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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday August 28th, 2015

 

WEATHER

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today Sunny. Areas of smoke. Highs 85 to 95 at 5000 feet... 69 to 79 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Areas of smoke. Windy. Lows 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...45 to 55 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 35 mph over higher elevations. Over higher elevations...gusts up to 40 mph in the evening increasing to 65 mph after midnight.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Windy. Highs 77 to 87 at 5000 feet... 62 to 72 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph in the afternoon...gusts up to 45 mph. Over higher elevations... Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph...gusts up to 70 mph in the morning decreasing to 45 mph in the afternoon.

 

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

 

August 28 Fire Update

Yosemite continues to have periods of moderate to heavy smoke due to regional fires in the surrounding areas.  We may continue to see this daily pattern until weather conditions change this coming weekend.  The Walker Fire is now at 3,676 acres with 95% containment.  The Rough Fire is over 56,919 acres and reporting 25% containment.  Inversion type weather has resulted in Yosemite experiencing morning and early afternoon smoke from these fires, with some clearing by mid-late afternoon.   

 

Current conditions on Yosemite's managed lightning strike fires are as follows:

 Cathedral Fire:  19.8 acres with some isolated torching and moderate smoke production. The smoke has been rising 300 feet and dispersing to the NE.   

Middle Fire:  16.8 acres with light smoke, dispersing to the North.

Dark Fire:  40 acres, and is being held by natural barriers to the west, and Lukens Trail on the north and east  sides.  Fuels within the fire perimeter continue to burn down.  

White Cascade Fire:  8 acres, with creeping and smoldering behavior.  Smoke is visible from trail systems within Tuolumne Meadows.  This fire is 1 mile east of the Young Lakes trail.  

Stubblefield Fire: some interior smoke still observed.  

Quartzite Fire:  Smoke occasionally seen in the lightning strike tree.  This tree is confined by natural granite barriers.            

  

Yosemite Crews and outside resources continue to monitor all fires. All trails in the vicinity of these fires are open.  

 

 We urge all employees and residents to be diligent in any use of fire, including smoking.  Fire danger levels have been very high to extreme and we all need to help keep Yosemite as safe as possible.  (G. Wuchner)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

2015 Yosemite Volunteer Award Nominations Due Friday

Our volunteers do extraordinary things -- preserving history, protecting wildlife, constructing trails, assisting visitors, responding to emergencies, keeping people safe, and so much more.  They deserve to be recognized!  Any volunteer or intern who served from Oct 1, 2014 through Sept 30, 2015 is eligible. They may be nominated by anyone using the nomination form on SharePoint at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/intp/vip/default.aspx, or by requesting the form from yose_volunteers@nps.gov.  Nominations are due Friday August 28. Winners will be presented with the Awards on National Public Lands Day, September 26. Thank you for supporting our volunteers!  (H. Boothe)

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Mono Lake Committee Gallery Artist Penny Otwell Saturday

The Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining is delighted to host nationally-acclaimed artist Penny Otwell’s show Arresting Horizons.  This “must-see” show will be available to view and purchase at the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining through February, 2016. 

 

Penny has been painting scenes from the Mono Basin since 1964.  Her fascination with the steep escarpment of the Eastern Sierra joining the desert at Mono Lake, the aspen-filled canyons, the smell of sage and arid air compels Penny to return to Mono Basin to paint again and again.

 

The show features a mixture of mediums: oil, watercolor, acrylic ink.  Some of the works are Plein Air painting.  There are over 25 framed gallery pieces, plus 10 matted original paintings from which to choose.

 

Mark your calendars and plan a trip to Lee Vining on Saturday, September 5, 2015.  The Mono Lake Committee is hosting a wine and cheese “Meet the Artist” with our featured artist, Penny Otwell from 6pm-7:30pm.  You’ll have a chance to peruse the beautiful gallery show while conversing with the artist. (T. McLaughlin)

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Last Live Performance By Ranger Shelton Johnson Sunday

Sunday September 6th is the last live performance by Ranger Shelton Johnson in “Yosemite through the eyes of a Buffalo Soldier” for the 2015 theater season, so don’t miss it!  And, if you have not seen his movie yet, it plays for another 3 Sundays through September 27th. Employees and volunteers get FREE admission, show time is 7pm.  The Yosemite Theater is behind the Valley Visitor Center.  (C. Botell)

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Yosemite Bear Facts August 9th – August 22nd, 2015

Bear Activity Summary:  Bears obtained food in wilderness areas on several occasions recently.  Five of these incidents were the result of visitor’s leaving food out in their campsites. Bears have an incredible sense of smell and are curious by nature. Food must be stored in a completely latched canister or food storage locker whenever it’s not being used.

