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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, January 27, 2015



Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast


Today: Snow showers with showers likely in the morning...then snow showers and chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest...snow showers. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 45 to 50 at 5000 feet...34 to 39 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers in the evening. Near the crest...chance of snow showers in the evening... Then slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Snow level 7500 feet. Lows 31 to 41 at 5000 feet...23 to 31 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers near the crest. Not as cool. Highs 52 to 60 at 5000 feet...40 to 48 at 8000 feet.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 36 to 46 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers and slight chance of showers. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 53 to 60 at 5000 feet...39 to 47 at 8000 feet.



Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Badger Pass |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa







Yosemite Conservancy Employment Opportunity

Yosemite Conservancy is now accepting applications for the Valley Complex Supervisor position in Yosemite Valley. This year-round position is located in the Visitor Center Bookstore and is responsible for the daily operations in all of the Valley sales locations, including Happy Isles Nature Center. For a full job description, please visit the employment section of our website. If you would like to be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume, and application to rgibbons@yosemiteconservancy.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 6, 2015. (R. Gibbons)








Tree Work at Yosemite Medical Clinic Wed 1/28 - Thur 1/29

NPS Forestry Crews will be removing hazard trees in the Medical Clinic parking area. Parking will be limited during tree removal operations. Work will be conducted from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Heavy equipment and saws will be running in this normally quite zone. Coordination to ensure ambulance access and egress will take place prior to any blockages. Access to housing behind the clinic will be blocked intermittently for short duration's. (L. Castro)



Vehicle Stickers -- All Current Employees

Stickers are issued to Yosemite employees to facilitate entrance into the park. All yellow vehicle stickers have expired. Please obtain new ones by February 20, 2015. If you have already gotten a purple YNP-17 or an orange/blue YNP-15 version, thank you very much!


Please obtain your new sticker(s) from your respective employer. They are not available at the entrance stations. You will need your vehicle registration for verification. Place stickers in the lower left corner of the windshield on the driver's side where entrance station rangers will be looking for them.  


DNC employees--visit Employee Services in their new location in the Human Resources Office.


Yosemite Conservancy, NatureBridge and Ansel Adams Gallery have stickers available for their employees.


NPS employees (permanent/term)--every division has a point of contact as follows:

· Administration--Jeff Hilliard

· BRM--Rick Jacobson and individual supervisors

· Facilities--Catherine Chase

· Interpretation--Rhonda Aranguena

· Project Management--Charlene Flanagan

· Protection--Claudine Ronay

· Planning, Superintendent's Office--Parker Davis

· RMS--Ami Knighten

NPS employees (seasonal)--current temporary employees can get their stickers through the Fee Management Office located in the Administration Building in Yosemite Valley, although some divisions are handling their own (e.g. Protection and RMS). Temporary employees who have not yet begun work will be issued stickers during seasonal orientation.


Landowners--official letters are in the mail describing procedures for getting your stickers.


We appreciate everyone's diligence in getting new stickers for your vehicles. Thank you! (P. Davis)



Yosemite Forum February 10

Please mark your calendars for the next Yosemite Forum, titled: “The Tuolumne Deer Herd: Ecology, disease, and impacts from the Rim Fire", presented by Greg Gerstenberg, Senior Wildlife Biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This Forum will occur from Noon to 1 p.m. in the East Auditorium in Yosemite Valley. Please contact D. Smith, 9-1439, or A. Knighten, 9-1301, for additional information. (A. Colwell)



Degnan's Deli Sandwich Line Temporarily Closing

Degnan's Deli will be open normal hours, however the made-to-order sandwich line will be closed for refrigeration repairs starting Tuesday, January 27 through Thursday, January 29. During this time, the deli will be offering pre-made sandwiches, Deg Muffins, and all other grab and go items, including Peet's Coffee. The sandwich counter re-opens Friday, January 30 for full service. (V. McMichael)



Passing of Jim Boucher

It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of Jim Boucher, who passed away November 5, 2014.  Jim's life work was dedicated to the NPS and the BLM as he worked in various parks for over 40 years in the Maintenance Dept. and trail crew at Oregon Caves NM, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yosemite, Muir Woods, and his last several years with BLM at Piedras Blancas Light Station and Outstanding Natural Area, San Simeon, where he will be greatly missed. Jim will long be remembered for his hard work, dedication, and passion for the natural sciences, protecting the natural resources, restoration of historic buildings and his work with the volunteers and education program at Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.  The memorial will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, San Simeon.

For further information please visit http://www.piedrasblancas.org/ and 

contact Jodie Nelson at jrnelson@blm.gov for details about the memorial or if you plan on attending. Donations can be made in Jim's honor at http://www.piedrasblancas.org/boucher-memorial.htm (A. Barrett)



Paul Ollig Farewell

Please join us on February 5, 2015 for Paul Ollig who is leaving us to go to the National Mall as the new Chief of Interpretation.  We will have finger food and cake at the El Portal Community Hall starting at 3:00 pm.  This will be followed by Sal's night starting at 5:00 pm. (R. Aranguena)



Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid Courses Offered

Three courses will be taught at the Yosemite Bug Hostel by instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS: WFR (Wilderness First Responder) February 23rd - March 4th, 2015. Tuition: $730, tuition with room and board: $1330.00. WFR-R (Wilderness First Responder Recertification) March 6th - 8th. Tuition: $310, tuition with room and board: $490. WFA (Wilderness First Aid, CPR NOT INCLUDED) April 10th - 11th.  Tuition: $225, tuition with room and board: $345. A $150 deposit will be due 30 days prior to the course. If participation is canceled within 30 days, the full cost is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please Contact Carrie Kidwell, Events Manager, at the Yosemite Bug Hostel, to register. Phone 209-966-6666 Ext.2, email carrie@yosemitebug.com (A. Colwell)



WFR Recertification courses in El Portal August 2015

This August, NatureBridge will sponsor two WFR Recertification courses at the El Portal Community Hall August 24-26 and August 28-30. More information and registration instructions can be found on the NatureBridge website at naturebridge.org/wfr. (M. Patton)



Ever Better Community Conference

The entire Yosemite community, including Gateway Partners, is invited to attend the Ever Better Community II Conference on Saturday, March 28th at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Bldg. A, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Conference is a citizen-based planning effort for the town and County of Mariposa where the agenda will be set by those who attend, so that the agenda will reflect the concerns and ideas of the citizens of Mariposa County and others who are inspired to attend. The theme of the Conference is, “What kind of future do we want for Mariposa County, and what practical steps will take us there?” For more information: http://everbettercommunity.org/index.html (K. Boche)






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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