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Yosemite National Park Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
 
Today: Snow showers...snow showers near the crest. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Windy. Total snow accumulation up to 8 inches. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 41 to 47 at 5000 feet...33 to 39 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts to around 70 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers in the evening. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph in the evening shifting to the south around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Windy, colder. Snow level 6000 feet. Lows 27 to 37 at 5000 feet...14 to 24 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 48 to 54 at 5000 feet...41 to 47 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
PG&E Power Outage Friday
Yosemite Utilities Branch would like to remind all that work and/or reside in El Portal, Yosemite Valley, Arch Rock and Badger Pass that there will be up to an 8 hour power outage in Yosemite Valley for PG&E to return the Park to commercial power on Friday 04/14.  PG&E is anticipating that this changeover will occur in the evening, but this is subject to change.  PG&E has given notice of an outage for all of El Portal from 7PM-8PM on 04/14.  This outage will affect Badger Pass.  There has been no updated timetable for the anticipated power transfer for Arch Rock at this time. We anticipate that all buildings that normally transfer to generator power during outages will transfer to backup power during these outages.  However, outages and affected buildings could change at any time. All residents and park personnel should plan accordingly. Utilities apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause all of our staff, residents and partners.  We thank you in advance for your understanding.  (J. Keyes)
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Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for April 12, 2017    
 
New snow: 26 inches
Total settled snow depth: 102 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 52°F (April 5)
Low temperature: -2°F (April 9)
 
Ski Conditions and Weather: Winter returned to the Yosemite high county this week with a moderate atmospheric river event April 7-9. We measured 26 inches of new snow and 2.68 inches of water equivalent during this storm. There were also high winds and blowing snow causing drifting, poor visibility, and wind slabs to form. Thankfully, as the storm wound down, the winds subsided and the temperatures cooled allowing for a blanket of fluffy powder snow to cover the landscape around Tuolumne Meadows. The last two days have been bluebird with calm winds making for ideal skiing.  As we write the update this morning it is snowing again. With over 100 inches of snow still on the ground here at 8,600 feet it is looking like it will be a short summer season here in Tuolumne Meadows this year.  
 
Avalanche and Snowpack Condition: Please refer to the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for the avalanche advisory for this part of the Sierra Nevada.
 
As we move further into springtime, with such a deep snowpack, the avalanche concerns turn towards wet slides, and wind slabs on melt freeze crusts forming during periods of high winds when there is transportable snow available. Wilderness travelers should pay attention to overnight temperatures when venturing into the mountains this time of year. On any night when there is not a good freeze of the snow surface, the avalanche hazard from wet slides will increase. This typically means that the skiing will be pretty marginal as well. 
 
We do not have any new information about conditions on the east side of Tioga Pass on the approach from Lee Vining. The most recent report from visitors was from April 5 when they reported that the steep side-hill section above the Warren Fork was still “sketchy,” and that they planned to take the alternate route down Lee Vining Canyon directly to the Poole Power Plant to avoid having to traverse that slope again.  All of these conditions are very dynamic this time of year and may become easier or more difficult depending on the weather. Visitors entering Yosemite from the east should be prepared with good route finding skills and the appropriate gear to safely travel on steep, potentially hard snow.
 
Caution is advised traveling over lakes and waterways at mid elevations as the ice and snow bridges are rapidly melting.
 
Wildlife: We saw bear tracks once again this week, this time near Mammoth Peak overlook. Other carnivores such as long-tailed weasel, pine marten and coyote were also active. Porcupine tracks were seen in the Unicorn Creek drainage.
 
Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open. There is firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Power has been intermittent and there is NO phone service in Tuolumne Meadows this winter. We can be contacted via email, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol.  Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared, and please make good decisions while travelling in the wilderness this spring. Follow our blog: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tmconditions.htm - Laura and Rob Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers (R. and L. Pilewski)
 
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RECENT NEWS 

 

El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

Apr 10 to Apr 14: Contractor will continue the installation of the sewerline in front of the Wildland Fire Station. Bypass system pumps will be installed behind El Portal Market. Please observe traffic control signs and pedestrian detours. Construction Hours: M-F 9:00AM – 5:30PM.

