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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, August 22, 2014

WEATHER


Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 90. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 92. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 59. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 49.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Breezy, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Annual Ghosts of the Sagebrush Tour Today
The 11th Annual Ghosts of the Sagebrush Tour will explore the 19th Century in the Mono Basin.  On Friday August 22, a catered dinner features John Muir, who visited Mono Lake in the 1800s and will also talk about the establishment of Yosemite Grant in 1864.  The tour on Saturday, August 23, from 10 to 4, includes lunch with Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain (who came to Mono Lake in the 1860s).  Gather at the Mono Basin History Museum in Lee Vining with historians and old-timers to explore "Paiute, Prospector & Pioneer" sites and stories.
Buy separate tickets for dinner ($25) and Tour ($25) at www.monobasinhs.org or call 760 647-6461; email curator@monobasinhs.org. (D. Carle)

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RECENT NEWS

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day on August 25, 2014 - News Release
Park Entrance Fees Waived in Honor of the National Park Service’s Birthday

On Monday, August 25, 2014, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder’s Day.  Founder’s Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS).  This year, the NPS will be celebrating its 98th birthday.  In commemoration of this significant day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors.  

“Late summer is a wonderful time to visit Yosemite National Park,” stated Don Neubacher, Superintendent.  “This is a great opportunity to visit America’s national parks, celebrate the birth of the National Park Service, and explore public lands.”  

Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were protected due to the passage of the Yosemite Grant in 1864.  Yosemite became a national park in 1890 and is one of the 401 units of the National Park System.  The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916.  The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks for preservation and enjoyment.  

Fees being waived for Founder’s Day include the park entrance only.  All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived.  The fee waiver is good for Monday, August 25, Founder’s Day, only.

For more information, and to plan your trip, visit www.nps.gov/yose.  (K. Cobb)
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Volunteers Needed for After-School Enrichment Program
We are looking for volunteers to help with our NEW after school enrichment program for our Yosemite Valley School students.  Volunteers would work with a teacher to lead programs in various subject areas of interest to the community volunteers.   Examples of possible programs include birding, cooking, basketball, snow studies, sewing, photography, pottery, gardening, etc.   The subject area is based on your passion that you would like to teach to others!    The after school program is two days per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays) and runs from 2:30-3:00 pm for our 1st-2nd grade students and from 3:00-3:30 pm for our 3rd-6th grade students.  Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two weeks (four classes).  All materials needed for the after school program are provided by Yosemite Valley School.   If you are interested in volunteering or if you would like additional information, please contact Christina Stark, YVS Site Council, at either christinajstark@gmail.com or (209) 769-8410. (C. Stark)
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Job Opening with DNC: Interpretive Services Assistant Manager
The Interpretive Services Assistant Manager is a full time, permanent position and comes with subsidized housing. The position is closes August 31, 2014. The selected applicant will  supervise the DNC interpretive seasonal staff, manage the program calendar and scheduling, handle much of the department administration, oversee park events, provide interpretive training, and give program.  The work schedule varies and is comprised of 2-4 evening programs per week, on average. (K. Stella)
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"Yosemite National Park Receives 2014 America’s Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation - News Release"
Media Contacts: Scott Gediman 209-372-0248; Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

Yosemite National Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by Ken Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” this program builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations, and engages diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System.

“The America’s Best Idea program connects people – particularly youth – to America’s national parks, often for the first time,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “Through meaningful and memorable in-park experiences that highlight the natural, cultural, and historical treasures in our National Park System, we are able to inspire the next generation of park-goers.”

“We want everyone to find themselves in a national park,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. “These National Park Foundation grants will help people acquire a better understanding of their national parks and, hopefully, of themselves, through place-based learning and recreational activities. Native Americans who will visit traditional homelands, budding scientists who will study environmental impacts, and students from Gallaudet University who will examine aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act are among the many groups which will benefit from the grants.”

