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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

 

WEATHER

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 51 to 59 at 5000 feet...38 to 48 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Clear. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...19 to 29 at 8000 feet.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.

Thursday Night: Clear. Lows 32 to 42 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet.

Friday: Sunny. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Saturday: Sunny. Highs 65 to 75 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.

Saturday Night: Through Monday Night Mostly clear. Lows 37 to 47 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet. Highs 65 to 75 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 63 to 73 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet. 

 

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Ferguson Project Open House Today

The Ferguson Project, located on the Highway 140 corridor, will allow travelers to enjoy unencumbered, scenic and year-round access to Yosemite National Park. The first phase of the project will begin this spring. We encourage the public to participate in the open house meetings for more information. 

 

El Portal Ferguson Project Open House

Date: 3/4/2015

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Multipurpose Room at the El Portal School. (N. Morrison)

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Potluck Luncheon for Paul and Dee Stephens Today

Paul Stephens, Historical Architect and his wife Dee, Visitor Use Assistant at Arch Rock Entrance Station will be leaving Yosemite to work at Valley Forge National Historic Park. Please join RMS for a potluck luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from noon to 2:00 pm in the RMS courtyard to bid them both well wishes on their next adventure. (M. Thornley)

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Yosemite National Park Receives Donation of 2015 Subaru Outback from National Park Foundation - News Release

Media Contacts: Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, 202-796-2538; Scott Gediman, Kari Cobb, Ashely Mayer, NPS, 209-372-0248 

 

Yosemite National Park was one of four national parks to receive a 2015 Subaru Outback thanks to a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and Subaru of America, Inc.  Yosemite National Park added the Subaru to its existing vehicle fleet.  This fuel-efficient Subaru will help the park reach its goal to become more sustainable and reduce gasoline consumption during normal park operations. 

 

“We are excited to receive this new Subaru from the National Park Foundation,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent.  “This vehicle will allow us to easily navigate through all weather conditions in the park for continued and efficient park operations.”

 

When the 2015 Outback was introduced last year, Subaru and the National Park Foundation partnered to encourage more people to visit and volunteer at America’s over 400 national parks. Since 2013, Subaru has donated more than $2.7 million to the National Park Foundation through its annual “Share the Love” campaign. 

 

“Subaru is proud to expand its support of the National Park Foundation to include the donation of four all-new Subaru Outback vehicles,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “With its all-wheel drive, ground clearance and rugged capability, the Outback is the perfect vehicle to safely transport national park staff throughout the year.” 

 

For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America’s national parks, please visit www.nationalparks.org. (K. Cobb)

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March Snow Survey Results

Park Staff have completed the March 1 snow surveys.  The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 16% of average; in the Merced drainage it is 12% of average.  New record lows for March 1 were set on four of the courses in the park this month: Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake, Ostrander Lake, and Peregoy Meadows. Snow surveys have been done on these courses since the 1930s. (M. Fincher)

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Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for March 4, 2015

New snow: 12 inches

Total settled snow depth: 7 inches as of March 4, 2015 (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 51°F, February 25

Low temperature: -1°F, March 3

 

Skiing Conditions and Weather: Though not the big Sierra dump that is sorely needed, the 12 inches of snow that fell this past weekend was a sight for sore eyes! The new snow was very low density so not much water was added to the sorry excuse for a late-winter snow pack that is out there now. The ski conditions are vastly improved from last week. Visitors can expect the Tioga Road to be mostly snow covered from Ellery Lake to Tuolumne Meadows. To the west, there are sections of dry pavement especially near Olmsted Point and on Spring Hill east of Tenaya Lake. From there to Tuolumne Meadows is mostly snow covered. The forecast is for warming temperatures toward the end of the week, so conditions will be changing again. The road and all aspects above 9,500 feet (except south-facing slopes) are the best skiing. The best, that is, of a pretty meager offering of ski opportunities. 

