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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WEATHER


Yosemite Valley

Today: Sunny, with a high near 79. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 83. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 86. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.

 

El Portal

Today: Sunny, with a high near 80. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 86. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.

 

Wawona

Today: Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 78. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 80. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind.

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 

 

Final Search and Rescue Show of the Season

Yosemite Theater – Final Show of the season for Yosemite Search and Rescue with Ranger John Dill is Tuesday September 30th, don’t miss it! Free admission for all employees and volunteers, based on seating availability. Doors open 6:45, show 7:00pm, duration 90 minutes. (C. Botell)

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Tree Work

Utility and Mountain Enterprises will be cutting hazard trees for PG&E at Big Oak Flat Entrance and Hodgdon starting today, September 30, 2014. (B. Mattos)

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CASA's 3rd Annual 'Night of the Child' Fundraiser 

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Mariposa County is inviting guests to the 3rd annual 'Night of the Child' Fiesta Fundraiser event this Saturday, October 4th at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in Building A starting at 5:30pm. BB's catering is preparing a delicious lemony spanish pepper chicken, toasted rice pilaf, spring salad, and rolls. Beer, wine and margaritas will be served and are included in the ticket price. 

 

The Spanish themed evening will include a special performance by Sizzling Sierra Salsa, guest speakers, a live and silent auction with incredible prizes including: a four pack of park hopper tickets to Disneyland, a Poulan Pro Gas Chain Saw from Foster's True Value and so much more!  

 

Join CASA this Saturday Oct 4th to bring hope to foster children throughout our community.

 

Tickets $40 each, or $300 for a table of 8. Tickets available at Mariposa Chamber of Commerce, Yosemite Treats (next to Sugar Pine Café), Mariposa Mountain Crisis Center, at the door (until sold out), or by calling or emailing 209-742-4206, info@casaofmariposa.org. (I. Stalder)

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Upcycling at Sal's This Thursday

The Terracycle upcycling and recycling program will be at Sal's this Thursday! This program, organized by NatureBridge, will happen at the first Sal's of every month in order to collect specific pieces of trash that are not conventionally recycled or upcycled. We will be set up from 6-7:30 pm. We are currently collecting salty snack/chip bags, energy bar wrappers, hummus containers, toothpaste tubes, and flexible cheese wrappers. These items will be sent to Terracycle, a company that creatively and sustainably upcycles and recycles these things. $0.01 for each piece of trash we send in goes to NatureBridge's scholarship fund. (L. Ouborg)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest is Right Around the Corner!

Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery are excited to host the 4th annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest! This event celebrates the creative spirit of youth in our gateway communities and the power of Yosemite to inspire art. Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate and winning artwork will be featured in an exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Submissions are due Friday October 3rd so there's still time to join. Overwhelm us with your artwork! For more information, contest guidelines, and entry forms please call (209) 375-9505 or e-mail yose_education@nps.gov. (S. Carter)

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Seasonal Campground Closure

Tuolumne Meadows Campground closed for the season at noon on Sunday, September 28. (M. Carter)

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Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

The second annual Yosemite Songwriting Retreat is happening  soon at the Yosemite  Bug Rustic Mountain Resort on Oct.10-13.   This year features Grammy award winner Peter Rowan and Terre Roche as well as other musicians such as Keith Greeninger.  If you are not a songwriter and wish to be a part of this, there is a public concert on Oct.10th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door.  You can purchase them online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/612537 or reserve them at 379-2118.  Funds from this concert go to the Yosemite Songwriting Scholarship Fund.

 

There is also an opportunity for the youth of our community to be a part of the workshops.  On Sunday Oct. 12 from 1:00 -3:00 Terre Roche, who writes for the New Yorker and has written songs with Paul Simon, is offering a 2 hour workshop for kids.  The cost of this workshop is $40.00.   Please let me know if money is an issue for any students.  Yosemite Songwriting Scholarship Fund can help defray costs. The website for this is event is  www.yosemitesongwriting.com (G. Dreifus)

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Fall Color Update 

Bigleaf maples on upper talus slopes under south rim of Yosemite Valley and quaking aspen along Tioga Road near Yosemite Creek and lower slopes of Tenaya Peak hinting at colors to come. For more information, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/fall-color.htm (B. Mattos)

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Yosemite in the News
GPS Trackers Follow Bears in Yosemite National Park
By: NBC, September 24, 2014
"Ever wonder what the typical day of a bear is like? So did the folks at Yosemite National Park...." Read more at: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/GPS-Trackers-Follow-Bears-in-Yosemite-National-Park-276969181.html

