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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, October 24, 2014

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite Valley

Today: Sunny, with a high near 71. East becoming south southwest winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. South southwest gusts as high as 25 mph. Low around 39.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Low around 38.

 

El Portal

Today: Sunny, with a high near 82. 

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11am and before 11pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind gusts as high as 20 mph. Low around 47.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Low around 43.

 

Wawona

Today: Sunny, with a high near 78. South wind gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. 

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. South southeast gusts as high as 20 mph. Low around 40. A 20 percent chance of showers at night.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Low around 38.

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a southwest wind could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 30. South wind gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy, with southwest gusts as high as 35 mph.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Low around 28. Southwest gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West wind gusts as high as 20 mph. Low ow around 28.

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 

 

Yosemite National Park Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Deaf Services

Special Programs and Services Will be Available October 24 - 26, 2014

 

Yosemite National Park is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the park’s Deaf Services Program.  To celebrate this milestone, the park will host special programs throughout the weekend of Friday, October 24, through Sunday, October 26, 2014.  Special programs will include a Junior Ranger talk and Nature Walk given by certified American Sign Language (ALS) providers.  There will also be a celebration on Saturday evening, October 25, at the Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater to honor the founders of Deaf Services.  Additionally, sign language interpreters will be available throughout the weekend at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center to provide interpreting for other normally scheduled park programs.  

 

The Deaf Services Program at Yosemite National Park was founded in 1979 by a group of National Park Service employees, volunteers, and community members including Len McKenzie, Donna Pritchett, Maureen Fitzgerald, Dale Dahl, and Mary Ellen Lentz.  Since the inception of the program, Yosemite has hired a full-time sign language interpreter every summer to provide services to the hearing impaired.   

 

For a more information and a complete schedule of all special events, please visit the Deaf Services page at:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/deafservices.htm

 

Yosemite’s Deaf Services Program is part of a larger program designed to help visitors with disabilities easily access the park’s resources and visitor services.  The park is committed to providing access to the greatest number of individuals.  From designing and building new facilities to the rehabilitation of older buildings, accessibility has a key component in all projects.  For more information about disability services in Yosemite, please visit:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm (K. Cobb)

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Yosemite Deaf Services Celebrates 35 Years!

This weekend, October 24-26, is Yosemite Deaf Services 35th Anniversary Weekend. Employees should be ready to meet lots of Deaf visitors. Remember, if communication is difficult, be sure to make eye contact when speaking, and if necessary use pen(cil) and paper, or even cell phones to type back and forth. Our Deaf visitors will appreciate the effort!

 

Volunteer sign language interpreters will be available at the Valley Visitor Center all day 10/24, 10/25, and 10/26.  To request an interpreter, call 209.379.5250.  

 

Info packets with a complete schedule and details on how visitors can request an interpreter are being distributed this week to visitor centers, entrance stations and tour desks.  

  

There will also be special programs given in American Sign Language:

 

10/24  6pm, ASL Social Night at Curry Village Pizza

10/25  10am, ASL Jr. Ranger Talk at Curry Village Amphitheater

10/25  7pm, 35th Anniversary Celebration, Yosemite Lodge

10/26  10am, ASL Nature Walk, Ahwahnee back lawn

 

For more information, contact Jessica Cole at jessica_cole@nps.gov (J. Cole)

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Balanced Rock's Yoga Jambalaya Community Event

Date:  Saturday November 1, 2014

Location:  Yosemite Bug Hostel

 

Join an amazing line-up of local yoga instructors for a great day of community & yoga.

For line up of classes and to register:  http://balancedrock.org/events/yoga-jambalaya-2

For more information:  info@balancedrock.org  209.379.9453. (H. Sullivan)

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Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry On Display Now

It’s time! It’s time! Time to celebrate the incredible creativity of youth in Yosemite’s remarkable gateway communities during the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at The Ansel Adams Gallery from Noon- 2:00PM. The program received nearly 230 submissions, more than ever before! Now, we invite you to see and celebrate a special selection of the artwork and poetry, which will be on display at The Ansel Adams Gallery Thursday, October 23rd through Saturday, October 25th, from 9am to 5pm. Winners will be honored at the award ceremony on Saturday, October 25th from noon until 2pm. This event is open to Yosemite community members and visitors, along with the friends, family, and teachers of the young artists. Don’t miss this special event, it is sure to inspire and remind you why Yosemite is so incredibly special.Questions? call the Education team at (209) 375-9505. (K. Lahr)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Judi Weaser, Branch Chief in Resources Management & Science, Has Passed Away

Yosemite National Park and the Resources Management and Science Division sadly reported that Judi Weaser, Branch Chief for Vegetation and Ecological Restoration, passed away on October 21, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

                                                                                                    

Judi has worked in Yosemite since 2004 where she was instrumental in doubling the size of the branch and expanding its programs to include botany and invasive plants, as well as meadow and wilderness restoration. Judi made so many significant contributions to Yosemite, most notably overseeing the restoration planning for Yosemite's two wild and scenic river plans.

