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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, September 4th, 2015

 

WEATHER

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Areas of smoke in the afternoon. Highs 53 to 71. South winds up to 10 mph with gusts to around 35 mph shifting to the southwest with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Colder. Mostly clear. Areas of smoke in the evening. Lows 32 to 48. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the southeast after midnight. Gusts up to 45 mph.

Saturday: Sunny. Areas of smoke in the afternoon. Highs 55 to 71. Southeast winds up to 10 mph with gusts to around 45 mph shifting to the southwest with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Areas of smoke in the evening. Lows 34 to 48. West winds up to 10 mph shifting to the east with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Warmer...sunny. Areas of smoke in the afternoon. Highs 60 to 78. East winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear. Areas of smoke in the evening. Lows 35 to 51.

Labor Day: Warmer...sunny. Areas of smoke in the afternoon. Highs 63 to 81.

Monday Night: Mostly clear. Areas of smoke in the evening. Lows 37 to 53.

 

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

 

No Daily Report Labor Day

Due to the federal holiday there will be no Daily Report Monday, September 7th 2015.

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Art Break Day Today

Yosemite Art Center is hosting an Art Break on Friday, September 4th  from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.  Supplies will be provided.  Sit down, take a break, and make art for FREE with thousands of people across the world.  Art Break Day was created by Art is Moving to bring communities together around an art table and is supported by Yosemite Conservancy.

 

Volunteers are needed. If you are available for any amount of time between 12:30pm and 4:30pm on 9/4/15 please contact Aline at 209-372-1442.  (K. Manion)

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Fire Update

Yosemite may continue to have periods of moderate smoke and variable air quality due to the Rough Fire to the south of the park.  The Rough Fire is now over 81,000 acres with 25% containment.  

 

Yosemite wilderness fires (lightning caused from July) may still be visible from Tioga Pass Road and the Tuolumne Meadows area.  The Middle Fire, Cathedral Fire and White Cascade Fire are all periodically showing light-moderate smoke.  These fires are all being monitored by Yosemite Fire Crews and outside resources. (J. Wuchner) 

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Administration Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass: Fourth Graders and their Families Eligible for Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters Nationwide - WASO News Release

 

WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today formally launched the new Every Kid in a Park program.

 

Starting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites. 

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Read more here: http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/release.htm?id=1735 (K. Oppen)

 

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RECENT NEWS

Yosemite Theater - Come Welcome Home Mr. Muir

Lee Stetson returns to the stage as John Muir on Wednesday and Thursday nights at Yosemite Theater, starting September 2nd through the end of October. Enjoy tales of adventure and wilderness with The Spirit of John Muir on Wednesday nights, and on Thursday night you can ask Mr. Muir any questions you may have about his life and times in Ask John Muir, a fun interactive (no pressure!) show. As always, volunteers and employees with any of our park partners are FREE admission, provided there are seats available, and show time is 7pm. Tell a friend… and tell the visitors too… thanks!  (C. Botell)

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Tamarack Flat campground reopened 9/2/15 at noon.

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Volunteer Drop-In Program Every Wednesday Thru September 16

Help Keep Yosemite Beautiful!  Between August 12th and September 16th, join a staff member on Wednesdays at 9:30 am in front of the Valley Visitor Center to remove invasive species, collect seeds, and pick up litter for 1-3 hours. Come prepared with closed-toe shoes, long pants, and water. All ages welcome, everyone is invited, and spread the word to visitors and staff alike! For more information email yose_volunteers@nps.gov or call 379-1850.  (C. Finn)

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Training Announcement - Operational Leadership Basic Course Sept. 23 & 24

NPS Operational Leadership Basic Course is a personal invitation to increase your awareness of risk and safety in day-to-day situations.  NPS Operational Leadership empowers employees at all levels to be assertive about their safety and the safety of their team, while encouraging them to participate in the decision making and risk management process. This two day class will take place in the El Portal Large Breakroom on September 23rd and 24th from 8:00 Am - 4:30 PM both days.  We hope to see you there!  (G. Dean)

