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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, July 11, 2014

WEATHER


Yosemite Valley

Today: Sunny, with a high near 93. Light west southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 59. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 98. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

 

El Portal

Today: Sunny, with a high near 93. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 66. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 96. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. East northeast wind around 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

 

Wawona

Today: Sunny, with a high near 90. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 56. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 95. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 37. West wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 76. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind around 10 mph.


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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Safe Bat Encounters

Yosemite has an ecologically rich population of bats. The park's bat species are active mainly at night. Occasionally, you may see a bat out in daylight. However, if you see a bat that is behaving erratically, is unafraid of humans, or is lying on the ground, it may be sick. Humans can get some diseases that make bats sick, including rabies, so it is important not to touch or approach bats closely. If you see a bat on the ground or acting sick, do not approach it and contact the wildlife management office (209-372-0476). 


If you accidentally contact a bat, report this immediately to your supervisor, wildlife management office, park public health officer, Matthew Weinburke, and consult with your physician to determine whether any post-exposure treatment is necessary. Although less than 1% of bats are infected with rabies, you cannot tell if a bat is infected without laboratory testing. Additionally, a bat that is sick with rabies is more likely to behave strangely and interact with humans, so it is important that you are aware of who to contact if a human-bat encounter takes place. Rabies is 100% preventable if appropriate medical attention is given, but is 100% fatal if an exposure is not treated. (K. Calder)

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Update No. 2 - Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Day Time Delays 30-Minutes and Night Time Delays 1-hour)
Starting Sunday night July 13, 2014 the culvert crew will begin working nights from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM with 30-minute delays between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM and then 1-hour delays between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM, and 15 minute delays between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM, with single lane traffic control.  The night time traffic will be released on the half hour and/or hour, so for example traffic will be released at 8:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 9:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM, 11:00 PM, 12:00, 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, etc.. The daytime crew will continue slope scaling from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday with up to 30-minute delays, with single lane traffic control.  So please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits. No delays are scheduled for the weekends(Friday afternoon to Sunday night).  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at 209-379-1263. (M. Pieper)

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Supply Updates

Computers, Laptops and Monitors are on order and should be in shortly.  If your intentions are to purchase computer components with end of the year money please place your orders as soon as possible.  Supply needs to charge your account (current years funds) and re-obligate the FY14 funds and turn it into stock.  

Reminder: The following items are sold at Supply 

Copy paper 8.5 X 11
Special Attn Envelopes (SM)
Special Attn Envelopes (LG)
Activity Calendar
Appointment Book
Desktop Blotter Calendar
Three Month Wall Calendar
Inter-office envelopes (LG, MD & SM)

(D. St. Vincent)

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Yosemite Music Festival

The Yosemite Music Festival- formerly the Carter Ranch music festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, July 11th and 12th at the Mariposa County fairgrounds. Come out and enjoy great music, artistry, food and drink. More information can be found at http://www.yosemitemusicfestival.com/ (E. Whittle)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

National Park Service Releases Prospectus for Business Opportunity in Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release
New contract scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016
July 9, 2014

Media Contact:
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248

The National Park Service (NPS) today has issued a Prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, auto fuel, recreation activities, and other related services within Yosemite National Park.

The Prospectus is available online at:  http://concessions.nps.gov/index.htm, or a printed copy is available by contacting NPS Commercial Services Specialist Kimberley Gagliolo via telephone at (415) 623-2227 or email at kim_gagliolo@nps.gov. There is a $50.00 fee for a printed copy of the Prospectus.

The Prospectus is open to all interested entities and offers must be received by 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Offers should be sent to National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office, ATTN: Kimberly Gagliolo, NPS Commercial Services Specialist, at 333 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, California 94104.

The new concession contract is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016 and will be issued for a term of 15 years. This is the park’s primary concession operation and the largest concession contract in the National Park System. (S. Gediman)

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Vacation Bible School

Location: Yosemite Valley Chapel

When: July 14,15 and 16th  from 9am-12noon
Who: Ages 4-12 years old
Questions: Call pastor Brent at 209-372-4831 (F. Moore)

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Dear Yosemite Community:

Yosemite is now entering its third consecutive year of drought. After an exceptionally dry winter and spring, water in the South Fork Merced and Tuolumne rivers are continuing to drop at exceptionally fast rates and our driest and busiest months are still to come. The South Fork has now dropped to 2.78 CFS, and we are implementing critical water conservation measures. 

