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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, March 10, 2014
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 65.
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 75.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 76.
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 63.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
New Deputy Chief Ranger
The Protection Division is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Stansberry into the Deputy Chief Ranger position. Michael will EOD in late April, he is currently employed as the Platte River District Ranger at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He has been a ranger for the National Park Service since 2000, prior to that he was a police officer in Columbia, Missouri. He possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Management and, with his wife Karen, has three children - twin 10 year old daughters Jaiden and Jocelyn and a 6 year old son named Anderson. The Stansberry family will reside in the Yosemite Valley Upper Housing Area, please join us in welcoming them to the Yosemite community. (K. Killian)
Yosemite National Park Partners with Macy’s “Heart your Park” Program - news release
Donations at Visalia Store to Benefit Park Programs
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
Kari Cobb 209-372-0529
Yosemite National Park is participating in the “Heart Your Parks” fundraising program in partnership with Macy’s Department Stores. The program is a part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, 2014, customers at the Visalia, California, Macy’s can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Yosemite National Park. Additionally, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Yosemite National Park is one of approximately 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” campaign. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Specifically, donations made at the Visalia store will go toward programs in Yosemite National Park.
“We are excited to partner with Macy’s and NRPA on this program this spring,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite Superintendent. “This will provide additional funds for worthwhile park programs.”
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on macys.com with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit macys.com/secretgarden. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit macys.com/parks. (K. Cobb)
Yosemite Forum Tuesday
Please join us in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from Noon to 1 p.m. for the Yosemite Forum. The subject this month is Bears in the Sierra Nevada: Does mother really know best? This interactive lecture will be presented by Rachel Mazur, Forest Biologist, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Please contact D. Smith, 9-1439, or M. Thornley, 9-1060 for additional information. Thank you. (D. Smith)
Tree Work in El Portal
PG&E tree contractors will be removing and trimming trees along power lines for reliability in El Portal the week of March 10. Please watch for workers and equipment and use alternate routes around work zones on the narrow roads of Old El Portal. (B. Mattos)
Curry Tree Work Scheduled
Scott Timber Company will begin taking down large dead pine trees in east Curry Village March 10. Several tent cabins and power lines are being temporarily removed and many of the beetle-killed trees will still require piecing down. Please be aware of workers and equipment in the area. Elevated tree mortality is anticipated to continue with the reduced precipitation again this year. (B. Mattos)
Aspen Valley Road Update
The second phase of tree hazard mitigation has concluded along the Aspen Valley Road burned in the Rim Fire. The low occupancy of this gated road indicated that dead and severely damaged trees that towered over or leaned toward the roadway would be cut and logs selectively removed toward prescribed residual loading of 2 - 5 logs per acre. Many dead and dying trees remain with a lower probability of striking the roadway. Workers and residents should anticipate reduced risk of tree failure onto the roadway, especially with stormy weather, and observe posted warnings. Some cleanup will continue as road conditions and contractor availability allow. (B. Mattos)
Operational Leadership Basic Course, March 26-27
NPS Operational Leadership Basic Course is a personal invitation to increase your awareness of risk and safety in day-to-day situations. The goal of NPS Operational Leadership is to encourage safety by building and maintaining a workforce that places a high value on professionalism and safety. NPS Operational Leadership empowers employees at all levels to be assertive about their safety, the safety of their team, and encourages them to participate in the decision making and risk management process. The course will be from 8:00 - 4:30 each day in the El Portal Large Breakroom. Contact Glenn Dean at 379-1079 to enroll. (G. Dean)
YCC Application Deadline
Yosemite Youth Conservation Corps would like to thank you for your interest in this very important program. We have revamped the program from a residential to non-residential day program. All enrollees will be required to supply their own housing and transportation to the work site located in El Portal, California. If you are still interested please apply at our updated web site. The Y.C.C. Application deadline has now been extended from March 8 to March 15, 2014. http://www.nps.gov/yose/
Detail – Meteorological Technician GS-1341-07
Application must be received by: March 18, 2014 COB. This detail is expected to start: April 6, 2014 This detail is expected to end: May 3, 2014
The incumbent assists with development and operation of an avalanche safety program for the spring opening of Yosemite National Park roads. We are looking for a blend of people with different types of experience to contribute such as Protection, Resources, Maintenance, etc. Incumbent serves as an avalanche spotter/guard for snow removal crews, and in the event of an avalanche accident, as first responder for rescues. Incumbent should be skilled in show shoeing, alpine or cross-country skiing or snowboarding in backcountry avalanche terrain, in order to conduct field observations. The safety of snow removal crew depends significantly on the accuracy and reliability of the incumbent’s evaluation of avalanche hazards. There are up to 4 positions available for this detail. Courses in meteorology, mathematics, engineering, or physical science are helpful but are not required for this detail. Send a 1 or 2 page resume describing your experience for this detail to:
Yosemite National Park
Attn: James Sprowls (mail, email or fax)
PO Box 279-HR
Mariposa, CA 95338
Email to: James_Sprowls@nps.gov or Fax to: 209-379-1934 (J. Sprowls)
Anniversary Updates - Yosemite Grant 150th - Upcoming Activities
Now Playing! The Ken Burns documentary, Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Theater. Every hour on the hour, 10 AM to 4 PM every day (first showing on Sunday is Noon).