 

Judi started her federal career in 1980 as a park assistant in Canyonlands National Park. She also worked as a seasonal park ranger in ten national parks including multiple seasons in Yosemite, Colorado National Monument, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Zion National Park, Death Valley National Monument, Denali National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Judi also worked as an outdoor recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the NPS Midwest regional office. 

 

Judi volunteered with the Peace Corps in Belize from 2001-2003 just prior to accepting the position at Yosemite. There she met her husband Barry Hadsell, who is currently working at Yosemite.

 

Judi was a fearless advocate for her staff and programs. She influenced the careers of many emerging vegetation biologists, ecologists and restoration workers who have benefitted greatly from her tireless efforts. Her vibrant smile, energy, and ready laughter will be sorely missed, but her legacy will live on as we continue to restore Yosemite’s wilderness, meadows, and river corridors through programs Judi built. 

 

Our deepest sympathies are with Judi’s family and friends. (A. Kunz)

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Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Hold Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on October 25

Winners of Art and Poetry Contest to be Displayed at Gallery 

 

Media Contacts: Scott Gediman & Ashley Mayer 209-372-0248; Kari Cobb 209-372-0529 

 

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest in September of this year.  The park received a record 230 submissions from local community schools.  Artwork was divided into categories and winning pieces were selected by park staff and park partners.  Winning student artwork and poetry will be featured in an exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery from Thursday, October 23, through Saturday, October 25, 2014.  Additionally, students will be acknowledged at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at The Ansel Adams Gallery, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

 

The contest is a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities.  The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. This year the contest featured artwork from a record number of gateway communities including Bass Lake Joint Union, Big Oak Flat Groveland Unified, Bishop Unified, Chawanakee Unified, Eastern Sierra Unified, Mammoth Unified, Mariposa Unified, Raymond-Knowles Union, the districts of Tuolumne County, and Yosemite Unified. 

 

Students submitted a wide range of art and poetry including collages, paintings, and photography showing Giant Sequoias, Tunnel View, Glacier Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and many others.  Additionally, students submitted poetry about experiencing the park as a Yosemite animal or plant and their experiences in the park. 

 

Contest winners include: 

Kindergarten & 1st grade art: Xavier Austin, Ivan Valera Pelayo, Karmella Hanley, Hannah Stark, Marley Gediman, Lyell Marcis, Adeline Woods, and Hannah Benson. 

 

2nd & 3rd grade art: Bailey Lipsey, Lusa Andrews, Daniel Wilson, Scarlett Kerr, Mercy Littlejohn, Jacob McCabe, and Eva Smerber. 

 

4th & 5th grade art: Autumn Stock, Makaya Mackie, Kaitlyn Fisher, Uriah Martinez, Isabeau Ostly-Vasquez, Camille Fisher, Abby Silva, Mia Coffman, Malachi Shelton, Celianna Lee, Todd Sexton, and Kaeli Sheffield 

 

6th-8th grade art: Sierra Stalter, Ashley Roland, Jaiden Stansberry, Clara Devlin, Nathan Kunz, Jocelyn Stansberry, and Aiden McKillip 

 

9th-12th grade art: Katie Thompson, Alexane Laforme, Brittany Shay Davis, Natalie Marquez, Maria Loya, Dillon Acker-James, Emma Stowell, Shanie Lane, Leah Patino, Brian Moore, and Sara Thiel 

 

Group Art: Ruby Yager & Ava Dunlavey, Alex Kunz & Nathan Erikson, Lucas Pieper-White  & Beck Westerlund, and Emmanuel Rodriguez Martinez & Ivan Vargas Alvarado 

 

Anniversary Category: Calliope Kerr & Sydney Jacobs, Lottie Messick, Skadi Lyle, and Shelsy Marquez 

 

Kindergarten & 1st grade poetry: Wawona Lawler 

 

2nd & 3rd grade poetry: Erica Wohlgemuth, Makenna Bolton, Shea Ludwick, Wyman Fisher, and Ryan Sandoval 

