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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WEATHER


Yosemite Valley

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.  

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. 

Thursday: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. 

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. 


El Portal

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. 

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. 

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. 


Wawona

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. 

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. 

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. 

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. 

Thursday: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. 

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. 

 


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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 

Planned Power Outage at Tioga Pass

Southern Cal Edison (SCE) is planning a power outage on Wednesday, September 17th for Tioga Pass Entrance Station. The outage is planned from 0900-1400. For additional information please call, 1-800-843-8343 and reference outage# 655600. (K. Bablitch)

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Groveland Highway 120 Gateway Events 

Saturday September 20th is the annual 49er Festival & Chili Cook Off at Mary Laveroni Community park in Groveland. Free admission, food & beverage booths, vendors, live music, children's games, chain saw carve off and so much more. Event starts at 7am with pancake breakfast, 9am town parade down Main Street (Highway 120), festival in the park 10am to 5pm, come anytime and stay as long as you like!  http://groveland.org/newsite/event/49er-festival-chili-salsa-cook-off 

 

Golf for our Schools

Golf at Pine Mountain Lake 18 hole championship course for a great local cause! 14th Annual Golf Tournament at Pine Mountain Lake Friday, October 17th starting at 11:30 a.m."Benefits our Local Schools" contact Brad Crawford at 209-855-2723, David Lint at 209-962-7765 or Ron Connick at 209-962-4848 to play in the tournament, attend the dinner, be a Tee Sign Sponsor to promote your business, or donate a prize. See you on the links! 

http://www.pinemountainlake.com/page/21389~334972/Golf-Course (C. Botell)

 

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RECENT NEWS

Meadow Fire Update 
Management of the Meadow Fire is transitioning back to the park and with a smaller organization today. The fire is at 4, 772 acres. The fire will be staffed and monitored by wilderness fire modules. Fire updates will continue to be provided. Air quality has improved, however smoke may continue to be visible through the coming days. At the higher elevations smoke from the Lembert and Cathedral fires was also visible due to windy conditions at ridge tops. The entire region is experiencing smoke and hazy  conditions from numerous fires statewide, including the communities of Oakhurst, Pollack Pines and Weed. The access to Half Dome remains open. Please refer to the Wilderness Offices for information concerning access to other trail systems. (G. Wuchner)
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Change in Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot Temporary Closure 
Beginning Monday, September 16, and through December 31, 2014, the parking lot will be closed seven days a week while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available at the Crane Flat Gas Station and other road turnouts. The Tuolumne Grove Trailhead and Parking Area project is expected to be completed in May, 2015. (A. Mayer)
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DNC Temporary Gas Station Closures
The following days over the next two weeks, DNC Service Stations will be undergoing testing and certification. Fuel will be unavailable at the following DNC locations during these times:
Wednesday, September 17th - Tuolumne Meadows Chevron - 9am - Noon
Thursday, September 18th - Crane Flat Chevron- 9am - 11am
Monday, September 22nd - Wawona Chevron - 10am - Noon
Tuesday, September 23rd - Yosemite Village Vehicle Fuels - 9am - 11am
Tuesday, September 23rd - El Portal Chevron Healy Testing - 1pm - 3pm
Wednesday, September 24th - Crane Flate Chevron - 9:30am - 11:30am (W. Kearns)
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Live Music at Sal's This Week
Come join your friends, family, community, Sal, the Yosemite Employee Association, and Bootstrap Circus this Thursday, September 18 at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal. In addition to the traditional Mexican food, beverage service by YEA, and fun-loving people, the bodacious band will be rockin' out for your enjoyment. Hope to see you there! (A. Davis)

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Yosemite in the News
Climb On: Disabled Veterans to Scale Yosemite Walls on 9/11
By: The Fresno Bee; September 10, 2014
"On Sept. 11, Cody Elliott will be standing below a 1,400-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley and likely thinking of a familiar phrase while looking up the massive, vertical wall....." Read more at: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/09/09/4114751/climb-on-disabled-veterans-scale.html#

The Most Beautiful Wildfire Photos You'll Ever See
By: TIME; September 10, 2014
"At first you don't see the fire and smoke raging near the most beautiful section of America's most beautiful national park...." Read more at http://time.com/3318652/yosemite-fire-photos/#3318652/yosemite-fire-photos/