 

Past droughts have shown domestic water supply in Wawona and Tuolumne to be especially vulnerable. Previous water conservation efforts in Wawona have had significant effects on water usage. Thanks to water conservation effort water use in Wawona dropped daily average of 77,523 gallons in June 2013 to 69,596 gallons in June 2014.  Although Wawona and Tuolumne are the most highly impacted communities by the drought, the severity and duration of this drought makes water usage a responsibility for every member of Yosemite. 

 

Some key water conservation measures to remember:

 

Ensure faucets, toilet, pipes, and other water sources do not leak.

Take shorter showers and install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.

Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth or shaving, use a wash basin.

Don’t let the faucet run while preparing food or cleaning, and use your automatic washing-machine only for full loads.

Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps, and don’t run the hose while washing your car.

Water your lawn only when it needs it, do so when cool and avoid watering on windy days.

 

For a complete list of conservation measures, refer to appendix B in the Wawona Water Conservation Plan. If you have any questions, contact District Ranger Eric Scott at: 209-375-9520. We thank you for your continued attention to this very timely and important issue. We will continue to update you as we learn new information about this drought and how to best protect the water ecosystems of Yosemite National Park. 

 

On behalf of the Executive Leadership Team,

 

Don Neubacher

 

(J. Friesen McCabe)

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High-school students from NatureBridge's Field Research Course present on field investigations and backcountry fun

Do you enjoy high-school students, nine-day backpacks, granite domes, and student-led science investigations? To get a little taste of all of these, join us this Saturday morning, July 12, as NatureBridge's Field Research Course students present the results of their backcountry-based science investigations. The presentations will take place from 10-11:30 am at NatureBridge's Crane Flat campus. Light snacks will be provided. 

 

Please contact Becky Zentmyer at <bzentmyer@naturebridge.org> with questions. Thank you for supporting this life-changing program!  (B. Zentmyer)

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Mountain Sage Music Series- Sat, July 12

Saturday, July 12, Mountain Sage in Groveland will host another evening of super high caliber, energetic and fun music. Headlining the show will Supermule, a relatively new Bay Area based, seven piece band with a diverse, extremely engaging sound and charisma. Kicking the show off, Tracorum always brings a great energy and vibe with their funk/jazz/rock. Between these two bands it's unlikely anybody will be able to sit still for long. Show starts at 5:00. Info and tickets available at www.MountainSageMusic.org. No dogs or outside alcohol please. (R. Hirsch)

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Dear Yosemite Residents - 
Although we all cooperate to protect park bears while at work, we sometimes don’t to do the same while off-duty. BUT did you know that over the past ten years, over 40% of bears killed in the park were a direct result of residents not doing their part to protect bears in and around their houses?

Open windows and doors in unattended homes, unattended BBQ grills, trash and recycling left outside, and bird feeders are all examples of attractants that get bears into trouble. Now that the hot weather has returned, and the bears are out in force,  we all need to take time to look around our homes and make sure we are doing our part to help Yosemite’s bears live natural lives and keep our families safe.

Yosemite Bear Safe Tip:
Make sure all of your doors and windows latch properly to prevent bears from gaining access to your home.

House Cooling Tips:
Close all windows, curtains and blinds during the day to avoid letting heat into the house. At night and in the early morning, open windows to ventilate naturally or use fans. Remember to keep windows and doors closed when you are not home and keep windows in and near the kitchen closed when you are asleep. Use fans to increase comfort levels at higher temperatures. (C. Lee-Roney)
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Mountain Lion Sightings
Over the past month, there has been an increase in mountain lion sightings in El Portal and Foresta residential areas. Mountain Lions live throughout the Yosemite area, at all elevations, and in a wide array of habitat types. Mountain lions are mostly active at night from dusk to dawn when they hunt for food, but can be encountered at any time of day.