Every Tuesday at 2 PM, Ranger Walk - Yosemite: Inspiring Generations, meet at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center
Currently through 2014, Lure and Lore of Yosemite Exhibit at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst.
Currently through June 26, Three Generations of Rangers exhibit at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum.
Currently through May 3, Yosemite Renaissance Exhibit at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite Valley.
March 13, Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit film screening at Vista Ranch and Cellars, Merced, CA.
March 14, Lincoln's Battleground at South Gate Brewery in Oakhurst, CA.
For detailed information, please go to the anniversary webpage: www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary (B. Whitehead)
Badger Pass Daily Snow Report - March 10
Snow Conditions: Spring Conditions
Runs Groomed: Eagle, Turtle, Bruin, & Rabbit
Lifts Open: Turtle, Bruin, Eagle & Badger
Runs Open: All, Except For Beaver
XC trail snow conditions: Good conditions.Tracks were set out to out to Glacier Point on the evening of March 6
Tubing Hill: Closed until we get more snow.(S. Costello)
Women's History Month
Malala Yousafzai - Advocate for Education. Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12,1997, in Mingora Pakistan. Malala voiced her passion for education, and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation. "The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born." (L. Perez)
El Portal Town Planning Meeting
There will be a meeting of the El Portal planning advisory committee on 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 0214 at the El Portal Branch Library. Topics on the agenda will include the need for repairs on El Portal Road, status of the Merced River Plan, updates on Parcel boxes, update on free-cycling box and status of El Portal building moratorium. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, contact the Planning Department at 209-966 5151. (M. Ross)
Balanced Rock Presents Alice
Balanced Rock presents "Alice," a play adaptation of Lewis Carroll's infamous writing. The free theatre event will take place on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20 at 7pm at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal. It will be performed by all of the students in the El Portal drama class led by Audrey Davis, an El Portal resident who is passionate about the art of live theatre and its exciting impact on the human psyche. The show will be a fun experience so be sure to arrive early to get a good seat! (A. Davis)
Yosemite National Park Child Care Center Job Opportunities
Yosemite National Park Child Care Center is accepting resumes for part and/or full time positions and substitute staff. Individuals that embrace teamwork, are cheerful, patient and have a working knowledge of childhood development, and/or coursework in early childhood and/or elementary education are welcome to apply. Positions are located in both the El Portal and Valley facilities. Please email cover letter and resume to email@example.com (L. Zisa)
Yosemite Running and Walking Club
Daylight savings is here! Start a new routine for spring and join our easy group run/walks on Wednesdays at 6 pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. Meet other Yosemite residents that are interested in a little extra motivation and a sense of community. Perfect for the new wellness incentive program! Everyone will be encouraged to complete only the distance they are prepared for, and hopefully improve each week. Our walkers group is especially active! Bring your stroller, bring your dog, or bring a friend! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on an email list or ask any questions. (B. Whitehead)
Groveland Highway 120 Northern Gateway to Yosemite
Thursday March 13th – Sierra Club Groveland Thursday Hike: Meet at 9am (winter meet up time) at Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland to car pool, bring pack lunch and water, dress appropriate for half to all day hike. Bob Asquith 209 962 7990 email@example.com
Saturday March 15th Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Sonora Opera Hall. Sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Museum. Call (209) 532-7890
Saturday March 15th Live music at the Pine Mountain Lake Grill & 19th Hole Bar Entertainment (No Cover Charge) 209.962.8638 (C. Botell)
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath home in Lushmeadows with large, open floor plan for rent beginning May 1, 2014. Enjoy our 1500 sq.ft. home with vaulted ceilings and attached 2.5 car garage all on 2 acres of oak and pines. One acre surrounding the home is securely ranch fenced (perfect for a dog or other pet) and the other acre contains a large fenced, productive garden space. Built in 2000, this home has central air and heat, wood burning stove, ceiling fans in every room, and natural wood flooring. Rent is $1200 per month. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-626-9817. (M. Marcis)
40637 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 • Phone: 559-683-4636 • Fax: 559-683-5697 • email@example.com
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