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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday July 28th, 2015

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 84 to 94 at 5000 feet...68 to 78 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 89 to 99 at 5000 feet...71 to 81 at 8000 feet.

 

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

 

Tioga Road 100 year Anniversary Today

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Tioga Road’s opening to the public as an official road of Yosemite National Park.

 

This road was originally constructed in 1883 as the Great Sierra Wagon Road to service the needs of the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company that had its operations based in Bennettville at the Tioga Crest. Crews worked from both ends to construct the 56.5 mile route, completing a half mile of finished road per day, with a total cost of $61,095.20. This was an amazing feat! The company went bust within a year of the road's construction. The road had minimal maintenance in the years to come, and was semi-passable for decades.

 

In 1915, as part of the campaign to promote the National Parks and make them more accessible, Steven T. Mather (Assistant Secretary of the Interior, who would become the first director of the National Park Service in 1916) rallied a donation campaign to purchase the road for $15,500 and transfer the ownership of it to Yosemite National Park. Motor clubs added donations to pay for the needed repairs to the Tioga road. The work was completed and the dedication of the road coincided with the ending days of the first Mather Mountain Party. Ceremonially, Mather broke a champagne bottle of water from the Pacific Ocean, at the Tioga crest where the water could flow to both east and west in commemoration of this trans-sierra route.  (K. Kosick)

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YNPCCC BBQ Fundraiser Thursday

Join us for lunch! Thursday, July 30 is the next Yosemite National Park Child Care Center BBQ fundraiser. Come join us from 11am to 1pm for a tasty lunch in front of the Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley. On the menu: Bratwurst, hamburger, or veggie burger plus all the fixings, Chef's choice cold salad, a bag of chips, and lemonade--all for only $10!!! Sodas and dessert will also be available for $1 each. New this year: punch cards for repeat customers! Purchase a meal at three different BBQs, then come to a fourth BBQ and get your meal FREE! Come support a great cause and treat yourself to a tasty lunch that you don't have to prepare--you deserve it!!!  (J. Modrak-Killian)

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Farewell to Andy Fristensky and Family Thursday at 5:30pm

Come by the El Portal Community Hall on Thursday to celebrate Andy's time in Yosemite. Sal’s taco truck will be rolling into town (not a regular Sal’s night), YEA bar will be there, and local beer will be on tap. (M. Ortiz)

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Annual Wawona BBQ Tuesday, August 4

The annual Wawona BBQ, sponsored by Wawona Interp., will be Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 6pm.  Park employees and their families are invited to join this potluck feast held each year at the History Center's Grey Barn Corral. Meat and table service are provided. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. Enjoy world famous BBQ by stage driver, Buckshot Maier.  (J. Lahr)

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Yosemite Management Team Self-Nominations Due August 11

The Yosemite Management Team is recruiting for new members. The team was formed to help achieve the park’s strategic vision goals and enhance communications with park staff. All permanent and term employees are eligible to apply through a self-nomination process. To submit a nomination, draft a short statement about why you would like to be a member of the Management Team.  Include your areas of interest in the 2020 Strategic Vision. Your statement should be a maximum of 300 words.

 

Please email your statement to your Division Chief for approval by COB Tuesday, August 11. The ELT will review nominations and select new team members by late August so that new members can attend the next Management Team meeting on September 1.

 

Visit the Management Team Sharepoint site at http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Teams/Management/SitePages/Home.aspx to learn more about the team and its ongoing activities. (M. Ruffner)

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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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Job Opportunity at Yosemite National Park Childcare Center

The Yosemite National Park Child Care Center in Yosemite Valley is seeking applications for a child care provider in our Infant Room where we care for 4 month old to 18 month old babies.  Please email with inquires or send a letter of interest and resume to Andrea Canapary at ynpchildcare@gmail.com.  (A. Canapary)

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Sierra National Forest Willow Fire Update

The smoky and hazy conditions over Yosemite National Park will continue to persist due to the Willow Fire burning near Base Lake. The fire began on the afternoon of Saturday July 25 and has burned an estimated 1521 acres in brush and timber.  It is approximately 25 miles southwest of the park, and poses no threat to the park. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team, with members from Yosemite, took command of the fire Sunday July 27.  Currently 1215 personnel are assigned to the fire.  For additional information please contact the Sierra National Forest:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/.  

For additional information visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4413/

Air Quality Information:  http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm  (G. Wuchner)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Private Rental

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

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Private Rental

Rental in Bootjack area, available now.   Large double wide home,  2 bd + office, 2 ba, sep. dining, large living room.  Propane furnace + wood stove, evap. cooler.  10’ x 14’ Storage shed.  Fresh paint, new flooring. $925./mo + $1,000. deposit.  No smokers. 209-966-3231 or email nassar@sti.net for more information and photos. (A. Nassar)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

 

Road Striping

Striping started Sunday July 26 and continue for approximately three weeks throughout the park.

Hours of work will be from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am.  Expect Short delays.  (G. Taylor)

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Repair on US Forest Service Road to Lake Eleanor Extended Through 7/31

The scope of repair on the road to Lake Eleanor (Forest Service Route 1N14) has expanded from 500' to 1500' of roadbed repair needed. Therefore, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power staff will continue to conduct repairs to Forest Service Route 1N14 through 7/31/2015 in order to address the 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 is anticipated to be completed by 7/31/15. (A. Adams)

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Forestry Work on Big Oak Flat Road

Forestry will resume work along the Big Oak Flat road between hazel green dip to the Park boundary for the next 3 to 4 weeks. Work period is Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Expect up to 30 minute delay. (C. Castro)

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Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Update No. 12)

Crews are continuing to repave the ditches, install shoulder material, and raise utility boxes. They will soon begin restriping the road. Below are a list of delay times for the project.  The project completion date is September 30, 2015, but the crews are trying to finish this project ahead of schedule. Note: Below are the project delays, however there will be no construction delays over Independence Day Weekend, so there will be no delays from 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 2, 2015 until 6:00 AM on Tuesday, July 7th.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131.

 

From 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening  to 8:00 p.m. Saturday night:

11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 1 hour delays

6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., 15 minute delays

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30 minute delays

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 15 minute delays

4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 30 minute delays (M. Pieper)

 

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