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Save The Date - YEA Oktoberfest Sept. 26th

Mark your calendars for the Yosemite Employee Association's 25th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 5pm - 10pm at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal. Costs include $10 for YEA members and $20 for non-members. We'll enjoy live music by Bootstrap Circus & Jonathan McEuen Trio. DNC will be operating a free shuttle. Be sure to bring your own t-shirt for on-site screen printing of this year's design to add to your collection! If you are interested in volunteering for a shift during the event, feel free to contact Maddie Patton at msmith2886@gmail.com or message the YEA Facebook page. We look forward to celebrating with you!  (M. Patton)

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Change Does Happen

It's happening now. The beloved Clark Community Hall in El Portal is receiving major enhancements. Big beautiful new life is being bestowed upon the building and you have an opportunity to be part of the change. Make a tax-deductible contribution towards the cost of the new hickory wood floors at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/210Zee/ab/14vlp6 or by mailing your contribution to Balanced Rock PO Box 102 El Portal, CA 95318.

 

Our community is special because you make it so. Doesn't it feel good to be part of something great?  (A. Davis)

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August 31 Fire Update

Yosemite continues to have periods of moderate smoke due to regional fires in the area. These times of smoky air conditions may continue this week, depending on weather and wind factors.

 

The Rough Fire is now over 67,000 acres with 25% containment.  

 

Lightning-caused managed fires within Yosemite continue to be monitored and managed by Yosemite fire crews and other resources.  Smoke from the Middle Fire, Cathedral Fire and White Cascade Fire is occasionally visible from the Tioga Pass Road.  (J. Wuchner)

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Annual Golf Tournament Registration

Last Chance! Yosemite Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament at Wawona Golf Course still has space left for 4 teams!  

 

Please join us on Saturday, September 12th for a day on the greens, BBQ dinner at Wawona Hotel and a prize raffle for $85 per person. For registration, contact Lyn Maher at 209-372-1324 or yosemitelionsclub@yahoo.com. Help raise funds for the Yosemite community!  (M. Hansen)

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Yosemite Conservancy Employment Opportunity: Lead Wilderness Reservation Assistant, Full-Time Position

Work year round with Yosemite Conservancy Wilderness Staff! The Lead Wilderness Reservation Assistant reports to the Wilderness Programs Manager and assists with daily tasks of the Wilderness Reservation Office and Center. Primary work location is Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center. This position takes a leadership role among other Wilderness Reservation Assistants by way of supporting management with daily tasks such as scheduling, training, metric reporting, and troubleshooting technical issues.  The Lead Wilderness Reservation Assistant provides wilderness information to visitors; staffs the Wilderness Reservation Office; sells books, maps and other items available in the Wilderness Center bookstore; works cooperatively with NPS wilderness staff and occasionally patrols trails within Yosemite’s wilderness areas. This is a year round, full time position with benefits. Single housing is available. Hourly rate $14.50. Submit cover letter, resume and three references to lstowe@yosemiteconservancy.org. Application deadline is September 11, 2015. Hiring decision, late September 2015.  (L. Stowe)

Yosemite Mentoring Program Applications Due September 9

The Yosemite Mentoring Program is accepting applications for its third year of participants. All permanent and term employees are eligible to apply for the program, which will include monthly professional development sessions from October 2015 through summer 2016 as well as a structured and facilitated mentoring relationship.