 

Additional information is available at the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For more information contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov. (Y. Lugo)
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Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on the Weekends of National Park Week - Yosemite News Release April 7, 2017
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on the Weekends of National Park Week
 
Yosemite National Park will waive park entrance fees on the weekends of National Park Week, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 – 16 and April 22-23, 2017. National Park Week is a week-long celebration of our National Parks celebrated at National Park Service sites across the United States.
 
Fees being waived for the weekends of National Park Week include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived.
 
April is a busy time to visit Yosemite National Park. Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips in advance and arrive to the park before 9:00 am. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls Day Parking Area, located near Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4, 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. For more information and helpful travel tips, visit the following websites:
 
 
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. (J. Richards)
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Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017 - Yosemite News Release April 7, 2017
Visitors are invited to join the park's celebration for Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, Park Rx Day, and National Park Week
 
Yosemite National Park will be celebrating Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, Park Rx Day, and National Park Week on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  There will be booths and activities for all ages located outside on the Yosemite Village Mall, near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.   
 
Visitors are invited to join Park Rangers and park partners as we explore how Yosemite National Park is working to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources.  Event activities include fun and educational activity booths, an opportunity to join a volunteer project, art activities for all ages, Ranger-guided Junior Ranger walks, and musical and theatrical performances on stage in front of the Valley Visitor Center.  
 
On April 22 and 23, Yosemite National Park is proud to partner with UC Merced for four very special performances of an original play, “Shakespeare in Yosemite.” This production brings together work by William Shakespeare, John Muir, and Yosemite National Park. For details on performance dates and times, visit http://www.ucmerced.edu/Shakespeare.
 
The weekend of April 22 and 23, 2017 will be very busy in Yosemite National Park. Visitors planning to join us are encouraged to plan their trips in advance and arrive to the park before 9:00 am. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls Day Parking Area, located near Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4, 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.
 
All Earth Day activities are free and open to all. All park entrance fees will be waived on April 22 and 23, 2017 in honor of National Park Week. For more information on Earth Day in Yosemite National Park and helpful travel tips, visit the following websites:
 
 
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. (J. Richards)
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Vernal Fall Water System and Comfort Station Open
The Vernal Fall water system and comfort station opened for the season on the afternoon of April 10.  The composting toilets located at Emerald Pool, Nevada Fall, and Little Yosemite Valley remain open all year. (K. Korwin)
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New Mather District RVP Permanent Employees
Please welcome Nicole Gruver and Dwayne Gruver to RVP Operations. Nicole is permanent in Crane Flat (M12), and Dwayne is permanent in Hetchy (D11). They both come to YOSE from Death Valley. They are residing in Hodgdon. Dwayne and Nicole have a six month old daughter Annalene. They also have a Chihuahua/Whippet named Dart. Please take the time to introduce yourself to these rangers and their family at your next opportunity! (M. Eckert)
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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 9th-15th
Yosemite has the privilege to be staffed by a 24/7 Dispatch office.  The Dispatchers also assist Lassen Volcanic National Park and Devil's Postpile National Monument.  The all-risk office handles 911 telephone calls, wildland fire, structure fire, search and rescue, and maintenance call-outs.  Yosemite had over 23,000 incidents last year that the Dispatchers were involved in.  
This is a great week to thank these dedicated, behind the scenes employees who will be here for you at your time of need. Chrissy Mitchell, Lonnie Lawhon, Stephen Asbury, Tess Morin, Erin Wolff and Christina Chavez, thank you for all you do! (N. Phillipe)
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Tree Work Along El Portal Road
Yosemite Forestry Crews will be mitigating hazardous trees along the power line parallel to the El Portal Road this week between Arch Rock Entrance Station and Powerhouse Grade with intermittent periods of traffic control. Please watch for workers and debris along the steep roadsides there. (B. Mattos)
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Zero Landfill Booth Needs Your Help April 21st
The Zero Landfill Initiative needs your help! If you are handy with tools and want to spend a pleasant afternoon outside on Friday, April 21st, please come out and help build the Zero Landfill booth for Earth Day. The booth will once again be made of materials scavenged from throughout the park, but this time, the crew will be re-assembling from materials used at a previous event, so it will be much easier. For more information contact Jodi Bailey at 372-0288. (J. Bailey)
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Spring Wilderness Conditions on Trails
With big snow packs and big melting, the spring conditions on trails will vary greatly throughout the season. The following is the current list of seasonal closures for best informing  visitors and yourselves: 
 
