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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest...chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon...chance of precipitation 40 percent. Highs 72 to 82 at 5000 feet...56 to 66 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 46 to 54 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Near the crest...slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 76 to 86 at 5000 feet... 59 to 69 at 8000 feet.

 

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Spring Blood Drive in the Valley Today

Please join Yosemite Lions Club on Wednesday, May 27, from 11 am to 3 pm, for our annual Spring Blood Drive at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. The Bloodmobile will be parked in front of the Visitor Center. Donors must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 lbs, and be 17 yrs old or more (16 with written parental consent). No upper age limit!  Eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to donation. Photo ID and SSN required at donor registration. Share the Gift of Life, receive a free t-shirt with donation, and enjoy complimentary orange juice and treats in a spectacular setting. (D. Stewart)

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Jack Phinney Celebration of Life - Save The Date - Wednesday, June 17

There will be a memorial service and celebration of life for long-time Yosemite friend and volunteer Jack Phinney on Wednesday, June 17, beginning at 12:30pm. More details to follow. Please RSVP today via email to Rhonda Aranguene if you plan to attend. (T. Medema)

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Tuolumne Hikers Bus Start Date Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Tuolumne Hikers Bus was unable to begin operation this weekend as planned.  A new start date has yet to be determined, but we will send notice as soon as it is. We apologize for the confusion and for any inconvenience to our community members and park visitors.  

 

Please note that the Tuolumne Shuttle, which runs between Tuolumne Lodge and Olmsted Point, did begin operating this weekend and will run daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  (E. Callahan)

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Park-wide Environmental Health and Safety Audit July 13-16

Yosemite has been selected for an Environmental Health and Safety Audit on July 13-16. The audit will be conducted by the Pacific West Region; they will be looking at a number of park areas as well as our safety programs and management. There is a strong likelihood that your work area or office will be evaluated during the audit, so it’s important that everyone prepare.

 

Similar audits were conducted in 2003, 2006 and 2009. A review of those findings shows that, historically, we have 6 areas of concerns at Yosemite. They are:

 

Improper  labeling of hazardous chemicals

Universal waste must label or marked waste in specific ways for identification.

Generators must determine the classification of waste as non-hazardous or hazardous and it applicable treatment standards.

Safety Data sheets were not on file for each hazardous chemical stored and used.

Specific Housekeeping requirements must be met in areas where hazardous materials are stored.

Fire extinguishers improperly stored and not being checked on a monthly basis.

 

The safety team at Yosemite is asking for your support and involvement in making sure that your work space and areas are prepared and organized. In the coming weeks, the safety office will conduct site inspections and “walk-through.” One key to success is keeping your work-space clean and organized. It’s particularly important that everyone play close attention to the storage and disposal of hazardous materials. Not only will these steps help our park to pass the audit, they will also help our park to remain a safe and healthy place in which to work.

 

If you have questions about safety practices, guidance, or preparation for this audit, please do not hesitate to contact the safety office.   We intend to make this audit a successful one and also to ensure the safety and wellness of the employees at YOSEMITE.

 

Thanks for your time and commitment,

​"​Griss​"​ Chief Safety Occupational Health Manager

Office phone: 209-379-1079 (M. Grissom)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Garage Sal's This Thursday

Shake your hand, share the land, and come to the Community Hall in El Portal this Thursday to enjoy Sal's Taco Truck and beverages served by the Yosemite Employee Association. Bring your used items to barter or sell. Or maybe find things that they'll be givin' away! It's guaranteed fun at Sal's because we're talkin' 'bout together now. (A. Davis)

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Celebration of Life Saturday, May 30th

Please come join in a Celebration of Life for Joe Malenfant,  May 30, 2015 @ 1:00 at the El Portal Community Center. They will be supplying sandwiches, but if you would like to bring a salad or dessert, they would appreciate it. (G. Harders)

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Spur Festival and Auction Saturday, May 30th

On Saturday, May 30th, 6:00pm at the Flying Spur in Foresta, Steve Abatiell will present "Vietnam Friendship: A 50 Year Legacy."  

Steve will give a presentation on the current state of the Agent Orange Legacy in Northern Vietnam, and the work that an international community, from all sides of the Vietnam War, has accomplished in the aftermath of conflict.  There will be a live auction for an embroidery, handmade by a resident of the Vietnam Friendship Village!  Proceeds will benefit the VFV!  For more information contact Steve at sabatiell@naturebridge.org.  (S. Abatiell)

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Mountain Sage Music Series- Hot Buttered Rum- Sat, May 30

Mountain Sage kicks off its summer music series this Saturday, May 30 with Hot Buttered Rum and The Little Fuller Band. Perennial fan favorites, Hot Buttered Rum returns for their tenth consecutive year, always putting on stellar, energetic show. Opening the show making their second appearance will be western Sierra locals and fast rising The Little Fuller Band. Doors open at 4, show starts at 5. Tickets and info at www.MountainSageMusic.org

The Mountain Sage concert series at  is put on by the non-profit organization Telele Foundation and is specifically designed as a community event drawing together all of the Sierra foothill communities including that of Yosemite.  All proceeds go directly into the event. (R. Hirsch)

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Slow Ericom logon Issues Resolved

Many Ericom users may have noticed that it took three to five minutes to logon on to Ericom.  IT working with Ericom has arrived at a solution; logon times are normal now (less than 30 seconds).  Please contact the Help Desk at 379-1123 if you find this not to be the case.  Thank you.  (R. Watson)

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Balanced Rock is hiring! Administrative Assistant applications due June 1st

The Administrative Assistant position is part-time, non-exempt position, and provides the opportunity for an organized and motivated individual to support the Balanced Rock Foundation's day-to-day administration. This position reports to the Business Director and may at times work directly with the Program Director. For full job announcement please visit balancedrock.org/blog or contact us today. Compensation: Part-time @ $13/hour. Approximately 5-15 hours/week. By June 1st, 2015, please send a resume and cover letter to: Balanced Rock Foundation  |  PO Box 102  |  El Portal, CA  95318.  Please email info@balancedrock.org or call (209) 379-9453 with questions. (P. Wild)

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Mountain Lions

A mountain lion was seen recently at night in the lower NPS housing area. Please follow these precautions when living in mountain lion habitat:

 

- Never feed any wildlife (intentionally or otherwise). Smaller wild animals are prey that draw mountain lions into an area. 

