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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Today: Sunny, with a high near 51.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 32.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Scheduled Power Outage Today
On Wednesday, Dec 11, High Voltage will be working on the primary overhead electrical circuit in the El Portal Trailer Court. The power will be turned off to all residences in the trailer court from 9:00am to 4:00pm. If there are any questions, please call Josiah Brown at 379-1236. (M. Alcantar)
PG&E Tree Work
PG&E Contractors will be cleaning up burned trees cut along power lines at Mather District Office and Hodgdon Campground. (B. Mattos)
Marty Nielson is Retiring
Dear friends and colleagues,
I have decided to retire effective December 28, 2013. Working in Yosemite the last 21 years has been a great experience with change and challenges around every corner. This is an amazing place with its world class scenery and passionate constituencies with totally opposing views on how it should be managed. I have been fortunate that the jobs and roles I've filled throughout my career in public service have been fun - focused work and sometimes difficult, sometimes frustrating, but enjoyable. I have valued my association with the personnel working in this park and the various organizations that interface to support the Yosemite experience. I wish you well in your endeavors and will see you around the park. (M. Nielson)
Yosemite Community Church: Community Christmas Dinner, Sunday December 15th 5:00pm. Yosemite Valley School Multi-Purpose Room. Potluck dinner bring your favorite side dish to share. Chapel provides ham, soft drinks and dessert. (Yosemite Chapel)
Yosemite National Park Education Office Open House
You are invited! Please join the Yosemite National Park Education Team for an Open House in their new location on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Coffee, tea and hot apple cider will be served along with treats and some special surprises. The Education Office is located at 7771 Chilnualna Falls Road in Wawona. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please call the education team at (209) 375-9505. See you Friday! (S. Potocky)
Sal's This Thursday
Celebrate the winter-y weather with food, beverage and community at the only December Sal's this Thursday! Come on down to the El Portal Community Hall for a special night of friends, food, fun and YEA's famous beverage service! (L. Patten)
Yosemite Employee Association Winter Social
Winter Social is this Friday December 13th! It's almost here! YEA's Winter Social is this Friday December 13th-- enjoy appetizers, music, dancing, and our annual raffle with some awesome prizes and an open bar from 5-10pm. This year we're announcing music by Sierra locals The Little Fuller Band! Check them out @ http://littlefullerband.com/. Don't want to drive home? Call Cedar Lodge for a special discounted room-- just say you're with the event. The cost is $25 for current YEA members and $35 for non-members. For more information go to our event page @ https://www.facebook.com/events/614805131915400/?ref=22. (L. Patten)
Mandatory Charge Card Training
If you have a government charge card (travel and/or purchase) and have not taken charge card training this year please be sure to get it done by December 31st. Training can be accessed at https://chargecardtraining.nbc.gov/. (L. Schafer)
NPS All Employee Holiday Party
Come one, come all! You are invited to attend the NPS All-Employee Holiday Party! Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00-2:00pm. Yosemite Valley Auditorium. Come join us for a delicious luncheon and share some holiday cheer! (K. Kosick)
Yosemite Christmas Bird Count - Sunday, December 15
Celebrate birds by participating in Yosemite's Christmas Bird Count on December 15. Yosemite has been contributing to this nationwide event since 1932! Please sign up in advance by contacting Sarah Stock (firstname.lastname@example.org, (209) 379-1435). (S. Stock)
Research Library Hours This Week
The Research Library will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 and 11 December, from 1:00-4:30 p.m. The Library will be closed until Tuesday 7 January. (P. Devine)
Valley Geotechnical Investigation
A geotechnical investigation will occur on Thursday and Friday Dec 12 & 13 in the driveway between the Valley gas pumps and the Valley Emergency Services Center. The vehicular access will be limited in this driveway. One of the two gas pump lanes (the one closest to the Emergency Services Center) will likely be closed during this time. Also, please vacate the three parking stalls along the east face of the Emergency Services Center for the drill rig to setup. Contact Garrett Chun 379-1298 for any inquiries. (G. Chun)
Yosemite Is Our Backyard summer day camp - register today for early bird discount!