 

February was the warmest on record for Tuolumne Meadows. Total snowfall here for the month was a paltry 10 inches, and even more alarming is the fact that it has only snowed a total of 56 inches since November. 

 

Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: For the avalanche advisory for this area of the Sierra Nevada go to www.esavalanche.org for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center. 

 

The avalanche danger in the Tuolumne area and Lee Vining Canyon area on the Tioga Road is low. At the higher elevations, the new snow has bonded well to the old snow surface and the bomber rain crust that is out there from early February is still very supportable. Visitors travelling in the alpine zone should watch for wind slabs on steep slopes on N-E-W aspects.

 

Wildlife: With this unseasonably warm weather and open water on Tenaya Lake, we witnessed the unusual sight of five California Gulls and three bufflehead! I guess this was a nice alternative to the heat and crowds of the Mono Lake area.

 

Questions: The Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut is open! There is an ample supply of firewood and 10 bunks that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is power but no public phone service in Tuolumne Meadows this winter. We can be contacted via email at Robert_Pilewski@nps.gov, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared; don't count on electricity or phone service at the ski hut. (R. Pilewski)

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GOV Bicycle Use

GOV bicycles are government vehicles, just the same, as cars, SUVs, trucks, livestock boats and winged craft - and are, therefore, for official use only.

Personal use is prohibited. (T. Hawkins)

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Friday Night Hootenanny at the Carabiner

Bring your boots and blue jeans, your plaid and pearl buttons. We're throwing a hootenanny!!! This is the 2nd to last night of amazing live music at the Carabiner so don't miss it!! The Mountain Men are opening for The Trespassers starting around 8pm. This event is FREE and open to all Yosemite employees and community members. Doors open at 5pm for dinner so get there early to secure your spot on the dance floor!! (E. Brosk)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Forestry Work

Forestry work continues in the Wawona area with NPS and contract workers cutting dead and dying pines in the neighborhoods and at the Wawona Hotel. Then cleanup will resume on dead trees that PG&E cut. Please watch for workers and equipment. (B. Mattos)

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Welcome Our New HR Specialists

Yosemite has two new HR Specialists. Sally Dillinger came to us from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and Shannon Buckmaster was at Grand Tetons National Park prior to coming here. Please welcome them both to the team! (C. Crum)

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Farewell to Dov and Dave Pope

After more than a decade in Yosemite, Dov and Dave are leaving. Come toast the Popes and wish them well as they move on to their new adventures in Petaluma. 

Date: Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Casa de los Medicos (old nurses' dorm behind the Yosemite Medical Clinic)

Potluck dinner: Meat will be provided, please bring a side dish to share and BYOB (J. Marschall)

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Sal's Taco Truck Night is this Thursday, March 5th

Please come and enjoy some food, beverages, and friends this week at the community hall in El Portal. Don't forget, all proceeds from the Yosemite Employee Association bar help to enhance your already stellar community. And Sal himself is a lovable guy. Hope to see you there making the most of your time and merriment. (A. Davis)

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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 6:30- 8 pm. We are currently collecting salty snack/chip bags, energy bar wrappers, and toothpaste tubes. 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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Ferguson Project Public Information and Events

 

Ferguson Project Kick Off Event– Must RSVP to Angela Deprato at (209) 948-7176 or angela.deprato@dot.ca.gov Date: 3/13/2015

10:00am Bus Pick Up at YARTS Post Office Bus Stop (in front of the Yosemite Conservancy Office)

11:00am Event Begins (no parking is available at site, rsvp to reserve transportation)

Location: Ferguson Rock Slide Area (please wear appropriate footwear) http://www.yosemiteexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Invite-MPA-140-Ferguson-Project-KickOff-Event.pdf (N. Morrison)

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Yosemite Valley Museum/District Building Electrical Rehabilitation 