Yosemite Valley: 4 Mile Trail remains closed at the 2.2 mile gate - subject to opening as hazardous conditions improve. The John Muir Trail is closed between Clark Point and Panorama Trail Junction (Otherwise known as the Ice Cut).  All other trails are open - expect ice and snowy conditions above 6000 feet. 
 
Hetch Hetchy: Wapama bridge remains closed, and will do so as long water remains about 3.6 feet. Beehive trail is being actively worked on and will hopefully open in the next few weeks.
 
Wawona: All trails open - expect ice and snowy conditions above 6000 feet. 
Glacier Point: Trails are inaccessible from GP road, however are otherwise open. Expect 100% snow and ice coverage. (L. Kretsch)
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Walk In The Park With Yosemite Medical Clinic April 23
Mark your calendar:  Yosemite Medical Clinic is planning a "Walk in the Park with the Doc and Nurses" for Sunday morning, April 23rd from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, in observance of National Park Rx Day.  They'll be leading everyone who wants to join on a free, fun, family-friendly and health-focused walk in our beautiful Yosemite Valley.  The Clinic staff looks forward to meeting you! 
 
More details will follow next week, and anyone interested can sign up at the YMC's booth on the Mall near the Visitor Center (look for the ambulance display) during Yosemite National Park's Earth Day Celebration from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 22nd.
 
For more information, call the Clinic at 209-372-4637. (K. Killian)
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Detail/Temporary Promotion Opportunity: Administrative Support Assistant, GS-03030-05
Opening from April 7th-13th, EOD April
- Composes, organizes and tracks correspondence in both paper and electronic formats.
- Prepares payroll for office employees and utilizes payroll system
- Performs administrative support functions such as answering telephones, greeting visitors, filing, and distributing mail.
- Serves as a travel coordinator and property clerk
- Provides data support by inputting information into Microsoft programs such as Access, Excel, Word, etc.
- Practices excellence in customer service for internal and external customers.
 
Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at:  laura_walsh@nps.gov. Please include “Admin Support Assistant” in the subject line of the message. Applications must be received by COB April 13, 2017. Individuals seeking additional information are encouraged to contact David Miyako, Branch Chief, at david_miyako@nps.gov.  (L. Walsh)
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Rentals
For rent:  Shared house.  Large bedroom with own bathroom.  Month to Month.  Prefer mature, tidy female (permanent employee).  $800 per month. $800 Deposit.  Please contact A. Rogerson at androg@garlic.com or call 408-829-5102.
 
For rent:  Mobile home.  2 Bedroom / 1 bath.  $875 month.  Near YARTS (Rite Aid). Call Charles at 209-742-2099.  (Y. Radanovich)
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Save The Date: YEA Spring Fling Saturday, April 29
Mark your calendars for Yosemite Employee Association's annual Spring Fling 2017 on Saturday, April 29th. This is an all day event beginning with the annual Spring Fling Run-off to kick things off in the morning. Don't miss the local craft and food vendors and live music all day long! 
 
Volunteers Needed - Please email yea4us@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out. Shifts include set up, clean up, waste management, door, and stage hands. 
 
- Full time volunteers: Help with set up or clean up shift, in addition to at least one shift during the event. Perks include free admission to the event and two beverage tickets.
- Part time volunteers: Help with at least 1-2 shifts during the event. Perks include half off admission and two beverage tickets.
- Bar tending shifts are paired with either a clean up or another shift during the event.
 
For more information, check out www.yeaforus.com or join the YEA! Facebook group. (M. Patton)
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YEA for April Sal's Nights
Mark your calendars for April Sal's Nights at the El Portal Community Hall, 5pm - 10pm every other Thursday!
 
- 4/13 Game Night: Bring your favorite deck of cards, board game, dice, etc. and get something play the night away with your pals - Game on!
 