Yosemite: Half Dome Cables to Reopen Saturday; Fire 23% Contained
By: LA Times, September 11, 2014
"The Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park that earlier forced the evacuation of hikers and climbers on Half Dome is 23% contained as of Thursday morning...."  Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/travel/california/la-trb-yosemite-half-dome-fire-20140911-story.html

Disabled Veterans Are Taking on a Tremendous Challenge
By Sara Sandrik, Channel 30, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
“More than a dozen disabled veterans are taking on a tremendous challenge in Yosemite National Park….” Read more at  http://abc30.com/news/disabled-veterans-are-taking-on-a-tremendous-challenge/303847/ (K. Cobb and A. Mayer)
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New to the Yosemite Family
It is with great pride that Yosemite welcomes its newest Junior Ranger and addition to the park family....Hannah Eliora Miyako was born September 9, 2014 to Sharon and David Miyako. Weighing in at 6 lbs. and 10oz, this little girl opened her eyes to a world of promise as well as eager parents. David is currently serving a detail with NPS Concessions Management Branch of Business & Revenue Management though you may also know him from his experience working as a Management Assistant for the Protection Division. Sharon is the NPS Yosemite Valley Field Interpretation Supervisor. All three Miyakos are doing well and looking forward to a bright future. (K. Killian and B. Bryan)
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Wawona School Celebrity Golf Tournament
Come and support Wawona School’s Eleventh Annual Celebrity Scramble Golf Tournament at the Wawona Hotel Golf Course - Saturday, September 20, 2013. Former CSU Fresno Golf Coach Mike Watney, Former Congressman George Radanovich, former KSEE 24 news anchor Faith Sidlow, and Shelly Abajian from Senator Feinstein’s office, will be among our celebrity guests. The festivities kick off at 8:30 AM with a continental breakfast reception and putting competition, followed by a shotgun tee-off at 10:00 AM. Contests will be held throughout the tournament. After a day on the course, players will be treated to a wine reception and BBQ dinner at 4:00 PM on the hotel lawn. Non-golfers are invited to attend the BBQ - adults: $20, children: $10. The event will culminate with a raffle and an auction featuring overnight lodging packages, Badger Pass ski passes, an iPad mini, and much more! The cost is $150 per golfer and includes greens fee, golf cart, breakfast, lunch and BBQ dinner. Please contact Wawona School at 209-375-6383 for registration information and dinner tickets. All event proceeds will help support the Yosemite-Wawona Elementary Charter School! (C. Andrews)
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NPS Employee Participation in Facelift
Our annual park-wide cleanup, Yosemite Facelift, is September 24-28, and all are welcome to participate! However, there are a couple things to consider if you are an NPS employee:
*If you plan to participate on work time, you must have your supervisor's approval, you will not be signed up as a volunteer, and will not get raffle tickets.
*If you are working at the event in your official capacity, you will not be signed up as a volunteer, and will not get raffle tickets.
*If you are volunteering for the event (off duty), you must not be working in a position for which you are normally paid, or under your current supervisor.
Questions?  Call the Volunteer Office at 209-379-1850.
We hope to see you at Facelift! (H. Boothe)
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Yosemite Holiday Craft Bazaar
The annual Bazaar is less than 3 months away!  Save the date for Friday, December 5, 2014 from 11am - 6pm at Curry Village Pavilion.  If you're interested in participating as a vendor, you can access the application online at http://ynpccc.weebly.com/holiday-craft-bazaar.  You can also check our Facebook page for frequent updates.  We look forward to seeing you this winter!  https://www.facebook.com/YosemiteHolidayCraftBazaar. (H. Burt)
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Save the Date for the All Employee Picnic
We'll be hosting the Fall All Employee Picnic on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 5 - 8 pm at the El Portal Community Center. Mark your calendars and save the date! More details are on the way soon. (K. Calder)
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A Thank You from the Yosemite Conservancy
Yosemite Theater thanks team members Larry, Brandon and Armond from the DNC Tour Desks for their support of Yosemite Theater. Brandon sold the most tickets in August for Yosemite through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, Armond had high sales numbers in August for Filmmaking on the Edge, and Larry recorded the most overall ticket sales for the month. Each received a Thank You prize from the Yosemite  Conservancy Bookstore. (C. Botell)
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Attention Purchase Card Holders 
Due to what they are calling a "credit master attack" there have been multiple declines across the NPS for attempted charges by the following vendors: SPIN GLOBAL MANAGEMENT and WESTONE LABORATORIES. You DO NOT need to take any action. WASO is monitoring accounts and will advise if/when any action is required on our part. (L. ASchafer)
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Looking for Room to Rent
I am looking for a short term rental for a few months in Wawona (or Fish Camp). I will be working for the park throughout the winter. Please let me know if you have anything available or know anyone who might. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at 209-628-4722 (text messages only because of limited reception) or feel free to email me at sylvie.heidrich@gmail.com. Thank you in advance. (S. Heidrich)
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For Rent  
Furnished mobile home on quiet 7 acres with free DishTV, internet, and most utilities. $800/mo; 2 bed / 2 bath; Triangle and Carleton Road - Mariposa.  Available October 1; Contact Michael @ 209 266-7000; cell 209 204-4153. (Y. Radanovich)

