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Yosemite National Park Monday March 13th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday March 13th, 2017
 
Today: Sunny. Highs 66 to 74 at 5000 feet...57 to 67 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 38 to 48 at 5000 feet...30 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs 66 to 74 at 5000 feet...54 to 64 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Highway 41 Reopened
Caltrans has reopened Highway 41 between the south boundary and Fish Camp to one-way controlled traffic. Federal Highways contractors are working on the Big Oak Flat Road, but there's no estimated opening date yet. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1,1.  (M. Roubal)
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Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Tuesday March 14
A Critical Incident Stress Debriefing for the employees involved in the fatality at Half Dome Village on 3/5/17 will be held on March 14th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Valley Briefing Room at the Valley District Office. Claudine Ronay will be facilitating.  Contact Shannon Kupersmith at 372-0562 or shannon_kupersmith@nps.gov for more information.
 
A heart felt thank you to all of the staff that assisted in that tragedy with closing campgrounds, relaying information, and helping to redirect visitors as needed.  Your professionalism was noticed and greatly appreciated.  (S. Kupersmith)
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YEA Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration Friday
Put on your greenest garb and jig on down to the Community Hall this Friday, starting at 5pm. Be ready to dance the night away with live music by Bootstrap Circus! Traditional Irish meals will be served by Heidi Pusina. There will be face painting for little lads and ladies and the kegs will be flowing, so please BYOP - bring your own pint cup. Admission is $1 members/$10 non-members. 
 
YEA is still looking for a few volunteers to help make this special event possible! Volunteers will receive two free drink tickets. Email yea4us@gmail.com to sign up for shifts. 
 
For more updates, check out yeaforus.com or join the YEA! Facebook group. 
 
Reminder: No Sal's night on Thursday, 3/16.  (M. Patton)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1
Mar 13 to Mar 17:  Contractor will install the main sewer line at the parking lot between El Portal Market and the Gas Station. One lane closure on HWY 140 nearby El Portal Market and the Gas Station will occur. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. This schedule is subject to changes.
 
Pedestrian Detours: The stairs behind Nature Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project. Please observe pedestrian detour signs.
 
Additional information is available on the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office, El Portal Market, and the Project Office Trailer (parking lot west of Nature Bridge). For more information email jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (Y. Lugo)
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Sentinel Drive To Become One Way For Spring Construction
Beginning Monday, March 6th at 7 AM, Sentinel Drive will be configured as a one way road from Southside Drive to Northside Drive. Direction of travel will be from south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge will be via El Cap Cross. This configuration will likely be in place until the Friday before Memorial Day. An updated detour map is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)
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Emergency Services Complex
Construction continues. Insulation is nearly complete and wall and ceiling finishes are being applied; electrical and telecom cables are being pulled; mechanical control systems are being installed. Siding and roofing is being installed as weather allows. Completion is expected in the spring.  (K. White)
 
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ACTING DESIGNATIONS
 
Glenn Dean will be acting Safety Manager until March 17.  He can be reached at glenn_dean@nps.gov or 379-1064.  
 
Scott Carpenter will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until March 17. He can be reached at 379-1314 or 379-1060.
 
Kristin Kirschner will be acting Emergency Services Coordinator until March 18.  She can be reached at 372-0216.
 
Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until May 15. She can be reached at 372-0238.
 
Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until May15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
 
Sheri Ogden will be acting Division Chief of BRM until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0316.
 
Ron Gaunt will be acting Division Chief of Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1027.
 
Sabrina Diaz will be acting Division Chief of Interpretation & Education until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0291 or 347-0113.
 
R. Brad Lewis will be acting Branch Chief of Design and Construction for Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1006.
 
Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.
 
John Barton will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9510 or john_barton@nps.gov
 
Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or shawn_zumbrunnen@nps.gov