Millionth Rider
By: MyMotherLode.com, September 24, 2014
"A Yosemite National Park employee has the distinguished honor of being..."  Read more at: http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/223882/millionth-rider.html

Annual Facelift Will Scour Yosemite Valley
By: Mariposa Gazette, September 25, 2014
"Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association are hosting the Facelift, an annual event held to clean up..."  Read more at: http://www.mariposagazette.com/news/2014-09-25/Local_News/Annual_facelift_will_scour_Yosemite_Valley.html

Free Entrance to Yosemite National Park and all National Parks as they Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014
By: Sierra Sun Times, September 25, 2014
" This Saturday, September 27, celebrate National Public Lands Day by heading to a national park to play, learn, serve, or work...." Read more at: http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/935-free-entrance-to-yosemite-national-park-and-all-national-parks-as-they-celebrate-national-public-lands-day-on-saturday-september-27-2014 

(A. Mayer)

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Mariposa Rental

Very nice, well maintained, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with garage. Located in the Ponderosa Basin. Wood stove heat as second source of heat. Creek borders the large back yard which is completely fenced to keep the deer out and the kids in. Yard care included in rent. $1200. per month plus security deposit of $1200.00. Ponderosa Basin Comm Water, $60.00 per month. Just 3 miles from Triangle rd for easy commute to Yosemite Park. Available Nov. 1st. Non smokers! Be prepared to supply references and proof of income. Sierra Foothill Homes, 209-742-5380 (E. Menzing)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

Change in Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot Temporary Closure

Beginning Monday, September 16, and through December 31, 2014, the parking lot will be closed seven days a week while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available just east of the Tuolumne Grove parking lot. The Tuolumne Grove Trailhead and Parking Area project is expected to be completed in May, 2015. (A. Mayer)

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Merced River Restoration at Lower Pines Campground
Ecological restoration of the banks of the Merced River at Lower Pines Campground will begin September 8th and continue for several weeks. This project will stabilize three sites along the river bank that have eroded as a result of fallen trees, trampling and loss of vegetation.  Soil and willow cuttings will be used to fill in the erosion and stabilize these sites.  Hand crews, an excavator and dump trucks will be used.  The stabilization of these sites will reduce scouring and further cutting away of the riverbank. Visitor access to the river will be located down river in the campground. If you have questions or comments, please contact Victor Goldman 209-379-3280. (D. Garrett)
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Trail Work in Mariposa Grove
Starting September 2nd, NPS trail crews will begin to upgrade the trail in the vicinity of the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel trees so that the trail meets accessibility standards. This project is part of the Yosemite Conservancy Capital Campaign for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Work will take place in three phases. Phase 1 will not affect current visitor use with one exception – on September 15 there will be a permanent closure of the “Step Trail” that connects the tram boarding area with the California Tunnel Tree. Tram users will continue to have trail access to the California Tunnel Tree using the trail leading from the tram area to the Grizzly Giant Tree. Equipment storage will occur on the access road to the National Forest. Phase 2 will occur later this fall when visitor numbers decrease. At that time, trail crews will upgrade the existing trail system in the vicinity of the two trees and restore portions of the existing trail system that did not meet accessible trail standards to natural conditions. Work will include installation of new split rail fencing along heavily traveled portions of the trail. Access to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree will continue while work progresses. The first two phases should be completed by end of the calendar year, weather permitting. The third and final phase of the project will include installation of new benches and interpretive signs at the end of the Grove restoration project in late 2016. (C. Stetzel)
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Tioga Road Update No. 5
Starting Monday morning, August 18th, the contractor crews are moving back to daytime delays on the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project.  For the next week the crews plan to have time delays from 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday thru Friday.  The crews are again trying the daytime work in hopes that the traffic volumes have decreased due to the large number of schools starting next week. However, if the traffic volumes are still high and severely limiting progress, then crews will again go back to night time delays. Therefore, I would plan on 30-minute delays during the day and 1-hour delays during the night. These traffic delays are occurring between Crane Flat and White Wolf (the western 15 miles of the Tioga Road).

No weekend delays are scheduled.  Please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)
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Temporary Safety Closures of Roads
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 Old Coulterville Road is closed to motor vehicles from the Flying Spur intersection to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest.

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. (M. Stansberry)
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Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1B
Construction for the second phase of the Environmental Education Center in partnership with NatureBridge is scheduled to begin the week of August 11th.  The construction activity will be located adjacent to the Wawona Road - Yosemite West intersection.  The work for this phase will begin with the construction of a multi-purpose administration office and maintenance building.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow moving trucks and equipment on the roads.  Construction is scheduled to continue until completion in 2015.  If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Wichmann, Project Management Division. (K. Blew)

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