 

4th & 5th grade poetry: Colton Franklin, Kalei Reed, Emma Fries, Jasmine Starner, and Joey Star 

 

6th-8th grade poetry: Lasen Andrews, Patience Nelson, Claire Lewis, Kiersten Lott, Sage Shields, Electa Clark, Remi Fuller, Catherine Gacho 

 

9th-12th grade poetry: Breeze Leal, Alyssa Cabada, and Shiloh Quincy 

 

2nd & 3rd grade photography: Ben Raines 

 

9th-12th grade photography: Elizabeth Haggard and Peter McLean 

 

Funding was received from the Yosemite Conservancy to help with the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. 

 

 

Editor’s Note: For photos of the award ceremony, please email Kari_Cobb@nps.gov(K. Cobb)

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Park Service Attendance – CAL FIRE/DynCorp Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt Memorial Service 

On Tuesday October 21, in San Jose, CA, Yosemite firefighters, and rangers, park service honor guard members and officials from the Pacific West Region joined together with CAL FIRE and over 700 other firefighters to pay their last respects to DynCorp Air Tanker Pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt.  Craig paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life on October 7, in a fatal crash while flying a CAL FIRE S-2T Air Tanker over the Dog Rock Fire burning near El Portal. 

 

"We continue to mourn the tragic loss of Craig." said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. "We know wildland firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, but Craig made the ultimate sacrifice."

“On behalf of Yosemite National Park, we would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of the Cal Fire pilot, Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, who lost his life fighting the Dog Rock Fire in the park,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “He died while providing a great public service and we share in the mourning and sadness of this loss with our Cal Fire brothers and sisters. Wildland firefighting is an inherently dangerous job and we thank Cal Fire for all their support and sacrifice. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

 

Craig Hunt was born October 14, 1951, in Richmond, IN. He is survived by his wife, Sally, and his two daughters, Nancy Hunt and Sarah Hunt Lauterbach.  

All are encourage to view the following video clip, a CAL FIRE TV link to Craig’s memorial service in San Jose:  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/54295508

 

Cards can be sent to the family in care of:

The Hunt Family

c/o CAL FIRE Firefighters Local 2881

1731 J Street, Ste. 100

Sacramento, CA 95811

 

Donations can be made to:

G. Craig Hunt Memorial Fund

Ashville School

360 Ashville School Road

Ashville, NC 28806

 

This fund will be designated for scholarship and athletics at the Ashville School

Contact: Tom Marberger at (828) 254-6345 ext. 4081 (G. Wuchner)

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All Employee Picnic Rescheduled

The All Employee Picnic has been rescheduled to take place after the All Employee Meeting on Thursday, October 30th. Head to the Valley Auditorium at 10:00 am for park updates, award presentations, and more. Immediately after, stay for a delicious chili lunch with your co-workers! Your Executive Leadership Team is excited to see you and serve lunch starting at 11:30. We'll see you there! (K. Calder)

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Passing of Jack Phinney

With great sadness and gratitude the Phinney family has informed us that Jack, long-time volunteer and life-long lover of Yosemite, passed away on Friday, Oct. 17 in southern California. Jack first visited Yosemite as an infant in early 1920s. He volunteered in Yosemite for nearly three decades putting his considerable skill as a carpenter and former shop teacher to great use. More details about a celebration of Jack's life will be forthcoming. (T. Medema)

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Open Vacancy Announcements

Permanent Secretary (OA), GS-0318-06/07 working for the Division of Project Management has posted open to the public.  For more information please review on USAjobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378276600

 

Permanent Administrative Support Assistant (OA), GS-0303-06 working for the Division of Facilities Management, supporting the Roads and Trails Branch has been posted.  For more information please review on USAjobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/384300500 Open to the public or Status Candidates https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/384306000 (T. Barton)

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  Bi-Weekly Incidents by Location

Location

# of Incidents

Camp 4

1

Lower Pines

1

Upper Pines

3

Curry Orchard

2

DNC Housing

1

Stoneman Meadow

1

Total

9

Bear Activity Summary For October 5th - 19th 2014

Bear activity has centered in Yosemite Valley in the past couple of weeks. Multiple bears were seen foraging daily in apple trees. Several vehicles were damaged by bears while they were eating in the Curry Village Orchard Parking Lot.

Bears obtained food on multiple occasions from campgrounds after being left out. A bear also ate several bean bags that were part of a bean bag toss game.  When camping, be sure to secure all food and scented items in a food locker when you are not using them.