- Hiking or running alone is not recommended especially at dawn, dusk, or night.

- Keep small children close to adults. 

 

If you encounter a lion, take the following actions:

- Shout in a low voice and wave your arms, make yourself look as large and threatening as possible. 

- Maintain eye contact with the lion, and do not crouch down. 

- Throw sticks or rocks at the lion. 

-  NEVER RUN. 

-  Pick up or restrain small children to keep them from panicking and running. 

- If a lion attacks, FIGHT BACK!

 

Attack from a mountain lion is an extremely unlikely event, but use of the above recommendations can further reduce the chance of injury.  (K. Ehler)

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Bear Activity Summary

Bears have been active across Yosemite National Park. This week marks the first reported bear damage in wilderness areas for 2015.

Bears continue to be very active in Valley campgrounds. Bears obtained improperly stored food on multiple occasions throughout campgrounds.  Several vehicles were damaged in the past few weeks after visitors failed to remove all food and scented items from their cars. Remember to always store food in a secured food storage locker overnight while camping or in a completely hard-sided trailer or RV. Never store food in a tent or vehicle overnight.

Additionally, bears obtained human food several times after visitors became scared upon seeing a bear while cooking or picnicking and abandoned their food. Remember bears are active day and night and it is always important to store your food when not using it and to be prepared to defend your food so that it does not become an easy meal for park wildlife.  If you see a bear during your visit please report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322.

 

Bi-Weekly Total # of Incidents and Damage:

Parking Logs: 0, $0

Campgrounds: 3, $560

Other Areas: 5, $275

Residential : 1, $5

Wilderness: 2. $25

 

Year to Date Comparisons for the Week of May 10th – May 23rd, 2015

1998 Incidents: 291, 2015 Incidents: 20, Percent Change: -91.13%

2014 Incidents: 16, 2015 Incidents: 20, Percent Change 25%

1998 Damages: $137,220, 2015 Damages: $1,125, Percent Change: -99.18%

2014 Damages: $645, 2015 Damages: $1.125, Percent Change: 74.42%

 

Red Bear, Dead Bear: The first bear was reported hit by a vehicle on 5/13/15 near the Wawona Campground on Wawona Road. Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention while driving.

 

Interesting Bear Fact:  An average adult male Yosemite black bear weighs 200-350 pounds.   

   

Other Wildlife Sightings:  Several mountain lions have been reported along the Chilnualna Falls trail recently, and a lion was also sighted in Yosemite Valley near the NPS Maintenance Complex and in the Wawona Campground. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/mountainlion.htm.  (K. Ehler)

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Rental

Very Nice 1 Bed/1 Bath apartment on E. Whitlock just 1 mile from Hwy 140. 30 Min to EP, 1 hour to Valley and 5 min to Mariposa. Large 1 car garage attached to unit and pet friendly. $700 monthly with a $350 security deposit. Available June 1st. (Contact Ashley Mayer @ 407-312-1283) (C. Baker)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

 

Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot Update

The parking lot is now open, however crews are continuing to complete the final grading and placement of landscape materials around the parking area. The parking lot will remain open with intermittent delays and pedestrian detours as crews complete the final work in this parking area. (M. Pieper)

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Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Update No. 9)

Crews are continuing to pave the top mat of the Tioga Road as well as working on the adjacent turnouts and parking areas. Below are a list of delays and if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. NOTE: There was no work from Friday morning, May 22nd thru Monday, May 25th so crews weren't back onsite until Tuesday, May 26th to complete the remaining two days of work.

 

Sunday evenings from 10:00 p.m. to Saturday Night at 8:00 p.m.

-11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 1 hour delays

-6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., 15 minute delays

-7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30 minute delays

-3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 15 minute delays

-4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 30 minute delays (M. Pieper)

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Big Oak Flat Tunnel Repairs (Update)

Construction crews are continuing to work on the Big Oak Flat Tunnels with the one pair of lights at the two smaller tunnels and another pair of lights at the upper-longest tunnel. We are trying to keep the total delays under 15 minutes as you travel, but should not exceed the maximum delays noted below: They plan to complete all of the work this week except placement of the pavement markings, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th & 27th. NOTE: There will be no work and no traffic delays occurring this upcoming holiday weekend starting this coming Friday morning, May 22nd thru Monday, May 25th. So crews won't be back onsite until Tuesday, May 26th to complete the remaining two days of work.

Monday thru Thursday.

-10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 2 hour delays

-6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 15 minute delays

-8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 30 minute delays

(M. Pieper)

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Lodge Day Use Parking Area

Crews are continuing to construct the Lodge Day Use Parking Area with the placement of base material and parking barriers. There continue to be intermittent traffic delays near the intersection of Meadow Lane and Northside Drive as crews are making improvements to the driveway entrance and shuttle stop area. (M. Pieper)

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Temporary Safety Closures of Roads After El Portal Fire

In order to maintain the safety of park visitors, community members, and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park has closed the following areas until further notice is given.

The Foresta Road is closed to motor vehicles at Foresta Falls to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. It is also closed to motor vehicles in El Portal at the intersection of Granite Street to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. (K. Killian)

 

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