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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, April 22, 2014



Yosemite Valley

Today: A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. 

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. 

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 71. 


El Portal

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. 

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. 

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. 

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 79. 



Today: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. 

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. 

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. 

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67. 




The Four Mile Trail is now open. (K. Kirschner)



Supervisory Biologist - Detail/Temporary Promotion NTE 5 years

The Division of Resources Management and Science has a detail/temporary promotion opportunity as a Supervisory Biologist GS-0401-12, not-to-exceed 5-years.  The incumbent will work under the direction of the Branch Chief for Vegetation and Ecological Restoration and manage a complex, scientifically based ecological restoration program.

This position is open via USAJobs as an internal merit promotion announcement.  It is open ONLY to current, qualifying Yosemite National Park employees.  You will need to upload your resume, college transcripts, and complete an assessment questionnaire.  You can access this job announcement by pasting this link into your browser: 

 http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/1096502. (C. Mattiuzzi)



New Yoga Class in Yosemite Valley

Join local resident, Heather Sullivan, for a weekly yoga class at the DNC Employee Wellness Center. Class is from 6pm-7pm on Tuesday evenings.  All levels welcome.  Bring a mat if you have one. Beginning today, Earth Day April 22. (H. Sullivan)





New streamlined process: Temporary Admin Requests

IT's created a new way to request administrative rights on a computer - for example, to install or configure software. Rather than calling or emailing the IT Help Desk, you just fill out a quick 5-line SharePoint form (here: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Admn/IT/SitePages/Temp%20Admin%20Requests.aspx). We anticipate being able to process these several times a day; you'll be kept informed of progress via email. (P. Lindstrom)



NPS Uniform Cache Grand Reopening

As of April 21, the NPS Uniform cache will be open for business! NPS employees will be able to access used and new uniform items which have been donated by other staff. The NPS is piloting a new park-wide uniform cache with limited access.  Five divisions are participating in this project: Facilities, Interpretation, Resources, BRM, and the Superintendent’s Office.  Divisions who are not participating may access the cache on a limited basis. The pilot program will go through October 2014, at which time the program will be assessed for effectiveness.


The cache is located in the El Portal Warehouse storage area, aisles 7 and 8, and will be kept locked between uses. During seasonal orientations, a Uniform Team member will be available at the cache 3pm to 4:15 pm on the first Monday of the pay period. At all other times, contact your division liaison for access keys and cache usage instructions:

BRM: Parker Davis

Interp: Andy Fristensky

Supt.: Katie Calder

RMS: Ami Knighten

FM: Susan Hedlund


We welcome your NPS uniform donations! We especially need outerwear, hats, and accessories (belts, ties, hat bands, etc.. All donations to the uniform cache must be in clean and serviceable condition, and must be given directly to your division liaison. Unserviceable but clean items may be accepted for textile recycling. Do not leave donations at the uniform cache. If you have questions about the uniform cache, contact Heather Boothe, Uniform Cache Team Chair, at 379-1855 or heather_boothe@nps.gov. (H. Boothe)



Planned PG&E Electrical Outage on Thursday - South Entrance

PG&E is planning a repair and electric service will be interrupted on Thursday April 24th, 2014 from 10:00 am-3:00pm. For additional information, please contact: Heather Gonzales, Planned PG&E Outage Coordinator, (209) 726-5588. (K. Bablitch)



Volunteers For Fire Prevention

Fire and Aviation Management is seeking individuals interested in becoming volunteers in fire prevention. Volunteers are needed to assist with developing and distributing fire safety information, talking with children and adults about fire safety, conducting fire extinguisher training, and assisting with residential wildfire defensible space and workplace fire prevention inspections.  Contact Don Coffman at 209-379-1444 or email Don_Coffman@nps.gov for information. (D. Coffman)



Research Library Closed Wednesday

The Research Library will be closed on Wednesday April 23, but open on Thursday April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Anniversary Updates

Yosemite Grant 150th - Upcoming Activities

Now Playing! The Ken Burns documentary, Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Theater. Every hour on the hour, 10 AM to 4 PM every day (first showing on Sunday is Noon).  

