoy a fun and interactive musical performance with Ranger Kate
- Visit informative and interactive booths in Yosemite Village. Enjoy face painting and traditional tool demonstrations.
- Learn how you can reduce waste at the Yosemite Zero Landfill booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.
- Join a litter clean-up project at the Volunteers in Parks Booth
- Junior Rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special Ranger-guided Walk at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
- Connect with a Park Ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.
- Visit the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center and share your love of Yosemite with an art project sponsored by Yosemite Conservancy
- Join a photo walk and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery
- Experience how Shakespeare and Yosemite National Park come together through a free performance of UC Merced’s Shakespeare in Yosemite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For more information, visit https://
- And much more!
The weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018 will be very busy in Yosemite National Park. Visitors planning to join us are encouraged to plan their trips in advance. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day.
Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Village Parking Area and at Half Dome Village. Visitors are encouraged to park and utilize the free park shuttle to get to the Yosemite Valley Village and Visitor Center.
Public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park. YARTS buses will be Free on April 21 and April 22, 2018. For more information, visit https://yarts.com/news/
For more information on Earth Day in Yosemite and helpful travel tips, visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/yose (J. Richards)
Yosemite Medical Clinic Closed Thursday Afternoon
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th so that provider staff can attend essential training. As usual, ambulance service will be available by calling 911.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the clinic at 372-4637. (C. Griffin)