Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 63 to 69 at 5000 feet...54 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight, chance of precipitation 40 percent. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet... 31 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon, chance of precipitation 40 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 64 to 70 at 5000 feet...55 to 61 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Power Outages In Wawona
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)
Hiker Falls from Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release May 22, 2018
Incident occurred at 4:30 pm on Monday May 21, 2018
A hiker fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:30 pm. The male hiker was on the Half Dome cables hiking with another person during thunder storm activity. Park Rangers were notified that a hiker had slipped and fell off the Half Dome cables. Rangers arrived on the scene and provided assistance to the second hiker.
The hiker did not survive the fall and Yosemite National Park Rangers recovered his body at approximately 1:00 pm today. No further details about the incident are available at this time.
This is the first fatality on the Half Dome cables since 2010 and this is the first visitor fatality in 2018.
The identity of the deceased hiker will be released pending family notification. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. No photographs are available of the incident or the search and rescue operation. (J. Richards)
Correction: Mystery Shopper Program
Correction: You must be an NPS employee or NPS volunteer (VIP) to participate.
Concessions Management needs your help! A Mystery Shopper Program is being introduced beginning in June. The purpose of this program is to informally evaluate concessions operations throughout the park from a visitor's perspective and to support formal evaluations. Evaluation opportunities include food and beverage operations, retail, recreation, such as rafting, ice skating, skiing or snowboarding, biking, horseback riding, golfing, swimming, tours, and climbing/hiking. For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Tucker in the Concessions Management office via email at email@example.com. (N. Tucker)
Tuolumne Visitor Contact Center
The Tuolumne Wilderness Center will act as the visitor contact center until the Visitor Center can open for the season. The center will be open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. Stop by for general park information, trail conditions, wilderness permits, bear canister rentals and a limited selection of books and maps. (N. Chakrin)
Save The Dates For Mariposa Grove Week
Excitement is building as everyone looks forward to the reopening of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias after a landmark restoration project! Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite National Park partnered on the restoration and the Mariposa Grove is transformed! There are several exciting events during the week of June 10th. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
- All employees are invited to a "Mariposa Grove Employee Open House" on Wednesday, June 13th, between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. All employees are welcome to show up at any time (between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm) and tour the grove on their own or with a guide. Guided tours of the Grove are tentatively scheduled for 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. A short recognition ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 12:00 pm. Lemonade and snacks will be available all day long. Stay tuned for more details.
- All park employees, Yosemite Hospitality employees, partner employees, volunteers, family and friends are invited to the Dedication Ceremony on Thursday, June 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Mariposa Grove! There will be speakers, the Mounted Patrol, music, celebration and a ribbon-cutting to formally open the Mariposa Grove! All are welcome- no RSVP is needed. Please plan to park at the South Entrance and take the shuttle. Please carpool and arrive early as it will be a busy day!
- On Friday, June 15th at 9:00 a.m., the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias opens to the public. (J. Richards)
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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 email@example.com . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by May 29th at the latest. (S. Diaz)
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 email@example.com. (V. Sanchez)
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome. Hope to see you there! (D. Campbell)
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 are additional; couple may be negotiable. Starting May 20th. Potential long term option. Call or text 559-907-0681 or email email@example.com
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)
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@
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)