 

If you are interested in participating as a mentee in this year’s program, please review the program commitments on the application form and program fact sheet.  Then complete a mentee application and have your supervisor complete a supervisory statement of support. Both forms should be submitted to yose_mentoring@nps.gov by September 9, 2015. Forms are available on the Yosemite Mentor Program Sharepoint site at http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Supt/mentor/SitePages/Home.aspx. Participants will receive notice of their selection for the program by September 25, 2015. We hope you will consider participating in this parkwide program! (M. Ruffner)

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Rental

Private one bedroom cottage in Midpines available October 1st.. Laundry room washer-dryer, WIFI, direct tv, jacuzzi tub, microwave, electricity, garden and patio. Everything but propane included. All appliances less than 5 years old. No smoking. $1150/month, first and last month. No lease required. For more information call Susan at 209-966-5400.  (S. Lohwasser)

 

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

 

Further Repair on US Forest Service Road to Lake Eleanor 

Additional repair on the road to Lake Eleanor (Forest Service Route 1N14) is needed. Therefore, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power staff will conduct final repairs to Forest Service Route 1N14 from 8/31/2015 through 9/4/2015 in order to continue to address roadbed erosion issues. The work will include breaking up large rocks in the road, laying down additional material, and re-grading the road. Traffic may be delayed for up to 15 minutes at a time for the duration of the work. Work on the USFS road is anticipated to be completed by 9/4/15. 

 

Repair work will then commence on the NPS road to Lake Eleanor (from the boundary gate down to the Lake Eleanor dam). This section of the road is for authorized vehicles only, and not open to general public vehicular traffic. Repair will include breaking up large rocks in the road, laying down additional material, and re-grading the road. Repair will commence on 9/8/15. Anticipated completion is 9/11/2015. (A. Adams)

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Valley Loop Road Preservation Project

This project will continue into October. Expect intermittent delays and parking restrictions. Vehicles parked in active construction areas will be towed at owner's expense. Work will occur in three phases: pothole repair, micro surface, and striping.  Below is the tentative schedule (subject to change).

 

Pothole Repair

9/14(Day) Yosemite Lodge

9/14(Night) Yosemite Lodge, Village Drive, Valley Residences, El Cap Picnic Area, Bridalveil Falls Parking

9/15(Night) Curry Village Road, Happy Isles Loop Road

9/17(Day) Upper Pines Campground

9/18(Day) North Pines Campground, Mirror Lake Road

 

Micro Surface Treatment

9/16(Night) Valley Residence Area

9/17(Night) Village Drive, Curry Village Road, Village Store Parking

9/20(Night) Village Drive, Curry Village Road, Village Store Parking

9/21(Night) Northside Drive, El Cap Picnic Area

9/22(Night) Northside Drive

9/23(Night) Northside Drive, Southside Drive, Bridalveil Falls Parking

9/24(Night) Northside Drive, Southside Drive

9/27(Night) Southside Drive

9/28(Night) Southside Drive

9/29(Night) Southside Drive, Chapel Parking

9/30(Night) Southside Drive, Swinging Bridge

10/1(Night) Southside Drive, Happy Isles Loop Road, El Cap Cross

10/4(Night) Southside Drive, Happy Isles Loop Road, El Cap Cross

10/6(Day) Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite Lodge Parking, Yosemite Lodge Road

10/7(Day) Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite Lodge Parking, Yosemite Lodge Road

10/8(Day) Upper Pines Campground, Yosemite Lodge Parking, Yosemite Lodge Road

10/9(Day) Upper Pines Campground, Yosemite Lodge Parking, Yosemite Lodge Road

10/12(Day) Mirror Lake Road, Yosemite Lodge Parking, Yosemite Lodge Road

10/13(Day) Mirror Lake Road, Yosemite Lodge Parking, Yosemite Lodge Road

10/14(Day) Lower Pines Campground

10/15(Day) North Pines Campground

 

Striping

10/5 to 10/19  (J. Hoeflich)

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Tioga Pass

Road crews will be working on the Tioga pass road west of Dana meadows, working west, 

Expect short traffic delays.  Expected completion by Labor Day. (B. Brantley)

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Soda Springs Trail Closure

The trail connecting the Tuolumne Visitor Center  and Soda Springs/ Parsons Lodge will be closed Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM while crews restore the meadow and improve the trail with heavy equipment. For more information contact Matt Jones at 372-0755.  (M. Jones)

 

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