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Merced River Restoration at Lower Pines Campground
Ecological restoration of the banks of the Merced River at Lower Pines Campground will begin September 8th and continue for several weeks. This project will stabilize three sites along the river bank that have eroded as a result of fallen trees, trampling and loss of vegetation.  Soil and willow cuttings will be used to fill in the erosion and stabilize these sites.  Hand crews, an excavator and dump trucks will be used.  The stabilization of these sites will reduce scouring and further cutting away of the riverbank. Visitor access to the river will be located down river in the campground. If you have questions or comments, please contact Victor Goldman 209-379-3280. (D. Garrett)
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Trail Work in Mariposa Grove
Starting September 2nd, NPS trail crews will begin to upgrade the trail in the vicinity of the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel trees so that the trail meets accessibility standards. This project is part of the Yosemite Conservancy Capital Campaign for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Work will take place in three phases. Phase 1 will not affect current visitor use with one exception – on September 15 there will be a permanent closure of the “Step Trail” that connects the tram boarding area with the California Tunnel Tree. Tram users will continue to have trail access to the California Tunnel Tree using the trail leading from the tram area to the Grizzly Giant Tree. Equipment storage will occur on the access road to the National Forest. Phase 2 will occur later this fall when visitor numbers decrease. At that time, trail crews will upgrade the existing trail system in the vicinity of the two trees and restore portions of the existing trail system that did not meet accessible trail standards to natural conditions. Work will include installation of new split rail fencing along heavily traveled portions of the trail. Access to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree will continue while work progresses. The first two phases should be completed by end of the calendar year, weather permitting. The third and final phase of the project will include installation of new benches and interpretive signs at the end of the Grove restoration project in late 2016. (C. Stetzel)
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Tioga Road Update NO. 5
Starting Monday morning, August 18th, the contractor crews are moving back to daytime delays on the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project.  For the next week the crews plan to have time delays from 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday thru Friday.  The crews are again trying the daytime work in hopes that the traffic volumes have decreased due to the large number of schools starting next week. However, if the traffic volumes are still high and severely limiting progress, then crews will again go back to night time delays. Therefore, I would plan on 30-minute delays during the day and 1-hour delays during the night. These traffic delays are occurring between Crane Flat and White Wolf (the western 15 miles of the Tioga Road).

No weekend delays are scheduled.  Please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits.  If you have any futher questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)
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Trail Closures
Soda Springs Trail from Tioga Road (near the visitor center) to the Tuolumne River bridge is being improved and adjacent meadow restored. Expect trail closures Monday through Thursday from now until September 25th. (M. Jones)
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Temporary Safety Closures of Roads
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. (M. Stansberry)
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Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1B
Construction for the second phase of the Environmental Education Center in partnership with NatureBridge is scheduled to begin the week of August 11th.  The construction activity will be located adjacent to the Wawona Road - Yosemite West intersection.  The work for this phase will begin with the construction of a multi-purpose administration office and maintenance building.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow moving trucks and equipment on the roads.  Construction is scheduled to continue until completion in 2015.  If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Wichmann, Project Management Division. (K. Blew)

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