Yosemite Community Scholarship Application Now Available
Calling all high school seniors and their families in the Yosemite community! Did you know there is a scholarship available to you based on your parents' affiliation with Yosemite and El Portal employers? The Yosemite Community Scholarships are available to graduating seniors whose parents or guardians have been employed for at least six of the last twelve months within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, the El Portal administrative site, or enrolled in the El Portal, Wawona, or Yosemite park schools, and who will be enrolling in vocational schools, colleges, and universities. These scholarships are made possibly by the generosity of community organizations, companies, and individuals who have given donations. To learn more and to apply, please visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/yosemitecommunityscholarship/ or email email@example.com. (H. Boothe)
Fair Weather Announcement
Please be aware that during school hours (Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm & Friday 8am-1pm) the Yosemite Valley School campus is closed to employee/guest activity... aka basketball/baseball/frisbee/play-structure etc. While the staff appreciates everyone's desire to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather, their first priority is to keep students both safe and focused during the school day. Thank you. (C. Archer)
Run in the Merced Canyon Endurance Runs
The 2nd annual Merced Canyon Endurance Runs will take place at Briceburg on Saturday, April 15th. Runners have the option of running the shortest ultramarathon in the country (44K - just over a marathon!) or a 14K. With the great winter this year, the wildflowers are going to be spectacular!
All proceeds from the Merced Canyon Endurance Runs go to benefit a local non-profit group, Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC).
There are only 2 spots left in the 44K and 14 spots left in the 14K, so don't delay your registration! To register to run or if you would like to volunteer to help on race day (and get our coveted trucker cap!), go to https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=42318. (K. Wallace)
Data as a Legacy: Information Management and Long-term Monitoring
Each field season the Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program (SIEN) sends crews out to lakes, high-elevation forests, bird-monitoring sites, and wetlands all over Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), Yosemite National Park (YOSE), and Devils Postpile National Monument (DEPO) to collect data on the condition of park resources. To ensure the data they collect are available for current and future managers and scientists, it’s critical that those data are well-documented, managed, organized, and archived.
SIEN initiated a review of its data/information management program in February 2016 to give a broad overview of the status of data management in the program, uncover specific deficiencies in the system, and identify areas for future improvement. Peter Lindstrom, Data Manager in Yosemite National Park, conducted the review. He collected information from published documents and network files, interviews with SIEN staff, and a survey of natural resource staff at network parks. His report is now available at: https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/DownloadFile/567065.
The Sierra Nevada Network thanks Peter for his thorough work and insights, Yosemite National Park for making him available, the Inventory & Monitoring Division for funding the detail and providing helpful input, and all the park staff from SEKI, YOSE, and DEPO who responded to survey questions and provided thoughtful input and comments that informed the evaluation. (L. Mutch)
PG&E Electric Outage in Hodgdon Meadows Thursday
PG&E will be temporarily interrupting electric service to perform maintenance in the Hodgdon Meadows area on Thursday March 16, 2017 from 10:00am-4:30pm. For more information contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator at 726-5588.
Yosemite National Park Continues Work to Repair Big Oak Flat Road - News Release March 13, 2017
Highway 41 opened to one-lane traffic
Yosemite National Park continues work to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 ) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms have impacted the road and it has been unsafe for vehicular travel since late February. The park is working with Federal Highway Administration officials and contractors to completely assess the situation and design and implement repair work. There is no estimated date for the road to reopen.
Significant rain and snow this winter has saturated the soils, resulting in soils under the road sliding downhill. This movement caused a large fissure to form in the roadway that has resulted in both lanes of traffic being unsafe for vehicles. Soils continue to move, causing further damage to the roadway. Over 200 feet of roadway has been impacted.
“We pledge to work diligently on the repair and communicate regularly about progress that is made,” stated Yosemite National Park Acting Superintendent Woody Smeck. “We know this road closure places a burden on the surrounding communities and we are working as quickly as we can to get the road reopened safely. We appreciate the Federal Highway Administration’s assistance in expediting this project. We greatly appreciate the patience and support of all communities along the Highway 120 corridor.”
Visitors are still able to visit Yosemite National Park via the Big Oak Flat entrance. Crane Flat and the Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias are accessible and open. The park has waived the entrance fee for visitors entering the park via Highway 120. Park entrance fees still apply to all visitors entering the park via the Arch Rock and South Entrance Stations.
The Wawona Road (Highway 41) is currently open to one-lane controlled traffic.
Highway 140 (El Portal Road) remains open and clear for all vehicular traffic Visitors traveling on this road are urged to drive with caution and be aware of rocks and debris on the road.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. (S. Gediman)