Starting Wednesday, March 4th, Gold Electric will perform the circuit mapping of the building. The assessment will last through Friday, March 6th and someone from B&G will be with the contractor during the process. If there are any questions and concerns, please contact Dan Benitag at 209-379-1044 or Kelly White at 379-1210. (D. Benitag)

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Honoring Fallen Heroes from WWI and WWII - A brown bag lunch presentation

Paris, Normandy, Rome, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, England - these locations and more are home to 25 American Cemeteries throughout Europe commemorating the lives, deaths, and stories of over 100,000 American servicemen and women from these two great wars. Join Jeffrey Arnio of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Paris office, for a presentation about the amazing work happening within this little-known sister agency to the NPS. Thursday, March 5, Noon, Yosemite Valley Auditorium. (T. Medema)

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Yosemite Forum Next Week

Please join us in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium on Tuesday, March 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm (Note later time slot!) for the next Yosemite Forum, titled: "Ginormous Trees have Big Effects: The Influence of Giant Sequoia on Soils". The Forum will be presented by Stephen Hart, University of California, Merced. Contact D. Smith, 9-1439, or A. Knighten, 9-1301, for additional information. (A. Colwell)

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Commemorate 125 Years of Yosemite Every Week!

Just can't wait for the exciting upcoming 125th Anniversary events we've got planned this year? No need to! Every week our interpretive rangers are commemorating this historic milestone with Inspiring Generations Ranger Walks on Wednesdays at 2:00pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. Come join a Park Ranger and join the celebration! (K. Oppen)

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2015-16 Kinder Registration

We are excited about your student enrolling for Kindergarten next year.  The Yosemite Valley School Kinder Registration day is March 10th.  If you are unsure if your student will start school in August 2015 here is the criteria:

-Students who turn five between or before September 1, 2015 will be eligible to attend Kindergarten.

-Students who turn five between September 2 and December 2, 2015 are eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten.  

If you have a child or know of a child who may qualify to attend next year, please contact the school office 209 372-4791. Thank you (C. Archer)

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Yosemite Valley School Book Drive Fundraiser

We are pleased to announce our second annual ADOPT A BOOK campaign to help celebrate Read Across America week and the birthday of Dr. Seuss!   If you would like to help our local students celebrate, please consider a book donation to the Yosemite Valley School Library.   The school has created an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase a book.   You can find this list at the link http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist and then search for “YOSEMITE LIBRARY”.   Please remember to let us know who to thank as all books will be stamped with the donator’s name.   Last year we received 102 new books for the library and we hope to double that this year!   As always, thank you for all that you give to our school! (C. Stark)

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Farewell Social for Jennifer Hardin and Aaron Peters

Jennifer Hardin, American Indian Liaison and Aaron Peters, Biologist will be leaving Yosemite to go to Anchorage Alaska.  Please join Resources Management and Science on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the El Portal Community Hall to bid them both well wishes on their adventure to the “Frozen Land.” RMS will provide Cake and Ice Cream, Salsa and chips (M. Thornley)

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Job Opportunity - Cook for the El Portal Market

Experience in food service a must. Pay dependent on experience. 5am-1:30pm shift. Full-time 8-10 months - part time 2-4 months. Please send your resume to kirstiekari@gmail.com or call the market -ask for Allyson or Kirstie. 209-379-2700 (K. Kari)

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Private Rental

Midpines home for rent: 3 bedroom/2 bath double wide mobile in nice condition, spectacular view, washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher,  raised garden beds, Available March 15.  $1,150/month + $1200 deposit. (209) 742-3369. (K. Pfeffer)

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Seeking Housemate

Two NPS employees seeking 3rd housemate in Midpines. Large house with mostly new appliances and wood burning stove.  Spacious house on 7 acres. Room for gardening and storage. 10 min. from Mariposa, off East Whitlock.  $400/month plus electric and internet.  No smokers.  Credit check. Email:  Brye Lefler at blplantsman@gmail.com (B. Lefler)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

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. (K. Killian)

 

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