- 4/27 Garage Sal's: Bring gear/books/clothing/etc. to trade, barter or give away. Please remember to take any unclaimed items back home with you as YEA is not responsible for getting items to a thrift store. 
 
Support your community - No outside drinks, please. (M. Patton)
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National Library Week April 9-15
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
 
Did you know that there are three libraries in the Valley? There is the Mariposa Public Library, housed in the Girl's Club http://www.mariposalibrary.org/branches.html, the Yosemite Conservancy Heritage Center (YCHC) Library across from Housekeeping Camp http://www.sierraclub.org/yosemite-heritage-center/library, and of course, our very own Yosemite Research Library (YRL) https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yrl.htm
 
The YRL and the Girl's Club are open all year, and the YCHC Library will re-open in May 2017.  (V. Sanchez)
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Yosemite Community Church Easter Week Schedule
7:00pm Maundy Thursday 
12 noon and 7:00pm Good Friday 
Easter Sunday
7:00am Sunrise Service Lower Pines Campground 
9:15am Chapel Service
11:00am Chapel Service  (F. Moore)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Tenaya Way Closed 3/28-4/20
Tenaya way, between the Courthouse and Valley Electric Substation in Yosemite Valley, will be closed from March 28th to April 20th to all vehicle traffic. Courthouse vehicle access and parking will not be affected. This closure is necessary to stage equipment for the upcoming power outage in Yosemite Valley. For more information call Josiah Brown, High Voltage Shop Supervisor at 379-1236.  (J. Brown)
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Glacier Point Road Closure
The Glacier Point Road is now closed to public access as of Sunday, April 2nd. The gate at Chinquapin has been closed and locked. The road will be open to Administrative Traffic Only to Badger. Roads crews began snow clearing operations on the road starting at Badger  April 3rd. No traffic will be allowed beyond Badger Pass. Bicycles are not permitted on the Glacier Point Road during snow removal.  (E. Scott)
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El Portal Well Rehabilitation
Construction of a new booster pump station in El Portal began on Monday, April 3rd.  Initial efforts will include demolition of the existing booster pump station and construction of a new pump house. Interruptions to water service in El Portal are not planned at this time.  (R. Hall)
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Wawona Road Curb Repairs
April 3rd thru May 3rd crews will be completing spot repairs with asphalt grinding and curb replacement along Wawona Road between Chinquapin and the Rostrum. Crews will be working from 7AM to 5PM (Monday thru Friday) with single lane traffic control and up to 15 minute traffic delays.  (M. Pieper)
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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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One-lane traffic between Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4 
Northside Drive between Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4 will be reduced to one-lane traffic for two weeks starting Monday, 4/10/17. There may be short delays, with occasional 15-minute delays. Contractors will install two sewer lines and one culvert. 
 
A hard closure is in place between Half Dome Village and Yosemite Village on Northside Drive. Northside Drive is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Stoneman Bridge to Camp 6 through Ahwahnee Meadow. Sentinel Drive is configured as a one-way road running south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge is via El Cap Cross. A detour map is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)
 
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ACTING DESIGNATIONS
 
Eric Bissmeyer will be acting Fee Manager on April 13. He can be reached at 372-0331 or 347-6813.
 
Kyle Harders will be acting Backcountry Utilities Supervisor Until April 13. He can be reached at 379-1250 or radio call number 673.
 
Rick Hall will be Acting Branch Chief of Design & Engineering until April 13th. He can be reached at 379-1277. 
 
David Miyako will be acting BRM Chief until April 17. He can be reached at 372-0270 or 372-0333.
 
Rob Grasso will be acting Branch Chief of Wildlife until April 21. He can be reached at 379-1438.
 
Heather Huppe will be acting Branch Chief of VUSS until April 21. She can be reached at 379-1434.
 
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 May 15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
 
Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June.  She can be reached at 372-0216. 
 
Chrissy Mitchell will be the acting Yosemite Emergency Communications Center Manager until further notice. She can be reached at 379-1191 or christine_mitchell@nps.gov
 
Don Pasley​ will be acting ​Wawona B&G Supervisor​​ until further notice. He can be reached at 3​75-​9508​ or don_pasley@nps.gov.
 
Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1185.
 
Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.
 
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