As Halloween approaches, please remember that pumpkins are food and must be stored properly.

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

Damage

Parking Lots

2

$1,450

Campgrounds

5

$67

Other Areas

1

$0

Residential

1

$5

Wilderness

0

$0

Total

9

$1,522

Yearly Total

 

# of Incidents

Damage

Parking Lots

3

$1,455

Campgrounds

81

$1,936

Other Areas

26

$543

Residential

11

$913

Wilderness

33

$2,266

Total

154

$7,113

Year to Date Comparisons for the Weeks of October 5th – October 19th, 2014

 

1998

2014

Percent Change

2013

2014

Percent Change

Incidents

1,479

154

-89.59%

114

154

35.09%

Damage

$631,143

$7,113

-98.87%

$7,216

$7,113

-1.43%

 

 

 

 

Red Bear, Dead Bear: Twenty-five bears have been hit by vehicles this year. A bear was hit this week along Highway 120 near Crane Flat. Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention while driving.

Interesting Bear Fact:  Black bears seldom use the same den twice during winter dormancy.                                     

Other Wildlife Sightings:  A mountain lion was seen in Foresta recently.  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.

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Fall Blood Drive at the El Portal Community Hall

We want your blood! Please join Yosemite Lions Club on Wednesday, October 29, from 11 am to 3 pm, for our annual Fall Blood Drive at the El Portal Community Hall . The Bloodmobile will be parked beside the Community Hall; intake and treats will be inside the Hall . 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 Bill T's spooktacular Halloween decor! (D. Stewart)

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NatureBridge Seminar, "Weaving the Story of 21st Century Science in an Iconic Ecosystem", Tuesday, Oct. 28

You are invited to attend a seminar hosted by NatureBridge next Tuesday, Oct. 28th in the Girl's Club, 4:30-5:30. Professor Ryan Atwell, the Cold Harbor Chair in Environment and Sustainability at Western State Colorado University, will be lecturing on "Weaving the Story of 21st Century Science in an Iconic Ecosystem: Applying Resilience and Systems Approaches to Integrate Science, Management, Interpretation, and Education". (B. Zentmyer)

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Models Needed for Yosemite Conservancy Photo Shoot

Yosemite Conservancy is looking for Yosemite lovers who want to help out as models in photo sessions taking place in Yosemite 10/26-10/28. The photos may be used on our website and in publications, like our biannual magazine, to promote the organization and our support of Yosemite. We are looking for a variety of ages and backgrounds, including children and seniors. This is a paid engagement. If you are interested please see the schedule below:

 

Calendar Dates and Locations

Sunday, 10/26 – Wawona/Mariposa Grove 

Monday, 10/27 - Yosemite Valley

Tuesday, 10/28 - Yosemite Valley (morning)/Glacier Point (afternoon)

Session start times: Morning (models most needed): 8 am, Midday: 10 am, Afternoon: 2pm 

 

If you are available and can provide your own transportation to the park, please send an email to Claire F. Meyler at cmeyler@yosemiteconservancy. Please provide your name, date(s) available, cell phone, and email. This opportunity is open to the public so please forward if you know anyone who may be interested. (C. Meyler)

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Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase - News Release

30 Day Public Engagement Period Begins Today

 

Media Contacts: Scott Gediman & Ashley Mayer 209-372-0248; Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

 

Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park.  The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass.  The park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60.  The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle.  Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access and Military passes.  The current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997, when a seven day pass was increased from $5 to $20 per vehicle.  According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and Statistics, $20 in 1997 is equivalent to $29.64 in 2014.  This fee change will allow Yosemite to maintain consistent revenue while adjusting accordingly for inflation. 

 

The additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and increase resource protection. 

 

Yosemite National Park is also evaluating current campground rates to determine if camping fees are adequate to sustain campground operations.  The current campground rates have been in place since 2006 and range between $5 per night to $20 per night for family sites and $40 per night for group sites.  The park is proposing to raise camping fees with fees ranging from $6 per night to $24 per night for family sites and $48 per night for group sites.  The park will utilize comparable campground rates and public feedback to determine if an adjustment to campground fees is warranted. 

 

A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, Monday, October 20, 2014 through Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Feedback will be accepted via email at: yose_planning@nps.gov and via U.S. Mail at: Superintendent Attention Proposed Fee Increase P.O.  Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389.  The public is also invited to an open house in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, located behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will include public engagement.

 

The new fees could be implemented in early 2015.  However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of civic engagement.  The park will develop an implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested stakeholders. 