Yosemite Is Our Backyard registration is now open for kids ages 7-14! Register before January 31 to receive the early bird discount. We are looking forward to a week of learning, exploring, and playing June 16-20, 2014! Visit naturebridge.org/backyardto get more information and register. (L. Fischbach)
Briefing on the Valley Administration Building Project Work
Kelly White and Colter Chisum will be briefing the Valley Admin Building occupants on the current state of the Valley Admin Building project slated to start in January which will require the relocation of all building occupants. 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2012 in the Admin. Lobby. Come and hear the latest regarding the contract and expectations regarding relocating offices, files, phones, etc. and moving existing office furniture. (M. Nielson)
Update on Personal Information Verification Card (PIV)
Hopefully you are all aware that as of February 1, 2014 you will be required to use a PIV card to log into your government computer. It has been deemed a condition of employment, and it's mandated for all federal employees to have this card. But we do have a small backlog that we need to address. To that end, I wanted to provide you with an update on our efforts on how we're going to meet the deadline for those of you who do not have your card. We will be handling this in phases.
Permanent and Term employees: If you do not have a card, and you haven't been contacted about getting one, please inform your supervisor and contact me immediately.
Seasonal Employees currently on the roles AND Non-NPS Employees (Volunteers, Interns) whose duties require computer access: In Phase 1, we are only requesting cards if your position duties absolutely require that you access a government computer. Please work directly with your supervisor, and that person needs to contact me directly. **Receiving a PIV card is dependent upon a completed Background Investigation. The SAC (Name Check/Fingerprint Check) is no longer an option.** This will need to be completed before a PIV card can be issued.
Employees who's PIV card is or may be expired: There's been some issues with the online process whereby the electronic notification process failed. So, for those of you with cards, here is one very important piece of information you need to know:
*Each card has two expiration dates. The physical card expires at 5 years, and that’s the date you see printed on the card. However there is an embedded certificate in each card that requires renewing about mid-way during those 5 years.*
If you have a card and the printed date indicates it's expired OR you think you may have passed that midway point and the certificate is expired, please contact me immediately and we will be resolving these issues on a case-by-case basis.
Once you have contacted me, you will be "Sponsored" and receive an email message indicating you should make an appointment on-line. We are in the process of an equipment change, and our on-line calendar isn't operational. So, until further notice Emily Clingenpeel will be the person to call directly to make your appointment. She can be reached at 209-379-1804. We expect the calendar function to be working by mid December, and we'll let you know as soon as that happens.
*DO NOT FORGET TO BRING TWO VALID FORMS OF ID TO YOUR APPOINTMENT* Check the HR SharePoint site under PIV cards, or call me, if you need to know what types of ID qualify. If you forget you will have to reschedule.
Phase 2: your division's assigned Staffing Specialist will be "Sponsoring" all new Permanent and Term employees as they come on board.
Phase 3: All Other Seasonal and Additional Non-NPS Employees. There are many complications and sidebars with issuing cards to this large number of people. It is being discussed in WASO, and we are awaiting further directions. So, more to come.
From this point forward I will be the Point of Contact for ALL things related to the PIV Card. If you have questions or concerns regarding the PIV Card or process please email or call me directly at 379-1806. A big thanks to everyone who has contacted me so far, your quick action and support is very much appreciated! (C. Mattiuzzi)
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Update on Wawona Tunnel Repairs
Crews are working nights this week Monday, December 2nd thru Friday afternoon December 6th. The delays include 30-minute traffic delays between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm and 2-hour traffic delays between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am as crews complete the cleaning inside the Wawona Tunnel. Next week Monday, December 9th crews will be working nights 8 pm to to 6 am with 30 minute and 2-hour delays noted above and then Wednesday, December 11th crews will be working during the day 8:00 am to 8:00 pm with 15 minute delays as crews are planning to place new pavement markings (Striping) in the tunnel. Then, Wednesday, December 11th thru Friday afternoon December 13th crews will be working nights from 8 pm to 6 am with 30-minute delays between 8 pm and 10 pm and 2-hour delays from 10 pm to 6 am. The project will be substantially complete on December 13th, pending any weather related delays. After December 13th there may still be some minor-intermittent nighttime & daytime delays while final punchlist items are completed to move equipment and personnel across the existing road. Please drive slow thru the construction zone. (209) 379-1263. (M. Pieper)
Yosemite Village West, Search and Rescue/Fort Parking Lot Closure
Starting Monday, December 2, construction of a communication tower, equipment shelter and associated buried utilities will resume in the Fort area. Parking lot closure for these construction activities will be approximately 2 weeks. Access to the fueling station will continue to be open during construction. Traffic into and out of the Fort area may be reduced to one lane. Please do not block these lanes for emergency purposes. (K. Blew)
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