Currently through May 3, Yosemite Renaissance Exhibit at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

Currently through May 4, Valley View: Yosemite Trails, Currents, and Visions exhibit at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, CA.

April 19 - 27, National Park Week at Yosemite, see the Yosemite Guide for details.

April 22, Earth Day at Yosemite, see the Yosemite Guide for details.

April 23 through Aug. 17, Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums, The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

Special Showings of Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit - April 22 in Vernal, UT; April 24 in Quincy, CA; April 25 in Montrose, CO; April 26 at Evergreen Lodge in Groveland, CA and in Beatrice, NE.

For more ongoing exhibits and detailed event information visit www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary 


Wilderness Act 50th - www.wilderness50th.org


NPS 100th - www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial or www.nps.gov/calltoaction (B. Whitehead)



YNPCCC Job Opportunities

Yosemite National Park Child Care Center is accepting resumes for part and full time positions and substitutes. Individuals that embrace teamwork, are cheerful, patient, consistent, have experience with children, and/or a working knowledge of childhood development, and/or coursework in early childhood and/or elementary education are welcome to apply. Positions are located in both the El Portal and Valley facilities. Please email cover letter and resume to ynpchildcare@gmail.com  (L. Zisa)



Reminder: Spring Fling is this Saturday, April 26

This all day event is sponsored by the Yosemite Employee Association and will be an extremely fun celebration honoring one of the best seasons in our land. Here's a list of the main attractions taking place at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal this Saturday:

- The El Portal Spring Run-off (7-11 am)

- Bird Walk by renowned naturalist Karen Amstutz (7:30 am)

- Pancake Breakfast served by the Yosemite Lions Club (7-11 am)

- 20+ Craft & Food Vendors (throughout the day)

- Local, LIVE music starting at 1:30pm until 12am

Admission before 4:30 is free. $20 gets you into the wild evening rumpus! Buy your tickets before the day of at www.shopelportalcastore.com and get $3 off evening admission. For more information visit YEA's facebook page: www.facebook.com/yea.yosemite (A. Davis)



*Revised* Mariposa Air Fair and Pancake Breakfast

It is Air Fair time! Saturday, April 26th the Mariposa Air Fair and Family Adventure Day 2014, is taking place at Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. The gate opens at 8 a.m. and the event lasts until 3 p.m. Adventurers can begin with the pancake breakfast put on by the Mount Bullion Fire Department (see below) and stay fueled later on with a great tri-tip or pulled pork lunch. There will be free airplane rides for kids 8-17 years old (parent or legal guardian must be present). These flights occur from 8-noon, so early birds will have the best opportunity to fly. There will be a variety of aircraft to see, including Antiques and Warbirds from the WWII Era. There will be several fly-bys and demonstrations by various types of aircraft, including Radio Controlled aircraft. A fire truck from the Mariposa County Fire Department will be putting on an exciting demonstration as well. There will be plenty of interesting community displays and vendor booths to explore for both adults and children. Kids can take a spin in the full-motion flight simulator or test their skills in the craft or water-rocket stations. For the “kids at heart” there will be classic cars and hot rods, and musical guests. There are great raffle prizes up for grabs, including chances to win a flight in the classic blue Waco airplane featured on our website! The Mariposa Trolley will be conducting FREE Airport pick-up and drop off at the Westamerica Bank parking lot at 5121 Highway 140, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running throughout the day for those that want to take advantage of the added fun and convenience it will provide. Admission is only $2, and kids 10 and under get in for free when accompanied by an adult! For more information please visit the Mariposa Air Fair and Family Adventure Day 2014 Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/events/248532958652830/  and our website at www.mariposaairfair.com. (J. Darcy)


Please come join Station 25 Mariposa Airport/Mt. Bullion, 5021 Macready Way (off 49N) for a pancake breakfast, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 – 11.  You are invited to enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee (courtesy of Moonbow Espresso) – all for a $5.00 donation.  Then enjoy the Mariposa Air Fair and Family Adventure Day – take photos of your children in Engine 25! 

Mariposa County Fire Department – Volunteer today – Neighbors helping Neighbors! (K. Keheley)



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