 

The park is a strong economic engine for the region and local communities.  Previous fee increases have had no negative effect on visitation levels.  This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country. (A. Mayer)

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Proposed Fee Increase - From the Superintendent's Office

Dear Yosemite Staff:

A news release was sent out earlier today outlining the proposal to increase park entrance fees.  The increase is part of a national initiative to standardize entrance fees to national parks across the country. 

 

These fees fund important projects within the park that provide direct benefit to our visitors.  Examples of recent projects completed using fee dollars in Yosemite include the re-configuration of the South Entrance, upgrading the Crane Flat water system, improving accessibility by providing an American Sign Language interpreter, and renovating campsites to be universally accessible.  

 

Today marks the beginning of a 30-day period of civic engagement. Attached please find frequently asked questions regarding the proposed increase. We encourage all staff to review the attached FAQs and be knowledgeable about the proposal in order to respond to visitor questions. 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your supervisor.  

 

Thank you for all that you do for Yosemite National Park and the millions of visitors we host each year. (K. Kosick)

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Submit Your Story For The Centennial - From the Superintendent's Office

Dear Yosemite Staff,

Greetings from Yosemite Conservancy Publishing! As many of you know, Yosemite Conservancy published a story book collection for the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, Inspiring Generations: 150 years, 150 stories in Yosemite. Many Yosemite staff, visitors, and alumni contributed stories to the book. 

 

In a separate but aligned effort to honor the NPS Centennial, Yosemite Conservancy will publish a book of stories from current and former NPS employees and volunteers. The book, Inspiring Generations: 100 Stories from the National Park Service, will be timed to coincide with the Centennial. 

 

We are inviting you to consider participating in our Inspiring Generations book project by entering your Share Your Story entry (or another story!) here:  http://tinyurl.com/knb55y9 . Please note that submissions must be received by November 14. 

 

Here is additional information:

Who may apply? Any current or retired National Park Service employee or volunteer.

What kind of story may I submit? Submissions should be nonfiction and may convey anything you wish provided at their core they seek to inspire future generations of visitors or those who will serve.

How long may my story be? Submissions may be no longer than 1,000 words.

What will happen to the stories? A review team of retired NPS employees will serve as a blind panel to determine which stories best fit the guidelines for the book. Stories will be lightly edited. The book will be a trade paperback format that will hopefully be sold by cooperating associations in all NPS units. If your story is selected, you will be contacted and provided with a letter granting Yosemite Conservancy the right to publish your story in both print and digital form. Submissions will not be returned.

Is there a fee or payment? There is no fee for your submission. Authors will not be paid if their stories are included. 

Will I get a copy of the book? If your story is selected, you will receive a gratis copy of the book.

Where do I submit my story? Please visit  http://tinyurl.com/knb55y9 to submit your story by November 14, 2014.  (K. Kosick)

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Archeology Month - More Than Just Rocks

The scatters of obsidian flakes or “chips” often seen in the park can tell archeologists much about the Native American peoples that inhabited the area. The size and shape of these flakes can indicate what steps in stone tool manufacturing process occurred at that particular location. Obsidian flakes can also be tracked to the place they were originally quarried through a process called X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis. XRF analyzes obsidian with x-rays to quantify precise amounts of different elements within the rock. These specific elements create an “elemental signature” that is different for every quarry location. Obsidian hydration dating measures the rind that develops over time on a new surface, such as that on a flake after it has been removed, to determine the age of the flake’s surface. Knowing where obsidian came from and how old it is helps archeologist understand exchange patterns, mobility and land use throughout time within the park and the greater Sierra Nevada. (C. Knudson)

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El Portal Child Care Halloween Parade

Trick or Treat!! The El Portal Child Care students will be parading their costumes and cuteness around the El Portal Maintenance Complex on Wed October 29 from 9:30-11 am. (E. Davenport)

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Yoga In Yosemite

October Schedule:  Wednesday Evenings 6pm-7pm  Location: DNC Wellness Center.

Instructor:  Heather Sullivan

New yoga mats are available at the front desk.  You will need to leave your ID at desk to use mat.

Classes are donation-based.  Classes are open to all levels of experience.