 

Another incident occurred after a hiker failed to latch their bear canister completely overnight. A bear was able to pry open the canister lid by bending it back, even though it was partially secured. Please make sure that your food container is properly closed every time you use it! Additionally, several backpackers left their food when a bear approached their campsite. Always keep food within arm’s reach and be prepared to scare bears away by yelling loudly and making lots of noise if a bear approaches you while you are eating or preparing food. 

 

If you see a bear during your visit please report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322.

 

Red Bear, Dead Bear: So far this year, 24 bears have been hit by vehicles. Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention to roadsides while driving.

 

Interesting Bear Fact:  Bears molt once a year between May and September.   

 

Other Wildlife Sightings:  Several mountain lions have been reported in Yosemite Valley over the last two weeks. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/mountainlion.htm.  (C. Lee-Roney)

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Fundraiser for El Portal Community Hall

Many of you have made generous contributions towards the new Hickory floors Balanced Rock is installing in the EP Community Hall. To date, we have 52 contributors, totaling $5,965 in donations.  Thank you so very much!  The EP Community hall is used for NPS meetings, weekly yoga classes, weddings, memorials, annual events such as Spring Fling and Oktoberfest, bi-weekly Sal’s Taco Wagon, going away parties, and much more.

 

YEA's new storage and stage design offers a more efficient use of space and thus creates more open floor to be floored!  The total cost for the wood floors has increased from $30,000 to $36,000 (includes materials and labor).

 

We need your help.  If you haven't had a chance to donate towards this cause, please dig deep and help with this project which will offer such great benefit to the community.  

If you have already given, please consider an addition donation to help us cover the additional $6000 cost.

 

There are two weeks left in Balanced Rock's on-line fundraiser.  Please help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal. All contributions are tax-deductible.  Here is the link: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/210Zee/ab/14vlp6  If you prefer, you may drop a check payable to Balanced Rock at the EP office or mail to Balanced Rock, PO 102, EP  95318.

The floors will be installed the beginning of October...right after Octoberfest!

THANK YOU, AGAIN.  (H. Sullivan)

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24-Hour ATR Training October 13-15

RMS is hosting the initial 24 hour ATR course October 13-15 at Cedar Lodge.  There are 7 spaces available on a first come basis for park staff.  Please contact Carol Knipper via email if you want your name added to the list. The estimated cost is around $500. (C. Knipper)

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Welcome Collections Curator Greg Cox

Please welcome Greg Cox, our new Curator of Collections for the museum, on his return to Yosemite!  Some of you may know Greg from his time here as a museum technician some years ago.  Since then he has worked with NPS collections at Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and Death Valley.  We are delighted to have him back to take advantage of his familiarity with our collections and his wide experience in museum collection management. (B. Beroza)

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Private Rental

1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in Mariposa (town area), $700 monthly.  Rent includes heat, tenant pays electric. No smoking, small pet OK.  Available on or around September 15, first month rent and deposit required.  Contact Kathleen for additional information at 209-742-8377.  (C. Baker)

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Private Rental

Mariposa town area near Rite Aid and YARTS, two bedroom, two bath mobile. For more information please contact Charles Noriega @  209 742-2099 or 209 626-9286.  (C. Baker)

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Kim and Olotumi Laizer looking for housing

Hello Yosemite Community!  Please give us a call if you know of a house or apartment that is or will soon be available for rent or purchase, ideally in the El Portal, Foresta, or Yosemite West areas.  It seem highly likely that we will need to relocate soon.  Thanks as always for the support, Kim and Laizer 209-858-8352  (K. Laizer)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

 

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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