Often when mountain lions are attracted to developed areas, it is because of abundant easy prey sources there. Please keep in mind that pets outside are food to mountain lions. Many house cats have already been reported as missing in El Portal. Additionally, leaving out food or attractants can draw additional small prey like raccoons into residential areas, which in turn may attract mountain lions. Please remember to feed pets indoors and never leave food outside.

While the chance of lion attack is very low, they can be further reduced by following some simple precautions:
- Keep children close to you when outside. Don’t let them run ahead or lag behind.
- Never feed wildlife such as deer, raccoons, or squirrels – this helps discourage them from frequenting developed areas. These animals are prey for mountain lions.
- Do not hike or run alone, especially after dark. A walking stick can be useful defense.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings, by visually scanning along the trail ahead and behind.

If you encounter a lion:
- Remain calm. Don’t run! Lions instinctually chase running prey.
- Do not turn your back on the lion. Maintain eye contact, and stand your ground or back slowly away
- Talk to the lion in a loud, firm, confident voice.

If a lion moves toward you, does not move away, or behaves aggressively:
- Try to appear as large as possible, by holding your coat open, or raising and waving your arms. - - Avoid crouching down, or bending over.
- Pick up or restrain small children to keep them from panicking and running.
- Maintain eye contact with the lion and yell in a loud, low voice.
- If with others, stand together to give a more imposing impression.
- Arm yourself. Pick up a club-sized stick. Pelt the lion with rocks and sticks. Your goal is to convince the lion that you are not prey, and that you are a danger to it.
- NEVER RUN.

If a lion attacks:
- FIGHT BACK! Do not play dead! Fight as if your life depends on it, because it does.
 
Please report all mountain lion sightings to the Park’s Dispatch Office at 379-1992 (C. Lee-Roney)
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Weekly Safety and Wellness Training - Monthly Safety Review
Formal safety inspections should be included as a regular part of any standard operating procedure. The weekly safety and wellness training program provides a process for documenting monthly safety inspections in accordance with YOSE Directive 11-002, Safety and Health Workplace Review. Front Line Supervisors or their designated representative should use the applicable checklist included in the weekly safety training program. Please forward completed inspection checklists through your line management to the Safety Office. (G. Dean)

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Update No.1 - Tioga Road Rehabilitation

Starting Monday June 30, 2014 you will notice increased delays along the Tioga Road as crews will begin slope scaling and installation of the culvert pipes.  The crews will be working from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday with up to 30-minute delays with single lane traffic control. Also, there will be intermittent closure of turnouts when crews are working in the area. So please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits.  No delays are scheduled for July 4th and the weekends.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at 209-379-1263. (M. Pieper)
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Tioga Road Rehabilitation
June 2, 2014 thru September 30, 2015 - Traffic Delays
The Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project is starting Monday, June 2, 2014.  The crews will be working on a 15-mile segment of the Tioga Road from the Crane Flat Intersection to just east of the Whitewolf Campground. There will also be delivery trucks using the full Tioga Road corridor for this 2-year project, that will begin next week and conclude on September 30, 2015.  There will be traffic control operations with flaggers and/or pilot cars directing traffic thru the construction zones.  Crews will be working at multiple locations along this 15-mile segment of the Tioga Road with the following delays Sunday night 11:00 PM thru Friday nights at 4:30 PM, with no weekend or holiday work:  For daily traffic control updates, call the park information line at (209) 372-0200.  Please allow for the following delays as you are traveling along the Tioga Road corridor:

Sunday Nights Thru Friday Afternoon
11:00 PM to 6:00 AM    60-Minute Delays
6:00 AM to 7:30 AM      15-Minute Delays
7:30 AM to 3:30 PM      30-Minute Delays
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM      15-Minute Delays
4:30 PM to 11:00 PM    30-Minute Delays
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Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1A
Construction adjacent to the Wawona Road/Henness Ridge Road intersection will resume Monday, June 9th. The construction crews will be excavating/constructing a new waste water treatment plant and finalizing road grades and the main entrance to the center.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow trucks and equipment on the roads.  Construction is scheduled to last 6 to 8 weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Engelstad. (K. Blew, 7/9)

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