Yosemite National Park is partnering with Yosemite-based nonprofit Sacred Rok, a non-profit group that supports young people experiencing nature through trips into the Yosemite wilderness.  These outings are led by local American Indian community members.  Specifically the trips will be led by Sacred Rok Executive Director Ron Kauk and Tribal Elder Bill Tucker.  Yosemite has a strong connection to the American Indian community; however, many young people from the Yosemite area, including American Indians, have never visited the park.   This grant will help those young people experience and explore Yosemite and gain a first-time appreciation of their own cultural connection.  America's Best Ideas grant is a great opportunity for the collaboration of Sacred Rok, associated tribes of Yosemite and the National Park Service to expand and strengthen their partnership by supporting local American Indian youth in experiencing the park.

For a complete list of parks and their America’s Best Idea project descriptions, please visit National Park Foundation website at: http://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/programs/americas-best-idea.

About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.  Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards.  Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org. (K. Cobb)
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Yosemite Creek Trail Open
Yosemite Creek Trail is now open! But the Lukens Lake to Yosemite Creek Trail is still closed for the Dark Hole Fire.  Visible smoke from the trail should be expected. (R. Tran)
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Purchasers and Approving Officials Information
To clarify part of the recent change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), while we no longer have to use GSA Advantage, Ability One is still a mandatory source and they offer many office supplies, among other products and services. (L. Schafer)
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YNPCCC Final Summer Fundraising BBQ this Thursday
Join us this Thursday, August 21, for our last BBQ fundraiser of the summer! We'll be serving up hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, and bratwursts from 11am to 2pm in Yosemite Valley in front of the visitor center. In addition to the main course, your $10 also gets you a delicious cold vegetable salad, a bag of chips, and tasty lemonade. Sodas and sweet dessert treats will also be available for $1 each. We'll even have to-go boxes available, so why not make your coworkers' days and offer to bring back lunch for everyone? Pre-order your office's meals and we'll have them ready for pick up at the time you request. Pre-orders can be paid for ahead of time by credit card. Email ynpcccfundraising@gmail.com to request your order form, or look around your office for order forms to fill out. All proceeds directly support the Yo-kids who attend the Valley and El Portal daycare facilities. Thanks for your continued support of our 501(c)(3) organization. (YNPCCC)
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A Very Special Sal's This Week
This Thursday, Sal's infamous taco night will be a fundraiser for victims of the the El Portal Fire. Please come support this event! The fire affected many people in Foresta; homes, cars, bikes, and other things were lost. Join the Yosemite Employee Association and Sal this Thursday, August 21 at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal. All proceeds from the YEA bar will benefit the folks affected by the fire, PLUS there will be live music by Buddy and the EP Kid starting at 5pm, PLUS special beverages served by your friends at YEA. See you there! (A. Davis)
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Rental in Mariposa
2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1600 sq ft  mobile with garage in Mariposa, 2 blocks from YARTS stop up from the Mariposa Museum and History Center. No pets, $900 monthly, plus deposit. Contact Ron (209)966-6550 (C. Baker)

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Temporary Lane Closure at Tioga Pass Entrance Station
On Thursday, August 21, between 7 am and 11 am, the inbound lane at the Tioga Pass Entrance Station will be closed to allow Southern California Edison to continue to construct a new electrical distribution line into the park. Visitors and staff should expect 20-minute delays during the closure period. Repaving work is scheduled for Monday, August 25. Contact the Lands Resources Program Office at 209-372-8771 or 372-0459 with questions or concerns.  (S. McCabe)
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Tioga Road Update NO. 5
Starting Monday morning, August 18th, the contractor crews are moving back to day-time 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 day-time 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 futher questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)
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Repaving at Tioga Pass Entrance Station
Repaving work is scheduled for Monday, August 25. Contact the Lands Resources Program Office at 209-372-8771 or 372-0459 with questions or concerns. (S. McCabe)
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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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Trail Closure
Soda Springs Trail from Tioga Road (near the visitor center) to the Tuolumne River bridge is being improved and adjacent meadow restored. Expect trail closures Monday through Thursday from now until September 25th. (M. Jones)
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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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