For more info email:  heather@balancedrock.org  www.balancedrock.org (H. Sullivan)

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Yosemite in the News

This Backcountry Cook You've Never Heard of is a Legend at Yosemite National Park

By: PRI, October 16, 2014

"No one really hears about Yosemite National Park's immigrant history. Or at least..." Read more at http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-10-16/backcountry-cook-youve-never-heard-legend-yosemite-national-park

 

Yosemite Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Deaf Services

By: The Fresno Bee, October 15, 2014

"Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its Deaf Services Program by hosting several special events from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26..." Read more at http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/15/4180883_yosemite-celebrates-35th-anniversary.html?rh=1

 

Tuesday Memorial Set for Pilot Who Died Battling Yosemite Fire

By:  San Jose Mercury News, October 17, 2014

"A memorial service is scheduled Tuesday for the Cal Fire firefighter pilot who died earlier this month while battling a Yosemite wildefire..." Read more at http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_26747483/san-jose-tuesday-memorial-set-pilot-who-died

 

Past Forest Mismanagement Helps Spawn Megafires

By: Jefferson Public Radio 

"Yosemite has one of the longest records of prescribed burning in California..." Read more at http://ijpr.org/post/past-forest-mismanagement-helps-spawn-megafires (A. Mayer)

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Sunrise Trailhead Restoration - Asphalt Removal/Boardwalk Construction

Yosemite Conservancy and the Roads/Trails Department will begin restoration of the Sunrise Trailhead on Monday, October 20th.  Removal of the asphalt trail and excavation on the filled wetland area by the Roads Department is scheduled to last 4-8 days.  The construction of the boardwalk will be done by the Trails Department and will consist of 4-6 weeks of construction or until the snow flies.  During the construction hikers will be rerouted around the construction to the Tenaya Creek Crossing. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Keasha Blew at 379-1303 (K. Blew) 

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Conifer Forest Mortality

Those browning pines, firs, and incense-cedars in the forest are not deciduous like the larches of the north, and will not green up in the spring. Elevated tree mortality is expected to continue in 2015 even if "normal" precipitation returns this winter.

 

A Forest Health Advisory System (FHAS) web application was developed as the result of a partnership between USFS' Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team (FHTET) and the NPS Biological Resource Management Division (BRMD) to provide customized summaries for individual park units. See the 10/20/2014 InsideNPS for the full article. (B. Mattos)

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The Ansel Adams Gallery Rehabilitation and Annual Sale Day

The Ansel Adams Gallery is excited to announce that we will be rehabilitating our historic facilities this winter, and during this construction period will be operating out of the Wilderness Center next door. Many "thank you"s to the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy for making this happen. As a result, we are trying to reduce our inventory in advance of this move as much as possible, and have decided to move our Annual Sale Day to October 25, 2014. 

The Ansel Adams Gallery will be closed for slightly less than a week from October 27, 2014 while we move, and will be in the Wilderness Center through March 2015. (Ansel Adams Gallery Staff)

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Private Rental

Large home ready to lease! Super clean 4 bdrm/2 bath house located on Jerseydale Rd. Former vacation rental, so tenant has option to rent fully furnished at $1250. per month, or unfurnished at $1100.per month, plus deposit and utilities. Easy access from paved road onto level gravel driveway. One car garage space available. No pets and no smoking allowed on premises. 

Call Katie Green at  daily & company real estate at 209-966-5847. (C. Baker)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

Road Work on Glacier Point Road

On Tuesday October 14 roads crews will begin crack sealing on Glacier Point road starting at Chinquapin and moving east. This work will consist of pouring a melted rubberized asphalt material into cracks in the roadway and will help to prevent water infiltration and help prevent potholes and other roadway problems. (D. Dozier)

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Tioga Road Update No. 6

Crews are continuing to work on Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday thru Friday and will continue this year until the weather prevents any further work.  So please plan on 30-minute delays during the day and at this time no night work is planned.  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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Tamarack Flat Campground Road Temporary Closure

Crews have started repairs on the Tamarack Flat Campground Road.  This campground is currently closed, but if you enter this area for operational needs, please be aware this is a single lane road and we will be running multiple trucks up and down this road, so please drive slow and cautious if you enter this campground.  

 

The work includes repairing the existing southern 1.5 mile segment of this campground and regrading the existing gravel loops.  This repair work is similar to the previous repair that was done on the northern 1.5 miles of this existing road in the fall of 2011.  Crews are planning to work from 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday thru Friday and no weekend work is currently planned.  This work is scheduled to be complete by November 30, 2014, pending weather conditions.  Please drive slow and be aware of construction equipment and truck traffic as you enter this campground and also be aware of the truck traffic as your traveling along the Tioga Road near the Tamarack Flat Campground Entrance.  Contact Michael Pieper with any questions or concerns (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)

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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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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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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 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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