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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, September 22, 2014

WEATHER


Yosemite Valley

Today: Sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 92. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

 

El Portal

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

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 90. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

 

Wawona

Today: Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Sunny, with a high near 67. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 69. South southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 

 

Yosemite in the News

Conflicts with Yosemite Bears Fall Dramatically As People, Bears Learn New Lessons

By: San Jose Mercury News, September 13, 2014

"It wasn't that long ago that a trip to see Yosemite's spectacular granite cliffs and splendid waterfalls was a descent into bear mayhem..."  Read more at: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_26529196/conflicts-yosemite-bears-fall-dramatically-people-bears-learn

 

Yosemite Naturalization Ceremony

By: MyMotherLode.com, September 18, 2014

"45-people became naturalized U.S. citizens at a special ceremony in Yosemite..."  Read more at: http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/223125/yosemite-naturalization-ceremony.html

 

Mountain Heritage Days Celebration This Weekend

By: Sierra Star, September 16, 2014

"Because this year's theme is the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Commemorating the Start of the National Park system..."  Read more at: http://www.sierrastar.com/2014/09/16/69790_mountain-heritage-days-celebration.html?sp=/99/104/142/&rh=1 (A. Mayer)

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Seasonal Campground Closure

Bridalveil Creek Campground will close for the season at noon on Monday, September 22. (M. Carter)

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Lyell Canyon Blasting Date Changed

The blasting in Lyell Canyon has been pushed back to Monday 9/22/14 at approximately 11:00 am. The blast site is approximately 1/3 mile north of the Ireland Creek junction. There will be a delay to trail traffic of up to 1 hour. (E. Anders)

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DNC Temporary Gas Station Closures

The following days over the next week, DNC Service Stations will be undergoing testing and certification. Fuel will be unavailable at the following DNC locations during these times:

Monday, September 22nd - Wawona Chevron - 10am - Noon

Monday, September 22nd - Yosemite Village Vehicle Fuels - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 23rd - Tuolumne Meadows Chevron Station -  9am - 11am

Tuesday, September 23rd - El Portal Chevron Healy Testing - 2pm - 4pm

Wednesday, September 24th - Crane Flate Chevron - 9:30am - 11:30am (W. Kearns)

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Location Change for LeConte Memorial Lodge Programs

Sierra Club - LeConte Memorial Lodge Free Programs scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30pm, have been moved to Lower Pines Campground Amphitheatre, Bus Stop #19.

Family Friendly Programs:

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm : Frank Helling. John Muir Growing Across America: Dreams of Protecting Wilderness - Lower Pines Amphitheatre, Bus Stop #19

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 7:30 pm.  Live Concert with "New Skye" including Michael Bryant, Robin Pliskin, Bruce Bragonier, and Bill Iberti - Lower Pines Amphitheatre. Bus Stop #19. (B. Gisel)

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Yosemite Theater Special Show Wednesday September 23rd 

Meet Galen Clark, Yosemite’s First Guardian starring Pete Devine, resident naturalist for Yosemite Conservancy. Employees & volunteers get in free, doors open 6:45pm, show time 7pm. Yosemite Theater is behind the Valley Visitor Center. (C. Botell)

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Special Training Opportunity: Holding Employees Accountable

The Park is offering a one-time training opportunity for supervisors and aspiring leaders: UnCivil Servant: Holding Government Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct. This course will be offered on Monday, Nov 24 in the Mariposa Touchdown space, and will count towards 8 hours of supervisor training. It is taught by Bill Wiley, a federal employment law attorney with over 33 years of experience, and it has gotten rave reviews from many past participants--you won't want to miss this course! If interested, please register by emailing carrie_crum@nps.gov (C. Crum)

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In the Spirit of the Facelift

The goal of the upcoming "Yosemite Facelift" is to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season.  

In the spirit of the Facelift and continued fire awareness, we also would like to encourage residents to look around your yards and see how you can help with a "Residential Facelift". In additional to litter pick up, here are a few additional reminders per the Yosemite Yardcare policy:

* Reduce fire hazard and rodents from entering your home, by stacking firewood 10 feet from your residence. When using tarps, please use dark green, brown, black or clear colored only to help minimize visual impact. 
* Continue routine yard care including raking leaves, pruning shrubs, and maintaining grassy areas around residence and propane tanks.

* Miscellaneous items such as bicycles, strollers, BBQs, should be kept in backyards or stored in a garage so they are not easily seen from the street.

* Clear leaves from gutters and call in repairs to the Customer Service Desk at 379-1058.

Yosemite is a special place - please help take care of it. (C. Baker)

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YNPCCC Dinner Fundraiser BBQs during Facelift

 

Come join us for dinner Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings before the night's Facelift evening program! We'll be set up behind the Valley Visitor Center from 5-7:30pm, serving up a different meal each night. Wednesday's burger, veggie burger, and bratwurst BBQ is sponsored by Clif Bar and as a thank you in honor of Facelift volunteers, the first 200 people eat for free! Thursday and Friday meals are $10 per meal, and as always, all proceeds benefit the kids of YNPCCC. Thanks for your continued support! (J. Killian)

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Yosemite Valley School PTG Fundraiser

Fuel Up for Your Day!  Yosemite Valley School PTG is again hosting their annual Facelift breakfast burrito and bake sale at the Facelift registration site in front of the Valley Visitor Center.   Breakfast burritos and bake goods will be sold everyday from Wednesday, Sept. 24 - Saturday, Sept. 27.  Cost of the breakfast burrito is $7.00.   All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Yosemite Valley School students.   Hope to see you there! (C. Stark)

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24th Annual El Portal Oktoberfest is this Saturday

 

Yes, it's everyone's favorite time of year: Oktoberfest! This year's celebration of the change in seasons will feature delicious food and beer, live music, cool merchandise designed by local artists, and the "shotski." There will be a free shuttle from Yosemite Valley to El Portal operated by DNC. For more information about the shuttle schedule, please call 209-372-8803

 

Please join the Yosemite Employee Association at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal on Saturday, September 27 from 5pm to 11pm. Tickets are $10 for non-YEA members, and just $1 for YEA members. 

 

For more information, visit YEA's facebook page: www.facebook.com/yea.yosemite or YEA's event page: https://sites.google.com/a/elportalca.org/epca/.

 

Hope to see you there! (A. Davis.)

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Private Rental

1 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment for rent with large single-car, attached garage.  Only one mile from Midpines Summit and 5 minutes to town. $700/month. Available October 1st. Call (209) 742-5393 for more information. (C. Baker)

 

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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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Trail Closures
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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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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